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Highlights
  • Explore incredible mayan sites and colourful local markets
  • Snorkel on belize's world-famous barrier reef
  • Wander colonial towns and caribbean shores

Leave the resorts of the Mayan Riviera behind and explore the authentic Yucatán. From sunny beaches and lush jungles to the highlands of Chiapas, journey through Belize, Guatemala and southern Mexico on this incredible 22-day adventure. Explore the amazing ruins of Chichén Itzá, Palenque and Tikal and walk the cobblestoned streets of colonial San Cristóbal de las Casas and Antigua. Snorkel with stingrays or just get into the reggae pace of life on a sunny Caribbean island. Experience a journey that introduces you to local culture and offers insight into the history of the Mayan heartland.

Trip Description
Mayan Adventure
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

42,855
G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Mayan Adventure

R

Recommends

I really enjoyed the trip. It yad a great variety of different activities. It was also great to not have to organize anything as the tour leader does that for you. November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Loved it! Great mix of everything. From ruins to snorkelling with sharks, turtles and stingrays to cavng 400m under the jungle ground and hiking an active volcano. Doesn't get any better than this.

Operator G Adventures

J

Recommends

Very good guides and Travel experience November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This trip was the best G trip i have experienced so far. I realy liked the choice of the hotels within this trip, wich where much better then on previous g trips

Operator G Adventures

K

Recommends

They basically did what they said they would do with no hidden extras or other unpleasant surprises. November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
In general, the tour was what I expected and I was very satisfied with it. Our CEO was top rate ! However I do feel that there is some room for improvement in the itinerary, both in terms of the times spent and range of activities available. There should also be more transparency in the amounts paid to local families, groups etc being supported by G Tours.
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Operator G Adventures

G

Recommends

Alex did a great job. Very organised and approachable. Having travelled alot on my own, It made the trip very enjoyable and easy October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Will definitely be doing another g adventure tour.

Operator G Adventures

D

Recommends

Traveling with G adventure is just amazing. You see so many places even with not that much time. You just know that you are in good hands no matter what happens. Your guid knows the place the best and shows you things you won't see when just traveling alone. September 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
As always G Adventure made my holiday to something special. I could get the most experiences out of every place and had a great time. Next holiday guess who I'll travel with? Right, g adventure!

Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Playa del Carmen

As travellers arrive throughout the day, there are no planned activities until the welcome meeting in the evening. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Playa del Carmen/Mérida

Depart Playa del Carmen and head to the famous Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá for a guided tour. Spend time exploring this famous site, known for its huge stepped pyramids and elaborate stone carvings. Continue on to Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán State, and take a short orientation walk. Also known as la ciudad blanca (the white city), Mérida offers the ideal opportunity to learn about Mexico’s fascinating mix of cultural influences. Included Activities: Chichén Itzá Guided Tour Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 3 Mérida

The area surrounding Mérida has tons to offer. Choose to visit nearby cenotes (water sink holes) in the town of Cuzamá. Inside, swim in the massive crystal-clear sinkholes. Transportation to the cenotes is half the fun, taking small wooden horse-drawn carts along old rail tracks. Opt to visit ruins in Uxmal, ride the PUUC Route or go bird-watching. There's something for everyone.

Day 4 Mérida/Palenque

After a long day of travel, arrive to Palenque. Enjoy a 2-night stay inside the national park in a jungle lodge. The lodge is quite close to the town, the ruins and the museum and offers a restaurant and bar on the grounds. Transport: First-class buses in Mexico have very strong air-conditioning. Bring a sweater. First-class bus

Day 5 Palenque

Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque. After, go for a swim in the pristine turquoise waters of Roberto Barrios waterfall. Included Activities: Palenque Ruins Guided Tour Roberto Barrios Waterfalls

Day 6 Palenque/San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Continue out of the jungle to San Crístóbal De Las Casas, located in a high mountain valley at 2110m (6921 ft). Enjoy an orientation walk of the city, known for its 16th century architecture. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 7 San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Opt to visit nearby indigenous Mayan villages to see their unique day-to-day life or journey to beautiful Sumidero Canyon for a relaxing boat ride.

Day 8 San Cristóbal de Las Casas/Panajachel

The first stop in Guatemala is on beautiful Lake Atitlán. Stay in Panajachel, a lakeshore town surrounded by spectacular volcanoes and small villages. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Mexico - Guatemala) Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 9 Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna (1D)

Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family. This area is known for stunning scenery and great shopping for Mayan handicrafts. Opt to bargain for colourful textiles and paintings at the lake's many villages. Included Activities: Posadas Mayas Homestay Transport: Boat

Day 10 Antigua

With so much to do in this charming colonial city, we highly recommend booking post accommodation. Optional activities for the area include a city tour, salsa dancing classes, a Guatemalan cooking class, or relaxing with a massage. Further afield you can rent bikes and ride through the hills, visit a macadamia nut farm or check out some nearby villages. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Boat Private Vehicle

Day 11 Antigua Guatemala

Enjoy a free day exploring this charming colonial city.

Day 12 Antigua Guatemala/Rio Dulce

Travel to Rio Dulce and enjoy free time to explore. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 13 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. Included Activities: Scenic Boat Ride to Livingston Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 14 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. Included Activities: Tikal Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Enjoy the ride out to Tikal and return the same way in the afternoon (1-1.5 hrs one way). Private Vehicle

Day 15 Flores/San Ignacio

Cross the border into Belize. The relaxed atmosphere of San Ignacio allows for options including horseback riding, canoeing, caving, or exploring the Mountain Pine Ridge area. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Guatemala - Belize) Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 16 San Ignacio

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

Day 17 San Ignacio/Caye Caulker

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. Included Activities: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour Transport: Local bus Water taxi

Day 18 Caye Caulker

If the boats aren't your thing, just relax, Belizean-style.

Day 19 Caye Caulker

If the boats aren't your thing, just relax, Belizean-style.

Day 20 Caye Caulker/Playa del Carmen

With plenty of options nearby, Playa is an excellent hub for exploring. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Belize - Mexico) Transport: Speedboat Private Vehicle

Day 21 Playa del Carmen (1D)

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. Included Activities: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program

Day 22 Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,549

Price Per Day:

$ 116 per person
 
Mexico departure tax: 500 Mexican Pesos (approximately 35USD) Guatemala entrance tax: 10Q ($1.25USD) Guatemala exit tax: 10Q ($1.25USD) Belize entrance tax: free Belize exit tax: $20USD Border Fees must be paid in full at the time of entry and exit and are subject to change without prior notice.
Details
Trip Includes
  • G Adventures for Good: Posadas Mayas Homestay
  • San Juan La Laguna G Adventures for Good: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour
  • Caye Caulker G Adventures for Good: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program
  • Playa del Carmen
  • Chichén Itzá guided tour
  • Mérida orientation walk
  • Palenque guided tour
  • Roberto Barrios waterfall visit
  • San Cristóbal de las Casas orientation walk
  • Lake Atitlán boat tour
  • Antigua orientation walk
  • Scenic boat ride to Livingston
  • Tikal guided tour
  • G Adventures-supported bike tour of Caye Caulker
  • Beach time in Playa del Carmen
  • Free time in Mérida
  • San Cristóbal de las Casas
  • Antigua
  • San Ignacio
  • Caye Caulker
  • and Playa del Carmen
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 2 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPublic bus, private vehicle, boat, walking.While in Mexico, the majority of the transportation will be via first class buses. While efficent and comfortable, these buses tend to be over air-conditioned. to ensure a comfortable journey, we recommend that our travellers bring an extra layer to cover up including socks onto these buses.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (17 nts), jungle lodges (3 nts), homestay (1 nt).
Start City
Playa del Carmen
End City
Playa del Carmen
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. As this trip crosses national borders, please be prepared to pay border fees for certain countries ranging from $1 to $30 USD. Please check with your local embassy or consulate for up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. 2. Please note that this tour is a combination of several G Adventures tours. As such, your group chief experience officer, fellow passengers, or vehicle may change between the individual tour sections.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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