Mexico & Guatemala Highlights

08/02/2020 through 12/18/2020
08/02/2020 through 12/31/2020
Intrepid Travel

Mexico & Guatemala Highlights

Travel from coast to highland via ancient ruins, colourful colonial towns, lakeside market towns and modern Maya villages on this 11-day tour through some of the key highlights of Mexico and Guatemala. Kick off from the coast then snake down through the Central American highlands, clambering over crumbling temples, falling in love with colourful colonial architecture and feasting on dishes like cochinita pibil (pork, annatto and citrus) and elote (grilled corn). With plenty of walking tours and chances to interact with local people, this immersive tour is the perfect introduction to two incredible countries.

Activities

  • Chichen Itza – Archaeological site (Entrance fee & Transport)
  • Merida – Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Palenque – Archaeological site (Guide, Transport & Entrance fee)
  • San Cristobal de Las Casas – Leader-led City Tour
  • Agua Azul – Waterfall Visit (entrance fee)
  • San Juan Chamula – Maya Church (entrance fee)
  • Zinacantan – Maya Church (entrance fee)
  • Panajachel – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Antigua – Leader-led Orientation Walk

Highlights

  • Explore the ruins of Chichen Itza and wonder at the pyramids, carvings and observatory, all of which give a sense of just how complex and advanced this ancient city was.
  • Encounter one a unique kind of modern Maya culture in San Juan Chamula, a Tzoyzil community where the locals practise a blend of animism, Catholicism and ancient ritual.
  • Ease into life in Guatemala with a stay in lakeside Panajachel and enjoy free time to explore the myriad highland villages or get active on the water.
  • Climb step pyramids carved from limestone over 1300 years ago during a locally-guided tour of the Palenque ruins, an abandoned Maya city surrounded by thick jungle.
  • Beat the Central American heat with a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters of the multi-tiered Agua Azul waterfalls.

Itinerary

Day 1 Playa del Carmen
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Day 2 Chichen Itza / Merida
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Day 3 Merida
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Day 4 Palenque
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Day 5 Palenque Ruins
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Day 6 San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 7 San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 8 Lake Atitlan / Panajachel
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Day 9 Panajachel
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Day 10 Antigua
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Day 11 Antigua
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