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Listen to the howler monkeys from the top of Temple IV at Tikal, revel in Caye Caulker sunsets, sway to reggae beats wafting through the Belizean air, wander the colonial streets of Antigua.

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Trek though jungles to Mayan ruins and relax on white-sand beaches. Get an authentic taste of Belize and Guatemala with an adventure that combines the mystery of ancient ruins with the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Shop for treasures along colonial Antigua's cobblestoned streets and get to know the locals from communities where life sometimes moves at a reggae pace. Explore the lost ruins of Tikal, snorkel with stingrays and finish up lounging in gorgeous Caye Caulker. With accommodation and transport arranged by a CEO, this trip offers the perfect way to discover this region’s unique vibe.


Day 1 Antigua
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this charming city. Additional Notes: Please note that Antigua's nearest airport is Guatemala City, Guatemala. Don't get caught flying into the Caribbean island nation of Antigua— it's nowhere near the start of this tour! Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Antigua
This colonial town has much to offer— opt to visit the museums or cafés, attend a chocolate workshop, visit a local coffee plantation or macadamia nut farm or explore the nearby towns by bike.
Day 3 Antigua/Rio Dulce
In the morning travel to Rio Dulce, a charming town named after the river on which it's located. Arrive in the late afternoon and start exploring. Take a stroll through the market located in the city centre or enjoy a swim in the hotel pool. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.50 hours, 315km)
Day 4 Rio Dulce
Take a stroll in the market located in the city centre or visit Castillo de San Felipe which was a fort used to defend the town from pirates. You also have the option to rent a canoe and peacefully navigate the river. Visit the natural hot waterfall that makes this town famous.
Day 5 Rio Dulce/Flores
With flexibility on start time today, the group may enjoy some extra time in Rio Dulce or extra time upon arrival in Flores. There may be options for stops along the route. Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 6 Flores
Enjoy a guided tour of the nearby Mayan ruins of Tikal. In the afternoon, opt to relax on the lake or hang out at the cafés in town. Included Activities: Tikal Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Enjoy the ride out to Tikal and return the same way in the afternoon (1-1.5 hrs one way). Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 64km)
Day 7 Flores/San Ignacio
Cross the border into Belize. The relaxed atmosphere of San Ignacio allows for options including horseback riding, canoeing, caving, or exploring the Mountain Pine Ridge area. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Guatemala - Belize) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 95km) Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours, 13km)
Day 8 San Ignacio
Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to check out nearby caves, some more Mayan sites or a local conservation project.
Day 9 San Ignacio/Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker is a relaxed and easy going island with friendly and welcoming local residents. There are dozens of activities around the island and surrounding coral reefs. Try your hand at fishing and barbecue your catch on the beach. Included Activities: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 123km) Water taxi (0.75-1.00 hours, 39km)
Days 10-11 Caye Caulker
If the boats aren't your thing, just relax, Belizean-style.
Day 12 Caye Caulker
Want to head north to Mexico? Add on the 'Playa del Carmen Express' and travel to Playa del Carmen on the departure day with a CEO (hotel night in Playa included). Board a boat in Caye Caulker and transfer to Chetumal, Mexico. From there take a public bus to Playa del Carmen. The Express will leave Caye Caulker at 6:30am and will arrive in Playa del Carmen around 5:30pm. Additional Notes: 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.