Available all year. This suggested itinerary can be modified entirely to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used and how long you spend in each destination.
Responsible tourism: Guatemala and Belize tailor made holiday
Unlike many trips through Central America, this holiday takes you off the beaten track to really witness the true life of Guatemala and Belize. The lodges that we recommend actively protect the local wildlife and environment.
Moving into Belize, the lodge at Pook's Hill is a small nature lodge set in a 300 acre private nature reserve of primary rainforest. It's located in the foothills of the Maya Mountains and borders on the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, a 6,800 acre rainforest sanctuary which is home to colourful toucans, butterflies, hummingbirds, howler monkeys and jaguars. Many of the guests here are researchers, birders and individuals looking for adventure. The lodge offers a range of activities from swimming in the Roaring River to horse riding in the Belize forests. Pook's Hill is an important player in promoting wildlife protection and the onsite naturalist is available to explain the many species residing here.
Many of our suggested excursions involve interacting with locals where you can contribute to the local economy.
The homestay at Totonicapan is a fantastic way to experience a day in the life of a Guatemalan family. They are proud to show off and share everything from their cooking techniques to the music they listen to, and play! It is a truly authentic experience which directly contributes to the local economy.
Moving up to the lesser-known area of Alta-Verapaz, the itinerary takes you into the lush and beautiful village of Lanquin where the turquiose pools of Semuc Champey are found. Tourism is a brand new and slowly growing source of economy for the locals here. They are benefiting from this new industry, with small yet basic lodges and family-run restaurants springing up in the town of Lanquin. The reaction of locals here is one of curiosity and a willingness to help.
The Lodge at Big Falls, situated a short drive away from Punta Gorda, is a family run accommodation set in beautiful surroundings. The owners have not only provided a peaceful haven for travellers to relax in, but are also contributing actively to two community-based organizations (NGOs), a local high school and the local primary school. They work with Ya’axche Conservation Trust by promoting a scholarship program. At present four local students are being sponsored through their high school education by previous guests at the Lodge. The program offers continuing education for children from the poorest families who would otherwise be unable to continue their studies. The lodge has also been supporting a local organisation which encourages local tourism projects in the Toledo district. By staying at the lodge you can visit the projects as well as enjoying the abundant bird life on the lagoons surrounded by forested hills.