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22-Day Mexico, Belize and Guatemala Adventure
Product Code: 3076-74824
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Mexico City
  • • Puebla
  • • Teotihuacan
  • • Oaxaca
  • • Monte Alban
  • • San Cristobal
  • • Palenque
  • • Merida
  • • Chichen Itza
  • • Cancun
  • • Playa del Carmen
  • • Caye Caulker
  • • San Ignacio
  • • Flores
  • • Tikal
  • • Rio Dulce
  • • Livingston
  • • Antigua
Tour Code
3076-74824
Duration
22 days
Departure City
Mexico City
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: 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
Mexico City

Mexico City

Hotel: Hotel El Salvador 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.

Mexico City is the world's most populated city with over 20 million people. Founded by Spanish conquerors in 1521, Mexico's capital sits at 2309 meters above sea level and was built on the site of the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. The extensive metro system and trolley buses make getting around easy and there is certainly plenty to see and do here.

A good starting point is the main plaza, the enormous Zocalo, where you will find the impressive Catedral y Sagrario Metropolitano, the main cathedral of Mexico City, with a magnificent Latin-Baroque style facade. Remember to look through the glass flooring outside of the church to see the ancient Aztec city beneath. Just behind the cathedral are the Aztec ruins of the ancient Teocali, which were only discovered in 1978. You can also visit the world famous Anthropology Museum and the National Palace where you can see murals depicting the history of Mexico by one of the country's most famous artists Diego Riviera. A museum dedicated to his equally famous wife, Frieda Kahlo, is located in her childhood home in Coyoacan. In the evening you can enjoy a spicy Mexican dinner and maybe a few tequilas in the Zona Rosa while enjoying music performed by a mariachi band.

Tips:
Meeting location: Hotel El Salvador, Republica del Salvador 16, Centro Historico de Mexico, C.P 06080, Mexico City. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following. All hotels provided are of a 3 star standard.
Day 02
Puebla

Puebla

On the way to Puebla we have a guided tour at the ancient site of Teotihuacan. The historic complex is a fascinating combination of ceremonial pyramids, such as the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, the Ciudadela, which are connected by the Street of the Dead, palaces, old temples and the Plaza of the Sun.

We continue to one of Mexico's oldest towns, Puebla. Set in a valley with a dramatic backdrop of volcanoes and snow-topped peaks, Puebla is a fascinating old colonial town founded in 1531. The historic city center has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site partly due to its impressively preserved Spanish colonial architecture. Puebla is the best place to try mole poblano, a rich, spicy sauce containing chocolate, cinnamon and nuts, as well as different types of hot peppers, often served over chicken.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Oaxaca de Juarez

Oaxaca

Next on our list is Oaxaca, a beautiful city bordered by mountains and thick forests, with the very pleasant Plaza de la Constitución where you can eat, drink and watch the world go by. On our free day in Oaxaca we include a guided excursion of Monte Albán, the holy city of the ancient Zapotecs located 400 meters above the Oaxaca valley. There are many structures to explore around the Grand Plaza including numerous tombs, ceremonial altars, tunnels, pyramids and palaces, many decorated by glyphs, paintings and intricate carvings.

Day 04

Oaxaca

After enjoying our time here we bound for San Cristobal de Las Casas.

Day 05
San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal

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 06

San Cristobal

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 descendents of the ancient Maya people live today.

Day 07

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.

Day 08
Palenque

Palenque

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Palenque

Palenque

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).

Day 10
Celestun

Merida

After a scenic bus journey we arrive in 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 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 11
Merida

Merida

Our exploration of Merida continues.

Visiting Attractions

Day 12
Cancun

Cancun

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..

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!

Visiting Attractions

Day 13
Cancun

Cancun

We continue the exploration of Cancun.

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 14
Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

The beautiful beach resort of Playa del Carmen is only an hour bus ride away from Cancun. Here you can 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 15
Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 16
Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker

Our exploration of Caye Caulker continues.

Visiting Attractions

Day 17
San Ignacio

San Ignacio

We continue on to 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 18

San Ignacio

Our exploration of San Ignacio continues.

Day 19
Flores

Flores

Our next stop is 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!

Visiting Attractions

Day 20
Livingston

Rio Dulce

We carry on 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 21
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 22
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 Teotihuacan ruins
  • Guided tour of Monte Alban ruins
  • San Cristobal village tour
  • Guided tour of Palenque ruins
  • Guided tour of Chichen Itza
  • Caye Caulker
  • Guided tour of Tikal ruins
  • Rio Dulce boat tour to Livingston
  • 20 nights in hotels, hostels & guesthouses, 1 night on overnight buses
  • Travel by local public bus, boat, taxi, on foot
  • English-speaking local guide(s)

Package Excludes

  • Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
  • Tips
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers and pre and post-tour accommodations
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change):
  • - Na Bolom Museum: USD 5.00/person
    - Canyon Sumidero: USD 25.00/person
    - Tour by minivan to Agua Azul and Misol Ha waterfalls: USD 20.00/person
    - Anthropological Museum: USD 3.00/person
    - Uxmal ruins: USD 45.00/person
    - Cenotes: USD 50.00/person
    - Merida Hop-on hop-off bus: USD 10.00/person
    - Isla Mujeres: USD 7.00/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
    - Cozumal day trip: USD 24.00/person
    - Half/full day Caye Caulker snorkelling: USD 35.00-65.00/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)
    - 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
    - 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 Mexico City’s 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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