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PLAYA DEL CARMEN TO ANTIGUA

17 days from PLAYA DEL CARMEN

DEPARTS PLAYA DEL CARMEN to ANTIGUA

From Caribbean sunsets to hidden Mayan temples, this is your chance to explore and be amazed as you cross the border from Mexico to Belize and Guatemala. Taking in underwater life in Caye Caulker, the white sands of Tulum and the cobbled streets of Antigua where Mayan culture is still well alive.

Prices below are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote.

Jan-Dec from £750

Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

If you require further information please fill in the Query form below, also detailing the dates you would like to depart.

You will meet your tour leader and group at 1800 hrs in the hotel lobby on day 1. Full details will be sent with your final documentation. If you would like to book additional nights before your tour please request at the time of booking.

 

Day 1: Playa del Carmen, Mexico Early arrivals will need to tear themselves from the beach before getting together with fellow travellers at today's late afternoon welcome meeting. Aside from the sand there's loads of stuff to do in Playa with snorkelling, bike hire and the water park always proving popular. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 2-3: Tulum, Mexico Take a scenic local bus trip south to the gorgeous beaches and warm waves of Tulum. White sand, cocktails and palm trees have never looked so sweet and if you'd like the opportunity to get your first taste of Mayan ruins then Tulum is the best place to start. Renting a mask and snorkel is a great idea and also allows you to find more space in your rucksack as opposed to lugging around your dive gear. One of the best spots for snorkelling is to visit the ruins of Tulum where you can actually swim around some of the ancient walls that have made their way into the sea. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 4-6: Caye Caulker, Belize Say "adios" Mexico and "what's up?"' Belize as you journey across the border on what promises to be a real culture jolt to remember. Once into Central America you'll be whisked over to the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker where you'll be able to swim, snorkel and surf amongst some of the most incredible marine reserves on the continent. This is pretty much where things go all Captain Jack Sparrow as from grilled shrimp to rum with everything, keep your eyes peeled for the Jolly Roger flag and you won't go far wrong. If you really have had enough of land-lubbing and fancy a trip out to sea then there are plenty of options to sail, kayak and snorkel out on the ocean wave. Just make sure you're home before the ship sets sail. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 7-8: San Ignacio, Belize After bidding the manatees and coral reefs a fond farewell it's time to travel in-land as you encounter the forest-covered highlands that sit beyond Belize's capital city, Belmopan. Get ready for rushing rivers, tumbling waterfalls and ancient ruins, with a chance to visit the ceremonial temples of Xunantunich and the incredible caves of Tunichil Muknal. This is a true outdoor adventure playground and for many will prove to be one of the active highlights of the whole tour. Tubing, caving and canoeing are all excellent optional activities for the energetic and the chance to try something new whilst in Belize is going to stay with you for years to come. If you're not that into the extreme side of life then don't panic - there are plenty of more laid-back alternatives with bike hire, butterfly gardens and trips to nearby ruins always proving excellent for learning more about the area. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 9: Tikal, Guatemala Step back in time by opting to visit the awesome Tikal temples - don't miss this one! The Tikal temples are pretty much as 'magnificent Mayan' as you're going to get and although the pilgrimage does involve a climb through the jungle the views from the top of the ruins are nothing short of jaw-dropping. Accommodation: Camping included

 

Day 10-11: Rio Dulce, Guatemala Next stop is one of the absolute legends of the Central American circuit - the awesome Rio Dulce. This has long been a draw for boaters and if you're looking for things to do on your free day then why not take a tour of Lake Izabel or explore up river in search of manatees and hot springs. If you'd prefer to keep your feet on dry land then there are loads of other choices to do just that. Although the horse trek past the rubber plantation isn't essentially you keeping your feet on the ground. With other options including nature reserves and the San Felipe fort at Livingstone, you're bound to find the right pace to suit your mood and whatever you're into you're sure to come away happy, experienced and hungry for more. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 12: Antigua, Guatemala Take the rural bus to Antigua for a taste of delicious local street food before settling down for the night in preparation for tomorrow's meeting with your host family and your stay in a traditional Guatemalan home. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 13: Chichicastenango & San Jorge La Laguna, Guatemala Pick up a gift for your host family at the handicraft stalls of Chichicastenango before heading to San Jorge La Laguna and a real opportunity to practise your Spanish and learn more about the customs and lifestyles of Guatemala. Although living conditions can be pretty basic this is a genuine chance to see what life is like for local people and through a combination of hands, feet and phrase books you'll be surprised what you can learn during just a short period of time. Accommodation: Local homestay included

 

Day 14: Panajachel, Guatemala Say a fond farewell to your new-found friends as today it's time to make the most of Guatemala's natural beauty as you swim, surf, hike or kayak within a stunning volcanic backdrop. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 15-17: Antigua, Guatemala Salsa lessons, volcano treks and strolls over cultural cobbles are all possible in Antigua and as you prepare for your trip home you'll be left in no uncertain terms as to the beauty of this irresistible part of the world. Accommodation: 2 nights hotel included

Activities

Visit Mexico, Belize & Guatemala

Travel south through legendary Central America

Enjoy sand, sun and fun in Playa del Carmen

Learn the history of ancient Guatemalan ruins

Kick back on the beautiful coast of Belize

Enjoy colonial buildings and volcanoes in Antigua

Haggle in the markets of Chichicastenango

Experience traditional Guatemalan life with a local homestay

 

Plus you get...

Services of a professional bilingual tour leader

All transport by BOLT (Buses or Local Transport)

All accommodation - 9 twin share & 5 multi-share hotel nights, 1 homestay & 1 camping night (no sleeping bag required).

Maximum group size of 16

Various optional activities are available with a selection of the most popular listed below. All activities are arranged and paid locally with your tour leader. Please see the day by day itinerary for a full list of activities available each day.

 

> Snorkelling, Caye Caulker from US$25

> Macadamia Nut Plantation, Antigua US$20

> Tulum ruins US$8

> Cenote snorkelling, Tulum US$35

> Sunset Sailboat cruise, Caye Caulker US$25

> Sea kayaking, Caye Caulker US$25 per hour

> Manatee tour, Caye Caulker US$60

> Barton Creek Cave day trip, San Ignacio US$80

> Bicycle hire, San Ignacio US$3 per hour

> Mountain Pine Ridge day trip, San Ignacio US$75

> Half-day caving, San Ignacio US$55

> Butterfly farm, San Ignacio US$6

> Canoe rental, San Ignacio US$20

> Caracol Ruins, San Ignacio US$80

> Sunrise tour of Tikal Ruins US$60

> Guided private tour of Tikal US$40

> Boat trip to Livingston, Rio Dulce US$30

> Natural hot springs, Rio Dulce US$15

> Salsa lessons, Antigua US$7 per day

> Bicycle tour, Antigua US$30

> Santiago Zamora village tour, Antigua US$10

You only need to pay a £150 deposit

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

Budget approximately US$48 for border-crossing fees (additional fees may apply for air departures). Fees are subject to change.

You will need adequate travel insurance to join this trip.

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