Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 1 dinner
Accommodations: Hotels (8 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts).
Explore the ruins of ChichEn ItzA and Palenque, get lost wandering colonial San Cristobal de las Casas and Antigua, cool off with a swim at Roberto Barrios waterfall, bargain at colourful local markets
Ditch the tourist resorts of CancUn and embark on an authentic adventure that will take you from spectacular Mayan ruins to the cobblestoned streets of colonial towns and deep into the jungle of Mexico. Explore the ancient ruins at ChichEn ItzA and Palenque and meet the descendants of those who built them in the vibrant streets and colourful markets of picturesque Mayan towns. Get your camera out-youre going to need it!
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 11 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Playa Del Carmen||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||Merida||Day 2 Playa del Carmen/Merida|
Depart Playa del Carmen and head to the famous Mayan ruins of ChichEn ItzA for a guided tour. Spend time exploring this famous site, known for its huge stepped pyramids and elaborate stone carvings. Continue on to Merida, the capital of the YucatAn State, and take a short orientation walk. Also known as la ciudad blanca (the white city), Merida offers the ideal opportunity to learn about Mexico's fascinating mix of cultural influences. Included Activities: ChichEn ItzA Guided Tour Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 190km) Private Vehicle (1.25-2.00 hours, 130km)
|Day 3||Merida||Day 3 Merida|
The area surrounding Merida has tons to offer. Choose to visit nearby cenotes (water sink holes) in the town of CuzamA. 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. Theres something for everyone.
|Day 4||Palenque||Day 4 Merida/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 (9.00-10.00 hours, 620km)
|Day 5||Palenque||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||San Cristobal de las Casas||Day 6 Palenque/San Cristobal de Las Casas|
Continue out of the jungle to San Cristobal 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 (7.50 hour(s), 350km)
|Day 7||San Cristobal de las Casas||Day 7 San Cristobal 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||Panajachel||Day 8 San Cristobal de Las Casas/Panajachel|
The first stop in Guatemala is on beautiful Lake AtitlAn. Stay in Panajachel, a lakeshore town surrounded by spectacular volcanoes and small villages. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Mexico - Guatemala) Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-12.00 hours, 380km)
|Day 9||San Juan La Laguna||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 lakes many villages. Included Activities: Posadas Mayas Homestay Transport: Boat (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km)
|Day 10||Antigua||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 (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km) Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 80km)
|Day 11||Antigua||Day 11 Antigua|
We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this charming city. Additional Notes: Guatemala City is a one hour transfer away. Your tour leader can help you to arrange a transfer from Antigua directly to the airport in Guatemala City, so you do not have to spend more time than necessary in Guatemalas capital.
Local Flights: N/A
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