Highlights of Guatemala and Belize
Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal & Placencia
- 12 nights
- from $5700 per person
A cultural journey into the heart of the ancient Mayan world, through the breathtaking landscapes and rainforests of Guatemala to the Caribbean coast of Belize, home to a unique underwater world of coral reefs and exotic marine life.
At a Glance
Soak in the serene beauty of Lake Atitlan and its colorful Indian markets
Wander through the gorgeous colonial streets of Antigua
Explore the incredible Mayan jungle temples of Tikal
Indulge in a stay on your very own, barefoot private island
Discover the amazing underwater world that awaits along Belize's Caribbean coast on either a diving or snorkeling trip
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 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation.
Begin in Antigua, located in the shadow of Guatemala's Agua Volcano and one of the most enchanting colonial towns in the Americas. Take a leisurely stroll through its narrow cobbled streets to discover a rich architectural heritage of old convents, ruined churches, elegant plazas and beautifully restored houses.
Then continue by road to Lake Atitlan. Of all Guatemala’s natural attractions, Lake Atitlan is perhaps the most astonishingly beautiful. In its unforgettable highland setting fringed by majestic volcanoes, pine forests and colorful Mayan villages, life and customs have changed little over the centuries. The possibilities for adventure are endless and include boat trips to nearby Indian villages and textile markets, kayaking and volcano hikes.
Entombed in dense tropical jungle lie the awe-inspiring ruins of Tikal, possibly the greatest of all the ancient Mayan cities. Towering pyramids and temples soar above the forest canopy that teems with exotic wildlife. Spend two nights at the rustic-luxury hideaway, La Lancha, one of director Francis Ford Coppola's acclaimed properties.
Continue your jungle adventure into Belize for some beachside relaxation on the Caribbean, staying at the lovely Turtle Inn, which offers superb opportunities for snorkeling, diving and fishing, or pampering at the spa. For your final two nights, head over by boat to the resort's private island, Coral Caye, where you can spend some time in total barefoot bliss. An attentive team of staff will look after your every need as you are left to unwind.
|Fly to Guatemala City (via Miami)|
|Meson Panza Verde|
Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala
Lake Peten Itza, Guatemala
Coastal Lowlands, Belize
|Fly home (via Miami)|
Location & Directions
Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal & Placencia
Posada del Angel is your first stop, in the heart of Antigua Guatemala, close to Antigua Cathedral, Parque Central, and La Merced Church. Drive to Lake Atitlan for 2 nights at Casa Palopo, set high above the spectacular lake on the hills surrounding Santa Catarina Palopó village.
Then to the rainforest, high above the shores of Lake Petén Itzá - La Lancha is located an hour away from the Belize border and only a 45-minute drive from the magnificent Maya ruins of Tikal and the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
Turtle Inn is sandwiched between the Garifuna settlement of Seine Bight and the Creole fishing village of Placencia at the tip of a narrow 26-mile long sandy peninsula. Directly behind Turtle Inn to the west lie the calm waters of the Placencia Lagoon and spectacular views of the Maya Mountains. Coral Caye is a private island just a 20-minute boat ride from Turtle Inn.
When to go
Guatemala is called the "Land of Eternal Spring" because the average annual temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit (a bit cooler, especially in the evenings around Lake Atitlan, 5,000ft elevation). For both Guatemala and Belize, while June through August see the most tourists, April, early May and November are best for gorgeous weather and smaller crowds. The rainy season lasts from May to October, typically beginning each day with clear skies and clouding up and rains beginning after mid-day. The Semana Santa (Easter week) proceedings in March or April and Christmas and New Year are very popular and bookings need to be made far in advance.