Mayan Adventure

Starts: Cancun, Mexico
Finishes: Caye Caulker, Belize

Visit: Cancun, Caye Caulker

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Budget

Activity: History

Overview

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Leave the resorts of Cancn behind and explore the authentic Yucatn. From sunny beaches and lush jungles to the highlands of Chiapas, journey through Belize, Guatemala and southern Mexico on this incredible 22-day adventure. Explore the amazing ruins of Chichn Itz, Palenque and Tikal and walk the cobblestoned streets of colonial San Cristbal de las Casas and Antigua. Snorkel with stingrays or just get into the reggae pace of life on sunny Caribbean beaches. Experience a journey that introduces you to local culture and offers insight into the history of the Mayan heartland.

Highlights

    • Explore incredible Mayan sites and colourful local markets
    • Snorkel on Belize's world-famous barrier reef
    • Wander colonial towns and caribbean shores.

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 126320
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Budget
Transport: Public bus, private van, boat, walking.
Guide Language: english
Travel Styles: Budget

Starts: Cancun, Mexico
Finishes: Caye Caulker, Belize
Duration: 22 days
Departures: Guaranteed
Physical rating: Light

Includes

    Activities
    • Chichén Itzá guided tour
    • Mérida orientation walk
    • Palenque guided tour
    • Roberto Barrios waterfall visit
    • San Cristóbal de las Casas orientation walk
    • Lake Atitlán boat tour including local lunch at a G Adventures-supported Mayan community project
    • Antigua orientation walk
    • Rio Dulce stay
    • Tikal guided tour
    • Caye Caulker stay
    • G Adventures-supported bike tour of Caye Caulker
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (19 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 0 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 0 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, private van, boat, walking.
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Price

Price person (sharing double) $2549 ($116/day)

Deposit:

$250 per person for bookings made 60 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Flexible

Trip Notes

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

Trip Price may include 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.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cancún

As travellers arrive throughout the day, there are no planned activities until the welcome meeting in the evening.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2: Cancún/Mérida

Depart Cancún and head to the famous Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá for a guided tour. Spend time exploring this famous site, known for its huge stepped pyramids and elaborate stone carvings.

Continue on to Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán State, and take a short orientation walk. Also known as la ciudad blanca (the white city), Mérida offers the ideal opportunity to learn about Mexico's fascinating mix of cultural influences.

Included Activities:
Chichén Itzá Guided Tour
Orientation Walk

Transport:
First-class buses in Mexico have toilets on board and very strong air-conditioning. Bring a sweater.
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 190km)
First-class buses in Mexico have toilets on board and very strong air-conditioning. Bring a sweater.
Private Vehicle (1.25-2.00 hours, 130km)

Day 3: Mérida

The area surrounding Mérida has tons to offer. Choose to visit nearby cenotes (water sink holes) in the town of Cuzamá. Inside, swim in the massive crystal-clear sinkholes. Transportation to the cenotes is half the fun, taking small wooden horse-drawn carts along old rail tracks.

Opt to visit ruins in Uxmal, ride the PUUC Route or go bird-watching. There's something for everyone.

Day 4: Mérida/Palenque

After a long day of travel, arrive to Palenque. Enjoy a 2-night stay inside the national park in a jungle lodge. The lodge is quite close to the town, the ruins and the museum and offers a restaurant and bar on the grounds.

Transport:
First-class buses in Mexico have toilets on board and very strong air-conditioning. Bring a sweater.
First-class bus (9.00-10.00 hours, 620km)

Day 5: Palenque

Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque. After, go for a swim in the pristine turquoise waters of Roberto Barrios waterfall.

Included Activities:
Palenque Ruins Guided Tour
Roberto Barrios Waterfalls

Day 6: Palenque/San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Continue out of the jungle to San Crístóbal De Las Casas, located in a high mountain valley at 2110m (6921 ft). Enjoy an orientation walk of the city, known for its 16th century architecture.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.50 hour(s), 350km)

Day 7: San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Opt to visit nearby indigenous Mayan villages to see their unique day-to-day life or journey to beautiful Sumidero Canyon for a relaxing boat ride.

Day 8: San Cristóbal de Las Casas/Panajachel

The first stop in Guatemala is on beautiful Lake Atitlán. Stay in Panajachel, a lakeshore town surrounded by spectacular volcanoes and small villages. There are plenty of opportunities to visit the villages on the lake by boat, departing in the mornings and returning in late afternoon.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Mexico - Guatemala)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (10.00-12.00 hours, 380km)

Day 9: Panajachel (1L)

Take a boat tour around Lake Atitlán to local indigenous villages including a lunch at a G Adventures-supported Mayan community project. Opt to visit the Sololá Sunday market.

Included Activities:
Lake Atitlán Boat Ride and Community Visit

Day 10: Panajachel/Antigua

With so much to do in this charming colonial city, we highly recommend booking post accommodation. Optional activities for the area include a city tour, salsa dancing classes or relaxing with a massage. Further afield you can rent bikes and ride through the hills, visit a macadamia nut farm or check out some nearby villages.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 80km)

Day 11: Antigua

Enjoy a free day exploring this charming colonial city.

Day 12: Antigua

This colonial town has much to offer— opt to visit the museums or cafés, attend a chocolate workshop, visit a local coffee plantation or macadamia nut farm or explore the nearby towns by bike.

Day 13: Antigua/Rio Dulce

In the morning travel to Rio Dulce, a charming town named after the river on which it's located. Arrive in the late afternoon and start exploring.

Take a stroll through the market located in the city centre or enjoy a swim in the hotel pool.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.50 hours, 315km)

Day 14: Rio Dulce

Take a stroll in the market located in the city centre or visit Castillo de San Felipe which was a fort used to defend the town from pirates. You also have the option to rent a canoe and peacefully navigate the river. Visit the natural hot waterfall that makes this town famous.

Day 15: Rio Dulce/Flores

With flexibility on start time today, the group may enjoy some extra time in Rio Dulce or extra time upon arrival in Flores. There may be options for stops along the route.

Transport:
Private Vehicle

Day 16: 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 the cafés 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)

Day 17: 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)

Day 18: San Ignacio

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to check out nearby caves, some more Mayan sites or a local conservation project.

Day 19: 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)

Day 20: Caye Caulker

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

Day 22: Caye Caulker

Want to head north to Mexico? Add on the 'Playa del Carmen Express' and travel to Playa del Carmen on the departure day with a CEO (hotel night in Playa included). Board a boat in Caye Caulker and transfer to Chetumal, Mexico. From there take a public bus to Playa del Carmen. The Express will leave Caye Caulker at 6:30am and will arrive in Playa del Carmen around 5:30pm.

Additional Notes:
This trip finishes on Caye Caulker, which is located 1 hr by water taxi from Belize city (an additional 30 min by taxi to the airport). There are frequent ferry departures between 7:30am and 5pm. You can purchase your return ferry ticket easily once you get to Caye Caulker.

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Mexico, Belize Cancun, Caye Caulker
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Dana S 

The overall tour is excellent. In 3 short weeks, "Mayan Adventure" gave me a real sense of what Mexico, Guatemala and Belize are all about. A great overview trip.

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Ilja D 

I am quite surprised with the degree of logistics and organizational skills that must have been needed to put all things together for this trip. It was well-prepared and put together!

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Janifer D 

My trip was spectacular! I truly enjoyed being able to visit such amazing countries, while at the same time getting to know the cultures better, and do so many fun things!

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Sabrina S  

It was a very good and interesting trip - thank you!

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Preben L 

It was a good tour. We visited and saw a lot of things. It was nice that there were so many things to see. We are glad that we joined the tour.

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Kathryn J 

I loved the tour. Great itinerary, great people, great places, great adventure.

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Emy L 

The tour was amazing, it showed us all the aspects of living in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.

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Mogens V  

The experienced was great. It included a big range of different kind of adventures.

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Daryl L  

We found the tour to be what we anticipated, and there were some experiences which easily surpassed our expectations, such as the ATM cave excursion out of San Ignacio in Belize.

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Thomas M 

The Mayan Adventure was an excellent package! We had the opportunity to see some of the great Mayan ruins, visit some wonderful countries, and meet some great people.