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Journey through Guatemala & Belize tour
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Journey through Guatemala & Belize

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
14 days
From: $ 3,985 $ 285 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Snorkel in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Caye Caulker
  • Sunrise tour of Tikal
  •  Incredible archaeology of the ATM caves

Short Description

Guatemala is home to beautiful lakes, lofty Volcanoes and some of the world’s most famous and impressive Mayan ruins. Belize is famous for its incredible biodiversity due to the Belize Barrier Reserve System, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. This itinerary combines these two very different countries, which together form a perfect combination.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Antigua
End City Belize City

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Belize Argentina Guatemala

Activities

Culture

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts and 2 lunches included
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Arrive Guatemala City in the late evening

The group flights are scheduled to arrive into Guatemala City in the late evening and we will be transferred to Antigua (approx. 1.5 hours). Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel tonight. Accommodation: Hotel Las Farolas/Hotel Aurora or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 2 Transfer to Panajachel; market tour.

This morning we will set off to the ancient market town of Chichicastenango (approx. 2.5 hours). Here we will have some time to explore the market where centuries-old economic and cultural traditions of the Kaqchikel people continue to thrive. After we will transfer to Panajachel (approx. 1.5 hours), located on the shore of Lake Atitlan. The route is mainly downhill, passing through farmland and small villages before ending with spectacular views over the lake and surrounding volcanoes. Guatemala's largest lake is dominated by three volcanoes and was formed following an ancient eruption. Many of the villages that exist around the lake are only accessible by boat. Accommodation: Jardines del Lago Hotel/Hotel Cacique Inn or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 3 Full day tour of Lake Atitlan.

After breakfast we will enjoy a scenic boat ride on the lake which will take us to the village of San Juan La Laguna. While in San Juan, we will visit the home studios of local painters and a textile cooperative where women are engaged in hand weaving and natural dyeing processes. Afterwards we will then continue by boat to Santiago Atitlan where we can learn and understand more about the Mayan traditions and beliefs. In this town most residents are indigenous Mayans who suffered from violence during the country’s civil war. Accommodation: Jardines del Lago Hotel/Hotel Cacique Inn or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 4 Morning at leisure; transfer to Antigua via a coffee plantation.

Today we have a free morning, so you can either relax or take part in an optional excursion to help you explore the area. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you to arrange it. In the afternoon we will transfer to Antigua (approx. 3 hours), stopping on the way to visit La Azotea coffee plantation, which also features three museums. Here you will find out about the whole production process from seedling to cup. On arrival in Antigua we will have a city tour. Many travellers agree that Antigua is one of the most attractive cities in Latin America. Rightly declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the colourful, colonial city attracts visitors from all over for its unique history and renowned Spanish language schools. Above the tiled roofs of pastel houses there are impressive views of the Agua and Fuego volcanoes, standing more than 3700m above the city. Antigua was the capital of the Spanish empire in Central America from 1543 to 1773, a highly religious period that left the city with an abundance of convents and churches packed with religious art. Unfortunately, due to centuries of earthquake damage, many buildings are now in ruins. Our guided walking tour of the city will bring its fascinating history to life. Accommodation: Hotel Las Farolas/Hotel Aurora or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 5 Pacaya Volcano Hike: afternoon chocolate tour.

This morning we will drive to San Vicente Pacaya (approx. 1-2 hours), to hike one of Guatemala’s youngest volcanoes, Pacaya. The hike up involves around 1.5 hours of continuous ascent on paths coated in volcanic ash, with much of the route being surrounded by subtropical forest. Due to the unpredictable volcanic activity, often we can't go all the way to the top. However, with clear weather we should have views of Guatemala City and the Pacific lowlands stretching away to the east. Close to the top, we break out of the trees and after a short walk across open land we come across the vast dry lava field. Due to the shifting lava flow, molten rock is unlikely to be visible but occasionally people can be seen toasting marshmallows on the fiery surface! We will then walk for about an hour to further explore the volcano before following the same path back down to our vehicle. We return to Antigua, where we will enjoy a chocolate work shop. The workshop lasts approximately 2 hours and you learn all the steps from the harvest of the cacao, to the end product of a chocolate bar.     Accommodation: Hotel Las Farolas/Hotel Aurora or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 6 Morning at leisure; afternoon flight to flores.

Today we have a free morning, so you can either relax or take part in an optional excursion to help you explore the area. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you to arrange it. In the early afternoon, we take a short transfer (approx. 1 hours) to Guatemala City where we will board a plane to fly to Flores. Flores is located on Petén Itzá lake, which was once the Mayan city of Tayasal, which famously was the last Mayan stronghold to fall to the Spaniards.  Accommodation: Hotel Casona de la Isla Flores or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 7 Sunrise tour of Tikal; transfer to Cayo District.

We make an early start this morning to reach Tikal (approx. 1 hour) for sunrise. Tikal is the most famous and impressive of all Mayan sites. Here, in the middle of the dense jungles of Petén, are nearly 20 square miles of classic Mayan ruins. We take a tour of the city, visiting the Q complex, Main Plaza, North and Central Acropolis, Seven Temples and Mundo Perdido (Lost World). Tikal is a superb area for observing wildlife in the jungle environment and visitors regularly see Howler monkeys, Spider monkeys, toucans, Weaver birds, coatimundi and even tarantula (if you know where to look and wish to find one!). In the afternoon we leave Guatemala behind, as we cross the border and continue our journey to Belize and the small town of San Ignacio (approx. 3 hours but it can vary depending on how long it takes to make border formalities). Sometimes known locally as 'Cayo', which means island in Spanish, the town was given this name for its location on the west bank of the Macal River. Before the arrival of roads in the area, like many small towns, San Ignacio was only accessible by boat. This laid-back town, with its mixed population of Mestizo, Creole, Lebanese, Chinese and Mennonites, is a great example of multicultural Belize. Accommodation: Log in Cabin San Ignacio or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 8 Free day; optional activities available.

Today we have a free day, so you can either relax or take part in an optional excursion to help you explore the area. We recommend excursions to the nearby ruins of Xunantunich (approx. 45 minutes) or Caracol (approx. 2.5 hours), which are less well known and a lot less visited than Tikal, offering you a completely different experience. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you to arrange it. Accommodation: Log in Cabin San Ignacio or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 9 Visit the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) caves.

Today we venture into the Mayan underworld at the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave. A short journey (approx. 1.5 hours) from San Ignacio brings us to the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, in which the caves are located. They were discovered only very recently, in 1989, at which point archaeologists began exploring the site, before officially opening it to visitors in the late 90s. The intention has been to preserve the area as much as possible; most cultural artefacts found in the caves are still in their original position and only a select number of guides have permits to lead excursions in this area. The ATM cave was a sacred site to the Mayan people during the Classic period (AD250 - 909). They are thought to have believed that gods resided in the cave and that its chambers led directly to the underworld. Human sacrifices took place in the caves as a way of appeasing the gods, with the hope of creating a more fertile land. We'll hike through the sticky jungle to reach the entrance to the cave, which is partially hidden by leaves and branches but opens like a keyhole, allowing a stream to pass through the entrance. Prepare to wade or swim through water to enter the cave! Once inside, our guide will explain their history and we'll see some of the famous artefacts that have been discovered, such as the 'The Crystal Maiden', the crystallised skeleton of a young woman whose bones have calcified and taken on a sparkling appearance. This adventure is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. The ability to swim is a plus as you will need to cross deep water to enter the cave and will be wading through water several times both inside and outside the caves. Accommodation: Log in Cabin San Ignacio or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 10 Transfer to Caye Caulker visiting the Blue Hole N.P. en route.

We leave San Ignacio behind this morning and start our journey to Caye Caulker. En route (approx. 1.5 hours) we make a stop at the Blue Hole National Park, just off the Hummingbird Highway. After a 50-minute hike through the tropical forest we reach the cave entrance, where we rappel 15 feet into the cavernous entrance to the cave. We will traverse through the large chambers of the cave, sliding down mud ramps and scrambling along rocks. The park is famous for its large, sapphire sinkhole, which came about after the collapse of an underground river. The cool waters of the sinkhole make for a refreshing dip on a hot day! Several caves can also be found in the park and there are steps leading down to the 25ft deep pool, which is surrounded by hanging foliage and vegetation. We will then continue our journey (approx. 2 hours) to the Belize City Water Taxi Station where we take a boat (approx. 45 minutes) towards Caye Caulker. Caye Caulker is an island paradise in the Caribbean Sea. The delicate coral of the Belize Barrier Reef provides food and shelter to a dizzying number of tropical fish, with manatees, Nurse sharks, stingrays and turtles sharing the warm turquoise waters.* * Accommodation: Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel* or similar /Please note this hotel does not have a restaurant. We have arranged breakfasts at a cafe around the corner (2 minutes walk)./ *Standard Hotel*

Day 11 Full day snorkelling tour.

Just off the southern part of Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize, is the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, meaning 'Little Channel' in Mayan, because of a natural break in the reef. This area is now an important marine habitat providing refuge for a huge number of fish, coral, several species of sea turtle, the West Indian manatee and two species of dolphin. Nurse sharks also congregate in an area called 'Shark Ray Alley', now a popular dive site. We join a snorkelling tour in the reserve to see a selection of the marine life living in these tropical waters. Accommodation: Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 12 Free day to relax or optional activities available.

Today has been left free as there are many excursions available to match different interests. If you're a diver, we recommend taking an optional excursion to the Great Blue Hole on the Belize Barrier Reef. Not to be confused with the sinkhole located inland, the Great Blue Hole is 60 miles out to sea within the Lighthouse Reef System. This perfectly circular limestone sinkhole drops to a depth of 124m and is fringed by coral reef, a perfect environment for divers (Jacques Cousteau declared it one of the top 10 dive sites in the world) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please note that you will have to add an extra night's accommodation to the end of your trip if you plan on going scuba diving, as you cannot fly for 24 hours after diving. Accommodation: Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 13

This morning we wave goodbye to our island paradise and return to Belize City by water taxi. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport in time for their return flight. Land only clients will leave the trip in Belize City.



Land Only

Day 1

Those on the group flight will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Antigua. Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel this afternoon. Accommodation: Hotel Las Farolas/Hotel Aurora or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 2 Transfer to Panajachel; market tour.

This morning we will set off to the ancient market town of Chichicastenango (approx. 2.5 hours). Here we will have some time to explore the market where centuries-old economic and cultural traditions of the Kaqchikel people continue to thrive. After we will transfer to Panajachel (approx. 1.5 hours), located on the shore of Lake Atitlan. The route is mainly downhill, passing through farmland and small villages before ending with spectacular views over the lake and surrounding volcanoes. Guatemala's largest lake is dominated by three volcanoes and was formed following an ancient eruption. Many of the villages that exist around the lake are only accessible by boat. Accommodation: Jardines del Lago Hotel/Hotel Cacique Inn or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 3 Full day tour of Lake Atitlan.

After breakfast we will enjoy a scenic boat ride on the lake which will take us to the village of San Juan La Laguna. While in San Juan, we will visit the home studios of local painters and a textile cooperative where women are engaged in hand weaving and natural dyeing processes. Afterwards we will then continue by boat to Santiago Atitlan where we can learn and understand more about the Mayan traditions and beliefs. In this town most residents are indigenous Mayans who suffered from violence during the country’s civil war. Accommodation: Jardines del Lago Hotel/Hotel Cacique Inn or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 4 Morning at leisure; transfer to Antigua via a coffee plantation.

Today we have a free morning, so you can either relax or take part in an optional excursion to help you explore the area. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you to arrange it. In the afternoon we will transfer to Antigua (approx. 3 hours), stopping on the way to visit La Azotea coffee plantation, which also features three museums. Here you will find out about the whole production process from seedling to cup. On arrival in Antigua we will have a city tour. Many travellers agree that Antigua is one of the most attractive cities in Latin America. Rightly declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the colourful, colonial city attracts visitors from all over for its unique history and renowned Spanish language schools. Above the tiled roofs of pastel houses there are impressive views of the Agua and Fuego volcanoes, standing more than 3700m above the city. Antigua was the capital of the Spanish empire in Central America from 1543 to 1773, a highly religious period that left the city with an abundance of convents and churches packed with religious art. Unfortunately, due to centuries of earthquake damage, many buildings are now in ruins. Our guided walking tour of the city will bring its fascinating history to life. Accommodation: Hotel Las Farolas/Hotel Aurora or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 5 Pacaya Volcano Hike: afternoon chocolate tour.

This morning we will drive to San Vicente Pacaya (approx. 1-2 hours), to hike one of Guatemala’s youngest volcanoes, Pacaya. The hike up involves around 1.5 hours of continuous ascent on paths coated in volcanic ash, with much of the route being surrounded by subtropical forest. Due to the unpredictable volcanic activity, often we can't go all the way to the top. However, with clear weather we should have views of Guatemala City and the Pacific lowlands stretching away to the east. Close to the top, we break out of the trees and after a short walk across open land we come across the vast dry lava field. Due to the shifting lava flow, molten rock is unlikely to be visible but occasionally people can be seen toasting marshmallows on the fiery surface! We will then walk for about an hour to further explore the volcano before following the same path back down to our vehicle. We return to Antigua, where we will enjoy a chocolate work shop. The workshop lasts approximately 2 hours and you learn all the steps from the harvest of the cacao, to the end product of a chocolate bar.     Accommodation: Hotel Las Farolas/Hotel Aurora or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 6 Morning at leisure; afternoon flight to flores.

Today we have a free morning, so you can either relax or take part in an optional excursion to help you explore the area. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you to arrange it. In the early afternoon, we take a short transfer (approx. 1 hours) to Guatemala City where we will board a plane to fly to Flores. Flores is located on Petén Itzá lake, which was once the Mayan city of Tayasal, which famously was the last Mayan stronghold to fall to the Spaniards.  Accommodation: Hotel Casona de la Isla Flores or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 7 Sunrise tour of Tikal; transfer to Cayo District.

We make an early start this morning to reach Tikal (approx. 1 hour) for sunrise. Tikal is the most famous and impressive of all Mayan sites. Here, in the middle of the dense jungles of Petén, are nearly 20 square miles of classic Mayan ruins. We take a tour of the city, visiting the Q complex, Main Plaza, North and Central Acropolis, Seven Temples and Mundo Perdido (Lost World). Tikal is a superb area for observing wildlife in the jungle environment and visitors regularly see Howler monkeys, Spider monkeys, toucans, Weaver birds, coatimundi and even tarantula (if you know where to look and wish to find one!). In the afternoon we leave Guatemala behind, as we cross the border and continue our journey to Belize and the small town of San Ignacio (approx. 3 hours but it can vary depending on how long it takes to make border formalities). Sometimes known locally as 'Cayo', which means island in Spanish, the town was given this name for its location on the west bank of the Macal River. Before the arrival of roads in the area, like many small towns, San Ignacio was only accessible by boat. This laid-back town, with its mixed population of Mestizo, Creole, Lebanese, Chinese and Mennonites, is a great example of multicultural Belize. Accommodation: Log in Cabin San Ignacio or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 8 Free day; optional activities available.

Today we have a free day, so you can either relax or take part in an optional excursion to help you explore the area. We recommend excursions to the nearby ruins of Xunantunich (approx. 45 minutes) or Caracol (approx. 2.5 hours), which are less well known and a lot less visited than Tikal, offering you a completely different experience. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you to arrange it. Accommodation: Log in Cabin San Ignacio or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 9 Visit the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) caves.

Today we venture into the Mayan underworld at the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave. A short journey (approx. 1.5 hours) from San Ignacio brings us to the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, in which the caves are located. They were discovered only very recently, in 1989, at which point archaeologists began exploring the site, before officially opening it to visitors in the late 90s. The intention has been to preserve the area as much as possible; most cultural artefacts found in the caves are still in their original position and only a select number of guides have permits to lead excursions in this area. The ATM cave was a sacred site to the Mayan people during the Classic period (AD250 - 909). They are thought to have believed that gods resided in the cave and that its chambers led directly to the underworld. Human sacrifices took place in the caves as a way of appeasing the gods, with the hope of creating a more fertile land. We'll hike through the sticky jungle to reach the entrance to the cave, which is partially hidden by leaves and branches but opens like a keyhole, allowing a stream to pass through the entrance. Prepare to wade or swim through water to enter the cave! Once inside, our guide will explain their history and we'll see some of the famous artefacts that have been discovered, such as the 'The Crystal Maiden', the crystallised skeleton of a young woman whose bones have calcified and taken on a sparkling appearance. This adventure is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. The ability to swim is a plus as you will need to cross deep water to enter the cave and will be wading through water several times both inside and outside the caves. Accommodation: Log in Cabin San Ignacio or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 10 Transfer to Caye Caulker visiting the Blue Hole N.P. en route.

We leave San Ignacio behind this morning and start our journey to Caye Caulker. En route (approx. 1.5 hours) we make a stop at the Blue Hole National Park, just off the Hummingbird Highway. After a 50-minute hike through the tropical forest we reach the cave entrance, where we rappel 15 feet into the cavernous entrance to the cave. We will traverse through the large chambers of the cave, sliding down mud ramps and scrambling along rocks. The park is famous for its large, sapphire sinkhole, which came about after the collapse of an underground river. The cool waters of the sinkhole make for a refreshing dip on a hot day! Several caves can also be found in the park and there are steps leading down to the 25ft deep pool, which is surrounded by hanging foliage and vegetation. We will then continue our journey (approx. 2 hours) to the Belize City Water Taxi Station where we take a boat (approx. 45 minutes) towards Caye Caulker. Caye Caulker is an island paradise in the Caribbean Sea. The delicate coral of the Belize Barrier Reef provides food and shelter to a dizzying number of tropical fish, with manatees, Nurse sharks, stingrays and turtles sharing the warm turquoise waters.* * Accommodation: Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel* or similar /Please note this hotel does not have a restaurant. We have arranged breakfasts at a cafe around the corner (2 minutes walk)./ *Standard Hotel*

Day 11 Full day snorkelling tour.

Just off the southern part of Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize, is the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, meaning 'Little Channel' in Mayan, because of a natural break in the reef. This area is now an important marine habitat providing refuge for a huge number of fish, coral, several species of sea turtle, the West Indian manatee and two species of dolphin. Nurse sharks also congregate in an area called 'Shark Ray Alley', now a popular dive site. We join a snorkelling tour in the reserve to see a selection of the marine life living in these tropical waters. Accommodation: Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 12 Free day to relax or optional activities available.

Today has been left free as there are many excursions available to match different interests. If you're a diver, we recommend taking an optional excursion to the Great Blue Hole on the Belize Barrier Reef. Not to be confused with the sinkhole located inland, the Great Blue Hole is 60 miles out to sea within the Lighthouse Reef System. This perfectly circular limestone sinkhole drops to a depth of 124m and is fringed by coral reef, a perfect environment for divers (Jacques Cousteau declared it one of the top 10 dive sites in the world) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please note that you will have to add an extra night's accommodation to the end of your trip if you plan on going scuba diving, as you cannot fly for 24 hours after diving. Accommodation: Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel or similar *Standard Hotel*

Day 13

This morning we wave goodbye to our island paradise and return to Belize City by water taxi. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport in time for their return flight. Land only clients will leave the trip in Belize City.

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A wonderful trip!

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I travelled with my 23 yr old daughter and we had a great time. Lots of
superlatives which have been covered by reviewers below, so I will not repeat
them, but suffice to say that this trip exceeded both our expectations in
terms of the amazing variation in landscape in the iconic National Parks
visited, and the diversity of activities - ranging from exciting hikes, to
laying on the ground in Death Valley looking at the Night Sky. Never a dull
moment - and our guide inserted little surprises at regular intervals.
Perhaps meeting our inspirational Navajo guide in Monument Valley and
learning about her childhood and culture. But lots to inspire both of us
....


Joseph Spaid was an incredible leader. He was so knowledgable, approachable,
engaging and fun. He was very interesting to chat to, and worked so hard to
make sure everyone’s needs were met. We were quite a disparate crowd of
11, some very experienced hikers, others recovering from recent injury, but
he found ways to embrace that - I wish I had his energy!


Take a brolly as sun shade for Death Valley! And rehydration tabs/powder
when it's really hot. We all used it and had no problem with overheating
even in August. You get dusty walking so plenty of walking gear - it is a
busy trip and there wasn’t much time for washing. I was pleased to have my
poles in Zion and the Grand Canyon for long (albeit beautiful) uphill
stretches.

I would definitely advise a few days in San Francisco before joining the
trip. It is an incredible city. Our flight from Heathrow was delayed by 28
hours, so we missed one of our three planned days, but we still were well
able to meet up with the Group on Sunday.

Las Vegas didn’t appeal to us, so we didn’t stay at the end, and we in
time to fly out on the same night.

The helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon was just extraordinary!


As an introduction to SW America, this trip takes some beating. It was
fantastic.

Thank you Exodus and Grand American Adventures!!


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The National Parks

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Very busy , hugely interesting itinerary. Some quite breathtaking scenery,
with opportunities for physical activity in order to experience it more
fully. Very good tour leader, experienced, knowledgeable and well organised.
Tour group (9 of us) , various ages and experiences, combined well. A great
experience.
Hard to pick one particular moment or event. Perhaps the experience of
Yosemite: view of the valley from Glacier Point, variety of hikes, and also
appreciating the national park beyond the valley itself.


Very good. See above.


Some long days in the bus, but that doesn't have to be a problem- it can just
mean that you see more.


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Bad trip leader experience

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The activities were a mixture of good and repetitive and the description of the game drives seems a little embellished. We didn't encounter hardly any elephants and the leopard sighting is apparently not as common as one might think (2-3 a week according to local guide). While we were "fortunate" to observe one, it was so far away that only a 400mm lens would get to see it, but that's after you fight through about 40 vehicles all converging to a single space in order to catch a glimpse before the park warden hurries you on because your time is up! It's also a madhouse trying to get into the park. There is no orderly fashion while up to a hundred vehicles all vie to be first in the gate (this is at Yala). The biggest downside to the trip was our trip leader. On two occasions when we had questions about the activities, he became very defensive and argumentative, and when trying to walk away from the conversation so that it didn't escalate further, he followed us intent on exclaiming what a good guide he's been and that we were the problem. We walked away again, and yet he still following us turning the conversation into harassment. I was glad when the trip ended to get away from him and if it weren't for having another back-to-back Exodus trip (see Maldives review) immediately following this one, I would have never wanted to travel with Exodus again given that experience. In sum, trip leader very poor (astonishingly so) and trip itinerary could improve by offering more variety/flexibility to wildlife viewings rather than doing the same repeat walks 3 times. All food was at hotels so not much of a variety or local fare encountered. Lovely country and lovely people though and group was great!
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A magical trip! One of my best ever!

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This trip far exceeded my expectations on every level. The underwater wildlife encounters were superior to any other snorkeling I've done. There's an abundance of things to see and coupled with the chance to scuba dive and excellent water conditions - it's a top notch destination. The boat was very comfortable, the crew was excellent and took care of every need, and the food was awesome. Ranks as one of my all-time favorites!
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ecuador

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What the trip delivered: The trip was filled with a good variety in landscape, ecosystems, wildlife and culturally. All the Exodus agents where very efficient and gave great pre-trip service.

The tour leader was knowledgeable in history, culture and wildlife. Also a good amount of hiking which was great.

What the trip didn't deliver: the tour operator adhering to their booking conditions and enforcing this in regards to enforcing that ALL travelers can undertake the trip. There was an old woman who could not walk upright without walking sticks. Along with being grossly unfit, and heavily medicated on prescription opium amongst other pain killers, which caused erratic, manic behaviour.
This traveler should have been taken off the trip as it took all the effort and time of the tour leader, which has a knock on effect on rest of group. Only half way through the trip, did the tour leader ban the traveler from doing any more activities as she was not fit to continue. But he kept her on the entire trip.

We had to deal with another traveller suffering from incontinence, another who was an alcoholic shouting and swearing when he couldn’t control himself.

Due to this I strongly recommend that you never room share. Only book single supplement with Exodus. Otherwise you could potentially land up in situation like I did that could ruin your holiday.

Either it was the wrong time of year or bad luck, but I ended up feeling like it was a tour for geriatrics all with health issues. Not an adventure company as advertised on all their marketing.
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Whta the trip delivered was a good variety in landscape, wildlife and culturally. The Exodus booking agents where very efficient and gave a great pre-trip service.

The tour leader was knowledgeable in history, culture and wildlife. Also a good amount of hiking which was great.

What the trip didn't deliver was the tour operator adhering to their booking conditions and enforcing this. There was an old woman who could not walk upright without walking sticks. Along with being grossly unfit, not very mobile and heavily medicated on prescription opium which caused erratic, manic behaviour.
Travellers like this should be taken off the trip as the tour leader has to dedicate so much time and effort to these travellers.

We had to deal with another traveller suffering from incontinence, and another who was an alcoholic shouting and swearing when he got out of control.

Due to this I strongly recommend that you never room share. Only book single supplement with Exodus. Otherwise you could potentially land up in situation like I did that could ruin your holiday

Either it was the wrong time of year or bad luck, but I ended up feeling like it was a tour for geriatrics, all with their health issues. Not an adventure company as advertised on all their marketing.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 15

Accomodations

Some long drives and remote locations
Reaches some high altitudes
Group normally 6 to 15, plus local leader. Min. age 18yrs
10 nights hotels and 2 nights basic lodge
All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 13 days land only/ 14 days flight inclusive
  • 12 nights standard hotels
  • Group normally 6 to 15, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • All breakfasts and 2 lunches included
  • Travel by minibus, boat and 1 internal flight

Trip ID#:

exodus-AAB

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request from GBP360)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts and 2 lunches included. Breakfast is always provided in hotels and generally consists of bread, eggs, ham, fruit, juice and coffee. In Guatemala you can often opt for a Guatemalan breakfast which includes eggs, beans, plantains, local cheese and tortillas. Please note that the hotel we use in Caye Caulker does not have a restaurant. Therefore we have arranged breakfast at a cafe around the corner (2 minutes walk). Although meat plays a key part in many Central American dishes, vegetarians are well catered for. Please advise us on booking of any special dietary requirements you may have.

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