Journey to Belize, La Ceiba, & Tikal
January 21, 2013 - January 27, 2013
Meeting point:
Key West, FL (KEYW)
7 days / 6 nights
1,650 NM
Day 1 - Monday, January 21: Key West, Florida → Belize City, Belize (557nm) → San Pedro, Belize (25nm)

We will meet at the Key West International Airport at 9:00 AM for a detailed briefing.

We will fly to Belize City, where we will clear customs and then continue to San Pedro – one of more than 1,000 islands and cayes scattered throughout the western Caribbean waters of Belize. Enjoy tranquil waters, calm breezes, and a gently rolling surf.

At the end of the day we will meet to have a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Hotel : Ramon's Village
Welcome cocktail and Dinner included
Day 2 - Tuesday, January 22: San Pedro, Belize

We’ll enjoy a full day snorkeling trip.

Our first stop will be to view the manatees on the way to Goff's & Sergeant's Caye, two islands on top of the reef. Snorkel surrounded by the unspoiled coral and colorful marine life. Our third snorkel stop is a special site called the Aquarium. Snorkel with sharks and three types of sting rays - the Spotted Eagle Ray, the Southern Sting Ray and the Caribbean Sting Ray. Lunch and drinks are included.

Hotel : Ramon's Village
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 3 - Wednesday, January 23: San Pedro, Belize → Belize City, Belize (25nm) → La Ceiba, Honduras (136nm)

After breakfast, we will head to the airport for our flight to Belize City to clear customs before we fly to La Ceiba in Honduras. Upon arrival we will clear immigration and customs, and then transfer to the eco-resort called Pico Bonito Lodge, nestled on the slope of the tall Pico Bonito peak.

The afternoon is at your leisure at the resort, with time to explore waterfalls, whirlpools, a butterfly farm, and the Serpentarium.

Hotel : The Lodge at Pico Bonito
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 4 - Thursday, January 24: La Ceiba, Honduras

A full day of fun! Today we will take a charter boat, where we will have the opportunity to enjoy crystal blue waters and be surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world. With a view of unspoiled tropical atolls, we will take time to indulge in a BBQ lunch on a deserted island.

Hotel : The Lodge at Pico Bonito
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 5 - Friday, January 25: La Ceiba, Honduras → Flores, Guatemala (187nm)

After breakfast, we will head to the airport for our flight to Flores International Airport to clear customs and immigration in Guatemala.

The old part of the city of Flores is located on an island in Lake Peten Itza, It was here, on this island on the shore of Lake Petén Itzá, that the last independent Maya state held out against the Spanish conquerors.

The Spanish did not manage to conquer the island until 1697, when they marched in, attacked via boats, and destroyed it. Those who could flee did so, and many Itzá people hid in the jungle for years. From the ruins of Noh Petén arose the modern city of Flores.

There will be a visit to the island city of Flores to explore the cobblestone streets flanked by charming houses and handicraft stores. We’ll enjoy a typical local lunch and then transfer to our hotel, La Lancha Lodge, a Francis Ford Coppola resort set in the rainforest high above the shores of Lago Petén Itzá. Beyond the clear water of the lake is Tikal, the epicenter of Mayan spirituality. Buried deep within the rainforest, the ruins include more than 3,000 structures where moss clings to the steps of ancient temples and plazas.

Hotel : La Lancha
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 6 - Saturday, January 26: Tikal, Guatemala

Before sunrise, for those who desire, we will head to the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal to walk through the jungle and climb on top of the Jaguar Temple to await the awakening of the jungle with its unique sounds and amazing light!

We will spend part of the morning exploring the other temples of this unique site and return to the hotel for lunch and an afternoon on the shores of Lake Flores.

In the evening we will gather for a farewell dinner.

Hotel : La Lancha
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 7 - Sunday, January 27: Flores → Belize City, Belize (97nm) → Key West (557nm)

Rise and shine! It’s time to head to the airport for our flight to Belize City (Belize) to refuel before continuing to the humble land that we call home.

Breakfast included