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Yucatan Explorer Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
From Playa Del Carmen to Antigua, explore the wonders of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala
Close your eyes, take a deep breath and picture your idea of paradise... If white sandy beaches, aqua blue waters, steamy tropical temperatures and mojitos on ice sound like your idea of heaven, we have just the medicine for your holiday fever. From the gloriously sun-blessed beachside of Playa Del Carmen, through the ancient Mayan ruins dotted throughout Belize and onward to Antigua's colourful street scape, it is little wonder why so many think Central America is a little slice of Eden on earth.
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Acclimatise to the Mexican way of life in beautiful Playa del Carmen and let the aqua water, white sand and Caribbean sunshine wash away the jetlag. Take a ferry to Cozumel for a dive, or stay on solid, sandy land with a margarita in hand.
Venture to the island of Caye Caulker and partake in an exciting snorkeling trip. Jump into the ocean and swim with the fishes... and sharks, turtles and rays of the area. For enthusiastic divers, take an optional excursion to the incredible Blue Hole or stay on dry land to meet the island’s celebrated Cake Lady and Tamale Seller. Afterwards, savour the amazing variety of seafood – be sure to try buttered lobster and a mojito or two. The locals are right, this is a place to relax and unwind.
Observe hundreds of animal species in the famous Belize Zoo. See jaguars creep, margays pounce and boa constrictors slink about their vivarium, while walking through this unique animal sanctuary. Not only a fun place to explore, Belize Zoo also rescues wild animals, while their Tropical Education Centre teaches about the importance of the surrounding ecosystem and the creatures who call it home.
Towering above the jungle of Tikal National Park, the granite temples of Tikal are an awesome sight and one of the most magnificent Maya ruins. Explore a maze of smaller structures hidden in the jungle growth. If you’re feeling energetic, climb to the top of the ruins for spectacular views over the canopy. You may even spot toucans, macaws and other colourful birds.
After a dawn tour of the Tikal ruins, fly to Guatemala and head to Antigua. In the old colonial capital, walk along cobbled streets to find colourful markets, laze on the beautiful white beach and dance to indigenous marimba music. Visit a women's cooperative, which aims to assist community development, health, education, income generation and access to clean water for women in the area. See the ladies demonstrate their skills in traditional crafts, before enjoying some of their delicious cooking. At the end of this Mexico and Guatemala exploration, sit down at the beach, watch the sun set into the ocean and cheers a cerveza to a fabulous trip.
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