Mexico & Guatemala 2020

  • days: 27
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Countries Visited:

  • Mexico
  • Guatemala

Description

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Ancient Mayan ruins, beautiful Spanish architecture, charming mountain villages and gorgeous scenery collide as you discover the vibrance and diversity of Mexico and Guatemala on this in-depth tour. Monte Alban, Sumidero Canyon, Rio Dulce, Tikal National Park and Antigua are just some of the highlights that will leave you wanting more.

WELCOME TO MEXICO

Our tour starts in one of the largest cities in the world, Mexico City. Here we take a city tour and visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, arguably the most important Christian site in Latin America. From Mexico City our tour visits the nearby archaeological site of Teotihuacán which features several magnificent pyramids, before continuing south to Oaxaca. Here we will admire the pyramids and tombs at Monte Alban, the spiritual capital of the Zapotecan people. From Oaxaca we venture to Tehuantepec, stopping at Mitla along the way – one of the most important archaeological sites in the region. We continue to the charming town of San Cristóbal de las Casas. On the way we stop to explore the Sumidero Canyon by boat.

BARGAIN AT COLOURFUL MARKETS

In the San Cristóbal region we’ll visit several of the small indigenous communities in the mountains. Here you can try out your bargaining skills at the colourful local markets full of authentic Mexican handicrafts.

A GUATEMALAN ADVENTURE

Cross the border into Guatemala and discover the amazing ancient Mayan city of Tikal. Famous for its great stone monuments and temples, Tikal is set amidst lush tropical rainforest which hid the city for centuries, only to be rediscovered in 1848. You’ll feel like you’ve arrived in the Caribbean when you step off the boat in Livingston. Home to the Garifuna, this coastal town has a completely different vibe to the rest of Guatemala. Enjoy the serenity of scenic Lake Atitlan in Panajachel and discover the lake’s traditional villages and fascinating culture. Visit the largest and most vibrant market in Central America, Chichicastenango, then experience the baroque-influenced architecture of beautiful Antigua.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Mexico City

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TRAVEL TIP! Mexico City is a fascinating place and many world class museums can be found here including the Anthropological Museum, Frida Kahlo Museum, Templo Mayor Museum, Bellas Artes Museum and Leon Trotsky’s house to name a few. Our sightseeing program in Mexico City is quite full so if you have an interest in visiting any of these museums we would recommend booking at least 2 nights pre tour accommodation to give you time to see those places that may be of particular interest to you.

Bienvenido a Mexico! On arrival, we will be met and transferred to our hotel.

Day 2. Mexico City

We begin with a tour of bustling Mexico City. We tour the Zocalo, the main city square, which is constructed out of the stones of ancient palaces and temples.

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Special Experience: Board an authentic Mexican trajinera for a traditional lunch and cruise through the waterways of Xochimilco.

Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 3. Mexico City

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This morning we visit the mysterious archaeological site of Teotihuacan. Known for its pyramid structures, well-preserved murals and the Temples of the Sun and the Moon, it's considered one of the most impressive sites in Mexico. We also visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, an important Christian pilgrimage site. [B,L]

Day 4. Mexico City - Puebla - Oaxaca

We leave Mexico City behind us as we make our way to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Puebla. The historic downtown area remains a Spanish colonial treasure and is filled with 17th and 18th century European architecture. In the afternoon we continue to Oaxaca, a city known for its colonial buildings which were constructed from volcanic stone. [B,L]

Day 5. Oaxaca

Explore Oaxaca's main plaza and historic old town on a walking tour. We'll then marvel at the pyramids and tombs at Monte Alban, the spiritual capital of the Zapotecan people. The ruins extend over three mountain ranges that converge in Oaxaca’s central valley. [B]

Day 6. Oaxaca - Mitla - Tehuantepec

This morning we depart for Mitla, one of the most important archaeological sites in the Oaxaca region. We'll see 'The Tule', an impressive tree considered to be the oldest in the world, a mezcal factory and nearby Teotitlan del Valle. [B,L]

Day 7. Tehuantepec - San Cristóbal

On our way to San Cristóbal we stop at the small city of Chiapa de Corzo. We also enjoy a cruise through the towering Sumidero Canyon - make sure you keep your eyes peeled for endangered river crocodiles, spider monkeys and ocelots. [B,L]

Day 8. San Cristóbal

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Special Experience: In the mountains surrounding San Cristóbal, we visit the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan to learn about the Mayan culture and traditions still alive today. [B,L]

Day 9. San Cristóbal - Palenque

We head back down the mountain to historic Palenque today. En route we'll stop to visit the Agua Azul waterfalls, marvelling at the beautiful blue waters as they cascade down. [B,L]

Day 10. Palenque - Campeche

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This morning we explore the ancient Mayan site of Palenque. The site features several magnificent pyramids, covered in parts by lush jungle. In the afternoon, we make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Campeche. This old Spanish colonial city still has some of the original walls which once protected it from pirates and buccaneers. [B]

Day 11. Campeche - Merida

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Today we visit the ancient Mayan site of Uxmal, located in modern-day Yucatán. After lunch, we continue to Merida, known as the ‘White City’ thanks to its colonial buildings. Here we visit the Cathedral, Government Palace, Town Hall and the House of Montejo. [B,L]

Day 12. Merida

Enjoy a day at the lush Celestún Biosphere Reserve. We'll take a guided boat tour, spotting hundreds of species of wild birds and searching for its famous flamingos. [B,L]

Day 13. Merida - Playa del Carmen

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This morning we visit Chichén Itzá, the most famous Mayan site and home to the enormous step-pyramid of Kukulkan. [B,L]

Day 14. Playa del Carmen

Spend a day at leisure relaxing in sunny Playa del Carmen. This evening we'll enjoy a group dinner to farewell Mexico. [B,D]

Day 15. Playa del Carmen - Guatemala City

The morning is at leisure before we fly to Guatemala and its fascinating hub, Guatemala City, later this afternoon. [B]

Day 16. Guatemala City - Flores

This morning we'll visit the National Archaeology Museum and Historic Centre, before lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon we fly to Flores, on Lake Petén Itzá. [B,L]

Day 17. Tikal National Park Excursion

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Special Experience: Visit the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal, nestled amidst lush rainforest. The largest of Mayan cities during the Classic period a thousand years ago, it represents one of the Mayan civilisation's most impressive achievements. [B,L]

Day 18. Flores - Rio Dulce - Livingston

We depart Flores this morning, driving through lush scenery to Rio Dulce. Here we'll board a boat and cruise through the beautiful blue waters to Livingston. Located on the edge of the Caribbean Sea and home to the Garifuna people, Livingston has a very different culture to the rest of Guatemala. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this unique coastal town at your own pace. [B]

Day 19. Livingston - Puerto Barrios - Guatemala City - Antigua

Take in the scenery of the beautiful Siete Altares, a series of seven waterfalls with picturesque azure water, and enjoy a walk along the white sand beaches of Playa Blanca. We'll then travel by boat to Peurto Barrios, before taking a flight back to Guatemala City and driving to Antigua. [B]

Day 20. Antigua

Known for its baroque-influenced architecture, we’ll tour the sights of colonial Antigua including the Ciudad Vieja, San Antonio Aguas Calientes and the Cerro de La Cruz. The afternoon is at leisure. [B]

Day 21. Antigua - Panajachel

Today we make our way to the scenic lakeside town of Panajachel, stopping along the way at the archaeological site of Iximché. [B]

Day 22. Panajachel

This morning we board a boat on stunning Lake Atitlán to visit the villages of Santiago Atitlán and San Juan la Laguna. [B]

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Special Experience: Travel by tuk tuk to the home of the Mayan god, Maximón, and witness a traditional ceremony.

Day 23. Panajachel - Chichicastenango - Antigua

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Special Experience: An early start to visit the incredible, colourful market of Chichicastenango - the best in Central America. 

We also visit the Church of Santo Tomas, a Roman Catholic church built on top of a Pre-Columbian temple platform, before making our way back to Antigua. [B]

Day 24. Antigua

Today is at leisure to relax or explore. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner and folkloric show to farewell Guatemala. [B,D]

Day 25. Depart Antigua

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 26. In transit

Day 27. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Mexico and Guatemala. Taxes included.
  • Economy-class flight from Mexico to Guatemala
  • 2 economy-class flights in Guatemala
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $290pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 20 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 4 nights in a former convent in Antigua
  • 24 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 3 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Experience the Mexican zest for life

  • Tour bustling Mexico City including visits to the Zocalo and National Palace to view the famous Diego Rivera murals.
  • Experience an authentic trajinera ride through the waterways of Xochimilco and enjoy lunch on board.
  • View the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City - arguably the most important Christian pilgrimage site in all of Latin America.
  • Marvel at the mysterious archaeological site of Teotihuacan and see its magnificent pyramids and the well-preserved Temples of the Sun and the Moon.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Puebla, famous for its baroque churches and beautiful ceramics.
  • Take a walking tour of the colonial town of Oaxaca including Church of Santo Domingo, the Cathedral, the Temple of San Juan de Dios, Government Palace, the local markets and a chocolate store.
  • Admire the view of the Oaxaca Valley while exploring the pyramids and tombs at Monte Alban, the spiritual capital of the Zapotec people.
  • Travel to Tehuantepec via the town of Mitla. Visit "The Tule", an amazing tree considered to be the oldest in the world, a mezcal factory and Teotitlan del Valle.
  • Tour the spectacular Sumidero Canyon by boat.
  • Enjoy the stunning scenic drive into the Chiapas Mountains, home to numerous indigenous villages.
  • Spend two wonderful nights in the colourful town of San Cristobal de las Casas, high in the Chiapas Mountains.
  • Discover the indigenous Mayan communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Learn about the Mayan culture and their traditions which are still alive today in these towns.
  • Admire the incredible turquoise colours of the Agua Azul waterfalls.
  • Explore the ancient Mayan site of Palenque, hidden deep in the lush jungle and boasting several pyramids.
  • Spend the night in the colonial city of Campeche which is still surrounded by its ancient city wall and watch towers.
  • Visit Uxmal, one of the most important sites of the ancient Mayan civilisation. It features magnificent pyramids, temples and intricate carvings. 
  • Tour the "white city" of Merida, including the Zocalo, the Cathedral, Government Palace, Town Hall and House of Montejo.
  • Take a guided boat tour in the Celestun Biosphere Reserve and Bird Sanctuary to see the variety of coastal birds and search for it's famous flamingos (usually found here from Nov - Mar).
  • Visit the great pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World!
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen.

Delve into Guatemala's ancient history

  • Take a sightseeing tour to discover Guatemala City, including a visit to the National Archaeology Museum.
  • Spend 2 nights on quaint Flores Island in the middle of Lake Peten Itza, connected to the mainland by a 500m long causeway.
  • Visit the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal.
  • Enjoy a picturesque lunch inside Tikal National Park.
  • Cruise through the beautiful blue waters from Rio Dulce to Livingston. Located on the edge of the Caribbean sea and home to the Garifuna people, Livingston has a very different culture to the rest of Guatemala.
  • Take in the scenery of the beautiful Siete Altares, a series of seven waterfalls with picturesque azure water, and enjoy a walk along the white sand beaches of Playa Blanca.
  • Travel by boat from Livingston to Puerto Barrios.
  • Spend 4 nights in a boutique hotel that was a former convent in Antigua.
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Antigua including visits to the Ciudad Vieja and Cerro de la Cruz. Then enjoy a walking tour of the Central Plaza, the Cathedral, Municipal Government building, Palace of the Captain's General and a jade factory.
  • Stop at the archaeological ruins and former capital of the Maya kingdom, Iximche, en route to Panajachel.
  • Spend 2 nights in one of Guatemala's finest and most charming boutique hotels, surrounded by botanical gardens, right on the shore of scenic Lake Atitlan.
  • Take a boat trip on stunning Lake Atitlan to visit the picturesque lakeside villages of Santiago Atitlan and San Juan La Laguna.
  • Travel by tuk tuk to visit the home of the Mayan god, Maximon, and witness a traditional ceremony.
  • Visit the vibrant and buzzing market - the best in Central America - as well as the Church of Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango.
  • Enjoy a dinner and Guatemalan folkloric dance show.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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14/11/20 10/12/20 $500 $13,795 Available book now
Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane
Other departure cities: Clients ex Adelaide, Perth & Hobart add $100pp
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $290pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $520pp
Single supplement: from $2,650
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips (if applicable). Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
Our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently-minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

Mexico

Tulum Express – 4hrs – $69pp US
Experience the wonder of the ancient city of Tulum with our knowledgeable guides who, through colorful stories, will help you feel as if you are standing in Tulum in the 13th century. Our small group format and attention to detail will make your day memorable and educational as you walk through the Mayan’s most well-preserved and majestic ruins. During this half-day tour, you will have time to learn about the rich history and culture of the Mayan civilization yet still have time to return to your resort and enjoy the rest of your day by the pool or on the beach.
Includes: round trip A/C transportation, a certified guide, bottled water, a light snack and guided entrance to Tulum site.

Tulum & Mayan Jungle – 8hrs – $139pp US
This expedition begins exploring Tulum, the only Mayan archaeological site by the sea. Then discover the world’s longest underwater cave system, rappel into a beautiful cenote and explore the Mayan jungle on board an ATV. Tulum was occupied around 1200 AD. It is set on a cliff giving you stunning views of the Caribbean. Your guided tour will give you time to get to know the Mayan ruins and enjoy the fantastic views. Enter into the amazing Sac-Actun, the world longest underground river. Snorkel in the Nohoch Nah Chich cavern, surrounded by awesome rock formations and millenary stalactites and stalagmites. Ride through the exuberant rain forest on our all-terrain Mercedes Benz Unimogs. Swim in Yaxmuul, a unique natural pool. Live a great experience rappelling into a beautiful cenote and fly over the jungle foliage on exciting zip-lines and participate in a traditional Maya purification ceremony. Our specialized tour guides are fully bilingual and will provide thorough explanations and directions before each activity.
Includes: Admission to Tulum and Mayan Jungle, transportation, specialized guide, all the equipment, lockers, lunch and water.

Rio Secreto – 4hrs – $109pp US
A Magical River found deep below Quintana Roo - Take our unbelievable underground river tour. In this surreal locale near Playa del Carmen you can observe natural history dating back millions of years, as you hike and swim through a route of about 1 km full of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Go deep inside an underground cave, where you'll experience true silence among some of the most dramatic mineral formations in the world.
Includes: Access to the Nature Reserve, specialized guide, lockers, wetsuit, life jacket, helmet with lamp, towels, regional buffet, non-alcoholic drinks and transportation.

Guatemala

Pacaya Volcano Hike – 7 hrs – $90.00pp US
Get up close and personal with a Guatemalan volcano! Pacaya Volcano is one of the country’s most active. Hike through volcanic vegetation and surreal landscapes on your way to the top, enjoying impressive views of three nearby volcanic peaks, including Agua, Fuego and Acatenango at the summit. Your excursion from Antigua to the volcano includes round-trip private transportation from your hotel, an adventure guide and a local guide, entrance fees and a box lunch with soft drinks.

Please Note: All optional tours are based on a minimum of 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your guide. We recommend arranging the booking at the beginning of the tour to avoid disappointment. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without prior notice. Payment by cash is preferred as there are no guarantees that credit card facilities will be available. Please check with your guide locally for information relating to this. Credit card fees and exchange rates are at the discretion of your bank.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Hotel Galeria Plaza Reforma, Mexico City

Galeria Plaza Reforma is set in a prime location in Zona Rosa, Mexico. Located in the heart of the financial and commercial district, just five minutes’ walk from the Paseo de la Reforma’s office buildings. Exclusive boutiques, shops and fine dining restaurants surround this modern and comfortable hotel. Rooms are tastefully designed and feature top-quality amenities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Casa Conzatti Hotel, Oaxaca

The Casa Conzatti Hotel has been converted from a lovely colonial-style house located in a peaceful residential area of Oaxaca’s historic Centre. It is conveniently located within walking distance of the Santo Domingo Church and Cultural complex. While dining in ‘Magnolias’ restaurant, you can sample various traditional dishes, as well as a selection of international specialties.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel Calli, Tehuantepec

The Hotel Calli is located in the suburbs of Santo Domingo Tehuantepec and a popular stopover point for those travelling between Oaxaca and San Cristobal. The property offers both an outdoor pool and an indoor pool and the restaurant at the hotel specialises in typical regional food.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; indoor and outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Sombra del Agua, San Cristobal

The Sombra del Agua Hotel is a former hacienda that has been transformed into a hotel, complete with stucco walls, colonial architecture and beautifully designed courtyards. The hotel is located in the heart of the city near a number of great leisure attractions. The hotel restaurant “La Hosteria de Don Quijate” serves delicious Mexican cuisine. The property features history and tradition with the modern day comforts of a world class hotel.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel Mision Palenque, Palenque

Hotel Mision Palenque offers first class accommodation in an exotic setting surrounded by waterfalls, majestic ruins of the Mayan past and jungle landscapes. Rooms have excellent services and amenities. Located just 5 minutes from downtown and 15 minutes from the archaeological site of Palenque, the hotel offers a swimming pool, gym and spa, as well as a laundry and dry cleaning service.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Plaza Campeche, Campeche

Situated next to San Martin Park in Campeche's historic city centre, Hotel Plaza Campeche is just 500m from the seafront and a 3-minute walk from Campeche Cathedral and Independencia Park. The hotel’s Bicentenario restaurant serves Mexican and international cuisine, including typical regional dishes. There is also a 24-hour café and an elegant bar where you can enjoy drinks and snacks.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Gran Real Yucatan, Merida

This elegant hotel in historic downtown Merida is a 10-minute walk to Parque Principal and the plaza. It features modern rooms with a private balcony and an outdoor pool with sundeck. The contemporary rooms at Gran Real Yucatan are decorated with dark wood furniture and ceramic floors. Yucatan Gran Real’s full-service restaurant, The Emperor serves local Yucatecan food as well as international cuisine. Bar Los Vitrales offers light dining and a full drink menu.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; indoor and outdoor swimming pool

Hacienda Paradise, Playa del Carmen

The Hacienda Paradise is situated in the idyllic setting of cosmopolitan and coastal Playa del Carmen. The property is located close to the famous 5th Avenue with its numerous shops, restaurants and bars. Guestrooms are beautifully decorated and have been thoughtfully fitted out with comfort and eco sustainability practices in mind. Lending a sense of calm and sheer relaxation, each room features elegant hardwood furniture inspired from the Spanish Haciendas, plush bedding and quality mattresses. Dine by the pool and unwind in their spa which is nestled in a tropical garden.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Radisson Hotel & Suites, Guatemala City

Located in Guatemala City’s Zona Viva district, this stylish hotel offers a gym and a rooftop hot tub with panoramic city views. The Radisson is situated in popular shopping area, surrounded by embassies, restaurants and bars. La Aurora International Airport is a 5-minute drive away. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel Isla de Flores, Flores

Situated in the heart of Isla de Flores, with the central park on its doorstep, Hotel Isla de Flores offers charming accommodation in a colonial style building. It features an outdoor pool and rooftop terrace, as well as a restaurant, and is located just a 3 minute drive from the main square.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; outdoor swimming pool

Villa Caribe, Livingston

The beautiful, Caribbean-style Villa Caribe is set in gardens overlooking Izabal Lake and the Caribbean sea. Each room has a balcony providing wonderful views. The hotel has private beach access and on-site restaurant serving delicious local dishes and seafood.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; swimming pool; private beach access

Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua

This luxurious hotel is located only a few minutes walk from the centre of Antigua. Housed in a former convent, it offers an outdoor pool, spa and gym, as well as several museums and galleries. Set within pretty gardens, the spacious rooms at Hotel Museo Casa Santo Domingo feature elegant décor, a fireplace and scenic views. The gourmet El Tenedor restaurant serves breakfast and traditional cuisine and guests can enjoy snacks and refreshments on the terrace from the El Cabido bar.

Facilities: wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel Atitlan, Panajachel

Hotel Atitlan is one of Guatemala’s finest and most charming boutique hotels surrounded by botanical gardens. The hotel is situated 10 minutes from the main town of Panajachel on what was once the estate of a family owned coffee plantation. It is wonderfully decorated with hand-carved wood furnishings and ornate ceramic tiles. The design and décor reflect the elegant Spanish colonial style of an 18th century Guatemalan plantation. Outside, the gardens are abundant with roses, orchids, bougainvillea and azaleas. An infinity pool gazes onto Lake Atitlán and over to the majestic Atitlán, Toliman and San Pedro volcanoes in the distance.

Facilities: wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities (public area)

Weather

Weather

Mexico City

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Autumn: September to November

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Currency

Currency

Mexican Peso

The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (CM$).

  • 1 Mexican Peso = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of M$1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20
  • Coins are in denominations of M$100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centavos

Quetzal

The official currency in Guatemala is the Quetzal (Q)

  • 1/100 = Centavo
  • Notes are in denominations of Q200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1
  • Coins are in denominations of Q50, 25, 10, 5, and 1

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A visa waiver is required for travel to the USA. Please note this E-visa also needs to be completed if you are transiting through the USA to reach your required destination. This can be applied for here: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

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Special Experiences!

  • Board an authentic Mexican trajinera for a traditional lunch and cruise through the waterways of Xochimilco.
  • In the mountains surrounding San Cristóbal, we visit the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan to learn about the fascinating Mayan culture and traditions still alive today. 
  • Visit the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal, nestled amidst lush rainforest. The largest of Mayan cities during the Classic period a thousand years ago, it represents one of the Mayan civilisation's most impressive achievements. 
  • Travel by tuk tuk to the home of the Mayan god, Maximón, and witness a traditional ceremony.
  • Wake early to visit the incredible, colourful market of Chichicastenango - the biggest and best in Central America.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, trajinera, boat, plane & tuk tuk

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $290pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

Tour bustling Mexico City including visits to the Zocalo and National Palace • Tour the spectacular Sumidero Canyon by boat • Discover the indigenous Mayan communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan • Visit the great pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza • Visit the Caribbean town of Livingston, home to the Garifuna people • Take a boat trip on stunning Lake Atitlan to visit the picturesque lakeside villages of Santiago Atitlan and San Juan La Laguna • Visit the vibrant and buzzing market Chichicastenango Market • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Antigua

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