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Belize & Guatemala Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Walk/Hike
Bike
Snorkel
Kayak

Maya Temples to the Caribbean

From $4,398 - $4,798 pp dbl. occ. | 7 days / 6 nights

(+$1,250 to $1,400 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $680


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 and your family join us.

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Belize & Guatemala

Start/End Belize City

Belize Map

Highlights

  • Bike through small villages and lush forests around Lake Petén Itzá and into Tikal National Park, where Maya pyramids abound
  • Discover 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 lobster tail—plus just-caught seafood
Belize & Guatemala

Start/End Belize City

Belize Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Board a private charter 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 hideaway in the rain forest | 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, alongside parrots and howler monkeys.

Day 3 At the protected biotope of Cerro Cahuí, hike to stunning miradors for views of Lakes Petén Itzá and Sacpetén | A Maya family welcomes us into their home for a traditional meal and cooking demonstration | Journey to the town of San Ignacio in Belize | Learn about and taste traditional Maya chocolate.

Day 4 Hike through the jungle to Flour Camp Cave, where you can explore the caverns once used as ancient Maya ceremonial centers | Adventure by canoe, tube or trail or relax at the spa.

Days 5-7 Stop in for an exclusive Director's Tour at the Belize Zoo, a rehabilitation sanctuary | Enjoy a scenic charter flight to the beach resort town of Placencia | Kayak in peaceful Placencia Lagoon | Dive into a snorkeling excursion on the Belize Barrier Reef, the longest coral reef outside Australia | Dine on fresh catch at the beachfront hotel's sea-to-table restaurant.

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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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 from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,598 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,398 - $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
7 days / 6 nights

(+$1,250 to $1,400 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $680


Traveling with Kids

Premiere Hotels*

La Lancha
La Lancha

Lake Petén Itzá (2 nights)

Ka'ana Boutique Resort and Spa
Ka'ana Resort & Spa

San Ignacio (2 nights)

Itz'ana
Itz'ana

Placencia (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Belize and Guatemala

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Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

La Lancha

La Lancha

Lake Petén Itzá (2 nights)
* Casual Hotel

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

Ka'ana Boutique Resort and Spa

Ka'ana Resort & Spa

San Ignacio (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)

Itz'ana

Itz'ana

Placencia (2 nights)

A luxury beachfront resort with outstanding access to the longest barrier reef in the Western hemisphere. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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 7 100 16 1000 19 1400
Other Flores Cultural Walk (1 Hour)
Other Boat Ride on Lake Petén Itzá (45 Minutes)
2 Biking 7* 200 18* 700
Other Tikal Guided Hike (2 Hours)
3 Walking/Hiking 3 300 4 800
Other Weaving & Cooking Demonstration (1 Hour)
4 Walking/Hiking 2 700
Walking/Hiking 3* 600
5 Other Belize Zoo Director's Tour (1.5 Hours)
Kayaking Placencia Lagoon (1 Hour)
6 Other Caribbean Snorkeling Adventure (All Day)
7 Other Yoga (1 Hour)
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

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 or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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 regions 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. Ka'ana Boutique Resort & Spa provides a bespoke luxury experience in the culturally rich Cayo district, but its proximity to the highway means you may hear the hum of traffic.

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.

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 will allow us to experience the incredible variety of ecosystems, scenery and activities that these two countries have to offer. Due to the tropical climate and under-developed infrastructure, road maintenance is a continual challenge, so transfers can be on gravel or bumpy roads. Sit back and relax, knowing that someone else is doing the driving, and enjoy the beauty of the journey.


Activity Level

As with other Level 1-2 Backroads trips, the distances traveled are on the shorter and easier side, though some activities—like climbing the stairs at Tikal and La Lancha hotel—might be a little harder due to the warm weather.

Why Travel with Backroads in Belize and Guatemala

The Best Leaders in Belize and Guatemala

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Belize and Guatemala, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Belize and Guatemala with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multi-adventure trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Belize and Guatemala designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in Belize and Guatemala are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Belize and Guatemala, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Belize and Guatemala you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Your Hotels Are Locked In

It may seem obvious to say the great hotels we tell you about are the ones you'll actually stay in. But the fact is many companies haven't even booked the places they promise and are later forced to settle for inferior alternatives. We book our hotels and exact rooms long in advance—often over two years—so you stay where you expect to stay.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Belize and Guatemala—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Photo Gallery

Waterfalls - Backroads Belize & Guatemala Family Breakaway Multisport Tour
Biking - Backroads Belize & Guatemala Family Breakaway Multisport Tour
Toucan - Backroads Belize & Guatemala Family Breakaway Multisport Tour
Snorkeling - Backroads Belize & Guatemala Family Breakaway Multisport Tour
Drumming - Backroads Belize & Guatemala Family Breakaway Multisport Tour
Butterfly - Backroads Belize & Guatemala Family Breakaway Multisport Tour
Swimming - Backroads Belize & Guatemala Family Breakaway Multisport Tour
Monkey - Backroads Belize & Guatemala Family Breakaway Multisport Tour

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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 regions 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. Ka'ana Boutique Resort & Spa provides a bespoke luxury experience in the culturally rich Cayo district, but its proximity to the highway means you may hear the hum of traffic.

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.

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 will allow us to experience the incredible variety of ecosystems, scenery and activities that these two countries have to offer. Due to the tropical climate and under-developed infrastructure, road maintenance is a continual challenge, so transfers can be on gravel or bumpy roads. Sit back and relax, knowing that someone else is doing the driving, and enjoy the beauty of the journey.


Activity Level

As with other Level 1-2 Backroads trips, the distances traveled are on the shorter and easier side, though some activities—like climbing the stairs at Tikal and La Lancha hotel—might be a little harder due to the warm weather.
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