Mayan Pyramids, Rich Culture & Exuberant Jungle Of Central America

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Run by: Veloso Tours

Reference number: zapotec

From: £4682.00

Highlights

  • Combine the Mayan ruins and idyllic beaches of Mexico with the remote tropical beauty of Belize and the beguiling landscapes of Guatemala
  • Visit mighty Aztec pyramids and explore ancient Zapotec ruins near Oaxaca
  • Continue on to the world famous Mayan sites of Chichen Itza and Uxmal
  • Relax on a Caribbean beach and admire the picturesque clifftop ruins of Tulum
  • Cross into Belize to discover remote tropical forest and exotic flora
  • Discover the mighty ruins of Tikal, buried in jungle and with abundant wildlife
  • Experience local life and the vibrant colour of a local Indian market
  • Marvel at the majestic beauty of Lake Atitlan and its traditional villages
  • Finish in the charming colonial city of Antigua, surrounded by towering volcanoes 

Mexico City - Days 1 - 3

Day 1-3 - Travel to Mexico City

Depart Thursday for Mexico City, arriving in the evening. The next morning we visit the Archaelogical museum and continue to Teotihuacan, dominated by the Pyramid of the Sun. Spend the next day at leisure.

Oaxaca - Days 4 - 5

Day 4 - Oaxaca

Fly to Oaxaca for 2 nights. Its narrow streets are lined with colonial buildings, graceful patios, handicraft stalls and the main square zócalo. 

 

Day 5 - Monte Alban

A morning visit to immense Monte Albán, the ancient capital of the Zapotecas and afternoon at leisure to visit Mitlá. 

Merida & Chichén Itzá - Days 6 - 9

Day 6-8 - Merida

Fly to Mérida for three nights. The city has many delightful colonial buildings, painted in soft pastel colours, enclosing airy colonial patios which blend with strong Mayan influences. Spend the day at leisure exploring the city, museums, and markets, the surrounding countryside at Izamal or Celestun Nature Reserve. A full day excursion to Uxmal, showing fine examples of the ornate Puuc style with intricate stone lattice work, mosaics and towering pyramids.

 

Day 9 - Chichén Itzá

We depart for Chichén Itzá, a mighty Mayan site dominated by El Castillo, full of cosmological significance, with steps, panels and terraces depicting various stages of the Mayan calendar. 

Playa del Carmen - Days 10 - 11

Day 10-11 - Playa del Carmen

A morning visit at the site and afternoon journey to the coast staying at Playa del Carmen for 2 nights. Full day excursion to the dramatic Tulum ruins, perched on a craggy cliff top overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Return via XelHá Laguna, to snorkel in a beautifully clear lagoon where iridescent tropical fish dart around the coves and inlets. 

Lamanai Lodge - Days 12 - 14

Day 12-14 - Visit Mayan Ruins and explore the forest in Belize

Transport to Chetumal, cross the border to Belize and transport to Lamanai Lodge staying three nights. Two full days of excursions to visit Mayan ruins and explore the forest.

Tikal - Days 15 - 17

Day 15-17 - Tikal Mayan ruins

Transfer to Belize airport and flight to Flores, Guatemala; transfer to Tikal staying at the jungle lodge for 2 nighs. Explore the vast ruins, temples and massive pyramids standing high above the surrounding dense tree canopy.

Day 17 - At leisure in Tikal, fly to Guetemala city

Early morning walk in the magical tranquillity of Tikal. Afternoon return to Flores, flight to Guatemala City and drive to Chichicastenango.

Chichicastenango - Day 18

Day 18 - Sunday Market

Visit the Sunday market with an abundance of colour in the weavings, masks and flowers that adorn the stalls. In the afternoon continue to Panajachel lying at the foot of volcanoes, staying for 1 night on the shores of Lake Atitlán. 

Lake Atitlan - Day 19

Day 19 - Santiago Atitlán

Boat trip across the lake to visit Santiago Atitlán, a village where local people retain their strong Indian culture and traditions. Afternoon transfer to Antigua for three nights. 

Antigua - Days 20 - 21

Days 20 - 21- Antigua

Two full days to explore this charming colonial city with cobblestone streets and ancient courtyards. Depart for your flight home on Day 22, arriving home on Day 23. 

What's Included

  • 23 Days / 21 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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