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Highlands, Islands and Tikal (8 days / 7 nts)

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Places Visited:
v/   Cayo
v/   Flores Guatemala
v/   Ambergris Caye
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Visit the Mayan sites of Xunantunich, Caracol & Tikal, and at the same time enjoy the picture postcard turquoise beaches of Ambergris Caye in Belize.
Day 1:Arrive in Belize
Day 2:Xunantunich Maya Temples & Barton Creek Caves by Canoe
Day 3:Caracol Maya Temples & Mountain Pine Ridge
Day 4:Tikal National Park
Day 5:Transfer to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Day 6:San Pedro, Ambergris Caye (choice of sea trek or snuba )
Day 7:San Pedro - Ambergris caye
Day 8:San Pedro - Ambergris caye - Fly out from Belize


Hotels used in this tour
(hotels can be changed on request for most tours)
 1 st classModerate
San Ignacio
Hotel San Ignacio Resort, San Ignacio
San Ignacio Resort
24 rooms
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hotel site
Hotel Windy Hill Resort, Cayo
Windy Hill Resort
25 rooms
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hotel site
San Pedro
Hotel Villas at Banyan Bay, San Pedro
Villas at Banyan Bay
30 rooms
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hotel site
Hotel Exotic Caye Beach Resort, Ambergris Caye
Exotic Caye Beach Resort
20 rooms
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hotel site
Day 1:  Arrive in Belize
On your arrival, you will be met at the Belize international airport and transferred to your Cayo area hotel for check-in.  Overnight in San Ignacio area.

(Included meals: N/A)
Day 2:  Xunantunich Maya Temples & Barton Creek Caves by Canoe
Visit the ancient Maya city of Xunantunich for an opportunity to view original carved monuments depicting Maya rulers and warriors in their full regalia and journey 130 feet to the top of “El Castillo” to capture a panoramic view of the Belize River Valley. Then continue to Barton Creek Cave in Amish territory. Gently paddle your canoe into Xibalba (she-bal-ba), Maya for underworld. You will be dazzled by the glistening crystalline formations and awed by the Maya artefacts secretly tucked away in overhead alcoves.

(Included meals: Breakfast , Lunch)
Day 3:  Caracol Maya Temples & Mountain Pine Ridge
Visit Caracol, the largest Maya City in Belize features Canaa the highest structure in the country. The lush primary rainforest vista gives one the sense of peaceful silence interrupted only by a startled bird call or howl of a monkey. In the afternoon you will continue your exploration in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve with sightseeing stops made at Rio Frio Cave and Rio On Pools.

(Included meals: Breakfast , Lunch)
Day 4:  Tikal National Park
Take a short drive to the Belize-Guatemala border for Immigration processing before heading to the majestic Tikal nestled in the dense jungles of Peten in Guatemala. At the start of the Classic Period, Tikal went to war with neighboring Caracol, located in Belize, and was defeated.

Upon arrival at Tikal National Park, you begin the 4-hour tour of the site (including lunch stop), visiting the most important monuments such as, Complex Q, R, Temple IV, Temple III and the Main Plaza, where you will find Temples I and II, the North Acropolis and the Central Acropolis. (Note: Passport documents required)

***BORDER CROSSING FEES OF US $22.50 P/P IS NOT INCLUDED***

(Included meals: Breakfast , Lunch)
Day 5: Transfer to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Hotel checkout and 9:00 AM departure for return drive to Belize City where you will connect with a domestic flight for a 15 minute transfer to the quaint seaside village of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye for 3 nights of island ambience.

(Included meals: Breakfast)
Day 6:  San Pedro, Ambergris Caye (choice of sea trek or snuba )
Join us onboard the Sea Symphony, your tour platform for Sea Trek or Snuba at Mexico Rocks. Sea Trek is the world’s premier underwater helmet diving experience where you have an opportunity to walk in zero gravity while surrounded by incredible marine life. No swimming skills or prior snorkel experience required; perfect for 8 to 88 year olds. Snuba is the opportunity to experience the fascination of Scuba with the simplicity of Snorkeling – No Certification Required - No heavy gears to handle. Explore crystal clear waters with more time underwater and closer encounter to the marine underworld.

(Included meals: Breakfast)
Day 7:  San Pedro - Ambergris caye
Free day to explore San Pedro, Ambergris Caye at your leisure. Optional activities that can be pre-booked or purchased locally include: Snorkel Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Scuba Dive, Reef Fishing, Day on the Reef. Overnight in San Pedro.

(Included meals: Breakfast)
Day 8:  San Pedro - Ambergris caye - Fly out from Belize
Hotel check out and transfer to airport for connection with domestic flight to the Belize International Airport.

(Included meals: Breakfast)
 
Some comments by past clients
 
Rita D (from USA)
The trip was great the accomodations and the guides were outstanding and we enjoyed the places we stayed. Rita.
Susan Labovich (from USA)

Mauricio: Happy New Year to you~ We are safely home after a wonderful week in Belize and Guatemala. Everything went close to perfectly. Roberto, who was our guide in Caracol on Christmas Day and who also drove us to the Camino Real Tikal on the 26th was very very good.

We loved our tours to Caracol and Tikal. Bill was our guide in Tikal and he was also extremely knowledgeable. We had a great day snorkeling with Tony. Both the Ka'Ana and the Belize Legacy were new places, and that showed a bit in the service at the Ka'Ana restaurant initially and in some areas at the Belize Legacy, but all in all they were great choices.

Our kids really loved the Camino Real Tikal. It was really nice to be on the lake and enjoy the pool and the lake. We would very much consider booking another Latin Discover vacation, if our travels bring us to Central America any time soon. Thank you so much for all your work putting our trip together. Best for 2008. Susan and Family.

Daniel M (from USA)
Mauricio, The trip to Belize & Guatemala was excellent. Everything went smoothly and all of the accommodations were truly first-rate ... hated to leave each place to go to the next. The guides for the tours of Caracol and Tikal were outstanding -- knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful. Overall, another excellent Latin Discover vacation in Central America! Thanks for all your help! Dan McGirt
 

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Trip type:
  Shared service
(can be done privately also)
Departures:
   Daily min. 2 persons