The Mayan civilisation was one of the most advanced of its time, renowned for its art, architecture, writing & mathematical systems and astronomical calendar. This sample itinerary explores the remnants of this fascinating culture- meet the descendants of Mayan people with their distinctive traditions and beliefs, discover the many spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Listed ruins of ancient Mayan cities and soak up the local culture through the wonderful food, art & music.
Arrive in Mexico City & transfer to your hotel.
Early departure to Teotihuacan Ruins to see the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon and enjoy the ruins in the cooler part of the day. Return to Mexico City to explore the highlights, including the Zocalo, Cathedral, National Palace, Tenochtitlan and the Museum of Anthropology
Day at leisure to relax and explore. Consider a visit to the Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacan or the floating gardens of Xochimilco.
Flight to Villahermosa and overland transfer to Palenque. Enjoy a swim amidst lush jungle surrounds and relax this afternoon.
Half-day tour of the Maya ruins of Palenque, built on the fringe of the Chiapas Jungle.
Full-day tour visiting the Maya sites of Yaxchilan and Bonampak located in the Lacandon jungle.
This morning drive to Agua Azul waterfalls and enjoy a refreshing swim. In the afternoon continue to San Cristobal to stay overnight.
Visit the colourful market and the native villages of Chamula and Zinacantan. These living Maya communities still preserve ancient traditions.
Day at leisure to relax or explore.
Transfer to La Mesilla where you will meet your Guatemalan driver. Continue to the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan, surrounded by dramatic volcanic peaks
Tour famous Chichicastenango, one of the most colourful markets in Latin America (available Thursday and Sunday – ask your consultant about options for other days).
Day at leisure. Ask us about optional kayaking or hiking tours or simply relax in a hammock and enjoy the views.
Transfer to the stunning colonial city of Antigua. Enjoy a walking tour of the most important sites including the Cathedral, National Palace and San Francisco Church.
Day at leisure to relax or explore.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Flores. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a sunset tour of Yaxha Ruins, set in lush jungle.
Full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site Tikal National Park, where Maya temples rise above the jungle canopy.
Private transfer across the border into Belize and your hotel in San Ignacio.
Enjoy a private half-day tour of the largest archaeological site in Belize, Caracol. Visit the five main plazas, the astronomical observatory and the enormous pyramid of Caana, rising more than 40 metres above the floor of the rainforest. After picnic lunch we’ll return to your hotel, with a stop at the Rio Frio Caves and Pools for a refreshing dip.
Day at leisure – ask us about optional activities including hikes, horse-riding, underground boat tours and cave tubing. A visit to nearby Xunantunich ruins is also highly recommended.
Private transfer to Belize City where you’ll take a water-taxi to the stunning Ambergris Caye, your jumping off point for the magnificent Belize Barrier Reef. Transfer to your hotel on arrival.
This morning’s snorkelling tour begins at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, the first marine reserve in Central America, to explore the coloured reefs. Continue to Shark Alley where you will encounter friendly stingrays, inquisitive brown nurse sharks, turtles, as well as an abundance of colourful reef fish including snappers and jacks.
Day at leisure to relax and explore.
After breakfast take the water-taxi back to the mainland and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.