Guatemala to Mexico - 13 days
From the highlands of Antigua to the white sand beaches of Playa del Carmen, explore the delights of Guatemala, Belize and Mexico on this 13 day adventure. Discover charming colonial towns and beautiful landscapes, explore magnificent Mayan ruins in the heart of the jungle and relax on the idyllic island of Caye Caulker before travelling to Mexico’s Mayan Riviera.
Monday. Welcome to Guatemala! You will be met upon arrival into La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City and transferred to your hotel in Antigua. The rest of day 1 and day 2 is free to explore this picturesque colonial city which cannot fail to enchant with its cobbled streets, parks and plazas, ornate churches and colourful street markets, all set against a spectacular backdrop of awe inspiring volcanoes.
Overnight: Antigua | Breakfast x 1
Antigua - Rio Dulce. We bid farewell to Antigua and travel to the town of Rio Dulce on day 3. Rio Dulce (“Sweet River”) is located in the northeast region of Izabel and it's part of the much larger Izabal lake. Upon arrival we take a short, scenic boat ride to our lodge, where we spend the next two nights in cabins on the water. The next day is free to participate in optional excursions such as a visit to the impressive citadel Castillo San Felipe, the ancient Mayan Ruins of Quirigua, the beautiful Finca Paraiso Hotspring- Waterfall or Rio Dulce National Park.
Overnight: Rio Dulce | Breakfast x 2
Rio Dulce - Flores. Today we travel on to Flores, a beautiful island-town which is located in the centre of Lake Peten Itza. The afternoon is free to participate in optional excursions such as a visit to the Las Guacamayas Biological Station, the Mayan Ruins of Uaxactun, Ixpanpajul Nature Park or a trip to Tzimin Chac to see the sunset. Or just relax with a walk around the enchanting town.
Overnight: Flores | Breakfast
Flores - San Ignacio (Belize). This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the incredible Tikal Ruins. Located deep in the rainforest, the Tikal complex is one of the largest Maya sites to be discovered. It was excavated in 1956 and 1969 and much of the site is yet to be unearthed. Tikal was once the capital of a conquest state and one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. The temples, residences and religious monuments decorated in hieroglyphic inscriptions provide a long list of ruling dynasties with many tombs of the once-ruling kings.
This afternoon we cross the border into beautiful Belize, where we spend the next two nights in San Ignacio. Nestled between Guatemala, Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, Belize is blessed with beautiful beaches and lush rainforests as well as a fascinating colonial history.
Overnight: San Ignacio | Breakfast
San Ignacio, or Cayo as it's called by the locals, is the adventure capital of Belize. Today is free for you to partake in some of the exciting optional activities available in the town, including caving, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding and more.
Overnight: San Ignacio | Breakfast
San Ignacio - Caye Caulker. On day 8 we travel to Belize's capital where we take a water taxi to the small island of Caye Caulker. Belize is renowned for its laid back and relaxed pace of life and on the beautiful island of Caye Caulker, where their motto is "Go Slow", we kick off our shoes and enjoy some R&R.
Make the most of the following day on the island, there are many things to do. You could visit one of the other Cayes or take a snorkelling trip to the stunning corals where you can see tropical fish, nurse sharks and manta rays to name a few. Another recommended excursion is to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve where you will find the incredible world famous Blue Hole and the world's second longest barrier reef. Caye Caulker is excellent for manatee spotting, a popular activity seeing these passive creatures. If exploring is not your thing you can just relax by the beautiful turquoise waters. Snorkel tours and dive boats leave daily for full or half day tours to the reef. There are also plenty of places to shop and to try the local food.
Overnight: Caye Caulker | Breakfast x 2
Caye Caulker - Laguna Bacalar. After breakfast we take a scenic boat ride to the Mexican Chetumal before continuing by bus to the beautiful Laguna Bacalar, the second largest lake in Mexico. The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax and explore the 7 cenotes that feed into the lake.
Overnight: Laguna Bacalar | Breakfast
Playa del Carmen
Laguna Bacalar - Tulum - Playa del Carmen. After breakfast on day 11 we make our way to Playa del Carmen stopping off at the beautiful Cliffside Mayan city of Tulum where we have a chance to visit the famous ruins and immerse ourselves in the archaeological and colonial importance this city has to offer. We then continue our journey to Playa del Carmen, where you can spend some time at the beach or exploring the local area.
The next day is free to enjoy the white sand beach of Playa del Carmen, take a day tour, or just go shopping on 5th avenue. Enjoy your last full day, soaking up the vibrant Mexican atmosphere!
Overnight: Playa del Carmen | Breakfast x 2
Playa del Carmen
Saturday. Our tour comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check out today. We can book a transfer to Cancun Airport upon request or post tour accommodation if you'd like to extend your stay.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Los Búcaros, Antigua
Set in a quiet area of pretty cobbled streets, Los Búcaros oozes colonial charm. Converted from a 150-year-old residence, the hotel presents three inner courtyards complete with its namesake – los Búcaros. These bright semi-circular fountains are set into the walls and surrounded by tropical plants, creating a lush oasis where you can relax to the sound of the flowing water. Inside, the guestrooms feature pastel walls and high wood-beam ceilings. Complete with private bathrooms, a TV and free WiFi, you’ll find everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Hacienda Tijax, Rio Dulce
The perfect accommodation for nature lovers, Hacienda Tijax features a marina and wood cabins set amongst lush jungle. Connected by wooden pathways and bridges over a river, many of the cabins stand on stilts in the water. Once inside, the rooms are simple yet comfortable, featuring hot water showers. Guests can relax by the pool or check out the on-site restaurant. With a mix of tasty vegetarian, Italian and seafood dishes, there’s something for everyone. Two bars also offer a variety of refreshing cocktails to sip on as you admire this unique jungle setting.
Hotel Casona de la Isla, Flores
With a stunning lakeside setting on Flores Island, Casona de La Isla boasts some of the best sunsets in Guatemala. Its air-conditioned guestrooms offer views of the hotel patio, pool or lake, and feature private bathrooms, a TV and free WiFi. Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the hotel’s bar and restaurant, which serves a tasty continental breakfast. And after a day's travelling, there's nothing better than relaxing in the outdoor pool or Jacuzzi and soaking up those views in the sunshine.
Hotel Midas Resort, San Ignacio
Surrounded by lush rainforest, this pretty resort complex is set on a 7-acre garden by the Macal River. Accommodation is arranged in charming cabins, with each villa and suite featuring bright decor and a terrace. Guests can enjoy a dip in the outdoor pool and hot tub, or take a visit to the nearby caves and Mayan ruins. Take time to enjoy the lush natural surrounds during your stay, the gardens are a resting place for tropical birds such as the iconic Toucan.
Hotel Enjoy, Caye Caulker
Centrally located on Caye Caulker, Hotel Enjoy boasts a great location within walking distance of the island’s shops and restaurants. Its air-conditioned guestrooms feature all the amenities needed to enjoy your stay, including a flat-screen TV, free WiFi and private bathroom. There are also BBQ grills available and a 24-hour front desk, where you can always expect a friendly greeting from the hotel's helpful team of staff.
Villas Ecotucan, Laguna Bacalar
Set on the shores of Laguna Bacalar, Villas Ecotucan provides eco-friendly accommodation in the form of private thatch-roofed cabins. Made from local materials, each cabin features a private bathroom, mosquito nets and views of the forest. They are also powered by solar panels. Guests can enjoy a regional buffet for breakfast or dine on tasty Caribbean cuisine for dinner. Activities include hiking the two-kilometre jungle trail or climbing the bird watching tower, which offers fantastic views over the lagoon. Down by the water are hammocks and a BBQ, but if you head there early enough you'll also catch a beautiful sunrise.
Hotel Playa del Carmen by H&A, Playa del Carmen
Just minutes from the beach is Hotel Playa del Carmen. Combining modern comforts with a typical Mexican atmosphere, the hotel features several balconies overlooking a large inner courtyard and swimming pool. Each air-conditioned guestroom provides a private bathroom and kitchenette, with a microwave and coffee maker. You can dine on traditional Mexican or tasty international cuisine in the hotel restaurant, or enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the poolside bar. And there’s no shortage of evening activities, with Spanish lessons, salsa classes, movie nights and more to keep you entertained.