Belize & Guatemala adventure holiday

“Central America with an adventurous twist - using public transport, staying in local hotels and spending three days kayaking through a wildlife-filled jungle. Increíble...”

Highlights

Belize City | Flores | San Ignacio | Tikal ruins | 3 days canoeing and camping in the jungle | Wildlife watching | Hopkins | Caye Caulker | Snorkelling in Hol-Chan Marine Reserve | Optional: Swim in Lake Petén Itzá, boat trips, Mayan ruins, Garifuna drumming, island tours, manatee tour, diving the 'Blue Hole', cycle hire, cave tours

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Our top tip:
Do your research before travelling. There are many optional extras, so look into what interests to make the most of your free time.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 15 people.
Activity level:
Moderate/active.
Accomm:
12 nights hotels/bungalows, 2 nights camping.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Included:
Accomm., 3-day canoe trip, listed activities, tour leader, local guides, transport (public/private).
Meals:
2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners (budget $290-390 for meals).
Vouchers
Not Accepted
Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Belize & Guatemala adventure holiday

Through our commitment to responsible tourism, we ensure minimal social and environmental impact in the places we visit by travelling in small groups, using local transportation and staying in locally owned hotels. We also work with experienced local guides who are knowledgeable of local culture, history, flora and fauna.

This tour offers a visit to Escuela Bio Itzá, a community-owned Spanish language school. This unique program combines language instruction with environmental education and cultural enrichment. In addition to receiving a Spanish lesson, our groups also have the opportunity to visit their local community and conservation projects.

Through our non-profit organization, the Planeterra Foundation, we support the Cornerstone Foundation, a local NGO that offers social, educational and environmental programs in San Ignacio, Belize. Donations to this project support their literacy programs, developed to education illiterate and non-English speaking Belizeans. Time permitting, travellers may ask their tour leader to organize an optional visit to this project.

Reviews of Belize & Guatemala adventure holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Snorkelling
Knowledgeable guides.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Avertising is deceptive.

All bus rides are on local buses.Had to stand most of the time.One time 4hrs.
Also safefy issues.Buses overloaded sometimes by 50 people.Thought we would roll over a few times.Inspectors would kick people off,when caught.But when caught,another bus would pick them up,and meet up with the first bus,outside of City limits.Locals where upset Our group was 17.

Company did not have any dedicated transportation.Must have back packs,not suit cases.Need to drag luggage several kilometres on gravel/sand to reach out hotels/or buses.
A lot of times was wasted making connections.

Belize river canoe disappointing,fast River 6-7km per hr.,no stops.We are experienced paddlers and were the only canoe with 2 people.Otheres had 3.Told to paddle harder and not stop.Birds/wildlife scared off the the first canoes,usually a few hundred feet ahead of us.Younger pepople in group had no interest in birding /wildlife.

Trip is over priced and little is inlcuded.Our hotel the last 4 days was $30us had we booked out own.Food,excursion fees etc cost the two of us $2k over and above the cost of the trip.

Guide clearly tried to steer us to where he may have had an interest.One evening went to a local house to eat.Food was poor and cost us $20us per person,probably 4 times what a restaurant would have charged.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think the local bus riding annoyed the locals.The main benefits accrued to the tour operator.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Disaapointing

Read the operator's response here:

We’re sorry to hear you were disappointed with elements for you tour and our customer relations team are in direct communication with you to address the points raised.

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Sitting on Temple 4 in Tikal watching the sun rise. (Tony)(sunrise was optional - Tikal was part of the tour)
The ATM cave trip - (which was optional) (Fran)


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you have a small inflatable sleeping mat take it for the canoe trip - the little sleeping bags provided were fine but the inflatable sleeping mats didn't stay inflated. An inflatable pillow is also a good idea. Be prepared that some hotels do not seem to have hot water - weather was warm - not a big issue.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was excellent - well informed and enjoyable tour leader/guide - connected us with interesting and knowledgeable local guides and provided good orientation to the different localities and activities. Good mix of activities - we were fortunate to have a very experienced and personable guide. Reasonable pace. The mix of people also worked well together.

Reviewed on 03 Apr 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was probably visiting ATM cave in Belize which was a great experience, and also snorkelling with nurse sharks and sting rays in Caye Caulker was incredible too.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


I would say be prepared for 3 days of canoeing - its quite hard work, especially on hot sunny days! Bring plenty of sun cream and a good hat!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, we did support the local people somewhat, such as the local guides and using accommodation run by local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was excellent, the tour leader was great and we were busy all the time with little time off from amazing activities such as hiking, snorkelling, caving and canoeing! Highly recommended for nature lovers for the amazing Belizian forests and reef.

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The people in the group (all 15 of them), the city, the jungle and the beach! Bit vague but I just loved it all.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't expect 5 star, and be prepared to accept other people as they are - warts'n'all.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I felt that I was putting my holiday money into small business rather than multinationals, which I prefer.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


5 star experience! But I missed my kids and would probably take them with me next time as the tour operator and the guide made me feel confident and secure.

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting the rainforests and seeing all the wildlife which was fantastic. In particular seeing the giant sea turtles laying their eggs at Tortuguero

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Not to take travellers cheques - no one wants to cash them and if they do they put heavy charges for doing so. Debit cards are probably the best. The banking system is a complete nightmare - the local use it like a social networking opportunity - you can easily stand in line for an hour. Also be prepared for the roads - they are in a really poor state - our minivan broke an axle one day

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, the operator seemed genuinely committed to both causes. We used local rather than chain hotels which were charming and well presented, as well as being good value

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A fantastic experience with lots of variety. The locals are very friendly and enthusiastic about their country.

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Probably the visits to the Maya ruins in Guatemala - and, more in general, the meeting our interesting co-travellers!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Difficult to add anything to the great tips the operator had given us on forehand already. Maybe: don't hesitate to take plenty of USD cash with you from home as opposed to having to run to the local banks all the time.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, though even more efforts could be done to that extent.

4. Any other comments?


Great choice of holidays, a bit of everything, not too active but even for physical activity-junkies like ourselves still very enjoyable. Thank you for your outstanding services.

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