10 daysActivity Level
ActiveActive trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
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Volcanoes rise from the shores of Lake Atitlan, secrets hide deep in the jungle and the pyramids at Tikal have stood for millennia. A family adventure to Belize and Guatemala offers scenic excursions with historic undertones – do you dare to step into the caverns of the Mayan underworld?
Stroll the Streets of Antigua
In Guatemala, feel the magic of the cobblestone streets, shouldering mountains and vibrant buildings. It’s one of the America’s best-preserved Spanish colonial cities, and a focal point of understanding world history.
Discover Lake Atitlan
Three volcanoes rise from the shores of the emerald Lake Atitlan, and indigenous villages sit on the banks. Learn about life here and enjoy the naïf art galleries, town murals and natural dye textile producers.
Explore Mayan Pyramids at Tikal and Yaxha
Tikal and Yaxha were some of the largest cities of the Mayan empire. Enjoy a sunset from atop the pyramid at Yaxha. At Tikal, you might spot some monkeys, parrots, macaws and toucans hanging out near the tallest temple in Mayan history.
Swim into the Mayan Underworld
Hike through tropical jungle and swim through caverns to reach Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Stone Sepulcher), home of the Mayan underworld. Sparkling stalactites, stalagmites and flow stones awe and amaze. It’s also notable for its well-preserved Mayan ceramics, stoneware and skeletons.
Zip-Line and Tube Down Cave Rivers
Enjoy zip-lining from treetop to treetop in the tropical jungle of Belize at heights up to 80 feet off the ground. Then, glide gently down cavernous rivers in an inner tube, through a network of caves with glittering crystal formations.
Fly to Antigua, Guatemala
Cooking Class in a Local Restaurant
Learn to make authentic Guatemalan cuisine during a cooking class in a local restaurant! The country’s food and drink are influenced by its mix of Mayan, Spanish, African and Caribbean cultures. Corn, beans, rice, pork, beef, chicken, cheese and tortillas form the backbone if most Guatemalan cuisine.
Explore the Streets of Antigua
Enjoy the magical atmosphere of Antigua on a guided walk. Starting at Central Plaza, you’ll discover the town’s most fascinating structures, including El Portal, el Palacio de Capitanes, City Hall and the Cathedral. Then, walk through Tanque la Union and San Francisco Church and Museum before reaching 5th Avenue, where the iconic yellow arch contrasts the distant mountains. This tour will give you a general introduction to the history and contemporary issues of Guatemala.
Visit the renowned Chichicastenango Market, a weekly magnet for indigenous people from villages all over the Guatemalan Highlands. Practice bartering among the vibrantly dressed locals – the market is brimming with native fruits, vegetables and everyday items, as well as beautiful textiles and wooden and ceramic crafts. It’s a great place to get a souvenir!
Visit Iximche Archaeological Site
Explore the Iximche Archaeological site, which was the capital of the Kaqchikel Mayan kingdom until its abandonment in 1524. The site includes several pyramid-temples, palaces and two Mesoamerican ballcourts, and is frequently visited by indigenous Maya from the Guatemalan Highlands.
Lake Atitlan by Boat
Hop aboard a boat to cross Lake Atitlan. Many indigenous communities can only be reached by water.
Visit Indigenous Lakeside Villages
Boat across Lake Atitlan, where you’ll visit indigenous villages that sit on the shores. Each is named after one of the Christian apostles: San Juan is a quiet traditional village known for its weaving cooperatives and naïf art galleries. In the markets of Santiago, you’ll find wooden carvings and beautiful beaded embroidery.
Yaxha by Sunset
Watch the sunset from the top of Structure 216, Yaxha’s tallest pyramid.
Go on an in-depth exploration of the awesome Mayan ruins at Tikal, the largest and most spectacular of all Mayan ruins. Temple IV, the site’s tallest pyramid, rises 209 feet from the ground, towering above the rainforest canopy. Explore the rest of the complex, full of uncovered temples, shrines, ceremonial platforms and plazas. Also keep an eye out for howler monkeys, parrots, macaws and toucans.
Visit Chaa Creek
Chaa Creek is a tributary of the Macal River and home to largely unexcavated Mayan ruins. Pottery and other artifacts lie dormant beneath the ground. Enjoy spotting the area’s diverse wildlife, with over 300 species of birds calling the area home.
Free Time in San Ignacio
Now’s your chance to explore this little slice of Belize. Visit a local market set on the banks of the Macal River, where farmers, traders and vendors gather to sell their wares. Check out some of the local restaurants, where you can find traditional rice and beans with chicken, beef, pork and fried fish.
Plunge into Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
Hike into the depths of lush jungle before arriving at the entrance of Actun Tunichil Muknal, or Cave of the Crystal Sepulcher. A short swim will lead you into the cave’s main passage, where stalagmites, stalactites and flow stones sparkle and shimmer. It’s home to the Crystal Maiden, a calcified Mayan skeleton, as well as the famous Monkey Pot artifact, which is one of just four of its type found in Central America
Set off on a ride through the cave! After an approximate 15-minute walk on a smooth trail, climb into your tube on the river and hook up. Relax and enjoy an easy ride down the river and through an underground cave.
Hike through the jungle to the starting point of your thrilling zip-line adventure! Get up to 80 feet off the jungle floor and zoom off for a fun, safe thrill ride!
Depart Belize City, Belize
Dates & Prices
06/27-07/06Adult $4390Teen $4390Child $3890
$200 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults
Additional $990 for single accommodations
Large Group Discount
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If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices
All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.
Guaranteed departure. Surcharge applied to groups smaller than 4 guests.
Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.
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