Mayan Adventure

Classic, Playa del Carmen to Playa del Carmen

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Leave the resorts of the Mayan Riviera behind and explore the authentic Yucatán. From sunny beaches and lush jungles to the highlands of Chiapas, journey through Belize, Guatemala, and southern Mexico on this incredible 22-day adventure. Explore the amazing ruins of Chichén Itzá, Palenque, and Tikal and walk the cobblestoned streets of colonial San Cristóbal de las Casas and Antigua. Snorkel with stingrays or just get into the reggae pace of life on a sunny Caribbean island. Experience a journey that introduces you to local culture and offers insight into the history of the Mayan heartland.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna G Adventures for Good: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour, Caye Caulker G Adventures for Good: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program, Playa del Carmen Carte Blanche: Mérida Carte Blanche: San Cristóbal de Las Casas Carte Blanche: Antigua Guatemala Carte Blanche: San Ignacio Carte Blanche: Caye Caulker Carte Blanche: Playa del Carmen
  • Chichén Itzá guided tour
  • Mérida orientation walk
  • Palenque guided tour
  • Roberto Barrios waterfall visit
  • San Cristóbal de las Casas orientation walk
  • Lake Atitlán boat tour
  • Antigua orientation walk
  • Scenic boat ride to Livingston
  • Tikal guided tour
  • G Adventures-supported bike tour of Caye Caulker
  • Beach time in Playa del Carmen
  • Free time in Mérida, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Antigua, San Ignacio, Caye Caulker, and Playa del Carmen
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore incredible mayan sites and colourful local markets
  • Snorkel on belize's world-famous barrier reef
  • Wander colonial towns and caribbean shores.

Itinerary

Day 1 Playa del Carmen As travellers arrive throughout the day, there are no planned activities until the welcome meeting in the evening. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Playa del Carmen/Mérida Depart Playa del Carmen and head to the famous Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá for a guided tour. Spend time exploring this famous site, known for its huge stepped pyramids and elaborate stone carvings. Continue on to Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán State, and take a short orientation walk. Also known as la ciudad blanca (the white city), Mérida offers the ideal opportunity to learn about Mexico’s fascinating mix of cultural influences. Included Activities: Chichén Itzá Guided Tour Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 190km) Private Vehicle (1.25-2.00 hours, 130km)
Day 3 Mérida The area surrounding Mérida has tons to offer. Choose to visit nearby cenotes (water sink holes) in the town of Cuzamá. Inside, swim in the massive crystal-clear sinkholes. Transportation to the cenotes is half the fun, taking small wooden horse-drawn carts along old rail tracks. Opt to visit ruins in Uxmal, ride the PUUC Route or go bird-watching. There's something for everyone.
Day 4 Mérida/Palenque After a long day of travel, arrive to Palenque. Enjoy a 2-night stay inside the national park in a jungle lodge. The lodge is quite close to the town, the ruins and the museum and offers a restaurant and bar on the grounds. Transport: First-class buses in Mexico have very strong air-conditioning. Bring a sweater. First-class bus (9.00-10.00 hours, 620km)
Day 5 Palenque Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque. After, go for a swim in the pristine turquoise waters of Roberto Barrios waterfall. Included Activities: Palenque Ruins Guided Tour Roberto Barrios Waterfalls
Day 6 Palenque/San Cristóbal de Las Casas Continue out of the jungle to San Crístóbal De Las Casas, located in a high mountain valley at 2110m (6921 ft). Enjoy an orientation walk of the city, known for its 16th century architecture. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 220km)
Day 7 San Cristóbal de Las Casas Opt to visit nearby indigenous Mayan villages to see their unique day-to-day life or journey to beautiful Sumidero Canyon for a relaxing boat ride.
Day 8 San Cristóbal de Las Casas/Panajachel The first stop in Guatemala is on beautiful Lake Atitlán. Stay in Panajachel, a lakeshore town surrounded by spectacular volcanoes and small villages. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Mexico - Guatemala) Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-12.00 hours, 380km)
Day 9 Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna (1D) Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family. This area is known for stunning scenery and great shopping for Mayan handicrafts. Opt to bargain for colourful textiles and paintings at the lake's many villages. Included Activities: Posadas Mayas Homestay Transport: Boat (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km)
Day 10 Antigua With so much to do in this charming colonial city, we highly recommend booking post accommodation. Optional activities for the area include a city tour, salsa dancing classes, a Guatemalan cooking class, or relaxing with a massage. Further afield you can rent bikes and ride through the hills, visit a macadamia nut farm or check out some nearby villages. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Boat (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km) Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 11 Antigua Guatemala Enjoy a free day exploring this charming colonial city.
Day 12 Antigua Guatemala/Rio Dulce Travel to Rio Dulce and enjoy free time to explore. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.50 hours, 315km)
Day 13 Rio Dulce/Flores Travel to the Caribbean town of Livingston by scenic boat ride from Rio Dulce. Enjoy free time to check out the town before continuing on to Flores. Located on Lake Petén Itzá, this is an excellent home base for exploring nearby Tikal. Included Activities: Scenic Boat Ride to Livingston Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 14 Flores Enjoy a guided tour of the nearby Mayan ruins of Tikal. In the afternoon, opt to relax on the lake or hang out at a café in town. Included Activities: Tikal Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Enjoy the ride out to Tikal and return the same way in the afternoon (1-1.5 hrs one way). Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 64km)
Day 15 Flores/San Ignacio Cross the border into Belize. The relaxed atmosphere of San Ignacio allows for options including horseback riding, canoeing, caving, or exploring the Mountain Pine Ridge area. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Guatemala - Belize) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 95km) Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours, 13km)
Day 16 San Ignacio Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to check out nearby caves, some more Mayan sites or a local conservation project.
Day 17 San Ignacio/Caye Caulker Caye Caulker is a relaxed and easy going island with friendly and welcoming local residents. There are dozens of activities around the island and surrounding coral reefs. Try your hand at fishing and barbecue your catch on the beach. Included Activities: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 123km) Water taxi (0.75-1.00 hours)
Day 18 Caye Caulker If the boats aren't your thing, just relax, Belizean-style.
Day 19 Caye Caulker If the boats aren't your thing, just relax, Belizean-style.
Day 20 Caye Caulker/Playa del Carmen With plenty of options nearby, Playa is an excellent hub for exploring. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Belize - Mexico) Transport: Speedboat Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 313km)
Day 21 Playa del Carmen (1D) Enjoy a free day to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm, visit one of the many cenotes, or go diving off Cozumel. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program. Included Activities: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program
Day 22 Playa del Carmen Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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