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Maya Encounter Antigua - Playa del Carmen

Trip Overview

This 15 day overland tour journeys from Antigua to Playa del Carmen through Belize, Guatemala, Mexico

This trip visits Manos Amigas, an organisation in the Chimaltenango region of Guatemala that works with women and children who have been victims of violence or abandoned.

15 DAYS THROUGH Belize, Guatemala (+ 1 more countries)
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DURATION:
15 days
TRANSPORT:
US style school bus
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
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30%
70%
MEALS:
5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
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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 - Antigua ( 14th Dec 2019 )

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

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.

The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings, and to take part in some optional activities. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Antigua before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Antigua.

In Antigua we will stay in a delightful colonial hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

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

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

GTQ 200

Visit a traditional coffee plantation in the cool hills surrounding Antigua

GTQ 200

Head out on an exciting exploration of the forests and farmlands surrounding Antigua on a mountain biking trip

USD 45

Learn all about the culture and history of Antigua at some of its museums, such as the Museum of Ancient Books and the Museum of Colonial Art

GTQ 30
Day 2-3 - Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlan, Panajachel ( 15th Dec 2019 to 16th Dec 2019 )

Today we will head off on a short drive to Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

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 4 - San Andres Itzapa ( 17th Dec 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 - 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.

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

Free
Day 5 - Rio Dulce ( 18th Dec 2019 )

Today we will drive north to Rio Dulce in Guatemala's beautiful central region.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 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
Day 6-7 - Poptún ( 19th Dec 2019 to 20th Dec 2019 )

Today we have a free morning to enjoy some optional activities in Rio Dulce, before heading on a short drive to 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 8 - Tikal ( 21st Dec 2019 )

Today we have a short drive to the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, where we have an included guided tour. We will likely stop briefly in the colonial town of Flores en route. 

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

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 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 9-10 - San Ignacio ( 22nd Dec 2019 to 23rd Dec 2019 )

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

Today we have a short drive across the border into Belize and on to the village of San Ignacio, home to the country's best archaeological sites and adventure activities!

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

We will have a full day to take part in some optional activities such as 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

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

Rent mountain bikes and explore the area around San Ignacio

USD 20

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

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

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

BZD 30
Day 11-12 - Caye Caulker ( 24th Dec 2019 to 25th Dec 2019 )

Today we will travel north to Belize City, where we board a speed boat to the island paradise of Caye Caulker.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

We will have a full day to explore and enjoy some optional activities 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
Day 13 - Tulum ( 26th Dec 2019 )

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

Today we will head back to the mainland and rejoin the bus in Belize City, 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 - 7-8 hours.

Day 14 - Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen ( 27th Dec 2019 )

Today we will 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 Playa Del Carmen.

In Playa Del Carmen we stay in a hotel.

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
Day 15 - Playa del Carmen ( 28th Dec 2019 )

Today is the final day of our journey and there is no accommodation provided tonight.  Please speak to your Sales representative if you would like to book additional nights of accommodation to enjoy the area.

You will most likely depart Mexico from the International airport at Cancun (IATA code: CUN) which is around 45minutes from our Hotel.

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Departing: 14 Dec 2019
Returning: 28 Dec 2019
Duration: 15 days
Route: Antigua - Playa del Carmen
$1,203 USD + $420 Kitty (USD)
Was $1415.00 - Save $212.25
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 4 Jan 2020
Returning: 18 Jan 2020
Duration: 15 days
Route: Playa del Carmen - Antigua
$1,216 USD + $420 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 + $420 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 18 Dec 2021
Returning: 1 Jan 2022
Duration: 15 days
Route: Antigua - Playa del Carmen
$1,470 USD + $420 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 8 Jan 2022
Returning: 22 Jan 2022
Duration: 15 days
Route: Playa del Carmen - Antigua
$1,510 USD + $420 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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