Slutdestination: Playa del Carmen
Trek though jungle backdrops to Mayan ruins and chill out on white-sand beaches under the Caribbean sun. Check out Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala and experience the region's diversity. Wander colonial Antigua's cobblestone streets and shop for treasures before experiencing the natural beauty of Lake Atitlan, its indigenous Mayan villages, and striking volcanoes. One of our most popular trips, this adventure offers natural wonders, excitement, and culture with enough time to socialize and do your own thing.
Walk along cobblestones in gorgeous colonial Antigua, overnight in a local homestay, watch the sunset in Caye Caulker, bliss out on white-sand beaches, explore ancient Mayan sites.
Public bus, boat, private vehicle, taxi, walking.
Simple hotels/hostels (14 nts, most multi-share), local homestay (1 nt).
G Adventures for Good: Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna G Adventures for Good: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour, Caye Caulker Big Night Out: Antigua Guatemala. Orientation walk in Antigua. Guided tour of Tikal. Beach time in Mahahual. Free time in Rio Dulce, San Ignacio, and Caye Caulker. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Antigua Guatemala
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Antigua Guatemala
Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to relax with a massage or soak up the culture in one of many cafes. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
Day 3 Antigua Guatemala/San Juan La Laguna (1D)
Travel to beautiful Lake Atitla¡n and enjoy the views. Take a boat across the lake to a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family in a Mayan Tz'utujil village. Tour the village with a local guide to learn more about daily life and see some artisan workshops.
Day 4 San Juan La Laguna/Panajachel
Return across the lake and enjoy free time in Panajachel to visit the market or relax.
Day 5 Panajachel/Rio Dulce
Travel across Guatemala to Rio Dulce.
Day 6 Rio Dulce
Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
Day 7 Rio Dulce/Flores
Head north to the quaint town of Flores.
Day 8 Flores/San Ignacio
Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of Tikal before crossing into Belize.
Day 9 San Ignacio
Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre), or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.
Day 10 San Ignacio/Caye Caulker
Hop aboard a local bus, then board a water taxi to the island paradise of Caye Caulker. Later, explore Caye Caulker on the G Adventures-supported Bike with Purpose tour.
Days 11-12 Caye Caulker
Enjoy free time to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving, or just chill out, Belizean style.
Day 13 Caye Caulker/Mahahual
Travel north along the Caribbean up to Mexico.
Day 15 Mahahual/Playa del Carmen
Head up the coast to Playa del Carmen for a final night with the group.
Day 16 Playa del Carmen
Depart at any time.
Day 14 Mahahual
Enjoy a free day for beach lounging and sipping seaside margaritas.