Hotels:- Las Golondrinas 3***+
Info:Our advice: OPTIONAL arrival 2-3 days before the tour starts in order to relax at the beach!
Hotels:- Don Rodrigo Antigua 4****
Info:Optional walk to Volcano San Pedro
The most beautiful Mayan sights on an adventurous off track tour in 13 days. Experience Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras & Belize!
4 participants guaranteed / a maximum of 12 travelers
- 12 x bed and breakfast in good middle class hotels
- English speaking guide during your trip (there might be a change of guides between Mexico and Guatemala)
- All entrance fees
- Comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinter minivan
- Airport transfer upon arrival
- Water taxi Belize City - San Pedro
- Fun and wonderful experiences guaranteed!
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Travel tip & Info
Also visit Cuba in the Combined Cuba & Yucatan tour
Price per Person
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Day 1 – Arrival
Our driver will expect you at Cancun Airport. Please look out for the sign with your name on it. You will be brought into your hotel in Playa del Carmen or Riviera Maya. The transfer should take approx. 40 to 60 minutes.
Day 2 – Tulum, Bacalar, Xpujil
At 9 o’clock in the morning you will take the comfortable minibus southwards. Your destiny is the most beautifully located Mayan site of the peninsular Yucatan. The fortress of Tulum is located on a rock above the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea. After the visit you will make your way in two hours to the beautiful lagoon of Bacalar. There you will have lunch (not included in price). In the afternoon you will reach Chicanna where you will be staying in a jungle lodge. Enjoy the evening at the hotel pool with a cool Corona beer.
Day 3 – Calakmul, Palenque
The Mayan site of Calakmul does not belong to the very touristy sites. However, it impresses the visitor by its originality. The huge cult site which is one of the biggest in the Mayan world is located in the middle of a jungle. Afterwards you will be driving to Palenque which is already located in the federal state of Chiapas. There you will have a hotel in the jungle where you can have a bath in the pool.
Day 4 – Agua Azul, San Cristobal
The waterfalls of Agua Azul are located 60 km from Palenque. Drive about one hour along the curvy road. The waterfalls are stretched over several kilometers through the rainforest. In certain areas, you can take a refreshing bath. From Agua Azul it takes about three hours on the winding road. The trip goes from the tropical rain forest with jungle vegetation in much more moderate areas in the highlands of Chiapas, where pine forests dominate the landscape.
Day 5 – Indigenous villages
The Indian villages San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, which are located 8 or 15 km from San Cristobal give you a view into the life of the Tzotzil. In Zinacantan at the church children invite you to visit them at home. At the families house you can buy handicrafts and try Posch, a local specialty of high-proof. San Juan Chamula is mystical: Men and women wear fur coats. The oldest are identified by their white coats. Behind the church at the market chickens are sacrificed to cure the sick and drive out evil spirits. Photography is strictly forbidden in the church, but it is a memorable experience
Probably the most beautiful city in Chiapas is San Cristobal which is located on over 2000 meters above sea level. In winter it can be quite cold at night. The city is one of the culturally richest regions of Mexico. You can find here many of ethnic groups. In particular the central market of San Cristobal shows the visitors the colorful culture mix. From the main square to the market is the magnificent decorated Sto Domingo Church. In the evening usually you can see events in the Casa de las Culturas. Or you go for a stroll in the pedestrian zone, where are excellent restaurants.
Day 6 – Atitlan lake
After your breakfast you will go to the border with Guatemala. Please be patient at the barder since corssing it might take some time in Middle-America. Please do not get nervous - there is enough time. In the afternoon you will arrive in Panajachel, a town at the Atitlan lake. You can go on a boat trip to take nice photos from the San Pedro volcano; the little town Santiago de Atitlan is also worth a visit.
Day 7 – Antigua
Over some nice little mountainstreets you will go from Panajachel to Antigua, one of the most beautiful cities in Guatemala. It has been the capital city for the Spainiards for a long time. Antigua hasa very nice colonial atmosphere.
Day 8 – Coffee plantation
Today you will have some free time in Antigua. We will visit a coffeeplantation and after the visit you have the oportunity to see some art and to try out a number of different coffee´s. Take some time to enjoy the main square of the city and you will feel like being back in the colonial times of Guatemala.
Day 9 – Copan
You leave Antigua early in the morning, heading for Copán, Honduras. You will drive through the lively metropolis of Guatemala City, and after that along very varied landscapes. Once in Copán, you will visit the impressive Mayan cities. They used to be among the most important of the Mayan world during its classic period (about AD 250 to 900). Copán was founded on a strategic spot, beside a river. The valley through which this river flows is surrounded by 2000 meter high mountains, guaranteeing a moderate climate.
After the visit you will be taken to tonight’s lodgings, not far from the religious centers.
Day 10 – Rio Dulce
After breakfast, you will leave again for Guatemala. Your destination is de Río Dulce river, or rather its delta. In the afternoon, you can go for a walk along a nature and medicine path, which starts right at your romantic hotel next to the Río Dulce. An alternative excursion (optional) is a boat tour in the delta, to the lively village of Livingston, connecting you with the Guatemalan Caribbean feel; have a stroll through the small streets and enjoy a margarita as the day fades away.
Day 11 – Flores, Tikal
Today is the moment for one of the absolute highlights of your trip: the archeological site of Tikal awaits his visitors in the middle of the wealthy jungle vegetation. Before the visit you will make a stop (for lunch) on the picturesque island of Flores, in the Petén lake, and from there continue to Tikal. The visit of one of the most important Mayan cities will take you about three hours. As we want you to enjoy the jungle to the maximum, you will spend the night close to the archeological site, in a comfortable lodge. In the late afternoon you can (optionally) take a walk in the jungle with a local guide.
Day 12 – San Ignacio, Dschungelcamp
After breakfast, you leave for the fourth country of your trip. At the Belizean border, we ask you to have some patience: Central American bureaucracy isn’t too swift. The destination for today is not far across the border: San Ignacio is located in the middle of the jungle area of the country. The simple but very clean jungle camp is located close to a beautiful river where you can take a refreshing dip. Optionally, you can also take part in a kayak tour.
Day 13 – Belice City, Ambergris Caye
You will cross this Caribbean microstate and reach its biggest town, Belize City, at the Caribbean coast. It was originally founded to be a penal colony, and today you can still clearly see the traces of English colonial influence. Most (generally multi-colored) buildings are in wood. Shortly after noon, you will leave Belize City, and head for the charming island of Ambergris Caye. San Pedro is the only settlement there, and offers the relaxed feel of the Caribbean, as well as beautiful sand beaches and perfect diving conditions.
Program after your tour
The trip can ideally be extended. The following options are available:
Beach extension in Belize (San Pedro)
- We recommend at least 3 days. For divers the Blue Hole is a MUST!
- Return flight from Belize City or
- Transfer (Water-Taxi) to Chetumal and from there to the Riviera Maya for sunbathing
- Detour with one night in Chichen Itza
Here you find an overview of the beach hotels at the Riviera Maya in Mexico according to category:
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How to guarantee that a small group tour will take place?
Our small group tours will be conducted with a minimum of 4 people (in some cases even with 2 people), which excludes almost always a cancellation of the tour. You will find the current number of participants in the travel configurator. If there are only 4 or less travelers of one language in a group the exceptional case may happen and a trip may be run multilingual (eg German & English).
Skeptical about internet bookings?
Only with Mextrotter: Travel first, pay afterwards! By paying only 4% extra you enjoy your trip first and pay within 7 days after you go back home.
How do I book with Mextrotter?
After choosing your desired trip(s) on our website you will receive a non-binding offer which you can book simply by replying the e-mail. Please include the reference number (= tourcode) in your mail. By doing this you will receive access to your personal travel portal, where you can enter the passengers' personal dates so we can book the flights that may be included in the offer.
For further information consider our Booking Memo Sheet.
When is the best time to travel to Mexico?
You can travel to Mexico throughout the whole year. As a traveller you are probably a bit worried about the rainy season spoiling the pleasure of your travel. As Europeans you may associate rain with wind, coolness, damp weather and staying inside your house. However, this is different in Mexico.
First of all, during the rainy season in Mexico it seldom rains during the day; it mainly rains during the night. The rain falls down as short, strong showers and it hardly cools down the country: it remains warm. For all these reasons, we recommend you not to plan your trip to Mexico solely on the basis of the rainy season. However, if you still do not want to travel around during the rainy season, you can best do so from November to March.
PARTICULAR CAUTION when arriving to Cancun, why?
Unfortunately, the airport at Cancun is known for the mean tricks of taxi and transfer shuttle drivers. These "pirates" often recruit customers from tour operators, and charge the cost of the transfer with the excuse that it will be reimbursed the next day by the tour guide. The false transfer drivers proceed very professionally, and they usually conspire with the hotel staff, who illegally inform them of their customers' arrival dates.
If you have any suspicions, please make sure to call our emergency number, or the number of our transfer coordinator in Cancun (you can find the number on your transfer voucher). In case you are the victim of a transfer pirate, you should certainly not pay the bill. We want to point out that expenses of this kind will not be refunded by Mextrotter.
Do you have to pay border fees beween Mexico and Guatemala, Mexico and Belize?
When crossing the borders between Mexico and Guatemala, Guatemala and Belize, Belize and Mexico you are asked to pay a fee but the rules under which these fees are established are not easily understood. Even more complicated is the fact that the rules and fees change after quite short periods of time.
The entering and leaving fee you have to expect when traveling between Mexico, Belize and Guatemala on land or sea usually lies between 10 and 25 Euros. When leaving Mexico by air, no fee is due.
What costs should I calculate per day (food, drinks)?
Be aware that the price level in Mexico is approximately 40% lower than in Europe. In other words: food and drinks cost about half the price (excluding table wine, which is quite expensive in Mexico). A guide for personal meal expenses could be 15 to 30 Euro per person per day. The exact amount you spend per day depends on your drinking and eating habits.