Mayan Highlights

Through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, this trip combines the volcanic beauty of the highlands, the mystery of the ancient Maya ruins and the perfect beaches of the Caribbean, in a truly unique adventure. From Cancun to Playa del Carmen, this three week journey offers the chance to get out and get active, or enjoy a more relaxing pace while exploring the colour, culture and adventure of Central America.

Itinerary

Day 1 Cancun

Laze on powdery white beaches, snorkel in the warm waters or simply relax at a bar with a margarita and enjoy the luxury Cancun has to offer. Enjoy a brief guided walk through this busy resort town.

Day 2 Chichen Itza/Merida

Visit Chichen Itza's ancient city and marvel at the splendour of the Chichen ruins - one of the best examples of Mayan architecture. Spend the night in the colonial splendour of Merida, the gem of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Days 3-4 Palenque

Stroll around Mexico's jungle-tangled Palenque ruins and admire temple walls sculpted with images of gods, rulers and ceremonies. After the ruins, you have the option of visiting the waterfall of Misol-Ha and the natural pools of Agua Azul.

Days 5-6 San Cristobal de las Casas

Head to the cooler climes of this city rich in local culture and tasty cuisine. Take an optional day trip to San Juan Chamula.

Day 7 Panajachel

Cross the border into Guatemala to the lakeside town of Panajachel. Take an optional cruise on beautiful Lake Atitlan.

Day 8 San Jorge La Laguna

Experience the local way of life at a homestay. Practise Spanish and enjoy a home-cooked meal with a friendly host family.

Days 9-11 Chichicastenango/Antigua

Visit the famous market in Chichicastenango and bargain for some of Guatemala's best handicrafts. Travel to Antigua, a colonial city flanked by smouldering volcanoes.

Days 12-13 Flores/Tikal

Travel by bus to Flores and unwind in a town where canoes are still a mode of transport. Take a dip in Lago Peten Itza then be awestruck by Tikal's ruins towering above the jungle. Climb to the top of a temple at Tikal to spy scarlet macaws darting through the forest canopy.

Days 14-15 San Ignacio

Get off the beaten track with a journey into stunning Belize. Surrounded by fast-flowing rivers and forested hills, this is a great base to see the San Ignacio ruins.

Days 16-18 Caye Caulker

Kick back on a white sand beach on the coast of Belize or take an optional Belize diving adventure in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve - see coral, tropical fish, sharks and manta rays.

Day 19 Tulum

Travel into Mexico and laze on the sands or watch the sun set over the sea from the Mayan ruins of Tulum. This idyllic site perched on a cliff overlooking the beach, affords staggering views over the Mexican coastline.

Days 20-22 Playa del Carmen

This beach town offers a final chance to go souvenir shopping, head out for some snorkeling fun or enjoy the easygoing Mexican nightlife.

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