PLAYA DEL CARMEN TO ANTIGUA

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Playa Del Carmen to Antigua BPA
DEPARTS PLAYA DEL CARMEN to ANTIGUA
Trek Code:
BPA
Destination:
Central America
Departs:
Jan-Dec
Accommodation:
Budget Lodging
Age Range:
18-39
Best of Trek:
  • > Travel through Mexico, Belize & Guatemala
  • > Discover ancient Mayan Ruins
  • > Experience traditional Guatemalan life
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Tour 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 well alive.

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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
Plus you get...
  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • All transport by BOLT (Buses or Local Transport)
  • All accommodation - 10 twin share & 5 multi-share hotel nights, & 1 homestay.
  • Maximum group size of 16
What is a BOLT tour?
What is a BOLT tour?

BOLT (Buses or Local Transport) are a great, affordable way to travel in Central America. You'll stay in a mix of budget hotels and homestays, with most nights on a twin basis, and travel from A to B in buses, collectivos, taxis, ferries and overnight buses. BOLT trips offer plenty of free time, lots of exciting activities to choose from and the freedom to choose meals to suit your budget, all with the help and security of your local tour leader.

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Flexible Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local conditions and passenger requests vary, no two trips will ever be the same. With the guidance of your Trek Leader you may modify certain night stops and highlights to give a truly unique experience!

Optional Activities (paid locally)

Various optional activities are available with a selection of the most popular listed below. All activities are arranged and paid locally with your tour leader. Please see the day by day itinerary for a full list of activities available each day.

  • > Snorkelling, Caye Caulker from US$25
  • > Macadamia Nut Plantation, Antigua US$20
  • > Tulum ruins US$8
  • > Cenote snorkelling, Tulum US$35
  • > Sunset Sailboat cruise, Caye Caulker US$25
  • > Sea kayaking, Caye Caulker US$25 per hour
  • > Manatee tour, Caye Caulker US$60
  • > Barton Creek Cave day trip, San Ignacio US$80
  • > Bicycle hire, San Ignacio US$3 per hour
  • > Mountain Pine Ridge day trip, San Ignacio US$75
  • > Half-day caving, San Ignacio US$55
  • > Butterfly farm, San Ignacio US$6
  • > Canoe rental, San Ignacio US$20
  • > Caracol Ruins, San Ignacio US$80
  • > Sunrise tour of Tikal Ruins US$60
  • > Guided private tour of Tikal US$40
  • > Birdwatching boat tour, Flores US$25
  • > Boat trip to Livingston, Rio Dulce US$30
  • > Natural hot springs, Rio Dulce US$15
  • > Salsa lessons, Antigua US$7 per day
  • > Bicycle tour, Antigua US$30
  • > Santiago Zamora village tour, Antigua US$10
Tour Itinerary

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.

Itinerary Update

For all 2015 departures we will be spending an extra night on Caye Caulker in Belize and only spending one night in Tikal. Our Tikal overnight will be camping. (Sleeping bag not required).

  • Day 1: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

    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 the sand there's loads of stuff to do in Playa with snorkelling, bike hire and the water park always proving popular.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 2-3: Tulum, Mexico

    Take a scenic local bus trip south to the gorgeous beaches and 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 and also allows you to find more space in your rucksack as opposed to lugging around your dive gear. One of the best spots for snorkelling is to visit the ruins of Tulum where you can actually swim around some of the ancient walls that have made their way into the sea.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 4-5: Caye Caulker, Belize

    Say "adios" Mexico and "what's up?"' Belize as you journey across the border on what promises to be a real culture jolt to remember. Once into Central America you'll be whisked over to the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker where you'll be able to swim, snorkel and surf amongst some of the most incredible marine reserves on the continent. This is pretty much where things go all Captain Jack Sparrow as from grilled shrimp to rum with everything, keep your eyes peeled for the Jolly Roger flag and you won't go far wrong. If you really have had enough of land-lubbing and fancy a trip out to sea then there are plenty of options to sail, kayak and snorkel out on the ocean wave. Just make sure you're home before the ship sets sail.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 6-7: San Ignacio, Belize

    After bidding the manatees and coral reefs a fond farewell it's time to travel in-land 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 chance to try something new 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

  • Day 8-9: Flores & Tikal, Guatemala

    Step back in time amongst the farming communities of Flores where you're just as likely to see locals drifting past in a hollowed-out canoe as walking to work across the cobbled streets. The following day is free however, there's no better way to spend it than opting to visit the awesome Tikal temples - don't miss this one! The Tikal temples are pretty much as 'magnificent Mayan' as you're going to get 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: Hotel included

  • Day 10-11: Rio Dulce, Guatemala

    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. Although the horse trek past the rubber plantation isn't essentially you keeping your feet on the ground. 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

  • Day 12: Antigua, Guatemala

    Take the rural bus to Antigua 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.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 13: Chichicastenango & San Jorge La Laguna, Guatemala

    Pick up a gift for your host family at the handicraft stalls of Chichicastenango before heading 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 hands, feet and phrase books you'll be surprised what you can learn during just a short period of time.
    Accommodation: Local homestay included

  • Day 14: Panajachel, Guatemala

    Say a fond farewell to your new-found friends as today it's time to make the most of Guatemala's natural beauty as you swim, surf, hike or kayak within a stunning volcanic backdrop.
    Accommodation: Hotel included

  • Day 15-17: Antigua, Guatemala

    Salsa lessons, volcano treks and strolls over cultural cobbles are all possible in Antigua and as you prepare for your trip home you'll be left in no uncertain terms as to the beauty of this irresistible part of the world.
    Accommodation: 2 nights hotel included

This BOLT trip is run by our sister company and is designed for 18-39 year olds. We also offer a range of open-age BOLT tours. Please contact us for more details.

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  • > Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
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Essential Information

  • Budget approximately US$48 for border-crossing fees (additional fees may apply for air departures). Fees are subject to change.
  • You will need adequate travel insurance to join this trip. Download our insurance tips pdf for more information.
  • 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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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own TrekAmerica departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our classic "Trek" style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Hotels Before and After your tour

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Hotel Cocodrilo

PLAYA DEL CARMEN - HOTEL COCODRILO
Located in the town centre and 3 blocks from the beach, this stylish hotel offers an outdoor pool, free wif-fi and private bathrooms.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

Antigua, Guatemala

ANTIGUA - CASA EN FAMILIA
Basic family hostel/homestay close to the centre of the colonial city, La Antigua.

  • Twin share: per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
       
    Full room: per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

 

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TrekAmerica's specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations.

Book Flights

We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We are also ATOL protected and IATA licensed.

Special offers are regularly available, so call us now on 0208 682 8920 or click below to request a flight quote by email.

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Travel Insurance

Before you join your tour you must be covered by adequate travel insurance.

Travel insurance

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.

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


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