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Magical Maya Ruins

Guatemala, Belize

7 days

Summary

Stretching from Mexico to Honduras, the Maya civilisation was among the advanced in the world. From architecture to astronomy and mathematics, their achievements reverberate even in today’s modern world. And on this tailor-made Magical Maya Ruins tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of their crowning glories.

Your journey through the Maya world starts in northern Guatemala. Here you will climb to the top of Yaxha ruins and gaze out over the Peten rainforest. Next, you will explore one of the most famous Maya cities, Tikal. Then, you’ll journey across the border into Belize. Finally, in the Cayo District you’ll visit spectacular Xunatunich and the enormous archaeological site of Caracol.

But why stop here? Because there are many more Magical Maya ruins and experiences to be had in this fascinating part of the world. Talk to our Travel Specialists about including some of the excellent Maya sites in Mexico. Or visiting living Maya communities in the Guatemalan highlands.  Discover the best of the Maya world with Contours Travel today.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Flores/Tikal

Arrive Flores and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon tour of Yaxha Ruins, set amongst lush jungle foliage. Before dark, climb to the top of the temple. Enjoy drinks and snacks while watching the sun set over the surrounding rainforest and nearby lake.

Day 2 Tikal

A full-day tour will take you through UNESCO World Heritage listed Tikal National Park, one of the most impressive Maya ruins in Central America.

Day 3 Tikal/San Ignacio

After breakfast, transfer across the border into Belize and continue to San Ignacio, home to some of Belize’s best ruins and adventure activities.

Day 4 San Ignacio

Depart this morning on a half-day tour of Xunantunich – situated on the banks of the Mopan River. Xunantunich was a thriving city near the end of the Classic Period, with large plazas surrounded by pyramids.

Day 5 San Ignacio

Today you will visit the beautiful site of Caracol (‘snail’ in Spanish), the largest archaeological site in Belize, covering 30 square miles of thick jungle. After a guided tour and lunch we continue to Rio Frio pools and caves, where you’ll have time for a swim. Return to your hotel this afternoon.

Day 6 San Ignacio

Day at leisure. Optional activities include caving, tubing, birdwatching and horseriding.

Day 7 San Ignacio/Belize City

Transfer to Belize City Airport for your onward flight.

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