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Mayan Encounter
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Trek though jungles to Mayan ruins and relax on white-sand beaches. Get an authentic taste of Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico with an adventure that combines the mystery of ancient ruins with the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Shop for treasures along colonial Antigua's cobblestone streets and get to know the locals from communities where life sometimes moves at a reggae pace. Explore the lost ruins of Tikal, snorkel with stingrays, lounge in gorgeous Caye Caulker, and finish up in bustling Playa del Carmen. With accommodation and transport arranged by a CEO, this trip offers the perfect way to discover this regions unique vibe.

Latin America
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CGME/126292
  • Starts: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Finishes: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
You will Visit
  • Antigua
  • Playa del Carmen

Itinerary

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Day 1: Antigua

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this charming city.

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Day 2: Antigua/Rio Dulce

Travel to Rio Dulce and enjoy free time to explore.

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Day 3: 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.

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Day 4: 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.

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Day 5: Flores/San Ignacio

Cross the border to Belize. Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the Mountain Pine Ridge area, or see the lesser-known Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.
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.

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Day 6: 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 7: San Ignacio/Caye Caulker

Travel to Belize City to catch a ferry to Caye Caulker. Later, explore Caye Caulker on a G Adventures-supported Bike with Purpose tour. Spend a few days enjoying this island paradise.
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.

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Day 8: Caye Caulker

Spend time enjoying this island paradise. Opt to go on a sailing trip to snorkel with stingrays, nurse sharks and green turtles at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Choose to visit the famous Blue Hole on a diving trip or a fly-over.
If the boats aren't your thing, just relax, Belizean-style.

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Day 9: Caye Caulker

Spend time enjoying this island paradise. Opt to go on a sailing trip to snorkel with stingrays, nurse sharks and green turtles at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Choose to visit the famous Blue Hole on a diving trip or a fly-over.
If the boats aren't your thing, just relax, Belizean-style.

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Day 10: Caye Caulker/Playa del Carmen

Say farewell to Belize, and travel to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, by speed boat and private vehicle.
With plenty of options nearby, Playa is an excellent hub for exploring.

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Day 11: Playa del Carmen

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.

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Day 12: Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour, Caye Caulker G Adventures for Good: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program, Playa del Carmen
    • Scenic boat ride to Livingston
    • Tikal guided tour
    • Free time in San Ignacio, Caye Caulker, and Playa del Carmen
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (10 nts), jungle lodge (1 nt)
    • 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Public bus, private vehicle, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Listen to howler monkeys from the top of Temple IV at Tikal
  • Revel in Caye Caulker sunsets
  • Sway to reggae beats wafting through the Belizean air
  • Wander the colonial streets of Antigua.


Reviews (2)
Breanne G Posted on: 

The tour was excellent. I was able to do activities and visit places that I was both looking forward to and in some cases knew little about.

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Marno J Posted on: 

I was very impressed with my recent (first) G Adventure. Our group leaders, went completely out of their way to accommodate our needs and questions. They maintained a high level or professionalism, but didn't separate themselves from group. so it felt like they were our friends. The locals we visited were amazing, the group activities were so fun and memorable. I would highly recommend G Adventures to my friends.

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