Mexico, Belize & Guatemala Adventure
Soak up the Central American sunshine in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala
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Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14
Trip code: CMCA
Duration: 16 days
Soak up the sun in Central America on this stellar group tour. Visit all the highlights of 3 countries over 16 days - with dazzling beaches, epic ruins, vibrant cities and paradise islands it’s an Instagram dream. You’ll explore one of the most jaw-dropping Mayan sites in the world, snorkel over pristine coral reefs, stay in a local family’s home in Guatemala and have some banging nights out with your squad. You need this trip in your life - Vamos!
- Sip a margarita as the sun goes down on Playa Del Carmen’s white sand beach
- Visit the ancient city of Tikal - the largest Mayan ruins in existence!
- Chill out to reggae beats on the tropical island of Caye Caulker
- Explore the cobbled streets of the dinky island town of Flores
- Immerse yourself in Guatemalan life with a homestay on the shores of Lake Atitlán
- Learn some sizzling salsa moves in beautiful Antigua
Day 1: Arrive in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Your adventure starts here – yay! There are no activities planned for today apart from a welcome meeting later, so arrive whenever you like. Enjoy the beach this afternoon and head out for a few margaritas with your group after the meeting.
Day 2: Playa Del Carmen. Today is yours to spend as you choose. Soak up some sun on the beach, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, take a trip to Tulum Ruins, go diving around Cozumel Island, cool off in a cenote, or go tequila tasting! Save some energy for partying tonight though!
Day 3: Playa Del Carmen to Caye Caulker, Belize. Today we’ll cross over into beautiful Belize. There’s plenty to fall in love with here, with dazzling beaches, world-class diving, Mayan ruins and a chilled-out attitude. Our home for the next few days is the paradise island of Caye Caulker.
Days 4 – 5: Caye Caulker. Caulker is so laid-back it’s practically horizontal. Think colourful wooden houses, turquoise waters, and reggae beats. It’s totally car-free as well! Mellow out on the beach with the Rastas, rent a bike, or take a snorkelling, fishing or diving trip.
Day 6: Caye Caulker to San Ignacio. We’ll head to San Ignacio today with a stop at a pottery cooperative where we’ll see the workshop and enjoy a traditional lunch. We’ll arrive in San Ignacio this afternoon. Visit the Mountain Pine Ridge area for a river swim or take a trip to the Mayan complex of Xunantunich.
Day 7: San Ignacio. You’re a free agent today! Explore the town’s markets and cafes, visit some of the local caves on foot or on a cave tubing excursion, go horse-riding, canoeing or visit the Caracol Ruins – the largest Mayan site in Belize. This evening slam a few tequilas with your travel buddies.
Day 8: San Ignacio to Flores, Guatemala. On to Guatemala today! We’ll explore the jaw-dropping Mayan ruins at Tikal National Park this afternoon before continuing on to Flores – a pretty island town on Lake Peten Itza. Watch the sun go down at one of the drinking terraces that look out over the lake
Day 9: Flores to Rio Dulce. Make the scenic journey to Rio Dulce this morning. The town is on the shores of Lake Izabal and is a great base for exploring the region. This evening grab some delicious Belizean grub and a cold beer on the town with your mates.
Day 10: Rio Dulce. Rio Dulce is the jumping off point for some serious adventure. Opt to take a boat ride to the village of Livingston, bathe in the natural hot waterfalls of Finca El Paraiso, explore the Hacienda Tijax on horseback or get up early for a sunrise monkey kayak expedition!
Day 11: Rio Dulce to Antigua, Guatemala. Arrive in Antigua this afternoon, where you’ll be taken on an orientation walk. With colourful colonial houses, lively markets and leafy plazas, you’ll be spoilt for photo opps. Tonight, why not round your day off with a sultry group salsa lesson?
Day 12: Antigua. Today’s all yours. Wander the cobbled streets, treat yourself to a Mayan massage, take a cycling tour of the area, hike one of the active local volcanoes or how about a chocolate workshop? Tonight, enjoy some sensual Latin rhythms in the funky bars and cafes.
Day 13: Antigua to Panajachel. Today we’re off to Panajachel on Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful spots in Guatemala. Explore the town, visit the lake villages by boat or take part in some outdoor activities such as swimming, wind surfing, fishing, kayaking or horse riding.
Day 14: Panajachel to San Juan La Laguna. This morning, take the boat across the lake before arriving in San Juan La Laguna – a stunning local village where we’ll be spending the night in a homestay. You’ll have dinner with a family and get to know all about their life - an amazing cultural experience!
Day 15: San Juan La Laguna to Antigua. We’ll head back to Antigua today. Enjoy some free time in the city. Hang out in the park, sip some Guatemalan coffee or shop for some bargains. You could also visit a macadamia nut or coffee plantation. It’s the last night of the trip, so go large in the city’s bars and clubs with your crew!
Day 16: Antigua. Time to pack your bags and say your goodbyes – your amazing adventure has come to an end.
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Arrive into Cancun International Airport (CUN). The Airport is about 45 minutes from our start point in Playa Del Carmen. If you’ve arranged for an arrival transfer, you’ll be met at the airport and taken straight to the starting accommodation. If you’ve decided to make your own way to the starting accommodation, jump in a taxi or take one of the frequent buses.
Day 1 is arrival day, and no activities have been planned other than your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. At the welcome meeting you’ll get to know the rest of your group and learn all about the adventures we’ve got in store for you! A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel, telling you when and where the meeting will take place. If you arrive later than the evening meeting time, no probs. You can see everybody the next morning.
This trip ends in Antigua, Guatemala. You’ll need to leave from La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City. Taxi transfers from Antigua take around an hour. Your guide can help you arrange this for you if you like.
You’ll have 14 nights in simple hotels and hostels and 1 night in a local homestay. Hotel and hostel accommodation is on a multi-share basis (typically 4 -6 people per room) and is always single-sex. Many of the accommodations are quite unique, to give local flavour to your trip. You’ll have a private room in the homestay, but it will be quite basic and you may share facilities with the family. It’s a really authentic cultural experience.
1 lunch and 1 dinner are included on this trip. This allows you maximum flexibility to decide where and when to eat. Our groups usually eat together as it’s always more fun to share the experience, but there’s no obligation to do so.
You must be at least 18 years old to join this trip.
Please ensure your passport is valid, with at least six months validity remaining from the date of your planned return. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.
Tourists don’t need a visa to enter Mexico, but you’ll need to complete an immigration form and have this with you when you enter and leave the country. You can either get one when you arrive or in advance online.
British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Belize. On arrival you’ll be given a time-limited entry period. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from date of entry.
British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Guatemala. On arrival you’ll be given a time-limited entry period. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from date of entry.
Physical Rating: Average. Some activities on this trip will require a moderate level of fitness.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.