Mittelamerika entdecken

Mache dich bereit für ein einzigartiges Abenteuer von Mexiko bis Guatemala mit geschichtsträchtigen Städten, Maya-Ruinen und idyllischen Stränden

  • Kultur- & Nachtleben von Mexico City
  • Ruinen von Palenque (Weltkulturerbe)
  • Entspannen an den Traumstränden der Karibikküste
  • Baden im türkisfarbenen Wasser von Caye Caulker
  • Charme & Atmosphäre im kolonialen Antigua
  • Maya-Ruinen von Tulum & Tikal
  • Auf Schnäppchenjagd auf dem Markt von Chichicastenango
  • Weltberühmte Ruinen von Chichen Itzá
  • Überblick
  • Leistungen
  • Reiseverlauf
  • Termine & Preise
  • Zusatzinformationen
  • Einreisebestimmungen

31 Tage Mexiko · Belize · Guatemala

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Sonderkonditionen

Pulsierende Städte, eindrucksvolle Ruinen, idyllische Karibikstrände, lebhafte Märkte und herrliche Kolonialstädte - Diese Reise gibt dir Gelegenheit, die kulturelle und landschaftliche Vielfalt von Mexiko, Guatemala und Belize intensiv zu erleben. Erkunde die pulsierende Metropole Mexiko City, die wunderschöne Kolonialstadt Antigua und gehe auf Schnäppchenjagd auf dem Markt von Chichicastenango, der größte in Mittelamerika. Mysteriöse Ruinenstätte wie Tulum, Palenque oder Chichén Itzá werden dich ebenso begeistern wie das azurblaue Wasser und die weichen Karibikstrände von Playa del Carmen und Caye Caulker. Auf optionalen Tauchgängen und Schnorchelausflügen kannst du die artenreiche Unterwasserwelt erkunden. Lasse dich begeistern von unzähligen Naturschönheiten, beeindruckenden Ruinen und puliserenden Metropolen und tauche ein in die Faszination aus Tradition und Moderne, die dich auf Schritt und Tritt begleitet.

1. Tag: Mexico City
2. Tag: Mexico City
3. Tag: Puebla
4. Tag: Puebla
5. Tag: Oaxaca
6. Tag: Oaxaca
7. Tag: Oaxaca - Nachtbus nach San Cristobal de las Casas
8. Tag: San Cristobal de las Casas
9. Tag: San Cristobal de las Casas
10. Tag: Palenque
11. Tag: Palenque Ruinen - Merida
12. Tag: Merida
13. Tag: Merida
14. Tag: Chichen Itza - Playa del Carmen
15. Tag: Playa del Carmen
16. Tag: Tulum
17. Tag: Tulum
18. Tag: Caye Caulker
19. Tag: Caye Caulker
20. Tag: Caye Caulker
21. Tag: San Ignacio
22. Tag: San Ignacio
23. Tag: Tikal
24. Tag: Rio Dulce
25. Tag: Rio Dulce
26. Tag: Antigua
27. Tag: Chichicastenango - San Jorge La Laguna
28. Tag: Atitlan See - Panajachel
29. Tag: Antigua
30. Tag: Antigua
31. Tag: Antigua

Leistungen enthalten

  • Mittelamerika Rundreise gemäß Programm
  • Transporte, Unterkünfte und Mahlzeiten gemäß Programm
  • Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen gemäß Reiseverlauf
  • Orientierungsspaziergang durch Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas, Merida und Playa del Carmen
  • Informelle Spanischstunde
  • Besuch des Agua Azul Wasserfalls mit Möglichkeit zum Schwimmen
  • Eintrittsgebühr Palenque Ruinen
  • Eintrittsgebühr Chichen Itza
  • Eintrittsgebühr Tikal Nationalpark
  • Besuch des Chichicastenango Marktes
  • Gastfamilienaufenthalt in San Jorge La Laguna
  • Orientierungsrundgang in Tulum, Caye Caulker und Panajachel
  • Orientierungsspaziergang in Antigua
  • Eintritt in die Kirche in San Juan Chamula

Leistungen nicht enthalten

  • Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
  • Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten
  • Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder

Unterbringung

25x Standard-Hotel
1x Nachtbus
1x Campingplatz
2x Standard-Lodge
1x Gastfamilie
Die Unterbringung erfolgt in Zweibettzimmer und/oder Mehrbettunterkünften. Alleinreisende werden mit Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts untergebracht. Die Unterbringung im Einzelzimmer ist gegen einen Aufpreis möglich (vorbehaltlich Verfügbarkeit, außer an Tag 7 und 10-11). EZ-Zuschlag bitte anfragen.

Einige Unterkünfte sind sehr einfach ausgestattet. Sie verfügen über private Badezimmer oder Gemeinschaftseinrichtungen. Mehrbettunterkunft bedeutet 3-4 Personen pro Zimmer oder große Schlafräume.

Verpflegung

1x Frühstück, 1x Abendessen
Plane etwa USD650 für nicht enthaltene Mahlzeiten und Getränke ein.

Tourbegleitung

Erfahrener englischsprachiger Reiseleiter.

Transportarten

Fähre, öffentlicher Bus, Metro

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1. Tag: Mexico City

Bienvenidos a Mexico City! This is one of the world's largest urban centres, a melting pot of modern and ancient offering a huge variety of museums, galleries and architectural delights, along with thumping nightlife and unparalleled street food. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, but if you arrive early then perhaps head to the Zocalo – the massive central square – and check out the Aztec ruins and colonial architecture. There are also plenty of parks, smaller plazas and gardens to relax in and adjust to your new life in Mexico.

Special Information: Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be checking your passport details, insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Some departures of this trip are part of a combination trip. As such, some of your fellow travellers may be continuing on longer itineraries.

Optional Activites:
Mexico City - Templo Mayor (Archaeological Site and Museum) (Closed Mondays) - MXN70
Mexico City - Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) (Closed Mondays) - MXN60
Mexico City - National Museum of Anthropology (Closed Mondays) - MXN70

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

2. Tag: Mexico City

After sleeping off last night's tacos, your leader will take you on a walk around town and point out the metro, ATMs and other need-to-knows. The rest of the day is free for you to explore as you wish. Art fans will want to check out the Frida Kahlo Museum, while history buffs may want to take an optional trip to the archaeological ruins of Teotihuacan. The ruins are located 50 km out of the city and a local guide will lead you down the 'Avenue of the Dead', pointing out the famous Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. There's also time to visit the Virgen de Guadalupe. In the evening, why not join the Mexican Night Out Urban Adventure, in which you can get among Mexico's Holy Trinity of entertainment: Cantinas, Mariachi and Lucha Libre wrestling. Sip some tequila at a cantina, shuffle and sway to Mariachi music and watch masked wrestlers dive, fly, writhe, and grandstand for the audience for a truly loco night out.

Optional Activities:
Mexican Night Out: Cantinas, Mariachi & Lucha Libre - Urban Adventures - USD60
Teotihuacan - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport) - USD80
Mexico City - Frida Kahlo Museum (Cheaper for students, pensioners & on weekdays. Closed Mondays) - MXN200
Mexico City - Boat ride through Floating Gardens of Xochimilco (Approx. per boat per hour) - MXN350
Mexico City - Metropolitan Cathedral - MXN20
Mexico City - Torre Latino 360° Lookout - MXN100
Mexico City - National Palace and Diego Rivera murals - Free

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Mexico City - Orientation walk

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

3. Tag: Puebla

Enjoy free time for a final exploration of Mexico City. The group will head to the bus station in the late afternoon to catch a local bus to Puebla (approx. 2.5 hours), and if you're the grazing type, please make sure you bring some snacks along for the journey as well as some water. The local buses in Mexico aren't the colourful school buses seen in other areas of Central America – most are comfortable, coach-style vehicles equpiped with bathrooms. The air conditioning will be blasted often, so don't forget to bring a jacket too. On arriving in Puebla, your leader will take you out for an orientation walk and run through some common Spanish phrases to help you make the most of the days ahead.

Optional Activities:
Mexico City Markets and Food Tour - Urban Adventures - USD45

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Puebla - Orientation walk
Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson

Fahrzeit: ca. 2.5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

4. Tag: Puebla

Puebla is a rapidly growing city featuring many well-maintained churches and buildings from the colonial period, and today is free for you to discover the city at your leisure. Though there are enough churches to visit a different one every day for a year, two of the best examples are Santa Domingo Church and the Rosary Chapel, located in town. Further afield lies the Great Pyramid of Cholula, containing five miles of tunnels and ancient history with the enormous Popocatepetl Volcano serving as a backdrop. Puebla also has plenty of markets where you can brush up on your bargaining skills or pick up some local handicrafts. In the evening, why not try some mole poblano, a native Puebla dish that's famous all over Mexico. Perhaps you could even try making it yourself during an optional cooking class.

Optional Activities:
Puebla - Santo Domingo Church and Rosary Chapel - Free
Puebla - Visit to Cholula - MXN275
Puebla - Cooking class - MXN1270
Puebla - Lucha Libre show (ticket price depends on seating area) - MXN205
Puebla - Museum of Art - MXN70

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

5. Tag: Oaxaca

Journey by local bus to Oaxaca, arriving after approximately five hours. Oaxaca is a beautiful, old colonial town full of graceful arcades and colourful markets, in which you'll find the Zapotec and Mixtec people whose ancestors have populated this region for thousands of years. As always, your leader will take you on a quick orientation walk to show you the ropes then the next couple of days are free for you to explore. The city is known for its arts scene, particularly its folk and fine art, but you'll also discover a grungier side to Oaxaca including some incredible examples of street art. Walk the narrow, cobbled streets, or maybe sit back in one of the squares, sipping mezcal and watching the world go by.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Oaxaca - Orientation walk

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

6. Tag: Oaxaca

There's an opportunity today to visit the spectacular temples of Monte Alban just outside of Oaxaca. Monte Alban was inhabited for 1500 years by the Olmec, Zapotec and Mixtec peoples, and this World Heritage site is an outstanding example of a pre-Columbian ceremonial centre, with terraces, dams, canals and pyramids carved out of the mountain. Alternatively, why not take a day tour out to the nearby Mitla Ruins, the mineral springs of Hierve el Agua and a local mezcal distillery. In the evening, if you've any energy left, you could have a go at plating up some delicious local fare during a cooking class, or just head out for some food with your fellow travellers and enjoy the town's atmosphere.

Optional Activities:
Monte Alban - Archaeological site (Entrance fee) - MXN95
Oaxaca - Full-day tour inc. Mitla Ruins, Hierve el Agua and mezcal distillery - MXN600
Oaxaca - Santo Domingo Cultural Centre - MXN65
Oaxaca - Cooking class - MXN1130

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

7. Tag: Oaxaca - Nachtbus nach San Cristobal de las Casas

Use today to take part in whatever optional activities you couldn't fit in yesterday, or enjoy a relaxed day in town instead, strolling the pretty streets and people-watching from local cafes. This evening the group will take a first-class overnight bus to the highland town of San Cristobal de las Casas, a journey of approximately 13 hours. There'll be a toilet, reclining seats and plenty of leg room, as well as air conditioning so be sure to bring a jumper on board. Please keep in mind that though the bus is comfortable, the road from Oaxaca to San Cristobal has some very winding sections and if you suffer from motion sickness, this is the time to have your medication handy.

Special Information: Petty thefts happen from time to time during overnight bus journeys. These opportunistic individuals are not only an annoyance, they are also unfortunately extremely talented. They wait for passengers to be asleep to skilfully search through carry-on luggage in search of cameras, money and credit cards. During overnight bus journeys, it is safest to carry all your valuable belongings in the main luggage compartment which remains locked and out of the reach of anyone throughout the journey.

Unterkunft: Nachtbus

8. Tag: San Cristobal de las Casas

The bus will arrive in San Cristobal early this morning. Leave your luggage at the hotel and begin exploring San Cris, a small town hidden in green valley surrounded by pine trees. Your leader will take you on a tour around town and point out all the important facilities, then the rest of the day is free for your own exploration. Take in the cobblestone streets and colonial architecture, and soak up the old-world feel mixed with strong, pre-Hispanic roots. Stroll through the market, chat with the locals and maybe buy some of the colourful weavings the highland town is known for, before grabbing a drink and some food with your travel buds if you're up for it.

Optional Activities:
San Cristobal de las Casas - Amber (Jade) Museum - MXN30
San Cristobal de las Casas - Jade Museum - MXN65
San Cristobal de las Casas - Museum of Typical Costumes - MXN40

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
San Cristobal de las Casas - Leader-led city tour

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

9. Tag: San Cristobal de las Casas

The villages surrounding San Cris are home to the Tzotzil and Tzeltal peoples, who still maintain a strong sense of tradition both in dress and custom. Today you'll visit the village of San Juan Chamula with your leader, home to the fascinating Iglesia de San Juan. This church, with its pine-covered floor and air thick with incense, is often frequented by shaman who come to carry out cleansings using firewater and ancient prayer. Please understand that there is a strict ban on cameras inside the church. Outside, the town of San Juan Chamula is alive with colourful markets that sell local handicrafts and delicious street food. If this visit doesn't appeal, your leader can help organise a boating trip in the Sumidero Canyon, which is as old and impressive as the Grand Canyon, or a canyoning adventure through El Chorreadero. Once you've returned to San Cris, why not hit up a local cafe for an 'elote', a traditional highland corn snack and the perfect treat after a big day.

Optional Activities:
San Cristobal de las Casas - Mountain bike tour - MXN600
Sumidero Canyon - Boat Excursion (Entrance & Transport) - USD30

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Maya village - San Juan Chamula Church (Entrance Fee)

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

10. Tag: Palenque

Travel along a windy road by private vehicle to Palenque (approx 6 hours) today, stopping en route at the Agua Azul waterfall for a refreshing swim. Once you've arrived, the afternoon is free for you to relax or explore. Situated in a hot jungle, Palenque is the jumping off point to the nearby Maya ruins of the same name, which you'll have a chance to check out tomorrow.

Special Information: The local Zapatista movement in the region around Palenque has been quite active in recent months, occasionally holding protests or blocking roads. Our local operations team is constantly monitoring this situation to ensure the safety of our passengers and leaders. In some cases we might need to use an alternative route from San Cristobal to Palenque to avoid this activity - more so to bypass long traffic delays than any real danger.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Agua Azul waterfall - Visit with option to swim (Entrance fee)

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

11. Tag: Palenque Ruinen - Merida

Today you have the chance to visit the ruins of Palenque. Situated on a hilltop, the ruins date back to 600 AD and are some of the most impressive Mayan relics in Mexico. As you walk among the temples (closed-toe shoes recommended), listen out for the eerie calls of howler monkeys echoing from the jungle. There are many ruins which are still un-excavated and remain hidden in the forest, and you can opt to take a guided tour of the ruins or through the surrounding jungle. This afternoon, travel by private vehicle to the historic town of Merida (approximately 8 hours), the capital of the Yucatan region.

Optional Activities:
Palenque - Jungle Trail tour - MXN200

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Palenque - Palenque Ruins (Entrance and Transport)

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

12. Tag: Merida

Founded in 1542 on the site of Tho, an ancient Maya city, the colonial city of Merida retains much of its old-world charm thanks primarily to its architecture. Check-in to your hotel then take a wander through Old Town, strolling the buzzing streets and visiting the city's museums. It's also worth walking up, or down, the mansion-lined Paseo de Montejo for an insight into the city's 19th-century wealth accumulated from harvesting the henequen plant. Spend some time hanging in the Plaza Grande, a green, shady square enclosed by a 16th-century cathedral, City Hall, the State Government Palace and Casa Mantejo, and check out the outdoor markets where you can stock up on hammocks or sample some local food specialities like the seriously spicy El Yucateco hot sauce.

Optional Activities:
Merida - Guided city tour - MXN318
Merida - Contemporary Art Museum - MXN65

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Merida - Orientation walk

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

13. Tag: Merida

Today you can choose to visit the Maya ruins of Uxmal, which lie just an hour's drive from Merida, on an optional tour including transport and a local guide. Not much is known about the site, but it's thought that the city was constructed around AD700, was home to 25,000 or so people and once dominated the region along with Chichen Itza. Much of the site is decorated with masks of Chac, the rain god, and important buildings include the Pyramid of the Soothsayer, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, the Governor's Palace, the House of the Tortoises and the Ball Court. You can also choose to visit the Celestun Bird Sanctuary, which is home to vast flocks of flamingos, herons and over 200 different bird species. In the evening, why not join in some dancing with Merida's locals. The town's streets are transformed into an open-air dance floor every Sunday, with salsa and merengue bands providing the tunes.

Optional Activities:
Merida - Dzibilchaltun Ruins Tour (Entrance, Guide & Transport) - MXN530
Merida - Uxmal Ruins tour (inc. shared transport and guide) - MXN810
Merida - Celestun Bird Sanctuary (Entrance and Transport) - MXN1035

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

14. Tag: Chichen Itza - Playa del Carmen

Travel to Playa del Carmen by private vehicle, stopping en route for an included visit to the Maya ruins of Chichen Itza (this first leg will take about two hours). Named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza contains both Toltec and Mayan ruins lying alongside each other. The famous El Castillo pyramid dominates the site and there is also a large ball court where games used to be held. Nearby, excavations of the Well of Sacrifice offered up treasures of jade, copper and gold as well as many human and animal bones. The group will spend 2-3 hours at Chichen Itza before continuing on to Playa (approx three hours). Blessed with azure waters, powdery beaches and a European feel, Playa del Carmen is a resort city close to Cancun that also has bit of a party atmosphere. After a quick orientation walk, pick a place to kick back with a margarita and watch the sun go down.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Chichen Itza Ruins - Entrance Fee
Playa del Carmen - Orientation walk

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

15. Tag: Playa del Carmen

Today is a free day to enjoy as you like. Use your time snorkelling in fresh water rock pools (called Cenotes), strolling along the white sands or for an adventure further afield, take a ferry across to Cozumel, an island famous for its reef diving. Perhaps take an Urban Adventure with an expert local guide.

Special Information: As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group will change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary.

Optional Activities:
Playa del Carmen - Mayan Underworld Explorer - Urban Adventures - USD77
Playa del Carmen - Ferry to Cozumel (Round-trip) - MXN326

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

16. Tag: Tulum

Leave behind one paradise for another, quieter version. Travel south by local bus to Tulum, where white sand beaches and Maya ruins await after a mere one-and-a-half-hour journey. Take an orientation walk with your leader around the small town when you arrive, then head to the cliffs or the shore to enjoy the sunshine at your own pace. The famous ruins that hug the cliff edge are no longer a well-kept secret, so if crowds aren’t your thing it’s best to get up early tomorrow to beat them. Maybe grab a snack and a beer at a beach shack, then hit the sand and the water (rinse and repeat). In the evening, maybe grab a few of your fellow travellers and find a spot to watch the sunset with a margarita in hand.

Optional Activities:
Tulum - Archaeological Site (Entrance fee) - MXN75

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Tulum - Orientation walk

Fahrzeit: ca. 1.5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

17. Tag: Tulum

Today is as clear as the waters of the Caribbean, so you can spend it how you like. Perhaps start your morning by renting a bike and exploring on two wheels. Then maybe head to Akumal Bay for a change of scenery or check out one of the many fresh water rock pools known as cenotes. You can buy an organised tour to each of these attractions or venture off on your own as both are easily accessible using local transport. Cenote Dos Ojos is perhaps the most spectacular of the natural pools, but it be prepared for a three-kilometre walk each way from the local bus drop off. Remember, pack plenty of water and snacks so you don’t get caught out! If you haven't already, you might want to take the opportunity to head to Mexico's most famous archaeological site, Chichen Itza, which is about a two-hour drive away. Chat to your leader about what’s on offer and how to organise optional activities.

Special Information: We do recommend you use some time today to buy something to take for lunch on the bus tomorrow. There isn't much on offer to buy to eat along the way to Belize and it is a long day!

Optional Activities:
Dos Ojos Cenote - Fresh water rock pool (Entrance fee with snorkelling gear included) - MXN350
Cenote Cristalino - Entrance fee (snorkelling gear included) - MXN150
Tulum - Bicycle rental (per day) - MXN150
Chichen Itza Ruins - Entrance Fee - MXN481

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

18. Tag: Caye Caulker

Bid adios to Mexico early this morning and head south to Belize. Be prepared for a long day of travel on the road without a chance to stop for lunch, as the total driving time including the border crossing will take around eight or nine hours. First, travel to the town of Chetumal by public bus (3.5 hours approximately). Then jump on a local bus the border (20 minutes), undertake border formalities, then board the same bus to Belize City (3 hours approximately). Once in Belize City take a water taxi to Caye Caulker (1 hour). Expect to arrive on Caye Caulker by 6 pm. Phew! What a day, but trust us, it’s worth it. Perhaps go for an evening stroll to get your bearings on the island, then if you have the energy why not hit a beach bar and unwind. Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America, which will make chatting with locals much easier.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Caye Caulker - Orientation walk

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

19. Tag: Caye Caulker

Good morning and welcome to heaven! Today is free for you to explore the island and surrounds or simply relax. Whatever you choose to do, it’s bound to be impossible to keep the smile off your face. If you feel like snorkelling, ask your leader about organising a trip to the colourful coral reef nearby, or perhaps head further afield to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, home to the world’s second-longest coral reef. Manatee spotting is one option nature lovers should consider, as the opportunity to encounter these gentle giants is a special one. Of course, you could always take a stroll and find a swaying palm tree with your name on it. They make the perfect place to nap, read a book and soak up the island vibes.

Optional Activities:
Caye Caulker - Guided snorkelling trip (half day) - BZD70
Caye Caulker - Guided snorkelling trip (full day) - BZD150
Caye Caulker - Manatee tour - BZD240
Caye Caulker - Sea kayaking (half day) - BZD70

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

20. Tag: Caye Caulker

What’s better than one day in paradise? Two, of course! Wake up when you like, because you’ve got another free day. Like any good seaside Eden, Caye Caulker is home to super fresh seafood, which you can dig into with your feet planted in the sand at one of the many ‘floor free’ outdoor restaurants. The islands famous lobster are available between 15 June and 15 February, and you can expect to pay far less than at home but more than your average island meal. Some of the best meals can be found by the roadside, so why not grab some grilled shrimp and a rum and coke made with fire water to really get into the spirit.

Optional Activities:
Caye Caulker - Stand up paddle board rental (per hour) - BZD35
Caye Caulker - Bicycle rental (per day) - BZD40
Caye Caulker - Sunset sail - BZD100

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

21. Tag: San Ignacio

From the islands to the highlands, today you’ll bid farewell to Caye Caulker and catch a ferry to Belize City (one hour) and then take a local bus to San Ignacio (three and a half hours). Local buses in Belize are a little more basic and crowded than you may have experienced elsewhere in Central America. Get ready for a stop-and-go experience on the journey; there are very few official bus stops in Belize, so the bus will stop as required by roadside passengers. On arrival, your leader will take you walking tour of San Ignacio and its twin sister Santa Elena, which will give you a sense of how vibrant the local Garifuna and Maya communities are. Perhaps tonight head out in search of a Maya-style dish like cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork marinated in citrus).

Special Information: All guests at our hotel in San Ignacio are required to pay an additional charge of USD20 per night if they choose to use the air conditioner in their room. Electricity in Belize is incredibly expensive so most hotels charge an extra rate to use the air conditioning and USD20 per night is pretty standard. We could include this extra charge in the trip price but then all of our travellers would have to pay whether they want to use it or not. We believe giving our travellers the option is a fairer way to manage this situation.

Fahrzeit: ca. 4.5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

22. Tag: San Ignacio

You have a full day at your leisure to discover San Ignacio. This beautiful town is surrounded by fast flowing rivers, waterfalls and Maya ruins, making it the ideal base. One optional activity that will appeal to history buffs is a day trip to Xunantunich, an impressive Maya ceremonial site positioned on a hill that overlooks the countryside. Getting to the site is half the fun, as you'll need to take a hand-cranked ferry to cross the river. Also nearby is the cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, a living museum of Maya relics. Wade through cool waters to find ceramic pots and crystallised skeletons preserved by the calcium-rich environment of the cave for over 1400 years. Easily spooked? Maybe you'd prefer the a cave with fewer (as far as we know) skeletons, like the one in Mountain Pine Ridge. In the late afternoon, the barbecue stalls of Santa Elena start to set up for the dinner rush. It's only a 15-minute walk, so consider wandering over to enjoy a juicy chicken leg and a chat with the locals.

Optional Activities:
San Ignacio - (ATM Caves) Actun Tunichil Muknal (Entrance fee, Guide, Transport & Lunch) - BZD190
San Ignacio - Cave tubing - BZD170
San Ignacio - Butterfly Farm - BZD55
San Ignacio - Barton Creek canoe trip - BZD170
San Ignacio - Iguana Conservation Project (Entrance fee) - BZD20

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

23. Tag: Tikal

Rise and shine for an 8 am taxi ride to the Belize-Guatemala border. Once you've crossed over, board a bus to Tikal National Park (approximately 2.5 hours). In Tikal there will be time to buy lunch before visiting the impressive archaeological site. Towering above the jungle, the five granite temples of Tikal are an imposing sight and one of the most magnificent Maya ruins. Hidden in the evergreen forest are a maze of smaller structures waiting to be explored. The energetic can climb to the top of the ruins for spectacular views over the canopy and the chance to spot toucans, macaws and other colourful birds. Choose to explore on your own or pay a little more for a guided tour (or maybe see the site from above on an optional zip-line ride). Tonight, set up the tents and mattresses and spend some time under the stars. The weather is always warm in this part of the world but a thin blanket is provided for extra comfort. There are also basic shared bathrooms and showers at the camp.

Optional Activities:
Tikal National Park - Guide for Ruins (per group) - GTQ500

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Tikal National Park - Entrance fee

Fahrzeit: ca. 3 Std.

Unterkunft: Campingplatz

24. Tag: Rio Dulce

If you can't get enough of Tikal, you have the option to visit the site again in the (very) early morning at your own cost before departing at 8 am to Flores. It's just a one-hour ride away, and on arrival your leader will take you on a walking tour of the island of Flores. Continue by private minivan to Rio Dulce (approximately 4 hours). On arrival in Rio Dulce, transfer to the hotel by boat. The easiest way to get back into town is also on the water, a journey which can be organised through the hotel. Alternatively, a 40-minute jungle walk will get you there. The hotel is a great place to relax and look over the water, with reasonably priced meals and drinks served in the hotel restaurant. Now that you are back in a Spanish-speaking nation, why not join an informal Spanish lesson put on by your leader? Muy bien!

Special Information: Multishare typically includes triple and quad rooms. You may be required to share with group members of the opposite sex and couples or people travelling together may occasionally be separated due to rooming configurations. Each room has private facilities.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Lodge

25. Tag: Rio Dulce

With plenty of free time today, consider taking advantage of some of the optional activities available. Maybe take a scenic boat trip down the river to the coastal enclave of Livingston for a taste of Creole-Caribbean culture. This laidback town on the Caribbean coast feels very different from the rest of Guatemala thanks to its Garifuna population. Or perhaps go boating on the lake, take a tour to spot local manatees or explore nearby San Felipe Fort.

Optional Activities:
Rio Dulce - Boat trip to Livingston (Price dependent on boat available & passengers) - GTQ160
Rio Dulce - Natural Hot Springs (Entrance fee & Transport) - GTQ150
Rio Dulce - San Felipe Fort (Entrance fee) - GTQ20
Rio Dulce - Quirigua Ruins (Entrance fee) - GTQ80

Unterkunft: Standard-Lodge

26. Tag: Antigua

Leave the 'Sweet River' behind and travel by private minibus to the city of Antigua, a journey which should take around eight or nine hours, allowing time for lunch. The road between Rio Dulce and Guatemala City is one of the busiest in the country. Traffic is slow, there are frequent road works and many, many, many (seriously) slow trucks. Be armed with patience, music and a good book and the journey will be easier to handle. Spend the night in Antigua before heading to Lake Atitlan tomorrow. Though there's not much tie in Antigua today, you owe it to yourself to reward you patience with a tamale – meat and dough steamed in a corn leaf. You could also give the pepian a try, which consists of a rich dark sauce served with vegetables and meat (usually chicken). You may also want to take this time to purchase a few snacks for your time at the homestay on Lake Atitlan as the meals there can be very basic.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

27. Tag: Chichicastenango - San Jorge La Laguna

Be up early and ready for an 8 am departure. Travel by private transport for two and a half hours on winding roads to Chichicastenango. Home to perhaps the most colourful market in the country, on Thursdays and Sundays locals come from the surrounding villages to sell their wares and the streets are lined with stalls offering multi-coloured textiles and fresh produce. After doing a little shopping at the market, head to San Jorge La Laguna, a small Maya village overlooking Lake Atitlan (about 1.5 hours). Arrive in San Jorge La Laguna, meet your host family and start getting to know each other. The group may be split in twos or threes, depending on how large it is. Locals in San Jorge La Laguna are both very friendly and very shy. In order to make the most of this experience, it may take a bit of effort from your side to break the ice first. Draw on your newly learnt Spanish and get ready for some serious hand signals. Houses in San Jorge La Laguna are very basic. Your room may only consist of a couple of beds with clean bedding, and the bathroom will most likely be outside your room and shared with the rest of the family. The mother of the family will cook dinner and breakfast for you and the meals can be very basic but filling, consisting of corn, rice and beans.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Chichicastenango Market
San Jorge La Laguna - Traditional Maya Homestay

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Gastfamilie

Verpflegung: 1x Abendessen

28. Tag: Atitlan See - Panajachel

Say goodbye to your host family this morning and move on to the neighbouring town of Panajachel. Located on Lake Atitlan with distant volcanoes looming in the background, Panajachel has a thriving market, good eateries and many water-based activities to enjoy. Once you arrive in 'Pana' your leader will take you on a brief walking tour of town so you can get your bearings. The rest of the time is free for you to explore. Why not go for a swim, hike to San Pedro volcano or kayak on the lake, there aren't many places in the world that serve up active adventure in such a beautiful locale. The surrounding area is also dotted with villages which can be reached on foot or by boat. Watch women weaving at Santa Catarina Palopo or explore the colourful markets of Santiago Atitlan.

Optional Activities:
Panajachel - San Pedro Volcano hike - GTQ400
Panajachel - Guided lake and villages tour - GTQ190
Panajachel - Kayak rental (per hour) - GTQ45
Panajachel - Bicycle rental (per day) - GTQ55
Panajachel - Water taxi to Santiago, San Pedro or San Juan (Return) - GTQ40

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Panajachel - Orientation walk

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

29. Tag: Antigua

Morning! Hit the road again at 9 am and make the three-hour journey back to Antigua by private vehicle. In 1773 the city was destroyed by an earthquake, but many of the colonial buildings have been carefully restored and the architecture from its glory days can still be seen. Your leader will take you on a walking tour of Antigua including Cerro de la Cruz lookout, the local market and the chicken bus station next door, where the colourfully-decorated American school buses park. The rest of your time in Antigua is free for you to explore at your own pace. If you fancy a spin on the dance floor and want to learn some moves, Antigua is the place to be. Many dancing schools offer hourly lessons so you'll be able to perfect your moves. As always, ask your leader for details.

Optional Activities:
Antigua - Salsa lesson (per hour) - USD7

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Antigua - Leader-led Walking City Tour

Fahrzeit: ca. 3 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

30. Tag: Antigua

Enjoy a free day exploring this photogenic city. Perhaps check out the ChocoMuseo located on 4th Street West, two blocks away from central park. Learn all about chocolate, which was first documented by the Guatemalan Maya, as well as it's historical importance. Otherwise, grab a coffee from one of the many myriad shops in central park and sit back, relax and enjoy Antigua's chilled-out vibes. If you want to learn more about Guatemalan coffee, you can go on a coffee tour, visit the plantations, do some coffee tasting and buy some to take home.

Optional Activities:
Antigua - Coffee/Macadamia nut plantation tour - GTQ240
Antigua - Antigua by the Bean - Urban Adventures - USD77
Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop - GTQ130

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

31. Tag: Antigua

Your adventure comes to an end this morning, there are no activities planned for the final day. Please note you are required to comply with the check-out time set by the hotel. As there's a great deal to do in Antigua, we recommend staying a few extra days to make the most of this traveller favourite. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be happy to assist.

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Tourstil
Echtes Abenteuer zum super Preis für budgetbewusste Reisende! Ohne Extras, die du nicht haben möchtest! Einfache Unterkünfte und viel Zeit für individuelle bzw. optionale Aktivitäten. Dieser Reisestil ist gerade unter jüngeren Reisenden sehr beliebt ist. Bereise die entlegensten Orte dieser Welt sicher und unbeschwert in einer kleinen Gruppe und mit einem erfahrenen, einheimischen Guide. Das Reiseprogramm lässt viel Raum zur eigenen Gestaltung. So hast du unterwegs die Möglichkeit dir aus zahlreichen optionalen Aktivitäten je nach Interessen, Reisebudget und Schwierigkeitsgrad dein persönliches Programm zusammenstellen.

Die Unterkünfte sind einfach, aber sauber und zentral gelegen. Meistens wird in landestypischen Gästehäusern und günstigen Hotels übernachtet, die zentral gelegen sind. Manchmal haben die Unterkünfte Gemeinschaftsbäder oder es wird in einem Schlafsaal mit mehreren, anderen Mitreisenden geschlafen. Ein besonderes Erlebnis ist der Aufenthalt in einer Gastfamilie. Mit den Einheimischen kochen, essen, spielen oder einfach das Leben vor Ort kennenzulernen - während unserer Homestays erhältst du einen authentischen Blick hinter die Kulissen. In vielen Regionen leben die Menschen noch in sehr traditionellen Behausungen und dies greifen wir auch bei unseren Reisen auf. Auf einigen Touren wird auch in malerischer Umgebung gecampt.

Als Transportmittel werden überwiegend öffentliche Verkehrsmittel genutzt. Das schont nicht nur die Umwelt, sondern garantiert auch jede Menge Spaß und Kontakt mit den Einheimischen.

Wer auf sein Budget achten muss, sich in einer einfachen Unterkunft wohlfühlt und auf Extras verzichten kann, ist mit diesem Tourstil bestens beraten. Weniger Inklusivleistungen, dafür mehr Zeit für eigene Interessen - und das zu einem unschlagbar günstigen Preis.

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