Mayan Highlights

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Departs from
Homestay, Hotel
Group Size
Maximum of 12 travellers per group
Boat, Bus, Ferry, Minibus
Important Notes
A single supplement is available on this trip.


Maybe swim with sharks around Caye Caulker, Explore the forested hills of San Ignacio, Become a part of local life at a lakeside homestay, Experience grassroots travel in Guatemala, Gawk at jungle creatures from the temples at Tikal , Relax on the white sand coast of Belize, Explore the colonial streets of Antigua

Tour description provided by Intrepid

Experience adventure in Mexico, ancient Guatemalan attractions and the historic sites of Belize on a trip that combines the volcanic beauty of the highlands, the mystery of the ancient Mayan ruins and the perfect beaches of the Caribbean in a truly unique travel experience. From Cancun to Playa del Carmen, this three-week journey offers the chance to get out and get active - or enjoy a more relaxing pace while exploring the colour, culture and adventure of Central America.


Day 1 Cancun
Once an unknown fishing village, Cancun is now a heaving tourist centre with plenty of bars, restaurants, resorts and nightclubs to contrast the beautiful white-sand beaches.
Days 2-3 Chichen Itza/Merida
Chichen Itza was once a city of the pre-Columbian Maya civilisation; its ruins are wonderfully preserved and this captivating site provides a wealth of things to see. Founded in 1542, Merida still retains much of its old-world charm with a well-preserved Old Town, wonderful museums and city streets alive with art and culture.
Days 4-5 Palenque
Built around 100BC, the incredible ruins of Palenque were virtually swallowed by the jungle until their excavation, where some of the finest examples of Maya architecture were discovered.
Days 6-8 San Cristobal de las Casas
With winding cobblestone streets and colonial Spanish architecture, San Cristobal de las Casas maintains a lovely old-world feel mixed with strong indigenous roots.
Days 9-10 Panajachel
Panajachel, located on beautiful Lake Atitlan with distant volcanoes looming in the background, has a thriving market, good eateries and many water-based activities to enjoy.
Day 11 San Jorge La Laguna
San Jorge La Laguna is a small, picturesque village situated in a valley near Lake Atitlan, where welcoming locals live traditional lives.
Days 12-14 Antigua
Affectionately known as 'Chichi', Chichicastenango is a vibrant and colourful town famous for its wonderful market held on Thursdays and Sundays. Declared a World Heritage site due to its well-preserved buildings, Antigua is a bewitching city sheltered between three volcanoes with wonderful food and atmospheric streets.
Day 15 Rio Dulce
Nestled on the shores of scenic Lake Izabal, the laidback town of Rio Dulce is an idyllic place to pop your feet up and unwind. Watch the boaters on the river heading out to, or coming from, Livingston or discover the wildlife that lives in and around the water.
Day 16 Flores
Located on an island in Lake Peten Itza, Flores is a wonderful place to explore with its red roofs, historical buildings and cobblestone streets. Once a powerful Mayan city, Tikal was abandoned in the 10th century and sank into the surrounding jungle. It's now alive with jungle wildlife and awe-inspired visitors.
Days 17-18 Tikal/San Ignacio
A friendly place with a multicultural feel, San Ignacio is a wonderful base to explore the gorgeous countryside that surrounds the town.
Days 19-21 Caye Caulker
A small island with no cars, white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, Caye Caulker is an idyllic place to while away some time and soak up the very relaxed vibe.
Days 22-23 Tulum
Sitting on a cliff with views of an azure ocean, Tulum not only has spectacular Maya ruins to discover but some of Mexico's finest beaches to frolic on.
Days 24-25 Playa del Carmen
With azure waters, powdery beaches and a European feel, Playa del Carmen is a resort city close to Cancun but without the party atmosphere.