Summary of The Day: The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organized activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodations. On arrival please ask the receptionist for information regarding when the pre-departure meeting will be held.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua is one of the most delightful colonial towns in Central America. To fully explore this beautiful town, we recommend booking pre-tour accommodations before the start of your tour.
The local indigenous culture can be seen throughout the cobbled streets and plazas of the city. Residents wear colorful outfits and sell their crafts and textiles. As the cultural center of Guatemala, Antigua is an ideal place to experience the traditional music, architecture and art of the country. Rich in ornate churches, convents, parks, plazas, cafes, restaurants, bars and colorful street markets and surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes, Antigua is one place you will never forget.
Summary of The Day: We depart Antigua by mini van to the river town of Rio Dulce where we stay overnight in cabins right on the water. In the afternoon the boat tour along the 23 kilometer stretch of waterway to Livingston allows you to experience one of the most scenic areas of Guatemala. Livingston is situated at the mouth of the Rio Dulce, where it joins the Bay of Amatique, and is inhabited by the Garifuna people. This lively little town has a Caribbean atmosphere different to the rest of Guatemala and is a great place to try the delicious local specialty, tapado (seafood coconut soup), and listen to African-style punta music.
Summary of The Day: From Rio Dulce we continue to the charming island-town of Flores, the last town to be conquered by the Spanish. It is situated in the center of Lake Peten Itzá. Flores is our base for exploring the breathtaking Maya site of Tikal which is regarded as the greatest city of the Maya world and is nestled deep in the jungle. This complex is one of the biggest Maya sites discovered, and you will have most of the day to explore and learn about the flora, fauna, and amazing Mayan history with our knowledgeable local guide.
The area around Tikal has been declared as the Tikal National Park and covers 570 square kilometers. The ancient city has been completely mapped and at its height covered an area greater than 16 square kilometers, with more than 3000 structures. Today the main center covers an area of approximately two and a half square kilometers. As you wander the site, you will see several tall mounds which are temples that have not yet been excavated. You will also have the opportunity to climb some of the tallest Mayan temples. Around Tikal there is an abundance of animal life; if you're lucky, you will have the chance to spot noisy howler monkeys, pizotes, exotic birds such, and much more!
Summary of The Day: A short drive takes us to the Belize border and one of the smallest and most diverse countries in Central America. Formally known as British Honduras, the official language is still English, but most people also speak Spanish. Our first stop is San Ignacio, referred to as Cayo by the locals. This agricultural center is also known to be the adventure and nature capital of Belize. The surrounding jungle, wildlife, waterfalls, rivers, and caves have created the ideal location for numerous optional excursions that are available.
Summary of The Day: We will spend another day exploring San Ignacio
Summary of The Day: Leaving San Ignacio, we take a local bus through the center of Belize to Belize City, where we catch a water taxi out to the Cayes (mangrove islands). Belizeans know how to relax, and hopefully the locals' expertise on relaxation will be contagious during your stay on Caye Caulker. We spend a couple of laid back nights on Caye Caulker, where you can wander the sand filled streets and spend the evenings eating seafood, drinking cocktails, and listening to reggae music in one of the bars.
During the day we can organize a range of different optional snorkeling trips for you, such as trips to Shark and Ray Alley, where you can swim within a few feet of nurse sharks and majestic sting rays, or weather dependent, you may have the opportunity to swim with sea-cows! Another optional snorkeling tour takes you out to Hol-Chan Marine Reserve where you are guaranteed to see lots of colorful fish and interesting reef formations. Qualified divers can explore the so-called bottomless Blue Hole, made famous by the explorer Jacques Cousteau (please note: this optional excursion does not run every day, check locally for availability). Other options include suntanning, riding a bike around the island, or trying your luck at fishing. If you are lucky, you can take your catch to one of the local restaurants so they can BBQ it for you.
Summary of The Day: We will spend another day exploring Caye Caulker.
Summary of The Day: Crossing into Mexico, we travel up the coast to the beautiful beach resort of Playa del Carmen. Relax on a white sand beach or take advantage of one of the several interesting optional activities available in the area such as visiting the island of Cozumel or the amazing Maya/Toltec ruins of Tulum. There are also many cenotes in the area. Cenotes are fresh water swimming holes connected to underground limestone cave systems.
From Playa del Carmen it's only a one hour bus journey to Cancun.
Summary of The Day: Until 1970 Isla Cancun (Cancun Island) had only three residents. The island was home to some of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches and with the advent of mass market tourism it was an ideal location. Due to the reluctance of investors to fund tourism in an unknown area, the Mexican government had to finance the first nine hotels.
Today Cancun has over two million visitors each year. You can relax on the sandy beaches or swim in the crystal clear waters. Alternately, you can always take a ferry out to the more relaxed Isla Mujeres or arrange a snorkeling or diving excursion.
Summary of The Day: Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post-tour accommodations you will have more time to explore the sights.
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* 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.
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