Belize & Guatemala Tours

Why visit? Belize and Guatemala are meccas for the nature lover, the history buff and the adrenaline junkie alike. From bird watching, scuba diving and snorkelling to visiting ancient ruins and modern Mayan villages, a Belize & Guatemala tour can be as diverse as you want it to be.
 
For an exploration of Belize’s culture and history, San Ignacio, a small town in the Cayo region of Belize, is the gateway to Belize’s Mayan ruins. For the adventure lover, it is also a hub for outdoor activities such as caving, hiking, kayaking and horseback riding. 
 
In the north, off Belize’s postcard perfect coast, is Ambergris Caye, the ultimate tropical island paradise on Belize’s UNESCO World Heritage listed barrier reef and a world-class setting for snorkelling and diving.
 
A Guatemala tour could take you from white sandy Caribbean beaches to tropical jungles that hide countless archaeological treasures.
 
Guatemala’s highlands are, without a doubt, a must-do capturing visitors with volcanoes, green valleys, and rivers whilst also being home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua, one of Latin America’s most colourful towns known for its distinctive cobbled streets and compact historic core.
 
How to get there? Generally, the easiest and quickest way for Australians to get to Belize City and Guatemala City is via LA on QANTAS, Virgin Australia, United Airlines or Delta.
 
More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Belize & Guatemala and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.
 
Still wondering? Contact us: You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you.
 
#Livefortoday and book your Belize & Guatemala tour with us today. Chimu Adventures is Australia’s leading Latin America and Polar specialist and can put together an itinerary to suit you.
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Articles On Belize & Guatemala

The Best Snorkel Spots in Belize

Posted on Fri, 11 Nov 2016

Belize is a beautiful country on the eastern coast of Central America. This tropical paradise is known for its beautiful beaches, fascinating history and unbelievable snorkelling sites. Belize and its adjoining islands, cays (small mangrove covered islands) and atolls, make for the most biodiverse snorkelling experience in all of Central America. With so much choice, it is extremely difficult to …

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Why Do They Speak English in Belize?

Posted on Fri, 30 Sep 2016

Contrary to popular belief, and despite its surroundings, Belize isn’t actually part of Mexico. The currency used in this unusual country is the Belize Dollar, and the main language is English, not Spanish. Belize has a vast and rich history that shaped these unique qualities we see today. Mayan Civilization The landscape of Belize is scattered with pyramids and ceremonial …

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Travel to Guatemala Off the Beaten Track

Posted on Wed, 24 Aug 2016

Want to go way off the tourist path in one of the least visited countries in all of Central America? Then join us as we explore Guatemala Off the Beaten Track. Discovering off the beaten trail destinations in Guatemala is an ‘inception’ travel experience like no other. The whole country is one colossal hidden gem in Central America, yet start …

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10 things about Guatemala you didn’t know before

Posted on Sat, 06 Aug 2016

Discover one of the hidden gems of Central America with our comprehensive guide to Guatemala: 10 Things to Know Before You Go…and start packing your bags! Long obscured off the mainstream visitor’s trail thanks to its 36-year long civil unrest, Guatemala is slowly but fervently trying to assert itself on the Central American tourist map. Considering the fact this small …

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Belize & Guatemala Reviews

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must visit.. We were a little reluctant initially to go to Guatemala after reading into it being dangerous etc. After Jason at chimu allaying our fears we took the plunge and glad we did. Perhaps the warmest and kindest people we encountered in all our trip. Definitely an amazing experience, Tikal was an absolute highlight and well worth it! The rum was cheap too! ;)
Date published: 2016-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Guatemala, Antigua and the Volcanoes Antigua is a wonderful old city, well preserved. Lots to see and do in the area.
Date published: 2016-11-26
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Country Information

When to go to Belize & Guatemala
  • Belize is the only country in Central America without a coastline on the North Pacific Ocean.
  • Belize is the only country in Central America whose official language is English.
  • Belize is the birthplace of chewing gum.
  • Belize's flag is the only national flag that depicts human beings.
  • The national symbols of Belize are the Baird's tapir (a large, browsing, forest-dwelling mammal) and the keel- billed toucan.
  • Belize’s Barrier Reef is the 2nd longest in the world.
  • The first evidence of human settlers in Guatemala dates back to 12,000 BC.
  • Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America with a population of over 15.5 million.
  • Antigua, Guatemala was the capital of Central America for over 200 years.
  • Volcan Tajumulco in Guatemala (4,211m) is the highest point in Central America.
  • Guatemala’s civil war from 1960 to 1996 included genocide of the Mayan population.
  • The currency of Guatemala is the Quetzal, named after the strikingly colourful Quetzal bird.
Weather in Belize & Guatemala
The Mayan civilisation spread across Belize and flourished until 900 AD. During the 17th and 18th centuries the Spanish and British disputed the region, and in 1854 Belize became the colony of British Honduras, but it was not until 1981 that Belize gained its independence. Guatemala did not recognize the new nation until 1992.
 
Humans first settled Guatemala as far back as 12,000 BC. The Maya are probably the best known of the classical civilisations of Mesoamerica where they flourished in the tropical lowlands of Guatemala and surrounding regions. The Mayan civilisation reached its peak around the 6th century AD and they excelled at agriculture, pottery, hieroglyphics and mathematics. The Classic Maya civilisation collapsed around 900 AD but they left behind many stone cities, probably the most famous in Guatemala being Tikal.
 
The Spanish arrived in 1519 and Guatemala was a Spanish colony for nearly three centuries. It won its independence in 1821. In the second half of the 20th century there were a variety of civilian and military governments and a guerrilla war that lasted for 36 years. A peace agreement was signed by the government in 1996, but by then over 200,000 people had been killed.
 
Belize & Guatemala Culture and Customs
Belize on the eastern coast of Central America is bordered by the Caribbean Sea, Mexico and Guatemala. Guatemala is bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean and Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast. 
 
The north of Belize is comprised of flat, swampy coastal plains, parts of which are heavily forested, and the south contains the Maya mountain range. The country has a tropical climate – very hot and humid, with a rainy season from May to November. Belize is prone to severe hurricanes from June to November.
 
The highest point in Belize is Doyle’s Delight (1,124m). Natural resources include arable land potential, timber, fish and hydropower.

Guatemala is a mainly mountainous country with narrow coastal plains and rolling limestone plateau. Two mountain chains divide the country into three main regions – the mountainous highlands, the Pacific coast and the northern lowland area. These three regions vary in climate, elevation and landscape. The country is tropical, hot and humid in the lowlands but cooler in the highlands.
 
The highest point of Guatemala is Volcan Tajumulco at 4,220m, and this is in fact the highest point in all of Central America. Guatemala experiences significant volcanic activity in the Sierra Madre range. Volcano Pacaya is one of the country’s most active volcanoes with frequent eruptions since 1965. 
 
Guatemala’s natural resources include petroleum, nickel, rare woods, fish, chicle and hydropower.
 
Belize & Guatemala History
In Belize the Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish) make up nearly 50% of the population, 25% being Creole and 11% Maya. Nearly 60% of Guatemala’s population is made up of Mestizo and European with the balance being nearly entirely Mayan cultures. 
 
In Belize although English is the official language, 46% of the population speaks Spanish, 33% Creole, 9% Mayan dialects and only 4% English. This is because the Mestizos are the largest ethnic group. Spanish is the official language of Guatemala spoken by 60% of the people, the indigenous population using 21 Mayan languages.
 
Guatemala’s predominant religions are Roman Catholic and Protestant but there are also indigenous Mayan beliefs. Belize has a much wider array of religions being practiced, but 40% of the population is Roman Catholic with 15% having no religion.
 
The music of Belize is influenced by Kriol, Mestizo, Garifuna and Maya. One style of Kriolmusic is brukdown that evolved from the music and dance of loggers and has calypso influences. Belizean cuisine is influenced by all the various ethnic groups and is similar in many ways to Mexican and Caribbean cuisine. Beans, rice and chicken feature heavily and in rural areas the dishes tend to be simpler than in the cities.
 
Guatemalan music comprises various styles and expressions. The traditional foods are based on Mayan cuisine with corn, chillies and beans as the main ingredients. Guatemalan food tends to be less spicy than Mexican food, with the chillies being served separately to be added as desired. 
 
Belize & Guatemala Geography
Belize’s economy is based primarily on the export of crude oil and petroleum, agriculture, agro-based industry and merchandising. Sugar is the main crop and the banana industry is the population’s largest employer. Tourism has become more important over recent years and is the main foreign exchange earner.
 
Guatemala is the largest economy in Central America but even so more than half of the population is below the national poverty line, and 13% of the population lives in extreme poverty. The highest poverty is found amongst the indigenous population. In July 2006 the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) came into play, increasing investment and resulting in a diversification of exports. The largest increases have come from ethanol and non-agricultural exports. The main agricultural exports include coffee, sugar, bananas and vegetables. Foreign investment is hampered by concerns over poor infrastructure, the lack of skilled workers and security issues.
 
Tourism & Sustainability
Belize is a parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm. Queen Elizabeth II is the chief of state and is represented by the Governor General. The monarchy is hereditary with the Governor General being appointed by the monarch. Guatemala is a constitutional democratic republic. The President of Guatemala is the head of state and head of government, and of a multi-party system. 
 
Universal suffrage is granted to those 18 years of age in both Guatemala and Belize, but in Guatemala active duty members of the police and armed forces cannot vote by law, and in fact are restricted to barracks on election day.
 
Belize & Guatemala Food and Drinks

Belize

  • Zee Edgell - Novelist
  • Karl Heusner - Doctor/Physician
  • Antonio Soberanis Gomez - Activist
  • Chito Martinez - Baseball Player
  • Monrad Metzgen - National hero

Guatemala

  • Miguel Ángel Asturias - Nobel Prize for Literature 1967
  • Rigoberta Menchú - Nobel Peace Prize
  • Ricardo Arjona - Singer
  • Oscar Isaac - Actor
  • Marco Pappa - Footballer

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