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Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers & Ruins of the Maya

Aboard National Graphic Quest

Date: Sat, March 10, 2018 - Sun, March 18, 2018

Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Price: from $5,490

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: North America

Arrangements: Lindblad Expeditions

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Board the new, 100-guest National Geographic Quest to explore some of the 65 species of stony coral and 500 species of fish on the Belize Barrier Reef. Snorkel or dive on colorful reefs, and kayak or paddleboard over turquoise lagoons. Then venture to the ancient Maya ruins of Tikal. See temples overgrown with tropical rain forest and explore the stories and archaeological sites of these stone ruins swathed in forest and teeming with wildlife.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Depart US / Belize City, Belize / Embark Fly to Belize. Embark National Geographic Quest.(D)

DAY 2: Laughing Bird Caye National Park or Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, Belize

Snorkel, kayak, or stand up paddleboard the crystalline waters of Laughing Bird Caye National Park or Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve. Discover the dazzling undersea of the Belize Barrier Reef, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in terms of biodiversity, while snorkeling or, if certified, scuba diving. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: Quiriguá & Rio Dulce, Guatemala

See the highly detailed stonework of the Mayan ruins of Quiriguá, sculpted to glorify Maya kings. Lunch on the shores of Lake Izabal then take local boats through the beautiful limestone canyon of the Rio Dulce. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: Glover’s Reef / South Water Caye Marine Reserve

Explore turquoise seas and protected reefs of Glover’s Reef and South Water Caye by snorkeling or, if certified, diving, then explore the shoreline and reef top by kayak or stand up paddleboard. If conditions permit, we may stop at a remote field station to learn about reef research. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: Lighthouse Reef & Half Moon Caye Natural Monument

Snorkel, dive, kayak, and stand up paddleboard inside the fringing reef that surrounds Lighthouse Reef Atoll. This lagoon is dotted with hundreds of coral patches, and is known for its high diversity of corals and fishes. Walk through the endangered and fragile littoral forest at Half Moon Caye, to view the nesting population of red-footed boobies from observation platforms. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: Belize City /Disembark/ Flores, Guatemala / Tikal

Take a charter flight to Flores, Guatemala. Transfer to 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, which we’ll explore over two days. Check into the Camino Real Tikal Hotel. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: Tikal, Guatemala

Delve deeper into Maya history and architecture over three nights with local experts in Tikal while enjoying a stay at the Camino Real Tikal Hotel. Explore the many temples, including Temple I, which rises 154 from the jungle floor, and the North and South Acropolis. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: Yaxha & Topoxte, Guatemala

Visit Yaxha, the third largest ruin in the Maya world, beautifully situated on a ridge overlooking Yaxha Lake. Hike nearby trails or explore the lesser-visited ruins at Topoxte, secluded on an island in the lake. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: Flores / Guatemala City / USA Transfer to flights home. (B)

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and fax it to (919) 660-0148 or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at travel@daa.duke.edu or 919-684-2988

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