Mayan Encounter 2013
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Day 1 Playa del Carmen
Sip margaritas by the beach in Mexico's famous surf, sun and fun playground, Playa del Carmen. Take an optional snorkelling tour through the mangroves or travel to Cancun to experience its famous nightlife.
Days 2 & 3 Tulum
Discover the powdery beaches and warm blue ocean that makes Tulum a genuine slice of paradise. The cliff-top Mayan ruins in Tulum offer staggering coastline vistas.
Days 4 & 5 Caye Caulker
Say adios to Mexico and travel to Belize. Caye Caulker is a relaxing, idyllic island with plenty of waterside options. Bask on the beach, go swimming, diving or take sunset strolls. Perhaps take the opportunity to go manatee spotting to learn about these curious creatures that inhabit the Caulker region.
Days 6 & 7 San Ignacio
Tucked between forested hills and gushing rivers, San Ignacio is a slight change of pace from the coast of Belize and a range of outdoor activities are available, including an exhilarating tubing adventure. For those keen to maintain a relaxed tempo, maybe visit a colourful butterfly garden.
Days 8 & 9 Flores/ Tikal
Cross the border and arrive at one of Guatemala's little gems, Flores. A laidback town lounging on the shores of Lake Peten Itza, Flores is the ideal place to feast on classic Central American fare and take an optional visit to the Tikal temples, some of the most impressive of all the Guatemalan ruins.
Days 10 & 11 Rio Dulce
Travel through dense jungle to Rio Dulce on the banks of Lake Izabal. Perhaps visit a rubber plantation, an old Spanish fort or take a lancha up the river to relax in the hot springs.
Day 12 Antigua
Discover the charisma and intrigue of Antigua by walking along the cobblestone streets or perhaps enjoy a siesta in one of the lush parks. Framed by three volcanoes and with an elegant colonial feel, Antigua is one of the most culture-rich cities in Central America.
Days 13 & 14 San Jorge La Laguna/ Chichicastenango
Stay with a local family in San Jorge La Laguna and try to have a mingled Spanglish conversation with the locals. Shop-til-you-drop at the Chichicastenango market where everything from unique handicrafts to medicinal plants are for sale.
Days 15 - 17 Antigua
Mark the end of this Mayan Encounter with a celebratory dinner in Antigua or perhaps a visit to the tempestuous Pacaya Volcano.
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Travel to paradise somewhere between the blazing Yucatan sun and the cool Guatemalan highlands on this Mayan Encounter. Prepare to be wowed as you relax on the white sands of Tulum, admire the underwater life in Caye Caulker, amble over the Mayan ruins in jungle-clad Tikal and gaze up at the volcanoes surrounding Antigua. From narrow laneways and remote jungles to fascinating ruins and powdery beaches, the Mayan Encounter has everything under the sun.
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