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Explore Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico on this trip of some of the most spectacular ancient Maya sites. Staying in comfortable hotels, we discover hidden Maya cities deep in the rainforest and visit beautiful colonial towns.
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14 nights accommodation, meals as indicated, transportation and activities as specified and services of an Explore tour leader throughout.
17 Jan, 03 Apr & 13 Nov '20
We cross Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico on this trip of some of the most spectacular ancient Maya sites. We discover hidden Maya cities deep in the rainforest and visit beautiful colonial towns. Sites visited include the Maya-Toltec site of Chichen Itza, the enchanting site of Palenque set in dense jungle, the Maya metropolis of Tikal, and Copan, one of the best preserved sites in Central America.
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Explore the highlights of the Mayan world
Spectacular Mayan cities and pyramids
Beautiful and elegant colonial towns
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Arrive Antigua and check-in to the hotel.
Take a walking tour of elegant colonial city of Antigua, visiting the churches of San Francisco, Santa Clara, La Merced and Las Capuchinas. (B)
Today has been left at leisure for you to further explore the area. (B)
Board our bus for around a six hour journey to Copan. En route we cross the border from Guatemala into Honduras, the second country on our journey through Mesoamerica. (B)
Explore the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site of Copan. Our exploration of the archaeological park begins with the Great Plaza, one of the most amazing achievements of the Classic Maya period. Next to the Great Plaza is the Acropolis, a group of massive pyramidal structures where royal power was once concentrated. (B)
We head back across the border into Guatemala, towards the small site of Quirigua. Once an important trading centre between Tikal and Copan, this UNESCO Heritage Site is home to the tallest stelae to be found anywhere amongst the ruins of the ancient Mayans. Continue to Rio Dulce. (B)
This morning we drive to Tikal, site of one of the greatest of all Maya cities. You may wish to take the opportunity to visit the site to see the sunset (optional). (B)
Explore Tikal. With nearly 500 square kilometres of classic Mayan ruins, surrounded by the dense jungles of Petén, it’s probably the most famous and impressive of all Mayan sites. (B)
We leave Guatemala and cross the border into Mexico by boat to Frontera Corozal. Continue by road to the fascinating site of Bonampak, a superb example of Classic Mayan art. From here we continue towards one of the most beautiful ancient sites anywhere in Latin America, Palenque. (B)
Visit the intricate labyrinth of buildings that surround the palace and temple, its four-storey tower dominating the city. Engulfed by the rainforest and often shrouded in mist, the palaces and ruins of Palenque were only re-discovered in the 19th century. (B)
Drive along the gulf coastline to the pleasant colonial city of Campeche. En route we will stop for lunch at the fishing village of Champoton. (B)
Visit the extraordinary site of Uxmal. Spend some time exploring what for many is considered the crowning glory of Puuc architectural style, with its classical lines and abstract designs. Leaving Uxmal behind continue on to Merida - famed for its beautiful Spanish- Moorish style architecture. (B)
Free day with optional excursions available. (B)
Discover Chichen Itza, one of the most outstanding archaeological ruins in Central America. We will explore the city during the quieter periods, allowing more time to soak up the feel and ambience of this most magical of settings. (B)
Drive to Cancun airport where the trip ends. (B)
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