Tour through Guatemala and Mexico via beautiful Belize

Travel from the cobblestone streets of Antigua, through Belize and along the Yucatan Peninsula to the beachside delights of Playa del Carmen on this Guatemala to Mexico adventure. Discover ancient Mayan ruins, explore the pristine shores of the Caribbean coast, be enchanted by Guatemala's highlands and find colorful marine life in laidback Belize. From volcano studded Antigua to the chilled out charm of Mexico's coast - this tour delivers a slice of action, a dose of history and culture, and some well-deserved relaxation.

Start
Antigua, Guatemala
Finish
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Countries
Belize,
Guatemala,
Mexico
Themes
Explorer
Code
QVSB
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
202kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover the vibrant and diverse scenery of Central America
  • Visit Antigua and be immersed in old-world charm
  • Gaze over the jungle from the magnificent ruins of Tikal
  • Explore the picturesque countryside around San Ignacio
  • Unwind on Caye Caulker off the coast of Belize
  • Explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum
  • Sip a cool margarita on Playa del Carmen

Itinerary

A delightful blend of well-preserved colonial architecture, cobbled laneways and sun-dappled, leafy plazas, Antigua is easily one of Latin America's most charming cities. For breathtaking views of the town framed against verdant mountain backdrops, trek up the nearby hill of Cerro de la Cruz.
With a name meaning ‘sweet river’ in Spanish, picturesque Rio Dulce is known for its unique lifestyle and calm waters. Sitting on the shores of Lake Izabal, it attracts boaters from around the world, venturing to or from the Caribbean coast. Spend an afternoon by the water’s edge soaking up the relaxed atmosphere of this inviting township.
Explore the narrow lanes, pastel-coloured buildings and rustic shops of Flores, a tiny island town near Tikal.
Wake early and take a sunrise tour of the Tikal ruins. Soaring high above the jungle canopy, these enormous limestone temples are some of the most impressive remnants of the Mayan empire. Later, cross the border into easygoing Belize - a country so relaxed at times it barely seems awake. Travel to the sleepy town of San Ignacio where a full range of optional activities are on offer; from tubing down the river to exploring the eerie Mayan relics of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, there's adventure around every corner.
Arrive at the little island of Caye Caulker to a decidedly relaxed Caribbean vibe. Laze in the sun, swim in the warm waters or take an optional jaunt to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve for the opportunity to dive with sharks. Treat yourself and feast on some legendary Belizean seafood at one of the island's many beach-side restaurants.
Cross the border into Mexico and travel up the coast to the tranquil beach haven of Tulum. Laze on the powdery shoreline, or get adventurous and explore the famous cliff-top ruins overlooking the beach.
The vibrant beach town of Playa del Carmen is the perfect place for some more fun in the sun. Dive into crystal blue waters and snorkel among the pristine coral and colourful marine life, stroll along the sand or enjoy a final fiesta to bid farewell to Central America. After all, what trip to Mexico is complete without a few margaritas?
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Boat, Bus, Ferry, Minibus
Accommodation
Hotel (12 nights)
Included activities
  • Guided tour of Tikal ruins

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Best of Guatemala & Mexico trips score an average of 4.48 out of 5 based on 104 reviews in the last year.

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