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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 and Guatemala with an adventure that combines the mystery of ancient ruins with the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Shop for treasures along colonial Antigua's cobblestoned 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 and finish up lounging in gorgeous Caye Caulker. 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 Tour code: 126292
Starts: Antigua, Guatemala Finishes: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
You will Visit
  • Antigua
  • Playa del Carmen

Itinerary

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Day 1: Antigua

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

Additional Notes:
Please note that Antigua's nearest airport is Guatemala City, Guatemala. Don't get caught flying into the Caribbean island nation of Antigua— it's nowhere near the start of this tour!

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: 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 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.

Included Activities:
Scenic Boat Ride to Livingston

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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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.

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 5: 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 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

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 8: Caye Caulker

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

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Day 9: Caye Caulker

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

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Day 10: 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 11: 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 12: Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Scenic boat ride to Livingston
    • Tikal guided tour
    • G Adventures-supported bike tour of Caye Caulker
    • Caye Caulker stay
    • Beach time in Playa del Carmen
    • Dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program (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 the 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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