From the blonde beaches and blue waters of Belize’s Caribbean coast, to Guatemala’s colonial towns and smouldering cones, you’ll discover the best of Central America on this nine-day adventure. You’ll start on the sandy peninsula of Placencia in Belize, where you’ll split your time between snorkelling on the Belize Barrier Reef, spotting wildlife on a jungle expedition, and sailing on a sunset cruise. From here, you’ll hop next door to the brightly painted town of Antigua in Guatemala – your base for a hike up Pacaya Volcano (rewarded with a lava-cooked slice of pizza at the top). Then, it’s onto Lake Atitlan, to kayak across its glassy waters, but not before visiting the ruined city of Iximche to witness a traditional Mayan ceremony. All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.
This is where adventure meets relaxation. This property, near the pretty resort village of Placencia, has everything you need – including one of the largest pools in Belize, a beautiful private beach, complimentary kayaks and paddle-boards, three bars and three restaurants, including one at the end of a pier in the sea.
In the heart of Antigua, this boutique hotel may only be doing an impression of a colonial building, but it’s delightfully convincing. Sepia-toned stucco walls, reclaimed terracotta floor tiles, and handcrafted furniture that has the feel of time-worn heirlooms – it’s a trove of beautiful little details. Sip cocktails in the plant-filled courtyard terrace, or kick back to volcano views on the solarium.
This glitzy hotel on the shores of Lake Atitlan makes the most of its location. A sun terrace with loungers overlooks the water, with the silhouettes of Atitlan, San Pedro and Toliman volcanoes facing you on the other side. Below the terrace, a massive outdoor pool, fringed by lush foliage, is your very own oasis – while rooms, many with volcano and lake views, feel fresh and contemporary.