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Mayan Encounter
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Trek though jungles to Mayan ruins and relax on white-sand beaches. Get an authentic taste of Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico with an adventure that combines the mystery of ancient ruins with the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Shop for treasures along colonial Antigua's cobblestone streets and get to know the locals from communities where life sometimes moves at a reggae pace. Explore the ruins of Tikal, snorkel with stingrays, lounge in gorgeous Caye Caulker, and finish up in bustling Playa del Carmen. With accommodation and transport arranged by a Chief Experience Officer, this trip offers the perfect way to discover this region’s unique vibe.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: CGME/126292
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Finishes: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Antigua Guatemala
  • Rio Dulce
  • Flores
  • San Ignacio
  • Caye Caulker
  • Playa del Carmen



Day 1: Antigua Guatemala

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this charming city.


Day 2: Antigua Guatemala/Rio Dulce

Travel to Rio Dulce and enjoy free time to explore.


Day 3: Rio Dulce/Flores

Travel to the Caribbean town of Livingston by scenic boat ride from Rio Dulce. Enjoy free time to check out the town before continuing on to Flores. Located on Lake Petén Itzá, this is an excellent home base for exploring nearby Tikal.


Day 4: Flores

Enjoy a guided tour of the nearby Mayan ruins of Tikal. In the afternoon, opt to relax on the lake or hang out at a café in town.


Day 5: Flores/San Ignacio

Cross the border to Belize. Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the Mountain Pine Ridge area, or see the lesser-known Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.


Day 6: San Ignacio

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to check out nearby caves, some more Mayan sites or a local conservation project.


Day 7: San Ignacio/Caye Caulker

Travel to Belize City to catch a ferry to Caye Caulker. Later, explore Caye Caulker on a G Adventures-supported Bike with Purpose tour. Spend a few days enjoying this island paradise.
Caye Caulker is a relaxed and easy going island with friendly and welcoming local residents. There are dozens of activities around the island and surrounding coral reefs. Try your hand at fishing and barbecue your catch on the beach.


Day 8: Caye Caulker

Spend time enjoying this island paradise. Opt to go on a sailing trip to snorkel with stingrays, nurse sharks and green turtles at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Choose to visit the famous Blue Hole on a diving trip or a fly-over.
If the boats aren't your thing, just relax, Belizean-style.


Day 9: Caye Caulker

Jump for joy that you get another full day to explore Caye Caulker! Do what you didn't get to yesterday or take the day to just lay on the beach!


Day 10: Caye Caulker/Playa del Carmen

Say farewell to Belize, and travel to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, by speed boat and private vehicle.
With plenty of options nearby, Playa is an excellent hub for exploring.


Day 11: Playa del Carmen

Enjoy a free day to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm, visit one of the many cenotes, or go diving off Cozumel. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program.


Day 12: Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time.

    • Your G for Good Moment: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour, Caye Caulker Your G for Good Moment: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program, Playa del Carmen Your Discover Moment: San Ignacio Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker Your Discover Moment: Playa del Carmen
    • Scenic boat ride to Livingston
    • Tikal guided tour
    • Free time in San Ignacio, Caye Caulker, and Playa del Carmen
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (10 nts), jungle lodge (1 nt)
    • 1 dinner
    • Public bus, private vehicle, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Listen to howler monkeys from the top of Temple IV at Tikal
  • Revel in Caye Caulker sunsets
  • Sway to reggae beats wafting through the Belizean air
  • Wander the colonial streets of Antigua.