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Mayan Discovery
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Mayan ruins peeking out from verdant jungle, street vendors hawking their wares on colonial streets, pristine white-sand beaches sparkling under the Caribbean sun—now this is the real Yucatán. On this unique 15-day journey, you’ll tour the ruins at Chichén Itzá and Palenque, and head deep into the jungle of Guatemala to experience the ruins of Tikal. You're free to choose your own adventure! So escape the resort packages and witness all the incredible wilderness, wildlife and Mayan culture—past and present—that you can imagine.

Latin America
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CMMD.B/201490
  • Starts: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Finishes: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
You will Visit
  • Playa del Carmen
  • Mérida
  • Palenque
  • Flores
  • San Ignacio
  • Caye Caulker

Itinerary

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Day 1: Playa del Carmen

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities before an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Playa del Carmen/Mérida

Travel to Mérida, stopping en route for a guided tour of Chichén Itzá. Enjoy an orientation walk of Mérida.
Stop for a guided tour of the popular Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá. Explore this famous site, known for its huge stepped pyramids and elaborate stone carvings.

Continue on to Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán State. Follow your CEO on an orientation walk to get the lay of the land.

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Day 3: Mérida

Opt to visit the ruins of Uxmal or swim in cenotes (underground pools) in the Yucatán.
Opt to visit ruins of Uxmal, ride the PUUC Route, go bird-watching in Celestún, hit the beach in Progreso, visit cenotes in the nearby town of Cuzamá, or walk around town and soak in all of the history this city has to offer.

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Day 4: Mérida/Palenque

Sit back and relax on a travel to Palenque in the lush jungle of Chiapas.

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Day 5: Palenque

Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque.
Take a guided tour of the ruins of Palenque. Later, choose from one of the many optional activities in the area.

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Day 6: Palenque

Enjoy a free day to explore Palenque and surroundings. Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Yaxchilán and Bonampak.

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Day 7: Palenque/San José

Journey through the jungle by private vehicle, crossing into Guatemala and continuing on to San José. Explore Lake Petén Itzá and the island of Flores.

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Day 8: San José

Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of Tikal archaeological site. Relax on Lake Petén Itzá with a boat cruise or a swim.

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Day 9: San José/San Ignacio

Cross the border into Belize. Make a plan to explore the area surrounding San Ignacio.
Continue on to Belize, a country with a decidedly Caribbean flavour. The relaxed atmosphere of San Ignacio allows for options including horseback riding, canoeing, caving, or exploring the Mountain Pine Ridge area.

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Day 10: San Ignacio

Enjoy free time to visit the sacred Mayan cave, Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the Mountain Pine Ridge area or see the lesser-known Mayan ruins of Xunantunich or Caracol.
Optional acitivities abound around San Ignacio. Choose to see the Mountain Pine Ridge area or take a day trip to the astounding Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. Explore the cave's water systems using a helmet and headlamp. An experienced local guide will provide insight into the fascinating practices of the ancient Maya.

Alternatively, opt for a trip to the impressive Maya ceremonial centre of Xunantunich. Getting there includes crossing a narrow river by a hand-cranked ferry.

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Day 11: San Ignacio/Caye Caulker

Travel to Caye Caulker and enjoy this tropical paradise. Rent a bike and organize activities for the next day.
Caye Caulker is a relaxed and easy going island with friendly and welcoming local residents. Snorkel and dive boats leave daily for full- or half-day outings to the reef, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, the Blue Hole and for manatee spotting tours.

Try your hand fishing and be rewarded with a fresh catch, then barbecue it on the beach.

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Day 12: Caye Caulker

Spend the day exploring Caye Caulker and the marine life in the area.
Opt to snorkel with stingrays, nurse sharks, and green turtles at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving in Blue Hole National Park, take a flight over the Blue Hole and coral reef, rent a bike, or just chill out, Belizean style.

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Day 13: Caye Caulker/Playa del Carmen

Full travel day to reach Playa del Carmen, the last stop of the adventure.
Head to Playa del Carmen, located on the beach just a 45-minute drive south of Cancún. Enjoy some nightlife, buy last minute souvenirs and relax and swim in the Caribbean.

Just off the coast is the island of Cozumel, renowned for its world-class diving. Take the ferry from Playa del Carmen (30-75 mins depending on the boat) across the turquoise waters and explore the towns and the reefs of the island. For a final dose of ruins, Tulúm is just a 45-minute drive south of Playa.

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Day 14: Playa del Carmen

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

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Day 15: Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program, Playa del Carmen
    • Chichén Itzá guided tour
    • Mérida orientation walk
    • Palenque guided tour
    • Tikal guided tour
    • Free time in Mérida, Palenque, San Ignacio, Caye Caulker, and Playa del Carmen
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (14 nts)
    • 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Public bus, private vehicle, water taxi, taxi, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Mayan temples
  • Spot monkeys in the jungle
  • Chill out on a Belizean island
  • Stare out into the Caribbean blue from a Mayan Riviera beach