Maya Rundreise I Mexiko · Belize · Guatemala

Maya Rundreise I

  • Mythen der Maya, bezaubernde Kolonialstädte und Naturphänomene Mittelamerikas
  • Imposante Ruinen von Chichén Itzá & Palenque
  • Antigua - eine der schönsten Kolonialstädte Mittelamerikas
  • Malerischer Atitlan See
  • Besuch des farbenfrohen Marktes von Chichicastenango
  • Tikal - eine der bedeutendsten Stätte der Maya
  • Bootstour auf dem Río Dulce
  • Traumstrände der Koralleninsel Caye Caulker
  • Pittoreske Kolonialstadt Antigua
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22 Tage Mexiko · Belize · Guatemala

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Begib dich auf die Spuren einer längst vergangenen Kultur und entdecke die antike Hochkultur der Maya - aber auch die Traditionen der noch heute lebenden Nachkommen. Unsere Entdeckungsreise führt zu den weniger bekannten Wundern Mexikos, Guatemalas und Belizes. Wir erforschen die beeindruckenden Ruinen von Chichén Itzá, Palenque und Tikal, entspannen an den Traumstränden der Karibik auf der paradiesischen Insel Caye Caulker und du hast Gelegenheit im kristallklaren Wasser zu Schnorcheln. Tauche ein in den bunten Markt von Chichicastenango und genieße die Atmosphäre kolonialer Städte. Erkunde Mérida, San Cristóbal de las Casas und das pittoreske Antigua. Freue dich auf Ehrfurcht einflößende Vulkane, atemberaubende Seen- und Flusslandschaften. Die Kombination aus Abenteuer, Natur und Kultur macht diese Rundreise zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis!

1. Tag: Playa del Carmen
Stimme dich an den karibischen Stränden auf die Reise ein.

2. - 5. Tag: Mérida - Palenque
Wir bestaunen die beeindruckende Maya-Stätte Chichén Itzá. Anschließend kannst du dich von den bunten Märkten der kolonialen Stadt Mérida verzaubern lassen. Weiter geht's zu den Ruinen von Palenque, wo du auch auf einer Dschungelwanderung versteckte Ruinen entdecken oder zu einem Ausflug zu den Agua Azul Wasserfällen aufbrechen kannst.

6. - 13. Tag: San Cristóbal - Panajachel - Antigua
In der gebirgigen Chiapas Region, bei der Kolonialstadt San Cristóbal de las Casas, lernen wir mehr über die unterschiedlichen Sprachen, Kleider, Bräuche und Traditionen der indigenen Bevölkerung. Wie wäre es noch mit einer Bootstour durch die atemberaubende Sumidero-Schlucht, bevor es weiter nach Guatemala geht? Ziel ist die Stadt Panajachel am Ufer des Atitlan-Sees; für viele der schönste aller Seen. Schlendere über den Chichicastenango Markt - Guatemalas berühmtesten Markt und entdecke Antigua, eine der entzückendsten Kolonialstädte Mittelamerikas.

14. - 15. Tag: Rio Dulce - Flores
Eine Bootstour auf dem Río Dulce führt uns durch malerische Landschaften. Wir besichtigen die grandiose Mayastätte Tikal, die tief im Dschungel eingebettet liegt. Nutze die Chance einige der höchsten Maya-Tempel zu erklimmen.

16. - 20. Tag: San Ignacio - Caye Caulker
Unsere Reise führt uns nun nach San Ignacio, der Abenteuer- und Naturhauptstadt von Belize. Der umliegende Dschungel, die Wasserfälle, Flüsse und Höhlen bieten eine abwechslungsreiche Mischung für zahlreiche Abenteuer. Per Wassertaxi geht es weiter zur Koralleninsel Caye Caulker. Hier locken die entspannte Atmosphäre, Strandspaziergänge und eine faszinierende Unterwasserwelt.

21. - 22. Tag: Playa del Carmen
Entlang der Karibikküste reisen wir zurück nach Mexiko. An den weißen Sandstränden lassen wir die Reise ausklingen.

Leistungen enthalten

  • Rundreise lt. Programm
  • Transport, Unterkunft und Mahlzeiten wie beschrieben
  • Ausflüge, Besichtigungen und Aktivitäten wie im Tourprogramm beschrieben:
    • Geführte Besichtigungen der Ruinen von Chichen Itza, Palenque & Tikal
    • San Cristobal Village Tour
    • Bootstour auf dem Rio Dulce nach Livingston
    • Caye Calker

Leistungen nicht enthalten

  • Internationale Flüge (gerne über uns buchbar)
  • nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
  • Reiseversicherung
  • persönliche Ausgaben & Trinkgelder
  • Flughafentransfers
  • Flughafen- und Ausreisesteuern
  • optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten

Unterbringung

21x Hotels

Die Unterbringung erfolgt im Doppelzimmer. Alleinreisende teilen sich das Zimmer mit Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts.
Die Unterbringung im Einzelzimmer ist gegen Aufpreis von 439 EUR buchbar.

Verpflegung

16x Frühstück

Tourbegleitung

Englischsprachige Reiseleitung, lokale englischsprachige Tourguides

Transportarten

Boot, öffentliche Verkehrsmittel, Taxi

Zusätzliche Übernachtungen

Bitte kontaktiere uns - wir buchen dir gerne zusätzliche Übernachtungen.

Optionale Ausflüge / Zusatzleistungen

CANCÙN:
Fähre zur Isla Mujeres US$18
Xelha Themenpark ab US$95
Xcaret Themenpark ab US$95
Schwimmen mit Walhaien (Mai - Sep.) US$140

MÉRIDA:
Anthropologisches Museum MXN30
Merida City Tour - kostenfrei
Uxmal Ruinen US$45
Zenoten US$44 (Schwimmen und Schnorcheln)
Hop-on hop-off Bus US$8

PALENQUE:
Aqua Azul und Misol Ha Wasserfälle US$25

SAN CRISTÓBAL:
Na Bolom Museum (ehemaliges Haus der Anthropologen Frans und Trudy Blom) MXN50
Sumidero Canyon US$25

PANAJACHEL:
Bootstour auf dem Atitlan See US$25
Nima'ya de Atitlan US$5
Dörfer des Atitlan See per Fähre US$5

ANTIGUA:
Aufstieg auf den Pacaya Vulkan US$20
Geführter Stadtrundgang - US$25

SAN IGNACIO:
Tubing US$100
Caving (Höhlenerkundung) US$95
Kanufahren US$85
Caracol Ruinen US$95
Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve US$85

CAYE CAULKER:
Schnorcheln halber/ganzer Tag US$45-80
Manatee Tour zur Brutstation der Rundschwanzseekühe und 3 Schnorchelgebieten ab US$70
Scuba Diving Blue Hole US$290
Verschiedene Scuba Diving Optionen US$45-95
Nacht-Schnorchelausflug US$70
Flug über the Blue Hole US$200pp (mind. 3 Personen)

PLAYA DEL CARMEN:
Ruinen von Tulum MXN65 plus Transport
Tagesausflug nach Cozumal US$24

Bitte beachten Sie, dass sich die angegebenen Preis jederzeit ändern können.
Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Playa del Carmen
Welcome to Mexico! The first night of this tour will be spent at Playa del Carmen, a beachside paradise only one hour away from Cancún. We recommend booking extra nights to enjoy the paradise beaches as well as the optional activities including the Maya ruins at Tulúm.

Accommodation
1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Playa del Carmen or similar

Day 2 to 3 - Mérida
The hectic days ahead are packed full of surprises for those who are interested in archaeology. We travel first to Chichén Itzá, an impressive Maya/Toltec site recently voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Constructed between the 7th and 10th century AD, Chichén Itzá was a centre of pilgrimage for the Maya for over 1000 years.

Among the sights your local guide will point out during the tour of the site are the ball court where the captain of the winning team was beheaded (no incentive to play your best!) and the sacred cenote where treasures and the remains of human sacrifices have been discovered. The most famous attraction is the great Pyramid of Kukulcan, dedicated to the feathered serpent god Kukulcan and built with such precision that a shadow serpent descends down the steps during the equinox.

Leaving Chichén Itzá we head to Mérida, Capital of the Yucatan province, the 'white city' of Mérida is a pleasant mixture of colonial buildings, churches and plazas. The markets simply overflow with beautiful weavings, hammocks and batiks, making this a great place to buy handmade crafts and souvenirs. At night the city comes alive with live theatre and concerts. There are many city excursions on offer here - from a comprehensive hop on/hop off bus tour exploring the greater city area to a relaxing horse-drawn carriage tour around the cobbled streets of El Centro and Pasaje Montejo Boulevard. If you want to explore the region near Mérida you could visit the small fishing town of Celestún with its large flamingo population. You could also take a swim in the local 'cenotes' (sen-o-tays), fresh-water swimming holes connected by spectacular limestone caverns and deep underwater rivers once sacred to the ancient Maya, covering the entire Yucatan peninsula.

Included Excursions
Guided tour of Chichén Itzá

Optional Excursions
Anthropological Museum – MXN30 • Mérida city tour – free • Uxmal ruins – US$65 (approx) • Cenotes, it is possible to swim and snorkel in various cenotes which often resemble small, circular lakes or lagoons with vertical edges. – US$ 44 • Hop-on hop-off bus – US$8

Accommodation
2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Colonial or similar

Meals
2 Breakfast(s)

Day 4 to 5 - Palenque
Next we take a scenic and lengthy bus journey to Palenque. You will pass beautiful views as we travel for just over five hours to the town and ruins of Palenque, famous for the tombs found filled with riches in honour of the renowned Lord Pakal and the Red Queen. This archaeological site houses more than 200 structures including a series of hilltop temples, towers, tombs and pyramids surrounded by steamy jungle. The most important constructions, which date back to the Classical period (400-700 AD) are the Temple of the Inscriptions, the Crypt, the Palace complex, the Temple of the Cross, the Temple of the Foliated Cross, and the Temple of the Sun. Decorated with elaborate friezes, sculptures and inscriptions, Palenque is unquestionably one of the most important Mayan archaeological sites. Paths cutting through the jungle lead to various temples and the gorgeous waterfalls, where over time, strange figures have taken shape in the rock formations. A local guide may offer you the extra option of going on a forest walk where you can see unexcavated ruins enveloped in jungle.

Other attractions near Palenque include the fantastic Agua Azul Nature Reserve with more than 200 small waterfalls, and the incredible Misol-Ha waterfall with a 30 metre drop (optional half day tour includes both these falls).

Included Excursions
Guided tour of Palenque ruins

Optional Excursions
Tour by minivan to Agua Azul and Misol Ha waterfalls – US$25

Accommodation
2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Xibalba or similar

Meals
2 Buffet Breakfast(s)

Day 6 to 8 - San Cristóbal
Ascending into the mountainous Chiapas region we arrive at the fascinating colonial city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Situated in the middle of the highlands, here you will find Mexico's richest example of indigenous culture, as it is surrounded by 21 indigenous villages with distinct languages, dress and customs. Red tiled houses painted in brilliant colours dominate the city, maintaining a delightful provincial charm. There are numerous interesting museums to see such as the Amber Museum, the Coffee Museum, the Maya Medicine Museum, and the 'Na Bolom' Cultural Centre.

We can enjoy an included tour of the nearby villages where you can buy beautifully made local handicrafts and get a true feel for how modern descendents of the ancient Maya people live today. The tour gives you a fascinating insight into their pre-Columbian beliefs and their daily struggle to be heard in what is one of Mexico's most isolated regions.

There is also an option to visit the stunning Sumidero Canyon on a guided speedboat tour along a 30 kilometre section of the Grijalva river to the hydro-electric dam. There are plenty of opportunities to photograph local wildlife such as birds, crocodiles and iguanas. The cliffs towering over the river reach 100 metres at the highest point, which will provide a dramatic backdrop to your pictures.

Included Excursions
San Cristóbal village tour

Optional Excursions
Na Bolom Museum, the old house of Frans and Trudy Blom, an anthropologist and archaeologist, who worked with the Lacandon Indians. – MXN50 • Canyon Sumidero. A tour to a deep impressive canyon, where you can spot several sun-bathing crocodiles. – US$25

Accommodation
3 night(s) in hotels at Palacio de Moctezuma or similar

Meals
3 Breakfast(s)

Day 9 to 11 - Panajachel

Leaving Mexico we cross the border into Guatemala at Ciudad Cuauhtèmoc. You will be required to pay a departure fee of 390 MXN in Mexico and an entrance fee of 10Q when in Guatemala but these fees are subject to change. You will find the Guatemalans to be some of the warmest and most colourful people in the world. Passing through the Guatemalan highlands we travel towards the Pan American Highway from where we will head down to Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlán. The drive down has simply stunning scenery, with breathtaking views of the lake and its three volcanoes, San Pedro, Atitlán and Toliman, all of which are over 3000 metres high.

A relaxing lakeside town, Panajachel is known to the locals as 'Gringotenango' due to its popularity with foreigners and its hippie influence in the past. Rated by those who have seen it as one of the most beautiful and colourful lakes in the world, Lake Atitlán sits at a little over 1500 metres above sea level. Here you can take a boat tour to some of the many surrounding villages (optional) or possibly go for a swim in the lake. Panajachel also has many restaurants and interesting bars lining the main street, where you can have lakeside sunset drinks, listen to 60s music, and even eat some Asian food.

Optional Excursions
Lake Atitlan boat trip – US$25 • Nima'ya de Atitlan, walk the path past waterfalls (in season), across hanging bridges, to a bird observation deck, a monkey rescue centre, a butterfly reserve and a coffee finca. – US$5 • Lake Atitlan villages by ferry – US$5

Accommodation
3 night(s) in hotels at Posada K'amol B'ey or similar

Meals
3 Breakfast Box

Day 12 to 12 - Antigua

We now visit Guatemala's most famous market town, Chichicastenango. This village's population swells from approx. 1000 to over 20,000 on market day (when we visit). The local indigenous people, mostly descendents of the K'iche' (Quiché) Maya people, come down from the nearby hills to sell everything from kitchen pots and pans to live turkeys! Handicrafts, bags, jumpers and wall hangings are just a few of the bargains to be found here. After lunch we depart the market town and continue to Antigua.

Accommodation
1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Posada Los Bucaros or similar

Meals
1 Breakfast(s)

Day 13 to 13 - Antigua

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua is one of the most delightful colonial towns in Central America. The local indigenous can be seen throughout the cobbled streets and plazas of the city in their colourful costumes, selling their crafts and textiles. As the cultural centre 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, cafés, restaurants, bars and colourful street markets and surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes, Antigua is one place you will never forget.

Optional Excursions
Pacaya volcano climb – US$20 • Walking tour – US$30 • Chocolate making class - US$30 • Coffee farm tour - US$25

Accommodation
1 night(s) in hotels

Meals
1 Breakfast(s)

Day 14 to 14 - Rio Dulce

We depart Antigua by mini van to the river town of Rio Dulce where we overnight in cabins right on the water.

Accommodation
1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Catamaran or similar

Meals
1 Breakfast(s)

Day 15 to 15 - Flores

This morning we can enjoy a boat tour along the 23 kilometre 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 the local African-style punta music.

We continue to the charming island-town of Flores, the last town to be conquered by the Spanish and situated in the centre of Lake Peten Itzá.

Included Excursions
Rio Dulce boat tour to Livingston

Accommodation
1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Sabana or similar

Meals
1 Basic Breakfast(s)

Day 16 to 17 - San Ignacio
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 the preserved area covers 570 square kilometres. The ancient city has been completely mapped and at its height covered an area greater than 16 square kilometres, with more than 3000 structures. Today the main centre covers an area of approximately two and a half square kilometres. As you wander the site, you will see several tall mounds which are temples that have not yet been excavated, and you will have the opportunity to climb some of the tallest Mayan temples.

The emphasis was on height when creating these imposing structures because the Maya believed the higher the building, the closer they were to the gods. Around Tikal there is a lot of animal life, and if you're lucky, you will have the chance to spot the noisy howler monkeys, pizotes (a racoon-like animal), exotic birds such as toucans, and much more!

This afternoon we continue on to San Ignacio referred to as "Cayo" by the locals, this agricultural centre 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 the numerous optional excursions that are available, from canoeing downriver and tubing through caves, to visiting the famous caves Actun Tunichil Muknal, where they found untouched Mayan ceremonial and sacrificial remains.

Included Excursions
Guided tour of Tikal ruins

Optional Excursions
Tubing – US$100 • ATM Caves – US$95 • Canoeing – US$85 • Caracol Ruins, the largest and most important Mayan ruin site in Belize – US$95 • Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve – US$85

Accommodation
2 night(s) in hotels at The Aguada Hotel or similar

Meals
1 Breakfast(s)

Day 18 to 20 - Caye Caulker
Leaving San Ignacio, we take a local bus through the centre 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. If not, there are signs to remind you to "Go Slow", "Take it easy", and even "No shirt, no shoes, no problem". We spend three very laid back nights on Caye Caulker, where you can throw away your shoes to wander the sand filled streets, spend the evenings eating seafood, drinking cocktails, and listening to reggae music in one of the bars.

During the day we can organise a range of different optional snorkelling trips for you, such as 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 snorkelling tour takes you out to Hol-Chan Marine Reserve where you are guaranteed to see lots of colourful 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 go every day, check locally for availability). Other options include sunning yourself, 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.

Included Excursions
Caye Caulker

Optional Excursions
Half/full day Caye Caulker snorkelling – US$45-80 • Scuba diving in the Blue Hole – US$290 • Night Snorkelling – US$70 • Flight over the Blue Hole – US$200pp (min 3 people)

Accommodation
3 night(s) in hotels at Hotel China Town or similar

Meals
1 Breakfast Box

Day 21 to 21 - Playa del Carmen
After a long day travelling by bus, you will return to Playa del Carmen for a final night. Spend the night enjoying your final taste of delicious Mexican cuisine and celebrating the end of the adventure with several margaritas!

Accommodation
1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Playa del Carmen or similar

Day 22 to 22 - Depart Playa del Carmen

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 accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals
1 Breakfast(s)
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