Mayan Encounter Itinerary

Enjoy a liberal dose of sun, fun and history on this amazing Mayan Encounter tour. Visit beautiful Belize, the Guatemalan highlands and marvellous Mexico.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,280
      CAD $1,320
      AUD $1,295
      EUR €890
      GBP £750
      NZD $1,440
      ZAR R12,960
      CHF FR1,080
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guatemala markets fabrics handmade rugs blankets

belize family swimming diving beach locals

guatelmala weaver local market product

guatemala antigua parrot local tropical bird

guatemala antigua volcano sunrise

guatemala chichistenago colourful markets

guatemala markets fabrics local handmade product

guatemala tikal temple pyramid ancient ruins

Day 1 Playa del Carmen

Start off your Central American adventure in Playa del Carmen, Mexico's famous playground of surf, sun and fun. For those with a bit of extra time, consider arriving a little early to make the most of the range of activities on offer.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 Tulum

White powdery beaches lapped by warm blue waters and overlooked by crumbling Mayan ruins - welcome to Tulum. Choose to set out for some snorkelling in the Cenotes offshore or simply sit back beachside and take in the view, margarita in hand.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 4-6 Caye Caulker

Cross the border into Belize and cruise out to Caye Caulker - an idyllic tropical island getaway where exceptional snorkelling outings or simply swinging the day away in a hammock are equally appealing options. Alternatively, head out on a manatee spotting excursion to learn about these curious creatures that call the lagoons of Caulker home.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 7-8 San Ignacio

Trade the blues of the Caribbean for the lush verdancy of San Ignacio in the Belize hinterlands. Perhaps venture out to the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich, embark on an tubing adventure through the jungle or a caving adventure underground and then finish up the day sharing barbecued street-side snacks with the town's friendly locals.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 9 Tikal

Cross the border into Guatemala and journey out to Tikal National Park. Be awestruck by the enormous granite temples towering over the tops of the jungle. These incredible structures are considered some of the most magnificent of the Mayan ruins. Those feeling energetic can hike to the top of the relics for a stunning view of the park. Later, set up camp and watch the sun set over this majestic place.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 10-11 Rio Dulce

Continue on through dense jungle to Rio Dulce, by the banks of Lake Izabal. In spare time perhaps set out upriver to the coastal enclave of Livingstone for a final taste of Creole Caribbean culture or head out for a hike through Chocon-Machacas Natural Reserve.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 12 Antigua

Explore the cobblestone charms and quaint colonial architecture of Antigua, one of Central America's most captivating and cultivated cities.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 13 Chichicastenango/San Jorge La Laguna

Visit the picturesque mountain town of Chichicastenango and take a wander through its bustling market. Then continue on to San Jorge La Laguna and get an insight into local life on an overnight family homestay.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Day 14 Panajachel

Panajachel, a lovely little town on the banks of Lake Atitlan, serves as the main base for exploring the various traditional villages dotted around the lake. With a serene ambience and superb mountain panoramas, it's the perfect place to sit back with a good book or embark on any number of optional activities.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 15-17 Antigua

Return to the colourful handicraft stalls and leafy plazas of Antigua, Guatemala's atmospheric one-time capital. With an entire day here to spend however you see fit, perhaps book on an optional excursion to Pacaya Volcano or sign up for a salsa lesson, then gather the group for a final dinner and relive the highlights of this memorable adventure through the Mayan heartlands.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2