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11-Day Maya Trail Tour: Cancun to Antigua
Product Code: 1113-113215
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Chichen Itza guided tour
  • • Merida orientation walk
  • • Palenque guided tour
  • • Roberto Barrios waterfall visit
  • • San Cristobal de las Casas orientation walk
  • • Lake Atitlan boat tour
  • • Antigua orientation walk
Tour Code
1113-113215
Duration
11 days
Departure City
Cancun
End City
Antigua, Guatemala
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Backpacker, Historical, UNESCO, Adventure, Nature

Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour; Get in touch with Mother Earth

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate, Strenuous

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking; Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Budget, Standard

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries; Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Cancun

Cancun

Hotel: Suites Gaby or similar

Please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your Certified Experience Officer (CEO). This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5:00pm and 7:00pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!

Tips:
Joining Hotel: Hotel Suites Gaby (Av. Sunyaxchen Lote 46 y, 77509 Cancun).

If you've booked airport pick-up service, your driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals hall. Please refer to your voucher for detailed pick-up information.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Merida

Cancun - Merida

Hotel: Hotel Reforma or similar

Depart Cancun and head to the famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza for a guided tour. Spend the afternoon with a local expert and learn about the history of Chichen Itza and the beliefs and rituals that defined this ancient Mayan civilization. This dramatic site includes a 30m (98 ft) high temple, known as the Pyramid of Kukulcan, famous for its balustrade of 91 stairs up each of the four sides, a ball court with a grandstand, and towering walls. Visit the highlights of the site including the famous Castillo, the ball court, the cenote, and the Nunnery.

Continue on to Merida, the capital of the Yucatan State, and take a short orientation walk with your CEO. They will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs.

Also known as la ciudad blanca (the white city), Merida offers the ideal opportunity to learn about Mexico’s fascinating mix of cultural influences.

. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Uxmal

Merida

Hotel: Hotel Reforma or similar

The area surrounding Merida has tons to offer. Choose to visit nearby cenotes (water sink holes) in the town of Cuzama. 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.

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

**Optional Activities**

Cuzama Cenote Visit

Hop into a horsecart to ride old rails to the entrance of an underground sinkhole. Swim in crystal-blue mineral water inside this limestone cave. Come prepared with your swimsuit so you can dive in and enjoy. The clarity of the water and depth of cenotes makes swimming a unique experience.

Uxmal Ruins Visit

Founded in 700 AD, magical Uxmal was once home to as many as 25,000 Mayans. Located 62km (38 mi) south of Merida, in Yucatán’s Puuc ("hill" or "chain of low mountains") region, this UNESCO World Heritage Centre represents the pinnacle of late Maya art and architecture. Wander the site, see the Pyramid of the Magician, and visit nearby Kabah, one of three neighboring sites.

Day Trip to Progreso Beach

Roughly an hour drive from Merida, Progreso is a perfect spot for relaxing on the beach or strolling along the boardwalk. Stop along the way at the Dzibichaltun archaeological site.

Anthropological Museum Visit

Installed on two floors of a refurbished mansion, this museum is considered to be one of the most important collections of Pre-Columbian Mayan culture in the Yucatan Peninsula. Learn everything there is to know about Mayan society, from war to writing, art to architecture, calendars, customs and offerings to the dead.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Palenque

Merida - Palenque

Hotel: Mayabell or similar

After a long day of travel, arrive at 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Palenque

Palenque

Hotel: Mayabell or similar

Experience the elegant jungle site of Palenque on a guided tour. See the highlights - the Temple of the Cross Group, Temple of Inscriptions and the Grand Palace. Howler monkeys sound in the distance as the fog rolls in and out of this mystical site, one of the most important centers for trade and culture during the end of the Classic Maya period.

Next up, we'll visit the Zapatista community of Roberto Barrios, Chiapas and have an optional local barbecue. After chowing down, have a swim and explore the cascading waterfall. If it hasn’t rained for a few days, you will be astonished how bright the light blue water can get.

**Optional Activities**

Jungle Trail Hike

Only two percent of the ruins in the Mayan capital of Palenque are out in the open. Follow a local guide into the jungle along a trail, visit ruins that are now overgrown with moss and vines. Learn about the wildlife and different medicinal trees and plants that grow in and around the Usumancinta River of this mountainous forest area of Chiapas.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
San Cristobal de las Casas

Palenque - San Cristobal de Las Casas

Hotel: Baron de las Casas or similar

Continue out of the jungle to San Cristobal 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de Las Casas

Hotel: Baron de las Casas or similar

Today you'll be free to explore on your own or take an optional excursion to the nearby indigenous Maya villages to see their unique day-to-day life or journey to beautiful Sumidero Canyon for a relaxing boat ride.

**Optional Activities**

Indigenous Villages Tour

Visit the communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinancantan with a local guide and learn about this unique way of life. Visit the main plaza and places of worship to better understand the life of the local Tzotzil people. Buy carpets, textiles and hand-made "Zapatista" dolls made to honor former rebel leader, Subcomandante Marcos. Please be respectful when taking photographs here, it's not always welcomed by the residents.

Sumidero Canyon

Drive an hour before boarding a boat for a 2-hr journey through the deep Sumidero Canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, birds, monkeys and maybe even a river crocodile. Marvel at the tall waterfalls, hidden caves, and unusual rock formations along the Grijalva River. After, stop in a village to visit markets and enjoy lunch.

Lagunas de Montebello Visit

Visit Lagunas de Montebello National Park and the group of beautiful lakes near the Guatemalan border. Each is a different color of green and blue. Visit a traditional village en route, swim at one of the 'lagunas', go for a short hike and visit the Mayan Chinkultic ruins.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Panajachel

San Cristobal de Las Casas - Panajachel

Hotel: Hotel Chinimaya or similar

Journey from San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico to Panajachel, Guatemala.

The first stop in Guatemala is on beautiful Lake Atitlan. 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Panajachel

Panajachel

Hotel: Hotel Chinimaya or similar

Get ready for spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes and everyday life in a highland village. The people of this area are friendly and excited to greet travelers. Stop off in San Juan la Laguna for an included local Maya lunch. Participate in a Maya tree planting ceremony, providing insight into Maya culture and beliefs.

Test your communication and bargaining skills in the colorful local markets, of which there are many. There are also a number of community Mayan weaving cooperatives that you may wish to visit. The proceeds from the sales return directly to the community and are a significant contribution to the local economy.

**Optional Activities**

Solola market visit

Stroll through the labyrinth of stalls in the Solola market. Admire the way the locals dress, with their beautiful handmade clothes and colorful patterns. Take a short break from exploring to watch tortillas being made and opt to try some of the delicious food available.

Visiting Attractions

Day 10
Antigua, Guatemala

Panajachel - Antigua

Hotel: Posada Los Bucaros or similar

Today we'll arrive in Antigua and head out for an orientation walk and then you'll be free to explore on your own.

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.

**Optional Activities**

Finca Valhalla Visit

Take a tour of the macadamia nut plantation at Finca Valhalla led by the workers. Learn about this sustainable crop for the experts and discover the health benefits of the nut. Pamper yourself with a free facial and purchase some of the treats made from the macadamia nut like oils, nuts, and chocolate. This tour is offered for free in the hopes that you’ll show your gratitude by stopping by and picking up some tasty treats from the gift shop or café.

Elizabeth Bell Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the fountain in the Central Plaza and take a leisurely walk along the cobblestone streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour focuses on the Antigua's history, culture and restoration efforts (a bylaw, for example, stipulates buildings must only be painted certain colors in order to maintain the Spanish colonial character of the exteriors). Visit the City Hall Palace, Palace of the Captain's General, the main cathedral and many of Antigua's other attractions. Learn about jade and the valuable role it played in Maya culture. Shop for jewelry, pottery, textiles and wooden carvings.

Massage

Relax and enjoy a Mayan massage. You’re on vacation!

Salsa Lesson

Kick up your heels and learn this typical Latin dance. Dancers of all skill levels are welcome. Get lost in the rhythm of the music and let your body take you to a new place - one-two-three, one-two three, hip roll, arm up, partner under, shimmy, shake, salsa! Vamos a bailar! (Let's dance!)

ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop

Enjoy a chocolate workshop and museum tour to learn about the process "from bean to bar" and the history of this tasty crop. In this 1.5-hour workshop, make your own bar to take home and enjoy tastings of the varieties of chocolate drinks made on site. Who knew history could be so sweet?

Tips:
This ride is full of hills and windy roads. If you are prone to motion sickness, plan ahead with medication.

Visiting Attractions

Day 11

Antigua

Today you may depart at anytime.

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

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Chichen Itza guided tour
  • Merida orientation walk
  • Palenque guided tour
  • Roberto Barrios waterfall visit
  • San Cristobal de las Casas orientation walk
  • Lake Atitlan boat tour including local lunch
  • Antigua orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • One lunch
  • 10-night tourist-class accommodations
  • Professional Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and local guides

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Service fee to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (price and availability subject to change):
    - Merida City tour: USD 20.00
    - Celestun Bird Sanctuary includes transport, guide, lunch and entrance: USD 60.00
    - Cenotes Tour: USD 18.00 (via public transport), USD 45.00 (via private transport includes transport, entrance, guide and trolleys)
    - Uxmal and Kabah guided tour (includes transport, guide, lunch, entrance): USD 60.00
    - Yaxchilan/Bonampak tour (includes entrance, transport guide and lunch): USD 70.00
    - Palenque 2.5 hours jungle walk (includes guide): USD 20.00
    - Palenque massages: USD 30.00-50.00
    - Palenque Riverside BBQ (includes transport, BBQ lunch, BYOD): USD 30.00
    - San Cristobal de las Casas Villages tour: USD 20.00
    - Lagunas de Montebello: USD 30.00
    - Sumidero Canyon: USD 20.00-25.00
    - San Cristobal de las Casas bicycle rental: USD 4.00/hour
    - San Cristobal de las Casas typical massages: USD 40.00
    - San Cristobal de las Casas theatre: USD 15.00
    - San Cristobal de las Casas museums: USD 0-4.00
    - San Cristobal de las Casas Salsa Classes: USD 5.00
    - Lake Atitlan boat tour: USD 15.00 per person
    - Panajachel bicycle rental: USD 3.00/hr
    - Panajachel kayak rental: USD 5.00/hr
    - San Pedro Volcano hike incl. transport + entrance+ box lunch: USD 65.00
    - Panajachel jet ski: USD 50.00 per hour
    - Antigua city tour: USD 20.00
    - Antigua bicycle rental/tour: USD 10.00/35.00
    - Macadamia nut Plantation tour: USD 5.00-10.00
    - Antigua salsa lessons: USD 5.00-10.00
    - Antigua massages: USD 30.00-60.00
    - Antigua chocolate tour: USD 20.00
    - Antigua volcano hike: USD 30.00-70.00
Special Notes
  • Travel style: classic. All of the highlights, culture, access, and I can't-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • Physical rating: light. Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Also, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
  • We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack (whichever you find easiest to carry). You must be able to carry your luggage to our accommodations and should be prepared to load it on and off of transportation, as porters are usually not on hand. A good size daypack is also essential.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Age requirement: 12+. All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
* Trip type: small group with max 16, avg 12.
* Single occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
* Please note that availability and prices of optional services including airport transfers, pre and post accommodations are subject to final confirmation.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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