Belize/Guatemala

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

Program No. 20813RJ
Experience the diverse wonders of Central America as you hike and snorkel with experts, learn about ancient Mayan culture and discover local wildlife at the Caye Marine Reserve.

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At a Glance

For outdoor enthusiasts and pre-Columbian history buffs the Central American neighbors of Belize and Guatemala offer the best of both worlds. Swim to a jungle cave to find Mayan ceremonial artifacts. Discover the jewel of Mayan civilization at Tikal. Rappel down a 300-foot sink hole and snorkel in Belize’s Barrier Reef. Virgin rain forests with orchids, howler monkeys and toucans and hundreds of species of exotic birds make getting to these magical and mysterious Mayan sites half the fun.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Very active program, includes walking on forest trails and suspension bridges, rappelling into a large sinkhole, snorkeling and swimming. Less strenuous activities are available on most challenging days.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Swim, hike and climb your way to Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave to view the ceremonial pottery, burial chambers and petrified remains of ancient Maya.
  • Discover the beautiful underwater world of Belize's barrier reef while snorkeling at a local caye.
  • Hike to the edge of the Black Hole, a large sinkhole used for Maya religious ceremonies, and rappel into its 300-foot crater.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Israel Canto
Israel Canto was raised in a Mayan village in the Cayo District of Belize. In high school, he worked in small hotels near his hometown and found he enjoyed interacting with visitors. In 1995, he completed his guide training and certification and has worked as an expedition leader ever since. Israel continues to expand his knowledge and expertise through travel and continuing education courses. He is fluent in Yucatec Maya, English and Spanish, and enjoys birding and snorkeling in his free time.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Israel Canto View biography
Israel Canto was raised in a Mayan village in the Cayo District of Belize. In high school, he worked in small hotels near his hometown and found he enjoyed interacting with visitors. In 1995, he completed his guide training and certification and has worked as an expedition leader ever since. Israel continues to expand his knowledge and expertise through travel and continuing education courses. He is fluent in Yucatec Maya, English and Spanish, and enjoys birding and snorkeling in his free time.
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Pablo Najarro was born to a large family in Petén, Guatemala. He began studying birds and became an expert guide in 1999. After training with the National Audubon Society, he created Guatemala’s first bird club: The Petén Birders Club. Its primary mission is to educate the public about birds and environmental conservation. Although birds are his first love, Pablo also enjoys leading history and culture groups. He shares his love of birding with his wife, Lily, and their two beautiful children, Pablito and Cesar Adrian.
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