Mayan Encounter

Classic, Antigua Guatemala to Playa del Carmen

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Trek though jungles to Mayan ruins and relax on white-sand beaches. Get an authentic taste of Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico with an adventure that combines the mystery of ancient ruins with the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Shop for treasures along colonial Antigua's cobblestone streets and get to know the locals from communities where life sometimes moves at a reggae pace. Explore the ruins of Tikal, snorkel with stingrays, lounge in gorgeous Caye Caulker, and finish up in bustling Playa del Carmen. With accommodation and transport arranged by a Chief Experience Officer, this trip offers the perfect way to discover this region’s unique vibe.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour, Caye Caulker Your G for Good Moment: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program, Playa del Carmen Your Discover Moment: San Ignacio Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker Your Discover Moment: Playa del Carmen
  • Scenic boat ride to Livingston
  • Tikal guided tour
  • Free time in San Ignacio, Caye Caulker, and Playa del Carmen
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Listen to howler monkeys from the top of temple iv at tikal
  • Revel in caye caulker sunsets
  • Sway to reggae beats wafting through the belizean air
  • Wander the colonial streets of antigua.


Day 1 Antigua Guatemala There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this charming city. Additional Notes: Please note that Antigua's nearest airport is Guatemala City, Guatemala. Don't get caught flying into the Caribbean island nation of Antigua— it's nowhere near the start of this tour! Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Antigua Guatemala/Rio Dulce Travel to Rio Dulce and enjoy free time to explore. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.50 hours, 315km)
Day 3 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 4 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 5 Flores/San Ignacio Cross the border to Belize. Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the Mountain Pine Ridge area, or see the lesser-known Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Guatemala - Belize) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 95km) Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours, 13km)
Day 6 San Ignacio Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to check out nearby caves, some more Mayan sites or a local conservation project.
Day 7 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 8 Caye Caulker If the boats aren't your thing, just relax, Belizean-style.
Day 9 Caye Caulker Jump for joy that you get another full day to explore Caye Caulker! Do what you didn't get to yesterday or take the day to just lay on the beach!
Day 10 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 11 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 12 Playa del Carmen Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day