Itinerary

From the sandy playground of Mexico's Cancun to charismatic Antigua, this tour of Mexico and Guatemala is choc-full off adventure, fun and history.

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      USD $986
      CAD $998
      AUD $1,037
      EUR €722
      GBP £620
      NZD $1,232
      ZAR R9,456
      CHF FR892
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mexico palenque ancient ruins stone structures

guatelmala weaver local market product

guatemala antigua volcano sunrise

guatemala chichistenago colourful markets flowers

mexico maya pyramid kukilcan ancient stone temple

Day 1 Cancun

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.
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Days 2-3 Chichen Itza/Merida

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.
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Days 4-5 Palenque

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.
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Days 6-8 San Cristobal de las Casas

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.
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Days 9-10 Panajachel

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.
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Day 11 San Jorge La Laguna

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!
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Days 12-13 Chichicastenango/Antigua

Stop off in the colourful highland markets of Chichicastenango for some people-watching and to hone your bargaining skills. 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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