Hike and Snorkel to Find the Mystery of the Maya in Guatemala and Belize
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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Program No. 20813RJ
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Having done many, many Road Scholar programs over the last 20 years, I can say that this is one of the very best ones I've gone on. Truly outstanding. Went with my two adult children - it was their first RS trip - and they both came back saying it was a 10 out of 10.


A great trip with lots of history and fun. The ATM Cave was a real highlight. The Mayan ruins were wonderful. It is amazing to think you're walking on the same steps that were used over 1000 years ago.


Hiking & Snorkeling in Belize was a delightful trip. It was enlightening, educational, active, invigorating and the participants, leaders, guides & drivers were all wonderful who greatly enhanced the unBelizeable experience (and the food was great too).


Our new #1 Road Scholar experience. Our guide, Israel Canto, provided us with a unique experience. The amount of information one learns about the Mayan Culture and local Belize and Guatemala is exceptional. The activities were varied and presented unique experience. The ATM Cave expedition, while challenging, can only be described as a once in a lifetime experience. Each of the lodges were unique in their own way. If you're even considering this trip, go for it, you will not regret this trip.


I have been on many multi-sport adventures with Road Scholar, but this one was the most adventuresome. Being fit, especially if you are a senior, is necessary if you plan to climb the incredible Mayan Temples (some are 10 stories or more high). Exploring the ATM Cave also requires physical strength--lots of rock climbing. Skeletans, skulls, ancient Mayan artifacts, stalactites, stelactmites, bats, etc. will astound you. Also impressive was a our boat ride to our snorkeling adventure off the coast of Belize to the 2nd longest reef in the world. Much to see in this crystal clear underwater world. Being from Florida, it was a bit chilly for me, and, I would have liked to have had a wet suit when swimming in the caves and while snorkeling. Lodgings, meals, tour guides, and activities were all first class trip. I highly recommend this program.


My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our first-ever RoadScholar trip. Peter was our guide and he was fabulous... so knowledgeable about everything and very personable. He was on top of everything! The trip itinerary was perfect and included a very good balance of visiting Maya sites with other activities. We have never traveled with a group before and were not sure what to expect and we were so pleasantly surprised. Such a nice group of folks to travel with.


Better than expected!!!!!


Hike and Snorkel to find the Mystery of the Maya will place a new challenge before you each day. You'll have thin air under your feet on the canopy walk. You can bask in the view atop Temple IV at Tikal. You'll have to mind your head and your feet bouldering through Acting Tunichil Muknal Cave. There will be mud on the Black Hole trail that can make the trail as much of a challenge as the rappelling! And the reef at South Water Caye is to be rivaled only by the hammocks at Jaguar Reef Lodge! A well placed adventure!


A wonderful experience. Learned a lot about the Mayan culture and history through several integrated portions of the program.


This is a great trip. Just be sure you know what you are getting into at ATM cave, not for anyone leary of rock climbing at heights. For me the tubing in the cave was a much better cave experience. Other activities were super. Guides were great. Even in ATM, they got me out safely. Got a good picture of many aspects of Belize.


You must go on this trip if you enjoy a mix of physical challenges, getting down and sweaty and enjoying the natural and cultural world of Belize and Guatelmala. Our program guide, Israel Canto, is as good as it gets. He is an exceptionally knowledgeable naturalist who has the organizational skills and affable personality that made for a wonderful experience. Please note that you should have some recent trail hiking on hills, the ability to climb multiple staircases as you will want to participate in all of the incredible activities. To all the wonderful women who kept smiling and laughing: Thanks for the everlasting memories!


If you want a little adventure in your life choose this program. However know before you go that this is physical. Easy for a twenty year old, but over 60 it is challenging. I loved it. Israel, our group leader was the best!

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