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BELIZE / GUATEMALA

Hike and Snorkel to Find the Mystery of the Maya in Guatemala and Belize

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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Jo Riddhagni Feb 16, 2015 at 02:07 PM

A friend and I are going on the March 3 trip. Any advice from those who have gone? Any info that would be helpful that is not in Road Scholar's booklet. How difficult was the rappelling into the sink hole? How difficult was the hike/swim to the cave? I do not plan to take my hiking poles or my hiking boots, unless they really will be needed. I'd prefer to just take carryon luggage. Thoughts on any of that by previous travelers? Thanks, Jo
Ruth Stewart Feb 16, 2015 at 07:37 PM

I went on the trip in Dec 2014 and loved it. It was too strenuous for a couple of people on the trip but I was pleased that I did fine. The hard part about the rappelling was the muddy hike up. Definitely take your hiking poles and hiking shoes- it was quite slippery. And don't do the rappeling if you have a problem with heights. Also the hike out od the sinkhole had a 25 foot ladder up a cliff face- that could be daunting to some. Going into the cave we had to chain across the creeks- they were high, but the swimming part in was fairly short. So take your hiking shoes or shoes with really good traction and you can pull apart your walking stick/s to fit in a m edumn suitcase. I brought both sticks but only needed one and the person I loaned the other one to was really gratefu
Ruth Stewart Feb 16, 2015 at 07:38 PM

Jane Kovel Feb 17, 2015 at 08:11 AM

It really depends on you. The hike to and from the rappelling was more challenging than the rappelling. I didn't take poles, but I'm in pretty good shape. There are railings on the rappelling hike at all the difficult bits. The cave hike was challenging for the oldest in our group whose condition was too delicate for hiking over rocks in water. I didn't bring hiking boots, but sneakers with good tread and was absolutely fine.


Roxanne Murner Feb 05, 2015 at 04:30 PM

My friend and I are considering this trip in 2016. Has anyone contacted a TRAVEL CLINIC to determine what inoculations, pills, etc. are needed for the terrain and activities included in this trip? If so, please advise aside from malaria pills and tetanus.
Thanks,
Roxanne Murner
Susan Sorrells Feb 14, 2015 at 08:49 AM

The CDC recommends, Hepatits A vaccine, Typhoid and malaria pills. I already had Hep a ND took the oral typhoid before going and malaria pills while there. However, very few of my group took anything.
Jane Kovel Feb 17, 2015 at 08:06 AM

I took nothing. Our guide also said it was unnecessary.


Catheriine Murphy Jan 30, 2015 at 11:41 PM

Anyone signed up for the Belize trip Mar 3? I'll be leaving from Houston,
Jo Riddhagni Feb 16, 2015 at 02:04 PM

A friend and I will be coming from Indiana, flying out of Atlanta.


Jane Kovel Jan 06, 2015 at 07:58 AM

I'm going to Belize on the Feb 3 trip. Is anyone else traveling from CT to JFK airport?


Gerald Pagac Dec 14, 2014 at 07:17 PM

Hi to anyone attending the Feb 3 2015 trip. Hope to find out who is going!
Susan Sorrells Jan 28, 2015 at 09:25 PM

I am going!


Gerald Pagac Nov 24, 2014 at 12:13 AM

This will be my first RS trip. I'm really looking forward to it. Any advice from previous participants? I'd also love to know who my fellow travelers are...Feb 3rd trip.
Sari Oxman Nov 24, 2014 at 08:25 AM

This was my first trip also and it was amazing. I recommend a pair of hiking shoes/boots - trails were very wet and slippery when we were there. Also take a pair of heavy socks for when you have to take your water shoes off at ATM. Enjoy!


Ruth Stewart Oct 30, 2014 at 06:29 PM

Hi, I'm looking for a roommate on this trip leaving Dec. 2nd- I got the last slot on the trip. I'm a semi-retired librarian from Long Beach California, and prefer a non-smoker and non-snorer. Anyone game? Email me at ruthless1040@yahoo.com.


Ruth Brock Oct 10, 2014 at 06:07 PM

Sharon, I chose to take the medication for malaria prevention as mosquitoes love me. The day at the zoo and the day in the jungle, I was bitten several times even with the use of bug spray. I suggest you discuss it with your physician or the travel clinic.
Sharon H Oct 10, 2014 at 06:26 PM

Thank you! We see our travel Dr. on Wed., and will ask him as well. It's nice to hear from experienced travelers as wel,though.


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