Active Guatemala & Belize Exploration with Placencia

Adventure awaits in Guatemala and Belize! Experience Mayan culture, soaring mountains, a captivating local culture, or welcoming people. This custom itinerary includes a mix of cultural and active experiences to take in the best each country has to offer. Trek, kayak, zipline, and rappel through stunning natural scenery including volcanoes, caves, and so much more on this once in a lifetime journey through Central America!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Guatemala City - Antigua

Guatemala City - Antigua
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Casa Santo Domingo

Welcome to Guatemala! Upon your arrival you will be met by your driver to begin your transfer to Antigua. Take in the city at your own pace as you unwind post-flight. (This service is on a private basis.)

Antigua

Antigua is among the world’s best conserved colonial cities in the Americas. It is a magic and captivating small town that makes you feel time might have stopped 300 years ago. From its colonial architecture to its beautiful surroundings; strolling through town on the cobblestone streets, you will experience the splendors of ancient times! A few things you will find are art galleries and exhibits, coffee shops, amazing cuisine, cute little bars and much more.

Day 2: Antigua

Antigua
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Pacaya Volcano Trek & Rappelling
  • Accommodation: Casa Santo Domingo
  • Meals: B, L

Pacaya Volcano Trek & Rappelling

This morning, you will have an early transfer to Pacaya Volcano. Upon your arrival you will visit El Barretal where you will enjoy your breakfast. This volcano is one of the most visited in Guatemala, 8,373 ft above the sea level it’s been active since 1965. It takes around 1-2 hours to hike from the base to the top viewpoint overlooking the flowing lava fields this trail is very gentle with a wide trail. From the summit enjoy beautiful views toward other volcanoes and if the weather is clear you may also see the southern coastline. This active volcano has a Strombolian activity (Strombolian activity produces frequent, moderate eruptions. The lava is basaltic but sufficiently viscous for entrapped gases to build up a pressure which is released in continuous small explosions), but occasional Plinian eruptions may also occur (marked by columns of gas and volcanic ash extending high into the Earth's atmosphere. Key characteristics are ejection of a large amount of pumice and very powerful continuous gas blast eruptions). A few of its eruptions have showered Guatemala City and surroundings with ash. After hiking you will return to El Barretal. After lunch in El Barretal, you will enjoy a Rappel Adventure! After your day of adventure, you will be transferred back to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 3: Antigua - Lake Atitlan

Antigua - Lake Atitlan
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Antigua Walking Tour
  • Accommodation: Hotel Atitlan
  • Meals: B

Antigua Walking Tour

After breakfast enjoy a guided walking tour of Antigua. You will visit breathtaking colonial monuments and find out why this city was the bustling center of the region for the Spaniards. Starting at central plaza the guide will give you a general idea about the colonization, Guatemala’s history, contemporary issues. View the exterior of main buildings (Palacio de Capitanes, City Hall, and El Portal), visit backstage of the Cathedral, Cathedral ruins, and San Francisco church.

After your walking tour, you will transfer to Lake Atitlan. Three stunning volcanoes rise above its emerald surface. Lake Atitlan is located 144km west of Guatemala City and is characterized by its natural beauty surrounded by gorgeous views of the volcanoes and indigenous villages. The famous writer Aldous Huxley considered it "the most beautiful lake in the world." (This service is on a private basis.)

Lake Atitlan

With three stunning volcanoes rising out of its emerald surface, Lake Atitlán is for sure the best way to be introduced to the indigenous culture in the highlands of Guatemala. Located 144km west of Guatemala City this lake is characterized by its natural beauty and surrounded by gorgeous views and indigenous villages filled with culture. The famous writer Aldous Huxley considered it ¨the most beautiful lake in the world¨.

Day 4: Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Chichicastenango’s Market & Colorful Culture
  • Accommodation: Hotel Atitlan
  • Meals: B

Chichicastenango’s Market & Colorful Culture

After breakfast, you will transfer to Chichicastenango. Chichicastenango is home to what is surely the most colorful native market in the Americas. Market days are held every Sunday and Thursday and draw not only the K'iche' Maya of the surrounding region, but vendors from all over Guatemala, representing many of Guatemala's linguistic groups such as Mam, Ixil, Kaqchikel and others. On arrival, you will meet your guide. He/she will show you local church, an iconic monument for the indigenous and Mayan history itself. If you’re lucky you will also witness special ceremonies and mix of religions. Then you will visit one of the famous “Morerias”where you will enjoy a cultural dance and a Mayan Ceremony. After your tour, you will transfer back to Lake Atitlan for a relaxing evening. (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 5: Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Kayaking & Tzununa Hike
  • Accommodation: Hotel Atitlan
  • Meals: B

Kayaking & Tzununa Hike

After breakfast this morning, you will have a boat transfer to Santa Cruz to pick-up your kayaking gear. Paddle for approximately 45 minutes along delightful peninsulas, admiring the shore's beautiful gardens. The views of the Atitlan, San Pedro, and Toliman volcanoes are spectacular.

After kayaking you will start the hike to Tzununa. The hike takes you several hundred feet above the ever changing waters of Atitlan for breathtaking views of the famous volcanoes. Then you will descend into the Pumpatin Canyon for a nature walk along the banks of the river.? Experience two different ecosystems as we walk from the upper lakeshore into the narrow canyon.? After the hike, you will travel by boat to Santiago for lunch and visit Maximon.

Santiago (St. James), is a village located on the south end of the lake, home to Maximon, a pagan saint who drinks moonshine and smoke cigars. Maximon is visited every day by locals, healers, and tourists asking for favors. (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 6: Lake Atitlan - Flores

Lake Atitlan - Flores
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Lake Atitlan - Flores
  • Transportation (Air): Domestic Flight
  • Accommodation: Bolontiku Hotel Boutique
  • Meals: B
Domestic Flight
Guatemala City - Flores
Flight #: TBA
Departs: TBA
Arrives: TBA

Lake Atitlan - Flores

Enjoy a morning at your leisure. Later today, you will transfer back to Guatemala City International Airport for your local flight to Flores. Upon your arrival meet with your driver for your transfer to the hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Peten

The area of Petén is the largest department of Guatemala; it occupies about a third of the country but contains only three percent of its population. This area produces wood, chewing gum, oil, pepper and other agricultural products. Its main income comes from the worldwide known cradle of the Mayan civilization.

Day 7: Flores

Flores
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Monkey Tour & Yaxha Sunset
  • Accommodation: Bolontiku Hotel Boutique
  • Meals: B

Monkey Tour & Yaxha Sunset

The property in which Las Lagunas hotel is located, has 5 lagoons and the biggest one is called Laguna Quexil. In this lagoon they have two islands and in one of them they breed and take care of monkeys. Every morning the hotel prepares fresh fruit and vegetables to feed them. You will get to watch them come down from the top of the trees to eat their food and you might even get a chance to feed them. They are charming and friendly.

Later this afternoon, at 2pm your guide will pick you up for your transfer to Yaxha. Yaxha, meaning "green water", is located 73 km from Flores. This Mayan site, discovered in 1904 by architect Teobert Maler, is situated within the Mayan Biosphere Reserve along the sites of Nakum and El Naranjo. From the major pyramid you can enjoy a great view of Yaxha lagoon and another Mayan site called Topoxte. Receiving fewer visitors than other sites, Yaxha remains peaceful and there are wonderful wildlife watching opportunities. The sunset on top one of the temples on a clear day is simply stunning! After the tour your guide will transfer you back to the hotel for the remainder of your evening. (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 8: Flores

Flores
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Tikal Tour & Ziplining
  • Accommodation: Bolontiku Hotel Boutique
  • Meals: B, L

Tikal Tour & Ziplining

After breakfast your tour guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and transfer you to Tikal National Park (45min). Your guide will show you the layout of the temples, architecture, history, some theories of why they disappeared, and if you are lucky a few monkeys, parrots, macaws, and toucans will be on site.

City and ceremonial center of the ancient Maya civilization, Tikal became an important ceremonial center with the construction of major pyramids and temples. Its best years were the Late Classic Period (600-900AD). Tikal National Park contains some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya Civilization. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, Tikal is Guatemala's most famous cultural and natural preserve.

After the tour enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the middle of the jungle. You will then zipline through the jungle before heading back to your accommodations for the evening. (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 9: Flores - San Ignacio

Flores - San Ignacio
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Transfer to San Ignacio, Xunantunich & Cahal Pech
  • Accommodation: San Ignacio Resort Hotel
  • Meals: B, L

Transfer to San Ignacio, Xunantunich & Cahal Pech

This morning, you will meet with your driver for your transfer to the Belize Border, where you will cross on your own. On the Belize side, your local guide will be waiting for you and you will transfer to Xunantunich & Cahal Pech.

Enjoy a guided tour through the site, visiting the most important monuments. The structure called El Castillo rises 130 feet above ground making it one of the highest buildings in Belize, offering an impressive panoramic view of the Mopan River Valley. From here, you will be able to appreciate a large stucco frieze on a lower temple and more. After your Xunantunich tour you will be taken to the Cahal Pech Mayan site which use to be a hilltop palace for an elite Mayan Family. After your exploration, you will continue on to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Belize

There are countries whose culture is the incredible, beautiful result of the marriage of other cultures. Belize is a wonderful mesh of Mestizo, Caribbean, Maya, English, and something new - something uniquely Belizean. Counting the Mayan historic sites, the second largest coral reef in the world, the dense jungle, the Latin America-inspired menu, the only thing that makes this a better destination for American travelers is the official language: English. Belize is a country tragically overlooked, but completely worth your time.

Day 10: San Ignacio - Placencia

San Ignacio - Placencia
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Accommodation: Naia Resort and Spa
  • Meals: B

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Placencia to enjoy the beach for the next few days! (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 11: Placencia

Placencia
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Monkey River Tour
  • Accommodation: Naia Resort and Spa
  • Meals: B

Monkey River Tour

Explore Monkey River by boat, observing Howler Monkeys, tropical birds, crocodiles, and wildlife. Stop by the village of Monkey River and enjoy some delicious lunch before driving up the river for 20 minutes. When you get to the river you will get to hike the trails through the rainforest to view families of the Howler Monkeys. Aside from these peculiar monkeys, you will get to see several species of the Flora and Fauna (including medicinal plants). (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 12: Placencia

Placencia
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Naia Resort and Spa
  • Meals: B

Unwind at the shore and enjoy the amenities of your resort as you like today!

Day 13: Depart Placencia

Depart Placencia
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Meals: B

This morning you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the Belize International Airport in good time to board your international departure flight. The journey should be approximately 3 hours. (This service is on a private basis.)

We hope you've had an amazing journey through Guatemala and Belize and will take home memories to last a lifetime!

Accommodation

Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo was once one of the grandest convents of America: a sanctuary sheltering the order of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. Today, the hotel stands as an important monument, housing and preserving the treasures from the baroque era of ancestral America. Each corner of this house, each stone, each image and each piece that composes this hotel museum is a chapter in the story of a historic and beautiful hotel. This remarkable hotel offers 128 rooms, each with its own unique and special characteristics. The décor includes works of art from renowned Guatemalan artists and handmade textiles featuring traditional and contemporary designs. Updated with the finest amenities, all accommodation features LCD televisions with cable, telephones with voicemail, minibars, safety deposit boxes, irons and ironing boards, hair dryers, magnification lighted vanity mirrors, hypo-allergenic pillows (on request), bathrobes, twice-daily housekeeping service, fireplaces, high-speed Internet, terrace, balcony, tub, and Jacuzzi or sauna (in select rooms).

Hotel Atitlan

Hotel Atitlan

Hotel Atitlan is one of Guatemala’s finest boutique hotels, surrounded by charming Botanical Gardens. It is situated just 10 minutes from the main town of Panajachel, on what once was the estate of a family-owned coffee plantation. This lovely property is decorated with wood hand-carved furnishing and ornate ceramic tiles, that reflect the elegant Spanish colonial style of an 18th century Guatemalan plantation. Outside, amidst lush Botanical Gardens flourishing with roses, orchids, bougainvillea and azaleas, a swimming pool gazes onto Lake Atitlan and the majestic volcanoes in the distance.

Bolontiku Hotel Boutique

Bolontiku Hotel Boutique

Integrates naturally into the jungle, offering a perfect communion between nature and contemporary comfort. Thus, you are connected to your most natural side, letting yourself be carried by the hand of the Mayan deities to a quiet stay on the shore of a mystical Lake of the Itzá. Bolontiku is the sanctuary of the nine Mayan gods, rest of the deities of the Lords of time and destiny.

San Ignacio Resort Hotel

San Ignacio Resort Hotel

Recently, the Resort has seen major remodeling which included a marble Mediterranean-style lobby with an exotic hardwood staircase, an air-conditioned Baroque-themed Lobby Bar, a formal dining room, and an extended outdoor seating area. In addition, the property also introduced two premium suites, the Master Suite & Royal Suite, as part of its 40th Anniversary campaign.

Naia Resort and Spa

Naia Resort and Spa

Nestled within a private 200-acre reserve on the Placencia Peninsula, Naia is an intimate, natural playground that sets the stage for uncommon adventures. The resort has a year-round outdoor pool and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. The resort has water sports facilities and free use of bicycles is available. You can engage in various activities, such as snorkeling, diving, and fishing.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 22,950 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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