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Playa del Carmen to Antigua BOLT

  • Code #BPA
  • 17 Days
Duration
17 Days
/16 Nights
Availability
Apr,2017-Dec,2017
Group Size
Max 16
Departure City: 
Playa Del Carmen
Ends in: 
Antigua
Accommodation
Hotel
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Trip Overview

From Caribbean sunsets to hidden Mayan temples, this is your chance to explore and be amazed as you cross the border from Mexico to Belize and Guatemala. Taking in underwater life in Caye Caulker, the white sands of Tulum and the cobbled streets of Antigua where Mayan culture is still thriving.

Included Highlights 
  • Visit Mexico, Belize & Guatemala
  • Travel south through legendary Central America
  • Enjoy sand, sun and fun in Playa del Carmen
  • Learn the history of ancient Guatemalan ruins
  • Kick back on the beautiful coast of Belize
  • Enjoy colonial buildings and volcanoes in Antigua
  • Haggle in the markets of Chichicastenango
  • Experience traditional Guatemalan life with a local homestay
Treknical Details

Interests

Beaches
Cities
Small Group

Accommodation & Transportation

Group Size
Max 16
Camping
1 Night
Budget Lodging
1 Night
Hotel
14 Nights

Food & Meals

  • All meals paid locally

Other Inclusions

  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • All transport by BOLT (Buses or Local Transport)
  • All accommodation - 9 twin share & 5 multi-share hotel nights, 1 homestay & 1 camping night (no sleeping bag required)

Essential Information

  • Budget approximately US$48 for border-crossing fees (additional fees may apply for air departures). Fees are subject to change.
  • Prices quoted are land only. Call us on 0333 999 7951 for a flight quote (UK only).
  • Please note the closest airport to Antigua is Guatemala City. Please ensure you choose the correct airport name if booking your own flights.

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Playa del Carmen to Antigua BOLT
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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, and lots of optional activities to choose from. With stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary no two Trek trips are the same, so get ready for one awesome adventure.

You will meet your tour leader and group at 1800 hrs in the hotel lobby on day 1. Full details will be sent with your final documentation. If you would like to book additional nights before your tour please request at the time of booking.
 

Early arrivals will need to tear themselves from the beach before getting together with fellow travellers at today's late afternoon welcome meeting. Aside from hanging with the locals at the epic beaches there's loads of stuff to do in Playa with snorkelling and an awesome pedal around town, always proving popular.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Bike rental US$10 per day
Dos Ojos Cenote snorkelling tour US$80
Ferry to Cozumel US$28

Take a scenic local bus trip south to even more gorgeous beaches and the warm waves of Tulum. White sand, cocktails and palm trees have never looked so sweet and if you'd like the opportunity to get your first taste of Mayan ruins then Tulum is the best place to start. Renting a mask and snorkel is a great idea to see the colourful fishes up close and personal. One of the best spots for snorkelling are the ruins of Tulum where you can actually swim around some of the ancient walls that have made their way into the sea, this trip just keeps on getting even more epic!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Akumal Bay snorkelling tour US$35
Bike rental US$10 per day
Archaeological site visit US$10
Snorkel rental US$12 per day

Say "adios" Mexico and "what's up?" `Belize as you journey across the border on a combination of public and private transport on what promises to be a real culture jolt to remember. Once in Central America you'll be whisked over to the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker where you'll be able to swim and snorkel amongst some of the most incredible marine reserves on the continent. This is pretty much where things go all Captain Jack Sparrow, from grilled shrimp to rum with absolutely everything, keep your eyes peeled for the Jolly Roger flag and you won't go far wrong. If you've had enough of landlubbing and fancy a trip out to sea then there are plenty of options to sail, kayak and snorkel out on the ocean wave, this is the life!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Guided snorkelling trip US$35-$70
Manatee tour US$60
Sunset sailboat cruise US$37
Bike rental US$15 per day
Stand up paddle board rental US$22 per hour

After bidding the manatees and coral reefs a fond farewell it's time to travel inland by local bus as you encounter the forest covered highlands that sit beyond Belize's capital city, Belmopan. Get ready for rushing rivers, tumbling waterfalls and ancient ruins, with a chance to visit the ceremonial temples of Xunantunich and the incredible caves of Tunichil Muknal. This is a true outdoor adventure playground and for many will prove to be one of the active highlights of the whole tour. Tubing, caving and canoeing are all excellent optional activities for the energetic and the opportunities to have awesome adventures whilst in Belize is going to stay with you for years to come. If you're not that into the extreme side of life then don't panic - there are plenty of more laid-back alternatives with bike hire, butterfly gardens and trips to nearby ruins always proving excellent for learning more about the area.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Actun Tunichil Muknal cave tour incl. transport, guide & lunch US$95
Barton Creek canoe trip US$80
Bicycle rental US$4 per hour
Butterfly farm US$10
Guided Caracol Ruins tour US$80
River tubing US$95
Xunantunich Ruins US$10
Cahal Pech Ruins US$10
Iguana Conservation Project US$9
Mountain Pine Ridge tour (day trip) US$80

Travel by `collective minibus' and step back in time by opting to visit the awesome Tikal temples - don't miss this one! The Tikal Temples are magnificent and although the pilgrimage does involve a climb through the jungle the views from the top of the ruins are nothing short of jaw-dropping.

Accommodation

Camping included

Meals Included

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Guided private tour of ruins US$40
Zipline tour US$45

Next stop is one of the absolute legends of the Central American circuit - the awesome Rio Dulce. This has long been a draw for boaters and if you're looking for things to do on your free day then why not take a tour of Lake Izabel or explore up river in search of manatees and hot springs. If you'd prefer to keep your feet on dry land then there are loads of other choices to do just that. With other options including nature reserves and the San Felipe fort at Livingstone, you're bound to find the right pace to suit your mood and whatever you're into you're sure to come away happy, experienced and hungry for more.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Natural hot springs US$20
Boat trip to Livingston US$30
Quirigua ruins US$30
San Felipe Fort US$1

Take the bus to the spectacular colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua. Taste delicious for a taste of delicious local street food before settling down for the night in preparation for tomorrow's meeting with your host family and your stay in a traditional Guatemalan home, things are about to get crazy good!

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Bicycle tour US$30
Coffee & Macadamia Plantation US$45
Salsa lessons US$7
Santiago Zamora village tour US$10
Chocolate-making workshop US$24

Pick up a gift for your host family at the handicraft stalls of Chichicastenango before heading by private minibus to San Jorge La Laguna and a real opportunity to practise your Spanish and learn more about the customs and lifestyles of Guatemala. Although living conditions can be pretty basic this is a genuine chance to see what life is like for local people and through a combination of hand gestures and phrase books you'll be surprised what you can learn during just a short period of time.

Accommodation

Local homestay included

Meals Included

Meals paid locally

Today it's time to make the most of Guatemala's natural beauty as you swim, hike or kayak within a stunning volcanic backdrop.

Accommodation

Hotel included

Meals Included

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

San Pedro Volcano hike US$65
Bike rental US$10 per day
Kayak rental US$6 per hour
Lakes & villages tour US$30
Mountain bike tour US$50
Water taxi to Santiago, San Pedro or San Juan US$8
Zipline ride US$45

Travel onwards by private transport to Antigua. Salsa lessons, coffee tours and strolls over cultural cobbles are all possible in Antigua . The beauty of this irresistible part of the world will most definitely stay with you long after you return home.

Accommodation

2 nights hotel included

Meals Included

Meals paid locally

Optional Activities

Bicycle tour US$30
Coffee & Macadamia Plantation US$45
Salsa lessons US$7
Santiago Zamora village tour US$10
Chocolate-making workshop US$24
We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Our BOLT tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities starting with a pre-departure meeting at 18.00 on the evening of day 1 (check your tour voucher for details) and finishing in the morning of your final day. If you would like to do some extra sightseeing we can request the extra nights for you in our hotels. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team

 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN - PLAYA DEL CARMEN HOTEL

Avenida 20 entre 2 y 4 Centro, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen

Located near the famous Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) and only a few minutes away from the dreamy Playa del Carmen Beach.

 

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £54 | US$77 | Eur65 | AU$98 | NZ$103 
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

Playa del Carmen is approx. 1 hour from Cancun Airport. The easiest way to get to your hotel is by taxi. Negotiate the rate with one of the companies outside the customs exit, expect to pay between US$50-60 per cab. Alternatively, catch a mini vans departing every 15-30 mins from the curb outside the International exit for approx. US$18. If you pre-booked an arrival/departure transfer and you can't locate your driver at the agreed time call (+52 998) 167 5011 or (+52 998) 173 8861.

Our BOLT tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities starting with a pre-departure meeting at 18.00 on the evening of day 1 (check your tour voucher for details) and finishing in the morning of your final day. If you would like to do some extra sightseeing we can request the extra nights for you in our hotels. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team.

 

ANTIGUA - EL CARMEN SUITES

9 Calle Poniente # 17, La Antigua, Guatemala

This colonial style hotel is located in an exclusive area only four blocks from Main Plaza with easy access to restaurants and bars and El Carmen Church. Enjoy the big terrace with views of volcanoes where you can just sit and relax while you watch the sunset. The stylish rooms offer cable TV and free high-speed Wi-Fi.

 

Full room (Your own single or double room)
From £60 | US$86 | Eur72 | AU$108 | NZ$114
Price per room per night

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATION

The easiest way to get from Guatemala City airport to Antigua is by taxi and will take around 45 minutes and costs about 350 GTQ (US$45). Negotiate the price before boarding the taxi. Alternatively, "Antigua Shuttle" buses are available hourly from Guatemala City airport to Antigua. This service is provided by freelance drivers authorized by Antigua Shuttle. The trip takes approx 1 hour and costs around 80 GTQ (US$10). Look for the sign reading "Antigua shuttle" as you exit the main hall. If you have pre-booked an arrival transfer make sure you go outside of the airport arrivals section. The driver will be waiting with a sign with your name.

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At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.

If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ​

See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above.

Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items!

As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

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