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Belize & Tikal

Belize, Guatemala, Central America

from $2,995* per person 8 Days Year-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Wilderness Travel 15 people max
  • Belize city, belize
  • Active & Adventure trips
Our active journey in Belize showcases a bounty of natural history adventures: we snorkel the azure seas of the Caribbean and explore lush rainforests near Punta Gorda, climb through an ancient ceremonial cave in the Maya Mountains, and experience the wonder of spectacular Tikal, where giant pyramids soar out of a vast jungle reserve alive with the calls of birds and monkeys. Hand-selected lodges place us in incredible settings deep in the midst of an utter abundance of rare birds and tropical wildlife. Our trip extensions include even more fantastic snorkeling from a beautiful atoll on Belize’s famed Barrier Reef or explorations in the Guatemala Highlands, including the lovely colonial town of Antigua and the fantastic K’iche Maya culture of Chichicastenango.

Locations visited/nearby

Belize, Guatemala, Central America

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  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.

Itinerary

Days 1-3
Belize City / Punta Gorda

Arrive in Belize City, and fly to the seaside town of Punta Gorda. From our comfortable jungle lodge nestled between the rainforest and the banks of the Moho River, we head out for birding walks, rainforest hikes, and kayaking on the tranquil river. We also enjoy snorkeling the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean at Snake Cayes in the Port of Honduras Marine Reserve. The shallow waters surrounding these small islands swirl with colorful fish, turtles, conches, and corals.

Days 4-5
Maya Mountains / Actun Tunichil Muknal

We head to our lodge in the subtropical forests of the Maya Mountains for nature walks, swimming, and tubing on the Roaring River. At nearby Actun Tunichil Muknal, we hike, swim, and wade as we follow a clear turquoise stream deep into a mystical cavern with walls of river-sculpted rock that were once spiritual centers of the ancient Maya.

Days 6-8
Xunantunich / Tikal

En route to Tikal, we stop at Xunantunich, a Classic Period ceremonial center perched on a ridge overlooking the Mopan River. The next day we explore Tikal, whose sheer scale is extraordinary, with steep-sided pyramids towering 20 stories above a vast jungle reserve. We climb the central stairways of the pyramids, explore the ball courts and great plazas, and search for toucans and monkeys in the treetops. Our lagoon-side lodge is in a serene setting in a private nature reserve. Depart on Day 8 via Guatemala City, or join one of our extensions.

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