Belize Archaeology + Tikal

 

 

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- The Classic Sites of Belize with Magnificent Tikal as a Bonus -

Lamanai - Altun Ha - Xunantunich - Caracol - Cahal Pech - Tikal

An 7 day/ 6 night tour of Belize’s magnificent Maya Classic legacy.  Sites included:  Lamanai, Xunantunich, Caracol, Cahal Pech and, as a bonus, Guatemala's magnificent Tikal!  And, if you would like, we can extend your stay in the Belizean Cayes.

This tour begins on the first and third Saturday of each month.

Begins and ends in Belize City.

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DAY 1 SAT. ARRIVAL TO BELIZE CITY, Belize.   Meet at Belize City Airport and transfer to hotel in Belize City for overnight. 

 

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DAY 2 SUN.  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.  An 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)

 

   

 

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DAY 3 MON.  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 Flores Guatemala.  (B,L)

 

 

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DAY 4 TUE.  TIKAL, Guatemala - 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)

 

 

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DAY 5 WED.     YAXHA, Guatemala and XUNANTUNICH, Belize  - First it's to Yaxha Archaeological Site, the only Maya Classic Site whose name is the same as its emblem glyph.  Known for having a 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.  Then transfer to Belize for the next visit, Xunantunich.  This is an interesting small site with a tall pyramid with an spectacular view of the San Ignacio valley.      Overnight in the Cayo District of Belize.  (B,L)

     The Castillo at Xunantunich                          

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DAY 6 THU.  CARACOL, Belize.  A scenic drive through the Mountain Pine Ridge, to visit Caracol, one of the largest political, religious and economic centers 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)

   

 

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 DAY 7 FRI.   DEPARTURE FROM BELIZE CITY, Belize.  Transfer to Belize International Airport. (B.)

2017 Per Person Tour Pricing, Double Occupancy

Two persons - $1,675, Four persons - $1,445 per person; Six persons or more - $1,310 per person

Single Supplement - $455

International airfares ARE NOT INCLUDED in any of our tour packages.

PLEASE NOTE - The Mayan Traveler tours are not "day tours" or "seat in bus" tours.  Our tours (other than Guaranteed Departure tours) are quality, escorted tours designed for a minimum of 2 persons. 

ALSO, the prices presented are generally higher during Holiday weekends, Spring break, etc. when travel schedules are dictated higher demand.

Discounted United Airlines airfares are available with group packages!

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This Tour Includes:  

·        Services of a professional archaeological guide.  

·        Hotels and lodges, hotel taxes service charges, and tips for baggage handling.

·        Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as detailed in the tour itinerary.

·        Carefully maintained air-conditioned motor coach; maximum 10 tour members per vehicle; experienced driver. 

·        All entrance fees to parks and archaeological sites are included in the program.

·        Complete program of sightseeing and cultural events as described.  

Please Note:  

·        Other accommodations could be substituted for like kind and quality based upon availability.  

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