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StartsPlaya del Carmen, Mexico, Mexico
EndsAntigua, Antigua and Barbuda
RegionSouth America & Central America
Duration9 days
Tour OperatorPeregrine
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Day 1 - Starting: Playa del Carmen & Finishing: Playa del Carmen

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The day will be free until a welcome meeting at around 6pm. Check with the hotel reception for details. There is often a dinner arranged for those interested after the orientation. With azure waters, powdery beaches and a European feel, Playa del Carmen is a resort city close to Cancun but without the party atmosphere. Spend your time snorkelling among the mangroves, diving in underground caverns or strolling along the white sands. In the evenings kick back and watch the waves with a margarita. For adventures further afield take a ferry across the turquoise seas to Cozumel, an island famous for its reef diving. In order to make the most of what Playa has to offer, we strongly recommend that you extend your stay in Playa del Carmen for one or two extra days. Please contact us if you need us to assist you with additional accommodation. If you can afford a few extra days in Playa, you may want to spend time snorkelling among the mangroves or strolling along the white sands. For adventures further afield take a ferry across the turquoise seas to Cozumel, an island famous for its reef diving.

Day 2-3 - Starting: Tulum - Caye Caulker & Finishing: Tulum - Caye Caulker

You will travel by minibus to the cliff-top ruins of Tulum today. From the crumbling walls of the city ruins, you will enjoy breathtaking views across the coastline of the Caribbean below. Dating back to to the year 1200, these ruins are quite young by Mayan standards. The largest of the temples here is Castillo. Once coated in stucco, painted and decorated with masks, this temple has also served as a fortress. Temple of the Winds is perched over the water, and is reputed whistle when a hurricane approaches as a warning. From here you will get back on the minibus and cross the border into Belize. Continue to Belize City, where you'll catch a water taxi to Caye Caulker. Just a short boat ride from the coast are the Belize Cayes. You will be based at one of the more popular of the many islands here, Caye Caulker. From here you can arrange day trips to other cayes if you are in search of the best reefs for diving. You will notice that each of the islands has its own character, but there is an unmistakable Caribbean charm about all of them. You may also choose to take a local boat out to the reef of Caulker itself. There is a half-day of snorkelling on the reef included in your trip, where you will most likely see sharks, rays, fish and coral. You can upgrade this to a full-day snorkelling package at an additional cost if you wish - where you might also see turtles and manatees. Spend the afternoon sipping cocktails overlooking the water, swimming off the Split, or perhaps shopping for local souvenirs.

Day 4 - Starting: San Ignacio & Finishing: San Ignacio

Today you head to San Ignacio (approx. 3 hours). It is situated in the highlands, and is surrounded by forest, waterfalls, rivers, and Mayan ruins, a beautiful place in its own right, and a great base for uncovering the beauty and history of the area. This afternoon we will visit the impressive Mayan ceremonial centre, Xunantunich, where you can enjoy expansive views across the surrounding countryside. There is also a unique stucco frieze on the east side of the temple. Part of the joy of this tour is the hand-cranked ferry ride across the river.

Day 5 - Starting: Tikal & Finishing: Tikal

You will continue by minibus to Tikal today. Home to some of the most magnificent Mayan ruins, the Tikal National Park is awash with wonder. The five granite temples of Tikal tower above the impressive jungle canopy, while a veritable feast of smaller structures remain hidden among the jungle growth. There are over 3000 structures in total, which once housed over 100,000 people. You will be taken to see the highlights of the area. For those who are interested, climbing to the top of the ruins will provide you with unsurpassed views over the jungle, you may even glimpse of a toucan or macaw. You will stay overnight in the park, before an early morning tour of the ruins. Our accommodation is in a jungle eco-lodge. While facilities at the lodge are a little more basic, it is a great experience staying in the jungle, and hearing jungle sounds as you fall asleep. Electricity at the lodge is limited and is turned off at around 9-10pm each day.

Day 6 - Starting: Flores & Finishing: Flores

Following your early morning tour of the Tikal ruins, we have a short drive to Flores, where we spend the afternoon. Take time to stroll through the cobblestone streets past pastel-coloured buildings, buy local handicrafts or take a dip in Lake Peten Itza.

Day 7-9 - Starting: Antigua & Finishing: Antigua

This morning, we drive to the nearby airport and fly to Guatemala City, from where we transfer to Antigua. A beautifully preserved UNESCO World Heritage site, Antigua is home to a plethora of Spanish Baroque architecture and ruined churches. Once the capital of Spanish Guatemala, today Antigua is a town of over 30,000 people nestled between three towering volcanoes. The capital was moved to Guatemala City after the earthquakes of 1773. It is a very popular stop for travellers because of its historical relics, as well as the pleasant ambiance and vibrancy of the local people. There are a number of interesting markets, restaurants and cafes; be sure to try the famous Guatemalan coffee! It is also a place renowned for its many Spanish language schools. There is no shortage of things to do and places to discover during your time here. You will visit a women's cooperative while you are in town. Founded in 1992, the cooperative is an independent, grassroots organisation designed to assist community development, health, education, clean water and income generation. Skills like cooking, weaving and textiles are employed by the women here to demonstrate traditional crafts. Your trip will come to an end on Day 9 after breakfast.

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“I’ve travelled to Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu but I have to say that the ruins at Tikal topped them both. We visited at dawn when you could see animals such as coatimundi, agouti and spider monkeys emerging from the jungle. This was pretty magical in itself, but being able to climb on the ruins made me feel like a real explorer. The fact that there were so few other tourists, combined with our fantastic guide who had a wealth of knowledge, really brought the sites to life.” Claire Baxter, Destination Manager North & Central America.  

Highlights

  • Flores on Lago Petén Itzá
  • 1200-year-old cliff-top ruins of Tulum
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Antigua Guatemala
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mayan city of Tikal
  • The palm-fringed island of Caye Caulker

Included

Local tour leader, local guides, arrival transfer, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees.

Additional Accommodation

Extend your holiday by booking some pre or post tour accommodation – ask us or your travel agent.

Day 1 Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

Day 1 Accommodation

Hacienda Paradise Boutique Hotel or similar (1 nights)

Day 2-3 Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Tulum - Entrance to ruins
  • Caye Caulker - Guided snorkelling trip (half day)

Day 2-3 Accommodation

Anchorage Resort or similar (2 nights)

Day 2-3 Optional Activities

  • Caye Caulker - Guided snorkelling trip (full day) - 70
  • Caye Caulker - Sunset sail - 37

Day 4 Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Tulum - Entrance to ruins
  • Caye Caulker - Guided snorkelling trip (half day)

Day 4 Accommodation

Midas Resort or similar (1 nights)

Day 5 Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Tulum - Entrance to ruins
  • Caye Caulker - Guided snorkelling trip (half day)

Day 5 Accommodation

Jaguar Inn or similar (1 nights)

Day 6 Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Tulum - Entrance to ruins
  • Caye Caulker - Guided snorkelling trip (half day)
  • Guided tour of Tikal ruins

Day 6 Accommodation

Maya International or similar (1 nights)

Day 7-9 Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Tulum - Entrance to ruins
  • Caye Caulker - Guided snorkelling trip (half day)
  • Guided tour of Tikal ruins
  • Antigua - Women's cooperative visit

Day 7-9 Accommodation

Hotel Villa Colonial or similar (2 nights)

Day 7-9 Optional Activities

  • Antigua - Coffee/Macadamia nut plantation tour - 45
  • Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop - 24
  • Antigua - Salsa lessons (per hour) - 7

Included Meals

Breakfast: 8

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