Mayan Trail

Starts: Cancun, Mexico
Finishes: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Visit: Cancun, Antigua

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Budget

Activity: Local Culture & Cuisine, History


Leave the resorts of Cancn behind and embark on an authentic adventure that will take you from spectacular Mayan ruins to the cobblestoned streets of colonial towns and deep into the jungle of Mexico. Explore the ancient ruins at Chichn Itz and Palenque and meet the descendants of those who built them in the vibrant streets and colourful markets of picturesque Mayan towns. Get your camera outyou're going to need it!


    • Explore the ruins of Chichn Itz and Palenque
    • Get lost wandering colonial San Cristobal de las Casas and Antigua
    • Cool off with a swim at Roberto Barrios waterfall
    • Bargain at colourful local markets

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 126387
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Budget
Transport: Public bus, private van, boat.
Guide Language: english
Travel Styles: Budget

Starts: Cancun, Mexico
Finishes: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 11 days
Departures: Guaranteed
Physical rating: 2 - Light


    • 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
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (8 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts).
    Meals Included
    • 0 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 0 dinners
    • Public bus, private van, boat.
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.


Price person (sharing double) $1,299 ($118/day)


$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 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.


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

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.

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

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)

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

Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 80km)

Day 11: Antigua

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this charming city.

Additional Notes:
Guatemala City is a one hour transfer away. Your tour leader can help you to arrange a transfer from Antigua directly to the airport in Guatemala City, so you do not have to spend more time than necessary in Guatemala's capital.

Guatemala, Mexico Cancún, Antigua
Local Culture & Cuisine, History



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Alexandra N 

The itinerary was great. We got to see so many different cities and do so many activities in a short space of time. I really felt that we had an excellent introduction to Mexico and Guatemala.

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Stephen M 

I think that the Mayan trail tour was very good. We saw ruins, colonial towns and different landscapes. The tour guides at the tourist sites were excellent. The group got along well and the G Adventures tour guide was helpful in all aspects of the trip.