Belize and Guatemala family holiday

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This trip is for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins who’d like to come along, of course). As long as you’re travelling with a child under the age of 18, you’re a family in our eyes. Plus, unlike other travel companies, children aged 17 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the price of their trip. Travelling our way is a bit like travelling with a group of friends. Made up of 3-5 like-minded families, the kids tend to hit it off on these trips straight away, allowing you to enjoy some well earned R&R. We often find the whole family ends up making friendships with people from all over the world, staying in touch long after the adventure ends.

Our family group sizes are small enough to avoid the crowds and reach some out-of-the-way places, but big enough for a good social mix. Our average group size of 10 allows us to hop aboard local boats, buses or trains, eat at friendly, family-run restaurants and kick back in traditional accommodation and homestays.

We know the biggest challenge on a family trip is keeping the kids entertained. So we’ve planned in advance. Nearly all of our hotels feature pools, and each day has a great mix of action-packed adventure and flexible free time. Your local leader can also suggest activities based on your kid’s hobbies or school curriculum.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

On this tour, all travellers will receive a reusable cloth bag to carry their belongings throughout the trip. Plastic pollution is huge issue in Central America and so this small gesture for our clients will assist in the campaign to stop the use of plastic bags while shopping and visiting market places for souvenirs. We also encourage our travellers to buy large 5-10 litre bottles to refill their small non-plastic water bottles.

Unfortunately, on the vast majority of this itinerary, using local transport is not reliable or at all feasible. So, we use private, locally owned transport instead. However, we always ensure our vehicles/fleets are well maintained and fuel-efficient to minimise pollution.

This trip is run by our own local operator who shares our commitment to responsible travel, from waste and water management to ensuring we are all leaving as minimal a footprint as possible. Our local team are trained on our global responsible travel policies and practices and are dedicated to ensuring these are implemented throughout the trip.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our company is committed to employing local leaders for all of our trips – and that includes our family range. All of our leaders are specifically trained on responsible travel and are encouraged to live and breathe these principles throughout every departure they lead. All travellers are briefed on responsible travel during their first welcome meeting – which is almost always on the first evening of each trip. We also source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans.

All aspects of this trip (on the ground) are operated by local people including all our leaders, vehicle drivers, local site guides, and accommodation providers. All equipment used on this trip is sourced from local companies (such as the cave tubing, canoes and snorkelling gear).

Our family trips have a maximum group size of 16, which generally consists of three to four families. We believe this is the perfect size for a family trip while respecting the capabilities of the destinations we visit. Overtourism is an issue we are very conscious of and we are taking measures to ensure our impact on the communities we visit and their environment is our top priority.


1 Reviews of Belize and Guatemala family holiday

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019 by

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

The two day visit to caves and the day trip to Tikal were very impressive, and the local guides used for the occasion were really knowledgeable and inspiring. In particular, Id like to praise our guide Gio who did the cave trip with us - not many transmit knowledge and enthusiasm the way he did.

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

The country depends very much on tourism (50% of its GDP), and most of that tourism is there to visit the barrier reef and the marine biodiversity it has to offer. As such, one would expect the government and local population to have preservation as its prime focus. Unfortunately that is not the impression given. The number of boats permitted to roam the reef is indiscriminate. We saw boats crashing into the coral on low tide, and local sailors contaminating the water by throwing overboard disused fishing lines and hooks. The beaches are full of algae, which creates a stench given the heat from early on in the morning. The island / town of San Pedro, whilst amusing from a Caribbean laissez-faire perspective, is unfortunately an environmental disaster waiting to happen. I don´t think the Belizean consciousness has got to the maturity stage yet to realise the damage the local population and tourism is doing to its environment - my sense is Belize is way behind other more "mature" destinations such as Costa Rica in that sense.

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

Yes, I´m sure it benefited local people, and that help is much needed given the degree of poverty we saw. I´m not really sure, however, how we contributed to reducing the environmental impact other than the testimonial non washing of linen / towels on a daily basis, etc..

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

I would definitely travel again with Responsible Travel / this operator, but will be more picky at choosing a destination where environmental conservation is at the forefront of the local mindset, and where I can actually contribute with my presence

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