iExplore Guatemala, Honduras and Belize

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  • Privately Guided
  • Starting Price: $4,995
  • Length: 13 days
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Tour Description

When you list its assets, Guatemala seems to be one of the best travel destinations in Central America: the stunning Maya ruins at Tikal, the well-preserved colonial city of Antigua, a vibrant indigenous culture, active volcanoes, highland lakes, exotic wildlife.

Honduras offers an array of different vacation experiences - perhaps more than any other country in Central America. It can be a resort-oriented getaway for divers and snorkelers (in the Bay Islands), a showplace of Mayan archaeological treasures (at Copan), or an eco- and adventure-travel playground (on the north coast and in the rain forest).

Belize has become a rising star among those seeking active and educational vacations. They go to see its vast expanses of rain forest, rich collection of birds and animals, long stretch of coral reef and plentiful Maya ruins. And despite a weak international travel market, tourism has replaced agriculture as the largest industry in Belize, generating almost one-fifth of the country's GDP.

Itinerary

Day 01: Guatemala City - Antigua, Guatemala

Today when you arrive at Guatemala City Airport, you will be met outside baggage claim for land transfer to Antigua (1hr) and to your hotel in this picturesque, colonial town. Arrivals are typically at night so you may just have time to wander the streets admiring the floodlit monuments and exploring the variety of local restaurants.

Posada del Angel - Standard Suite

Day 02: Antigua

Enjoy a half-day privately guided walking tour of Antigua. The tour is flexible, you may choose the points of interest you wish to visit, otherwise the general tour takes in the main square, Palace, Cathedral, La Merced Church, Capuchinas Convento, St Clara & San Francisco Church.

The afternoon is at leisure, at the hotel or exploring Antigua on own for sightseeing or shopping (market day is Saturday, Monday, and Thursday.)

Breakfast

Posada del Angel - Standard Suite

Day 03: Antigura - Lake Atitlan

Morning private transfer with your guide to Lake Atitlan (3hrs.) Upon your arrival, enjoy a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan to the village of Santiago. On the journey you will be able to enjoy wonderful views of volcanoes Toliman, Atitlan & San Pedro. Your guide will then show you around this village and find the house where the Maya God Maximon is living. Each year a different "brotherhood" has the privilege of taking care of their God, so his location changes. Once with Maximon you may see a ritual performed by local shaman and learn of the spiritualism and beliefs of the T'zutujil Maya as well as their local costume & traditions.

After, visit the local church and learn about the history of this very traditional town and also see the market and learn about the distinctive textiles and primitive art that is famous from this area. Lunch is included. When you are ready, you will be taken back to your hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel Atitlan - Standard Room

Day 04: Lake Atitlan - Chichicastenango - Guatemala City

Morning transfer (1hr) to the famous market at Chichi where you will enjoy a guided visit. Full of arts and crafts this market is great for displaying the array of local crafts available in Guatemala as well as for personal shopping. You can also see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church and - if you have the energy to hike there - in the cemetery or at Pascual Abaj ritual site. Continue to Guatemala City.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel Otelito - Standard Room

Day 05: Guatemala City - Copan Ruins, Honduras

Transfer (5hrs) across Guatemala from the highlands down to the central arid desert areas and up through the beautiful rolling hills towards the border with Honduras. Just across the border you arrive in the pretty colonial village of Copan Ruinas.

After checking into the hotel your guide will meet you and take you to the Maya Site of Copan. Enjoy a private guided tour of Copan Ruins site with its famous hieroglyphic staircase, ball court and tunnels. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in town before returning to your hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch

Hacienda San Lucas - Standard Room

Day 06: Copan Ruins - Livingston, Guatemala

Morning drive (5hrs) across Guatemala through the arid dry central desert region to the lush tropical rainforest area surrounding Rio Dulce and the Caribbean coastline. Visit the beautiful, UNESCO protected small Mayan Temple site at Quirigua along the way, containing some of the most beautifully preserved carvings and stelea in the Maya world. Once in Rio Dulce you will board a boat (1hr) along the Rio Dulce to your hotel. The Villa Caribe is located in the Garifuna town of Livingston on the Caribbean cost. Enjoy local dishes such as Tapado, sounds of the local Creole language, and occasional drums of the Punta dance.

Breakfast

Villa Caribe - Standard Room

Day 07: Livingston - Flores

Spend the morning cruising on the Rio Dulce River from your hotel through the central canyon and back to Rio Dulce. On your way back you might per chance see the elusive Manatee.

Afternoon transfer (4hrs) to Flores and La Lancha Resort. La Lancy overlooks the beautiful and unspoiled Lake Peten Itza located in Guatemala near the region of Tikal, one of the archaeological wonders of the world.

Breakfast

La Lancha Resort - Lakeview Casita

Day 08: Tikal National Park

An early morning start this morning to explore the amazing Mayan Temple site at Tikal where huge Mayan temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest.

UNESCO World Heritage site, Tikal National Park. In the heart of the jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation, lies one of the major sites of Mayan civilization, inhabited from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. The ceremonial center contains superb temples and palaces, and public squares accessed by means of ramps. Remains of dwellings are scattered throughout the surrounding countryside. After lunch, return to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Breakfast, Lunch

La Lancha Resort - Lakeview Casita

Day 09: Flores - Dangriga, Belize

Morning transfer to Flores Airport for your flight to Belize International Airport, and connect on your flight to Dangriga. You are met at Dangriga Airport by hotel staff for transfer to Hamanasi Resort.

Breakfast, Dinner

Hamanasi Resort - Standard Room

Day 10-12: Dangriga

Nestled between the lush Maya Mountains and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, Hamanasi is a special place from which you can explore the best of Belize on and offshore. A secluded, intimate resort located just south of Hopkins, Hamanasi has 17 acres of land with 400 feet of Caribbean Sea beachfront surrounded by sub-tropical flora on the finest stretch of beach in Belize.

Included in your stay is 2 local excursions, please choose from the of the following options: two tank barrier reef diving (everyday, weather permitting); barrier reef snorkeling (every day, weather permitting); Mayflower Waterfall Hike (Mondays); Cave and Jungle Experience (Tuesdays); Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve (Wednesdays); Tropical Birding (Thursday mornings); Jungle River Kayaking or Canoeing (Thursday afternoons); Mayan History Tour (Fridays)

Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hamanasi Resort - Standard Room

Day 13: Dangriga - Belize City - Depart

Return transfer to Dangriga Airport for flight to Belize International Airport.

Continental Breakfast

Departures

Depart any day! Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details.

Pricing Information

2010

$4,995 per person, based on two persons traveling together

$1,350 single supplement

$7,495 solo traveler

Prices for your dates of travel may vary- please contact iExplore for an exact quote. Quoted prices are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as of September, 2009. iExplore reserves the right to increase tour prices to cover increased costs, tariffs and taxes received after prices are published, and to reflect fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. iExplore is under no obligation to give breakdown costs involved in any package.

Inclusions:

Accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

Meals as outlined in the itinerary - not including drinks other than water / coffee / tea

Regional flights on Maya Island Air from Flores / Belize City / Dangriga / Belize City.

Private transfers & guiding throughout except at Hamanasi Resort where tours and transfers are non-exclusive

Entrance fees

Exclusions:

International airfare and airport taxes

Meals, unless otherwise indicated

Items of a personal nature

Gratuities and porterage

Travel insurance

Visas (if required)

Holiday surcharges

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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