Lost World of the Mayans - Mayan Trail

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• Explore Tikal and its main rival, the seldom-visited Calakmul
• Visit 13 magnificent Mayan sites including Palenque, Chichen Itza, Tikal, Calakmul, Caracol (or Xunantunich) and Copan
• 9 UNESCO Sites
• Visit the colonial gems of Antigua, Campeche and Merida
• Hear the call of howler monkeys
• Superb bird watching at most Mayan sites, as well as river excursions along Rio Dulce and the lagoon at Celestun
• Search for crocodiles, toucans, macaws, hummingbirds and monkeys
• Visit the colorful market in Chichicastenango
• Enjoy the Caribbean culture of Livingston
• Boat journey on Lake Atitlan, surrounded by volcanoes

Fact File

• 20 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Cancun, Mexico and finish in Antigua, Guatemala
• All meals included
• Activity Level: 2 or 3


ElderTreks' 20-day journey to the Lost World of the Mayans is probably the most exhilarating Mayan trip you will ever encounter. This fantastic adventure includes the great Mayan cities of Tikal (Guatemala), Copan (Honduras), Caracol or Xunantunich (Belize), Palenque, Uxmal, Chichen Itza and Tulum (Mexico). We also journey to seldom-visited Calakmul, Tikal's great rival. We explore remote Yaxchilan, accessible only by boat, before crossing the border into Guatemala. Visit Quirigua, the site which includes the stelae with its Mayan calendar referring to in the "end of the world" predictions for Dec 21, 2012. The demise of the Mayan civilization - the end of the world as foretold in the astrology and beliefs of the Mayan, have long created intrigue and mystery.

Our exciting journey includes so much more than Mayan ruins. We explore lagoons and rivers teeming with birds as well as monkeys, crocodiles, turtles and much more. Experience the Caribbean culture of Livingston and the traditional Indigenous cultures of Chichicastenango, featuring its vibrant and colorful market held on Thursdays and Sundays. And, we cannot forget about the colonial gems of Merida, with the oldest cathedral in the Americas, the seaside fortress of Campeche, Lake Atitlan, surrounded by 3 volcanoes and finally Antigua, a true colonial masterpiece! We hope you can join ElderTreks' unique journey to the Mayan world that promises to be nothing short of memorable.

FROM: $6495 USD


  has guaranteed departures


Comfortable hotels/lodges with private bathrooms.

Comfort notes

Some long drives, at times roads can be rough and dusty. Hot and humid in the jungle.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cancun, to Playa del Carmen
Day 2: Oceanside Ruins of Tulum, Swim in the Pristine Freshwater of a Cenote
Day 3: Chichen Itza, Convent of Izamal, to Merida
Day 4: Merida
Day 5: Merida, to Lagoon of Celestun
Day 6: Uxmal, to Campeche
Day 7: Campeche Fort, to Calakmul
Day 8: Explore Seldom-Visited Calakmul, to Palenque
Day 9: Impressive Mayan Site of Palenque, to Vallescondido
Day 10: Boat Journey to Remote Yaxchilan, to Flores, Guatemala
Day 11: Exploration of Tikal
Day 12: The Mayan Site of Caracol, Belize
Day 13: To the Caribbean Town of Livingston via Rio Dulce
Day 14: Boat to Puerto Barrios, Quirigua, to Copan, Honduras
Day 15: Copan, Honduras
Day 16: To Antigua, Guatemala
Day 17: Colorful Market of Chichicastenango, to Lake Atitlan
Day 18: Lake Atitlan Boat Trip, to Antigua
Day 19: Exploring Antigua
Day 20: Depart Antigua
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