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Mexico & Guatemala: Footsteps Of The Mayans
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Mexico & Guatemala: Footsteps of the Mayans

9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey

San Cristobal de las Casas, Palenque, Tikal & Antigua

Experience the glories of the Mayan empire on this unique journey through the historic, cultural and natural wonders of Mexico and Guatemala. After an idyllic few days in the misty highlands near San Cristobal de las Casas, descend to explore Palenque, Yaxchitlan and Bonampak. Cross the border to the magnificent city of Tikal before ending your journey in the Spanish colonial capital of Central America.

  • Day 1
    Arrive 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 2
    San 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 3
    To 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)
  • Day 4
    Palenque

    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 5
    To 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)
  • Day 6
    Tikal

    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 7
    To 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)
  • Day 8
    Antigua

    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 9
    Depart Guatemala City

    Bid farewell to Guatemala as you transfer to the Guatemala City airport to catch your onward flight.

    (B)
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