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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
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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

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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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I was introduced to Antarctica in the most amazing way. When we arrived there
was a blanket of heavy fog the team got us on the zodiac and navigated on
compass bearings. Suddenly like the curtain of a stage being pulled back we
sat in sky of blue surrounded by a wild and pristine environment.
See above. Watching whales breech. Smelling penguins before you could see
them. Filming Leopard seals with my gopro. You truely need to be awake 24hrs
a day and have eyes in the back of your head for this trip.


Shelly and the team were amazing. Their passion and commitment and tirless
effort to show what they love and care about the most was amazing


Do take European travel plugs for Ushuaia as well as American.


Enjoy everything this trip has to offer. Remember this is an expedition and
not a five star hotel as some travellers on my trip thought. Things can go
wrong and weather is unpredictable. A real once in a lifetime trip.


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Another fantastic trip to the wilderness that is Antarctica. Brilliant from
start to finish with awesome scenery and wildlife experiences throughout on a
fantastic ship.
Experiencing the beauty of both Oraca's and Humpback whales upclose to to
zodiacs and a brillient night spent camping on the Ice of Antartctica.


Woody was excellent from start to finish, extremely knowledgeable and
passionate about Antarctica, friendly, open and worked brilliantly with
the Ships Captain/Crew to get us lots of fantastic landings and cruising
opportunities. He was ably assisted by the rest of his expedition crew who
were all also fantastic.


Go... A definite must do atleast once in your life. Antarctica is awesome.


Although some people might conside this type of trip as being expensive,
I'd qualify it by saying this was my second trip to Antarctica and
althought it is not a cheap holiday it is great value for money, I
wouldn't have returned otherwise.The Ship is fantastic, food was
excellent and all the crew were so friendly, helpful and ofcourse
knowledgeable.


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A holiday that exceeded all expectations. Stunning scenery, abundant
wildlife, a great team and a superb boat and crew
Seeing that being a penguin parent is true dedication!


"Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of
shape....." A quote from a member of the group that sums up Woody.
Excellent does also.


Book it NOW!


I knew we'd see a lot of wildlife and had hoped I'd see an albatross
- there were 6 gliding around the boat on the first day! The excesses just
got greater each dayafter that!


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An absolutely amazing trip!  It had been a long time coming as I booked
it 18 months previously, but it did not disappoint.
There was so much that was fantastic....the sheer beauty and enormousness
(don’t know if that is a real word) of it all, unspoilt by humans, but
the most inspiring moment was watching an iceberg calve, and then because
its’ centre of gravity had changed, virtually turn over.......and I
think I was the only one sitting there watching it!   And yes,
Paul, I do have photographic evidence!!


Kirsten was professional, and made the best of the weather conditions.


Travelling to Ushuaia is very long and tedious, especially if you are on the
early flight from Gatwick to Madrid (8 hour wait at Madrid), and even if you
have been checked straight through to Ushuaia, you need to collect your
baggage, even if you have the domestic flight from the international terminal
(very confusing....nearly left my luggage at BA airport). 3 days
travelling on board without setting foot on land, can seem a long time, but
there are presentations given by various members of the expedition staff that
give you an insight to the Antarctic region, its wildlife, and history. You
can also go on deck if weather permits, or up to the bridge viewing platforms
to pass the time of day and take pictures of the birdlife, or icebergs on
your journey south.Once you make your first zodiac trip though, everything
previously is forgotten, and take Paul’s advice....don’t have
your viewfinder surgically implanted to your eye, make sure you take stock of
where you are, and enjoy every moment of it.We were lucky with the weather,
and only missed 1 landing, but be prepared that if the weather is bad, you
will not be able to go ashore or do the zodiac cruises, and be prepared for
some ‘iffy’ moments on the zodiacs if the sea is a bit
rough.  It was my first time on zodiacs, and now feels that I could cope
with anything. It didn’t happen to me, but remember the Aerolineas
 Argentinas weight restrictions for hand-luggage; 5kg.  If you can
put your camera equipment in a backpack and have it on your back, they
don’t seem to mind.  Also, leave room in your case/bag for the
Quark Parka.  I wore the inner fleece for flying and packed the outer
shell, but still fairly cumbersome.


Just book it!!  You’ll not regret it.  This was my first
polar trip, but certainly not my last!!


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A fantastic trip encompassing magnificent scenery and wildlife viewing.
The whole trip was an incredible experience from start to finish, but for me
the highlight was the afternoon spent kayaking in Paradise Bay.  Imaging
360 degrees of snow capped mountains, blue skies, sea ice and perfect
mountain reflections in the sea and you still won't be close to
experiencing how beautiful the place was.


Kirsten was professional throughout and made sure we experienced the best
that the Antarctic Peninsula has to offer. 


Be prepared for the fact that you have 3 days at sea from Ushuaia before you
reach the Peninsula and 2 days on the way back. There are plenty of
presentations on the ship to help pass the time and prepare you for the trip
but it can seem like a long time since you have left home before you are able
to leave the ship and do some landings.  Having said that, the sea days
are forgotten in an instant as soon as you reach the peninsula and the trip
starts properly.We were incredibly lucky with the weather; there was only 1
landing which we were unable to make as the conditions would not allow it.
 You need to be aware though that if weather conditions aren't
favourable you won't be able to do all of the landings or zodiac cruises
which could potentially detract from the overall enjoyment of the
trip. Aerolinas Argentinas can be quite strict with their luggage
allowances; there is a 5kg limit for hand luggage on the internal flight. If
you are carrying a lot of photographic equipment then your hand luggage will
be way over this.  However, if you have your backpack on your back when
you check in then they do not seem to weigh it; if it is on a luggage trolley
then they will weigh it and potentially ask you to pack some of your hand
luggage into your checked luggage. Do not wear expensive jewellery in
Buenos Aires and leave your valuables locked in the safe in the hotel. 


Go ahead and book the trip - it is truly an experience of a lifetime.


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Lovely country, people, and food.

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
This review describes the revised, Lombok-less itinerary. So, no Rinjani,
sadly, but Sumeru is a decent (and difficult) substitute if one is willing to
ascend it (the summit is optional).

For me, this trip was a fine mix of culture (food, people, history, temples)
and hiking, with photographic opportunities wherever one looked. We had three
fantastic sunrises, some dynamite sunsets (especially Merbabu), and we got
very lucky with weather, being barely affected by rain. Our only real
disappointment came at Ijen where the gases from the crater would not clear
enough for a good view - but we got a good workout in while testing our
strength against that of the miners whose loads sulphur are very heavy.

There are some long drives, but most of our group found it easy to sleep on
the bus.
Ascending Sumeru. It's a difficult and frustrating climb (like summit day on
Kilimanjaro) but the view from the top is special.


Our guide (Wira) was attentive, helpful, fluent in four bazillion Indonesian
languages, and a damned good multitasker.


Most of the hiking is gentle but very dusty (we were there in the dry season)
so a buff is recommended to avoid "volcano nose" and care is needed to
protect camera mechanisms. The extension at Candidasa was a perfect and
relaxing way to end (I recommend staying as long as you can :)). Indonesians
are very friendly and you will be asked to pose for THEIR travel photographs,
so be prepared to feel like a rock-star.


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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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