Mexiko & Guatemala Highlights Mexiko · Guatemala

Mexiko & Guatemala Highlights

  • Maya-Architektur in Palenque
  • Antigua - eine der schönsten Kolonialstädte Mittelamerikas
  • Gastfreundschaft bei einer Gastfamilie in Totonicapan
  • Alte Traditionen im Hochland von San Christobal
  • Outdoor-Aktivitäten am Atitlan See
  • Karibisches Flair in Playa del Carmen
  • Chichen Itza - eine der bedeutendsten Mayastätten Mexikos
  • Überblick
  • Leistungen
  • Reiseverlauf
  • Termine & Preise
  • Zusatzinformationen

13 Tage Mexiko · Guatemala

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Die Maya schufen eine der bedeutendsten Hochkulturen der Antike - folge ihren Spuren zu Tempelkomplexen und im Dschungel versteckten Ruinen. Deine Reise beginnt an den feinen Sandstränden von Playa del Carmen, ehe du dich in Chichen Itza und Palenque von der Kultur der Maya verzaubern lassen kannst. Einblicke in alte Traditionen erhältst du in den Dörfern rund um San Cristobal de las Casas. Weiter geht's nach Guatemala, wo du bei einer Gastfamilie in Totonicapan die Gastfreundschaft der Einheimischen kennen lernst. In Panajachel am malerischen Atitlan See erwarten dich spannende Outdoor-Aktivitäten, ehe dein Reise in Antigua, einer der schönen Städte Lateinamerikas, endet.

1. Tag: Playa del Carmen
Mit dem Blick auf die türkisblaue Riviera Maya und ihre kilometerlangen Sandstrände beginnt dein Karibik Abenteuer im Feriendorf Playa del Carmen.

2.-3. Tag: Chichen Itza/Merida
Im Überlandbus geht es nach Chichen Itza, eine der bedeutendsten Mayastätten Mexikos, die durch eine faszinierende Verbindung von Religion, Architektur und Wissenschaft entstanden ist, wie wir von einem lokalen Guide erfahren. Am nächsten Tag lernst du bei einem Rundgang durch Merida, die Hauptstadt Yucatans kennen.

4.-5. Tag: Palenque
Die beeindruckenden Pyramiden von Palenque liegen versteckt im tropischen Regenwald, wo der nahegelegene Wasserfall von Misol eine willkommene Abkühlung bietet. Die Badehose oder den Bikini darfst du gleich anbehalten, denn auch in Agua Azul, im 'blauen Wasser' kannst du untertauchen.

6.-8. Tag: San Cristobal de las Casas
Im Hochland von Chiapas erhältst du bei einem Ausflug zu den umliegenden Dörfern einen Einblick wie alte Traditionen bewahrt werden. Ein Abstecher zum Sumidero Canyon mit seinen hoch aufragenden Felswänden bietet sich an.

9. Tag: Totonicapan
Wir verbringen die Nacht bei einer Gastfamilie - mit ein paar Brocken Spanisch und einem Lächeln ist das Eis schnell gebrochen.

10.-11. Tag: Panajachel
Wir erreichen Guatemala, wo wir rund um den malerischen Atitlan See Gelegenheit für Outdoor-Aktivitäten wie Mountainbiking, einer Tour im Kajak oder zu einem Bootsausflug haben.

12.-13. Tag: Antigua
Nicht umsonst wurde Antigua zum UNESCO Weltkulturerbe erklärt - mit seinem kolonialen Kern zählt es zu den schönsten Städten in ganz Lateinamerika.

Leistungen enthalten

  • Mexiko & Guatemala Rundreise gemäß Programm
  • Transporte, Unterbringung und Verpflegung gemäß Programm
  • Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen gemäß Reiseverlauf
  • Eintrittsgebühr und geführte Besichtigung der Ruinenstätte Chichén Itzá
  • Geführte Besichtigungstour durch Palenque
  • Aufenthalt bei einer Gastfamilie in Totonicapan

Leistungen nicht enthalten

  • Internationale Flüge (gerne über uns buchbar)
  • Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
  • Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten
  • Reiseversicherungen
  • Flughafentransfers
  • Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder
  • Flughafengebühren und Ausreisesteuern


11x Mittelklasse-Hotel
1x Gastfamilie

Die Unterbringung erfolgt in Zwei- und ggf. Mehrbettzimmern. Alleinreisende werden mit Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts untergebracht. Einzelzimmer sind gegen Aufpreis buchbar. EZ-Zuschlag bitte anfragen.


1x Frühstück
1x Abendessen

Bitte plane etwa USD 25 - 50 pro Tag für nicht enthaltene Mahlzeiten ein.


Englischsprachige Reiseleitung

Hinter jeder Reise steht ein großartiger Reiseleiter. Der Enthusiasmus und das fast unschlagbare Wissen unserer einheimischen und englischsprachigen Reiseleiter werden deine Reise unvergesslich machen. Mit Rat und Tat stehen sie den Reisenden zur Seite. Vom Anfang bis zum Ende der Tour sind sie vor Ort für die Gruppe da, wissen nicht nur, in welchen Restaurants man gut isst und wo die besten Shops zu finden sind, sondern zeigen den Reisenden mit Kompetenz und voller Begeisterung ihre Heimat.


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Day 1: Playa del Carmen
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico.
Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. 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). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
On arrival in Mexico it is possible you will feel lethargic and lose some appetite. This is nothing to be concerned about and is just your body acclimatising to the heat and humidity. Be sure to drink plenty of water and try not to do too much in any one day, you'll soon adjust.

Special Information: Some departures of this trip are part of a combination trip. As such, some of your fellow travellers may be continuing on longer itineraries from Antigua to start the second part of their trip-– Mayan Adventure or Explore Central America. Please contact our sales team if you wish to book or know more information on these longer combination trips.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2: Chichen Itza/Merida
Today we will hop on a local bus at about 8am, heading towards the ruins of Chichen Itza (approx. 3 hours) This bus is rather fun because you cruise through little villages seeing the Mexican life outside the city of Cancun. For snacks you can try the vendors that come into the buses selling sweets, sandwiches, tacos and all that good stuff. We have about 2-3 hours to spend at Chichen Itza before we travel onwards.
One of the most impressive Mayan sites, Chichen Itza contains both Toltec and Mayan ruins lying alongside each other. The famous El Castillo pyramid dominates the ruins and the site also has the largest ball court where games used to be held. The games are depicted in carvings on the walls. Nearby, excavations of the Well of Sacrifice offered up treasures of jade, copper and gold as well as many human and animal bones.
After a tour with a local guide we travel on to Merida (approx. 2 hours) where we will spend the night. Your tour leader will take you to the centre of town and show you some of the main sites of this beautiful city.

Included Activities:
- Entrance fee Chichen Itza ruins

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3: Merida
Founded in 1542, Merida still retains much of its old-world charm with a well-preserved Old Town, wonderful museums and city streets alive with art and culture. Hang out in the green and shady Plaza Grande, with the twin-towered 16th century Cathedral on one side and City Hall, State Government Palace and Casa Mantejo on the others. For a taste of Merida's 19th century glory go for a walk along the mansion lined Paseo de Montejo. Mornings are the best time to visit the outdoor markets and you can stock up on hammocks and Maya replicas. It's a great place to try out the local food specialities, like cochinita pibil or the head-blowingly spicy El Yucateco hot sauce.
Merida is also the gateway to the Maya ruins of Uxmal and there is an opportunity to visit these impressive ruins. Little is known about the site's origins but it is thought the city was founded around AD500. Much of the site is decorated with masks of the rain god Chac. This is no great surprise as the area has a lack of natural water supplies and the city relied on rain water.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4: Palenque
Today we have an early start and we jump on one of the very comfortable first or second class buses in Mexico. These buses are equipped with TVs and bathrooms, just what you need for a long bus ride to Palenque. You will leave the Yucatan and travel into the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico (approx. 10 hours). Along the way the bus will stop a few times to give us time to stretch our legs and buy some food and drinks. Once we arrive in Palenque it is a short walk to the hotel.

Included Activities:
- Palenque - Archaeological site guided tour

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5: Palenque
Today we will hit the ruins with a local guide in Palenque to give you all the information that you need on these mystical ruins.
Palenque is situated on a hilltop in an area of hot jungle and is home to possibly the most impressive series of Mayan ruins, which date back at AD600. Whilst walking amongst the ruins it is often possible to hear the eerie calls of howler monkeys echoing from the jungle, giving an added dimension to this magnificent site. The temples are superb relics of Mayan culture and there are many ruins here still un-excavated and hidden in the surrounding forest.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6: San Cristobal de las Casas
After breakfast we take another bus to the city of San Cristobal de las Casas (approx. 5 hours).
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 Palenque to San Cristobal to avoid this activity - more so to bypass long traffic delays than any real danger.

Optional Activities:
- San Cristobal de las Casas - Mayan villages tour inc. San Juan Chamula - USD20
- San Cristobal de las Casas - Sumidero Canyon (inc. transport) - USD30
- San Cristobal de las Casas - Mountain bike tour - USD40
- San Cristobal de las Casas - Amber (Jade) Museum - MXN20
- San Cristobal de las Casas - Jade Museum - USD5
- San Cristobal de las Casas - Museum of Typical Costumes - USD4

Accommodation: Hotel

Days 7-8: San Cristobal de las Casas
With winding cobblestone streets and colonial Spanish architecture, San Cristobal de las Casas maintains a lovely old-world feel mixed with strong indigenous roots. The surrounding villages are populated with Tzotzil and Tzeltal Indians who maintain their tribal origins through their varied traditional costumes and customs. There is time here to explore the villages, perhaps by mountain bike. If you take a day trip to San Juan Chamula, make sure to visit the church. The floor is covered with pine needles and the air is heavy with incense. Shamans come here to carry out cleansings with firewater, ancient prayer and sometimes chickens. There are also markets with colourful handicrafts for sale. Take the opportunity to go for an optional day trip to Sumidero Canyon. Back in town, go for a stroll and try to spot the cafe with the most locals in it for a taste of the traditional 'elote', a corn cob which makes a common snack in the highlands of Chiapas.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 9: Totonicapan homestay
From San Cristobal we head down to Guatemala by van. It takes about 4 hours to get to the Guatemalan border and another 5 hours to get to our final destination, Totonicapan. The border crossing is fairly easy, just make sure you have your passport ready and the tour leader will give you detailed instructions on what to do once at the border.

Once in Totonicapan we will be introduced to our host family and the group may be split in twos or threes depending on the group size.

Locals in Totonicapan 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. Learn as many Spanish words as you can and get ready for some serious sign language action. Houses are very basic. Your room may only consist of a couple of beds with clean bedding; the bathroom will most likely be outside your room and be shared with the rest of the family. The mother of the family will cook dinner and breakfast for you. Meals can be very basic but filling, consisting of corn, rice and beans. You may want to stock up on some snacks beforehand.

Included Activities:
- Totonicapan homestay

Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 10: Panajachel
Today we continue driving south to Panajachel (approximately 2 hours). Panajachel is located on beautiful Lake Atitlan and it has a thriving market, good eateries and many water-based activities to enjoy. Go for a swim, hike or kayak on the lake. The surrounding area is 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, In each village the local life has changed little over the last few hundred years. Each village has its own typical dress and make all the textiles themselves in designs passed down through generations.

Optional Activities:
- Panajachel - San Pedro Volcano hike - USD65
- Panajachel - Lake and villages tour - USD30
- Panajachel - Mountain bike tour - USD50
- Panajachel - Bike rental (per day) - USD10
- Panajachel - Kayak rental (per hour) - USD6
- Panajachel - Zipline ride - USD45
- Panajachel - Water taxi to Santiago, San Pedro or San Juan - USD8

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11: Panajachel
Today is a free day in Pana for you to continue exploring this fascinating region of Guatemala.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 12: Antigua
Today we head towards Antigua (approx. 4 hrs) - our final stop in the Guatemalan Highlands.
The old colonial capital of Guatemala, Antigua remains the cultural centre of the country. Its cobbled streets, local markets, colonial buildings, and indigenous marimba music emanating from the many bars and restaurants create a fantastic atmosphere.
If you're into salsa dancing or you'd like to learn some moves, Antigua is the place to be. Many dancing schools offer hourly lessons that give you the preparation to hit the discos at night and show your moves.

Optional Activities:
- Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop - USD24
- Antigua - Bike tour - USD30
- Antigua - Santiago Zamora village tour - USD10
- Antigua - Coffee/Macadamia nut plantation tour - USD45
- Antigua - Salsa lessons (per hour) - USD7
- Chichicastenango Market - Free

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 13: Antigua
There are no activities planned for the final day.
If you have time, on the last day perhaps consider taking an optional day trip to Chichicastenango to see the famous market. The town of Chichicastenango lies about 2,200 metres above sea level and features the best of handicrafts from all over Guatemala. This market is a big magnet for national and international travellers. Make sure you also go to visit the local fruit and vegetable market.

Unfortunately, more than half the population of this beautiful Guatemala you have come to know so well lives under the poverty line, which may explain why Guatemala has also the lowest literacy rate in Central America. With this in mind, the Intrepid Foundation is proud supporter of CasaSito, an outstanding not for profit organization dedicated to assist youth to reach their academic, personal and professional potential.

If you have 2’ to spare (2’41’’ to be exact!) take a look at this short video about CasaSito - it’s inspiring:

If you want to help CasaSito and Guatemalan’s youth, you can donate through the Intrepid Foundation, which means that your donation will be match dollar for dollar by Intrepid too. No donation is too small. $5, $10, $50 it all goes a long way to help this fantastic organization. Simply visit our website:

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Eine gute Mischung aus öffentlichen und privaten Verkehrsmitteln sowie viele inkludierte Aktivitäten. Übernachtet wird meist in einfachen landestypischen Hotels, charmanten Pensionen (Bed & Breakfast) oder auch mal auf einer sogenannten "Estancia", sei es in der kolumbianischen Kaffeeregion oder in der argentinischen Pampa. Dort dürfen die Gäste ruhig auch selbst Hand anlegen. Während der Trekkingtouren übernachtet man vorwiegend im Zelt in Camps. Vielfach sind Mahlzeiten inkludiert. Hin und wieder verbringt man die Nacht im Nachtbus, nutzt eine Fähre oder ein Boot oder steigt ins Flugzeug.