Mayan Highlights Overview

Discover the wonders of the Mayan ruins on a dramatic tour through Mexico; see the archaeological sites on the way to Belize before witnessing incredible Guatemalan attractions.

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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.

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Discover the ancient Mayan ruins of Central America visiting Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.

Experience adventure in Mexico, ancient Guatemalan attractions and the historic sites of Belize on a trip that combines the volcanic beauty of the highlands, the mystery of the ancient Mayan ruins and the perfect beaches of the Caribbean in a truly unique travel experience. From Cancun to Playa del Carmen, this three week journey offers the chance to get out and get active - or enjoy a more relaxing pace while exploring the colour, culture and adventure of Central America.

  • Swim with sharks around Caye Caulker
  • Explore the forested hills of San Ignacio
  • Become a part of local life at a lakeside homestay
  • Experience grassroots travel in Guatemala
  • Gawk at jungle creatures from the temples at Tikal
  • Relax on the white sand coast of Belize
  • Haggle at Chichicastenango's colourful highland markets
  • Explore the colonial streets of Antigua

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Cancun, Mexico
  • Finish:

    Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    1 breakfast, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation:

    Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (23 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Bus, Minibus
  • Included activities:

    Chichen Itza ruins, Chichicastenango Market, Palenque ruins entrance fee, San Jorge homestay, Tikal - Tour of ruins and national park

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    413kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    A single supplement is available on this trip.

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About Belize , Guatemala , Mexico

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Day 1 Cancun

Once an unknown fishing village, Cancun is now a heaving tourist centre with plenty of bars, restaurants, resorts and nightclubs to contrast the beautiful white-sand beaches.

Days 2-3 Chichen Itza/Merida

Chichen Itza was once a city of the pre-Columbian Maya civilisation; its ruins are wonderfully preserved and this captivating site provides a wealth of things to see. Founded in 1542, Merida still retains much of its old-world charm with a well-preserved Old Town, wonderful museums and city streets alive with art and culture.

Days 4-5 Palenque

Built around 100BC, the incredible ruins of Palenque were virtually swallowed by the jungle until their excavation, where some of the finest examples of Maya architecture were discovered.

Days 6-8 San Cristobal de las Casas

With winding cobblestone streets and colonial Spanish architecture, San Cristobal de las Casas maintains a lovely old-world feel mixed with strong indigenous roots.

Days 9-10 Panajachel

Panajachel, located on beautiful Lake Atitlan with distant volcanoes looming in the background, has a thriving market, good eateries and many water-based activities to enjoy.

Day 11 San Jorge La Laguna

San Jorge La Laguna is a small, picturesque village situated in a valley near Lake Atitlan, where welcoming locals live traditional lives.

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. Declared a World Heritage site due to its well-preserved buildings, Antigua is a bewitching city sheltered between three volcanoes with wonderful food and atmospheric streets.

Days 15-16 Flores/Tikal

Located on an island in Lake Peten Itza, Flores is a wonderful place to explore with its red roofs, historical buildings and cobblestone streets. Once a powerful Mayan city, Tikal was abandoned in the 10th century and sank into the surrounding jungle. It's now alive with jungle wildlife and awe-inspired visitors.

Days 17-18 San Ignacio

A friendly place with a multicultural feel, San Ignacio is a wonderful base to explore the gorgeous countryside that surrounds the town.

Days 19-21 Caye Caulker

A small island with no cars, white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, Caye Caulker is an idyllic place to while away some time and soak up the very relaxed vibe.

Days 22-23 Tulum

Sitting on a cliff with views of an azure ocean, Tulum not only has spectacular Maya ruins to discover but some of Mexico's finest beaches to frolic on.

Days 24-25 Playa del Carmen

With azure waters, powdery beaches and a European feel, Playa del Carmen is a resort city close to Cancun but without the party atmosphere.
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