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Belize & Guatemala Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Teens & Kids

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Maya Temples to the Caribbean

From $4,399 - $4,798 pp dbl. occ. | 7 days / 6 nights

(+$1,400 to $1,500 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $680


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?

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Belize & Guatemala

Start/End Belize City

Belize and Gutamala Map

Highlights

  • Bike through small villages and lush forests around Lake Petén Itzá and into Tikal National Park, a World Heritage site
  • Feel your heart skip a beat when you first witness the ancient Maya city of Tikal, hidden in the depths of the rain forest
  • Learn about Belize and Guatemala's rich blend of cultures, from Garifuna to Mennonite and Maya
  • Dine with your family on fresh catch and delicious Caribbean specialties like conch fritters, fry jacks and lobster-tail
Belize & Guatemala

Start/End Belize City

Belize and Gutamala Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Hop a charter flight to Flores, a charming island city in Guatemala's Lake Petén Itzá | Bike along the picturesque lakeshore through an ancient land once ruled by the Maya | A private boat takes us to La Lancha, our boutique rain-forest hideaway | Pedal amid a tropical jungle landscape to Tikal National Park, a World Heritage site | Explore Maya pyramids tucked within the dense forest and discover an impressive Maya civilization alongside parrots and howler monkeys.

Day 3 At Cerro Cahuí, hike through subtropical dry forest to stunning lookouts for panoramic views of Lakes Petén Itzá and Sacpetén | A Maya family welcomes us into their home for a meal and traditional cooking demonstration | Youngsters learn how traditional Maya chocolate is produced—and taste the result!

Day 4 Hike through the lush rain forest to spot exotic native flora and fauna | Savor a traditional lunch overlooking the winding Macal River | Follow jungle trails to a sacred cave once used as an ancient Maya ceremonial center | Choose to adventure down the Macal on a river tube or pamper yourself at the hotel spa.

Days 5-7 Commune with jaguars and other native animals during an exclusive Director's Tour at the Belize Zoo, a sanctuary for rescued animals | Enjoy a scenic charter flight to Placencia | Hop in a kayak and navigate the Caribbean coastline | Devote a day to warm crystalline water and exotic marine life during our snorkeling excursion on the Belize Barrier Reef, the longest coral reef outside of Australia.

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 the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,399 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,099 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,399 - $4,798 pp dbl. occ.
7 days / 6 nights

(+$1,400 to $1,500 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $680


Traveling with Kids

Premiere Hotels*

La Lancha
La Lancha

Lake Petén Itzá (2 nights)

* Casual Plus
Ka'ana Boutique Resort and Spa
Ka'ana Resort & Spa

San Ignacio (2 nights)

Naia resort and spa
Naia Resort & Spa

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 Plus

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)

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)

Naia resort and spa

Naia Resort & Spa

Placencia (2 nights)

Stretched across 19 acres of pristine beachfront property, this luxuriously minimalist resort has all the makings of a tropical oasis. (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 8* 400 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 (1.5 Hours)
3 Walking/Hiking 3 300 4 800
Other Traditional Mayan Chocolate-Making Demonstration (45 Minutes)
4 Walking/Hiking 2 700
Walking/Hiking 4* 600
5 Kayaking Placencia Lagoon (1 Hour)
Other Director's Tour of the Belize Zoo (1.5 Hours)
6 Other Caribbean Snorkeling Adventure (All Day)
7 Other Yoga (1 Hour)
 

Note: Belize & Guatemala are world-renowned destinations for numerous eco-adventures. However, due to the tropical climate and under-developed infrastructure, road maintenance is a continual challenge and options for bike routes are limited. Our routes are often on busier thoroughfares, so you should be prepared for unexpected potholes and sections of rough road. Also note that these roads were not designed with a shoulder, and if you are 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.

* 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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 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.

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)

Custom Kids Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On all Backroads Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bicycles for the younger set. They say good things come in small packages; when it comes to bikes for kids of all ages, Backroads is the expert.

Custom Kids Bikes

Custom Kids Bikes (Included)

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.

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 by charter 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 regions and eco-climates. They may, however, seem more rustic than other Backroads hotels, and range 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 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 Time

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.

Activity Level

As with other Level 1–2 Backroads trips, the distances traveled are on the shorter side, though some activities—like climbing the stairs at Tikal and La Lancha hotel—may feel more challenging, particularly due to the heat and humidity. 

 

Why Travel with Backroads in Belize and Guatemala

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.

Like You, We're Family Experts

At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

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.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

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.

A Great Trip for Teens

This Family Adventure, with its blend of challenging activities and cool places to explore, is ready to erase the doubtful looks of the toughest travel critics around: teenagers. We're not saying there won't be a single eye-rolling response (or the odd WhatsApp exchange with the gang back home), but this trip has plenty to keep teens in the moment and part of the family.

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 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.

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.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

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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.

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 by charter 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 regions and eco-climates. They may, however, seem more rustic than other Backroads hotels, and range 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 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 Time

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.

Activity Level

As with other Level 1–2 Backroads trips, the distances traveled are on the shorter side, though some activities—like climbing the stairs at Tikal and La Lancha hotel—may feel more challenging, particularly due to the heat and humidity. 

 

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