Mayan Discovery

Classic, Playa del Carmen to Playa del Carmen

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Mayan ruins peeking out from verdant jungle, street vendors hawking their wares on colonial streets, pristine white-sand beaches sparkling under the Caribbean sun — now this is the real Yucatán. On this unique 15-day journey, you’ll tour the ruins at Chichén Itzá and Palenque, and head deep into the jungle of Guatemala to experience the ruins of Tikal. You're free to choose your own adventure! So escape the resort packages and witness all the incredible wilderness, wildlife, and Mayan culture — past and present — that you can imagine.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch, San Ignacio Your G for Good Moment: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program, Playa del Carmen Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Mérida Your Discover Moment: San Ignacio Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker Your Discover Moment: Playa del Carmen
  • Chichén Itzá guided tour
  • Mérida orientation walk
  • Palenque guided tour
  • Tikal guided tour
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Explore mayan temples
  • Spot monkeys in the jungle
  • Chill out on a belizean island
  • Stare out into the caribbean blue from a mayan riviera beach


Playa del Carmen Arrive at any time.
Playa del Carmen/Mérida Travel to Mérida, stopping en route for a guided tour of Chichén Itzá. Enjoy an orientation walk of Mérida.
Mérida Opt to visit the ruins of Uxmal or swim in cenotes (underground pools) in the Yucatán.
Mérida/Palenque Sit back and relax on a travel to Palenque in the lush jungle of Chiapas.
Palenque Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque.
Palenque Enjoy a free day to explore Palenque and surroundings. Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Yaxchilán and Bonampak.
Palenque/Flores Journey through the jungle by private vehicle, crossing into Guatemala and continuing on to Flores. Explore Lake Petén Itzá and the island of Flores.
Flores Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of Tikal archaeological site. Relax on Lake Petén Itzá with a boat cruise or a swim.
Flores/San Ignacio Cross the border into Belize and travel to San Ignacio. Enjoy an included pottery demonstration and local lunch at a G Adventures-supported women's pottery cooperative.
San Ignacio Enjoy free time to visit the sacred Mayan cave, Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the Mountain Pine Ridge area or see the lesser-known Mayan ruins of Xunantunich or Caracol.
San Ignacio/Caye Caulker Travel to Caye Caulker and enjoy this tropical paradise. Rent a bike and organize activities for the next day.
Caye Caulker Spend the day exploring Caye Caulker and the marine life in the area.
Caye Caulker/Playa del Carmen Full travel day to reach Playa del Carmen, the last stop of the adventure.
Playa del Carmen Enjoy a free day to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program.
Playa del Carmen Depart at any time.