Mexico & Guatemala: Footsteps of the Mayans9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Tuxtla
Upon arrival in Tuxtla, after lunch travel overland to Chiapa de Corzo and the Sumidero Canyon. Board a private boat and pass beneath the majestic rock walls, soaring thousands of feet into the sky. Scan the waters for the endangered American crocodile and the treetops for spider monkeys, while cormorants glide above. Continue to the highland cultural center of San Cristobal de las Casas.Hotel Bo
Preferred: Hotel Guayaba Inn - 2 Nights
Day 2San Cristobal de las Casas
After breakfast today, embark on a cultural walking journey through the Chiapan countryside, home to whispering pine forests, indigenous villages and lovely mountain vistas. In San Lorenzo Zinacantan, learn more about the Maya, visit some local homes and sample some homemade liquor. Return to San Cristobal de las Casas this afternoon.
Enjoy the evening at leisure.Hotel Bo
Preferred: Hotel Guayaba Inn (B)
Day 3To Palenque
Descend from the alpine forests of the Southern Sierra Madre to the steamy lowland jungles of Palenque. Home to incredible Mayan ruins, as well as labyrinthine tunnels and underground river systems, Palenque is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico.Quinta Chanabnal - 2 Nights (B)
Spend the day on a privately guided exploration of the stunning archaeological site of Palenque, including the Templo de las Inscripciones, one of the most renowned burial monuments in the Americas. Nestled deep in the jungles at the foot of the Sierra Madre del Sur, Palenque's setting is as memorable as the site is important for the light it sheds on Mayan traditions, rituals, ceremonies and spirituality.Quinta Chanabnal (B, L)
Day 5To Tikal
Set out early to the Mayan site of Yaxchitlan, which is renowned for its ornamented building facades, roof combs and impressive stone lintels that depict battles and ceremonial events. This ancient city's unique position on the mighty Usumacinta River allowed it to control trade throughout the region, making it one of the most important sites in the Mayan world. On the way back to Palenque, stop at another well-guarded secret of the Lacandon forest, Bonampak, which is famous for its astonishing frescoes inside the modest looking Templo de las Pinturas. After some time to take in these astonishing illustrations, cross the river into Guatemala and travel onward to Tikal.Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
Preferred: La Lancha Resort - 2 Nights (B)
After a leisurely morning spent enjoying the amenities of your jungle lodge, explore Lago Peten Itza and its lakeshore villages aboard a boat this afternoon. Make stops at the quaint village of El Remate, which is known for its wood carvers, as well as the island town of Flores. Sample Guatemalteca cuisine and shop for colourful textiles from local vendors.Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
Preferred: La Lancha Resort (B)
Day 7To Antigua
Buried deep within the rainforest, the ruins of Tikal include more than 3,000 moss-draped temples, houses and plazas. Perhaps the most visually stunning and impressive of all Mayan sites, Tikal's five monolithic temples pierce the jungle canopy, and its ancient plazas, stelae and ball courts tell of a rich and powerful history when Tikal's population reached almost 100,000. After your guided tour, soar above the jungle on a scenic flight to Guatemala City and onward to historic Antigua.Meson Panza Verde
Preferred: El Convento Boutique Hotel - 2 Nights (B)
The World Heritage Site of Antigua Guatemala was the colonial Spanish capital of Central America. Today, you will accompany your local guide for a walking tour of its cobbled streets, lovely gardens and welcoming cafes and shops. Your boutique hotel is located right in the heart of the city.
Why not celebrate the last night of your journey by strolling to one of the city's fine restaurants for a celebratory dinner.Meson Panza Verde
Preferred: El Convento Boutique Hotel (B)
Day 9Depart Guatemala City
Bid farewell to Guatemala as you transfer to the Guatemala City airport to catch your onward flight.(B)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.
Mexico & Guatemala: Footsteps Of The Mayans
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