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Mayan Adventure
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Leave the resorts of Cancn behind and explore the authentic Yucatn. From sunny beaches and lush jungles to the highlands of Chiapas, journey through Belize, Guatemala and southern Mexico on this incredible 22-day adventure. Explore the amazing ruins of Chichn Itz, Palenque and Tikal and walk the cobblestoned streets of colonial San Cristbal de las Casas and Antigua. Snorkel with stingrays or just get into the reggae pace of life on sunny Caribbean beaches. Experience a journey that introduces you to local culture and offers insight into the history of the Mayan heartland.

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  • Duration: 22 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 126320
  • Starts: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Finishes: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
You will Visit
  • Playa del Carmen

Itinerary

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Day 1: Playa del Carmen

As travellers arrive throughout the day, there are no planned activities until the welcome meeting in the evening.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Playa del Carmen/Mérida

Depart Playa del Carmen and head to the famous Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá for a guided tour. Spend time exploring this famous site, known for its huge stepped pyramids and elaborate stone carvings.

Continue on to Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán State, and take a short orientation walk. Also known as la ciudad blanca (the white city), Mérida offers the ideal opportunity to learn about Mexico's fascinating mix of cultural influences.

Included Activities:
Chichén Itzá Guided Tour
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 190km)
Private Vehicle (1.25-2.00 hours, 130km)

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Day 3: Mérida

The area surrounding Mérida has tons to offer. Choose to visit nearby cenotes (water sink holes) in the town of Cuzamá. Inside, swim in the massive crystal-clear sinkholes. Transportation to the cenotes is half the fun, taking small wooden horse-drawn carts along old rail tracks.

Opt to visit ruins in Uxmal, ride the PUUC Route or go bird-watching. There's something for everyone.

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Day 4: Mérida/Palenque

After a long day of travel, arrive to Palenque. Enjoy a 2-night stay inside the national park in a jungle lodge. The lodge is quite close to the town, the ruins and the museum and offers a restaurant and bar on the grounds.

Transport:
First-class buses in Mexico have very strong air-conditioning. Bring a sweater.
First-class bus (9.00-10.00 hours, 620km)

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Day 5: Palenque

Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque. After, go for a swim in the pristine turquoise waters of Roberto Barrios waterfall.

Included Activities:
Palenque Ruins Guided Tour
Roberto Barrios Waterfalls

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Day 6: Palenque/San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Continue out of the jungle to San Crístóbal De Las Casas, located in a high mountain valley at 2110m (6921 ft). Enjoy an orientation walk of the city, known for its 16th century architecture.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.50 hour(s), 350km)

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Day 7: San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Opt to visit nearby indigenous Mayan villages to see their unique day-to-day life or journey to beautiful Sumidero Canyon for a relaxing boat ride.

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Day 8: San Cristóbal de Las Casas/Panajachel

The first stop in Guatemala is on beautiful Lake Atitlán. Stay in Panajachel, a lakeshore town surrounded by spectacular volcanoes and small villages.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Mexico - Guatemala)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (10.00-12.00 hours, 380km)

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Day 9: Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna (1D)

Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family. This area is known for stunning scenery and great shopping for Mayan handicrafts. Opt to bargain for colourful textiles and paintings at the lake's many villages.

Included Activities:
Mayan Homestay Project

Transport:
Boat (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km)

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Day 10: Antigua

With so much to do in this charming colonial city, we highly recommend booking post accommodation. Optional activities for the area include a city tour, salsa dancing classes, a Guatemalan cooking class, or relaxing with a massage. Further afield you can rent bikes and ride through the hills, visit a macadamia nut farm or check out some nearby villages.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Boat (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km)
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 80km)

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Day 11: Antigua

Enjoy a free day exploring this charming colonial city.

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Day 12: Antigua/Rio Dulce

Travel to Rio Dulce and enjoy free time to explore. Opt to go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall, hike to the Shaman Tower for some yoga, or take a dip in the pool.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.50 hours, 315km)

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Day 13: Rio Dulce/Flores

Travel to the Caribbean town of Livingston by scenic boat ride from Rio Dulce. Enjoy free time to check out the town before continuing on to Flores. Located on Lake Petén Itzá, this is an excellent home base for exploring nearby Tikal.

Included Activities:
Scenic Boat Ride to Livingston

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 14: Flores

Enjoy a guided tour of the nearby Mayan ruins of Tikal. In the afternoon, opt to relax on the lake or hang out at a café in town.

Included Activities:
Tikal Ruins Guided Tour

Transport:
Enjoy the ride out to Tikal and return the same way in the afternoon (1-1.5 hrs one way).
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 64km)

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Day 15: Flores/San Ignacio

Cross the border into Belize. The relaxed atmosphere of San Ignacio allows for options including horseback riding, canoeing, caving, or exploring the Mountain Pine Ridge area.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Guatemala - Belize)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 95km)
Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours, 13km)

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Day 16: San Ignacio

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to check out nearby caves, some more Mayan sites or a local conservation project.

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Day 17: San Ignacio/Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker is a relaxed and easy going island with friendly and welcoming local residents. There are dozens of activities around the island and surrounding coral reefs. Try your hand at fishing and barbecue your catch on the beach.

Included Activities:
Belize Bike with Purpose Tour

Transport:
Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 123km)
Water taxi (0.75-1.00 hours, 39km)

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Day 18: Caye Caulker

If the boats aren't your thing, just relax, Belizean-style.

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Day 19: Caye Caulker

If the boats aren't your thing, just relax, Belizean-style.

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Day 20: Caye Caulker/Playa del Carmen

With plenty of options nearby, Playa is an excellent hub for exploring.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Belize - Mexico)

Transport:
Speedboat
First-class bus (4.00-4.50 hours, 320km)

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Day 21: Playa del Carmen (1D)

Enjoy a free day to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm, visit one of the many cenotes, or go diving off Cozumel. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program.

Included Activities:
El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program

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Day 22: Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Chichén Itzá guided tour
    • Mérida orientation walk
    • Palenque guided tour
    • Roberto Barrios waterfall visit
    • San Cristóbal de las Casas orientation walk
    • Lake Atitlán boat tour
    • G Adventures-supported Mayan homestay with a local family
    • Antigua orientation walk
    • Scenic boat ride to Livingston
    • Tikal guided tour
    • Caye Caulker stay
    • G Adventures-supported bike tour of Caye Caulker
    • Playa del Carmen stay
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (17 nts), jungle lodges (3 nts), homestay (1 nt)
    • 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, private vehicle, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore incredible Mayan sites and colourful local markets
  • Snorkel on Belize's world-famous barrier reef
  • Wander colonial towns and Caribbean shores.


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Dana S Posted on: 

The overall tour is excellent. In 3 short weeks, "Mayan Adventure" gave me a real sense of what Mexico, Guatemala and Belize are all about. A great overview trip.

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Ilja D Posted on: 

I am quite surprised with the degree of logistics and organizational skills that must have been needed to put all things together for this trip. It was well-prepared and put together!

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Janifer D Posted on: 

My trip was spectacular! I truly enjoyed being able to visit such amazing countries, while at the same time getting to know the cultures better, and do so many fun things!

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Sabrina S Posted on: 

It was a very good and interesting trip - thank you!

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Preben L Posted on: 

It was a good tour. We visited and saw a lot of things. It was nice that there were so many things to see. We are glad that we joined the tour.

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Kathryn J Posted on: 

I loved the tour. Great itinerary, great people, great places, great adventure.

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Emy L Posted on: 

The tour was amazing, it showed us all the aspects of living in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.

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Mogens V Posted on: 

The experienced was great. It included a big range of different kind of adventures.

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Daryl L Posted on: 

We found the tour to be what we anticipated, and there were some experiences which easily surpassed our expectations, such as the ATM cave excursion out of San Ignacio in Belize.

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Thomas M Posted on: 

The Mayan Adventure was an excellent package! We had the opportunity to see some of the great Mayan ruins, visit some wonderful countries, and meet some great people.

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