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Mayan Trail

11 Days, Cancun to Antigua
Mayan Trail

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Leave the resorts of Cancun behind and embark on an authentic adventure that will take you from spectacular Mayan ruins over the cobblestoned streets of colonial towns an read more...

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    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 10 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotels (8 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts).
  • 1 lunch.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Public bus, private van, boat).
  • Chichen Itza guided tour
  • Merida orientation walk
  • Palenque guided tour
  • Roberto Barrios waterfall visit
  • San Cristobal de las Casas orientation walk
  • Lake Atitlan boat tour including local lunch at a Planeterra-supported Mayan community project
  • Antigua orientation walk.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD280-390 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Arrive Cancun
Day 2 Cancun / Merida
Day 3 Merida
Day 4 Merida/Palenque
Day 5 Palenque
Day 6 Palenque/San Cristobal de Las Casas
Day 7 San Cristobal de Las Casas
Day 8 San Cristobal de Las Casas/Panajachel
Day 9 Panajachel
Day 10 Panajachel/Antigua
Day 11 Antigua
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Places Visited
  • Cancun
  • Merida
  • Palenque
  • San Cristobal De Las Casas
  • Panajachel
  • Antigua
  • DAY 1 Arrive Cancun

    Arrive at any time.

    As travellers arrive throughout the day, there are no planned activities until the welcome meeting in the evening.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Cancun / Merida

    Take a guided tour of Chichen Itza and orientation walk around Merida.

    Depart Cancun and head to the famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza for a guided tour. Spend time exploring this famous site, known for its huge stepped pyramids and elaborate stone carvings.

    Continue on to Merida, the capital of the Yucatan State, and take a short orientation tour. Also known as la ciudad blanca (the white city), Merida offers the ideal opportunity to learn about Mexico's fascinating mix of cultural influences.

    First-class bus
    Cancun - Chichen-Itza 2h-2h 30m 190km
    First-class buses in Mexico have toilets on board and very strong air-conditioning. Bring a sweater.

    Chichen Itza Guided Tour
    Chichen-Itza 2h-3h
    Spend the afternoon with a local expert and learn about the history of Chichen Itza and the beliefs and rituals that defined this ancient Mayan civilization. This dramatic site includes a 30m (98 ft) high temple, known as the Pyramid of Kukulcan, famous for its balustrade of 91 stairs up each of the four sides, a ball court with a grandstand, and towering walls. Visit the highlights of the site including the famous Castillo, the ball court, the cenote, and the Nunnery.

    First-class bus
    Chichen-Itza - Merida 1h 15m-2h 130km
    First-class buses in Mexico have toilets on board and very strong air-conditioning. Bring a sweater.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 3 Merida

    Opt to visit ruins of Uxmal or visit three cenotes in the nearby town of Cuzama. Hit the beach or soak in the history this city has to offer.

    The area surrounding Merida has tons to offer. Choose to visit nearby cenotes (water sink holes) in the town of Cuzama. Inside, swim in the massive crystal-clear sinkholes. Transportation to the cenotes is half the fun, taking small wooden horse-drawn carts along old rail tracks.

    Opt to visit ruins in Uxmal, ride the PUUC Route or go bird-watching. There's something for everyone.

    Free Time
    Merida Full Day
    Enjoy free time in this fascinating area.

    Optional Activities
    Cuzama Cenote Visit

    Merida 5h-7h
    25-45USD per person
    Hop into a horsecart to ride old rails to the entrance of an underground sinkhole. Swim in crystal-blue mineral water inside this limestone cave. Come prepared with your swimsuit so you can dive in and enjoy. The clarity of the water and depth of cenotes makes swimming a unique experience.

    Uxmal Ruins Visit
    Uxmal Ruins 8h-9h
    Founded in 700 AD, magical Uxmal was once home to as many as 25,000 Mayans. Located 62km (38 mi) south of Merida, in Yucatan's Puuc ("hill" or "chain of low mountains") region, this UNESCO World Heritage Centre represents the pinnacle of late Maya art and architecture. Wander the site, see the Pyramid of the Magician, and visit nearby Kabah, one of three neighbouring sites.

    Day Trip to Progreso Beach
    Progreso 8h-9h
    Roughly an hour drive from Merida, Progreso is a perfect spot for relaxing on the beach or strolling along the boardwalk. Stop along the way at the Dzibichaltun archaeological site.

    Anthropological Museum Visit
    Installed on two floors of a refurbished mansion, this museum is considered to be one of the most important collections of Pre-Columbian Mayan culture in the Yucatan Peninsula. Learn everything there is to know about Mayan society, from war to writing, art to architecture, calendars, customs and offerings to the dead. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 4 Merida/Palenque

    Travel to Palenque and spend two nights in a jungle lodge in the nearby national park.

    After a long day of travel, arrive to Palenque. Enjoy a 2-night stay inside the national park in a jungle lodge. The lodge is quite close to the town, the ruins and the museum and offers a restaurant and bar on the grounds.

    First-class bus
    Merida - Palenque 9h-10h 620km
    First-class buses in Mexico have toilets on board and very strong air-conditioning. Bring a sweater. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 5 Palenque

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque. After, go for a swim in the pristine turquoise waters of Roberto Barrios waterfall.

    Palenque Ruins Guided Tour
    Experience the elegant jungle site of Palenque on a guided tour. See the highlights -- the Temple of the Cross Group, Temple of Inscriptions and the Grand Palace. Howler monkeys sound in the distance as the fog rolls in and out of this mystical site, one of the most important centres for trade and culture during the end of the Classic Maya period.

    Free Time
    Palenque Afternoon
    Get out and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Jungle Trail Hike

    Palenque 2h-2h 30m
    20USD per person
    Only two percent of the ruins in the Mayan capital of Palenque are out in the open. Follow a local guide into the jungle along a trail, visit ruins that are now overgrown with moss and vines. Learn about the wildlife and different medicinal trees and plants that grow in and around the Usumancinta River of this mountainous forest area of Chiapas. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 6 Palenque/San Cristobal de Las Casas

    Travel to San Cristobal de Las Casas via Villahermosa. Enjoy an orientation walk on arrival.

    Continue out of the jungle to San Cristobal De Las Casas, located in a high mountain valley at 2110m (6921 ft). Enjoy an orientation walk of the city, known for its 16th century architecture.

    Private Vehicle
    Palenque - San Cristobal de Las Casas 7h 350km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 7 San Cristobal de Las Casas

    Opt to visit nearby indigenous Mayan villages to see their unique day-to-day life or journey to beautiful Sumidero Canyon for a relaxing boat ride.

    Free Time
    San Cristobal de Las Casas Full Day
    Use a full free day to explore all this area has to offer.

    Optional Activities
    Indigenous Villages Tour

    San Cristobal de Las Casas 4h-5h
    20USD per person
    Visit the communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinancantan with a local guide and learn about this unique way of life. Visit the main plaza and places of worship to better understand the life of the local Tzotzil people. Buy carpets, textiles and hand-made "Zapatista" dolls made to honour former rebel leader, Subcomandante Marcos. Please be respectful when taking photographs here, it's not always welcomed by the residents.

    Sumidero Canyon
    San Cristobal de Las Casas
    25USD per person
    Drive an hour before boarding a boat for a 2-hr journey through the deep Sumidero Canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, birds, monkeys and maybe even a river crocodile. Marvel at the tall waterfalls, hidden caves, and unusual rock formations along the Grijalva River. After, stop in a village to visit markets and enjoy lunch.

    Lagunas de Montebello Visit
    San Cristobal de Las Casas 9h-12h
    30USD per person
    Visit Lagunas de Montebello National Park and the group of beautiful lakes near the Guatemalan border. Each is a different colour of green and blue. Visit a traditional village en route, swim at one of the 'lagunas', go for a short hike and visit the Mayan Chinkultic ruins. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 8 San Cristobal de Las Casas/Panajachel

    Journey from San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico to Panajachel, Guatemala. Opt to explore the town on arrival.

    The first stop in Guatemala is on beautiful Lake Atitlan. Stay in Panajachel, a lakeshore town surrounded by spectacular volcanoes and small villages. There are plenty of opportunities to visit the villages on the lake by boat, departing in the mornings and returning in late afternoon.

    Private Vehicle
    San Cristobal de Las Casas - Panajachel 10h-12h 380km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Border Crossing (Mexico - Guatemala)
    Frontera Corozal - Cooperativa Agricola Bethel
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 9 Panajachel

    Take a boat tour around Lake Atitlan to local indigenous villages including a lunch at a Planeterra-supported Mayan community project.

    Lake Atitlan Boat Ride and Community Visit
    Lago de Atitlan
    Get ready for spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes and everyday life in a highland village. The people of this area are friendly and excited to greet travellers. Stop off in San Juan la Laguna, a Planeterra-supported village, for an included local Mayan lunch. Participate in a Mayan tree planting ceremony, providing insight into Mayan culture and beliefs.

    Test your communication and bargaining skills in the colourful local markets, of which there are many. There are also a number of community Mayan weaving cooperatives that you may wish to visit. The proceeds from the sales return directly to the community and are a significant contribution to the local economy.

    Opt to visit the Solola Sunday market.

    Free Time
    Panajachel Afternoon
    Make the most of your free time in this area.

    Optional Activities
    Solola market visit

  • DAY 10 Panajachel/Antigua

    Arrive in Antigua and head out for an orientation walk.

    With so much to do in this charming colonial city, we highly recommend booking post accommodation. Optional activities for the area include a city tour, salsa dancing classes or relaxing with a massage. Further afield you can rent bikes and ride through the hills, visit a macadamia nut farm or check out some nearby villages.

    Private Vehicle
    Panajachel - Antigua 2h 30m-3h 30m 80km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Opt for a final night out in town.

    Free Time
    Antigua Afternoon
    Opt to check out more of the city with a little free time.

    Optional Activities
    Finca Valhalla Visit

    Antigua 1h 30m-3h
    5-10USD per person
    Take a tour of the macadamia nut plantation at Finca Valhalla led by the workers. Learn about this sustainable crop for the experts and discover the health benefits of the nut. Pamper yourself with a free facial and purchase some of the treats made from the macadamia nut like oils, nuts, and chocolate. This tour is offered for free in the hopes that you'll show your gratitude by stopping by and picking up some tasty treats from the gift shop or cafe.

    Elizabeth Bell Walking Tour
    Antigua 1h 30m-2h 30m
    20-25USD per person
    Meet your guide at the fountain in the Central Plaza and take a leisurely walk along the cobblestone streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour focuses on the Antigua's history, culture and restoration efforts (a bylaw, for example, stipulates buildings must only be painted certain colours in order to maintain the Spanish colonial character of the exteriors). Visit the City Hall Palace, Palace of the Captain's General, the main cathedral and many of Antigua's other attractions. Learn about jade and the valuable role it played in Maya culture. Shop for jewelry, pottery, textiles and wooden carvings.

    Pacaya Volcano Hike (Half-Day)
    Antigua 5h-6h
    15-70USD per person
    Drive one hour to the base of Pacaya Volcano to begin your ascent. This volcano is still active, so hiking to the crater is off limits. Near the summit, grab a stick and toast marshmallows over a smoking fumarole using earth's natural "ovens" to heat your snack.

    Antigua 30m-2h
    30-60USD per person
    Relax and enjoy a Mayan massage. You're on vacation!

    Salsa Lesson
    5-10USD per person
    Kick up your heels and learn this typical Latin dance. Dancers of all skill levels are welcome. Get lost in the rhythm of the music and let your body take you to a new place -- one-two-three, one-two three, hip roll, arm up, partner under, shimmy, shake, salsa! Vamos a bailar! (Let's dance!)

    ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop
    Antigua 1h 30m-2h
    20-25USD per person
    Enjoy a chocolate workshop and museum tour to learn about the process "from bean to bar" and the history of this tasty crop. In this hour and a half hands-on workshop, make your own milk or dark chocolate bar to take home and enjoy a tasting of the varieties of chocolate drinks made on site. Who knew history could be so sweet? (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 11 Antigua

    Depart at any time.

    We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this charming city. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD280-390 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. The Guatemala City airport is only 1 hour from Antigua and there are frequent and inexpensive transfers directly to the airport from Antigua.

  10. This tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes

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