Mayan Highlights

Mayan Highlights information and booking

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$2066
$2295
  • Duration
    25
    days
  • Physical rating
    4
  • Culture Shock
    6

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Schedule Details

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

Highlights

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, Haggle at Chichicastenango's colourful highland markets , 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.

Itinerary

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 Chichicastenango/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.
Days 15-16 Flores/Tikal
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 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.