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 margaritas 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 streets, it's little wonder why so many think Central America is a little slice of Eden.

Start
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Finish
Antigua, Guatemala
Countries
Belize,
Guatemala,
Mexico
Themes
Explorer
Code
QVKE
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
156kg pp per trip


Highlights


Itinerary

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.
Head to San Ignacio and choose to explore Xunantunich, an impressive Mayan ceremonial center or journey to Mountain Pine Ridge. For adventure seekers, hit the water and go on a tubing adventure into the heart of this natural beauty.
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.
Enjoy an early morning meander around the Tikal ruins before driving to the quaint township of Flores. Be inspired by the enduring culture and traditions practised in this region. Stroll through the cobbled streets and if you’re game, jump in Lake Peten Itza for a swim.
Fly to Guatemala and head to Antigua. In the old colonial capital, walk along cobbled streets to find colourful markets 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, relax and cheers a cerveza to a fabulous trip.
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Inclusions

Meals
8 breakfasts
Transport
Boat, Minibus, Plane
Accommodation
Hotel (8 nights)
Included activities
  • Antigua - Women's cooperative visit
  • Caye Caulker - Guided snorkelling trip (half day)
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Guided tour of Tikal ruins
  • Tulum - Entrance to ruins

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
3. This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures.

Trip notes

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