Discover Guatemala, Belize and Mexico on this Central America adventure.

Ancient ruins, volcanoes, Caribbean islands, dense rainforests and fascinating, friendly locals help make up the diverse landscape along this Antigua to Mexico City trip. Capture the real essence of Central America by hiking, trekking, snorkelling and driving through this part of the continent – there’s no better way to blaze a trial from Antigua to Mexico City. Travelling predominantly on an old converted US school bus just adds to the charm of this 28-day soujourn through Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. Whether feeling the good vibrations of the music in Mexico or paddling in the crystal-clear Caribbean waters of Caye Caulker, this trip is an ideal introduction to Central America and it’s abundance of history, charm and flair.

Start
Antigua, Guatemala
Finish
Mexico City, Mexico
Countries
Belize,
Guatemala,
Mexico
Themes
Overland
Code
QDOA
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Learn the history of the cliff-top Maya-Toltec ruins at Tulum

Itinerary

Arrive in Antigua and enjoy some free time for exploring. Those looking for a challenge can give the legs and lungs a workout on a hike up Pacaya volcano.
Soak up the atmosphere in Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan. Perhaps embark on an optional boat trip around the lake that takes in the surrounding villages.
Perhaps visit the Totonicapan market before travelling to San Andres Itzapa where we stay at a community centre helping victims of domestic abuse.
Travel along the Rio Dulce by boat and arrive in Livingston. Soak up the unique Caribbean character of the town and mingle with locals.
Spend a couple of nights on a working farm, and perhaps get an adrenaline fix while river-caving.
Be awestruck by the Mayan ruins of Tikal, with its temples hiding among the tropical jungle.
Head to Belize’s adventure activity centre – San Ignacio, a great spot to undertake some canoeing and mountain-biking.
Spend a few hours in Belize City before catching a boat to Caye Caulker. Relaxing to the maximum is compulsory on this idyllic Caribbean island.
Arrive in Mexico for two nights of blissful camping on a remote beach near Xpuha. On the second day, venture into the clifftop Maya-Toltec ruins of Tulum.
A short drive to Chichen Itza reveals one of the most spectacular Mayan sites in Central America, where the daily light and sound show is sure to impress.
The state capital of Yucatan, Merida boasts thriving markets (the ideal place to purchase a hammock!) and a bustling nightlife.
Encounter the waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol-Ha en route to Palenque. The incredible ruined Mayan city rising from the jungle is truly something to behold.
Pay a visit to the Mayan Ruins of Yaxchilan before hopping aboard a boat to see the impressive murals at Bonampak.
Be amazed by the Sumidero Canyon on a boat tour, and soak up the alternative vibe of San Cristobal de las Casas.
There’s plenty of time to sample the divine food of Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s prettiest colonial cities, before taking a fascinating guided tour of the Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban.
Explore the towering pyramids of Teotihuacan and perhaps hit Mexico City’s vibrant night-life before saying farewell to this Central American adventure.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Boat, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (14 nights), Guesthouse (3 nights), Hotel (9 nights)
Included activities
  • Bonampak Ruins
  • Chichen Itza ruins
  • Chichicastenango Market
  • Misol-Ha and Agua Azul waterfalls
  • Monte Alban Ruins
  • Palenque ruins entrance fee
  • Sumidero Canyon
  • Teotihuacan Ruins
  • Tikal Ruins and National Park
  • Tulum ruins
  • Visit to Manos Amigas
  • Yaxchilan Ruins

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