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Belize -Mayan Ruins & Summer Beach  Package

9-Days/8-Nights

This vacation package is idea for a family or couple who wants to experience Belize Eco-tourism of Central America, the Mayan culture and relax on the tropical beaches in Belize. The journey begins with a flight into Guatemala City, day excursion to Lake Atitlan or Chichicastenango, flight to Flores Guatemala and day excursions to the Grand UNESCO Mayan Ruins of Tikal.  Then over to Belize and 4 nights on Ambergris Caye to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef before heading home from Belize City.

This 8 night itinerary includes to Guatemala and Belize includes:
•  Meet & Greet in Guatemala City transfer to your hotel
•  Day excursion to either Lake Atitlan or Chichicastenango
•  2-nights hotel in Guatemala city
•  Meet & Greet in Guatemala City transfer to your hotel
•  Flight from Guatemala City to Flores, transfer to your hotel
•  Full day excursion to Tikal
•  2-nights accommodation in Flores Guatemala
•  Flights Flores to Ambergris Caye, transfer to Ambergris Caye hotel
•  4 nights in Ambergris Caye
•  Flight San Pedro to Belize City
•  Airport – Hotel transfers in Flores/Tikal
•  Breakfast Daily (most hotels)
•  Hotel taxes

Vista Real Guatemala

Vista Real Guatemala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive to Guatemala City
Meet and Greet at Guatemala City airport transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Vista Real Guatemala

Guatemala City is the capital of Guatemala and the largest city in Central America. Founded in 1776, the city is a blend of modern sleek glass skyscrapers and colonial architecture. Its main tourist attraction is the Historic Center where you will find the Central Market, the National Palace, and colonial churches dating from the 17th century. The Ixchel museum is worth a visit. The tourist area is known as Zona Viva and includes most of the fancy hotels, restaurants, shops, and nightlife spots.

Day 2 Guatemala City to Lake Atitlan or Chichicastenango (Full Day Your choice)
Moring pick up to either Lake Atitlan or Chichicastenango
Overnight:  Guatemala City – Vista Real Guatemala

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Lake Atitlan
Considered by many to be one of the most enchanting lakes in the world, Lake Atitlan is a beautiful destination to visit from Guatemala City.  Twin volcanoes and deep blue lake make Lake Atitlan a destination to visit.  Today’s excursion includes a boat tour of the lake, with a visit to one of the local villages. Afternoon return to Guatemala city.

Chichicastenango (l)
The day excursion begins with a morning pick up at your hotel for leisurely drive up through the mountains to the town of Chichicastenango. Your journey through Chichicastenango is a walking guided tour through one of Central Americans most captivating markets in the region.  Here local villages and Maya indigenous Indians come to the market to sell, barter and socialize.  As you stroll through the streets and alleys of booths you can purchase native handicrafts, and observe native Maya rutual rites of burning incense, candles in and at the base of Santo Tomas Church. This afternoon return back to Guatamala City.

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Day 3 Guatemala City to Flores – Tikal (B)
Morning transfer to Guatemala City airport for a short flight to Flores.  Meet and greet and transferred to your hotel in Flores near Tikal.
Overnight:  La Lancia

Flores – Located in the Northern region of Guatemala where travelers come to explore Tikal and Lake Peten. The Peten area is abundant of tropical jungles and wildlife, The main reason travelers come to this region is to visit the Tikal, one of the greatest Maya religious cities discovered.  Withing the sanctuary of Tikal a national park is a wildlife paradise with many species of birds, animals and plants.

Day 04 – Tikal (B,L)
Today your day excursion is into the reserve of Tikal National Park. Here your guide will lead you on an amazing Mayan Temple site at Tikal where huge Mayan temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest. After lunch guests you can continue to explore Tikal or relax at your hotel.
Overnight:  La Lancia

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Day 05 – Flores to Ambergris Caye Belize
This morning transfer to Flores airport for a short flight to Belize then Ambergris Caye.  Meet and greet in San Pedro and transferred to your hotel for the 4-nights.
Overnight: Victoria House

Ambergris Caye is a white sand beach island that runs parallel to the barrier reef for 30 miles. This is a great base from where
to go on diving or snorkeling trips and to go fishing. You can even take day trips to the mainland if you would rather be based
by the beach. Hotels are based along the shoreline either close to the main town of San Pedro or more remotely up into the
northern end of the island – only really accessible by boat. Ambergris Caye is also a good starting point for any sailing trip.

Day 06 – 09 – Ambergris Caye Day Excursions
On Ambergris Caye, there are many day excursions you can do or you can just relax.  Spend the next 4-nights at the Victoria House.

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Some day excursions may include:
Things to do in Ambergris Caye
- 1/2 day Snorkel at Hot Chan Marine Reserve
A snorkel adventure awaits you at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.  You will see friendly stingrays, brown nurse sharks and turtles as well as colorful reef fish.
- 1/2 Day Snorkel Mexico Rocks Snorkeling excursion
- Scuba Diving (TWO TANK) – 1/2 day
In Belize the Scuba diving is world class along the second longest barrier reef in the world! You will see coral and abundant marine life.Dive Depths range from 60 to 80 feet. Certification needed.
-  1/2 Day or Full Day Deep sea fishing
Fisherman from  all over the world come to Belize to fly fish and deep sea fish.

Day 09 – Ambergris Caye to Belize City – Home
Transfer to San Pedro and your flight to Belize City, then your return home.

Hotels
Vista Real Guatemala city Guatemala

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A short drive from the center of Guatemala City this luxury resort offers views of Fuego and Agua volcanoes.  The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, lounge and restaurant. Rooms are large colonial style decor with free wi-fi, minibar cable TV.  Guests can enjoy Guatemalan and Mediterranean cuisine in Las Ventanas Restaurant, which offers views of the volcanoes. There is also a cocktail bar.
The Vista Real’s spa features a sauna and hot tub, and offers massage. Guests can also make use of a gym.
Guatemala Airport is a 20-minute drive from the resort.

La Lancha – Flores Guatemala
La Lancha hotel, is located near Tikal is a luxury retreat in the mist of the wilds in Guatemala.  This beautiful resort hotel is hidden by rainforest on the shores of Lake Peten Itzá, the hotel has ten naturally built casitas offering peaceful view of the lake and tropical landscape of Guatemala. 10 Rooms

Victoria House

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Nestled among tall swaying palm trees, the Victoria House resort offers casual elegance and all the services of a luxury resort without the formalities. With only 35 accommodations, Victoria House has maintained an exclusive charm while still providing friendly service. The resort is situated on 10 acres and surrounded by beautiful tropical flowers.

Relax at the beachfront pool, take a bicycle into town for a day of shopping, or spend the day on the ocean fishing, diving, or snorkeling.

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Meet Our Central America Destination Expert
Patsy James
Patsy James has great insider’s knowledge in the history, culture and geography of Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Peru.  Having travel to these destinations she has firsthand knowledge of Central America from remote outposts to cosmopolitan centers, Patsy can create unique travel experiences for you, dream vacation, honeymoons, multi-generation family get-aways. Familiar with most common tourist attractions, Patsy also knows many “off the beaten track” secrets. Anyone interested in travelling from Belize to Guatmala or Mexico to Belize?

Patsy’s experience with destination weddings, eco-adventure & nature tours, group tours, spa experiences and jungle adventures makes her a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central America.

Patsy can be reached at 1-800-626-3482

Belize’s & Guatemala Solstice Package: Dec. 19 – 27, 2012

Highlights:  4-Star Accommodations in Guatemala City, Luxury accommodation in Flores at La Lancha , Ruin tour to Tikal, Luxury Jungle Lodge accommodation at Chaa Creek Belize, Cahal Pech Ruins, Xunantunich Ruins, Caracol Ruins, Barton Creek Cave tour, Beach Front accommodations on Ambergris Caye at Protofino Resort, Snorkeling & diving from Ambergris Caye.   

The Solstice Mayan Equinox  in Belize is an event the world is waiting to see what happens on Dec. 21, 2012.  According to the Mayan Calendar, the Classic period of Maya civilization occurred during the 8th and 9th Baktuns of the current calendar cycle. The 13th baktun will end,  December 21, 2012 using the GMT correlation. This also marks the beginning of the 14th Baktun, as such a term is usually used among Mayanists. But in Guatemala and Belize, there is a celebration in the works, and many are making plans to celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar and bring in the new era by attending one of the celebrations that will take place at some of the ruins scheduled in December.

Package: 9-Nights / 10-Days

  • 1 Night Guatemala City, overnight Guatemala City 4-star hotel.
  • 2 Nights accommodation at La Lancha or similar.  Experience Guatemala’s natural beauty with charming lakeside accommodations, authentic local cuisine and an unforgettable visit to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Tikal, one of the archaeological wonders of the world on Dec. 21,2012.
  • 3 Night Chaa Creek or similar accommodations in luxury palm thatched accommodations with all meals.
  • Available day activities included with your stay at Chaa Creek include: Horseback tours through jungle trails to ancient Maya temple sites, canoeing on the Macal River to San Ignacio Town and the Cahal Pech royal palace, tours of the beautiful temple of Xunantunich, full day tours to the ancient ruins of Caracol, half day expeditions exploring the Maya underworld via canoe within the Barton Creek Ceremonial Cave and tours of the organic Maya Farm.
  • 3 Nights Portofino on Ambergris Caye.  Beach front location with easy access to the Barrier Reef for snorkeling, diving and fishing day tours (optional).

Package Includes:

  • Meet & Greet transfer in Guatemala City, overnight Guatemala 4-star hotel..
  • Transfer and Flight from Guatemala City to Flores, 2-night accommodation at La Lancha
  • Resort.
  • Transfer from Guatemala to Chaa Creek in Belize.
  • 3-night Chaa Creek with all meals and day tour as specified.
  • Transfers and intra-country flights between Belize and Ambergris Caye.
  • Sightseeing tours as descripted with English speaking guides.
  • 3-Nights accommodations Portofino.

Land only price from:  Call us for current pricing and availability 1-800-626-3483 or email us at info@belizetravelpoints.com.

Other Solstice Packages are available between the dates of Dec. 15 – 22, 2012.  Call for complete details.

El Mirador Guatamala – One of the wonders of the Maya World

“El Mirador” located in Guatamala is one of the Mayan Wonders of the world along with Tikal.  Imagine a Mayan site in the middle of the jungle three times larger than Tikal. The Mirador Basin in northeastern Guatemala is home to the largest tract of untouched rainforest in all of Central America. Within this region lies the remote site of El Mirador, which rivals famous, sprawling, Tikal, and is thought to be the largest Mayan city that ever existed. Among the ruins at El Mirador are the Dante and Tigre pyramids, the former rising more than 230 feet high, and claiming to be the most massive pyramid in the entire world ? yes rivalling even the greatest pyramids o Egypt by volume! Largely unexcavated this site can only be visited on a 5 day jungle trek or by helicopter.

It was first discovered in 1926, and was photographed from the air in 1930, but the remote site deep in the jungle had little more attention paid to it until Ian Graham spent some time there making the first map of the area in 1962. A detailed investigation was begun in 1978 with an archaeological project under the direction of Dr. Bruce Dahlin from the Catholic University of America and Dr. Ray Matheny from Brigham Young University.

Dahlin’s work focused primarily on the “bajo” swamps and mapping, while Matheny’s team focused primarily on
excavations in the site center and architecture. This project ended in 1983. To the surprise of the archaeologists, it was found that a large amount of construction was not contemporary with the large Maya classic cities in the area like Tikal and Uaxactun, but rather from centuries earlier in the Pre-Classic era. In 2003, Dr. Richard D. Hansen, a Senior Scientist from Idaho State University, initiated major investigation, stabilization, and conservation programs at “El Mirador” with a multi-disciplinary approach, including staff and technical personnel from 52 universities and research institutions from throughout the world. By August 2008, the team had published 168 scientific papers, produced 474 technical reports and scientific presentations as well as documentary films in th History Channel, National Geographic, the Learning Channel, BBC, ABC’s 20/20 and Good Morning  America, 60 Minutes (Australia), and the Discovery Channel. Dr. Richard D. Hansen is the current director of the “El Mirador”Basin Project, and according to his discoveries here, he thinks that the more than 45 mapped sites in the Basin may have formed the earliest well-defined political state in Mesoamerica.

Guatemala Vacation Packages To Tikal

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Guatemala offers a varitey of Vacation Packages to Tikal and other interesting sights to see while in country.  Guatemala is rich in culture and history, Chichicastenango market, Tikal, Lake Atitlan and Antigua are just a few of what this Central America country has to offer.

Guatemala, Central America is know as “the land of the eternal spring” is a nation rich in history.  Most archaeologists agree that ancient Guatemala was the culture center of the New World and the famed Maya civilization. It’s many Mayan ruins and colonial buildings are its most impressive architectural attributes.  This much we know: Beautiful lakes, towering volcanoes, rugged mountains, and exotic flora and fauna all make Guatemala an exceptional place to vacation.

Chichicastenango must be visited on Sunday, the day of the famous open-air market where traditionally dressed Indians offer their wares in open stalls.  The cofradias (religious brotherhoods) often hold processions on this day.  The locals have combined traditional Mayan religious rites with Catholicism; the best places to witness these old rites are around the church of  Santo Tomas and the shrine of Pascual Abaj, which honors the Mayan earth god  Incense, food and drink are offered to ancestors and to ensure the continued fertility of the earth.  This is a magical and misty highland town is surrounded by valleys and overshadowed by looming mountains.

Tikal, in the heart of the Guatemalan jungle.  Tikal Park is not only a refuge for most of Guatemala’s mammals, but one of the places where they can easily be observed.
Towering pyramids rise above the jungle’s green canopy, while down below spider and howler monkeys swing nosily through the branches of ancient and trees, colorful parrots squawk and tree frogs fill in the auditory gaps.   With some luck you may even spot coatis, raccoons or white tailed deer.  More than 300 species of birds have been recorded within the park, from hummingbirds to great birds of prey.  Tikal was one of the most important, if not the most important, urban centers of the Maya area, as proven by the more than 3,000 buildings spread over 16 kilometers, including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, residences, plazas, causeways and steam baths.  Here you will also find more than 200 stone altars, hundreds of graves and ritual sites, hear is an uninterrupted history of at least one thousand years.  You can almost feel the presence of this ancient society.

Lake Atitlan and its eternal blue sky here you will have a magnificent view of several volcanoes.  Though this area does not prompt instant name recognition among travelers its beauty easily trumps more famous lakes.  The tiny villages along the 50-square-mile lake are still inhabited by modern-day Mayans wearing traditional dress, kaleidoscopic garments shimmering with purple, orange and crimson threads.  A highlight will certainly be the boat tour to the village of Santiago de Atitlan.

Antigua Guatemala set amid three magnificent volcanoes, with superb colonial buildings.  And of course time in Guatemala City where you have the opportunity to visit several important museums, housing beautiful Mayan and Spanish colonial art.

If you’re looking for something exciting and adventurous, this could be the one. Give the experts at Belize TravelPOINTS.

For more information about vacation packages into Guatamala and Belize, contact Belize TravelPOINTS at 303-938-9018 or 1-800-626-3483 or visit our web site at www.belizetravelpoints.com

Guatemala Update

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION IN GUATEMALA (DEPARTMENT OF PETEN)

Following our update of May 18th, as expected a joint statement released by the Guatemalan tourism board (INGUAT) and the chamber of tourism (CAMTUR) reaffirms travel to the Peten is both safe and recommended. An excerpt from the statement follows:

“Tourism and commercial activities are developing normally in Guatemala and in the Peten region. Airport services, immigration and customs are fully operational. Within the first 24 hours some itineraries were temporarily modified in accordance with recommendations of the competent authorities. Today, these itineraries are being operated regularly. Security forces have stepped up surveillance on major touristic routes and destinations in the area, so the visit to the region is recommended and safe for domestic and foreign visitors.”

The full statement can be found here on the Guatemala tourism board website: http://www.visitguatemala.com/web/documentos/CURRENT_STATUS_REPORT_ON_PETEN.pdf

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@belizetravelpoints.com for further information on this matter.

For travel into Tikal from Belize call turner at 1-800-623-3483.