An Active Sea-and-Land Adventure Melding Some of the Best Nature & Culture in Central America
Discover the vibrant coral reefs of Belize and the Maya ruins of Tikal in neighboring Guatemala on a sea-and-land expedition that brings together some of the top natural and cultural treasures of Central America. Aboard the new National Geographic Quest, explore the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its exceptional biodiversity. With a suite of exploratory equipment, explore highlights and less-visited sections of the Mesoamerican Reef, the longest in the Northern Hemisphere. The reef nurtures 500 species of tropical fish, sea turtles, rays, manatees and more. Birdwatching is a highlight, including a visit to the red-footed booby nesting colony at Half Moon Caye. After five nights aboard ship, fly by chartered plane to Tikal National Park in Guatemala to wander among the stone temples, palaces and plazas of the Maya civilization. The once-great city of Tikal now lies in evocative ruins, overgrown with rain forest that's home to monkeys and tropical birds.
Snorkel, dive, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and explore by Zodiac along the Belize Barrier Reef, teeming with tropical fish, turtles, rays, reef sharks and 100 species of coral
Explore the extensive Maya ruins of Tikal in depth, and also little-visited Yaxha, the third-largest archaeological site in the Maya world, spread over nine grand plazas
Hike in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Reserve, Belize's original jaguar sanctuary, and Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve, protecting the largest tropical rain forest in Central America