Playa del Carmen to Antigua

From Caribbean sunsets to hidden Mayan temples, this is your chance to explore and be amazed as you cross the border from Mexico to Belize and Guatemala. Taking in underwater life in Caye Caulker, the white sands of Tulum and the cobbled streets of Antigua where Mayan culture is still thriving.

  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Walking Tour, Sightseeing
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: BPA/208574
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Finishes: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Playa Del Carmen
  • Tulum
  • Caye Caulker
  • San Ignacio
  • Tikal
  • Rio Dulce
  • Antigua
  • Chichicastenango
  • Panajachel



Day 1: Playa Del Carmen

Early arrivals will need to tear themselves from the beach before getting together with fellow travellers at today's late afternoon welcome meeting. Aside from hanging with the locals at the epic beaches there's loads of stuff to do in Playa with snorkelling and an awesome pedal around town, always proving popular.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Bike rental US$10 per day
  • Dos Ojos Cenote snorkelling tour MXN350
  • Ferry to Cozumel MXN326


Day 2-3: Tulum

Take a scenic local bus trip south to even more gorgeous beaches and the warm waves of Tulum. White sand, cocktails and palm trees have never looked so sweet and if you'd like the opportunity to get your first taste of Mayan ruins then Tulum is the best place to start. Renting a mask and snorkel is a great idea to see the colourful fishes up close and personal. One of the best spots for snorkelling are the ruins of Tulum where you can actually swim around some of the ancient walls that have made their way into the sea, this trip just keeps on getting even more epic!

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Bike rental MXN185per day
  • Archaeological site visit MXN65
  • Snorkel rental US$15 per day


Day 4-6: Caye Caulker

Say "adios" Mexico and "what's up?" `Belize as you journey across the border on a combination of public and private transport on what promises to be a real culture jolt to remember. Once in Central America you'll be whisked over to the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker where you'll be able to swim and snorkel amongst some of the most incredible marine reserves on the continent. This is pretty much where things go all Captain Jack Sparrow, from grilled shrimp to rum with absolutely everything, keep your eyes peeled for the Jolly Roger flag and you won't go far wrong. If you've had enough of landlubbing and fancy a trip out to sea then there are plenty of options to sail, kayak and snorkel out on the ocean wave, this is the life!

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Guided snorkelling trip US$35
  • Manatee tour US$85
  • Sunset sailboat cruise US$38
  • Bike rental US$15 per day
  • Stand up paddle board rental US$25 per hour


Day 7-8: San Ignacio

After bidding the manatees and coral reefs a fond farewell it's time to travel inland by local bus as you encounter the forest covered highlands that sit beyond Belize's capital city, Belmopan. Get ready for rushing rivers, tumbling waterfalls and ancient ruins, with a chance to visit the ceremonial temples of Xunantunich and the incredible caves of Tunichil Muknal. This is a true outdoor adventure playground and for many will prove to be one of the active highlights of the whole tour. Tubing, caving and canoeing are all excellent optional activities for the energetic and the opportunities to have awesome adventures whilst in Belize is going to stay with you for years to come. If you're not that into the extreme side of life then don't panic - there are plenty of more laid-back alternatives with bike hire, butterfly gardens and trips to nearby ruins always proving excellent for learning more about the area.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Guided Caracol Ruins tour US$95
  • Cave tubing US$95
  • Xunantunich Ruins US$10
  • Cahal Pech Ruins US$10
  • Iguana Conservation Project US$9
  • Mountain Pine Ridge tour (day trip) US$85


Day 9: Tikal

Travel by `collective minibus' and step back in time by opting to visit the awesome Tikal temples - don't miss this one! The Tikal Temples are magnificent and although the pilgrimage does involve a climb through the jungle the views from the top of the ruins are nothing short of jaw-dropping.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Guided private tour of ruins US$45
  • Zipline tour US$45


Day 10-11: Rio Dulce

Next stop is one of the absolute legends of the Central American circuit - the awesome Rio Dulce. This has long been a draw for boaters and if you're looking for things to do on your free day then why not take a tour of Lake Izabel or explore up river in search of manatees and hot springs. If you'd prefer to keep your feet on dry land then there are loads of other choices to do just that. With other options including nature reserves and the San Felipe fort at Livingstone, you're bound to find the right pace to suit your mood and whatever you're into you're sure to come away happy, experienced and hungry for more.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Natural hot springs US$25
  • Boat trip to Livingston US$30
  • Quirigua ruins US$41
  • San Felipe Fort US$1


Day 12: Antigua

Take the bus to the spectacular colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua. Taste delicious for a taste of delicious local street food before settling down for the night in preparation for tomorrow's meeting with your host family and your stay in a traditional Guatemalan home, things are about to get crazy good!

Meals Included: Meals paid locally


Day 13: Chichicastenango - San Jorge La Laguna

Pick up a gift for your host family at the handicraft stalls of Chichicastenango before heading by private minibus to San Jorge La Laguna and a real opportunity to practise your Spanish and learn more about the customs and lifestyles of Guatemala. Although living conditions can be pretty basic this is a genuine chance to see what life is like for local people and through a combination of hand gestures and phrase books you'll be surprised what you can learn during just a short period of time.

Meals Included: Dinner included


Day 14: Panajachel

Today it's time to make the most of Guatemala's natural beauty as you swim, hike or kayak within a stunning volcanic backdrop.

Meals Included: Breakfast included

Optional Activities:

  • San Pedro Volcano hike US$75
  • Bike rental US$10 per day
  • Kayak rental US$8 per hour
  • Lakes & villages tour US$36
  • Mountain bike tour US$75
  • Water taxi to Santiago, San Pedro or San Juan US$8
  • Zipline ride US$52


Day 15-16: Antigua

Travel onwards by private transport to Antigua. Salsa lessons, coffee tours and strolls over cultural cobbles are all possible in Antigua . The beauty of this irresistible part of the world will most definitely stay with you long after you return home.

Meals Included: Meals paid locally

Optional Activities:

  • Coffee & Macadamia Plantation US$45

  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • All transport by BOLT (Buses or Local Transport)
  • All accommodation
  • Accommodation: Hotel 1, Budget Lodging: 3, Hotel: 11
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit Mexico, Belize & Guatemala
  • Travel south through legendary Central America
  • Enjoy sand, sun and fun in Playa del Carmen
  • Learn the history of ancient Guatemalan ruins
  • Kick back on the beautiful coast of Belize
  • Enjoy colonial buildings and volcanoes in Antigua
  • Haggle in the markets of Chichicastenango
  • Experience traditional Guatemalan life with a local homestay