Travel from magnificent Mexico to gorgeous Guatemala via breathtaking Belize
Travel to paradise somewhere between the blazing Yucatan sun and the cool Guatemalan highlands on this Mayan Encounter. Prepare to be wowed as you relax on the white sands of Tulum, admire the underwater life in Caye Caulker, amble over the Mayan ruins in jungle-clad Tikal and gaze up at the volcanoes surrounding Antigua. From narrow laneways and remote jungles to fascinating ruins and powdery beaches, the Mayan Encounter has everything under the sun.
This overland adventure covers big parts of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, allowing you to see some of the best of Central America
Extended time in Caye Caulker and Antigua provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy laid-back island vibes as well as buzzy colonial city life
A homestay in San Jorge La Laguna invites you to connect with a local family. Sit down for breakfast and dinner with your hosts and work on improving your Spanish
Whether its slumbering on the sands of Playa del Carmen, gazing at the pyramids of Tikal or haggling in the markets of Chichicastenango, you'll experience multiple sides of Central America
Visiting the colourful Mayan villages surrounding Lake Atitlan in the Guatemalan Highlands is a humbling experience
Travelling between certain locations on this trip can be quite challenging, especially when using local transport. It's also a fantastic way of meeting the locals.
Crossing the borders between the various countries visited on this trip is usually straightforward, but you may need to be patient. If there are delays during your journey, be prepared to take part in some car games!
The tropical climate of Central America means conditions can be really hot and humid. Always carry plenty of water with you and stay hydrated, especially on walking tours.
Conditions during your homestay in San Jorge La Laguna are basic. Your room will consist of a couple of beds with clean bedding, and the bathroom will most likely be shared with the rest of the family. Hearty home-cooked breakfast and dinner will be served during your stay, which can be a lot more basic than what you're used to. However, corn, rice and beans are very filling.
Try to learn as many Spanish words as you can. Locals are very friendly, but also shy, so you'll need to make plenty of effort to break the ice. Attempting to communicate in Spanish is a great way of showing you care.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 19 January 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 20 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. A single supplement is available for purchase on this trip, except on Days 10 & 11 in Rio Dulce where you will be in shared accommodation. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Please be careful when booking flights to/from Antigua; make sure you fly into/out of Guatemala City Airport [GUA]. Guatemala City Airport is the closest airport to Antigua. Please do NOT book flights to/from Antigua & Barbuda Airport [ANU] as this is an island in the Caribbean.
4. Hurricane season in this region is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Intrepid monitors any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.
Our Maya Encounter trips score an average of 4.57 out of 5 based on 281 reviews in the last year.
Definitely research where your travelling to as you can miss so much if your leader hasn’t got much information.
Review submitted 23 Sep 2018
I normally like to travel independently but if I am short on time, I use Intrepid. The Mayan Encounter far exceeded my expectations . It was an activity packed, exciting , interesting and fabulous tour of Mexico, Belize and . Guatemala. The food was delicious too. Be advised that this is a basic trip so there is not a lot included so it's important to budget for drink, food , tips and optional trips.
Review submitted 17 Sep 2018