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Tikal Self Drive Explorer (11 days / 10 nts)

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Places Visited:
v/   Cayo District
v/   Tikal
v/   Ambergris Caye
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Most people renting cars in Belize head across the border to see Tikal, but do not know where else to go. This self drive is a great way to see the best of Belize as well, and then relax for a few days at Ambergris Caye.
Day 1: Arrive in Belize City - Altun Ha - Cayo District
Days 2 - 5: Cayo District - Xunantunich - Cahal Pech Mayan
Day 6: Cayo District - Tikal
Day 7: Tikal - Lake Peten Itza - Cayo District
Day 8: Cayo District - San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Days 9 - 10: San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Day 11: San Pedro - Fly out from Belize International


Hotels used in this tour
(hotels can be changed on request for most tours)
Duplooy`s Jungle Lodge
Duplooy`s Jungle Lodge
Near San Ignacio
Western Hwy.
14 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Jungle Lodge Tikal
Jungle Lodge Tikal
Peten
Tikal, Guatemala
38 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Villas at Banyan Bay
Villas at Banyan Bay
San Pedro
Ambergis Caye
30 rooms
click to see Trip Advisor report Hotel website
Day 1:  Arrive in Belize City - Altun Ha - Cayo District
After arrival at Belize International Airport, head across to the Crystal Car Rental offices and pick up your reserved 4x4 Chevy Tracker. Once you have your car, and time permitting, we suggest you drive along the Northern Highway to the Maya site of Altun Ha, about 1 hour away on mostly good roads.

Then as you head towards Cayo along the Western Highway, stop if you have time at the Belize Zoo. Started in 1983 when 17 animals were abandoned after filming a natural history documentary, it now features over 100 endangered animals indigenous to Belize. Enjoy the interpretive graphics of this very unusual zoo. Then continue to the Cayo District, past San Ignacio, and on to Duplooy Jungle Lodge. Overnight in San Ignacio.

(Included meals : N / A ).
Days 2 - 5:  Cayo District - Xunantunich - Cahal Pech Mayan
There are plenty of great things to do and see in Cayo. We strongly recommend driving to Caracol, about 1 1/2 hours away, and visiting the Rio Frio Cave and Rio On Pools on the way back. Other sites and activities we recommend exploring are:-
- Canoeing on the Macal River
- Belize Botanical Garden
- Big Rock Falls
- Green Hills Butterfly Farm
- Garcia sisters and Magana brothers handicrafts
- Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan ruins
- Barton Creek cave
- Actun Tunichill Muknal or locally known as ATM
- San Ignacio farmers market on Saturdays.

(Included meals : N / A).
Day 6:  Cayo District - Tikal
After breakfast, continue your driving adventure back on the Western highway towards the border town of Benque Viejo, and cross over to Guatemala for another 1½ - 2 hours until reaching Tikal. You can then visit Tikal in the afternoon. Overnight in the Jungle Lodge, Tikal. Overnight at Tikal.

(Included meals : Breakfast ).
Day 7:  Tikal - Lake Peten Itza - Cayo District
This morning there is time for another visit to Tikal, and we also reccommend that you look at the historic island of  Flores found on Lake Peten Itza. Then start the trip back to Duplooy Jungle Lodge. Overnight in Cayo.

(Included meals : N / A ).
Day 8:  Cayo District - San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
After breakfast, drive back via Western Highway to Belize City, under 90 minutes away. Return your car at the Crystal Car rental airport office and take a Tropic Air flight to San Pedro (Ambergris Caye), 20 minutes away. In San Pedro you will be met and driven to the Villas at Banyan Bay, where you have reservations for the next 3 nights in a 2 bedroom beachfront unit. Banyan Bay is only 10 minutes from the landing strip. Overnight at San Pedro.
(Included meals : Breakfast ).
Days 9 - 10:  San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
During your stay in San Pedro, you can select what you want to do and when, whether diving, snorkeling, renting a hobie cat, or just relaxing and taking it easy. The town is a picture postcard setting - small colorfully painted houses set alongside sand streets nestled beside the turquoise sea. Golf carts and bicycles are the principal mode of transportation, but you will also see some regular size vehicles such as taxis along the way. The streets are home to strollers casually making their way through the shops and restaurants or just relaxing and chatting. Overnight at San Pedro.

(Included meals : Breakfast ).
Day 11:  San Pedro - Fly out from Belize International
Today you fly back from San Pedro in time to meet your flight back home. All Maya Air flights conveniently fly into the International airport, making checkin easy. Have a great flight home!

(Included meals : Breakfast ).
 

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Trip type:
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