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Mayan Sun Northbound: Cobblestones & Caribbean Culture

Mayan Sun Northbound: Cobblestones & Caribbean Culture
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16 Days

Highlights

Walk along cobblestones in gorgeous colonial Antigua, overnight in a local homestay, watch the sunset in Caye Caulker, bliss out on white-sand beaches, explore ancient Mayan sites.

What's included

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Accommodation
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Dinner
Trek though jungle backdrops to Mayan ruins and chill out on white-sand beaches under the Caribbean sun. Check out Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico and experience the region’s diversity. Wander colonial Antigua’s cobblestone streets and shop for treasures before experiencing the natural beauty of Lake Atitlán, its Indigenous Mayan villages, and striking volcanoes. One of our most popular trips, this adventure offers natural wonders, excitement, and culture with enough time to socialize and do your own thing.
Mayan Sun Northbound: Cobblestones & Caribbean Culture
Starts
Antigua Guatemala
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16 Days
Ends
Playa del Carmen

Itinerary

  • Arrive at any time. Tonight, explore El Barrio, a vibrant market with many small bars and restaurants. Get to know your fellow travellers over a few drinks, and cheers to the adventures to come.
  • Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to relax with a massage or soak up the culture in one of many cafés.
  • Travel to beautiful Lake Atitlán and enjoy the views. Take a boat across the lake to a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family in a Mayan Tz'utujil village. Tour the village with a local guide to learn more about daily life and see some artisan workshops.
    Meals: DINNER
  • Return across the lake and enjoy free time in Panajachel to visit the market or relax.
  • 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.
  • Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
  • Head north to our final stop in Guatemala, Flores, a picturesque town surrounded by Lake Petén Itzá.
  • Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of Tikal before crossing into Belize.
  • Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Crystal Maiden), or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.
  • Hop aboard a local bus, then board a water taxi to the island paradise of Caye Caulker. Later, explore Caye Caulker on the G Adventures-supported Bike with Purpose tour.
  • Enjoy free time to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, or just chill out, Belizean style. Take part in a Big Night Out with the group this evening.
  • Enjoy free time to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, or just chill out, Belizean style. Take part in a Big Night Out with the group this evening.
  • Leaving Belize and its Caribbean reggae-tinged vibe, head north to the Costa Maya, Mexico, to the beachside town of Mahahual.
  • Enjoy a free day for beach lounging and sipping seaside margaritas.
  • Head up the coast to Playa del Carmen, the de facto centre of the Mayan Riviera, for a final night with the group.
  • Depart at any time.