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Belize & Guatemala Multi-Adventure Tour

Maya Temples to the Caribbean

Belize and Guatemala will enchant you. From Maya temples to jungle trails, the thrill dives deep. Like a plunge into the Caribbean, reemerging with the call of the toucan and the beat of the Garifuna's drum. Days filled with wonders that stop you in your tracks—or your flippers, as the case may be. We're thrilled to have you join us.

THIS ITINERARY: 7 days, 6 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $5,099 pp dbl occ
Plus $450 internal air
($1,200 for sgl occ)

Walk/Hike
Bike
Kayak
Snorkel
Belize and Guatemala Map
Belize and Guatemala Map

Belize & Guatemala

Start/End Belize City

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Hike and bike through villages and forests into Tikal National Park, where Maya pyramids abound
  • Experience Belize and Guatemala's rich blend of cultures, from Garifuna to Mennonites and Maya
  • Snorkel and float above the world's second-largest barrier reef, where tropical fish and sea life will astound
  • Dine on delicious Caribbean specialties like conch fritters, fry jacks and fresh spiny lobster
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
7 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Board a flight to Flores, a charming city on an island in Guatemala's Lake Petén Itzá | Bike through an ancient land once ruled by the Maya | A private boat takes us across the water to La Lancha, our secluded hideaway | Pedal through a tropical rain forest into Tikal National Park | Join a local guide to explore ancient Maya pyramids amid the vast jungle | Uncover the mysteries of a majestic World Heritage site teeming with parrots and howler monkeys.

La Lancha
La Lancha
Lake Petén Itzá
| *Casual Plus Hotel

This beautifully decorated Francis Ford Coppola retreat, set in the rain forest high above Lake Petén Itzá, is a comfortable base for exploring nearby Tikal. (pool)

Days 3-4

Hike to stunning mirador for a view of Lake Petén Itzá | A Maya family welcomes us into their home for a traditional meal and cooking demonstration | Walk through the jungle to the Sleeping Giant Ceremonial Cave, where you can explore the caverns once used as ancient Maya ceremonial centers | Spend the afternoon relaxing in a hammock or by the pool - or perhaps book a riverside massage or river tubing adventure.  

Sleeping Giant Lodge
Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge
Belmopan
| Premiere Hotel

Hammocks, hot tubs and a mountainous rain forest setting are among the many features of this refined and airy lodge. (pool)

Days 5-7

Learn about and taste Maya chocolate | Grab a paddle and explore the coastline by kayak | Devote the morning to warm water and exotic marine life during a snorkeling excursion on the Belize Barrier Reef, the longest coral reef outside Australia | Enjoy a beachfront barbecue while listening to Garifuna drumming | Stretch out in a morning yoga class | Take a scenic flight from the beach resort town of Placencia back to Belize City.

Naia resort and spa
Naia Resort & Spa
Placencia
| Premiere Hotel

Stretched across 19 acres of pristine beachfront property, this luxuriously minimalist resort has all the makings of a tropical oasis. (pool, spa)

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 1-2

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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 9 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 16 miles | 900 ft. gain
Other
Flores Cultural Walk (1 hour)
Boat Ride on Lake Petén Itzá (45 minutes)
Day 2
Biking
Level 1 | 7 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 18 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Other
Tikal Guided Hike (2 hours)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 800 ft. gain
Other
Cooking Demonstration (1 hour)
Chocolate Making Demonstration & Tasting (1 hour)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | 600 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 500 ft. gain
Kayaking
Placencia Lagoon (1 hour)
Day 6
Other
Caribbean Snorkeling Adventure (All Day)
Day 7
Other
Yoga (1 hour)
* Includes shuttle.

Note: Belize & Guatemala are world-renowned destinations for numerous eco-adventures. However, due to the tropical climate and underdeveloped infrastructure, road maintenance is a continual challenge and options for bike routes are limited. Our routes are often on busier throughways, and you should be prepared for unexpected potholes and sections of rough roads. Also note that roads were not designed with a shoulder, and if you're traveling over busier holiday periods, there may be more traffic than expected. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and to support all abilities.

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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.

Flights

On this trip we occasionally travel by single-engine or turbo-prop plane to reach the exclusive hotels and activities this destination has to offer. We will be flying on scheduled flights with Tropic Air aboard Airvan, Caravan and turbo-prop planes that seat 6–14 passengers.

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 more 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.

Border Crossings

On this trip we have the opportunity to venture 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.

Shuttle Distances

In order to bring you the full splendor of this region, we spend more time shuttling on this trip than on many other Backroads trips. Our time in the shuttles allows us to experience the incredible variety of ecosystems, scenery and activities that Belize and Guatemala have to offer. Due to the tropical climate and underdeveloped infrastructure, road maintenance is a continual challenge, so we will likely encounter sections of bumpy gravel roads. Sit back and relax, knowing that someone else is doing the driving, and enjoy the beauty of the journey.

Easygoing Adventure

This is a Level 1-2 trip, meaning the activities are easygoing and designed to allow us to take it slow and soak up the beauty of the region. Each day we embark on an active adventure, but the amount of time spent in the saddle and on the trails is less than the typical Backroads trip. We've paired our core activities with ones that are suited to this destination, such as kayaking and snorkeling. Although the distances traveled are on the shorter side, some activities—like climbing the stairs at Tikal and La Lancha hotel—might feel a little harder due to the warm weather.
 

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