Experience the intense colours, vibrancy, cultures and landscapes of Central America as a family. Uncover the mysteries surrounding the ancient Mayan civilisation on this journey through Guatemala and Belize. Stroll around historic Antigua, be awed by looming volcanoes, venture deep into the jungles of Tikal National Park, and shop up a storm in a bustling market in Chichicastenango. Take a relaxing boat trip around stunning Lake Atitlan, and enjoy a unique rainforest stay in the Belize Highlands. Wrap the trip up by spending a few days chilling out on the Caribbean coast - a perfect way to end this adventure!
Is it right for your family?
This trip perfectly combines discovery, nature, learning and relaxation. It is a fairly active adventure which includes visiting Antigua, the highlands, the jungles of Tikal National Park and a border crossing from Guatemala into Belize. To keep driving time to a minimum some internal flights on the trip are included. Along the way, stay in comfortable hotels and resorts.
Days 1-2 Antigua
From its volcanic outskirts to its cobblestone laneways, Antigua is a fantastic place to start the adventure. Take to the streets and admire the churches, cathedrals, parks and gardens of this charming colonial city on a guided tour.
Days 3-5 Panajachel/Chichicastenango
Visit colourful Chichicastenango market, packed full of traditional weaving and crafts. Afterwards, travel to the lakeside town of Panajachel for picture-perfect views of Lake Atitlan. Enjoy a boat trip on the lake and explore a local village that's strongly connected to the traditional Mayan lifestyle.
Days 6-7 Flores/Tikal
Fly to the easy-going town of Flores. Spend free time here wandering through local handicraft shops, or perhaps try Guatemalan cuisine for a taste sensation. Then, discover the jungle ruins and limestone temples at Tikal National Park. For the ultimate thrill take a canopy tour along zip wires and hanging bridges; an experience the whole family will remember.
Days 8-9 Jungle Lodge/Belize Highlands
Leaving Guatemala behind, cross the border into beautiful Belize. Choose from a number of optional activities here. Hire bikes and head off to explore the surrounding lush-green mountains, visit a butterfly farm, or jump in a canoe for a tour through caves complete with stunning stalactites and glittering stalagmites.
Days 10-11 Ambergris Caye
Have an unforgettable time on an optional snorkelling adventure at Shark Ray Alley. Have fun looking for turtles, dolphins, sharks and stingrays in this luscious underwater world.
Day 12 Belize City
Fly to the historical capital and say adios to an action-packed adventure.