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La Ruta Maya

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
16 days
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Highlights

  • An in-depth exploration of the highlights of the Mayan world
  • Guided visits to the Mayan sites of Palenque, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tulum, Tikal and Xunantunich
  • Colourful colonial cities of Antigua, San Cristobal de las Casas, Campeche and Merida
  • Traditional communities in the Mexican highlands
  • Two nights at beautiful Lake Atitlan, surrounded by volcanoes
  • Idyllic Caribbean waters in Mexico and Belize

Short Description

The Mayans forged a powerful and mysterious empire across southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Following ‘La Ruta Maya’ the magnificent cities, pyramids and temples are properly explored. These incredible architectural feats have captivated historians since their discovery. This ancient Mayan civilisation is also apparent in the customs, language and dress of the Indian towns and villages passed through. There are also lively colonial towns in all three countries, active volcanoes and the palm-fringed Caye Caulker, a paradise for snorkelling and diving.Explore ruins, rainforest, villages and beaches in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Antigua
End City Guatemala City

Destinations

Mexico Belize Guatemala

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • All breakfasts and 1 dinner included
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Fly to Guatemala City; transfer to Antigua.

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Day 2 City tour; to Panajachel.

Many travellers agree that Antigua is one of the most attractive cities in Latin America. Rightly declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the colourful, colonial city attracts visitors from all over for its unique history and renowned Spanish language schools. Above the tiled roofs of pastel houses there are impressive views of the Agua and Fuego volcanoes, standing in excess of 3700m above the city. Antigua was the capital of the Spanish empire in Central America from 1543 to 1773, a highly religious period that left the city with an abundance of convents and churches packed with religious art. Unfortunately many buildings are now in ruins from centuries of earthquake damage - our guided walking tour of the city will bring its fascinating history to life. In the afternoon we drive for approximately 2.5 hours into the highlands to the ancient market town of Chichicastenango, where centuries-old economic and cultural traditions of the Kaqchikel people continue to thrive. A further drive of 1.5 hours brings us to Panajachel, a small town on the shore of Lake Atitlan. Guatemala's largest lake is dominated by three volcanoes and was formed following an ancient eruption. Many of the villages that exist around the lake are only accessible by boat. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3 Boat trip on Lake Atitlan.

Today we will explore some of the area surrounding Lake Atitlan. A 60-minute scenic boat ride on the lake takes us to the village of San Juan La Laguna, where we will visit the home studios of local painters and a textile cooperative where women are engaged in hand weaving and natural dyeing processes. We continue by boat to Santiago Atitlan where we can learn about the Mayan traditions and beliefs from our local guides. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4 To San Cristobal de las Casas.

Today we begin early and drive north, crossing the border into Mexico's southern state of Chiapas. The road takes us through rugged mountain scenery before we come to the old capital of the region, San Cristobal de Las Casas. This is one of the most attractive colonial towns in Mexico, with many old churches and squares amongst a lively café scene. It is also a major centre for the Tzotzil Indians, each group having different, colourful costumes. The extensive market has some good handicrafts for sale and plenty of interesting foodstuffs on offer! San Cristobal has a very pleasant climate because of its altitude. . Today is a full day drive of around 11 hours including stops for lunch in a simple restaurant in a small town (not included) and the border crossing. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5 Explore San Cristobal de las Casas and nearby villages.

We visit the nearby Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan this morning. These small communities are very traditional and many of the villagers continue to follow ancient religious practices within the Catholic churches. In the main church of Chamula, where locals practice a blend of Catholicism and Mayan customs, people sit on the pine needle covered floor surrounded by dozens of candles, chanting prayers in an ancient dialect of Tzotzil. Our guide will explain some of the local traditions before we enter the church to see this practice for ourselves. Visitors should note that when visiting churches in the villages, photography of the worshippers and the church interiors is expressly forbidden. Your guide will explain the full reasons behind this, but please remember to exercise discretion when taking pictures, always seeking permission before using your camera. In the afternoon, there will be some free time to explore San Cristobal de las Casas at your leisure. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6 Visit Agua Azul Waterfall; to Palenque.

Today we descend from the highlands to the humid forests of north-eastern Chiapas - expect some winding roads but plenty of spectacular scenery en route. We break our journey at the Agua Azul Falls, a glittering series of cataracts which often appear blue due to the high mineral content. In Spanish the name of the falls means 'Blue Water'. (Please note that on the rare occasions where we are unable to visit Agua Azul Falls, we will endeavour to visit the Misol Ha waterfalls instead) Our journey will continue to the small town of Palenque, where the Mayan site of the same name is located just on the outskirts. Enjoy an optional trip to El Panchán for dinner this evening, a nearby bohemian rainforest hangout (dinner not included). The total driving time today is approximately 8.5 hours, including stops. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7 Tour of Palenque; to Campeche.

This morning we have a guided tour of the impressive Mayan site of Palenque. The jungle-covered complex is one of the most famous in Mexico and is located in the low hills of Chiapas. The pyramids, sanctuaries and temples, with their sculptured wall-panels and roofs are remarkably well preserved and are probably the finest surviving examples of Mayan buildings. In the afternoon, we drive for around 7 hours to the historic fortified city of Campeche, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which boats incredibly well preserved colonial architecture. Most impressive are the city walls, built to protect the city from the constant attacks of English and Dutch buccaneers and pirates during the 16th and 17th centuries. Arrive in the early evening and head out to sample some local cuisine overlooking the Bay of Campeche - seafood is a local specialty and widely available. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8 To Merida via Uxmal ruins.

From Campeche we travel for around 2 hours to reach the fascinating Mayan ruins of Uxmal. Uxmal dates back to the late classic period, having been built by the Xiu tribe. The site is dominated by the Pyramid of the Magician and the Nunnery Quadrangle which consists of long buildings with elaborately carved façades. There are remnants of a ball court used in ritual games that sometimes ended in sacrifice, and the whole site is quite exposed, which is a real contrast to the ruins of Palenque. From Uxmal it is around a 1 hour and 30 minute drive to the bustling colonial city of Mérida. Many of its buildings were constructed using stones from the Mayan city which existed on the site and these are still visible in the walls of the imposing cathedral. The city flourished following the conquest and the 19th century homes designed in French style contribute to the attractive appearance of the historical centre. We arrive in the middle to late afternoon and will enjoy a walking tour of the city; the main square is particularly impressive when lit up at night. *Standard Hotel*

Day 9 Visit Chichen Itza; to Tulum.

We will spend the morning exploring one of the largest Mayan ceremonial centres at Chichén Itza, located approximately 2 hours from Mérida. The impressive El Castillo Pyramid sits in the middle of the site and is surrounded by temples, palaces and ball courts. Nearby, we stop to visit the Cenote Sagrado ('Sacred Well'), dredged in the early 20th century and found to contain precious gold, silver and jade artifacts as well as the remains of sacrifice victims. After the tour we stop in Valladolid to further explore the mix of Mayan and colonial Spanish culture on the Yucatan before driving for around 3 hours to the fantastic beach community of Tulum, where we stay for the next 2 nights. Just outside the town lies one of the most photographed sites in the Yucatan; the ruins of an ancient Mayan city that overlook the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. *Standard Hotel*

Day 10 Visit Tulum ruins; swim in a cenote; free afternoon.

This morning we have a short tour of the ancient Mayan fortress of Tulum followed by an optional visit to the sacred underground Mayan waters to cool off in a nearby cenote that is suitable for swimming. The most famous buildings in the complex are the ruins that overlook the lapping waves of the Caribbean, but there are also several temples, ritual platforms and houses to be explored. In common with many other Mayan cities, the whole site is surrounded by a huge defensive wall. This afternoon is free to relax on the beautiful Tulum beach. *Standard Hotel*

Day 11 To Belize city; boat to Caye Caulker.

This morning we drive for around 3 hours to Chetumal and cross the border into Belize. We continue another 2.5 hours to Belize city, stopping for lunch en route, where we board the water taxi for the 60 minute transfer to Caye Caulker. This laid-back Caribbean Island is just west of the Belize Barrier Reef and offers fantastic snorkelling and diving opportunities. There will be some border formalities this morning, but once we arrive in Caye Caulker the rest of the afternoon has been left free to relax into island life and understand the meaning of Belize's motto: 'no shirt, no shoes, no problem!' The tiny village of Caye Caulker has only three sandy main streets (Front, Middle and Back Street), but they are full of bars and restaurants, many of which serve excellent fresh seafood. *Standard Hotel*

Day 12 Free day.

Today is a free day for optional excursions and activities, or simply for relaxation. Diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking and fishing can all be arranged locally. As the island is small, it is very easy to complete a circuit on foot. As well as the marine activities there is also a forest reserve in the northern part of the island which offers great bird watching in the mangroves. *Standard Hotel*

Day 13 Boat to Belize City; to El Remate via Xunantunich.

We leave Caye Caulker by boat bound for Belize City (approx. 1 hour) and then drive from the coast into the heavily forested and sparsely populated Maya Mountains, encountering some spectacular scenery en route. We will stop at the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich to explore its temples and palaces. Located on a ridge close to the border with Guatemala, the site has some fine stucco facades as well as several elaborately carved stelae and an impressive 40 metre high pyramid. After looking around the ruins, we cross the border and descend into the humid eastern lowlands of Guatemala. Our final destination is El Remate on Lake Peten Itza, where we have the opportunity to learn more about sacred plants in a traditional Mayan garden and enjoy a group dinner. Total drive time today is just under 3 hours (2 hours between Belize City and the border with an additional 45 minutes to El Remate). *Standard Hotel*

Day 14 Visit Tikal; fly from Flores to Guatemala City.

We make an early start this morning to reach Tikal, the most famous and probably the most impressive of all Mayan sites (approx. 45 minute drive). Here, in the middle of the jungle are nearly 20 square miles of classic Mayan ruins, surrounded by the dense jungles of Petén. We take a tour of the city, visiting the Q complex, Main Plaza, North and Central Acropolis, Seven Temples and Mundo Perdido (Lost World). Tikal is a superb area for observing wildlife in the jungle environment and visitors regularly see Howler monkeys, Spider monkeys, toucan, Weaver birds, coatimundi and even tarantula (if you know where to look and wish to find one!) In the afternoon, we head to the town of Flores and take a short flight to Guatemala City, where we will spend our final night. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 15 End Guatemala City.

The trip ends after breakfast for land only passengers. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport for their flight back to London.

Day 16 Arrive London.

Arrive London. **



Land Only

Day 1 Start Antigua.

Those on group flights will be met at Guatemala City airport and taken to our start hotel in Antigua (approx. 1 hour drive). Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2 City tour; to Panajachel.

Many travellers agree that Antigua is one of the most attractive cities in Latin America. Rightly declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the colourful, colonial city attracts visitors from all over for its unique history and renowned Spanish language schools. Above the tiled roofs of pastel houses there are impressive views of the Agua and Fuego volcanoes, standing in excess of 3700m above the city. Antigua was the capital of the Spanish empire in Central America from 1543 to 1773, a highly religious period that left the city with an abundance of convents and churches packed with religious art. Unfortunately many buildings are now in ruins from centuries of earthquake damage - our guided walking tour of the city will bring its fascinating history to life. In the afternoon we drive for approximately 2.5 hours into the highlands to the ancient market town of Chichicastenango, where centuries-old economic and cultural traditions of the Kaqchikel people continue to thrive. A further drive of 1.5 hours brings us to Panajachel, a small town on the shore of Lake Atitlan. Guatemala's largest lake is dominated by three volcanoes and was formed following an ancient eruption. Many of the villages that exist around the lake are only accessible by boat. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3 Boat trip on Lake Atitlan.

Today we will explore some of the area surrounding Lake Atitlan. A 60-minute scenic boat ride on the lake takes us to the village of San Juan La Laguna, where we will visit the home studios of local painters and a textile cooperative where women are engaged in hand weaving and natural dyeing processes. We continue by boat to Santiago Atitlan where we can learn about the Mayan traditions and beliefs from our local guides. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4 To San Cristobal de las Casas.

Today we begin early and drive north, crossing the border into Mexico's southern state of Chiapas. The road takes us through rugged mountain scenery before we come to the old capital of the region, San Cristobal de Las Casas. This is one of the most attractive colonial towns in Mexico, with many old churches and squares amongst a lively café scene. It is also a major centre for the Tzotzil Indians, each group having different, colourful costumes. The extensive market has some good handicrafts for sale and plenty of interesting foodstuffs on offer! San Cristobal has a very pleasant climate because of its altitude. . Today is a full day drive of around 11 hours including stops for lunch in a simple restaurant in a small town (not included) and the border crossing. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5 Explore San Cristobal de las Casas and nearby villages.

We visit the nearby Indian villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan this morning. These small communities are very traditional and many of the villagers continue to follow ancient religious practices within the Catholic churches. In the main church of Chamula, where locals practice a blend of Catholicism and Mayan customs, people sit on the pine needle covered floor surrounded by dozens of candles, chanting prayers in an ancient dialect of Tzotzil. Our guide will explain some of the local traditions before we enter the church to see this practice for ourselves. Visitors should note that when visiting churches in the villages, photography of the worshippers and the church interiors is expressly forbidden. Your guide will explain the full reasons behind this, but please remember to exercise discretion when taking pictures, always seeking permission before using your camera. In the afternoon, there will be some free time to explore San Cristobal de las Casas at your leisure. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6 Visit Agua Azul Waterfall; to Palenque.

Today we descend from the highlands to the humid forests of north-eastern Chiapas - expect some winding roads but plenty of spectacular scenery en route. We break our journey at the Agua Azul Falls, a glittering series of cataracts which often appear blue due to the high mineral content. In Spanish the name of the falls means 'Blue Water'. (Please note that on the rare occasions where we are unable to visit Agua Azul Falls, we will endeavour to visit the Misol Ha waterfalls instead) Our journey will continue to the small town of Palenque, where the Mayan site of the same name is located just on the outskirts. Enjoy an optional trip to El Panchán for dinner this evening, a nearby bohemian rainforest hangout (dinner not included). The total driving time today is approximately 8.5 hours, including stops. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7 Tour of Palenque; to Campeche.

This morning we have a guided tour of the impressive Mayan site of Palenque. The jungle-covered complex is one of the most famous in Mexico and is located in the low hills of Chiapas. The pyramids, sanctuaries and temples, with their sculptured wall-panels and roofs are remarkably well preserved and are probably the finest surviving examples of Mayan buildings. In the afternoon, we drive for around 7 hours to the historic fortified city of Campeche, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which boats incredibly well preserved colonial architecture. Most impressive are the city walls, built to protect the city from the constant attacks of English and Dutch buccaneers and pirates during the 16th and 17th centuries. Arrive in the early evening and head out to sample some local cuisine overlooking the Bay of Campeche - seafood is a local specialty and widely available. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8 To Merida via Uxmal ruins.

From Campeche we travel for around 2 hours to reach the fascinating Mayan ruins of Uxmal. Uxmal dates back to the late classic period, having been built by the Xiu tribe. The site is dominated by the Pyramid of the Magician and the Nunnery Quadrangle which consists of long buildings with elaborately carved façades. There are remnants of a ball court used in ritual games that sometimes ended in sacrifice, and the whole site is quite exposed, which is a real contrast to the ruins of Palenque. From Uxmal it is around a 1 hour and 30 minute drive to the bustling colonial city of Mérida. Many of its buildings were constructed using stones from the Mayan city which existed on the site and these are still visible in the walls of the imposing cathedral. The city flourished following the conquest and the 19th century homes designed in French style contribute to the attractive appearance of the historical centre. We arrive in the middle to late afternoon and will enjoy a walking tour of the city; the main square is particularly impressive when lit up at night. *Standard Hotel*

Day 9 Visit Chichen Itza; to Tulum.

We will spend the morning exploring one of the largest Mayan ceremonial centres at Chichén Itza, located approximately 2 hours from Mérida. The impressive El Castillo Pyramid sits in the middle of the site and is surrounded by temples, palaces and ball courts. Nearby, we stop to visit the Cenote Sagrado ('Sacred Well'), dredged in the early 20th century and found to contain precious gold, silver and jade artifacts as well as the remains of sacrifice victims. After the tour we stop in Valladolid to further explore the mix of Mayan and colonial Spanish culture on the Yucatan before driving for around 3 hours to the fantastic beach community of Tulum, where we stay for the next 2 nights. Just outside the town lies one of the most photographed sites in the Yucatan; the ruins of an ancient Mayan city that overlook the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. *Standard Hotel*

Day 10 Visit Tulum ruins; swim in a cenote; free afternoon.

This morning we have a short tour of the ancient Mayan fortress of Tulum followed by an optional visit to the sacred underground Mayan waters to cool off in a nearby cenote that is suitable for swimming. The most famous buildings in the complex are the ruins that overlook the lapping waves of the Caribbean, but there are also several temples, ritual platforms and houses to be explored. In common with many other Mayan cities, the whole site is surrounded by a huge defensive wall. This afternoon is free to relax on the beautiful Tulum beach. *Standard Hotel*

Day 11 To Belize city; boat to Caye Caulker.

This morning we drive for around 3 hours to Chetumal and cross the border into Belize. We continue another 2.5 hours to Belize city, stopping for lunch en route, where we board the water taxi for the 60 minute transfer to Caye Caulker. This laid-back Caribbean Island is just west of the Belize Barrier Reef and offers fantastic snorkelling and diving opportunities. There will be some border formalities this morning, but once we arrive in Caye Caulker the rest of the afternoon has been left free to relax into island life and understand the meaning of Belize's motto: 'no shirt, no shoes, no problem!' The tiny village of Caye Caulker has only three sandy main streets (Front, Middle and Back Street), but they are full of bars and restaurants, many of which serve excellent fresh seafood. *Standard Hotel*

Day 12 Free day.

Today is a free day for optional excursions and activities, or simply for relaxation. Diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking and fishing can all be arranged locally. As the island is small, it is very easy to complete a circuit on foot. As well as the marine activities there is also a forest reserve in the northern part of the island which offers great bird watching in the mangroves. *Standard Hotel*

Day 13 Boat to Belize City; to El Remate via Xunantunich.

We leave Caye Caulker by boat bound for Belize City (approx. 1 hour) and then drive from the coast into the heavily forested and sparsely populated Maya Mountains, encountering some spectacular scenery en route. We will stop at the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich to explore its temples and palaces. Located on a ridge close to the border with Guatemala, the site has some fine stucco facades as well as several elaborately carved stelae and an impressive 40 metre high pyramid. After looking around the ruins, we cross the border and descend into the humid eastern lowlands of Guatemala. Our final destination is El Remate on Lake Peten Itza, where we have the opportunity to learn more about sacred plants in a traditional Mayan garden and enjoy a group dinner. Total drive time today is just under 3 hours (2 hours between Belize City and the border with an additional 45 minutes to El Remate). *Standard Hotel*

Day 14 Visit Tikal; fly from Flores to Guatemala City.

We make an early start this morning to reach Tikal, the most famous and probably the most impressive of all Mayan sites (approx. 45 minute drive). Here, in the middle of the jungle are nearly 20 square miles of classic Mayan ruins, surrounded by the dense jungles of Petén. We take a tour of the city, visiting the Q complex, Main Plaza, North and Central Acropolis, Seven Temples and Mundo Perdido (Lost World). Tikal is a superb area for observing wildlife in the jungle environment and visitors regularly see Howler monkeys, Spider monkeys, toucan, Weaver birds, coatimundi and even tarantula (if you know where to look and wish to find one!) In the afternoon, we head to the town of Flores and take a short flight to Guatemala City, where we will spend our final night. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 15 End Guatemala City.

The trip ends after breakfast for land only passengers. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport for their flight back to London.

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Exodus rate this leisurely - no... it...... aint........ but fabulous trip ... !!!!

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We were on the same tour as Christine (see Feb 18 review) Echo many of her
comments and those of your April reviewer.. We are in our late 60's/early
70's.... A fabulous trip with a bit of everything , and yes, the only way to
have done it was by a minibus with 14 other travellers.. but would not do
this sort of tour again... averaging 6 hours daily in a minibus - one day
was 15 hours across abysmal pitted roads due to teachers strike and roads
being barracaded, was no fun. We are very well travelled and pretty fit for
our age - but this was the most strenuous trip we have ever done... but so
glad we did it.. On the first day a very frail lady decided it wasn't going
to be for her.... and left.... !!!! Just to pick up on one thing from our
trip - Feb 18 review - which commented re water.... Having cruised many
times and stringent rules against sharing communal water facilities using
personal water bottles, we were horrified that most of our group did this -
obviously one tour member came with a bug and this was passsed around the
group via the communal water dispenser. Obviously this saved money for some,
but the cost was at least 75pc of the group had stomach bug issues for
several days (NOT HEAT RELATED) - and progressed thru the whole group... We
were among the few not affected - because - WE DID NOT USE THE COMMUNAL WATER
FACILITIES... Exodus please note - on minibus tours PLEASE DO NOT USE
COMMUNAL WATER DISPENSERS - THIS IS A SERIOUS HEALTH NO-NO.... !!!! Anyway
- the tour - a fabulous mix of Mayan sites - in open situation and our
favourites - those in jungles. We loved the short beach brak in Tulum with
opportunities to body-board - too rough to swim... The towns and cities were
colourful, atmospheric and culturally diverse . The cultural and religious
mix of Catholicism and Mayan tradition was occasionally uncomfortable given
animal sacrifices were part of such ceremonies - but utterly memorable ......
For us wildlife is important and it was terrific to see some wonderful birds
and aguti and cotamundi up close and the howler monkeys had to be heard to be
believed...... !!!! In Belize it was great to get a snorkelling opportunity
and to swim with nurse sharks plus very large stingrays..... The trip had
everything - but showed us why we prefer a mixed nationality group..... We
get exasperated with our fellow Brits who always have to do everything asd a
group and seem incapable , as on our trip, of making decisions for
thermselves and allowing dominat individuals to dictate how to use what spare
times there was at the expense of giving themselves memorable times as a
couple.... We are sociable people but also value our times together as a
couple as these are the times you remember..... ah the British herd instinct
- it makes you proud.. ??!!?? Fabulous trip ...
Actually two.....

- the visit to a local church with a ceremony merging Mayan and Catholic
traditions - disturbing because adnimal sacrifices formed part of the
ceremony , but utterly memorable....

- The Mayan site at Tikal - wonderful jungle setting - a 6 hour trek thru
jungle around the extensive site , and encountering much wildlife - several
species of monkey, many birds including toucan, many eagles soaring on the
thermals, the many iguanas, agouti and cotamundi.... The views across the
site.


Amando our guide was amazing.. Always keeping a close eye on everyone to
make sure they were happy, always there to give advice and suggestions and we
really appreciated his enthusiasm during our wildlife discussions......


AVOID USING COMMUNAL WATER FACILITIES

Be aware that this is a very intensive tour with what is a full minibus with
little spare room, and not much spare time outside travelling and
sight-seeing...... If you are older and not very fit, consider an
alternative ....


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Well if you are expecting a relaxing holiday forget it! Full on from the
minute we arrived in Guatemala. True it is not for the faint hearted
travelling wise, a lot of places to get to in a short time but if you want to
seen Mayan culture in all it's forms this is the trip for you!

A very special mention to our guide Amando - brilliant! Such a considerate
guy with a real talent for organisation, diplomacy and truly appeared to
enjoy his job, love his smile.

Couple of brief periods of down time, loved the snorkeling and white beaches
so all in all a great success. We need a holiday now for sure
Seeing our first Mayan site.


Faultless


Take plenty of books, music etc for the hours of travelling


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Amazing discovery of an ancient culture. Well balanced mix of activities and
personal times but long distances for travel were more tiring than the
leisurely code implied. Wonderful scenery seen from our little bus as we
jolted along. Guide involved us in all decisions but leaving at 6 am before
the heat and crowds was clearly the best option on many days. Our hotels and
food mostly exceeded our expectations. The itinerary will always attract
those who want to know about the social, cultural, political history of such
a hidden group of people. Pack your best grip, lightweight walkers and insect
repellent.
Tikal needed bigger time allowance


Well at first I thought he was a joker but later saw a man who looked after
us EVERY DAY for food activities.

Careful in difficult situations. 2 people shot dead in A village we’d been
to ten days earlier!


Good grip light weight shoes, rubber end stick?
Lots insect repellant.

Travel sickness tabs for boat and occasional bumpy road.


Guide should remind group of need to drink more. Water was always available
but we forget how hot it is. Half of us were sick probably due to heat


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As described and we started off from Antigua, Guatemala on Easter Sunday.
Then on to Lago Atitlan and the colourful Mayan Culture, border crossing into
Mexico to visit Palanque and other Mayan sites, cross the border into Belize
and back in to Guatemala.
Lots of them but I thought the distant volcanic eruptions were rather
inspirational in that they reflected the fragility of life.


Armando Barraza at first did not seem a good leader. Maybe he was rather
careful with the new Conquistadors that we were and was very careful with the
choice of drinking water, restaurants etc. On the way we came to like him and
vice versa and he was with us until the last day. If anybody was at fault in
the day to day details it was not him and maybe it was us.
He would make sure that our rooms were in good condition, within minutes of
us getting into our new accommodation, and with a discrete knock on the door.
I was the last in the group to fly out of Guatemala and he made sure that
everything was fine.


It is a very hot country. Do drink a lot of electrolyte fluid not just water.
Look up salt depletion etc on "Doctor" Google. There are a lot of re
hydration fluids available locally and do take a lot of salt with your food.
Our tour leader Armando, in his own way, did persuade us to drink coconut
water based fluids.

Good shoes, long trousers of a light-weight kind and sensible upper clothing
of the non-offensive kind will help with mosquitoes, churches and snakes!


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La Ruta Maya

5.0
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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Excellent sites - didn't know about Tikal before I went as was aware of
Chichen Itza but this was amazing. Was aware before going that there would
be long journeys but some were too long. Exodus need to look at day from
Lake Atitlan to San Cristobal de las Casas as this was 12 hours - too long.
Great companions on the trip.
Tikal - it was just amazing.


Armani was so helpful and informative. He came with us on our snorkelling
trip when didn't need to which was quite eventful. He made sure at each
hotel that our rooms were okay and we had everything.


Been prepared for very long drives and weather being cooler than expected.


It is a very full trip with lots of lovely amazing sights.


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La Ruta Maya

5.0
Details
Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
A great trip to soak in the Mayan culture across different regions and to see the ancient Mayan civilisations greatest creations. A good way to see parts of Mexico and Guatemala not on the main tourist trails.
waking up at Lake Atitlan and wandering down to the lake side; watching the clouds skim the top of the volcanoes.
Diving at Tulum and snorkeling in Belize; the reefs are teeming with life. Swimming with nurse sharks and sting rays was an unforgettable experience.
Climbing the Mayan temples in the rain forests and upon reaching the top, surveying the dark green canopy backdropped against the bluest sky.

Armando was an excellent leader and very knowledgeable about all the countries we visited and the Mayan civilisations. He would plan ahead to make sure we got to the sites before the coaches arrived and got too busy; as well as making sure everyone was doing ok and had plenty of water, sunscreen, insect repellent etc.
All the drivers were great too, especially Javier our driver for the Mexican Leg.

Be prepared for some long days travelling in the bus. It was comfortable but some roads were a little bumpy. Stops were made every few hours.
Plenty of mosquito repellent; my ankles were the favourite spots that I got bitten.
No need to overpack, washing can be done at a few stops on the way, I got mine done in Belize for a reasonable rate, done same day.

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Details

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 15

Accomodations

14 nights in a mixture of standard and comfortable hotels, all with en suite facilities
Travel by private minibus, boat and internal flight
Several long drives

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 14 nights in a mixture of standard and comfortable hotels, all with en suite facilities
  • Travel by private minibus, boat and internal flight
  • Several long drives
  • Day of the Dead Festival departures (AUX)

Trip ID#:

exodus-AUR

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts and 1 dinner included Breakfast generally consist of fruits, cereals, beans and eggs. Meals vary from around US$10-18 for lunch and dinner in Guatemala and the Mexican highlands to around US$15 - 30 in the Yucatan area and Belize. A beer costs on average US$3-5.

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