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In search of the Maya through Honduras, Belize, Guatemala & Mexico

20 days from $6,520pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • San Pedro Sula
  • Copán
  • Punta Gorda
  • Black Rock River
  • El Petén
  • Frontera Corozal
  • Palenque
  • Villahermosa
  • Merida
  • Chichén Itzá
  • Tulum
  • Visit some of the most impressive Maya sites in Central America from Chichen Itza in Mexico, Tikal in Guatemala, Xunantunich in Belize and Copan in Honduras.

  • Stay in the Belizean jungle, walking through trails in search of howler monkeys and colourful birds.

  • Explore the ruins and relax on pristine sandy beaches in Tulum on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

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What our specialists say...

The Maya empire in its heyday spanned hundreds of miles from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, through the jungle lowlands of Guatemala and Belize and stretching as far south as Copan in the hills of Western Honduras. This three week itinerary is comprised of predominantly overland travel, allowing you to enjoy not only the key Maya sites en route but also the spectacular scenery along the way from lush jungle, colourful colonial towns and Caribbean coastline. You will therefore experience the vibrancy and diversity of Central America at its very best.

We recommend this trip for:

  • San Pedro Sula
  • Copán
  • Punta Gorda
  • Black Rock River
  • El Petén
  • Frontera Corozal
  • Palenque
  • Villahermosa
  • Merida
  • Chichén Itzá
  • Tulum

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 San Pedro Sula

San Pedro Sula

Upon arrival in Honduras today, private transfer to your comfortable hotel for the night.

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Day 2 Copán

San Pedro Sula , Copán

Today drive to the charming colonial town of Copan Ruins, with the afternoon free to explore at your own leisure.

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Day 3 Copán

Copán

Take a private guided tour of the ruins at Copan, the most southerly point of the Maya empire.

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Day 4 Punta Gorda

Copán , Punta Gorda

Road transfer to Puerto Barrios where you will take the ferry to Punta Gorda in Belize's Toledo District. Transfer to your hotel.

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Day 5 Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda

At leisure in Punta Gorda - the lodge can help you arrange a visit to the Maya sites of Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit.

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Day 6 Black Rock River

Punta Gorda , Black Rock River

Private transfer along the Hummingbird Highway to your lodge in the Cayo District.

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Day 7 Black Rock River

Black Rock River

At leisure in the Cayo District - an excursion to the spectacular Mayan site of Caracol can easily be arranged through your lodge.

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Day 8 Black Rock River

Black Rock River

Free time to further explore the area yourselves or book local excursions such as canoeing in Barton Creek Cave, wildlife walks, horse-riding and birdwatching.

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Day 9 El Petén

Black Rock River , El Petén

Private transfer across the border into Guatemala with a stop to visit the ruins at Xunantunich. This afternoon you'll also visit the beautiful ruins at Yaxha.

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Day 10 El Petén

Day 11 Palenque

El Petén , Frontera Corozal , Palenque

Travel across the border to Mexico by road and boat. You'll then be driven to Palenque, stopping to visit the ruins of Bonampak and Yaxchilan en-route.

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Day 12 Palenque

Palenque

This morning take a private guided tour of Mexico's Palenque ruins. Afternoon free to relax.

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Day 13 Merida

Palenque , Villahermosa , Merida

Transfer to Villahermosa for your flight to Merida, where you will be met and driven to your hotel.

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Day 14 Merida

Day 15 Merida

Merida

Today you'll take a guided tour of the ruins at Uxmal and Kabah.

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Day 16 Chichén Itzá

Merida , Chichén Itzá

Group transfer today to your hotel just steps away from the ruins at Chichen Itza.

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Day 17 Tulum

Chichén Itzá , Tulum

Beat the crowds this morning and take an early tour of Chichen Itza's towering pyramids with your private guide. This afternoon, take a group transfer to Tulum.

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Day 18 Tulum

Tulum

Free time in Tulum to visit the beautiful ruins overlooking the beach.

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Day 19 Tulum

Tulum

At leisure on the beach or perhaps visit the ruins at Coba.

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Day 20 Return home

Tulum

Private transfer to Cancun in time for your onward flight.

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Tikal & El Petén
 
 
 
Palenque
 
 
 
Merida & Around
 
 
 
Chichén Itzá
 
 
 
Tulum