Belize & Guatemala

Belize & Guatemala Family Adventure

  • Overview
    Starts at

    $4390

    Duration

    10 days

    Activity Level

    Moderate

    Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.
    Meals

    9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 0 dinners

    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.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Antigua, Guatemala


    Days 1-2

    Antigua

    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.


    Days 3-4

    Lake Atitlan

    Chichicastenango Market

    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.


    Days 5-6

    Tikal

    Yaxha by Sunset

    Watch the sunset from the top of Structure 216, Yaxha’s tallest pyramid.

    Tikal Tour

    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.


    Days 7-9

    San Ignacio

    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

    Rainforest Zip-line

    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!


    Day 10

    Depart Belize City


  • Dates & Prices

    2020 Dates


    03/21-03/30

    Adult $4390
    Teen $4390
    Child $3890

    06/27-07/06

    Adult $4390
    Teen $4390
    Child $3890

    Additional Info

    Triple Discount

    $200 discount for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Single Supplement

    Additional $990 for single accommodations

    Large Group Discount 

    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices

    Price includes

    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.

  • Hotels

    Camino Real Antigua Guatemala

    Located in the colonial city of La Antigua, Guatemala, just four blocks from the Central Plaza. Enjoy the colonial style and all of the culture and history and colonial art that surrounds the hotel. Standard rooms are located along the patio and colonial garden.

    Hotel Atitlan

    Nestled in beautiful gardens on the edge of Lake Atitlan, the hotel offers unique rooms with hand crafted furniture, paintings, and weavings from indigenous villages in the region. Rooms include modern conveniences; cable tv, internet, marble bathrooms with custom toiletries. With a bar and restauarant, and the pool and jacuzzi over looking the lake with volcano views, and gardens to explore this is a haven for complete relaxation.

    Hotel Camino Real Tikal

    At the Camino Real Tikal, you can appreciate the natural and cultural mysteries of the Mayan World. You’ll be able to enjoy national and international cuisine at the hotel restaurant. Relax at the pool, hot tub or take a sauna bath in the Temascales, tradional Mayan saunas.

    Chaa Creek

    Individually designed palm thatched cottages are furnished with a tasteful, casually elegant mix of hand crafted furniture, fine fabrics and local and international art, all designed to blend in with the rainforest surroundings and local culture.

    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.

  • Why Thomson

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.

    Guides

    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler.

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Starts at

$4990

Duration

9 days

Activity Level

Easy

Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.
Starts at

$2790

Duration

8 days

Activity Level

Active

Active 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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