16 Day Mayan Sun Tour - Playa del Carmen to Antigua Guatemala

Find your paradise somewhere between the blazing Mexican sun and the cool Guatemalan highlands on this 16 Day odyssey
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
16 Days 15 Nights
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Start & End Location
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Playa del Carmen to Antigua Guatemala
What's Included

  • Get up to $180 cash back per person when you book with us
  • All accommodation: hotels, hostels and a local homestay

  • All transport between destinations - includingpublic bus, boat, van and taxi

  • Guidance from an amazing Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout

  • Meals including 1 lunch and 1 dinner

  • Guided tour of Tikal

  • Orientation walk in Antigua

  • Beach time in Playa del Carmen and Caye Caulker

What to Expect

Relax on white-sand beaches, bask in Caye Caulker sunsets and reggae music, experience a local homestay and xplore gorgeous colonial Antigua on this 16 day tour.

Find your paradise somewhere between the blazing Mexican sun and the cool Guatemalan highlands. Wander Antigua's cobblestone streets and its local markets before experiencing the diverse beauty of Lake Atitlan 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.

Day 1: Playa del Carmen

Say goodbye to your routine life and voila to your pristine journey that is to begin today once you arrive at Playa del Carmen anytime before 11:59am. Check in at Ko'ox Caribbean Paradise or a similar style hotel and relax until aroun 6pm, when you'll get to introduce yourself to all the fellow travellers at the introductory meet with the CEO.

Have a good night sleep and get yourself charged for the rest of this phenomenal trip.


Day 2: Playa del Carmen

Feel free to explore Playa del Carmen any way you want today. If you are a certified diver then take the ferry to Cozumel Island and discover one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations as an optional activity. Or,opt to visit Tulum Ruins or Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Canal Float or try visiting Cenote for a nice swim. Enjoy dinner at community restaurant, El Hongo, with a youth focused art program. El Hongo which means 'The Mushroom' is a volunteer-run restaurant started as a means to create income to support a youth art program in the 'real' Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Check in at Ko'ox Caribbean Paradise Hotel or similar for a well deserving rest.


Day 3: Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker

Begin your journey towards Playa del Carmen by a first-class bus to reach Chetumal by 1:30pm. After crossing the border, you'll reach Belize City by approx. 4pm befor arriving in Caye Caulker via a water taxi by 5:30pm to check in directly Tropical Paradise Hotel Hotel (or similar) to rest for the night.


Day 4 and Day 5: Caye Caulker

Get ready early and have the whole day free for yourself. Take up an optional Hol Chan snorkel tour or a Sunset Sailing Boat tour, you can also visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve at your will and expense or rent a bike and drive through the lanes of Caye. Opt to visit Blue Hole National Park Flight or experience Blue Hole National Monument Dive or even Guided Kayak trip before you return to the hotel for a good night's rest.


Day 6: Caye Caulker to San Ignacio

Rise early and travel by a water taxi to reach Belize City. From Belize, hop onto a local bus to travel to San Ignacio. With free time here, choose to explore the area by foot, canoe or horse, take a caving trip, or even visit the Mountain Pine Ridge Area and swim in its inviting pools and rivers. Opt for a hike to visit Xunantunich. Check in at Chaltunha hostel (or similar) for another good night's rest.


Day 7: San Ignacio

Today, relax at the resort or keep yourself busy with the activities like Tikal Ruins Guided Tour, Xunantunich Visit, Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Visit, Butterfly Gardens, Cave Tubing, Barton Creek Cave canoeing. The day is all yours, so make the most of it!


Day 8: San Ignacio to Flores

Rise early and shine as you travel by taxi to reach Benque Viejo del Carmen by 7:15am. From there, cross the border between Belize and Guatemala and reach Melchor de Mencos by 8am. Travel by a private vehicle and arrive at Tikal by 11am. This Mayan site is set in the heart of the jungle, in Tikal National Park, is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Disocver its magic along with your bilingual guide, see some of the temples, plazas, carved stone monuments and public squares - more than 3,000 buildings in all, dating from as far back as 600 BC! After the Tikal ruins guided tour, check in at Hotel Peten (or similar).


Day 9: Flores to Rio Dulce

Travel by a taxi to reach Santa Elena in the morning. Later on, hop on a local bus to reach Rio Dulce. Check in at Hacienda Tijax (or similar) for the night.


Day 10: Rio Dulce

The small town Rio which is situated on Lake Izabal serves as a stopping point for boaters around the globe on their way to or from Livingston and the Caribbean coast. Today, it's your chance to explore the town. You can take a scenic boat ride to Livingston and float past mangroves and lily pads and the Boqueron Canyon, where a sheer limestone cliff rises 122m out of the river, covered in vines, trees, and moss, or, visit the natural hot waterfall or the San Felipe Fort. You can also hike to Chocon Machacas Nature Reserve or do kayaking at Sunrise Monkey. Return to the hotel and relax for the evening.


Day 11: Rio Dulce to Antigua

Travel in a private vehicle today and head towards Antigua. Once there, enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO and fellow group members. Then, get ready to jgive salsa dancing a go with some salsa dance lessons. Check in at Posada La Merced Antigua for the evening.


Day 12: Antigua

Wake up whenever you like and enjoy a day set free for you. If you want to keep busy and explore then opt for Acatenango Volcano Climb, Finca Filadelfia coffee tour or Elizabeth Bell walking tour. You could also take a message and relax or cycle through the city and sweat it out. Return to the hotel and relax.


Day 13: Antigua to Panajachel

Travel in a private vehicle, through the hills and fertile fields of the Guatemalan highlands to the shores of Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful spots in Guatemala. Check in at Kamol Bey (or similar) and rest for the remaining day in mid of nature. You can take a massage and relax your body, or go out and buy some local souvenirs.


Day 14: Panajachel to San Juan La Laguna

Rise and shine early to begin your journey in a boat to reach Panajachel. Set on the northwest shore of Lake Atitlan, arrive by boat to the laid back village of San Juan La Laguna where you'll immediately feel at home. This Mayan homestay will ease out all your pains and stress by just a mere look at it. Submerge yourself in Mayan culture during this homestay run by a Planeterra community tourism project. Board a boat and reach your accommodation at Rupalaj Kistalin Posada (or similar) for a yummy local dinner and rest.


Day 15: San Juan La Laguna to Antigua

Enjoy an early breakfast and then begin your journey towards Antigua in a boat before transfering to a private vehicle. Enjoy your last 'big night out' with your new friends and make the most of your final night. Check in at Posada La Merced Antigua (or similar).


Days 16: Antigua

With lots of memories to cherish, you're free to depart any time after 11:59.

Frequently Asked Questions

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

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This tour is perfect for 18-to-thirtysomethings. It's a fast, fresh and fun adventure that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

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Allow $410 - $535 USD for meals. Eating is a big part of traveling. On this tour, you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.

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(typically 4-6 people per room). We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavour to your trip.

Couples: Please note that due to the variety of accommodation used in Central America, couples will be split into separate rooms when we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.

Singles: Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

We embrace local culture while staying in San Juan in a Mayan Homestay. Here, you will be staying in a private room, but don't expect luxury. Just as it is for the locals, there might only be cold water, and you may share the facilities with the family. It is an authentic glimpse into their lives.

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For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher.

The Cancún airport is only 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen and frequent buses run on schedule.

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We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying and handling your own luggage.

Packing List

• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

• 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
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket

Health & Safety:
• Face masks (required)
• Hand sanitizer (required)
• Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
• Rubber gloves

Lake Atitlan Overnight:
• Overnight bag

Warm Weather:
• Sandals/flip-flops
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
• Swimwear

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Mexico exit tax by land: MXN533 (USD35)

Belize entrance tax: free
Belize exit tax: $20USD

Guatemala entrance tax: 10Q ($1.25USD)
Guatemala airport exit tax: Included in ticket price

Border Fees must be paid in full at the time of entry and exit and are subject to change without prior notice.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The minimum age for clients traveling on this tour is 18

  • Date of birth must be submitted for this product

  • It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. 

  • 1. As this trip crosses national borders, please be prepared to pay some border fees for certain countries ranging from $1 to $30 USD

Cancellation Policy:

  • For a tour departing between January 19, 2022 and April 30, 2023, travellers will be permitted to cancel their confirmed tour services, pre- or post tour accommodation services, extra services, or transfer services at any time prior to 14 days from the date of tour departure at no charge if they also rebook another tour service and/or reschedule travel to a later date, which later date must be within two years of the initial departure date.

  • The traveller must rebook their deferred travel at the same time as their cancellation in order for the policy to be applicable.

  • For tours booked to depart between January 19, 2022 and April 30, 2023, the traveller will be responsible to pay the difference if the rebooked tour is priced higher than the original tour and will receive a travel credit for the difference that will be kept on file with The Supplier for two years from the date of rebooking if the rebooked tour is priced lower than the original tour.

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