Mayan Highlights Itinerary

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Mayan Highlights.
guatemala antigua parrot costa rica scarlet macaws sitting squark

belize family swimming diving beach locals

guatemala antigua volcano sunrise

guatemala chichistenago colourful markets flowers

guatemala tikal temple pyramid ancient ruins

mexico chichen itza pyramid kukilcan ancient stone temple

mexico playa del carmen beach sunbaking sunshine

Day 1 Cancun

It may just seem like another slice of America, but the party town of Cancun is one of the best party towns in the world. In a league of their own, the Mexicans sure know how to throw a soiree (after all, they did invent tequila). Laze on powder-white sands by day, and join the international party goers by night at one of the mega-clubs peppered around town.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 Chichen Itza/Merida

Travel by local bus to Chichen Itza, the crowning jewel of the Maya empire. Be wowed by the main spectacle, the 24-m-high El Castillo pyramid, then walk around the grounds to see Maya-style sport courts, crypts and ceremonial sights. In the afternoon, head to Merida, a city buzzing with a mix of old-world charm and cosmopolitan vibes. Walk along the mansion-lined street of Paseo de Montejo, relax in the shady Plaza Grande or head to an outdoor market to purchase some local crafts.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 4-5 Palenque

Cruise in a comfortable bus to the incredibly city of Palenque. Swathed in greenery, explore Maya ruins that date back to AD600. Cool off from the heat of the jungle with a swim under some waterfalls. The cascading turquoise water of Agua Azul and Misol-ha can be reached after short hikes through the rainforest, and are a perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 6-8 San Cristobal de las Casas

In San Cristobal de las Casas, sink your teeth into the traditional culinary scene of Chiapas and sample some elote (corn on the cob). Around town, wander along cobbled streets until you find a local market or perhaps take an optional day trip to San Juan Chamula. Allowing visitors to interact with the surrounding indigenous people, this is a favourite spot for those who want to learn about Mexican culture.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 9-10 Panajachel

Arrive in Panajachel, located on the beautiful Lake Atitlan, with distant volcanoes looming in the background. Panajachel is one of Guatemala's busiest cities, with a thriving market, good eateries and many water-based activities to enjoy. Hit the water for a wind-surfing or kayaking lesson, or choose to saddle up for a horse ride along the beach at sunset. Around town, watch vibrantly dressed locals sell their handicrafts at the market, dine on Guatemalan tamales and explore the night-life in the evening.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 11 San Jorge La Laguna

Meet some of the residents of San Jorge and stay overnight in a local home. Meet the family, help cook dinner and brush up on your Spanish for a fun night of local interaction.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 12-14 Chichicastenango/Antigua

Affectionately known as 'Chichi', Chichicastenango is a vibrant and colourful town famous for its wonderful market held on Thursdays and Sundays. Get energetic with a hike around the misty mountain valley, a salsa dancing class or perhaps a day excursion to Pacaya Volcano.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 15-16 Flores/Tikal

Stop by Flores for a stroll around a city of pastel-coloured buildings and cobbled streets. Life is relatively old fashioned and traditional in these parts, so look out for locals who travel by dug-out canoe. Later, journey to Tikal National Park, where Maya ruins are hidden among the dense greenery of the jungle. Walk through a maze of temples, palaces and public squares, and keep an eye out for the colourful local bird life, particularly toucans and macaws. After a thorough exploration, head back to Flores in the evening, where a frosty Gallo beer awaits.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 17-18 San Ignacio

Say "adios" to Guatemala and "hola" to Belize, one of Central America's most relaxed nations. Arrive in San Ignacio and take a stroll down the main street, Burns Avenue, to experience the thriving local vibe of the city. Surrounded by incredible natural delights, spend some time exploring waterfalls and jungles before checking out some Maya ruins. Take an optional daytrip to Actun Tunichil Muknal, a network of ancient caves that was once a Maya ceremonial sight, or choose to get active in the jungle with a little waterfall cannoning or river tubing.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 19-21 Caye Caulker

Travel to Caye Caulker, small island of with a relaxed vibe, warm Caribbean sun, pumping reggae beats and incredibly blue water. For some world-class diving and snorkelling, head to The Blue Hole, a circular sink hole that plunges to around 145 m deep. In the evening, indulge on fresh lobster and rum punch before jamming to some local music on the beach.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 22-23 Tulum

Travel north towards Tulum, another Caribbean paradise, with a spectacular coastline. Bliss out on the beach, kick back with a margarita or choose to get active and explore ancient Maya tombs that are perched atop a cliff face overlooking the ocean.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 24-25 Playa del Carmen

The final stop on the journey is Playa del Carmen, a town buzzing with excellent shopping, delicious food options and relaxed visitors. Spend some time snorkelling among the mangroves, diving in underground caverns or strolling along the white sands. In the evenings, kick back and watch the waves tumble with a margarita in hand before heading out to experience the island's vibrant night-life.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1