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Belize and Guatemala Archaeology Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Belize   Guatemala  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1925 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2350 US Dollar (USD)

Tour of Belize’s magnificent Maya Classic archaeological legacy. Sites included: Lamanai, Altun-Ha, Xunantunich, Caracol, and Tikal in neighbor Guatemala. All of these sites are located within pristine tropical rainforest reserves. The tour begins on the first and third Saturday of each month. Arrive to Belize City on Sunday and depart 7 days later.

Day 1:Arrival to Belize City, Belize. Meet at Belize City Airport and transfer to hotel in Belize City for overnight.

Day 2:Lamanai, Belize.

Transfer to Northern Belize to take a boat ride on the New River & Lagoon. Lamanai has imposing pyramids in several plazas, some of them with impressive stucco carvings. Important information about Lamanai is that it was inhabited by Maya People for more than 2,000 years. Beginning in the Pre-Classic, it survived the Classic Maya collapse, it didn't survive the Spanish conquest. Overnight in Belize City. (B.L.).

Day 3:Altun-Ha, Belize.

Boat and ground transfer to visit Altun-Ha´s 2 plazas. A relatively small site, Altun-Ha is where the largest carved jade piece has been found as well as archaeological evidence of contacts with Teotihuacan. Back to Belize City, transfer to western Belize. Overnight in San Ignacio. (B.L.).

Day 4:Tikal, Guatemala.

Early morning transfer to Tikal. A UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and the first one in the Maya World, since 1979. Intensive construction took place at Tikal from the late Pre-classic Period until the waning of Classic Maya civilization around AD 900. At its peak the city covered about 48 square miles and had a population estimated at 55,000. Tikal’s Stelae 29 bears the earliest Long Count date known in the Maya lowlands. In 292 AD Temple IV, one of the many pyramids erected to memorialize the dead rulers of Tikal’s royal dynasty, and one of the tallest of Maya structures at 212 feet, was erected. Overnight Flores. (B.L.).

Day 5:Yaxha, Guatemala & Xunantunich, Belize.

Yaxha Archaeological Site, the only Maya Classic Site whose name is the same as its emblem glyph, well known for having large concentration of massive buildings and with defined avenues and causeways. It was always an allied of Tikal. Its location, on the shore of a lake and within the Maya Biosphere Reserve, makes it unique. After crossing the border into Belize, and very close to it, Xunantunich is an interesting small site with a tall pyramid with an spectacular view of the San Ignacio valley. Transfer to San Ignacio for overnight. Overnight in San Ignacio Area. (B.L.).

Day 6:Caracol, Belize.

Early morning departure to visit Caracol, one of the largest political, religious and economic centres of the Maya Classic Time. Magnificent and well restored pyramids, the tallest one is named Caana. Caracol is connected through a network of sakbeob with several small sites. In the 7th Century, in an alliance with Calakmul, Caracol defeated mighty Tikal. Overnight in San Ignacio. (B.L.).

Day 7:Departure from Belize City, Belize. Transfer to Belize International Airport. (B.).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Double: USD 1925.00 per person.
- Single: USD 2350.00 per person.

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Jun 1999

M07706 specializes in culture and archaeology tours to the Maya in Mexico and Central America. All our programs feature scheduled first class tours for small groups. Our professional guides have deep knowledge of both the culture and the history of all sites and towns visited. Professional drivers and recent model...

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