Belize & Tikal Adventure

  • Guatemala
  • Belize

Canoe the Old Belize River, spot tropical sea life while snorkelling the second-largest barrier reef, explore the jungle-set ruins of Tikal, listen to reggae music as you walk down Caye Caulker's sandy main street

Follow in the footsteps of Mayan warriors to lost cities cloaked in jungle mists. This adventure offers an intriguing mix of ruins, beaches, wildlife and the rich cultures of Belize and Guatemala. It's a perfect blend of activity and relaxation—canoe deep in the jungle and snorkel crystal-clear turquoise-blue waters before easing into the laid-back Belizean lifestyle while sipping on a rum cocktail. As pioneers of canoeing in the region, we are pleased to offer this Classic trip—one you won’t find anywhere else.

was €1,19915 days from €911

(€60.75 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
BHH
Travel Style
Classic
Service Level
Basic
Physical Grading
3 - Average
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 16, avg 12
Transport
Public bus, private vehicle, canoe, water taxi, walking.
Accommodation
Hotels/bungalows (12 nights), camping (2 nights).
Meals
2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Other
  • Tikal guided tour
  • Jungle canoe trip (3 days, fully guided)
  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Belize Barrier Reef snorkelling trip (full-day)
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    • Caye Caulker stay
    • G Adventures-supported bike tour of Caye Caulker
    • Free time in Flores and Hopkins
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Day 1 Belize City

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

accommodation

Coningsby Inn

Day 2 Belize City / Flores

Cross the border into Guatemala and continue on to Flores.

Notice the difference in culture, with the heavy Mayan influence and Spanish language.

Enter Guatemala at the northeast jungle Petén region. The descendants of the Maya of Chichén Itzá migrated to the Petén area several centuries after the collapse of the great Mayan cities in the Yucatán.

Local bus

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Border Crossing (Belize - Guatemala)

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

accommodation

Hotel Petén

Day 3 Flores

Enjoy a guided tour of the Tikal archaeological site. Return to Flores and opt to swim in Lake Petén Itzá or hire a boat for a relaxing day.

Private Vehicle

Take the same transportation back to Flores after the tour.

Tikal Ruins Guided Tour

Put on your walking shoes and prepare for a tiring but memorable day walking through history at the impressive site of Tikal. The Mayan site is set in the heart of the jungle, in Tikal National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along with our bilingual guide, see some of the temples, plazas, carved stone monuments and public squares, more than 3,000 buildings in all, dating from as far back as 600 BC. Climb to the top of Temple IV, catch your breath, take photos, and then sit and contemplate the magnificence of the site and the tropical rainforest beyond. Look for monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, and deer, as well as macaws and eagles, snakes, and spiders.

accommodation

Hotel Petén

Optional Activities:

  • Lake Petén Itzá Boat Tour

    There are different size boats that can run this tour and the total price will be per boat, not per person but will vary depending on what size of boat is needed for your group. You can arrange to have a cooler brought on board and bring your own refreshments.

    Enjoy a calm boat ride around Lake Petén Itzá. Stop for a swim and climb to the lookout that sits above the small archaeological site of Tayasal.

    The lake is very calm so an appropriate for everyone, even non-swimmers.

  • Swimming

    Grab your bathing suit and go for a refreshing swim.

Day 4 Flores

Enjoy a full free day to explore Flores and surrounds.

accommodation

Hotel Petén

Optional Activities:

  • Lake Petén Itzá Boat Tour

    There are different size boats that can run this tour and the total price will be per boat, not per person but will vary depending on what size of boat is needed for your group. You can arrange to have a cooler brought on board and bring your own refreshments.

    Enjoy a calm boat ride around Lake Petén Itzá. Stop for a swim and climb to the lookout that sits above the small archaeological site of Tayasal.

    The lake is very calm so an appropriate for everyone, even non-swimmers.

Day 5 Flores / San Ignacio

Cross back into Belize and opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

Return to Belize and the town of San Ignacio, situated on the banks of the Macal River.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Border Crossing (Guatemala - Belize)

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Private Vehicle

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

free time

Start exploring with a free afternoon.

accommodation

Midas Resort

Optional Activities:

  • Xunantunich Visit

    Hike to the top of this impressive 9th-century Maya centre, set high on a natural limestone ridge, and admire the view of the Mopan River, Cayo District and neighbouring Guatemalan countryside. The tallest temple, El Castillo, is partially excavated and explored and there’s a unique stucco frieze on the east side of the structure. Discover why Xunantunich is Belize’s most visited site with intricately carved stellae, 25 temples, and well-preserved palaces.

    Getting there includes crossing a narrow river by a hand-cranked ferry which shuttles you across! There is a small fee to enter the grounds and a guide can give you the lowdown on the site. If you would prefer, you can take a taxi (for extra cost) who will also cross on the hand-cranked ferry and drive to the site.

    The last ferry across the river is at 16:30 (to return). Don’t miss it or you will have to swim back across the river!

  • Horseback Riding

    Choose from one of the 45 horses at Hannah's Stables and ride over farm trails and forested paths, all the way along the river to the Mayan site of Xunantunich. Enjoy a short guided tour of the site before taking a different trail back to the stables. Watch for native birds, including toucans and parrots, listen for howler monkeys, admire orchids and fruit trees and breathe in the fresh air of the Belize countryside.

    Hannah’s Stables is 7km (4 mi) from San Ignacio. Opt to skip the visit to Xunantunich and explore the countryside instead.

Day 6 San Ignacio

Enjoy a free day to visit sacred Mayan caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal or Crystal Cave. Opt to check out Barton Creek Cave, Mountain Pine Ridge, and Caracol, or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

free time

Don't waste a minute—get exploring.

accommodation

Midas Resort

Optional Activities:

  • Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Visit

    The Actun Tunichil Muknal cave has only been open to the public since 1998. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see up to 1400 artifacts, including pottery, tools and vessels used by the Maya for a thousand years. Hike 45 minutes to the cave entrance, wade/swim through deep pools, past calcite formations, to explore this damp, dark place of ritual and sacrifice. With a helmet and headlamp, see the skeleton of the “Crystal Maiden,” a young girl whose bones have calcified over the past 1,100 years, making them appear to sparkle.

    Included in this activity are entrance to the park, guide, lunch, helmet and flashlight. It is recommended to wear a bathing suit and shoes that can get wet as they will be completely soaked within the first 15 meters of entering the cave. Also, there is a portion of the cave where passengers will wear only socks, so it is necessary to bring a pair of socks. Bring a change of clothes to be comfortable on the way back from the excursion. Also, closed-toed shoes or sport sandal are required for this activity.

    In years past, tourists have dropped their cameras and damaged various artifacts in this living museum. As such, NO ONE is permitted to bring a camera into the cave or the park.

  • Xunantunich Visit

    Hike to the top of this impressive 9th-century Maya centre, set high on a natural limestone ridge, and admire the view of the Mopan River, Cayo District and neighbouring Guatemalan countryside. The tallest temple, El Castillo, is partially excavated and explored and there’s a unique stucco frieze on the east side of the structure. Discover why Xunantunich is Belize’s most visited site with intricately carved stellae, 25 temples, and well-preserved palaces.

    Getting there includes crossing a narrow river by a hand-cranked ferry which shuttles you across! There is a small fee to enter the grounds and a guide can give you the lowdown on the site. If you would prefer, you can take a taxi (for extra cost) who will also cross on the hand-cranked ferry and drive to the site.

    The last ferry across the river is at 16:30 (to return). Don’t miss it or you will have to swim back across the river!

  • Barton Creek Cave Canoeing

    Strap on a headlamp, step in the canoe and paddle along an ancient Mayan waterway inside the Barton Creek Cave. Bring your camera to take memorable photos of cathedral rock chambers, stalactites and stalagmites. Upon return, opt to swim at Big Rock Falls.

    Price includes entrance to the park, guide, lunch, helmet, and flashlight.

  • Cave Tubing

    Hike through the lush subtropical forest to the entrances of remarkable limestone caves within the mountains. Jump into crystal blue waters, tube down stream, enjoy a cool swim in refreshing therapeutic cave waters in a natural pool formed between two cave entrances, float through some rapids, view sparkling cave formations and learn of cave geology and Maya history during the tour.

    Wear a bathing suit and expect to get your clothing wet. Bring a change of clothes for the trip back and wear sport sandals or closed toe shoes.

  • Caracol Ruins Tour

    Drive approximately 2 hours via the Noh Beh Ox Mu Road through the Mountain Pine Ridge and into the Chiquibul Forest Reserve to arrive at Caracol. Activity includes: park entrance fee, guide, and lunch.

    Set within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, prepare to be wowed by Caracol. It’s the largest known Maya site in Belize and was once home to an estimated 180,000 people. The site was discovered in the 1920's by a logger looking for mahogany. One of its pyramids, Canaa or “Sky Place”, built in 800 AD and standing 43m (143 ft), continues to be the tallest man-made structure in the country. Bring your walking shoes, water and a sunhat because there’s lots to see here. Tombs, temples, altars, carved stelae and other stone monuments – it’s well worth the effort and easy to be impressed.

  • Horseback Riding

    Choose from one of the 45 horses at Hannah's Stables and ride over farm trails and forested paths, all the way along the river to the Mayan site of Xunantunich. Enjoy a short guided tour of the site before taking a different trail back to the stables. Watch for native birds, including toucans and parrots, listen for howler monkeys, admire orchids and fruit trees and breathe in the fresh air of the Belize countryside.

    Hannah’s Stables is 7km (4 mi) from San Ignacio. Opt to skip the visit to Xunantunich and explore the countryside instead.

Day 7 San Ignacio

Enjoy a 3-day guided canoe trip on the Old Belize River. Spend days spotting wildlife and nights sleeping in tents along the river banks.

2-Night Belize River Canoe Trip

Spend at least half of each day canoeing (about 3-5 hrs), with plenty of time for swimming and enjoying the scenery. The equipment for the excursion includes canoes, lifejackets, paddles, tents, and sleeping bags and mats. Two nights of camping, there are no bathroom facilities. The guides will brief you on environmentally safe practices in this regard.

Enjoy the slow pace of the river as the local crew expertly guides you on the many twists and turns of the Belize River. Spot wildlife such as river otters, green and black iguanas, grey foxes, and many different bird species.

Meals Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Previous canoe experience is not required. Local expert guides know the rivers well and are happy to share their knowledge of the flora, fauna, and history of the area.

Day 8 San Ignacio

Enjoy a 3-day guided canoe trip on the Old Belize River. Spend days spotting wildlife and nights sleeping in tents along the river banks.

2-Night Belize River Canoe Trip

Spend at least half of each day canoeing (about 3-5 hrs), with plenty of time for swimming and enjoying the scenery. The equipment for the excursion includes canoes, lifejackets, paddles, tents, and sleeping bags and mats. Two nights of camping, there are no bathroom facilities. The guides will brief you on environmentally safe practices in this regard.

Enjoy the slow pace of the river as the local crew expertly guides you on the many twists and turns of the Belize River. Spot wildlife such as river otters, green and black iguanas, grey foxes, and many different bird species.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Previous canoe experience is not required. Local expert guides know the rivers well and are happy to share their knowledge of the flora, fauna, and history of the area.

Day 9 San Ignacio

Head back to town after the canoe trip with free time in San Ignacio.

After three days and two nights on the river, return to San Ignacio for one more night. Enjoy the creature comforts of a hotel stay after two nights of camping.

free time

Head back to San Ignacio and continue exploring.

accommodation

Midas Resort

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 10 San Ignacio / Hopkins

Travel to Hopkins and visit a part of Belize that has not yet hit the well-trodden tourist trail.

Opt to rent a bike to explore the area or enjoy talking to the locals in what some call the friendliest village in Belize. In the evenings, you might be lucky enough to search out some Garifuna drumming somewhere out and about in town.

Local bus

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

accommodation

All Seasons Guesthouse

Optional Activities:

  • Garifuna Drumming Lesson

    Experience local Garifuna drummers as they play different drumming styles and participate. Get into the groove and create some beats yourself during a lesson from local Garifuna drumming school.

  • Bike Rental

    Rent a bike from a local shop and head out to explore.

Day 11 Hopkins

Opt to visit nearby palmed Tobacco Caye and do some snorkelling, take in a Garifuna drumming show and lesson, or explore the area by bicycle.

free time

The day is yours—snorkel, take a drumming lesson, or just relax.

accommodation

All Seasons Guesthouse

Optional Activities:

  • Tobacco Caye Visit and Snorkel

    This excursion inludes, boat, guide, snorkel equipment and lunch and refreshments. To add fishing raises the price of the excursion. Bring lots of sunscreen and perhaps a shirt to snorkel in.

    Set off from Hopkins in a boat and head towards Tobacco Caye and Southwater Caye. On arrival, visit the island and get to know the local marine life during three snorkel stops before heading back to Hopkins. Opt to add fishing to this excursion.

  • Garifuna Drumming Lesson

    Experience local Garifuna drummers as they play different drumming styles and participate. Get into the groove and create some beats yourself during a lesson from local Garifuna drumming school.

  • Bike Rental

    Rent a bike from a local shop and head out to explore.

  • Mayflower Bocawina Forest Reserve Visit

    Drive 20km (12.4 mi) from Hopkins to lush Mayflower Bocawina National Park and choose from optional activities including a guided hike, ziplining/hike tour, or rappelling Bocawina Falls or Antelope Falls.

    Includes lunch and guide. Entrance is $5 USD plus the cost of optional activities within the park.

  • Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Visit

    Drive 25km (15.5 mi) from Hopkins to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar reserve and one of the biggest protected areas (over 128,000 acres). Choose from optional activities including guided day or night hikes, river tubing, bird watching, and waterfall visits.

    Lunch and guide included. All of the Cockscomb staff a Maya descendants.

Day 12 Hopkins / Caye Caulker

Travel day to beautiful Caye Caulker. Later, explore Caye Caulker on the G Adventures-supported Bike with Purpose tour.

Travel to one of Belize's famed island paradises — Caye Caulker, where "go slow" is the island's motto.

Enjoy tons of optional activities that will keep you busy here for days.

Local bus

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Local bus

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Water taxi

Jump in and cross the water to the next stop.

Belize Bike with Purpose Tour

Take a leisurely bike tour around Caye Caulker with a guide from the G Adventures for Good supported Bike with Purpose project. See the island through the eyes of a local on this two-hour tour, and live the island's motto of 'Go Slow'. Feel the island breeze in you hair while knowing you're supporting a program that helps youth from Caye Caulker build skills for tourism jobs upon graduation from high school.

accommodation

Tropical Paradise Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • Sunset Sailing Boat Tour

    Set sail just before sunset. Relax with reggae music and rum punch, snack on shrimp ceviche and snap a few photos as you sail around the island as the sun sets to the west of Caye Caulker.

    The cruise starts approx. 45 minutes before sunset (times vary around the year). Rum punch and ceviche are included.

Day 13 Caye Caulker

Enjoy a full-day sailing and snorkelling trip to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and two other sites on the Belize Barrier Reef.

Snorkel on a full-day trip out to the barrier reef where you may have the chance to view nurse sharks, stingrays, barracuda, and other marine life.

Hol Chan Snorkel Tour

Slather on the sunscreen and set out on a snorkel adventure of a lifetime. Stop at the coral gardens, shark and ray alley, and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Snorkel three different spots along the Belize reef in this protected channel. See hundreds of varieties of tropical fish in this natural aquarium including angelfish, nurse sharks, stingrays and green moray eels. Be sure to check out the Coral Gardens to see a rainbow of colours – red, purple, pink and green – and depending on the season, float past manatees while you marvel at nature’s underwater artistry.

accommodation

Tropical Paradise Hotel

Meals Included

  • Lunch

Day 14 Caye Caulker

With free time, opt go for a dive in Blue Hole National Park, take a flight over the Blue Hole and coral reef, or just chill out, Belizean style.

free time

Get active or get lazy in this sunny spot—the choice is yours.

accommodation

Tropical Paradise Hotel

Optional Activities:

  • Swallow Caye Manatee Tour

    Embark on a boat tour to spot manatees in their natural habitat at Swallow Caye. These animals are gentle giants but, sadly, are one of the most endangered marine mammals on the planet. Bring your camera and get ready for great photos when they come up next to the boat to visit!

    Please note that on this tour passengers are not allowed to swim with the manatees.

  • Sunset Sailing Boat Tour

    Set sail just before sunset. Relax with reggae music and rum punch, snack on shrimp ceviche and snap a few photos as you sail around the island as the sun sets to the west of Caye Caulker.

    The cruise starts approx. 45 minutes before sunset (times vary around the year). Rum punch and ceviche are included.

  • Blue Hole National Park Flight

    Charge up your camera batteries and take flight over the crystal clear waters off Belize. Take off from Caye Caulker airstrip in a small plane and observe the incredible Blue Hole national monument from above. Made famous by underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, this limestone sinkhole is 300m (1000 ft) in diameter and was formed more than a million years ago.

    This is a 5 person plane. The cost of this activity is $250USD split between the number of passengers, coming out to $50pp if the plane is full.

  • Blue Hole National Monument Dive

    Channel your inner Jacques Cousteau and dive the Great Blue Hole, ranked by the Discovery Channel as their top choice for “most amazing place on earth”. This giant limestone sinkhole, 300m (1000 ft) in diameter and 124m (407 ft) deep, was formed more than a million years ago and is now part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Geared to open water and advanced divers, see Midnight Parrotfish and Caribbean reef sharks and interesting rock formations, including stalactites which formed before the area was submerged by the sea.

    Price depends on the dive shop used as not all dive shops go to the Blue Hole on the same day. The dive shops that go with smaller groups also charge more. Shop prices typically include one dive in the blue hole for Open Water and Advanced Divers and 2 dives in the Blue Hole National Park. Fruit, refreshments, equipment, and divemaster are included in the price as is a stop on Half Moon Caye for lunch and a visit with the Red-Footed Booby and Magnificent Frigate Bird colonies that make this idyllic island their home.

    Minimum Open Water certification required for this activity.

  • Bike Rental

    Rent a bike from a local shop and head out to explore.

  • Guided Kayak Trip

    Follow a guide on a sea kayak tour around the southern portion of Caye Caulker. Paddle around the mangroves and try to spot some of the unique wildlife in the area.

    Moderate fitness level.

  • Fishing

    Cast a line and see what you can reel in. Fish for snapper, barracuda, horse-eye jack and more. Bring your catch to any local restaurant and have them gut and grill it just for you. Buy the rest of dinner and some drinks and enjoy! It doesn’t get any fresher than this.

    Price depends on whether you select a half-day or full-day excursion and whether you choose to stay within the reef or go deep-sea fishing.

Day 15 Caye Caulker

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

This trip finishes on Caye Caulker, which is located 1 hr by water taxi from Belize City (an additional 30 min by taxi to the airport). There are frequent ferry departures between 7:30am and 5pm. You can purchase your return ferry ticket easily once you get to Caye Caulker. If flying out of Belize City today, please ensure to book your departure flight after 11:30am to allow for enough time to reach the airport.

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