Border information: if joining in Antigua, you will most likely enter Guatemala at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (IATA code: GUA).There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings, and to take part in some optional activities. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Antigua before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Antigua.
Today we will head to Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan.
Today we will have free time to enjoy some optional activities such as a boat on the lake out to some of the small local villages along the shoreline. If possible, we will include a visit to the famous Chichicastenango Market during these days, depending on the weekday. (Please note that the market is only open on Thursdays and Sundays so you may not be able to visit during your trip).
Today we will drive day to San Andres Itzapa, a small village located in the mountains around Antigua. We will spend one night at the community centre of Manos Amigas, run by the Italian NGO 'Mani Amiche' in support of local women who have been abandoned and abused, and who are staying in the centre with their children.In San Andres Itzapa we will stay in dormitories at the community centre (please note that there is no option to upgrade to private accommodation here).
Today we will drive north to Rio Dulce in Guatemala's beautiful central region.
Today we will have an included boat trip to the village of Livingston on the Caribbean coast.
Today we have a free morning to enjoy some optional activities in Rio Dulce, before heading on a short drive to our eco-lodge near Poptún.
Today we have free time to take part in the many optional activities offered at our eco lodge.
Today we have a short drive to the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, where we have an included guided tour. We will likely stop briefly in the colonial town of Flores en route.
Border information: Exit Guatemala at Melchor de Mencos, enter Belize at Benque Viejo del Carmen.Today we have a short drive in local transport across the border into Belize and on to the village of San Ignacio, home to the country's best archaeological sites and adventure activities!Please note that in Belize we will travel in local transport, as we are not permitted to use a foreign vehicle. The bus will follow us to our destination.
We will have two full days to take part in the many optional activities available in San Ignacio, including trekking, caving, biking, and exploring the excellent Mayan ruins in the area.
Today we enjoy a second free day for activities in and around San Ignacio.
Today we will travel north to Belize City, where we board a speed boat to the island paradise of Caye Caulker.
We will have two full days of free time to explore and enjoy the many optional activities available here, such as snorkelling, diving or taking a scenic flight over the phenomenal Great Blue Hole.
Relax on the beach or head out for an activity on our second free day on Caye Caulker.
Border information: Exit Belize at Santa Elena, enter Mexico at Subteniente López.Today we will head back to the mainland, Before continuing our drive to the stunning coastal village of Tulum.
This morning we visit the Tulum ruins, one of the last cities built by the Maya and one of the best preserved coastal Maya sites. We will have a free afternoon to explore the beaches or take part in some optional activities.
Today we will have an early start to drive to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - we have an included guided tour around this spectacular site before continuing our drive to the beautiful and artistic colonial town of Merida, the capital of the Yucatan state.
Today we will have a full day drive to the village of Palenque.
Today we will have an included guided visit to the incredible Mayan ruins of Palenque, which rise out of the thick jungle surrounding them. In the afternoon we will have free time to go on a jungle tour, visit the on site museum, or travel to the nearby waterfall of Misol Ha.
Today we will have a drive to the remote town of Frontera Corozal, on the Guatemalan border. In the afternoon we will have an included guided visit to the remote ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilan, which is only accessible via a boat trip down the river.
Today we have a full day drive to the stunning old colonial town of San Cristóbal de las Casas, one of Mexico's most beautiful towns. and well known as the heart of the indigenous Tzotzil Maya culture. En route, we may have time for an optional stop at the stunning waterfalls of Agua Azul.
Today we will have a free day for exploration and to take part in some optional activities such as taking a tour to the fascinating Maya village of San Juan Chamula, or exploring the nearby Lagunas de Montebello National Park.
Today we will have an included boat trip down the phenomenal Sumidero Canyon, viewing its colossal cliffs from the base and searching for the resident wildlife.
Today we have a full day drive to the wonderful laid-back colonial town of Oaxaca, famous for its cuisine and indigenous cultures.
Today we will have an included guided visit of the ruined Zapotec city of Monte Alban, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon we will have free time to further explore the area's highlights.
Today we will have a full day drive to Mexico's incredible bustling capital of Mexico City.
Border information: if leaving in Mexico City, you will most likely exit Mexico at Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport (IATA code: MEX).Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Mexico City. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your sales agent if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.