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16 days,Playa del Carmen to Antigua
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Relax on white-sand beaches, bask in Caye Caulker sunsets and reggae music, experience a local homestay, explore gorgeous colonial Antigua and its colourful markets.

Find your paradise somewhere between the blazing Yucatán sun and the cool Guatemalan highlands on this 16-day odyssey. Wander Antigua’s cobblestone streets and its local markets before experiencing the diverse beauty of Lake Atitlán and its indigenous villages. Geared to the adventurer wanting to capture some of Central America's finest highlights, this trip will ensure that you really pack some punch into those postcards home.

What's Included

  • Guided tour of Tikal. Planeterra-supported homestay at Lake Atitlan, with a local family. Group salsa dancing lesson (Antigua). Orientation walk in Antigua. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 1 dinner. (Allow USD350-450 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (12 nts), local homestay (1 nt), rustic ecolodge (2 nts).
  • Local bus, ferry, boat, van, taxi, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.

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Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Antigua to Playa del Carmen. See Mayan Sun—Northbound

Day 1 Playa del Carmen

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Playa del Carmen

Free time to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm or the diving mecca of Cozumel. Or play in the waves and enjoy the beach!

Day 3-5 Caye Caulker

Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.

Day 6-7 San Ignacio

Free day to visit sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

Day 8 Flores/Tikal

Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of the ruins of Tikal.

Day 9-10 Río Dulce

Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.

Day 11-12 Antigua

Orientation walk of Antigua's cobblestone streets. Relax with a massage, soak up the culture in one of its many cafés or explore the nearby hills and towns by bike.

Day 13-14 Panajachel/Lake Atitlán homestay (1D)

Travel to beautiful Lake Atitlán and enjoy the views. Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in a Planeterra-supported homestay with a local family. Bargain for colourful textiles and paintings at the lake's many villages.

Day 15 Antigua

Enjoy an included group salsa dancing lesson and practice some fancy footwork on the last night with the group.

Day 16 Antigua

Depart at any time.

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