Travel to Belize and Guatemala and embark on a unique land-and-sea expedition to discover Mayan ruins overgrown with tropical rain forest and incredible, seldom-seen reefs. 


  • DAY 1: Guatemala/Embark

    Arrive in Guatemala City and connect to our charter flight to Puerto Barrios. Transfer to Puerto Santo Tomás, where you’ll embark National Geographic Quest. (D)

  • DAY 2: Monkey River & Laughing Bird Caye National Park, Belize

    Board Zodiacs this morning and explore one of Belize’s coastal rivers in search of toucans, green iguanas and other wildlife. This afternoon, anchor near one of the cayes within Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Snorkel, kayak, or try stand-up paddleboarding. Certified scuba divers may opt to join a reef dive (at an additional cost). (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3: Exploring the Belize Barrier Reef

    Spanning more than 200 miles, the Belize Barrier Reef offers countless opportunities for exploration by ship and ashore on one of the many cayes. Don mask, fins and snorkel or paddle a kayak on a turquoise lagoon. Conditions permitting, have a beach barbecue lunch or dinner ashore. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary & Manatee or Sittee River

    Devote your morning to exploring Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, internationally recognized as the world’s first jaguar reserve. Hike one of the many nature trails with your naturalists, photograph colorful tropical plants, scan the forest for its abundant birdlife, and be on the lookout for the tracks of deer, tapirs, wildcats and other wildlife. Afterward, stop at a traditional Maya handicraft center. This afternoon, take a Zodiac cruise along the mangrove channels of one of Belize’s coastal rivers. The Garifuna Collective, an internationally acclaimed performance group performs this evening. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Lighthouse Reef Atoll

    Sail to Lighthouse Reef and go snorkeling, paddleboarding,
    diving, or kayaking inside its fringing reef. The shallow lagoon is dotted with hundreds of coral patches that harbor parrotfish, butterflyfish, octopus, and other marine species.(B,L,D)
  • DAY 6: Puerto Santo Tomas, Guatemala/Disembark/Flores

    Disembark this morning for our charter flight to Flores. Lunch at a picturesque restaurant overlooking Lake Petén Itzá, before transferring to the Hotel Camino Real Tikal. Check-in on arrival, then take an optional bird-watching walk with your naturalists, or a sunset boat ride on the lake. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Tikal, Guatemala

    Today is dedicated to exploring Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Delve deep into Maya history and architecture as you explore the many temples, including Temple I, which rises 154 feet from the jungle floor, and the North and South Acropolis. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Yaxha

    Visit Yaxhá, the third largest ruin in the Maya world, beautifully situated on a ridge overlooking Yaxhá Lake. One of the few Maya sites still known by its Mayan name, “green waters” Yaxhá is spread out over nine plazas. This little-visited site contains hundreds of structures, dozens of stelae, multiple pyramid temples and ball courts. Stop at a traditional Guatemalan restaurant for lunch today. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9: Flores / Guatemala City / Home

    We’ll end our journey in Flores and have pre-arranged a charter flight to Guatemala City at an additional cost, to connect with International flights home. You may opt-out of this flight should you choose to spend more time in Flores or make independent arrangements to Guatemala City. (B)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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