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Best of Guatemala & Mexico

Trip type: 
Wildlife
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
12
Avg user rating: 
4
Guatemala, Mexico | 14 days
Trip code: 
QVSB
What's included: 

Transport - Minibus, public bus, boat

Accommodation - Hotels (12 nts)

Meals - Not included

Trip Highlights: 
Marvel at Tikal's jungle ruins
Walk the cobbled streets of colonial Antigua
Relax on palm fringed beaches and snorkel in warm waters
Diverse scenery
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Itinerary

(Departures in 2013)
  • Day 1/2 - Fly To Antigua
  • Day 3 - Flores
  • Day 4 - Tikal
  • Day 5/6 - San Ignacio
  • Day 7-9 - Caye Caulker
  • Day 10 - Tulum
  • Day 11/12 - Playa Del Carmen
  • Day 13/14 - Fly home
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Day
1/2
Fly To Antigua

Fly To Antigua

After your flight, you arrive at Antigua in Guatemala and transfer to your first night’s accommodation and check in.

The following day is free to enjoy the delights of Antigua and the city has much to keep you busy – including a fantastic array of jade jewellery shops. For those who want to do something a little different there are a number of optional excursions that can be done; you can visit a coffee or macadamia nut plantation, go horse riding, mountain biking or even climb the Pacaya Volcano, an excellent half-day hiking trip up a perfect cinder cone. Hotel - 2 nights

Day
3

Flores

Boarding a bus today you head north into the hotter lowlands. The trip takes about 8 hours, there are refreshment stops enroute. Arriving in Flores there is time to take a stroll through the cobbled streets and pastel buildings. Flores is a good place to buy local handicrafts or you can take a refreshing dip in Lake Peten Itza. Flores has always remained rather isolated and largely relys on farming of corn and beans. Dug-out canoe is still a popular means of getting around. Hotel - 2 nights

Day
4
Tikal

Tikal

With just over an hour’s drive to the majestic ruins of the great city state of Tikál, we’ll aim to get an early start so that you can spend a full day at the site. Even by clambering up one of the massive pyramids in the main site, it’s difficult to gauge its full extent, as other distant structures protrude above the trees like islands. If the scene looks vaguely familiar, it might be because it was used in a scene towards the end of the original ‘Star Wars, episode IV’ film. 

Much of Tikal surely remains undiscovered, locked in the grip of the jungle. In order to explore the site you walk through the forest between the main groups of buildings and hope to see something of the fascinating flora and fauna. A range of wildlife is commonly seen including howler and spider monkeys, coatimundis (a member of the racoon family), agoutis (a strange, rabbit-sized rodent), oropendulas (a largish bird which makes distinctive hanging nests) and toucans. After its zenith in the 9th century, the city fell into spectacular and mysterious decline. As you wander amidst the grey stone pyramids, you can only speculate as to what could have caused its downfall. In the afternoon you return to Flores.

Day
5/6

San Ignacio

Today you travel (3 hours drive) towards the border of Belize. Belize is an English speaking country which is known for its relaxed way of life. The rest of the day is free to explore. There are many optional activites to choose from during your time here, biking, tubing, horseriding, canoeing and caving to name a few. Hotel - 2 nights

Day
7-9
Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker

Today you jump on a local bus and travel three hours to Belize City. This bus ride is a real local experience as it stops and starts to pick up random passengers along the way. From Belize City you take a water taxi (45mins) to beautiful Caye Caulker. It is an island with a Caribbean feel, there really is nothing to do here but relax, try some watersports or go snorkelling to explore the underwater world. You can take an optional trip to see manatees, the lovely mermaid like sea cows. Hotel - 3 nights

Day
10
Tulum

Tulum

Board your water taxi early this morning to return to Belize City, from here you catch another bus across the border into Mexico (approx 4 hours). It's easy to get lost at the busy border control so please remain close to your group. At Chetumal we swop buses and continue to Tulum (approx 3 hours). The rest of the day is for relaxing on the Caribbean coast with its white sandy beach or take a trip to the ancient ruins of Tulum set atop a cliff looking out to palm fringed beaches and swim within its ancient walls. Hotel - 1 night

Day
11/12
Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen

A short bus ride (1.5 hours) takes you to your final destination of Playa del Carmen. You are free to enjoy the sunshine and beaches. Go snorkelling, diving, biking or take a ferry trip to the island of Cozumel. In the evenings grab yourself a margarita and watch the sunset. Hotel - 3 nights

Day
13/14

Fly home

Today you travel to Cancun and board your overnight return flight home.