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Mayan Sun Southbound: Boat Rides & Ruins

Find your paradise somewhere between the blazing Mexican sun and the cool Guatemalan highlands on this 16-day odyssey. Wander Antigua’s cobblestone streets and its local markets before experiencing the diverse beauty of Lake Atitlán and its Indigenous villages. Geared to the adventurer wanting to capture some of Central Americas finest highlights, this trip will ensure that you really pack some punch into those postcards home.

Tour Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

  • Day : 1 (Playa del Carmen)

    Arrive at any time. Head out tonight with your fellow travellers to 12th Street, where there’s tons of bars and clubs to choose from. Say cheers to new adventures with new friends!
    Check into our hotel and enjoy the city.
    Shuttles and buses from the Cancún airport are easy to find and reasonably priced. You can also take the public ADO bus that has departures every 30 minutes from the airport to Playa Del Carmen for approximately MX 176 ($10 USD).

    Accommodation - Hotel 12 bees
    Included Activity -
    - Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group
    - Connect With New Friends
  • Day : 2 (Playa del Carmen)

    Enjoy free time to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm or take a ferry to nearby Cozumel. Or just play in the waves and enjoy the beach.
    Start your holiday off with some hardcore relaxation. Enjoy a full day of free time to fill as you wish. Get your ruin on with a visit to Tulum perched atop the sea, explore the fish- and coral-filled seas around Cozumel on a scuba dive, go swimming in a cenote or at the beach, and save some energy for a night out on the town.

    Accommodation - Hotel 12 bees

  • Day : 3 (Playa del Carmen/Caye Caulker)

    Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.
    Mention Belize and you may conjure up visions of unbelievably clear blue waters, diving and snorkelling along the barrier reef and remarkable marine life. Belize also boasts huge swaths of jungle, ancient Mayan ruins, and above all, friendly, easygoing people. Belize is all this and much more!

    Accommodation - Tropical Paradise Hotel
    Included Activity -
    - Border Crossing (Mexico - Belize)
  • Day : 4 (Caye Caulker)

    Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.

    Accommodation - Tropical Paradise Hotel

  • Day : 5 (Caye Caulker)

    Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.

    Accommodation - Tropical Paradise Hotel

  • Day : 6 (Caye Caulker/San Ignacio)

    Travel by boat and bus from Caye Caulker to San Ignacio. Enjoy an included pottery demonstration and local lunch at a G Adventures-supported women's pottery cooperative.
    From the town of San Ignacio, opportunities abound for exploring Belize’s little known inland scenic beauty. With free time here, choose to explore the area by foot, canoe or horse, take a caving trip, or visit the Mountain Pine Ridge Area and swim in its inviting pools and rivers.

    Accommodation - Kawoq Hostel
    Meals Details - LUNCH
    Included Activity -
    - San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch
  • Day : 7 (San Ignacio)

    Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

    Accommodation - Kawoq Hostel

  • Day : 8 (San Ignacio/Flores)

    Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of the ruins of Tikal.
    Cross the border into Guatemala and you immediately notice the difference in culture, with its heavy Mayan influence and Spanish language. Here we have entered Guatemala’s northeast jungle Petén region. The descendants of the Maya of Chichén Itzá migrated to the Petén area several centuries after the collapse of the great Mayan cities in the Yucatán. En route to Flores, stop for a guided tour of the ancient city of Tikal. Arrive in Flores, the capital of the department of Petén, a small island located on the second largest lake of Guatemala, Lake Petén Itzá.

    Accommodation - Peten Express Hotel
    Included Activity -
    - Border Crossing (Belize - Guatemala)
    - Tikal Ruins Guided Tour
  • Day : 9 (Flores/Rio Dulce)

    Travel across the country towards the coast to Rio Dulce, on the shores of Lake Izabal.
    A travel day from Flores to Rio Dulce which is located in the department of Izabal, home of the largest lake in Guatemala, Lake Izabal was one of the most important water ways of the Spanish crown during colonial times. We take the road past areas of dense jungle and arrive at Río Dulce, a small town on Lake Izabal and a port stop for boaters around the globe, on their way to/from Livingston and the Caribbean coast.

    Accommodation - Hotel Hacienda Tijax

  • Day : 10 (Rio Dulce)

    Travel to the Caribbean town of Livingston by scenic boat ride from Rio Dulce. Enjoy a visit to the G Adventures–supported El Manglar Restaurant for an explanation of the women-led community initiative project here. Then, walk around the grounds before a sit-down lunch of delicious local flavours.

    Accommodation - Hotel Hacienda Tijax
    Meals Details - LUNCH
    Included Activity -
    - Scenic Boat Ride to Livingston
    - Caribbean Gastronomic Experience "El Manglar"
  • Day : 11 (Rio Dulce/Antigua Guatemala)

    Enjoy an orientation walk of Antigua's cobblestone streets, then opt to take a salsa lesson and practice new moves out at night.
    Today is a travel day from Rio Dulce to Antigua, followed by an orientation walk once you arrive. Plan your activities for the next day and enjoy some of the nightlife this beautiful colonial city has to offer.

    Accommodation - Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel
    Included Activity -
    - Orientation Walk – Antigua
  • Day : 12 (Antigua Guatemala)

    Enjoy a free day in Antigua. Opt to relax with a massage, climb a volcano, soak up the culture in one of the city's many cafés, or explore the nearby hills and towns by bike.
    Get adventurous and pre-book the Pacaya Volcano Hike on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

    Accommodation - Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel

  • Day : 13 (Antigua Guatemala/Panajachel)

    Travel to beautiful Lake Atitlán and enjoy the views.
    Travel through the hills and fertile fields of the Guatemalan highlands to the shores of Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful spots in Guatemala. Twelve native villages, blue/grey mountains and three volcanoes line the shores of this lake resulting in a wonderful combination of unusual natural beauty and traditional culture. The area is also ideal for outdoor pursuits like swimming, fishing, wind surfing, hiking, bird watching, kayaking, and horseback riding.
    Note: Please dress conservatively when visiting the villages and refrain from photographing religious ceremonies, or individuals who do not wish to be photographed.

    Accommodation - Kamol Bey

  • Day : 14 (Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna)

    Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family. This area is known for stunning scenery and great shopping for Mayan handicrafts. Opt to bargain for colourful textiles and paintings at the lake's markets.

    Accommodation - Rupalaj Kistalin Posada Homestay
    Meals Details - DINNER
    Included Activity -
    - Posadas Mayas Homestay
  • Day : 15 (San Juan La Laguna/Antigua Guatemala)

    Return to Antigua, and enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
    We return to Antigua to spend more time to explore the city, shop, and check out optional activities in the area. Optional activities include visiting a macadamia nut farm, checking out a coffee plantation, biking around Antigua's surrounding hills or taking a salsa lesson.

    Accommodation - Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel
    Included Activity -
    - Big Night Out
  • Day : 16 (Antigua Guatemala)

    Depart at any time.
    Please note that Antigua's nearest airport is Guatemala City, Guatemala. Don't get caught flying out from the Caribbean island nation of Antigua; it's nowhere near the finish point of this tour!

    Included Activity -
    - Departure Day

Tour Highlights

Tour Highlights

  • Accommodation - Simple hotels/hostels (14 nts, most multi-share), local homestay (1 nt).

  • Checklist - Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) • Visas or vaccination certificates (With photocopies) Essentials: • Toiletries (required) (Shampoo, bodywash, soap, etc.) • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Swimwear • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Health & Safety: • Hand sanitizer (required) • Face masks (Clients will be only be required to wear a face mask where it is mandated by local regulations.) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Quick Covid Test/Antigen Test Lake Atitlan Overnight: • Overnight bag Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sturdy water shoes/sandals • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear

  • Group Leader - CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

  • Group Size Notes - Max 18, avg 14.

  • Highlights - Relax on white-sand beaches, bask in Caye Caulker sunsets and reggae music, experience a local homestay, explore gorgeous colonial Antigua and its colourful markets.

  • International Flights - Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Introduction - Find your paradise somewhere between the blazing Mexican sun and the cool Guatemalan highlands on this 16-day odyssey. Wander Antigua’s cobblestone streets and its local markets before experiencing the diverse beauty of Lake Atitlán and its Indigenous villages. Geared to the adventurer wanting to capture some of Central America's finest highlights, this trip will ensure that you really pack some punch into those postcards home.

  • Meal Budget - Allow USD400-520 for meals not included.

  • Meals Included - 2 lunches, 1 dinner

  • Minimum Age - Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

  • Optional Activities - Tulum - Tulum Ruins Visit Playa del Carmen - Cenote Visit (40-60USD per person) - Tequila Tasting (850-1100MXN per person) - Coco Bongo Disco and Show (90USD per person) Akumal - Akumal Beach Visit (20USD per person) Caye Caulker - ***Bike with Purpose Rental*** (1-30USD per person) - Hol Chan Marine Reserve Day Tour - Sunset Sailing Boat Tour (60USD per person) - Fishing (250-450USD per person) Xunantunich - Xunantunich Visit (50USD per person) Caves Branch - Cave Tubing (90USD per person) Caracol - Caracol Ruins Tour (115USD per person) Barton Creek - Barton Creek Cave Canoeing (110USD per person) San Ignacio - Horseback Riding (75USD per person) Actun Tunichil Muknal - Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Visit (110USD per person) Antigua Guatemala - Salsa Lesson (10USD per person) - Cycling (30-50USD per person) - ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop (24USD per person) - Finca Valhalla Visit (5-10USD per person) - Elizabeth Bell Walking Tour (25USD per person) - Acatenango Volcano Climb (50-89USD per person) - Massage (30-60USD per person) - Finca Filidelfia Coffee Tour (25USD per person) Escuintla - Pacaya Volcano Hike (59-79USD per person) Panajachel - Massage Lago de Atitlán - Kayaking - Swimming San Juan La Laguna - Shopping

  • Start / Finish - Playa del Carmen to Antigua Guatemala

  • Transport - Local bus, ferry, boat, private vehicle, taxi, walking.

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