22 days,Cancún to Playa del Carmen

Explore incredible Mayan sites and colourful local markets, relax on the world-class Mayan Riviera beaches, go caving in a Mayan sacred site, snorkel on Belize's world-famous barrier reef

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Leave the resorts of Cancún behind and explore the authentic Yucatán. From sunny beaches and lush jungles to the highlands of Chiapas, journey through Belize, Guatemala and southern Mexico on this incredible 22-day adventure. Explore the amazing ruins of Chichén Itzá, Palenque and Tikal and walk the cobblestoned streets of colonial San Cristóbal de las Casas and Antigua. Snorkel with stingrays or just get into the reggae pace of life on sunny Caribbean beaches. Experience a journey that introduces you to local culture and offers insight into the history of the Mayan heartland.

What's Included

  • Chichén Itzá guided tour. Mérida orientation walk. Palenque guided tour. Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfalls visit. San Cristóbal de las Casas orientation walk. Lake Atitlán boat tour including local lunch at a Planeterra-supported Mayan community project. Antigua orientation walk. Tikal guided tour. Caye Caulker stay. Beach time in Playa del Carmen. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 1 lunch. (Allow USD480-630 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (19 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts)
  • Public bus, private van, boat, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
Itinerary Notes

Please Note: This tour has changed for 2015. Starting March 1, 2015, this tour ends in Caye Caulker, Belize. Ask a Sales CEO if you'd like to add the "Playa del Carmen Express" to the end of your tour and travel back to Mexico.

Day 1 Cancún

Arrive at any time.

Days 2-3 Chichén Itzá/Mérida

Guided tour of Chichén Itzá and orientation walk around Mérida. Opt to visit ruins of Uxmal or visit three cenotes (underground pools) in the nearby town of Cuzamá.

Days 4-5 Palenque

Guided tour of Mayan ruins of Palenque. Option to explore the surrounding jungle on a guided hike. Spend two nights in a jungle lodge in the nearby national park.

Days 6-7 San Cristóbal de las Casas

En route, visit the Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfalls, then take an orientation walk in San Cristóbal de las Casas. Opt to visit nearby indigenous Mayan villages to see unique day-to-day life or journey to beautiful Sumidero Canyon for a relaxing boat ride.

Days 8-9 Panajachel (1L)

Head to Guatemala. Take a boat tour around Lake Atitlán to local indigenous villages including a lunch at a Planeterra-supported Mayan community project. Opt to go paragliding or visit the Chichicastenango Sunday market.

Days 10-12 Antigua

Orientation walk around Antigua. Choose to explore Antigua on a city tour, take salsa dancing classes or relax with a massage.

Day 13 Rio Dulce

Opt to go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall or just lounge by the pool.

Day 14 Tikal/Flores

Take a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Tikal before continuing to the nearby town of Flores for the night.

Days 15-16 San Ignacio

Cross the border to Belize. Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the Mountain Pine Ridge area or see the lesser-known Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

Days 17-19 Caye Caulker

Travel to Belize City to catch a ferry to Caye Caulker. Spend time enjoying this island paradise. Opt to go on a sailing trip to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Days 20-21 Playa del Carmen

Transfer by boat to Belize City, then travel by bus to Playa del Carmen. Optional excursions to Mayan ruins of Tulúm or the diving mecca of Cozumel.

Day 22 Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time.

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