Maya Encounter

06/12/2021 through 12/21/2022
06/12/2021 through 01/09/2023
Intrepid Travel

Maya Encounter

Discover more than one kind of bliss on this 17-day Lonely Planet Experience in Central America, from the calming sea breezes on Tulum’s beaches to the contentment of a hearty, homecooked dinner in a lakeside Maya village. This adventure through Mexico, Guatemala and Belize takes its sweet time ambling down the coast to the island paradise of Caye Caulker, then cuts inland to the lush jungle around Tikal, cruising to the vast Rio Dulce and finishing among the clouds in Panajachel and Antigua. You get the right balance of local-led experiences and independent exploration, with a whole load of awesome places to discover.

Activities

  • Tulum – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Caye Caulker – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Tikal National Park – Tikal archaeological site (entrance fee, no guide)
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Chichicastenango Market
  • San Jorge La Laguna – Traditional Maya Homestay
  • Panajachel – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Antigua – Leader-led walking tour

Highlights

  • Caribbean Caye Caulker is a dreamy place to spend two days with no plans. Munch barbecue lobster? Snorkel around a coral reef? Nap under a palm tree? It’s up to you.
  • Hit the streets of Antigua with your leader and climb to a vintage cross lookout for views of the city and the massive volcano that towers over it.
  • Get to know contemporary Maya life during a homestay in San Jorge La Laguna, a lakeside village where you can share meals and conversation with a local family.
  • Wander between stalls of rainbow-coloured handicrafts, fruits and flowers and get some haggling tips from your leader in Chichicastenango Market.
  • Cruise up the Rio Dulce to your waterfront jungle lodge, then maybe grab a beer and relax while the sounds of nature fill the air.

Itinerary

Day 1 Playa del Carmen
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Day 2 Tulum
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Day 3 Tulum
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Day 4 Caye Caulker
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Day 5 Caye Caulker
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Day 6 Caye Caulker
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Day 7 San Ignacio
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Day 8 San Ignacio
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Day 9 Tikal
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Day 10 Rio Dulce
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Day 11 Rio Dulce
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Day 12 Antigua
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Day 13 Chichicastenango / San Jorge La Laguna
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Day 14 Lake Atitlan / Panajachel
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Day 15 Antigua
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Day 16 Antigua
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Day 17 Antigua
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