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10 days, 9 nights in Belize and Guatemala--how does this look?

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This trip is WAY off in the distance (February 2010) but getting our first choice of locations was important for this trip.


Day 1: Take the early flight and arrive at BZE at 12:30 pm. After clearing customs and immigration, grab bags and take shuttle to Cahal Pech Village Resort. If we arrive in time, do a night canoe tour on the Macal river.

Day 2: Day trip to Caracol, with stops in Mountain Pine Ridge including Rio On and Rio Frio cave.

Day 3: Morning canoe at Barton Creek, either relax by the pool or do Cahal Pech's Lost Valleys of the Maya. Do the night canoeing if we didn't get a chance to on day 1.

Day 4: Catch shuttle to Tikal, check into Tikal Inn, tour ruins by ourselves until sunset

Day 5: Tikal

Day 6: Either one more tour of Tikal, or a zipline, then catch an early afternoon transfer to Flores. Spend the afternoon exploring Flores, maybe do a boat tour of the lake

Day 7: Fly from Flores to BZE, catch shuttle/boat to Lamanai Outpost Lodge. Do one of the activities that comes with the package there.

Day 8: Tour Lamanai, other nature activities at Lamanai Outpost Lodge

Day 9: Lamanai Outpost Lodge Activities

Day 10: Catch the shuttle into BZE and make our way begrudgingly back to the US.


1. Does anyone know of any good naturalist guides or ziplines (emphasis on safety) in the Tikal area?

2. Has anyone done the Lost Valleys of the Maya tour through Cahal Pech. We're kind of up in the air about whether to do it or just chill by the pool instead.


1. We had initially looked at Cockscomb or Chan Chich instead of Lamanai, but ruled the former out due to logistical reasons (not close to anything else we wanted to see this time) and the latter because of cost ($500-600 just to get there, whereas the Outpost Lodge provides free transport) and because the Outpost Lodge has better ruins and activities to do.

2. Yes, we are going to Belize and not doing any diving or Caye exploration. We'll do those things next time.

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