Family holiday to Guatemala and Belize, temples and islands
Description of Family holiday to Guatemala and Belize, temples and islands
This family holiday to Guatemala and Belize takes in temples, jungle and islands over 14 adventurous days that will please adults and children alike. The tour offers you a taste of two very different countries. Guatemala has a rich Spanish colonial and Mayan Indian heritage and a strong traditional of religious mysticism, while English-speaking Belize is a relaxed Caribbean country, with a plethora of activities on offer for outdoorsy types, including snorkelling, hiking and visiting ancient pyramids hidden in the jungle.
Your journey begins in the elegant colonial city of Antigua, where you’ll explore the local museums, churches and boutiques before heading off to Lake Atitlán, which has a stunning location surrounded by volcanoes and small indigenous villages. Here you’ll go kayaking and visit local Mayan communities to gain an insight into their traditional way of life. Next, it’s off to ancient Tikal, one of the major sites of Mayan civilisation, where you can explore the ruins to a backdrop of Howler and spider monkeys.
You’ll then cross the border into Belize, where you’ll stay at a riverside camp in a wildlife-rich forest. There are plenty of outdoor activities on offer here, from kayaking to mountain biking. Your final stop is Ambergris Caye, a beautiful island near the Belize Barrier Reef, where you can snorkel, dive, windsurf or simply relax on the powder soft sands.
PlanetAs leaders in travel to Latin America for over 35 years, our focus has always been on providing authentic experiences for our travellers, respecting local communities, conserving the environment and minimising any negative impact of long-haul travel. We are committed to fulfilling these aims and we ensure that all of our holidays reflect this ethos.
We believe that responsible travel should be the only form of travel. From our staff in our London office to our local partners on the ground in Latin America, the essence of responsible travel runs through each part of our operation. This shared commitment to sustainable development manifests itself in various ways: whether it’s our guides who endeavour to protect the environment by encouraging travellers to make responsible choices, the local businesses that are supported through tourism, or the communities that thrive thanks to interaction and cooperation with our local partners, we take great care to demonstrate and implement the values of responsible travel.
PeopleThis holiday is an excellent way for you and your family to learn about Guatemala’s fascinating culture and Belize’s bio-diverse ecology. Starting in Guatemala one of your first experiences will be of the country’s incredible handicrafts, for which it is famed. You’ll visit the market in Chichicastenango where there will be the opportunity to support local artisans by purchasing their delicate textiles and handicrafts. The holiday continues on to Lake Atitlán where you will all enjoy a kayaking excursion; a very important activity to the local people, your family will be immersing itself in the way of life here.
You will also visit the San Juan La Laguna at the western side of the lake, which will be a chance for you and your family to experience how the Maya Tzutujil indigenous community live. By visiting a number of artisans and workshops that still use traditional methods, including natural dyes to colour their vibrant textiles, and if you choose to purchase any products, you will be helping to boost the local economy.
In Belize your family will stay in the remote riverside lodge at Chaa Creek. The lodge is a strong proponent of sustainable tourism and recognises the importance of giving back to the local community and protecting the environment. It is involved in various social initiatives including an Education Scholarship Program which provides full scholarships to twelve Belizean secondary level students each year. They also support the Leave No Trace program which is a set of principles for participation in outdoor recreation that seeks to minimize the impact on the natural environment.
Our dedication to responsible travel does not end with our holidays: we offer all of our travellers the opportunity donate to our conservation projects which aim to combat climate change and alleviate poverty. From installing solar panels in Panama to planting maya nut trees in Guatemala, we are proud to support projects which benefit local communities across Latin America. Our current project, the Atitlán stove programme, supplies fuel-efficient stoves to communities around Lake Atitlán in Guatemala in an effort to protect the environment and improve living conditions in the region.
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