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Highlights
  • Explore mayan temples
  • Spot monkeys in the jungle
  • Chill out on a belizean island
  • Stare out into the caribbean blue from a mayan riviera beach

Mayan ruins peeking out from verdant jungle, street vendors hawking their wares on colonial streets, pristine white-sand beaches sparkling under the Caribbean sun—now this is the real Yucatán. On this unique 15-day journey, you’ll tour the ruins at Chichén Itzá and Palenque, and head deep into the jungle of Guatemala to experience the ruins of Tikal. You're free to choose your own adventure! So escape the resort packages and witness all the incredible wilderness, wildlife and Mayan culture—past and present—that you can imagine.

Trip Description
Mayan Discovery
 

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
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Mayan Discovery

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Probably because of the CEO. Daniel is amazing. Besides that the trip was just as described on the website. The information provided to prepare for traveling was excellent. December 2015

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The trip was all that I wanted it to be - educational, amusing, restful. I had a lot of confidence in the CEO and the fellow travelers were greeat company. I will travel with G-adventures again.

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the mixture of traveling, culture and action is perfekt. i would not be able to see so many places in the short time when i do it my own way. November 2015

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Two: the immersive and adventurous travel style, and also the ethics of the company (supporting local accommodation, guides, charities, and that the company is Canadian like me). May 2015

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We chose G Adventures for our honeymoon because we are not "all-inclusive, sit on the beach for a week" kind of people. We wanted - and got - an experience that was meaningful, educational, and crazy fun, while supporting local industries in the countries we visited. It was absolutely one of the best trips of my life, and we look forward to many G adventures in the future. Thank you Mark and the whole crew for making it unforgettable!
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Simply makes you feel alive May 2015

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This wasn't just a 'trip' for me. It made me feel alive again having gone through very tough times lately. It is now SO OBVIOUS to me I MUST find a way to never ever let anything or anybody take this away from me. I CRAVE FOR TRAVELLIN. Not only breathtaking by its incredible sceneries, landscapes, but also extraordinary supreme revealing the meaning of LIFE and DEATH more and more eveyday as we went on : From the wild life in the Jungle and the power of Mother Nature envading every single cell of my body and my brain to the magic of the Mayan culture and the power of the Universe, human bonding, and the importance of sharing life experiences. The feelings were so intense I can hardly describe them with words, crying, laughing out loud, profound contentment, honoring my own creation into this Life and understadning the true meaning of Faith in complete harmony with PACHA MAMA. WE TRAVEL NOT TO ESCAPE LIFE BUT FOR LIFE NOT TO ESCAPE US And one final word which i think sums it all up: "A JOURNEY IS LIKE MARRIAGE. THE CERTAIN WAY TO BE WRONG IS TO THINK YOU CONTROL IT" - John Steinbeck
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Everything is organised for us which is what you want when on holiday. Our guide/CEO for the tour was very friendly and was very organised. He went above and beyond to help those with special eating requirements eg organising group meals at restaurants and making sure the chefs catered to those with these special requirements. There was also a lot of free time in the trip which was cool. May 2015

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Mexico Guatemala and Belize in one tour.. This tour is so much fun with a wide variety of included and optional activities.Can't get enough of Mexican food and the people are so friendly. A great experience that I would always remember. Highly recommend this trip to the youngsters out there.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Playa del Carmen

There are no planned activities before an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Playa del Carmen/Mérida

Stop for a guided tour of the popular Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá. Explore this famous site, known for its huge stepped pyramids and elaborate stone carvings. Continue on to Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán State. Follow your CEO on an orientation walk to get the lay of the land. Included Activities: Chichén Itzá Guided Tour Orientation Walk Transport: None None

Day 3 Mérida

Opt to visit ruins of Uxmal, ride the PUUC Route, go bird-watching in Celestún, hit the beach in Progreso, visit cenotes in the nearby town of Cuzamá, or walk around town and soak in all of the history this city has to offer.

Day 4 Mérida/Palenque

Sit back and relax on a travel to Palenque in the lush jungle of Chiapas. Transport: First-class bus

Day 5 Palenque

Take a guided tour of the ruins of Palenque. Later, choose from one of the many optional activities in the area. Included Activities: Palenque Ruins Guided Tour

Day 6 Palenque

Enjoy a free day to explore Palenque and surroundings. Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Yaxchilán and Bonampak.

Day 7 Palenque/San José

Journey through the jungle by private vehicle, crossing into Guatemala and continuing on to San José. Explore Lake Petén Itzá and the island of Flores. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Mexico - Guatemala) Transport: Private Vehicle None

Day 8 San José

Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of Tikal archaeological site. Relax on Lake Petén Itzá with a boat cruise or a swim. Included Activities: Tikal Ruins Guided Tour

Day 9 San José/San Ignacio (1L)

Continue on to Belize, a country with a decidedly Caribbean flavour. 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) San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch Transport: Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle; the drive today will be on a mixture of paved and unpaved roads. Private Vehicle Private Vehicle

Day 10 San Ignacio

Optional acitivities abound around San Ignacio. Choose to see the Mountain Pine Ridge area or take a day trip to the astounding Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. Explore the cave’s water systems using a helmet and headlamp. An experienced local guide will provide insight into the fascinating practices of the ancient Maya. Alternatively, opt for a trip to the impressive Maya ceremonial centre of Xunantunich. Getting there includes crossing a narrow river by a hand-cranked ferry.

Day 11 San Ignacio/Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker is a relaxed and easy going island with friendly and welcoming local residents. Snorkel and dive boats leave daily for full- or half-day outings to the reef, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, the Blue Hole and for manatee spotting tours. Try your hand fishing and be rewarded with a fresh catch, then barbecue it on the beach. Transport: Climb aboard and enjoy travel as the locals do. Local bus Water taxi

Day 12 Caye Caulker

Opt to snorkel with stingrays, nurse sharks, and green turtles at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving in Blue Hole National Park, take a flight over the Blue Hole and coral reef, rent a bike, or just chill out, Belizean style.

Day 13 Caye Caulker/Playa del Carmen

Head to Playa del Carmen, located on the beach just a 45-minute drive south of Cancún. Enjoy some nightlife, buy last minute souvenirs and relax and swim in the Caribbean. Just off the coast is the island of Cozumel, renowned for its world-class diving. Take the ferry from Playa del Carmen (30-75 mins depending on the boat) across the turquoise waters and explore the towns and the reefs of the island. For a final dose of ruins, Tulúm is just a 45-minute drive south of Playa. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Belize - Mexico) Transport: Water taxi Climb aboard and enjoy travel as the locals do. Local bus Private Vehicle

Day 14 Playa del Carmen (1D)

Enjoy a free day to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm, visit one of the many cenotes or the diving mecca of 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 15 Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time. Additional Notes: Playa del Carmen is located just south of Cancún airport (45 mins) so you can head directly there without returning to Cancún.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 1,699

Price Per Day:

$ 113 per person
 
Depending on the exchange rate departure tax is approximately $48 USD per person. This tax is sometimes included in the price of your ticket, contact your airline to confirm. Mexico departure tax: 500 Mexican Pesos (approximately 35USD) Guatemala entrance tax: 10Q ($1.25USD) Guatemala exit tax: 10Q ($1.25USD) 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: San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch
  • San Ignacio 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
  • Tikal guided tour
  • Free time in Mérida
  • Palenque
  • San Ignacio
  • Caye Caulker
  • and Playa del Carmen
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPublic bus, private vehicle, water taxi, taxi, walking.
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
Simple hotels (14 nts).
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 some 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. When entering Mexico by land for the second time (from Belize) you must pay a tax of 500MXN, payable in cash (30 USD approximately) due to new regulations. 3. The Cancún airport is only 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen and frequent buses run on schedule.

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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