Guatemala to Belize

10 Days | Sun, fun, creatures and culture in Guatemala and Belize.

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Wander the cobblestone streets of Antigua, admire ancient Mayan ruins and unwind on the laidback island of Caye Caulker on this 10-day adventure from Guatemala to Belize. This trip spans two captivating countries, with different languages, distinct cultures and varied landscapes – each with the capacity to inspire awe in those who visit. From volcano-studded highlands to the chilled-out charm of the Caribbean coast, this tour delivers a hearty dose of history and culture, plenty of epic scenery and some well-deserved downtime.

Trip overview

Map of Guatemala To Belize including Belize and Guatemala
Start
Antigua, Guatemala
Finish
Caye Caulker, Belize
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Guatemala, Belize
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
QVSB
This trip generates 23 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Gaze in wonder at the jungle-shrouded limestone temples of Tikal, one of the most impressive Mayan sites in the whole of Central America, as howler monkeys call from the canopy.
  • Relax and recharge on the white sands of Caye Caulker, a tiny Belizean island made for beach BBQs, snorkel trips and lazy afternoons spent swinging in a hammock.
  • Explore Livingston: a one-of-a-kind riverside town where the local culture is heavily influenced by the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna population.
  • Walk along cobblestone streets and shop for local handicrafts in the tiny inland island town of Flores.
  • Dig deeper into Mayan history – visiting lesser-known ruins and a mystical Mayan cave complex – around San Ignacio, a vibrant market town near the Belize-Guatemala border.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The tropical climate of Central America means conditions can be really hot and humid. Always carry plenty of water with you and stay hydrated, especially on walking tours.
  • As this trip covers destinations across two countries, you'll need to make a border crossing. While this is usually straightforward, please prepare to be patient.
  • While your leaders on this trip will bridge any language gaps you have along the way, you'll find meeting locals easier the more Spanish words you know. Attempting to communicate in Spanish is a great way of showing you care.
  • This trip involves some long days of travel, some of it by local transport. This may be a little more rustic than you are used to, but it's worth it to encounter local life in a real way.

Itinerary

Map of Guatemala To Belize including Belize and Guatemala

Inclusions

Meals

5 breakfasts, 3 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle, Public bus, Local bus, Taxi, Ferry, Shared boat

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights), Lodge (2 nights)

Activities
  • Antigua - Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Antigua - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Livingston - River boat trip to Garifuna town
  • Flores - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Santa Ana Vieja - Cooperativa Nuevo Horizonte visit
  • Flores - Tortilla Making Workshop
  • Tikal National Park - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
Add on activities
  • Antigua - Salsa-dance Lesson (per hour) - GTQ100
  • Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop at ChocoMuseo - GTQ225
  • San Ignacio - Cave tubing (incl. entrance, guide & transport) - BZD190
  • San Ignacio - Iguana Conservation Project (entrance fee) - BZD23
  • San Ignacio - Xunantunich Ruins entry - BZD10
  • San Ignacio - Cahal Pech Ruins entry - BZD10
  • San Ignacio - Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves (Incl. entry, guide, transport & lunch) - BZD250
  • Caye Caulker - Sunset Sailing - BZD100
  • Caye Caulker - Stand-up paddleboard hire (per hour) - BZD42
  • Caye Caulker - Bicycle Rental (per day) - USD8
  • Full day Catamaran tour-(gear, guide and transport included) - BZD230
  • Full day speed boat-(gear, guide and transport included) - BZD230

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Please be careful when booking flights to Antigua; make sure you fly into Guatemala City Airport [GUA]. Guatemala City Airport is the closest airport to Antigua. Please do not book flights to Antigua & Barbuda Airport [ANU] as this is an island in the Caribbean.
4. On your final day, you’ve got the power to choose where your adventure takes you. If you like, you can stay in Caye Caulker for another couple of nights relaxing beachside – we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). Otherwise, jump on an included water taxi transfer from the Caye Caulker ferry port back to Belize City where you can also book additional nights’ accommodation, or where your leader can assist you to catch a taxi from the port to the airport for an onward connection. You will need to make your own way from your hotel in Caye Caulker to the ferry port. To allow for transfer times, please book a flight after 12 pm (midday).

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 62 reviews submitted.
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Faria · Traveled January 2024
Trip was awesome. Dont make the mistake of taking out quetzals in your home country. You’ll get better rates in guatemala.
Review submitted 15 Jan 2024

Barry · Traveled December 2023
I've taken many cruises in my life, and I loved them. But, I wanted more. I didn't really expect my Intrepid trip to Central America...through Central America...to be SO MUCH MORE than what I experienced on cruises. It was. It really was.
Review submitted 07 Jan 2024

Shauna · Traveled December 2023
Wonderful trip! This was my third trip with Intrepid, but on a different continent this time. All the destinations and activities were amazing. Our leader Sergio was also great and went above and beyond to accommodate us. The hotels were also very good. Caye Caulker is beautiful, relaxing, and fun. I will never forget this trip and cannot wait to go back!
Review submitted 09 Jan 2024

Sarah · Traveled December 2023
I'm so glad I took this trip! Guatemala and Belize are beautiful and fascinating countries and I learned a ton, even about the ugly parts of history. The trip felt incredibly organized so I could just enjoy and our trip left, Fidelio, was one of the best and most informative guides I've had.
Review submitted 07 Jan 2024

Mateo · Traveled December 2023
A trip I was not excited for but was very sad for it to end in the last few days. Great for families and adults. Will give you the full experience of a country with amazing tour leaders. Would highly recommend to look into.
Review submitted 01 Jan 2024
Guatemala to Belize
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