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13-Day Mexico and Guatemala Adventure
Product Code: 3076-72616
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Cancun
  • • Chichen Itza
  • • Palenque
  • • San Cristobal
  • • Merida
  • • Lake Atitlan
  • • Panajachel
  • • Antigua
Tour Code
3076-72616
Duration
13 days
Departure City
Cancun
End City
Antigua, Guatemala
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Backpacker, Historical, UNESCO, Nature, Adventure

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; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Small group

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

Activity Level: Strenuous

Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Budget

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries

Itinerary
Day 01
Cancun

Cancun

Hotel: The Plaza Carrillos or similar

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.

If you arrive early enough, take some to explore and relax on by the crystal clear turquoise waters of the surrounding beaches. 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.

Tips:
Meeting location: The Plaza Carrillos, Calle Claveles #33 y 35, Cancun. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Merida

Merida

The days ahead are packed full of surprises for those who are interested in Mexico's ancient history. We travel first to Chichen Itza, an impressive Maya/Toltec site and 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 Kukulkan, dedicated to the feathered serpent god Kukulkan and built with such precision that a shadow serpent descends down the steps during the equinox.

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Merida

Merida

The second day in Merida, we will continue to explore this wonderful city.

There are many city excursions on offer 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Palenque

Palenque

Next we visit the town and ruins of Palenque, famous for the tombs filled with riches in honor of the renowned Lord Pakal and the Red Queen. This archaeological site houses more than 200 structures including structures from the classical period (400-700 AD) like 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. Decorated with elaborate friezes, sculptures and inscriptions, Palenque is unquestionably one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites. 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.

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).

Day 05
Palenque

Palenque

With our second day in Palenque we will continue to study this ancient and fascinating city.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

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. Red tiled houses painted in brilliant colors dominate the city, maintaining a delightful provincial charm. 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

With our second day in San Cristobal we will take a 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.

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas

Today we will further discover the amazing secrets and sites of San Cristobal.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Panajachel

Panajachel

Leaving Mexico we cross the border into Guatemala at Ciudad Cuauhtemoc. You will find the Guatemalans to be some of the warmest and most colorful people in the world. 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. We'll stop off in the relaxing lakeside town of Panajachel.

Visiting Attractions

Day 10
Panajachel

Panajachel

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 11
Panajachel

Panajachel

With our last day at Panajachel we'll make sure to enjoy the of the gorgeous scenery around Lake Atitlan.

Visiting Attractions

Day 12
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua

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 post-tour accommodation at the end of your tour.

The local indigenous can be seen throughout the cobbled streets and plazas of the city in their colorful costumes, selling 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 13
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua

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.

Visiting Attractions

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

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Guided tour of Chichen Itza
  • Guided tour of Palenque ruins
  • San Cristobal village tour
  • Chichi markets
  • 12 nights in hotels, hostels & guesthouses
  • 11 breakfast
  • Travel by local public bus, taxi, on foot
  • English-speaking local guide(s) on included excursions

Package Excludes

  • International flights and departure taxes
  • Tips
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
  • Spending money - budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change):
  • - Isla Mujeres: USD 18.00/person ferry
    - Xelha Theme Park: USD 95.00/person
    - Xcaret Theme Park: USD 95.00/person
    - Swimming with whale sharks (seasonal May - Sept): USD 140.00/person
    - Tulum Ruins: USD 10.00/person
    - Anthropological Museum: USD 3.00/person
    - Uxmal ruins: USD 45.00/person
    - Cenotes, it is possible to swim and snorkel in various cenotes: USD 30.00/person
    - Merida Hop-on hop-off bus: USD 10.00/person
    - Tour by minivan to Agua Azul and Misol Ha waterfalls: USD 15.00/person
    - Na Bolom Museum: USD 5.00/person
    - Canyon Sumidero: USD 22.00/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
    - 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
Special Notes
  • 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.
  • When arriving at Cancun international airport we recommend that you obtain some Mexican pesos as soon as you arrive. There are numerous international ATMs inside the 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 it may be inconvenient to find an exchange office open in the city.
  • 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.
  • Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all bookings.
    - You are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before travelling with us and provide details of your insurance to your tour leader at the beginning of your tour.
    - Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and medical evacuations. Also ensure that you are covered for travel at high altitudes if necessary for your tour.
    - A suitable insurance policy should provide adequate cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during the holiday and loss of holiday monies through cancellation or curtailment of the holiday for insurable reasons. You must be in possession of a travel insurance policy that includes a minimum of £100,000 (or equivalent currency) in cover for any medical expenses that you might incur when travelling, and for repatriation to your home country in the event of a medical emergency.
  • To protect your personal property, please carry all valuable items on your person at all times. Do not leave any valuable items on the bus or at the hotel, attraction or restaurant. Tours4Fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides are not responsible for any loss or theft at any location.
  • 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.

* 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.

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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