Temples of Tikal, World of the Maya, Rainforest Adventure Tour, majestic mountains, tropical rainforests teeming with wildlife, ancient mayan temples and pyramids, Peten, Tikal, Lake Peten Itza, Flores, island Belize Tours
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BELIZE & GUATEMALA
"World of the Maya"
Rainforest Adventure Tour
( 5 days / 4 nights )
Temples of Tikal, World of the Maya, Rainforest Adventure Tour, majestic mountains, tropical rainforests teeming with wildlife, ancient mayan temples and pyramids Peten, Tikal, Lake Peten Itza, Flores, island



Majestic Mountains, Tropical Rainforests Teeming with Wildlife, Ancient Mayan Temples and Pyramids along with the friendliest people you will ever meet - Belize has much more to offer than just the crystal clear waters of the second longest Barrier Reef in the World! World of the Maya, Rainforest Adventure Tour. majestic mountains, tropical rainforests teeming with 
wildlife, ancient mayan temples and pyramids along with the friendliest people you will ever meet - Belize has much more to offer than superb scuba diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the second longest barrier reef in the world. Explore San Ignacio, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Mopan River, Macal River, Barton Creek Cave, Peten, Tikal, Lake Peten Itza, Flores, island, caye, tropical, palm trees, coral, barrier reef, diving, scuba, snorkel, swimming, watersports, relaxing




DAY 1 - OFF TO THE RAINFOREST - (D)

Meet & Greet at the Belize International Airport on arrival and transfer to the beautiful rainforest area of San Ignacio near the Guatemalan border for a two night stay. Time permitting a stop will be made at the Belize Zoo on request.

Whilst Europe was deep in the "Dark Ages", the inhospitable and hostile jungles of Central America were being transformed into the home of one of the World's great civilisations. Temples, Pyramids and Palaces were built by peasant farmers and slaves without the benefit of beasts of burden or even the wheel.

These were painted in the sacred colours of the Maya; red, blue, yellow and green and were ruled over by immensely powerful Kings who were regarded as living Gods by their subjects.

Day 2 - MYSTERIES OF THE MAYA - (B,L)

Your exciting day trip starts with a ride to the nearby village of San José Succotz. There you will cross the Mopan River by a nineteenth century, hand cranked ferry to the Mayan site of Xunantunich which is spectacularly perched on a hill overlooking the Belize River. Xunantunich, meaning "stone woman" in Mayan, has a commanding view of the entire upper Belize River valley. The largest pyramid, El Castillo, rises a towering 130 feet above the main plaza, and more than 250 feet above the river valley below. This main temple is visible from all parts of the valley today. Time to explore and climb the ruins which are great for panoramic photographs - the views from the top are incredible!!

Next you will have the chance to try out the most exciting mode of river transportation - Tube Floating down the Mopan River to Clarissa Falls. You will see iguanas sunning themselves on the overhanging branches along the river banks and the tropical birds which populate the treetops. Maya villagers still bathe and wash their clothes in the river, giving you a glimpse of real life in this part of the world. The transportation will be waiting to take you back to the hotel for lunch. Note This is a very relaxing experience but if you prefer you can opt to return direct to the hotel by road from Xunantunich.
canoe trip on the Macal River near Xunantunich

cave tubing in Belize This afternoon you will explore a small but fascinating Maya Ceremonial Centre and visit the tiny Museum. Situated on the hills above San Ignacio, Cahal Pech - once the home to a Maya Royal Family. The central acropolis is approximately 900 feet above sea level. There are 34 structures in a two acre area, the tallest of which is a temple that rises 77 feet into the air. Many of the buildings are Palaces, or Elite Residences, situated around seven courtyards. There are also two ball courts, five stelae, one altar, and one structure that may have served as a sweat house. Several jade objects, obsidian blades, shell and bone ornaments and pottery vessels were found in a Royal Tomb, the most interesting of which is a mosaic mask made up of jade and shell that was part of the belt worn by the entombed.

CLIENT COMMENT:
"Dear Ann, We have just returned from the most amazing holiday and much of the credit for its success must go to you. Everything you organised for us happened according to plan and was as described and just up our street. Thank you."  Christopher Wilson-Clarke (and family) More comments from this letter below.


DAY 3 - TEMPLES OF TIKAL - (B,L)

You will be picked up from the hotel this morning as you are off to Today you will explore the realms of the mysterious Maya. After an early breakfast, you will be picked up at the hotel for the transfer by road over the border into Guatemala as you head for the Tikal National Park. Whilst Europe was deep in the "Dark Ages", the inhospitable and hostile jungles of Central America were being transformed into the home of one of the World's great civilisations.

Hidden for 1,000 years in the midst of rainforests teeming with wildlife are enormous ceremonial cities with magnificent Temples, Pyramids and Palaces built by the mysterious Mayan people using peasant farmers and slaves, without the benefit of beasts of burden or even the wheel.

These were painted in the sacred colours of the Maya; red, blue, yellow and green and were ruled over by immensely powerful Kings who were regarded as living Gods by their subjects.

Of the park's 222 square miles only 10 square miles of central Tikal has been mapped and over 3,000 separate buildings have been revealed: temples, shrines, ceremonial platforms, residences, ball courts, terraces, causeways and plazas.

THE TEMPLES OF TIKAL in the Peten region of Guatemala is the most fabulous site of all!

Overnight stay at the Jungle Lodge Hotel or The Tikal Inn, situated in the heart of the Tikal National Park.

Imagine the ceremonies where human sacrifices were offered to the Gods.
Listen carefully and you will hear the still-beating heart of a dying Civilisation . . .



"America, say historians, was peopled by savages; but savages never reared these structures; savages never carved these stones." John Lloyd Stephens, Explorer (1839)


DAY 4 - ISLA FLORES - (B,L)

Actun Kan Cave, Flores When you are ready you will be driven to the island of Flores on Lake Peten Itza.

En route a visit will be made to the famous caves of Actún Kan or "la cueva de la serpiente" (the cave of the serpent) found just outside of Santa Elena, it has some lovely natural rock formations which suggest animals, humans and various scenes.

The caves are kept lit constantly from 7 A.M. to 5 P.M. to facilitate movement within. Thus, the 50 curiously formed stalagmites and stalactites are readily visible. They’ve been dubbed with picturesque names such as: "Elephant’s Foot", "Lady of the Grotto" and "Rain God" among others.

Isla Flores, Peten, Guatemala After lunch on the shores of the lagoon you will enjoy a relaxing sunset boat trip on the lake. "launcha" (wooden motorboat) to visit the zoo on the small island of Petencito. Besides the indigenous wildlife, some of which roam freely on the island, there is a good size "Wet & Wild" type water-slide, which makes for a great way to cool off in the heat of the day.

One of the stops is the Itza Mayan city of Tayasal which was not taken by the Spanish until 1697. Cortez had passed through here in 1525. All traces of Tayasal were destroyed by the Spanish.

This is a great place to experience the colonial culture and gain an insight into Guatemalan village life. It is also fun to explore the cobbled streets lined with handicraft stores, shopping for Guatemalan goodies. The shops stay open into the evening and you can purchase wonderful garments made of fabulous woven fabrics. BR>


Overnight at the La Casona de la Isla Hotel on the island of Flores. We have not included Dinner tonight so that you are free to eat at the island restaurant of your choice.

DAY 5 - DEPARTURE - (B)

You will be transferred after breakfast to the airport at Flores for the morning flight departing at 09.45 am to Belize City. The flight takes 45 minutes and offers fabulous views as you fly over the rainforests.

Please Note: There are two flights daily from Flores to Belize International. Those with more time to spare can have a free day in Flores and take the 4.15 pm flight arriving at 5.15 pm at BZE. You can then spend the night in Belize City or catch the 5.40 pm flight to San Pedro. This flight from Flores arrives too late to catch southbound connections.

This is an ideal tour to add on before or after your island vacation. We can also arrange transfers to other destinations in Belize and a wide selection of island vacations for relaxing, snorkeling, scuba diving or fishing.

An Escape You Will Always Remember... To a Place You Will Never Forget.
A Place of Yesteryear's History, Today's Hospitality and Tomorrow's Hope.


OPTIONAL EXTRA:

The adventurous can add a CANOPY ADVENTURE TOUR an exhilarating experience near the Tikal National Park. You can fly like Tarzan on a series of safe platforms and cables, formerly accessible solely to scientists and photographers, installed in the beautiful leafy trees. At the Canopy Tour you will be able to view jungle life from a bird's eye perspective and enjoy soaring from tree to tree. This tour through the forest treetops offers you an exciting experience high above the forest floor. It is fun and daring, but safe. Watch and listen to the toucans, parrots and monkeys playing in the trees while you take in the beauty of the jungle.





PLEASE NOTE: Our Tikal Tours are completely tailor-made on a private basis with your own driver/guide and private tour of the Temples as we feel that this offers the best possible experience and a "once in a lifetime" adventure.



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World of the Maya - Rainforest Adventure Tour
2010 Rates
ACCOMMODATION: Double / Twin Rooms Single Rooms
STANDARD ROOMS: 985 1,270
DELUXE ROOMS: 1,185 1,570
NOTES:
  • All rates are per PER PERSON in US dollars.
  • Minimum of 2 people travelling together.
  • Tour can commence on any day of the week.
INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations (with private bathrooms throughout)
  • All road transfers
  • Flights FRS/BZE
  • All tours with experienced and licensed tour guides
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary
    (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
  • 9% hotel tax, 9% sales tax in Belize
  • 22% government taxes in Guatemala
  • All applicable service charges
NOT INCLUDED:
  • International Flights to/from Belize
  • Departure Taxes and Border Fees
  • Beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities - at your own discretion



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