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Maya Encounter Playa del Carmen - Antigua

This 15 day overland tour journeys from Playa del Carmen to Antigua through Belize, Guatemala, Mexico
15 DAYS THROUGH Belize, Guatemala (+ 1 more countries)
PRICE FROM:
Was: $1,350 USD + 390 KITTY USD
Now: $1,148 (USD) + 390 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
15 days
TRANSPORT:
US style school bus
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
30%
70%
MEALS:
5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZCG
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Relax on an Island getaway in Caye Caulker, Belize

  Explore the Mayan ruins at Tulum and Tikal

  Spend a night at our community project Manos Amigos

  Stop off at the Chichicastenango markets en route to our stay near Lake Atitlan

  Stretch your legs on a Volcano hike near Antigua (optional)

  Explore beautiful Antigua

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Playa del Carmen ( 17th Feb 2019 )

Border information: if joining in Playa Del Carmen, you will most likely enter Mexico at Cancun International Airport (IATA code CUN).

There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

In Playa del Carmen we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Day 2 - Tulum, Chichen Itza ( 18th Feb 2019 )

Today we will have an early start to drive to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - we have an included guided tour around this spectacular site before continuing our drive to the stunning coastal village of Tulum.

In Tulum we will camp in a basic campsite near to the Mayan ruins.

Estimated Drive Time - 2 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the spectacular Chichen Itza Mayan ruins on a guided tour, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World centred around the world-famous pyramid of El Castillo

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out to explore some of the incredible cenotes (natural water-filled sinkholes) near Tulum

MXN 100

Hire snorkel gear on the beautiful beaches of Tulum

USD 10
Day 3-4 - Caye Caulker ( 19th Feb 2019 to 20th Feb 2019 )

Border information: Exit Mexico at Subteniente López, enter Belize at Santa Elena.

Today we will have an early start to travel south across the border to Belize City, where we board a speed boat to the island paradise of Caye Caulker.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

We will have a full day of free time to explore and enjoy some optional activities available here, such as snorkelling, diving or taking a scenic flight over the phenomenal Great Blue Hole.

In Caye Caulker we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on a fantastic scuba diving trip through the colossal coral reefs off the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker (there are many different options and sites available)

USD 100

Head out to the stunning coral reefs off Caye Caulker on a snorkelling trip

USD 60

Take a scenic flight over the phenomenal natural Great Blue Hole off Caye Caulker

USD 200

Hire sea kayaks to explore the deserted mangroves of Caye Caulker's North Island

USD 20

Go on a half-day fishing trip in the idyllic blue ocean near Caye Caulker

USD 250
Day 5-6 - San Ignacio ( 21st Feb 2019 to 22nd Feb 2019 )

Today we will head back to the mainland and rejoin the Dragoman Bus in Belize City. We then have a short drive to the village of San Ignacio, home to Belize's best archaeological sites and adventure activities!

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Tomorrow we have time to take part in some optional activities available in San Ignacio, including trekking, caving, biking, and exploring the excellent Mayan ruins in the area.

In San Ignacio we will stay in a forest eco-lodge.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head on a horse riding trip around San Ignacio to the beautiful Barton Creek cave

USD 55

Rent mountain bikes and explore the area around San Ignacio

USD 20

Visit the Actun Tunichil Mukwal Cave, a Mayan archaeological site that includes ceramics, stoneware, and skeletal remains such as the famous 'Crystal Maiden'

USD 85

Take a full day tour to the remote ruins of the ancient Mayan capital of Caracol, once twice the size of the modern Belize City

USD 110

Explore the ancient ruins of Xunantunich, Belize's most-visited Mayan site and home to the mighty El Castillo pyramid

BZD 10

Visit the stunning ruins of Cahal Pech, atop a hill overlooking the southern outskirts of San Ignacio

BZD 30

Learn about local herbs and plants on a medicinal jungle trail en route to a release program for Green Iguanas near San Ignacio

BZD 12
Day 7 - Tikal ( 23rd Feb 2019 )

Border information: Exit Belize at Benque Viejo del Carmen, enter Guatemala at Melchor de Mencos.

Today we will have a short drive across the Guatemalan border to the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, where we have an included guided tour. 

In Tikal we will camp at a basic campsite close to the ruins.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy a guided tour of the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, one of the greatest ancient sites in the world

Included in Kitty
Day 8-9 - Poptún ( 24th Feb 2019 to 25th Feb 2019 )

Today we have a short drive to the small town of Poptún, stopping in the colonial town of Flores en route. We will arrive at our fantastic eco-lodge near Poptún and have a free afternoon.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to take part in the many optional activities offered at our eco lodge.

In Poptún we will camp at an eco-lodge on a working Guatemalan ranch.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Stay at a wonderful eco-lodge on a working Guatemalan farm near Poptún

Free

Trek out to the incredible River Cave near Poptún, walking through the stunning Guatemalan rural landscape and exploring the underground rivers by candlelight

GTQ 115

Head out horse riding through the forests and farmlands near Poptún

GTQ 100

Head out on a self-guided walk around our eco-lodge, taking in fantastic views of the surrounding rural landscape

Free

Take a day tour out to the nearby Mayan ruins of Ixcun, the comprehensive museum of Dolores and the beautiful waterfall of Mopan

GTQ 150

Explore the incredible caves of Naj Tunich, boasting the largest and most exceptional amount of Mayan cave inscriptions, paintings, and hieroglyphs in the world

GTQ 150
Day 10 - Rio Dulce ( 26th Feb 2019 )

Today we will have a short drive to Rio Dulce in Guatemala's beautiful central region. On arrival we will have a free afternoon to take part in some optional activities. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

In Rio Dulce we will stay in an eco-lodge.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Enjoy a beautiful boat ride down the Rio Dulce to the Caribbean town of Livingston

Free

Take a kayak out to explore the beautiful waters around Rio Dulce at sunrise

GTQ 100

Explore deep into the Guatemalan rainforest on foot and trek on the canopy bridges near Rio Dulce

GTQ 125
Day 11 - San Andres Itzapa ( 27th Feb 2019 )

Today we will drive day to San Andres Itzapa, a small village located in the mountains around Antigua. We will spend one night at the community centre of Manos Amigas, run by the Italian NGO 'Mani Amiche' in support of local women who have been abandoned and abused, and who are staying in the centre with their children.

In San Andres Itzapa we will stay in dormitories at the community centre (please note that there is no option to upgrade to private accommodation here).

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend a night at the Manos Amigas community project, a centre which has been set up to support local women and their children

Included in Kitty
Day 12-13 - Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlan, Panajachel ( 28th Feb 2019 to 1st Mar 2019 )

Today we will spend the morning at the Manos Amigas project before heading off on a short drive to Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to enjoy some optional activities such as a boat trip on the lake, to some of the small villages along the shoreline. If possible, we will include a visit to the famous Chichicastenango Market during these days, depending on the weekday. Please note that the market is only open on Thursdays and Sundays so you may not be able to visit during your trip.

In Panajachel we will stay in a nice local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a tour through the spectacular highlands surrounding Lake Atitlan and Panajanchel, visiting picturesque villages and hot springs

USD 45

Head out on a boat trip to visit the traditional Mayan villages dotted along the coast of Lake Atitlan

USD 30

Visit the bewildering Mayan markets at Chichicastenango, taking in the incredible sights, smells, and atmosphere (provided it is running while we are in the area)

Free
Day 14 - Antigua ( 2nd Mar 2019 )

Today we will have a short drive to the magnificent city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 60 kms from Guatemala City.

The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings.

In Antigua we will stay in a delightful colonial hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the old Jesuit church of Santo Domingo, an iconic building in Antigua and home to six fascinating museums

GTQ 40

Visit the Choco Museum of Antigua, learning all about the history of the culinary use of cocoa ever since the Mayan period

GTQ 120

Walk up to the Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint to get unrivalled vistas over the town of Antigua

Free

Take a tour of the nearby small village community of San Lorenzo, and visit its schools and traditional handicrafts (only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays)

GTQ 250

Visit a traditional coffee plantation in the cool hills surrounding Antigua

GTQ 200

Participate in a local handicrafts workshop in a village near Antigua, learning traditional weaving, cooking, or woodworking skills

GTQ 200
Day 15 - Antigua ( 3rd Mar 2019 )

Border information: if leaving in Antigua, you will most likely exit Guatemala at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (IATA code: GUA).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Antigua. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below or to stay on for the next leg of the journey to San Jose.

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Departing: 17 Feb 2019
Returning: 3 Mar 2019
Duration: 15 days
Route: Playa del Carmen - Antigua
$1,148 USD + $390 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 14 Dec 2019
Returning: 28 Dec 2019
Duration: 15 days
Route: Antigua - Playa del Carmen
$1,375 USD + $420 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 4 Jan 2020
Returning: 18 Jan 2020
Duration: 15 days
Route: Playa del Carmen - Antigua
$1,375 USD + $390 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 5 Dec 2020
Returning: 19 Dec 2020
Duration: 15 days
Route: Antigua - Playa del Carmen
$1,430 USD + $420 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 26 Dec 2020
Returning: 9 Jan 2021
Duration: 15 days
Route: Playa del Carmen - Antigua
$1,440 USD + $390 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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