The Mayan Trail

22 Day Multi-Country Sightseeing Tour Package through Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico

Activities: Culture/Sightseeing, Enjoy Beaches, Explore Mayan Ruins, Touring Cities
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22 days 21 nights
Cancun International Airport
Cancun International Airport
Mayan Tour Package

Explore the most beautiful places in Mexico, Honduras, Belize & Guatemala in this 22-day Mayan tour package. You will explore Chichen Itza one of the new “Seven Wonders of the World”. Visit Tikal Guatemala’s greatest Mayan city. Copan, considered the Paris of the Mayan World in Honduras. Discover one of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs of Caye Caulker, in Belize.

Visit the cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal in San Ignacio. Colonial cities like Mérida, in Mexico which is known for its magnificent buildings and architectural diversity. Antigua Guatemala, the most beautiful colonial city of the Americas in Guatemala. Relax on Cancún’s beaches. 

Tour 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.

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Highlights of this Mayan Tour Package

  1. Cancun, Mexico
  2. Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Palenque, Copan, Tikal and Tulum
  3. Merida City
  4. Campeche
  5. San Cristobal de Las Casas
  6. El Sumidero Canyon
  7. Lake Atitlan
  8. Antigua Guatemala
  9. Volcano Pacaya
  10. Dulce River and Livingston
  11. ATM Caves in Belize
  12. Caye Caulker
  13. Tulum
  14. Playa del Carmen

The Mayan Trail

Mayan tour package : 22 Days & 21 Nights
1. Arrival at Mexico
2. Cancun, Mexico
3. Chichen Itza
4. Travel to Merida
5. Merida City
6. Palenque
7. San Cristobal
8. El Sumidero Canyon
9. Drive to Lake Atitlan
10. Lake Atitlan
11. Antigua Guatemala
12. Active Volcano
13. Travel to Copan
14. Copan ruins
15. Dulce River
16. Sunrise in Tikal
17 Caves in Belize
18. Caye Caulker island
19. Caribbean
20. Explore Tulum
21. Playa del Carmen
22. Airport of Cancun
Arrival at Cancun International Airport.

Your Mayan tour package start in Cancún, Mexico. The beaches of Cancún are some of the biggest draws for tourists with their warm, white, powdery, sand and turquoise, crystal-clear waters

Aerial view of Punta Cancun and the Caribbean ocean in Mexico. Mexico Holidays
Punta Cancun, at the Caribbean Sea in Mexico.

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.

Cancun, Optional tours and activities. 

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

A view along the beach of the Caribbean Sea in Cancun, Mexico.
A view along the beach of the Caribbean Sea in Cancun, Mexico

For those who love culture, Cancún offers a variety of cultural activities such as museums, Mayan traditions, folkloric shows and much more.

Tour to Chichen Itza, Mayan City.

Chichén Itza known as The Castle, is considered one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and is one of the most important archaeological sites of Yucatan and the entire Mayan World. It’s a massive ancient ceremonial center comprised primarily of the Puuc construction style (old Chichén).

The temple of Kukulcan in the Mayan City of Chichen Itza. Mayan Tour Package.
The Mayan pyramid The Castle in Chichen Itza Mexico. Dramatic sky with apocalyptic light.

 

Chichen Itza and Merida

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.

Cenote, cave lake close to Chichen Itza, Mexico. Adventure trips
Cenote cave lake landscape view with people swimming, Chichen Itza, Mexico

Discover Merida and travel to Campeche. 

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. 

Beautiful colorful colonial buildings in the historic center of Campeche, Mexico.
Beautiful colorful colonial buildings in the historic center of Campeche, Mexico

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.

Travel to Palenque, Chiapas. 

This morning you will leave Campeche 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

Temple of Inscriptions and the Palace in the Mayan Ruins of Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico.
Temple of Inscriptions and the palace in the Mayan ruins of Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico

The soaring jungle-swathed temples of Palenque are a national treasure and one of the best examples of Mayan architecture in Mexico.

Explore Palenque and travel to San Cristobal.

Today you will explore Palenque with a profesional guide. 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 Mayan temple of the Inscriptions in the Mayan City of Palenque, Mexico. Maya tours in Mexico.
Temple of Inscriptions, the most important temple in the Mayan ruins of Palenque, Mexico.
San Cristobal and El Sumidero Canyon

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 Sumidero Canyon”. The sheer stonewalls of Sumidero Canyon rise hundreds of meters

El Sumidero Canyon, Chiapas. Mexico.
Aerial view of the Sumidero Canyon in Chiapas, Mexico

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.

Travel to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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.

View of San Marcos La Laguna and surrounding mountains in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Hikes in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
Lake Atitlan mountainous shoreline with a view of San Marcos, Guatemala.

Boat tour Indigenous Villages

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.”

Mountains in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Guatemala boat tours
Surrounding Mountains in Lake Atitlan

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 indigenous market in Santiago Atitlán.

Transfer to Antigua Guatemala

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. 

The arc street with Volcano de Agua in the background in Antigua Guatemala
The arc and Volcano de Agua, Antigua

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 Guatemala and hike an active volcano

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.

Amazing Volcanos in Guatemala during sunset. Guatemala trips.
Amazing volcanoes landscapes in Guatemala, Central America.

Besides the fascinating culture, the city is also home to immense volcanoes like Agua, Fuego, Pacaya, 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.

Travel to Copan, Honduras.

Today after breakfast you will leave Antigua and drive to Copán, Honduras. As part of this Mayan tour package, you will also visit Copan ruins, 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.

Colonial Architecture in Antigua Guatemala. Guatemala cultural tours.
Ancient colonial architecture in Antigua Guatemala.

Copan Ruins and travel to Dulce River.

After breakfast you will have a tour of Copán. This magnificent Mayan site 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. 

View of the ball game in the archaeological site of Copan in a Honduras tour
The beautiful Mayan sit of Copan, Honduras.

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.

Boat tour Dulce River and travel to Flores Island.

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 Dulce River. 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. 

The rainforest in Rio Dulce, Guatemala. Boat tours
The beautiful Dulce River in Guatemala. Central America.

After this tour you will return to Dulce River, and get prepared for your departure to Flores.

The famous Mayan City of Tikal, sunrise tour.

Flores Island is the perfect place to rest and relax after your exploration of the numerous cities that form the Mayan empire.

The main plaza in the Mayan City of Tikal, Guatemala.
Famous ancient Mayan temples in Tikal National Park, Guatemala, Central America

Today you will leave early in the morning to one of Guatemala’s greatest Mayan city: Tikal. The massive ruins of Tikal are concentrated at the center of Tikal National Park, a carefully preserved area of 222 square miles with some ruins still undiscovered.

Great view of temple one and temple two from the top of temple four in the Mayan City of Tikal, Guatemala. Jungle Tours.
Tikal ruins in Guatemala with thick jungle.

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. This is an experience not to be missed!

Travel to San Ignacio and tour to ATM Cave. 

Today you leave Guatemala and the next destination of this wonderful Mayan tour package is the neighboring country Belize. Once in San Ignacio, Belize you will be taken to Actun Tunichil Muknal ATM to the most impressive caves in the Maya lowlands.

Light entering into a cave in Belize. Cave tours
Light filters into a dark cave in a very remote section of jungle in southern Belize.

The cave is located in the heart of the Belizean rain-forest, 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.

Footbridge over river in tranquil forest in Belize. Jungle hikes in Belize.
Footbridge over river in tranquil forest in Belize

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.

The small island of Caye Caulker, Belize. 

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. 

Tropical Caribbean beach destination of Ambergris Caye in Belize.
Tropical Caribbean beach destination of Ambergris Caye in Belize

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.

 

Tulum, Mexico. 

The Belizean part of your Mayan tour package finalized today and start the Mexico’s adventure again. 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.

The Mayan ruins of Tulum in the Caribbean ocean, Mexico. Mexico Holidays

From Chetumal you will transfer to Tulúm. Tulúm is the well-known city on the Riviera Maya, approximately 130 kilometers 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.

See the archeological site of Tulum. 

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.

Ruins of Tulum, Mexico. Tulum tours
Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico.

Also, you will see the Temple of the Down-Rising God. You will not miss out on observing the breath-taking Temple of the Paintings and the Temple of the Wind. What makes Tulúm so special is its location. It is the only Mayan site located in front of the Caribbean sea

Xelha Aquarium and travel to Playa del Carmen.

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 Aquarium. In this aquarium you will have plenty of time to discover this amazing attraction. 

The statue Mayan Gateway in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
The statue Mayan Gateway in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

If you love nature, this aquarium is a great place 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.

Drive to Cancun, International Airport. 

Not ready to go home just yet? If you would like to extend your holiday, contact one of our knowledgeable agents to begin customizing your Mayan tour package today!

A view along the beach of the Caribbean Sea in Cancun, Mexico.
A view along the beach of the Caribbean Sea in Cancun, Mexico

From $3,250 (per person)

Expenses Included
  • 21 Nights Hotel AccommodationAccommodation in hotels selected according to your wishes and priorities
  • Tour GuideEnglish, Spanish, German, French, Italian or Dutch speaking guides.
  • Entrance FeesFor the tours listed in the program
  • All transportationDoor to door private transportation
  • Boat RidesLake Atitlán boat transfers, Visiting the indigenous villages at Lake Atitlán, and Dulce River
  • FoodDaily breakfast
  • Price does not included✗ International flights ✗ Personal, travel and cancellation insurance ✗ Other expenses than indicated
  • * This price is based in 8 guests