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Belize & Guatemala Family Multisport Tour
Belize & Guatemala Family Multisport Tour

Belize and Guatemala: talk about immersive. This cave exploring, barrier reef diving, howler monkey hearing, toucan spotting, Maya ruin wandering, Caribbean blue water rejuvenating, tropical rainforest exploring, suspension bridge crossing adventure immerses you in every conceivable way. Make tortillas with a Guatemalan family. Dance to a Garifuna drummer's beat in Belize. At every turn, you and your family will find a new adventure. So go on: immerse yourself. What are you waiting for?


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 Get up close and personal with jaguars on an exclusive tour of the Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center  Hike to Flour Camp Cave, a series of cavernous chambers once used as an ancient Maya ceremonial center  Mountain bike amid picturesque villages, orange orchards and grazing cattle to a secluded boutique resort  Your canoe awaits—paddle on the Macal River through a broadleaf forest to lively San Ignacio.

Days 3-4 Journey to Guatemala to explore Tikal, where Maya pyramids tower over 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 (lookouts) at the protected biotope of Cerro Cahuí  A Guatemalan family welcomes us into their home for a meal and demonstration of traditional weaving techniques  Try your hand at making tortillas, then sit down to a lunch featuring your very own culinary creations.

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): One of Francis Ford Coppola's eco-friendly resorts, this beautifully decorated lodge is set 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 Walking/Hiking 2 100
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
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 35% dirt and 65% paved).

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

FAMILY TRIPS
  • 12/22-28 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390
  • 12/28-1/3 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.), Internal Air: $390

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


Recommended Kids Ages

Minimum Ages:

General Info on Minimum Ages:

We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping Trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Kazoo or in a Burley Cub trailer. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

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.
Internal flights from $80.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.


Guest Trip Reviews

Get ready to spelunk, snorkel and scavenger hunt your way through two incredible destinations on this Belize & Guatemala adventure. The whole family will discover a brand new world as you bike along jungle paths to organic farms, take a guided tour of famous Tikal, enjoy weaving presentations and drumming demonstrations, and snorkel through colorful underwater forests. If you're looking for a family vacation with no shortage of adventure - this is it.
Pam Fritz- Regional Manager, Latin America