Guatemala and Belize Uncovered

Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal, Mountain Pine Ridge, Orange Walk District
13 nights private tour from $5,600 Per Person

Uncover the fascinating history and rich biodiversity of these two very different awe-inspiring countries. Explore colonial cities, visit bustling local markets, glide across lakes flanked by smoking volcanoes, discover ancient ruins and observe wildlife hidden in the jungle.

Guatemala and Belize Uncovered
At a glance
  • Explore both country's highlights in one authentic, experience-packed trip, dodging crowds and staying in charming characterful properties and unique remote lodges.

  • Guatemala is steeped in native Mayan and Spanish colonial tradition; you'll be introduce to both, whilst visiting photogenic cities and tiny indigenous villages untouched by mass tourism.

  • Belize, on the other hand, is a truly Caribbean country with an English-speaking laid-back vibe, with lodges deep in the jungle, a stunning array of wildlife and a healthy dose of adventure.

Journey highlights
  • Explore both country's highlights in one authentic, experience-packed trip, dodging crowds and staying in charming characterful properties and unique remote lodges.

  • Guatemala is steeped in native Mayan and Spanish colonial tradition; you'll be introduce to both, whilst visiting photogenic cities and tiny indigenous villages untouched by mass tourism.

  • Belize, on the other hand, is a truly Caribbean country with an English-speaking laid-back vibe, with lodges deep in the jungle, a stunning array of wildlife and a healthy dose of adventure.

  • Uncovered itinerary:Designed to immerse you in a destination, our Uncovered Journeys take you off the beaten path, with boutique hotels and cultural insight
Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Guatemala is best visited during the months of December to March, when the landscape is still green from the rainy season but the weather is warm and pleasant. April to September is rainy season, temperatures begin to drop and hiking can be difficult because of the terrain. October brings the hurricane season so we would advise to avoid Guatemala during this time. Religious ceremonies and festivals take part at Easter with the Semana Santa and May/June with Corpus Christi, so expect the city to be extremely busy during this time.

For Belize’s best weather, visit between the months of December to April. Expect warm weather and a great deal of sunshine as well as excellent snorkelling opportunities. Avoiding travel between June to October is recommended as daily heavy rainfall is common. Hurricanes are possible between August and October.


Price Guide: (Per Person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
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November $6,200 $1,600 plan your trip
December $6,200 $1,600 plan your trip
January $6,200 $1,600 plan your trip
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April $5,900 $1,500 plan your trip
May $5,900 $1,500 plan your trip
June $5,600 $1,400 plan your trip
July $5,600 $1,400 plan your trip
August $5,600 $1,400 plan your trip
September $5,600 $1,400 plan your trip
October $5,600 $1,400 plan your trip
  • November
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
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    $1,600
  • December
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
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    $1,600
  • January
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
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    $1,600
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
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    $1,600
  • March
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,600
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,900
    Deposit from*
    $1,500
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,900
    Deposit from*
    $1,500
  • June
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,600
    Deposit from*
    $1,400
  • July
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,600
    Deposit from*
    $1,400
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,600
    Deposit from*
    $1,400
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,600
    Deposit from*
    $1,400
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,600
    Deposit from*
    $1,400
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Itinerary

Fly to Guatemala City
Day 1-4

Antigua

The first stop on your authentic itinerary is the picturesque colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala’s former capital that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With an infectious charm you’ll spend the next few days wandering the cobbled streets with its pastel coloured buildings, exploring ruined churches and convents and perusing boutique shops for fantastic souvenirs such as ornately painted masks.

There’s an excellent array of restaurants and cafés, many of which are hidden away in ornate courtyards with beautifully tended tropical gardens or have rooftops where you can soak up the magnificent view, overshadowed by the three towering volcanoes on the horizon. You’ll also have the chance to visit surrounding rural villages, where the locals still dress in traditional outfits and follow ancient customs or for the more active there are those volcanoes waiting to be climbed!

Accommodation: El Convento ( 3 nights )
Day 4-6

Lake Atitlan

Transfer to Lake Atitlan stopping at Chichicastenango, an indigenous highland town known for its traditional Maya culture and huge bustling open-air market (held on Thursday and Sunday), where vendors sell and barter local produce, animal stock and handicrafts.

As you continue winding down the road, passing small settlements and agricultural plots of land, you eventually reach the shores of Lake Atitlan where you will be taken aback by its breath-taking scenery. Accessible only by boat, your accommodation for the next few days is a secluded little hideaway on the rocky shores of the lake, offering an unforgettable stay with unparalleled views!

This magnificent region offers the most spellbinding landscape of mountains and softly puffing volcanoes which on a clear day are reflected on the emerald coloured crater lake. As well as enjoying the astonishing scenery you will visit authentic Maya villages on the lake’s fertile shores, which are characterised by their own unique traditions and customs.

Accommodation: La Casa del Mundo ( 2 nights )
Day 6-8

Tikal

You will need to board a short flight to reach your final destination in Guatemala (before crossing the border to Belize) and be prepared for a significant change in climate as it’s much more tropical and humid in Tikal!

You'll be staying at the boutique style Las Lagunas jungle lodge, which is perfectly located for guests looking to visit the Mayan civilisation’s most impressive ruins, from Tikal to Uaxactún and Yaxhá.

The property sits within its own enclosed nature reserve, which spans almost 300 acres and plays home to monkeys, jaguars, ocelots and over 250 bird species. Daily boat tours are included in your stay over to Monkey Island, where you can help feed the monkeys!

Accommodation: Las Lagunas ( 2 nights )
Day 8-11

Mountain Pine Ridge

As you cross over the border you’ll immediately feel the shift between Latin and Caribbean. Your first stop in Belize is the Cayo district, Belize’s premier adventure and eco-activity region. It’s a lush green area interwoven with bubbling rivers, cascading waterfalls and a series of cave networks waiting to be explored. There are also several Mayan temples, still shroud in dense vegetation, many of which only receive a handful or visitors on a daily basis, for you to discover.

Spend three days at the Hidden Valley Lodge, situated in Mountain Pine Ridge National Park and surrounded by a private nature reserve. Lace up your hiking boots, grab your binoculars and don’t forget your camera…with 90 miles of walking and biking trails for you to explore and plenty of activities including kayaking, ziplining caving, there’s lots to keep you busy for the next few days. And after a sweaty day of adventure in the jungle, where better to cool off then at the outdoor pool (tropical rum punch optional).

Accommodation: Hidden Valley Inn ( 3 nights )
Day 11-14

Orange Walk District, Belizean Jungle, Belize

Your final adventure begins when you board the boat on the New River for the spectacular journey across to the remotely located Lamanai Outpost Lodge. You will notice an abundance of wildlife (crocodiles bathing on the riverbank and birds flying overhead) and beautiful natural scenery as you travel along the calm river. At the halfway point of Shipyard, you may be greeted by the local Mennonite community.

The lodge overlooks a lagoon teeming with flora and fauna and is surrounded by forests, savannahs and vast wetlands all waiting to be explored by foot, boat and kayak. Just moments from the lodge you’ll also find the spectacular Lamanai Mayan ruins, making this the perfect setting to end this wonderful itinerary.

Accommodation: Lamanai Outpost Lodge ( 3 nights )
Fly home via Belize City
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

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  • S
  • O
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  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

Guatemala is best visited during the months of December to March, when the landscape is still green from the rainy season but the weather is warm and pleasant. April to September is rainy season, temperatures begin to drop and hiking can be difficult because of the terrain. October brings the hurricane season so we would advise to avoid Guatemala during this time. Religious ceremonies and festivals take part at Easter with the Semana Santa and May/June with Corpus Christi, so expect the city to be extremely busy during this time.

For Belize’s best weather, visit between the months of December to April. Expect warm weather and a great deal of sunshine as well as excellent snorkelling opportunities. Avoiding travel between June to October is recommended as daily heavy rainfall is common. Hurricanes are possible between August and October.

Guatemala and Belize Uncovered
Guatemala and Belize Uncovered

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Plan your trip

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
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