Summary of The Day: The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on 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. 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.
- Meeting location: Hotel Posada Los Bucaros, 7a. Avenida Norte No.94, La Antigua. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following.
- Hotel Posada Los Bucaros or similar
Summary of The Day: We depart Antigua to the river town of Rio Dulce where we 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 the local African-style punta music.
Summary of The Day: From Rio Dulce we continue to the charming island-town of Flores, situated in the center of Lake Peten Itza. 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 the preserved area covers 570 square kilometers. As you wander the site, you will see several tall mounds which are temples that have not yet been excavated, and you will have the opportunity to climb some of the tallest Mayan temples. Around Tikal there is a lot of animal life, and if you're lucky, you will have the chance to spot the noisy howler monkeys, pizotes (a racoon-like animal), exotic birds such as toucans, 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. Our first stop is San Ignacio, referred to as Cayo by the locals. The surrounding jungle, wildlife, waterfalls, rivers and caves, have created the ideal location for the numerous optional excursions that are available, from canoeing downriver and tubing through caves, to visiting the famous caves Actun Tunichil Muknal, where they found untouched Mayan ceremonial and sacrificial remains.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of San Ignacio continues.
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. If not, there are signs to remind you to "Go Slow", "Take it easy", and even "No shirt, no shoes, no problem". We spend a couple of very laid back nights on Caye Caulker, where you can throw away your shoes to wander the sand filled streets, spend the evenings eating seafood, drinking cocktails, and listening to reggae music in one of the bars.
Summary of The Day: During the day we can organize a range of different optional snorkeling trips for you, such as 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 go every day, check locally for availability). Other options include tanning, 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.
Playa del Carmen
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 amazingly located Maya/Toltec ruins of Tulum.
Summary of The Day: Next we will travel to the gorgeous beaches of Cancun. The island is home to some of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches and is a major tourist hotspot. Kick off your shoes and hop in the crystal clear turquoise waters!
If the activity of Cancun becomes too much for you, you can always take a ferry out to the more relaxed Isla Mujeres or arrange a snorkeling or diving excursion.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of Cancun continues.
Summary of The Day: The hectic days ahead are packed full of surprises for those who are interested in archaeology. We travel first to Chichen Itza, an impressive Maya/Toltec site recently voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Constructed between the 7th and 10th century AD, Chichen Itza was a center of pilgrimage for the Maya for over 1000 years.
Among the sights your local guide will point out during the tour of the site are the ball court where the captain of the winning team was beheaded (no incentive to play your best!) and the sacred cenote where treasures and the remains of human sacrifices have been discovered. The most famous attraction is the great Pyramid of Kukulcan, dedicated to the feathered serpent god Kukulcan and built with such precision that a shadow serpent descends down the steps during the equinox.
Summary of The Day: Leaving Chichen Itza we head to Merida, Capital of the Yucatan province. The White City of Merida is a pleasant mixture of colonial buildings, churches and plazas. The markets simply overflow with beautiful weavings, hammocks and batiks, making this a great place to buy handmade crafts and souvenirs. At night the city comes alive with live theater and concerts. There are many city excursions offered here, from a comprehensive hop on/hop off bus tour exploring the greater city area to a relaxing horse-drawn carriage tour around the cobbled streets of El Centro and Pasaje Montejo Boulevard.
If you want to explore the region near Merida you could visit the small fishing town of Celestun with its large flamingo population. You could also take a swim in the local cenotes, fresh-water swimming holes connected by spectacular limestone caverns and deep underwater rivers once sacred to the ancient Maya, covering the entire Yucatan peninsula.
Summary of The Day: Next we visit the town and ruins of Palenque, famous for the tombs found filled with riches in honor of the renowned Lord Pakal and the Red Queen. This archaeological site houses more than 200 structures including a series of hilltop temples, towers, tombs and pyramids surrounded by steamy jungle. The most important constructions are the Temple of the Inscriptions, the Crypt, the Palace complex, the Temple of the Cross, the Temple of the Foliated Cross, and the Temple of the Sun.
Paths cutting through the jungle lead to various temples and the gorgeous waterfalls, where over time, strange figures have taken shape in the rock formations. A local guide may offer you the extra option of going on a forest walk where you can see unexcavated ruins enveloped in jungle.
Summary of The Day: Today we'll continue to explore the fascinating Palenque.
Other attractions near Palenque include the fantastic Agua Azul Nature Reserve with more than 200 small waterfalls, and the incredible Misol-Ha waterfall with a 30 meter drop (optional half day tour includes both these falls).
Summary of The Day: Ascending into the mountainous Chiapas region we arrive at the fascinating colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas. Situated in the middle of the highlands, here you will find Mexico's richest example of indigenous culture, as it is surrounded by 21 indigenous villages with distinct languages, dress and customs. There are numerous interesting museums to see such as the Amber Museum, the Coffee Museum, the Maya Medicine Museum, and the Na Bolom Cultural Center.
Summary of The Day: We can enjoy an included tour of the nearby villages where you can buy beautifully made local handicrafts and get a true feel for how modern descendants of the ancient Maya people live today.
Summary of The Day: Today we'll continue to explore San Cristobal.
There is also an option to visit the stunning Sumidero Canyon on a guided speedboat tour along a 30 kilometer section of the Grijalva river to the hydro-electric dam. There are plenty of opportunities to photograph local wildlife such as birds, crocodiles and iguanas. The cliffs towering over the river reach 100 meters at the highest point, which will provide a dramatic backdrop to your pictures.
Summary of The Day: Leaving Mexico we cross the border into Guatemala at Ciudad Cuauhtemoc. Passing through the Guatemalan highlands we travel towards the Pan American Highway from where we will head down to Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan. The drive down has simply stunning scenery, with breathtaking views of the lake and its three volcanoes, San Pedro, Atitlan and Toliman, all of which are over 3000 meters high.
Summary of The Day: Today we'll continue to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Panajachel, known for it's popularity among foreigners. Rated as one of the most beautiful and colorful lakes in the world, Lake Atitlan sits at a little over 1500 meters above sea level. Here you can take an optional boat tour to some of the many surrounding villages or possibly go for a swim in the lake. Panajachel also has many restaurants and interesting bars lining the main street, where you can have lakeside sunset drinks, listen to 60s music, and enjoy the delicious food.
Summary of The Day: With our last day at Panajachel we'll make sure to enjoy the of the gorgeous scenery around Lake Atitlan.
Chichicastenango - Antigua
Summary of The Day: We now visit Guatemala's most famous market town, Chichicastenango. This village's population swells from approx. 1000 to over 20,000 on market day (when we visit). The local indigenous people, mostly descendents of the K'iche' (Quiché) Maya people, come down from the nearby hills to sell everything from kitchen pots and pans to live turkeys! Handicrafts, bags, jumpers and wall hangings are just a few of the bargains to be found here. After lunch we depart the market town and continue to Antigua.
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 accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Standard Price/Person By Occupancy
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* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.|
* 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.
- Rio Dulce boat tour to Livingston
- Guided tour of Tikal ruins
- Caye Caulker
- Guided tour of Chichen Itza
- Guided tour of Palenque ruins
- San Cristobal village tour
- 21 nights in hotels, hostels & guesthouses
- Travel by local public bus, boat, taxi, on foot
- English-speaking local guide(s)
- Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers and pre and post-tour accommodations
- Personal expenses
- Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change): - Village Tour: USD 35.00/person
- Coffee Plantation Tour: USD 20.00/person
- Zip Lining: USD 50.00/person
- Antigua Walking tour: USD 25.00/person
- Tubing: USD 85.00/person
- ATM Caves: USD 95.00/person
- Canoeing: USD 55.00-75.00/person
- Caracol Ruins: USD 95.00/person
- Xunantunich/Cahal Pech and Barton Creek Tour: USD 130.00/person
- Half/full day Caye Caulker snorkelling: USD 40.00-65.00/person
- Manatee combo tour: USD 95.00/person
- Scuba diving: USD 115.00/person
- Night Snorkelling: USD 45.00/person
- Fly over the Blue Hole: USD 200.00 pp (3 people min)
- Tulum Ruins: USD 10.00/person
- Cozumal day trip: USD 24.00/person
- Isla Mujeres: USD 11.00/person ferry
- Xelha Theme Park: USD 75.00/person
- Xcaret Theme Park: USD 75.00/person
- Swimming with whale sharks (seasonal May-Sept): USD 150.00/person
- Tulum Ruins: USD 10.00/person
- Anthropological Museum: USD 3.00/person
- Uxmal ruins: USD 65.00/person
- Cenotes: USD 50.00/person
- Merida Hop-on hop-off bus: USD 10.00/person
- Tour by minivan to Agua Azul and Misol Ha waterfalls: USD 20.00/person
- Na Bolom Museum: USD 5.00/person
- Canyon Sumidero: USD 25.00/person
- Lake Atitlan boat trip: USD 15.00/person
- Nima'ya de Atitlan: USD 5.00/person
- Lake Atitlan villages by ferry: USD 5.00/person
- Cancellation Policy:
- 27 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
- 28-59 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
- 60 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
- This is an Adventure Tour, we see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport and staying in small locally owned accommodation. There is a maximum of 16 travelers with an average group size of 8-12.
- There is no airport in Antigua, Guatemala so you must fly to Guatemala City and then get a transfer, bus or taxi from Guatemala City to Antigua (45km). Please make sure that your flight is into Guatemala City, Guatemala, NOT Antigua in the Caribbean. We recommend that you obtain some local currency (the quetzal) as soon as you arrive - although US dollars will usually be accepted. There are numerous international ATMs inside Guatemala City airport, as well as money exchange offices offering a good rate. The rate will always be slightly lower at the airport than in the city centeR, but remember it may be inconvenient to find an exchange office open in the city.
- If you have booked an airport arrival transfer, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name, local operator name, or both after exiting the customs hall. If you are likely to be delayed by more than two hours, please contact the emergency number at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense.
- The detailed and day by day itineraries above are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons or to incorporate improvements. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are travelling as a result of one-off circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximations and may vary depending on local conditions.
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