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Mayan Trail
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Ditch the tourist resorts of Cancn 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 Chichn Itz 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 outyou're going to need it!

Latin America
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CMTM/126387
  • Starts: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  • Finishes: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
You will Visit
  • Playa del Carmen
  • Antigua

Itinerary

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 11: Antigua

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this charming city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), homestay (1 nt)
    • 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Public bus, private vehicle, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the ruins of Chichn Itz and Palenque
  • Get lost wandering colonial San Cristobal de las Casas and Antigua
  • Cool off with a swim at Roberto Barrios waterfall
  • Bargain at colourful local markets


Reviews (2)
Alexandra N Posted on: 

The itinerary was great. We got to see so many different cities and do so many activities in a short space of time. I really felt that we had an excellent introduction to Mexico and Guatemala.

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Stephen M Posted on: 

I think that the Mayan trail tour was very good. We saw ruins, colonial towns and different landscapes. The tour guides at the tourist sites were excellent. The group got along well and the G Adventures tour guide was helpful in all aspects of the trip.

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