Enjoy an action-packed tour from Cancun to Antigua

Travel from the beach delights of Cancun to the Central American highlands on this dynamic Mexico to Guatemala tour. Clamber over ancient ruins at Chichen Itza, explore the pristine shores of the Mexican coast, discover the laidback highland charm of San Cristobal de las Casas and make friends with the locals on a homestay in Guatemala. From the Yucatan Peninsula to volcano-studded Antigua, this trip really has it all.

Start
Cancun, Mexico
Finish
Antigua, Guatemala
Countries
Guatemala,
Mexico
Themes
Explorer
Code
QVSA
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
202kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Revel in the bold beach vibe of Cancun, Mexico
  • Explore incredible Maya pyramids at Chichen Itza
  • Travel along Mexico's amazing Yucatan Peninsula
  • Experience the great outdoors on the banks of Lake Atitlan
  • Trace the lines of ancient history at the Palenque ruins
  • Enjoy local hospitality at a San Jorge homestay
  • Sample classic Guatemalan fare in Antigua

Itinerary

Welcome to Mexico! Join in the 24-hour revelry of Cancun, this one-time sleepy little fishing village, or just flop on the illustrious sands and snooze the jet lag away.
Visit the Maya pyramids at Chichen Itza. A fascinating fusion of religion, architecture and science, these ancient ruins are one of the most impressive of all the Maya sites. After learning about the site's history on a guided tour, travel on to the Yucatan capital of Merida for a beguiling dose of old-world charm.
Travel by comfortable bus to the southern state of Chiapas. Discover the imposing pyramid of Palenque, another impressive feat of Maya engineering. Nestled in a region of verdant, tropical rainforest, this is ancient civilisation at its most picturesque. Don't forget to pack some bathers for the chance to cool off in the Misol-Ha and Agua Azul waterfalls.
Continue southward to San Cristobal de las Casas and venture out to the local indigenous villages. Witness the traditional customs which are still very much a part of everyday life.
Cross into neighbouring Guatemala. Arrive in Panajachel for a spot of rest and relaxation by the picturesque Lake Atitlan. A veritable hub of adventure, choose between kayaking, mountain biking, zip-lining and paragliding to explore this pristine natural wilderness.
Get an insight into local life on an overnight family homestay in San Jorge La Laguna. A basic command of Spanish will get you far, though hand gestures and sign language can be a highly amusing way to break the ice!
Arriving in Antigua, there's time to take in the city sights, book in for a salsa class or set off for an exhilarating hike up the Pacaya Volcano. Perhaps pack a bag of marshmallows along for the excursion - if the volcano is active, they can make for a tasty lava-toasted treat!
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Inclusions

Meals
1 breakfast1 dinner
Transport
Bus, Minibus
Accommodation
Homestay (1 night), Hotel (11 nights)
Included activites
  • Chichen Itza ruins
  • Palenque ruins entrance fee
  • San Jorge homestay

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Explore Mexico & Guatemala , April 2015

Explore Mexico & Guatemala , April 2015