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Mayan Discovery

15 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Playa del Carmen
Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Playa del Carmen/Mérida
Travel to Mérida, stopping en route for a guided tour of Chichén Itzá. Enjoy an orientation walk of Mérida.

Day 3 Mérida
Opt to visit the ruins of Uxmal or swim in cenotes (underground pools) in the Yucatán.

Day 4 Mérida/Palenque
Travel day to Palenque in the lush dense jungle of Chiapas.

Day 5 Palenque
Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque.

Day 6 Palenque/Lacanjá
Travel day from Palenque to Lacanjá through the jungle of Chiapas. Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Yaxchilán and Bonampak.

Day 7 Lacanjá/San José
Journey through the jungle via van, boat and bus to San José, Petén. Explore Lake Petén Itzá and the island of Flores.

Day 8 San José 
Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of Tikal archaeological site. Relax on Lake Petén Itzá with a boat cruise or a swim. (1D)

Day 9 San José/San Ignacio 
Travel from San José to San Ignacio, Belize. Make a plan to explore the area. (1B)

Day 10 San Ignacio
Enjoy free time to visit the sacred Mayan cave, Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the Mountain Pine Ridge area or see the lesser-known Mayan ruins of Xunantunich or Caracol.

Day 11 San Ignacio/Caye Caulker
Travel to Caye Caulker and enjoy this tropical paradise. Rent a bike and organize activities for the next day.

Day 12 Caye Caulker
Spend the day exploring Caye Caulker and the marine life in the area.

Day 13 Caye Caulker/Playa del Carmen
Full travel day to reach Playa del Carmen, the last stop of the adventure.

Day 14 Playa del Carmen 
Enjoy a free day to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm, visit one of the many cenotes or the diving mecca of Cozumel. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program. (1D)

Day 15 Playa del Carmen
Depart at any time.
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All This Included
Mayan ruins peeking out from verdant jungle, street vendors hawking their wares on colonial streets, pristine white-sand beaches sparkling under the Caribbean sun—now this is the real Yucatán. On this unique 15-day journey, you’ll tour the ruins at Chichén Itzá and Palenque, and head deep into the jungle of Guatemala to experience the ruins of Tikal. You're free to choose your own adventure! So escape the resort packages and witness all the incredible wilderness, wildlife and Mayan culture—past and present—that you can imagine.
  • G Adventures for Good: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program, Playa del Carmen
  • Chichén Itzá guided tour
  • Mérida orientation walk
  • Palenque guided tour
  • Tikal guided tour
  • Free time in Mérida, Palenque, San Ignacio, Caye Caulker, and Playa del Carmen
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Simple hotels (13 nts), rustic jungle hotel (1 nt).
  • 1 breakfast, 2 dinners.
  • Transportation: Public bus, private vehicle, water taxi, taxi, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Highlights
  • Explore Mayan temples
  • Spot monkeys in the jungle
  • Chill out on a Belizean island
  • Stare out into the Caribbean blue from a Mayan Riviera beach
Accommodations
Simple hotels (13 nts)
Rustic jungle hotel (1 nt)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.