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Quetzal Highway  tour
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Quetzal Highway

Tucan Travel
4.4 . Great
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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: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 992 $ 99 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Caye Caulker
  • Guided tour of Tikal ruins
  • Rio Dulce boat tour to Livingston

Short Description

Bask in the sun on a beautiful Caribbean beach, explore Mayan ruins surrounded by deep jungle, and visit laid-back local villages on this quick adventure through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.

Trip Type N/A
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 N/A
Start City Playa Del Carmen
End City Antigua

Travel Theme

Cultural High Adventure

Destinations

Mexico Belize Guatemala

Cities & Attractions

Antigua Cancún

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Trip Includes

  • 3 Breakfast(s), 1 Breakfast Box, 1 Basic Breakfast(s)
  • Public Bus, , Private Vehicle

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Itinerary

Day 1 to 1 Arrive Playa del Carmen

Welcome to Mexico! The first night of this tour will be spent at Playa del Carmen, a beachside paradise only one hour away from Cancún. We recommend booking extra nights to enjoy the paradise beaches as well as the optional activities including the Maya ruins at Tulúm.

Day 2 to 4 Caye Caulker

We set off very early from Playa del Carmen, taking a short walk to the terminal we begin our full day journey to beautiful Belize using a combination of public buses, taxis and a ferry. When leaving Mexico you will have to pay a small departure fee of approximately MXN533. Belizeans know how to relax, and hopefully the locals' expertise on relaxation will be contagious during your stay on Caye Caulker. If not, there are signs to remind you to "Go Slow", "Take it easy", and even "No shirt, no shoes, no problem". We spend a couple of very laid back nights on Caye Caulker, where you can throw away your shoes to wander the sand filled streets, spend the evenings eating seafood, drinking cocktails, and listening to reggae music in one of the bars.

During the day we can organise a range of different optional snorkelling trips for you, such as to Shark and Ray Alley, where you can swim within a few feet of nurse sharks and majestic sting rays, or weather dependent, you may have the opportunity to swim with sea-cows! Another optional snorkelling tour takes you out to Hol-Chan Marine Reserve where you are guaranteed to see lots of colourful fish and interesting reef formations. Qualified divers can explore the so-called bottomless "Blue Hole", made famous by the explorer Jacques Cousteau (please note: this optional excursion does not go every day, check locally for availability). Other options include sunning yourself, riding a bike around the island, or trying your luck at fishing. If you are lucky, you can take your catch to one of the local restaurants so they can BBQ it for you.

Day 5 to 6 San Ignacio

We continue on to San Ignacio referred to as "Cayo" by the locals, this agricultural centre is also known to be the 'adventure' and 'nature' capital of Belize. The surrounding jungle, wildlife, waterfalls, rivers and caves, have created the ideal location for the numerous optional excursions that are available, from canoeing downriver and tubing through caves, to visiting the famous caves Actun Tunichil Muknal, where they found untouched Mayan ceremonial and sacrificial remains.

Approximate Travel Time: 4.5hrs

Day 7 to 7 Flores

Waving goodbye to Belize we cross into Guatemala to the charming island-town of Flores. When departing Belize you will be required to pay a small fee of $40.00BZD, and on arrival in Guatemala another small payment of 10q is required. Flores was the last town to be conquered by the Spanish and situated in the centre of Lake Peten Itzá. On the way to Flores we stop at the breathtaking Maya site of Tikal, it is regarded as the greatest city of the Maya world and is nestled deep in the jungle. This complex is one of the biggest Maya sites discovered, and you will have most of the day to explore and learn about the flora, fauna, and amazing Mayan history with our knowledgeable local guide.

The area around Tikal has been declared as the Tikal National Park and the preserved area covers 570 square kilometres. The ancient city has been completely mapped and at its height covered an area greater than 16 square kilometres, with more than 3000 structures. Today the main centre covers an area of approximately two and a half square kilometres, As you wander the site, you will see several tall mounds which are temples that have not yet been excavated, and you will have the opportunity to climb some of the tallest Mayan temples.

The emphasis was on height when creating these imposing structures because the Maya believed the higher the building, the closer they were to the gods. Around Tikal there is a lot of animal life, and if you're lucky, you will have the chance to spot the noisy howler monkeys, pizotes (a racoon-like animal), exotic birds such as toucans, and much more!

Approximate Travel Time: 4 hrs

Day 8 to 8 Rio Dulce

We carry on to the river town of Rio Dulce where we overnight in cabins right on the water. In the afternoon the boat tour along the 43 kilometre stretch of waterway to Livingston allows you to experience one of the most scenic areas of Guatemala. Livingston is situated at the mouth of the Rio Dulce, where it joins the Bay of Amatique, and is inhabited by the Garifuna people. This lively little town has a Caribbean atmosphere different to the rest of Guatemala and is a great place to try the delicious local specialty tapado (seafood coconut soup) and listen to the local African-style punta music.

Approximate Travel Time: 3.5-4hrs

Day 9 to 9 Antigua

Today we take a private transfer to Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most delightful colonial towns in Central America. To fully explore this beautiful town, we recommend booking post-tour accommodation at the end of your tour.

The local indigenous can be seen throughout the cobbled streets and plazas of the city in their colourful costumes, selling their crafts and textiles. As the cultural centre of Guatemala, Antigua is an ideal place to experience the traditional music, architecture and art of the country. Rich in ornate churches, convents, parks, plazas, cafés, restaurants, bars and colourful street markets and surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes, Antigua is one place you will never forget.

Day 10 to 10 Depart Antigua

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

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Quetzal Highway

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a good and short action packed tour.

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a good and short action packed tour. Cesar the tour leader handled everything needed to coordintae, care and lead the group. This allowed for a relaxing tour for me. My two highlights are Caye Caulker and Tikal.
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A very good tour overall with a

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A very good tour overall with a great tour guide and good company with a wide age range from 26 to 68. Tha accommodation was clean and comfortable although some breakfasts were below expectations.

Excellent.We particularly enjoyed our time in Antigua,Guatemala.

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Excellent.We particularly enjoyed our time in Antigua,Guatemala.

First 9 day tour with Cesar was

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First 9 day tour with Cesar was excellent. The second 2 day tour from Antiqua to Lake Atitlan Guatemala we booked this through Tucan was poor. We were only told the night before that Tucan did not run it. There was no guide, and the hotel was terrible.
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The Quetzal highway is a great introduction

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The Quetzal highway is a great introduction to Central America. I enjoyed the taster of each country and I will definately be coming back for more.

The tour was fantastic. Some of the

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The tour was fantastic. Some of the hotels weren't fabulous with no hot water and airconditionung that was unable to be controlled. Having a small group was wonderful was like a small little family!

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9 night(s) in hotels

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Trip Excludes

  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
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  • Optional excursions - On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone's taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don't hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation

Meals Included:

3 Breakfast(s), 1 Breakfast Box, 1 Basic Breakfast(s)

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