Explore Mexico, Belize and Guatemala as the heart of the Maya World! This tour combines the majestic views of the volcanic chain (Ring of Fire), the beauty of the Maya lowlands, the mystery of the ancient Mayan Ruins, and the perfect white sand / turquoise waters of the Caribbean; in a truly Great adventure. From Playa del Carmen and Antigua Guatemala back, this 16-days journey offers the chance to immerse in the Ancient Maya Civilization or Go Slow while exploring the laidback Belizean Culture.
Tour Guide: Expert Tour Leader
Highlight: Cancun - Playa del Carmen - Belize city - Caye Caulker - San Ignacio - Flores - Lanquin - Antigua
Group Size: Minimum 2 - Maximum 12 pax
Physical Rate: 3/5
WELCOME TO CANCUN! You will be picked up at the Airport and transfer to your Hotel in Cancun, located 30kms from the country’s busy Capital. There are no planned activities for this day but if you arrive early you can explore this City, nowadays the Tourism Hub of the country. Try some tropical fruit at the local market, or a hot cup of premium Coffee in any of the many coffee shops around the plaza.
Situated right in the heart of the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen is the region’s top destination for shopping, dining and nightlife. There’s plenty to keep you occupied here, plus Playa serves as an ideal base for exploring the rest of the Riviera Maya. Head into town and take a stroll along the pedestrian Fifth Avenue strip, locally known as Quinta Avenida. La Quinta is the place to see and be seen in Playa del Carmen. By day it’s packed with people browsing the shops and boutiques; by night roving musicians entertain diners in the many restaurants and bars. .
Before taking the local bus to TULUM BEACH (1.5hrs), you will have some time to visit the Ruins of Tulum. Mornings are the best and least crowded time to to visit this site. Tulum, meaning wall in Mayan, was an ancient Maya fortress city that rose to power toward the end of the Classic period. The most iconic of its structures, the Castillo, is perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the clear turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean. The cliff-top Castillo, with its beachfront location and lush green landscape, is the image most often associated with the Maya Riviera. You’ve probably seen the postcards! This ancient walled city was, in its time, a thriving civilization. Originally thought to be called Zama, Mayan for dawn, Tulum was a major crossroads of trade from both land and sea managing trade from Honduras and into the Yucatan. This is evident by the large amount of artifacts from all over Mexico that have been uncovered at this site. Tulum is one of the only fortified Maya sites and is one of the best preserved coastal sites in all of Mexico.
This morning you will be met by our local representative and take an easy half-hour drive inland from the coastal city of Tulum, arriving at the Ruins of Coba. Visitors who brave the steep climb up the highest pyramid in Mexico's Maya world reap the reward of a breathtaking vista. At more than 130 feet in height, Nohuch Mul, which means “large mound” in the Mayan language, is the tallest pyramid at Coba archaeological site and in the Yucatán Peninsula. In the Mayan language Coba means “water stirred by wind.” The Maya flourished here between 400 and 1100 A.D. One of the largest Maya cities of the Classic period, at its peak the site stretched out over 50 miles and was home to some 50,000 inhabitants. Two small lakes nearby made it a desirable location. Coba was an important trade link between the Caribbean coast and inland cities. A network of ancient roads called sacbe in Maya, which means “white road” radiates out from Coba. After your visit to Coba, plan to stop at the Gran Cenote on the way back toward Tulum for a refreshing dip in the cool, clear water—a welcome reward indeed after the hot climb.
in the afternoon we head to Chetumal (4hrs). You will make a few stops on the ways, great opportunities to stretch your legs and find some local snacks, once arrive Chetumal you will stop a for night before to accross Mexico and Belize border
Depart Mexico early this morning and head south to Belize. Be prepared for a long day of travel on the road without a chance to stop for lunch, as the total driving time including the border crossing will be 5–8 hours. First, travel from Chetumal downtown to Santa Elena Border by public bus (approximately 20 minutes). Undertake border formalities, then board the local Taxi Corozal town to catch again a local bus to Belize City (approximately 4 hours). Once in Belize City take a water taxi to Caye Caulker (1 hour). Expect to arrive on Caye Caulker by 6 pm.
Today you can have your free time to swim or just go directly to any of local agency to book some tours, like snorkeling or diving such as Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley, Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef Atoll or why not an Island hopping tour (some tours are weather dependent or will have a number of participants required to operate) Please keep in mind to bring Towels, sun block, extra t-shirt, hat, sunglasses, waterproof bag, light rain jacket (just in case), seasick tablets.
Today you can depart at any time of the day. The transfer to San Ignacio from Caye Caulker is split in 2 sections, first take boat to Belize city and second take local bus a 3hr drive to San Ignacio, the busy countries main port, We recommend to leave not later than 9am so you will have enough time.
San Ignacio is a great place to chill out, grab some food and drinks, and get ready for another day. Located 67 miles from Belize City is San Ignacio Town, connected by the Hawksworth Bridge to its twin town Santa Elena, San Ignacio is the largest town in the Cayo District and is a base for tourism activities throughout Cayo. First on the list would have to be ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) consider the top sacred cave around the world, then Caracol Ruins and Pine Ridge Area, you've also got a nice mix of tubing, horseback riding and Maya ruins to stomp around near town. With a long Caribbean coast, Belize is a culturally diverse and mixed race country with one foot in Latin America and the other in the Caribbean. There is the creole (Afro-European mixture) population as well as the native Maya people and the Mestizos that tend to live the north and northwest of the country. In the south east along the Caribbean coast live the Garifuna (Black Caribs) an Afro-Amerindian culture. German speaking Mennonites, people of East Indian, and Lebanese decent, also call Belize home.
Today you head up to Melchor Belize and Guatemala borders by Local Taxi, and undertake border formalities, then take a local bus to FLores Guatemala (4hours), expect arrive in Flores at 5 pm.
Today at 4.30 am you will head up to Tikal Park (1 hour), enjoy the amazing temples, ruins, pyramids of the mayan archaeological site, get an expertise guide for 3 hours, the wonders of ruins history. then come back to Flores island, this tour take 6 hours
This morning you will be met by our local representative at Meetint point to take you by shared van for 15 passenger to travel to Lanquin center, by the the beautiful way you riding for 6 hours, you see the colorful green jungle along the roads, you also you will have nice stop for travellers neccesities. .
At this morning you will walk to the Meeting point, and you will take a local turistic truck and travel to Semuc champey as great crystal natural cascades, before you will see and dive to Kanba cave and later you go back to Lanquin, this day adventure will ride for 6 hours.
Today we head to Antigua from Lanquin downtown, travel for 7 hours, included stops by way for lunch, it ride going by beautiful way, arrive in Antigua at 4 pm.
Today depart from Antigua to San Vicente Pacaya,(1 hour) then prepared all stuff to trek up to Peak of Pacaya volcano, its a great local guide lead up, shared him with other travellers, once on the peak enjoy the amazing lava and beautiful panoramics then return by shared minivan to Antigua.
Today at last day in Guatemala you will explore Antigua Ancient City and board to the Local tourist minivan to International Airport La Aurora to Flight Home or next tour