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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Find your paradise somewhere between the blazing Mexican sun and the cool Guatemalan highlands on this 16-day odyssey. Wander Antiguas cobblestone streets and its local markets before experiencing the diverse beauty of Lake Atitln and its indigenous villages. Geared to the adventurer wanting to capture some of Central America's finest highlights, this trip will ensure that you really pack some punch into those postcards home.

Latin America
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: CMCA.A/201485
  • Starts: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Finishes: Antigua, Guatemala
You will Visit
  • Playa del Carmen
  • Caye Caulker
  • San Ignacio
  • Flores
  • Rio Dulce
  • Antigua
  • Panajachel
  • San Juan La Laguna

Itinerary

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Day 1: Playa del Carmen

Arrive at any time.
Check into our hotel and enjoy the city.

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Day 2: Playa del Carmen

Enjoy free time to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm or the diving mecca of Cozumel. Or just play in the waves and enjoy the beach.
Start your holiday off with some hardcore relaxation. Enjoy a full day of free time to fill as you wish. Get your ruin on with a visit to Tulum perched atop the sea, explore the fish- and coral-filled seas around Cozumel on a scuba dive, go swimming in a cenote or at the beach, and save some energy for a night out on the town.

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Day 3: Playa del Carmen/Caye Caulker

Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.
Mention Belize and you may conjure up visions of unbelievably clear blue waters, diving and snorkelling along the barrier reef and remarkable marine life. Belize also boasts huge swaths of jungle, ancient Mayan ruins, and above all, friendly, easygoing people. Belize is all this and much more!

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Day 4: Caye Caulker

Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.

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Day 5: Caye Caulker

Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.

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Day 6: Caye Caulker/San Ignacio

Travel day from Caye Caulker to San Ignacio. Depending on departure time from Caye Caulker, there may be time to visit the small Maya ruin site of Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, or take a relaxing swim in the Mopan river.
From the town of San Ignacio, opportunities abound for exploring Belize's little known inland scenic beauty. With free time here, choose to explore the area by foot, canoe or horse, take a caving trip, or visit the Mountain Pine Ridge Area and swim in its inviting pools and rivers.

It is possible to do cave tubing or visit the ATM cave on this day however it would require a group decision to do this with minimum numbers. The local operator would pick them up from the water taxi terminal and take passengers directly from Belize City to do one of these activities.

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Day 7: San Ignacio

Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

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Day 8: San Ignacio/Flores

Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of the ruins of Tikal.
Cross the border into Guatemala and you immediately notice the difference in culture, with its heavy Mayan influence and Spanish language. Here we have entered Guatemala's northeast jungle Petén region. The descendants of the Maya of Chichén Itzá migrated to the Petén area several centuries after the collapse of the great Mayan cities in the Yucatán.

En route to Flores, stop for a guided tour of the ancient city of Tikal. Arrive in Flores, the capital of the department of Petén, a small island located on the second largest lake of Guatemala, Lake Petén Itzá.

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Day 9: Flores/Rio Dulce

Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
A travel day from Flores to Rio Dulce which is located in the department of Izabal, home of the largest lake in Guatemala, Lake Izabal was one of the most important water ways of the Spanish crown during colonial times.

We take the road past areas of dense jungle and arrive at Río Dulce, a small town on Lake Izabal and a port stop for boaters around the globe, on their way to/from Livingston and the Caribbean coast.

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Day 10: Rio Dulce

Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall, take a sunrise kayak to visit groups of noisy howler monkeys, or take a horseback ride through the rubber plantations combined with a visit to the Shaman Tower.

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Day 11: Rio Dulce/Antigua

Enjoy an orientation walk of Antigua's cobblestone streets, then take an included group salsa lesson and practice new moves out at night.
Today is a travel day from Rio Dulce to Antigua, followed by an orientation walk once you arrive. Plan your activities for the next day and enjoy some of the nightlife this beautiful colonial city has to offer.

Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will take you on a brief orientation walk to help you get your bearings. While you're here, opt to take a mountain bike ride out into the countryside or explore the fascinating markets, shops and museums within the city.

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Day 12: Antigua

Enjoy a free day in Antigua. Opt to relax with a massage, climb a volcano, soak up the culture in one of the city's many cafés, or explore the nearby hills and towns by bike.
Relax with a massage, climb a volcano, soak up the culture of this colonial town's many museums and cafes, attend a chocolate workshop, visit one of the local coffee or macadamia nut plantations, or explore the nearby hills and towns by bike.

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Day 13: Antigua/Panajachel

Travel to beautiful Lake Atitlán and enjoy the views.
Travel through the hills and fertile fields of the Guatemalan highlands to the shores of Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful spots in Guatemala. Twelve native villages, blue/grey mountains and three volcanoes line the shores of this lake resulting in a wonderful combination of unusual natural beauty and traditional culture.

The area is also ideal for outdoor pursuits like swimming, fishing, wind surfing, hiking, bird watching, kayaking, and horseback riding.

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Day 14: Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna

Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family. This area is known for stunning scenery and great shopping for Mayan handicrafts. Opt to bargain for colourful textiles and paintings at the lake's markets.

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Day 15: San Juan La Laguna/Antigua

Return to Antigua, and enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
We return to Antigua to spend more time to explore the city, shop, and check out optional activities in the area.

Optional activities include visiting a macadamia nut and coffee plantations, biking around Antigua's surrounding hills and salsa lessons.

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Day 16: Antigua

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Guided tour of Tikal
    • G Adventures-supported homestay at Lake Atitlan with a local family
    • Group salsa dancing lesson (Antigua)
    • Orientation walk in Antigua
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels/hostels (14 nts, some multi-share), local homestay (1 nt)
    • 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Local bus, ferry, boat, private vehicle, taxi, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Relax on white-sand beaches
  • Bask in Caye Caulker sunsets and reggae music
  • Experience a local homestay
  • Explore gorgeous colonial Antigua and its colourful markets.


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Nicola S Posted on: 

The tour was a great mix of activities, culture and even cuisine.

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Guri M Posted on: 

It was wonderful. Courtney was a great guide, she was able to keep everyone's interests in mind and find a balance of activities, restaurants, etc.

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Kine Marie Buer S Posted on: 

I had such a great time! I will recommend everyone I know to travel with G Adventures. They give you such a great way to really get to know the places you visit.

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Svein Thomas Maloney B Posted on: 

Great tour, with a super tour leader. Courtney, the tour leader, was super good, and very easy to get along with. The trip was wonderful, and the group was a very good group. Everybody got to know each other, and we had a blast. Thanks Courtney!

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Davin M Posted on: 

A great all around trip through the Yucatan with a little bit of absolutely everything.

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Stephanie F Posted on: 

This was a well structured tour, with lots of activity. Our travel days weren't too long or excessive, yet we still covered a lot of ground.

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Vegard D Posted on: 

Overall the tour left me with a host of experiences and impressions

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Alice F Posted on: 

My first YOLO tour. It was exceptionally fun, with a younger group. Great as it gave you the option of doing exactly what you wanted.

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Ruth C Posted on: 

Had a great tour, met some amazing people and saw some amazing places. I really enjoyed all of the cities we visited. One of the main reasons I enjoyed it so much was due to our amazing leader.

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Elisabeth J Posted on: 

The tour was fantastic! Zema are leader was brilliant from day one. The accommodation was above average everywhere we went and the transport was as good as it could be!!

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