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Belize & Guatemala Multisport Tour
Belize & Guatemala Multisport Tour

Belize and Guatemala will enchant you. From Maya temples to jungle trails. The thrill dives deep, like a plunge into the Caribbean, reemerging with each toucan's squawk and howler monkey's roar. Days filled with wonders that stop you in your tracks—or flippers, as the case may be. We're thrilled to have you join us.


Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

The hotels on this trip are among the best the region has to offer, and allow us to experience three distinct architectural styles and eco-climates. They may, however, seem more rustic than other Backroads hotels, ranging from cabins with thatched roofs in the rain forest to modern villas on the beach. La Lancha's authentic cabins blend well into the surroundings, but the walls are thin and you may hear your neighbors moving around along with the sounds of monkeys and birds outdoors. Hopkins Bay Belize, a hotel we've chosen for its access to activities and beach front location in a local Garifuna village, offers a more modern villa feel than hotel rooms.

Border Crossings

On this trip we have the pleasure of venturing from Belize to Guatemala and back again. On all our trips we make every effort to facilitate crossing international borders by removing as many obstacles and inconveniences as possible. Often we are able to create a seamless experience. But even with all the organization and effort of our leaders, sometimes border crossings take time. With a little patience we hope to make this experience as enjoyable and easy as possible.

Road Maintenance

Belize and Guatemala are incredible destinations for adventure and cultural interaction. However, due to the tropical climate and under-developed infrastructure, road maintenance is a continual challenge. Transfers can be bumpy and options for bike routes are limited. We've chosen the best routes for your trip, with a combination of quieter dirt roads and more traveled paved options.

Activity Level

As with other Level 1-2 Backroads trips, the distances traveled are on the shorter and easier side, though it might feel little harder as you hike the stairs at Tikal and La Lancha hotel due to the warm weather.
 

Days 1-2 A spelunking adventure in a cave harboring ancient Maya artifacts  Stop in for an exclusive tour at the Belize Zoo, a rehabilitation sanctuary for rescued animals Mountain bike amid picturesque villages, orange orchards and grazing cattle to a secluded boutique resort Your canoe awaits - paddle on the Macal River to lively San Ignacio.

Days 3-4 Journey to Guatemala and pedal through tropical rain forest into Tikal  Join a local guide to explore classic Maya pyramids amid the vast jungle, a scene almost too extraordinary to be real! Spend the day uncovering the mysteries of this majestic World Heritage site, while parrots and toucans animate the canopy  Hike through subtropical forest to stunning miradors at the protected biotope of Cerro Cahuí  A Guatemalan family welcomes us into their home for a meal and demonstration of traditional weaving techniques

Days 5-7 Devote a day to warm water and exotic marine life during our snorkeling excursion on the Belize Barrier Reef, the longest coral reef outside Australia Fly above incredible mountain landscapes and pedal to the Caribbean coast  Discover the rich Garifuna heritage of Belize and explore the quaint village of Hopkins.


Trip Highlights
  • Mountain bike past small farms and broadleaf forests teeming with wildlife
  • Feel your heart skip a beat when you first witness the ancient Maya city of Tikal
  • Learn about Belize and Guatemala's rich blend of cultures, from Garifuna to Maya
  • Grab your snorkel and float above the world's second-largest barrier reef
  • Dine on delicious Caribbean specialties like conch fritters and lobster tail
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Premiere Inns

Ka'ana Resort & Spa (2 nights): A well-appointed and tranquil boutique hotel nestled in the Maya Mountains amid lush tropical gardens. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)

La Lancha (2 nights): Sister property to Blancaneaux Lodge, this beautifully decorated retreat is nestled in the rain forest high above Lake Petén Itzá and is a comfortable base for exploring nearby Tikal. (pool)

Hopkins Bay Resort (2 nights): This collection of luxury seaside villas, just steps from the Caribbean Sea, offers outstanding access to one of the finest snorkeling spots in the world. (pool)


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Biking 8* 300
Biking 12 700
Other Zoo Tour (1.5 Hours)
2 Walking/Hiking 3 600
Other Canoeing on the Macal River (2 Hours)
3 Walking/Hiking 3 300 4 700
Other Weaving & Cooking Demonstration (1 Hour)
4 Biking 10* 500 17 600
Other Tikal Guided Hike (1.5 Hours)
5 Biking 9* 100 14 200
Other Optional Activities at Hopkins Bay
6 Other Caribbean Snorkeling Adventure (All Day)
7 Other Cultural Tour (1 Hour)
Other Yoga (1 Hour)
 
note:

On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 25% dirt and 75% paved).

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 12/20-26 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390
  • 12/30-1/5 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


2016 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 2/7-13 Price: $3898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390
  • 2/21-27 Price: $3898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390
  • 12/18-24 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390
  • 12/30-1/5 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1250 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

8 - 9 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ.

2016

8 - 9 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,898 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $80.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.


Guest Trip Reviews

You'll get history, culture and nature all rolled into one on this trip into two of the most exciting new travel destinations. The history of the Maya and the Garifuna people; the culture found in bonding over handmade tortillas with a Guatemalan family; the caves, jungles, rivers, lakes and oceans of two spectacular countries. From west Belize to Maya ruins in Guatemala and back across the border to the Belizean Caribbean coast, this will be one unforgettable week.
Pam Fritz- Regional Manager, Latin America