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.
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 4.56 out of 5 based on 251 reviews in the last year.
A fun filled adventure in Central America! Get ready to have lots of fun, meet some lovely people and have some new experiences. It's a great way to get a snapshot of so many countries in a short space of time. The holiday itself will fly by. There are a lot of intense travel days but it it's worth it to see so much. My favourite destinations were Caye Caulker and Costa Rica. I regret not booking an extra few days in Costa Rica. You will be well looked after by your tour guides and the Intrepid team so if in doubt just book it-you won't regret it.
Review submitted 23 May 2018
Absolutely loved this tour! Gives you popular tourist destinations as well as off the beaten track places - great mix of cities, beaches and jungles - highly recommend!
Review submitted 23 May 2018