Belize and Guatemala—talk about an immersive family vacation. This cave exploring, barrier reef diving, Garifuna drum-beating, Maya ruin wandering, Caribbean blue water rejuvenating, tropical rain forest hiking, lagoon-kayaking adventure immerses you in every way. So go on, dive in. What are you waiting for?
1-2 Start the week with a private charter flight into Flores, a charming city on an island in Guatemala's Lake Petén Itzá Ride through local villages and around the lake through an ancient land once ruled by the Maya A private boat takes us across the water to La Lancha, our boutique hideaway in the rain forest Pedal through a tropical rain forest into Tikal National Park Join a local guide to explore classic Maya pyramids amid the vast jungle, a scene almost too extraordinary to be real! Adults spend the day uncovering the mysteries of this majestic World Heritage site, while kids hunt for treasure and howler monkeys animate the canopy.
3 At the protected biotope of Cerro Cahuí, hike through subtropical dry forest to stunning miradors for views of Lakes Petén Itzá and Sacpetén A Maya family welcomes us into their home for a meal and demonstration of traditional cooking techniques and kids join the locals for a soccer game An overland journey takes us back over the border into Belize to the town of San Ignacio The youngsters learn about how traditional Mayan chocolate is produced from bean to bar—and then taste the result!
4 Hike through the jungle and discover the magnificent native flora and fauna Savor a traditional lunch overlooking the winding Macal River Follow lush rain forest trails to a mountain summit with incredible views The youngsters enjoy a special kids-only dinner.
5-7 Get up close and personal with jaguars and other native animals on an exclusive tour of the Belize Zoo, a rehabilitation sanctuary for rescued animals Enjoy a scenic charter flight to the beach resort town of Placencia Hop in a kayak and navigate the peaceful Placencia Lagoon 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 Dine on fresh catch at beachfront Itz'ana's incredible sea-to-table restaurant.