A jungle adventure in Guatemala and Belize
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12
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19 Jan
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£300
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Trip Highlights

Volcanic picnic
Volcanic picnic

Climb an active volcano on an exhilarating hike and picnic near its peak

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Belize Barrier Reef Belize Barrier Reef
Swim with sharks

Get out of your comfort zone by swimming with sharks and stingrays off the Belize Barrier Reef

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Lake Atitlán Lake Atitlán
Oars away

Work up a sweat kayaking across the mirror-blue waters of Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán

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caves of Belize caves of Belize
Tube the jungle caves

River tube through the incredible junglescape and underground caves of Belize

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Sunset temple Sunset temple
Sunset temple

Trek to the top of a Mayan temple and watch the sunset over the hazy rainforest

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Guatemalan cooking Guatemalan cooking
Guatemalan masterchef

Learn the art of Guatemalan cooking with a hands-on masterclass from a local

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What's included

  • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners, including a cooking masterclass

  • 11 nights’ accommodation in twin room hotels

  • All activities, from volcanic hiking to lake kayaking, included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver

  • Max 14 Flashpackers

  • 1 internal flight to Flores

  • Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private air-conditioned minibus

About the trip

Our adventure around Guatemala and Belize isn’t for the fairweather traveller.

From trekking through the jungle to swimming with sharks, this Central American escape will take you right out of your comfort zone. Come join us as we hike up an active volcano and kayak the mirror-still waters of Lake Atitlán. Let us guide you through the jungle to the top of an ancient Mayan temple, where you can watch the sun blaze orange as it sets over the rainforest. Get set for your jaw to hit the floor as we river tube through incredible underground caves lined with giant stalactites and ancient Mayan paintings.

From wild swimming in sapphire cenotes to a paddle around Belize Barrier Reef in the company of sharks and stingrays, this is an adventure of non-stop wonders, complete with Caribbean beaches, barbeques and delicious local rum.

Grab your bags, Flashpackers, and join us in the Great Unknown…

Where you will stay

Posada Don Rodrigo, Antigua Posada Don Rodrigo, Antigua

Posada Don Rodrigo, Antigua

Colonial garden hotel near Antigua Guatemala Cathedral

This hacienda-style hotel is fringed by pretty tropical foliage and dates back over 300 years, with charming rustic décor.

Why we stay here

We love the intricate wooden shutters and baroque mirror/ chandelier detail seen in the bedrooms and the à la carte restaurant. But the real treat comes from the colourful El Jardin de la Cúpula gardens and a terrace overlooking the Volcán de Agua volcano.

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Hotel Isla de Flores, Petén Hotel Isla de Flores, Petén

Hotel Isla de Flores, Petén

Boutique island hotel overlooking Lake Petén Itzá

Bold pops of colour lend a cheery vibe to this small and friendly hotel on the Guatemalan island of Flores.

Why we stay here

The town is an easy stroll away and we hear the hotel coffee is not to be missed. At sunset, make a beeline for the chic roof terrace with a small outdoor pool and gorgeous views of Lake Petén Itzá spooling out onto the horizon.

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Sunbreeze Hotel Sunbreeze Hotel

Sunbreeze Hotel, San Pedro

Caribbean retreat on the Belize island of Ambregris Caye

Within walking distance of San Pedro town, this beachfront hideaway comes with all the palm-tree trimmings you’d expect.

Why we stay here

Laze around in the swimming pool right by the ocean, with the open-air bar calling for rum cocktails at sundown. Book in for a seaweed honey body scrub at the hotel spa to leave your skin flush with a Caribbean-fresh glow.

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The Flash Pack Promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

Itinerary

Day 1

Hola Guatemala

Flashpackers, welcome to day one of your adventure in Guatemala! Touch down at La Aurora International Airport, where a private transfer will be waiting to whisk you off to your hotel in Antigua. Today is all about getting to know your fellow Flashpackers and settling into your new surroundings. If you arrive early, feel free to explore the nearby Parque Central (also known as Plaza Mayor) or take a stroll through the city’s cobblestone streets, where you’ll find pastel-hued buildings and colonial restorations lining the remarkably photogenic pavements. Look out for a riot of colour as the infamous Chicken Buses zip past you, laden with people, animals and goods. This evening, we’ll all head to a rooftop bar to share a few beers before tucking into our first Antiguan dinner together. Soak in the balmy night’s warmth as you chat to your guide and fellow explorers, the promise of adventure lying right on the horizon.

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Antigua

Day 2

Volcano hiking and a summit picnic

You’re going to need a lot of the excellent Guatemalan coffee this morning because we’re hiking to the summit of the still-active Pacaya Volcano, over 2,500 metres above sea level. We’ll drive an hour outside the city before taking a one-and-a-half-hour climb to the top. The ascent offers incredible views and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a little smoke puffing from Pacaya’s crater. After a picnic worth remembering at the top (how many crater lunches have you had?), we’ll check the ground for soil patches hot enough to toast our marshmallows over, and then make our descent. Back at the hotel, rest up your jelly legs or explore some of the area’s dining options. To eat like a local try pepián de pollo, a hearty chicken stew often served with thick corn tortillas. Vegetarians are in luck too: squash, black beans, corn, avocado and roasted veggie dishes are all Mayan staples, so you’ll have no problem getting to grips with Guatemalan cuisine.

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Pacaya Volcano

Day 3

Local cooking and onto Lake Atitlán

After breakfast at the hotel (think eggs, tortillas, beans, fried plantains and of course, potent coffee) we’ll hop on the bus and drive the short distance to nearby town San Miguel Escobar, which sits at the base of the steaming Volcán Agua. Roll up your sleeves for a Guatemalan cookery class led by a local where we’ll learn to make – and eat – pepián, a meaty stew packed with spices and roasted veggies. After lunch, we’ll jump back on the bus and continue to Lake Atitlán. Kick back with a good book or load up your phone with an epic playlist. The drive will take around three hours, but once we’ve arrived at our boutique hotel, we’ll be greeted by picturesque views stretching right across the lake. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, enjoy a massage at the spa or treat yourself to a few drinks overlooking the incredible horizon.

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Lake Atitlán

Day 4

Lake kayaking and ancient art

Wake up to the stirring landscape of Lake Atitlán spreading out before you and get set for today’s kayaking adventure. We’ll start by heading to the nearby village of San Juan La Laguna, where we’ll delve into traditional Mayan art. You can also try your hand at making like a Tz’utujil artist while painting your own Nauhual Maya (aka Mayan animal spirit – the area is steeped in folklore and traditional Maya culture). Grab some lunch at a local cafe and then hit the kayaks. We’ll spend the afternoon gliding along the lake and wild swimming, against the backdrop of towering volcanoes. The evening is then yours to do as you please. Relax with a mojito at the hotel bar, take a swim in the outdoor pool as the sun sets over the lake, or ease your kayak-weary muscles in the sauna. We’ll be making a beeline for the massage table.

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Lake Atitlán

Day 5

Jet set to sunset beers

Load up your Kindle because today is all about kicking back and enjoying the ride as we travel from one side of Guatemala to the other. We’ll drive the scenic 150 kilometres back to Guatemala City, hitch a flight north to the Petén department, and touch down an hour later in Flores at Mundo Maya International Airport. For the last leg of today’s journey, we’ll jump in a private transfer to the island-town of Flores proper (the name is also given to the general area comprising the towns of Santa Elena, San Benito and actual Flores), where we’ll check into our boutique hotel. The evening is yours to explore the area, so after a freshen up we suggest you meet your fellow Flashpackers on the rooftop for a well-deserved drink by the pool. Feel free to move on to the nearby bars and restaurants in this small but surprisingly energetic town.

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Flores

Day 6

Island life on Flores

Flashpackers, today there’s no itinerary and the day is completely yours. Rise late and tuck into breakfast at the hotel. Then, find a sunlounger with your name on the rooftop terrace and take a dip in the outdoor pool with stretching views across Lake Petén Itza. If you’ve got itchy feet, book yourself onto our optional jaunt to El Crater Azul, a lovely spot for wild swimming. We’ll take an hour’s drive to the nearby town of Sayaxché, where we’ll boat across the River La Pasion to the Pucte Stream. El Crater Azul is a one-and-a-half-hour sail away, so relax on-board with a picnic as we approach the impossibly blue waters of the crater. Slide off the boat and snorkel the clear turquoise lagoon amid aquatic plants and jungle foliage, drinking in Guatemala’s beautiful wilderness before we head back to Flores. For the perfect finisher, we’d suggest beers at sunset with your fellow Flashpackers.

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Day 7

Jungle sunsets and ancient temples

After breakfast, we’ll wave farewell to Flores proper and head to Tikal National Park. The ruins of a capital city belonging to the ancient Mayan Empire, Tikal spreads over 575 square kilometres of jungle and plays home to a gargantuan pyramid, ruins of millennia-old Mayan architecture, and the open plain of the Great Plaza. Towering temples isn’t all there is to see at Tikal however, as the rainforest is teeming with wildlife from monkeys, parrots and toucans, to blue-headed ‘oscillated’ turkeys and if you’re lucky, a rare jaguar spot. There are even crocodiles living in the Tikal Lake. After a day spent exploring Tikal from the ground, we’ll climb a temple for a birds-eye view of the jungle bathed in the burnished glow of a Guatemalan sunset. Bed down for the night in your forest hotel, where you’ll get to drift off to the mesmerising sounds of the nocturnal jungle.

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Tikal National Park

Day 8

Temple sunrise and hello Belize

If you’ve got the stamina, rise before dawn for an optional climb to a Tikal temple to watch a jungle sunrise. Head back for breakfast, then we’ll hop aboard our minibus to Belize. Straddling the jungles of Central America and the golden beaches of the Caribbean, Belize makes for a diverse destination. Equally surprising may be the fact that English is the country’s official language, a hangover from its Colonial past and former rule by the British Empire. After yesterday’s temple climb (or this morning’s!) today is your chance to rest and soak up the famously laid-back vibe of Belizean culture. Relax through the 90-minute transfer from Guatemalan jungle to Belizean jungle, before checking into our rustic but charming hotel in the Cayo District, and soaking up the tropical views from the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Leap into the outdoor pool, kick back in the garden hammocks, and grab your first taste of Belizean cuisine at the hotel restaurant.

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Belize

Day 9

Cave tubing and cenote swimming

This morning we’ll be soaking up the Belizean views via river tube. After an hour’s drive to Saint Herman’s National Park, we’ll kit up and take a short jungle trek to the Caves Branch River. Hop in your rubber tube and drift along the river through limestone underground caves hung with stalactites and ancient Maya paintings (the Crystal Cave is particularly awe-inspiring), ending up at a cenote (a collapsed cave, this one plunging 100 feet deep and 300 feet wide). There’ll be plenty of opportunity for wild swimming in this jaw-dropping setting before we dry off and head to Belize City, jumping on a ferry to San Pedro on the Ambergris Caye. Prepare to embrace the Belizean beach life for the next few days, as we arrive at our final hotel of the trip. Belize is not known for its abundance of world-class hotels; our beach retreat is quite basic but we go here because the experience of island life that it offers is not to be missed.

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Saint Herman’s National Park

Day 10

Beach life in Belize

After nine days of adventure, it’s time to kick back and embrace the super-chill Belizean spirit. Wake up on San Pedro Caye, tuck into breakfast overlooking the ocean, and then feel free to use your day as you wish. Head to the spa for a massage to unwind, grab a snorkel and wade into the big blue, or hitch a short boat ride to one of the nearby island cayes—the golden sands and cerulean waters of car-free Caye Caulker is just a 30-minute water taxi ride. This your chance to chill out sipping rum on a hammock until sunset, feast on fresh seafood with the sand between your toes (we’d particularly recommend Belizean Spiny lobster and tasty red snapper), or head into San Pedro town to browse shops, cafes and bars. There’s also a fun nightlife scene at San Pedro, so come sundown grab your fellow Flashpackers and head out to explore what’s on offer.

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San Pedro Caye

Day 11

Swimming with sharks and a beach BBQ

Load up on coffee and jam-dipped Johnnycake this morning, because we’re leaping outside our comfort zone for an amazing experience. Jump on a speedboat and head towards Belize’s Barrier Reef. Our first stop of the day is at Shark Ray Alley, where despite ocean depths of a relatively shallow six feet, the area teems with curious nurse sharks (don’t worry, they prefer shrimp and squid) and stingrays spanning up to four feet wide. Snorkel through the crystal clear ocean among the sharks and stingrays; an exhilarating experience you’re unlikely to forget. Hop back onto the boat for our second stop-off at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, where you can enjoy a serene snorkelling session spotting colourful coral reefs, glistening shoals of tropical fish, and if you’re lucky, green sea turtles, too. Back on dry land we’ll toss lobster on the barbecue, crack open the beers, light some candles and keep the rum flowing on our final night of the trip.

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Shark Ray Alley

Day 12

Adiós Flashpackers

Fellow Flashpackers it’s time to say adiós. It’s over to you to organise your ferry and taxi to the airport and depart at your leisure. No matter where you’re headed next, you’re sure to be arriving refreshed and recharged after an incredible adventure around Guatemala and Belize. You’ve hiked an active volcano and had a picnic near its peak, mastered Guatemalan cooking, kayaked along the tranquil blue waters of Lake Atitlán and sipped rum at sunset from a rooftop lounger. You’ve climbed the gargantuan ancient temples at Tikal and watched the sunset over the rainforest, slept under the canopy of the Guatemalan jungle, and river tubed your way through the caves of Belize. We’ve kicked back on the beach gazing out to the Caribbean, splashed in the turquoise waters of a plunging cenote and swam with sharks and stingrays. All in all, we’d say that’s an adventure well done.

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On the map

Important notes
  • Fly into La Aurora International Airport Guatemala City and out of Belize City Airport.
  • Try to arrive before 3pm on Day 1 if you can but we can pick you up anytime.
  • Make sure your flight back on Day 12 is after 10am, to give yourself enough time to get to the airport from Ambergris Caye.
  • Hotel standards particularly in Belize can be a little dated and service can be slow. For those looking to stay in luxury hotels, this is not the adventure for you.
  • For the internal flight to Flores, the baggage allowance is 15.9 kilograms. Customers may have the option to pay $1 per pound over this weight limit, but it depends on availability at the time of the flight. Please note your bag may be sent on the next flight, if it’s over the limit.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
  • We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

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