Guatemala & Belize

Guatemala & Belize

History and volcanoes, meets rainforest and beach

These two countries perfectly compliment each other to create one perfect holiday destination

 

Both Guatemala and Belize are in themselves often forgotten when put up against such famed neighbours as Costa Rica and Mexico, yet together they form the perfect combination of their more famous Central American brothers.

Guatemala and Belize border each other, and form a simply stunning way to explore this incredible part of the world. Spanning the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea, there is a range of delights to be discovered in between.

More often than not your trip will start in Guatemala, and this little country packs a real punch. It most stunning volcanic scenery, and serene lakes, Mayan ruins and picturesque colonial towns, as well as bustling local markets and some of the friendliest inhabitants in the world. Belize boasts steam rainforests, incredible offshore reefs and some of the most pristine and less well known beaches in the world, it truly is a Caribbean paradise.

Lying a short distance from the capital and airport, the town of Antigua is often the first port of call for visitors to Guatemala. Its cobbled streets and coloured colonial facades evoke memories of its glorious past. Surrounded by towering volcanoes, that dominate the skyline, the city comes alive for the Easter week, Semana Santa celebrations in which traitional parades and rituals come to the fore

The beautiful Lake Atitlan is another of Guatemala’s jewels – a shimmering and serenely blue one. Once again the nearby snow-capped volcanoes, provide an imposing backdrop to the overwater panoramas. Fascinating local communities make their home here, and it’s a delight to meet and interact with these smiling people. The thrilling buzz of local life is perhaps no more apparent than at the local market at Chichicastenango, one of the world’s great market experiences.

As if all this beauty wasn’t enough Guatemala saves perhaps its best until last with the amazing ruins at Tikal. This is when you truly feel you have entered another world, a world of fiction, as the towering Mayan pyramids rise out of the steaming heat of the jungle. Simply put this is one of the most evocative and inspiring set of ruins anywhere on the planet.

Crossing the border into Belize from Guatemala the jungle continues and the Mayans offer up another set of stunning ruins at Xunantunich, while the natural beauty of incredible rock formations and jungle lodges are also huge attractions in this part of the world. However Belize is perhaps most famed for its stunning beaches, that stretch the length of its Caribbean coastline. In places this is the Caribbean of yesteryear where almost deserted powder white beaches give way to the azure blue of the sea. This is truly the best way to end a trip through the heart of Central America.

To find out more about our luxury Guatemala & Belize holidays, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced and helpful team. We can be reached by phone or our online enquiry form and will be more than happy to help you create the Latin adventure.

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Highlights

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    The delightful city of Antigua is an architectural gem, and historic settlement. The colonnades and facades of the city may look slightly faded and peeling but you can easily get a sense of the fascinating history they encompass as one of the best preserved colonial town centres on the continent. Guarded by majestic volcanoes you're sure to delight in this idyllic town

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    As you would expect from a country bathed by the Caribbean, Belize's biggest draw is the stunning beaches that dot its coastline. Discover the perfect place to relax on fine white sand, while offshore the coral reefs are the backdrop to some of the best snorkelling a diving spots anywhere in the world.

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    The interior of Belize is dominated by the steaming, lush Central American Jungle. Discover luxurious jungle hideaways, ancient Mayan ruins, and unique rock and cave formations waiting to be explore. Perfect for those who love an adventure.

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    Looking like something you would expect to see in an Indiana Jones film, the ruins of Tikal seem to rise from nowhere out of the steaming jungle that surrounds them. These Mayan pyramids are one of the most staggering archaeological sites in the world, and a visit to Guatemala isn't complete without seeing them.

Our Destination Specialists

 

our destination specialist

Jessica Jones Specialist area: Caribbean & Indian Ocean 19 years in travel industry
Paul Jones Specialist area: Asia & Indo-China 20 years in travel industry
Julie Crump Specialist area: Africa 32 years in travel industry

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travel information

Find out the essentials before you go.

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    Destination

    Guatemala & Belize

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    Time Difference

    GMT-6

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    Flight Duration

    16-18 hours (indirect)

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    Language(s)

    G – Spanish/B – English

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    Capital

    G – Guatemala City/B – Belmopan

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    Currency

    G – Quetzal/B – Belize Dollar

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    Best Time To Travel

    November - April

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    Visa Needed

    UK passport holders do not require a visa for either country

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    Combines Well With

    Mexico

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