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Central America Adventure: Playa Del Carmen Antigua Guatemala

 

The Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá

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Central America Adventure: Playa Del Carmen Antigua Guatemala.  Ditch the tourist resorts of Cancún 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 Chichén Itzá 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 — you’re going to need it.

11 days

Playa del Carmen to Antigua Guatemala

From$1079USD

was $1349
Valid on Oct 14, 2018
Trip Code: CMTM

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Ditch the tourist resorts of Cancún 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 Chichén Itzá and Palenque and meet the descendants of those who built them in the vibrant streets and colorful markets of picturesque Mayan towns. Get your camera out — you’re going to need it!

 

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

11 days

Playa del Carmen to Antigua Guatemala

From$1079USD

was $1349
Valid on Oct 14, 2018
Trip Code: CMTM

 

Special Offers

Save 20% – Departure date Oct 14, 2018
Save 10% – Departure date Nov 08, 2018
Save 10% – Departure date Nov 11, 2018
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Places visited

  • Guatemala
  • Mexico

Itinerary (Overview)

Day 1 Playa del Carmen

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Playa del Carmen/Mérida

Take a guided tour of Chichén Itzá and orientation walk around Mérida.

Day 3 Mérida

Opt to visit the ruins of Uxmal or swim in cenotes in the Yucatán. Hit the beach or soak in the history this city has to offer.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Carte Blanche

Day 4 Mérida/Palenque

Travel to Palenque and spend two nights in a jungle lodge.

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.

Day 6 Palenque/San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Travel to San Cristóbal de Las Casas via Villahermosa. Enjoy an orientation walk on arrival.

Day 7 San Cristóbal 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.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Carte Blanche

Day 8 San Cristóbal de Las Casas/Panajachel

Journey from San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico to Panajachel, Guatemala. Opt to explore the town on arrival.

Day 9 Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna

Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in an Adventures-supported homestay with a local family. This area is known for stunning scenery and great shopping for Mayan handicrafts. Opt to bargain for colorful textiles and paintings at the lake’s many villages.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Good Posadas Mayas Homestay

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 10 Antigua

Travel to Antigua and head out for an orientation walk. Opt for a final night out in town.

Day 11 Antigua Guatemala

Depart at any time.

 

Itinerary (Detailed)

Day 1 Playa del Carmen

Arrive at any time.

As travellers arrive throughout the day, there are no planned activities until the welcome meeting in the evening.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, we will let you know.

Hotel Casa de las Flores (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2  Playa del Carmen/Mérida

Take a guided tour of Chichén Itzá and orientation walk around Mérida.

Depart Playa del Carmen and head to the famous Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá for a guided tour. Spend time exploring this famous site, known for its huge stepped pyramids and elaborate stone carvings.

Continue on to Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán State, and take a short orientation walk. Also known as la ciudad blanca (the white city), Mérida offers the ideal opportunity to learn about Mexico’s fascinating mix of cultural influences.

Private Vehicle
Playa del Carmen – Chichén-Itzá2h-2h30m190km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Chichén Itzá Guided Tour
Chichén-Itzá2h-3h

Spend the afternoon with a local expert and learn about the history of Chichén Itzá and the beliefs and rituals that defined this ancient Mayan civilization. This dramatic site includes a 30m (98 ft) high temple, known as the Pyramid of Kukulcan, famous for its balustrade of 91 stairs up each of the four sides, a ball court with a grandstand, and towering walls. Visit the highlights of the site including the famous Castillo, the ball court, the cenote, and the Nunnery.

Private Vehicle
Chichén-Itzá – Mérida1h15m-2h130km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Accommodation

Hotel Reforma (or similar)
Hotel

Day 3 Mérida

Opt to visit the ruins of Uxmal or swim in cenotes in the Yucatán. Hit the beach or soak in the history this city has to offer.

The area surrounding Mérida has tons to offer. Choose to visit nearby cenotes (water sink holes) in the town of Cuzamá. 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. There’s something for everyone.

Carte Blanche
Mérida Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in Mérida, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Uxmal ruins, the anthropological museum, and swimming in a nearby cenote. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

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Optional Activities – Day 3 HideShow

Cuzama Cenote Visit
Mérida5h-7h 48km

30-35USD per person

Hop into a horsecart to ride old rails to the entrance of an underground sinkhole. Swim in crystal-blue mineral water inside this limestone cave. Come prepared with your swimsuit so you can dive in and enjoy. The clarity of the water and depth of cenotes makes swimming a unique experience.

Uxmal Ruins Visit
Uxmal Ruins8h-9h 200km

800MXN per person

Founded in 700 AD, magical Uxmal was once home to as many as 25,000 Mayans. Located 62km (38 mi) south of Merida, in Yucatán’s Puuc (“hill” or “chain of low mountains”) region, this UNESCO World Heritage Centre represents the pinnacle of late Maya art and architecture. Wander the site, see the Pyramid of the Magician, and visit nearby Kabah, one of three neighbouring sites.

Day Trip to Progreso Beach
Progreso8h-9h 105km

4USD per person

Roughly an hour drive from Meridá, Progreso is a perfect spot for relaxing on the beach or strolling along the boardwalk. Stop along the way at the Dzibichaltun archaeological site.

Anthropology Museum Visit
Mérida

55MXN per person

Installed on two floors of a refurbished mansion, this museum is considered to be one of the most important collections of Pre-Columbian Mayan culture in the Yucatan Peninsula. Learn everything there is to know about Mayan society, from war to writing, art to architecture, calendars, customs and offerings to the dead.

Accommodation

Hotel Reforma (or similar)
Hotel

Day 4 Mérida/Palenque

Travel to Palenque and spend two nights in a jungle lodge.

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.

First-class bus
Mérida – Palenque9h-10h620km

First-class buses in Mexico have very strong air-conditioning. Bring a sweater.

Accommodation

Mayabell (or similar)
Hotel

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.

Palenque Ruins Guided Tour
Palenque2h-3h

Experience the elegant jungle site of Palenque on a guided tour. See the highlights — the Temple of the Cross Group, Temple of Inscriptions and the Grand Palace. Howler monkeys sound in the distance as the fog rolls in and out of this mystical site, one of the most important centres for trade and culture during the end of the Classic Maya period.

Roberto Barrios Waterfalls
Palenque5h-6h

Visit the Zapatista community of Roberto Barrios, Chiapas, have a swim and explore the cascading waterfall. If it hasn’t rained for a few days, you will be astonished how bright the light blue water can get.

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Optional Activities – Day 5 HideShow

Jungle Trail Hike
Palenque2h-2h30m 4km

25USD per person

Only two percent of the ruins in the Mayan capital of Palenque are out in the open. Follow a local guide into the jungle along a trail, visit ruins that are now overgrown with moss and vines. Learn about the wildlife and different medicinal trees and plants that grow in and around the Usumancinta River of this mountainous forest area of Chiapas.

BBQ Lunch
Palenque1h-2h

30USD per person

Fill up on a delicious lunch of BBQ fish, meat, sausage, nopal cactus, guacamole and authentic hand made corn tortillas. This meal includes sodas, beer and tequila – after all, you’re in Mexico!

Accommodation

Mayabell (or similar)
Hotel

Day 6  Palenque/San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Travel to San Cristóbal de Las Casas via Villahermosa. Enjoy an orientation walk on arrival.

Continue out of the jungle to San Crístóbal 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.

Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Private Vehicle
Palenque – San Cristóbal de Las Casas8h220km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Baron de las Casas (or similar)
Hotel

Day 7 San Cristóbal 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.

Carte Blanche
San Cristóbal de Las Casas Full Day

There’s plenty to see and do in San Cristobal de Las Casas, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting Sumidero canyon, Lagunas de Montebello National Park, and nearby indigenous villages. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

 

Optional Activities – Day 7

Indigenous Villages Tour
San Cristóbal de Las Casas4h-5h 2km

25USD per person

Visit the communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinancantán with a local guide and learn about this unique way of life. Visit the main plaza and places of worship to better understand the life of the local Tzotzil people. Buy carpets, textiles and hand-made “Zapatista” dolls made to honour former rebel leader, Subcomandante Marcos. Please be respectful when taking photographs here, it’s not always welcomed by the residents.

Sumidero Canyon
San Cristóbal de Las Casas

20-25USD per person

Drive an hour before boarding a boat for a 2-hr journey through the deep Sumidero Canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, birds, monkeys and maybe even a river crocodile. Marvel at the tall waterfalls, hidden caves, and unusual rock formations along the Grijalva River. After, stop in a village to visit markets and enjoy lunch.

Lagunas de Montebello Visit
San Cristóbal de Las Casas9h-12h 150km

30USD per person

Visit Lagunas de Montebello National Park and the group of beautiful lakes near the Guatemalan border. Each is a different colour of green and blue. Visit a traditional village en route, swim at one of the ‘lagunas’, go for a short hike and visit the Mayan Chinkultic ruins.

Accommodation

Baron de las Casas (or similar)
Hotel

Day 8 San Cristóbal de Las Casas/Panajachel

Journey from San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico to Panajachel, Guatemala. Opt to explore the town on arrival.

The first stop in Guatemala is on beautiful Lake Atitlán. Stay in Panajachel, a lakeshore town surrounded by spectacular volcanoes and small villages.

Private Vehicle
San Cristóbal de Las Casas – Panajachel10h-12h380km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Border Crossing (Mexico – Guatemala)
Ciudad Cuauhtémoc – La Mesilla30m-1h30m

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Accommodation

Hotel Chinimaya (or similar)
Hotel

Day 9 Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna

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 lake’s many villages.

Boat
Panajachel – San Juan La Laguna30m-45m25km

Climb aboard and get your float on.

G Adventures for Good: Posadas Mayas Homestay

Submerge yourself in Mayan culture during this home stay run by a Planeterra community tourism project. Set on the northwest shore of Lake Atitlán, arrive by boat to the laid-back village of San Juan La Laguna and immediately feel at home. Meet your host family, stash your stuff, then set off to explore the area. Admire the paintings of local artists, watch weavers who use traditional techniques to dye wool, go for a hike and admire the view across the lake. Feel good knowing you are supporting local families eager to benefit from tourism in their community.

Accommodation

Hotel Chinimaya (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 10 Antigua

Travel to Antigua and head out for an orientation walk. Opt for a final night out in town.

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.

Boat
San Juan La Laguna – Panajachel30m-45m25km

Climb aboard and get your float on.

Private Vehicle
Panajachel – Antigua Guatemala3h-4h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

This ride is full of hills and windy roads. If you are prone to motion sickness, plan ahead with medication.

Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Free Time
Antigua Guatemala Afternoon

Opt to check out more of the city with a little free time.

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Optional Activities – Day 10 HideShow

Massage
Antigua Guatemala30m-2h

30-60USD per person

Relax and enjoy a Mayan massage. You’re on vacation!

Salsa Lesson
Antigua Guatemala

5-12USD per person

Kick up your heels and learn this typical Latin dance. Dancers of all skill levels are welcome. Get lost in the rhythm of the music and let your body take you to a new place — one-two-three, one-two-three, hip roll, arm up, partner under, shimmy, shake, salsa! Vamos a bailar! (Let’s dance!)

ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop
Antigua Guatemala1h30m-2h

24USD per person

Enjoy a chocolate workshop and museum tour to learn about the process “from bean to bar” and the history of this tasty crop. In this 1.5-hour workshop, make your own bar to take home and enjoy tastings of the varieties of chocolate drinks made on site. Who knew history could be so sweet?

Elizabeth Bell Walking Tour
Antigua Guatemala1h30m-2h30m

20-25USD per person

Meet your guide at the fountain in the Central Plaza and take a leisurely walk along the cobblestone streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour focuses on the Antigua’s history, culture and restoration efforts (a bylaw, for example, stipulates buildings must only be painted certain colours in order to maintain the Spanish colonial character of the exteriors). Visit the City Hall Palace, Palace of the Captain’s General, the main cathedral and many of Antigua’s other attractions. Learn about jade and the valuable role it played in Maya culture. Shop for jewelry, pottery, textiles and wooden carvings.

Finca Valhalla Visit
Antigua Guatemala1h30m-3h 20-25km

5-10USD per person

Take a tour of the macadamia nut plantation at Finca Valhalla led by the workers. Learn about this sustainable crop for the experts and discover the health benefits of the nut. Pamper yourself with a free facial and purchase some of the treats made from the macadamia nut like oils, nuts, and chocolate. This tour is offered for free in the hopes that you’ll show your gratitude by stopping by and picking up some tasty treats from the gift shop or café.

Accommodation

Posada Los Bucaros (or similar)
Hotel

Day 11 Antigua Guatemala

Depart at any time.

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this charming city.

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 Guatemala’s capital.

What’s Included

 Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna

  • Carte Blanche: Mérida
  • Carte Blanche: San Cristóbal de Las Casas
  • Chichén Itzá guided tour
  • Mérida orientation walk
  • Palenque guided tour
  • Roberto Barrios waterfall visit
  • San Cristóbal de las Casas orientation walk
  • Lake Atitlán boat tour
  • Antigua orientation walk
  • Free time in Mérida and San Cristóbal de las Casas
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (7 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), homestay (1 nt).

Meals

1 dinner
Allow USD390-510 for meals not included.

Transportation

Public bus, private vehicle, boat.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

 

My Own Room – From $349.00

If you’re travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the booking process.

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