Maya Encounter

Starts: Antigua, Guatemala
Finishes: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Visit: Antigua, Chichicastenango, San Andres Itzapa, Rio Dulce, Poptún, Tikal, San Ignacio, Caye Caulker, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen

Tour Type: Group Tour

Accommodation: Budget



This 15 day overland tour journeys from Antigua to Playa del Carmen through Belize, Guatemala, Mexico

This trip visits Manos Amigas, an organisation in the Chimaltenango region of Guatemala that works with women and children who have been victims of violence or abandoned.


    • Adventure Activities
    • Boating
    • Caving
    • History & Culture
    • Horse Riding
    • Nature & Wildlife
    • Overland Journey
    • R & R
    • Snorkelling & Diving

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 212961
Tour Type: Group Tour
Accommodation: Budget
Transport: User Defined##US style school bus
Guide Language: Engligh
Travel Styles: Overland Expedition

Starts: Antigua, Guatemala
Finishes: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Duration: 15 days
Physical rating: Basic


    • Enjoy a guided tour of the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, one of the greatest ancient sites in the world
    • Visit the spectacular Chichen Itza Mayan ruins on a guided tour, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World centred around the world-famous pyramid of El Castillo
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
    • 30% Camping - 70% Hotels


    • Participate in a local handicrafts workshop in a village near Antigua, learning traditional weaving, cooking, or woodworking skills (Price: GTQ 200)
    • Visit a traditional coffee plantation in the cool hills surrounding Antigua (Price: GTQ 200)
    • Head out on an exciting exploration of the forests and farmlands surrounding Antigua on a mountain biking trip (Price: USD 45)
    • Learn all about the culture and history of Antigua at some of its museums, such as the Museum of Ancient Books and the Museum of Colonial Art (Price: GTQ 30)
    • Take a tour through the spectacular highlands surrounding Lake Atitlan and Panajanchel, visiting picturesque villages and hot springs (Price: USD 45)
    • Head out on a boat trip to visit the traditional Mayan villages dotted along the coast of Lake Atitlan (Price: USD 30)
    • Visit the bewildering Mayan markets at Chichicastenango, taking in the incredible sights, smells, and atmosphere (provided it is running while we are in the area) (Price: USD )
    • Spend a night at the Manos Amigas community project, a centre which has been set up to support local women and their children (Price: USD )
    • Enjoy a beautiful boat ride down the Rio Dulce to the Caribbean town of Livingston (Price: USD )
    • Take a kayak out to explore the beautiful waters around Rio Dulce at sunrise (Price: GTQ 100)
    • Stay at a wonderful eco-lodge on a working Guatemalan farm near Poptún (Price: USD )
    • Trek out to the incredible River Cave near Poptún, walking through the stunning Guatemalan rural landscape and exploring the underground rivers by candlelight (Price: GTQ 115)
    • Head out horse riding through the forests and farmlands near Poptún (Price: GTQ 100)
    • Head out on a self-guided walk around our eco-lodge, taking in fantastic views of the surrounding rural landscape (Price: USD )
    • Take a day tour out to the nearby Mayan ruins of Ixcun, the comprehensive museum of Dolores and the beautiful waterfall of Mopan (Price: GTQ 150)
    • Explore the incredible caves of Naj Tunich, boasting the largest and most exceptional amount of Mayan cave inscriptions, paintings, and hieroglyphs in the world (Price: GTQ 150)
    • Head on a horse riding trip around San Ignacio to the beautiful Barton Creek cave (Price: USD 55)
    • Visit the Actun Tunichil Mukwal Cave, a Mayan archaeological site that includes ceramics, stoneware, and skeletal remains such as the famous 'Crystal Maiden' (Price: USD 85)
    • Rent mountain bikes and explore the area around San Ignacio (Price: USD 20)
    • Take a full day tour to the remote ruins of the ancient Mayan capital of Caracol, once twice the size of the modern Belize City (Price: USD 110)
    • Learn about local herbs and plants on a medicinal jungle trail en route to a release program for Green Iguanas near San Ignacio (Price: BZD 12)
    • Visit the stunning ruins of Cahal Pech, atop a hill overlooking the southern outskirts of San Ignacio (Price: BZD 30)
    • Head out on a fantastic scuba diving trip through the colossal coral reefs off the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker (there are many different options and sites available) (Price: USD 100)
    • Head out to the stunning coral reefs off Caye Caulker on a snorkelling trip (Price: USD 60)
    • Take a scenic flight over the phenomenal natural Great Blue Hole off Caye Caulker (Price: USD 200)
    • Hire sea kayaks to explore the deserted mangroves of Caye Caulker's North Island (Price: USD 20)


Price person (sharing double) $1,430 ($95/day)


$350 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

Tour packages spare you the hassles of trip planning, a la carte booking, organizing and managing the logistics at a foreign location.


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Belize, Guatemala, Mexico Antigua, Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, San Andres Itzapa, Rio Dulce, Poptún, Tikal, San Ignacio, Caye Caulker, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Playa Del Carmen
Active/Adrenaline,Boating,Caving,Local Culture & Cuisine,Historical Sites,Equestrian,Parks & Nature Reserves


Tour Operator


Dragoman has a proud history, standing at the forefront of the overlanding industry since the company's formation in 1981. Our first overlanding expedition to Nairobi and back set off in the summer of 1982, with our first trips to Asia following in 1984. In 1989, Dragoman launched operations in South America, and in 1994 (now with 13 trucks) we expanded out to Central America.

2001 Dragoman took over the assets of Encounter Overland, and we have been proud overlanding partners with Intrepid since 2008. Dragoman became the owners of Imaginative Traveller in 2011, the same year that our first truck arrived in South East Asia. Finally, in 2013 we entered North America, and were the first ever overlanding company to visit Burma.

In Business Since 2008

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