Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.
Arrive - Antigua
Summary of The Day: The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organized activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodations. On arrival please ask the receptionist for information regarding when the pre-departure meeting will be held.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua is one of the most delightful colonial towns in Central America. To fully explore this beautiful town, we recommend booking pre-tour accommodations before the start of your tour.
The local indigenous culture can be seen throughout the cobbled streets and plazas of the city. Residents wear colorful outfits and sell their crafts and textiles. As the cultural center of Guatemala, Antigua is an ideal place to experience the traditional music, architecture and art of the country. Rich in ornate churches, convents, parks, plazas, cafes, restaurants, bars and colorful street markets and surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes, Antigua is one place you will never forget.
Meeting location: Hotel Posada Los Bucaros, 7a. Avenida Norte No. 94, La Antigua. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following. All hotels provided are of a 3 star standard.
Summary of The Day: We depart Antigua by mini van to the river town of Rio Dulce where we stay overnight in cabins right on the water. In the afternoon the boat tour along the 23 kilometer stretch of waterway to Livingston allows you to experience one of the most scenic areas of Guatemala. Livingston is situated at the mouth of the Rio Dulce, where it joins the Bay of Amatique, and is inhabited by the Garifuna people. This lively little town has a Caribbean atmosphere different to the rest of Guatemala and is a great place to try the delicious local specialty, tapado (seafood coconut soup), and listen to African-style punta music.
Summary of The Day: From Rio Dulce we continue to the charming island-town of Flores, the last town to be conquered by the Spanish. It is situated in the center of Lake Peten Itzá. Flores is our base for exploring the breathtaking Maya site of Tikal which is regarded as the greatest city of the Maya world and is nestled deep in the jungle. This complex is one of the biggest Maya sites discovered, and you will have most of the day to explore and learn about the flora, fauna, and amazing Mayan history with our knowledgeable local guide.
The area around Tikal has been declared as the Tikal National Park and covers 570 square kilometers. The ancient city has been completely mapped and at its height covered an area greater than 16 square kilometers, with more than 3000 structures. Today the main center covers an area of approximately two and a half square kilometers. As you wander the site, you will see several tall mounds which are temples that have not yet been excavated. You will also have the opportunity to climb some of the tallest Mayan temples. Around Tikal there is an abundance of animal life; if you're lucky, you will have the chance to spot noisy howler monkeys, pizotes, exotic birds such, and much more!
Summary of The Day: A short drive takes us to the Belize border and one of the smallest and most diverse countries in Central America. Formally known as British Honduras, the official language is still English, but most people also speak Spanish. Our first stop is San Ignacio, referred to as Cayo by the locals. This agricultural center is also known to be the adventure and nature capital of Belize. The surrounding jungle, wildlife, waterfalls, rivers, and caves have created the ideal location for numerous optional excursions that are available.
Summary of The Day: We will spend another day exploring San Ignacio
Summary of The Day: Leaving San Ignacio, we take a local bus through the center of Belize to Belize City, where we catch a water taxi out to the Cayes (mangrove islands). Belizeans know how to relax, and hopefully the locals' expertise on relaxation will be contagious during your stay on Caye Caulker. We spend a couple of laid back nights on Caye Caulker, where you can wander the sand filled streets and spend the evenings eating seafood, drinking cocktails, and listening to reggae music in one of the bars.
During the day we can organize a range of different optional snorkeling trips for you, such as trips to Shark and Ray Alley, where you can swim within a few feet of nurse sharks and majestic sting rays, or weather dependent, you may have the opportunity to swim with sea-cows! Another optional snorkeling tour takes you out to Hol-Chan Marine Reserve where you are guaranteed to see lots of colorful fish and interesting reef formations. Qualified divers can explore the so-called bottomless Blue Hole, made famous by the explorer Jacques Cousteau (please note: this optional excursion does not run every day, check locally for availability). Other options include suntanning, riding a bike around the island, or trying your luck at fishing. If you are lucky, you can take your catch to one of the local restaurants so they can BBQ it for you.
Summary of The Day: Crossing into Mexico, we travel up the coast to the beautiful beach resort of Playa del Carmen. Relax on a white sand beach or take advantage of one of the several interesting optional activities available in the area such as visiting the island of Cozumel or the amazing Maya/Toltec ruins of Tulum. There are also many cenotes in the area. Cenotes are fresh water swimming holes connected to underground limestone cave systems.
From Playa del Carmen it's only a one hour bus journey to Cancun.
Summary of The Day: Until 1970 Isla Cancun (Cancun Island) had only three residents. The island was home to some of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches and with the advent of mass market tourism it was an ideal location. Due to the reluctance of investors to fund tourism in an unknown area, the Mexican government had to finance the first nine hotels.
Today Cancun has over two million visitors each year. You can relax on the sandy beaches or swim in the crystal clear waters. Alternately, you can always take a ferry out to the more relaxed Isla Mujeres or arrange a snorkeling or diving excursion.
Summary of The Day: Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post-tour accommodations you will have more time to explore the sights.
* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.
* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
Rio Dulce boat tour to Livingston
Guided tour of Tikal ruins
9 nights in hotels, hostels & guesthouses
Travel by local public bus, boat, taxi, on foot
English-speaking local guide(s) on included excursions
International flights and departure taxes
Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
Spending money - budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change):
- Village Tour: USD 35.00/person
- Coffee Plantation Tour: USD 20.00/person
- Zip Lining: USD 50.00/person
- Walking tour: USD 25.00/person
- Tubing: USD 85.00/person
- ATM Caves: USD 95.00/person
- Canoeing: USD 55.00-75.00/person
- Caracol Ruins: USD 95.00/person
- Xunantunich/Cahal Pech and Barton Creek Tour: USD 130.00/person
- Half/full day Caye Caulker snorkelling: USD 35.00-65.00/person
- Manatee combo tour: USD 95.00/person
- Scuba diving: USD 115.00/person
- Night Snorkelling: USD 45.00/person
- Fly over the Blue Hole: USD 200.00 pp (3 people min)
- Tulum Ruins: USD 10.00/person
- Cozumal day trip: USD 24.00/person
- Isla Mujeres: USD 7.00/person ferry
- Xelha Theme Park: USD 35.00/person
- Xcaret Theme Park: USD 53.00/person
- Swimming with whale sharks (seasonal May - Sept): USD 150.00/person
- 27 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
- 28-59 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
- 60 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
This is an Adventure Tour; we see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport and staying in small locally owned accommodation. There is a maximum of 16 travelers with an average group size of 8-12.
There is no airport in Antigua, Guatemala so you must fly to Guatemala City and then get a transfer, bus or taxi from Guatemala City to Antigua (45km). Please make sure that your flight is into Guatemala City, Guatemala, NOT Antigua in the Caribbean. We recommend that you obtain some local currency (the quetzal) as soon as you arrive - although US dollars will usually be accepted. There are numerous international ATMs inside Guatemala City airport, as well as money exchange offices offering a good rate.
The detailed and day by day itineraries above are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons or to incorporate improvements. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are travelling as a result of certain circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximations and may vary depending on local conditions.
If you have booked an airport arrival transfer, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name, local operator name, or both after exiting the customs hall. If you are likely to be delayed by more than two hours, please contact the emergency number at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense.
Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all bookings.
- You are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before travelling with us and provide details of your insurance to your tour leader at the beginning of your tour.
- Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and medical evacuations. Also ensure that you are covered for travel at high altitudes if necessary for your tour.
- A suitable insurance policy should provide adequate cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during the holiday and loss of holiday monies through cancellation or curtailment of the holiday for insurable reasons. You must be in possession of a travel insurance policy that includes a minimum of £100,000 (or equivalent currency) in cover for any medical expenses that you might incur when travelling, and for repatriation to your home country in the event of a medical emergency.
To protect your personal property, please carry all valuable items on your person at all times. Do not leave any valuable items on the bus or at the hotel, attraction or restaurant. Lastochkatravel, local operators, drivers and tour guides are not responsible for any loss or theft at any location.
This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.
1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.
- Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
- Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.