Explore the most beautiful places in Mexico, Honduras, Belize & Guatemala in this 22-days vacation package. You will explore in small group tours Chichen Itza one of the new “Seven Wonders of the World,” Tikal Guatemala’s greatest Mayan city, Copan, consider the Paris of the Mayan World, discover one of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs of Caye Caulker, visit the cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal in San Ignacio, Mérida known for its magnificent buildings and architectural diversity, Antigua Guatemala, the most beautiful colonial city of the Americas, relax on Cancún’s beaches, visit Lake Atitlan one of the most beautiful lakes in the world surrounded by majestic volcanoes, discover the impressive castle and flora with its waterfalls and hot springs in Rio Dulce, and Enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches with clear turquoise water in Tulum & Playa del Carmen.
Cancún is located on the southeastern coast of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula. The beaches of Cancún are some of the biggest draws for tourists with their warm, white, powdery, sand and turquoise, crystal-clear waters. Cancún also offers a variety of restaurants with local and international cuisines, perfect for everyone’s taste. There are also many shopping centers, bars and clubs located in Cancún, which gives this city a lively atmosphere.
Today you will have plenty of time to discover Cancún. This city has countless activities; therefore, you will surely never run out of things to do during your stay. Cancún offers a broad range of water activities including: paragliding, surfing, snorkeling and diving in the spectacular underwater world. For those who love culture, Cancún offers a variety of cultural activities such as museums, Mayan traditions, folkloric shows and much more.
Chichén Itza known as ‘El Castillo’ (the castle), is considered one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and is one of the most important archaeological sites of Yucatan. It’s a massive ancient ceremonial center comprised primarily of the Puuc construction style (old Chichén).
Today you will have some time to discover a little bit more of Chichén Itzá. In the afternoon, you will go to Mérida, the capital of the Yucatan State.
Mérida is known for its magnificent buildings and architectural diversity. It is also recognized as a ‘second Paris’. Buildings from the colonial period ‘prachvolle,’ light up the evening sun with romance and charm. At the market in Mérida you can find anything your heart desires, from everyday objects to beautiful handmade jewelry, scarves, and souvenirs. Mérida also offers a broad range of restaurants for everyone’s taste.
This morning you will leave Mérida and take off to Palenque. Palenque is situated on a ledge overlooking the swampy plains that stretch northward all the way to the Gulf coast. Palenque has a mystical charm that enchants scientists and tourists. The soaring jungle-swathed temples of Palenque are a national treasure and one of the best examples of Mayan architecture in Mexico.
Following breakfast you will have a private tour through Palenque. This Mayan site is located at the western frontier of the lowland Mayan region. The architecture of Palenque was truly inventive. During this tour you will view many impressive ruins, and you will not miss out on the most notable structures of Palenque: the ´Palace´ and the ´Temple of Inscriptions’.
The colonial city of San Cristóbal is set in a gorgeous highland valley surrounded by pine forest. You will explore San Cristobal in the morning, and in the afternoon you can visit ‘El Canón del Sumidero’. The sheer stonewalls of Sumidero Canyon rise hundreds of meters. At one point they rise a full kilometer above the tranquil river below, creating an awe-inspiring channel that is one of Chiapas’ most recognizable and impressive natural wonders.
After breakfast you will continue your journey to Lake Atitlán. Lake Atitlán is famous for its natural beauty and colorful Mayan villages. The lake is surrounded by natural beauty; it floats in the sky, a mile above sea level, relying on three majestic volcanoes. Here, you will have free time to relax at the lake or explore the surroundings.
Lake Atitlán is truly a jewel of the Guatemalan highlands. Surrounded by three majestic volcanoes, it is considered the most beautiful lake in Central America. With its stunning scenery and lively shore-side villages, the famous novelist Aldous Huxley considered Lake Atitlán to be “one of the most beautiful in the world.” The lake is surrounded by many villages, in which the Mayan culture is thriving. Every town has its own traditional Mayan dress, demonstrating how rich and diverse Guatemalan culture is. You will go on a boat tour to discover the indigenous villages and you will visit the market in Santiago Atitlán.
After breakfast you will continue your journey to Antigua Guatemala. Antigua may be the most outstanding and best-preserved colonial city in Central America. This city has natural beauty and impressive historic monuments. Antigua is a city of charm and color where you can see and buy an overwhelming variety of attractive, handmade products that honor the traditions of generations of artisans.
Antigua is considered to be the most beautiful colonial city of the Americas to discover. This city is famous for its well-preserved Spanish architecture as well as a number of stunning ruins of colonial convents and churches. Besides the fascinating culture, the city is also home to immense volcanoes like Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango, which form a majestic background to the city of Antigua. You will have plenty of time to explore the city. Another optional activity is the fascinating climb of Volcano Pacaya with visible lava flow.
Today after breakfast you will leave Antigua and drive to Copán, Honduras. The Copan ruins are located in the western part of Honduras. Copan was the dominant Mayan city in the south of their territory. Its rich stone sculptures and intricate hieroglyphs make Copan a feature attraction along ‘La Ruta Maya’. The majority of archaeologists agree that Copan formed part of the three largest and most lavish cultural centers of the new world.
After breakfast you will have a guided tour of Copán. This magnificent park is located in the heart of the Copan Valley, which is perhaps the greatest source of information the world has of the ancient Mayan civilization. The acropolis is divided into 2 plazas, and the Ball Court on this site is the second largest to be found in Central America. The most famous monument of Copan is the Hieroglyphic Stairway.
After the tour you will take off to Rio Dulce, where you will explore a stunning diversity of wildlife harmonized by the beauty of a unique geography and hydrography.
Take a boat tour to see the castle of San Felipe. The castle is a Spanish fort located on a peninsula between the Lake Izabal and Rio Dulce. You will have a guided tour to this impressive designed castle to defend the area against the pirates who invaded the area during the colonization. After this tour you will return to Rio Dulce, and get prepared for your departure to Flores.
Flores Island is the perfect place to rest and relax after your exploration of the numerous cities that form the Mayan empire.
Today you will leave early in the morning to Guatemala’s greatest Mayan city: Tikal. The massive ruins of Tikal are concentrated at the center of the Tikal National Park, a carefully preserved area of 222 square miles with some ruins still undiscovered. While it is still dark, you will walk through the jungle to arrive at the highest temple at the site, Temple IV, in time to watch the spectacular sunrise over the Mayan ruins. As the sunrise reaches its peak, you will hear how the jungle canopy wakes up. Monkeys, birds and other species create a fantastic cacophony of sound, a truly magical experience. Then, you will see the top of the impressive temples rising above the jungle canopy.
In San Ignacio you will be taken to Actun Tunichil Muknal to the most impressive caves in the Maya lowland. The cave is located in the heart of the Belizean rainforest, and was a sacred place to the prehistoric Mayan of Belize. Actun Tunichil Muknal is a vastly long cave that ends deep under the mountain rock and here the most incredible remains of Maya sacrifices were found. You will explore this cave not just by walking, but also by swimming. After this amazing adventure you continue your journey to Belize City, from where you will take a boat to Caye Caulker.
Caye Caulker is an island located to the west of Belize Barrier reef. The island owns a magnificent own culture and atmosphere which is friendly, laid back and easy going. With their white sand streets, Caye Caulker is an ideal place to escape the world. Today you will have free time to enjoy the beaches. Due to its proximity to the Barrier Reef, snorkeling and dive trips are the two most popular activities of the island.
Following breakfast you will take a boat from Caye Caulker to Chetumal. Chetumal is the midpoint between Mexico and Central America, which blends the best of both destinations; it is located on the border with Belize. From Chetumal you will transfer to Tulúm. Tulúm is the well-known city on the Riviera Maya, approximately 130 kilometers in the south of Cancun, located directly on the Mexican Caribbean coast. Upon your arrival in Tulúm the rest of the day you will be free to rest.
Today you will discover the site in Tulúm. You will be shown the most famous temples such as “El Castillo” (the castle), which is the highest building in Tulúm. Also, you will see the “Templo del Dios descendente” (the Temple of the Down-Rising God). You will not miss out on observing the breath-taking “Templo de las Pinturas” and the “Templo del Dios del Viento” (Temple of the Wind). What makes Tulúm so special is the location directly on the sea.
Today you will continue your journey and drive to Playa del Carmen, but not without a stop in the largest aquarium of the world, ‘Xelha.’ Here you will have plenty of time to discover this amazing attraction. If you love nature, there is no better place than Xelha to practice snorkeling and water activities like swimming with dolphins. Also Snuba, a combination between snorkeling, diving, and SeaTrek, which makes walking underwater possible, is one of the activities in this incredible aquarium. After this amazing experience you will continue your journey to Playa del Carmen, a romantic place with a Caribbean lifestyle.
Not ready to go home just yet? If you would like to extend your holiday, try combining your Mexico Trip with one of our other travel packages. Perhaps you would like to begin your tour with a week of Spanish language lessons. Contact one of our knowledgeable agents to begin customizing your tour package today!