Mayas, Forests and History

Mighty Aztec and Mayan civilisations built sprawling cities with fabulous pyramids. Visit the markets, admire the weaving, witness the colonial influences and enjoy modern lifestyles.

Travel Highlights

  • Combine the Mayan ruins and idyllic beaches of Mexico with the remote tropical beauty of Belize and the beguiling landscapes of Guatemala
  • Visit mighty Aztec pyramids and explore ancient Zapotec ruins near Oaxaca
  • Continue on to the world famous Mayan sites of Chichen Itza and Uxmal
  • Relax on a Caribbean beach and admire the picturesque clifftop ruins of Tulum
  • Cross into Belize to discover remote tropical forest and exotic flora
  • Discover the mighty ruins of Tikal, buried in jungle and with abundant wildlife
  • Experience local life and the vibrant colour of a local Indian market
  • Marvel at the majestic beauty of Lake Atitlan and its traditional villages
  • Finish in the charming colonial city of Antigua, surrounded by towering volcanoes 

Journey Breakdown

Route Map

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The Zapotec Tour
Travel Itinerary

Mexico City
Days 1 - 3

Day 1 - Flight to Mexico City

Day 2 - Visit Archaeological Museum and Teotihuacan

Day 3 - Day at leisure in Mexico 

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Day 1-3 - Travel to Mexico City

Depart Thursday for Mexico City, arriving in the evening. The next morning we visit the Archaelogical museum and continue to Teotihuacan, dominated by the Pyramid of the Sun. Spend the next day at leisure.

Oaxaca
Days 4 - 5

Day 4 - Fly to Oaxaca

Day 5 - Visit Zapotec archaeological sites

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Day 4 - Oaxaca

Fly to Oaxaca for 2 nights. Its narrow streets are lined with colonial buildings, graceful patios, handicraft stalls and the main square zócalo. 

 

Day 5 - Monte Alban

A morning visit to immense Monte Albán, the ancient capital of the Zapotecas and afternoon at leisure to visit Mitlá. 

Merida & Chichén Itzá
Days 6 - 9

Day 6 - Fly to Merida 

Day 7 - Day at leisure in Merida

Day 8 - Visit Uxmal

Day 9 - Depart for Chichén Itzá

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Day 6-8 - Merida

Fly to Mérida for three nights. The city has many delightful colonial buildings, painted in soft pastel colours, enclosing airy colonial patios which blend with strong Mayan influences. Spend the day at leisure exploring the city, museums, and markets, the surrounding countryside at Izamal or Celestun Nature Reserve. A full day excursion to Uxmal, showing fine examples of the ornate Puuc style with intricate stone lattice work, mosaics and towering pyramids.

 

Day 9 - Chichén Itzá

We depart for Chichén Itzá, a mighty Mayan site dominated by El Castillo, full of cosmological significance, with steps, panels and terraces depicting various stages of the Mayan calendar. 

Playa del Carmen
Days 10 - 11

Day 10 - Visit Chichen Itza and Playa del Carmen

Day 11 - Explore Tulum. Return via Xel-Ha Laguna 

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Day 10-11 - Playa del Carmen

A morning visit at the site and afternoon journey to the coast staying at Playa del Carmen for 2 nights. Full day excursion to the dramatic Tulum ruins, perched on a craggy cliff top overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Return via XelHá Laguna, to snorkel in a beautifully clear lagoon where iridescent tropical fish dart around the coves and inlets. 

Lamanai Lodge
Days 12 - 14

Day 12 - Transport to Belize continue to Lamanai Lodge

Day 13-14 - Visit Mayan Ruins and explore the forest 

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Day 12-14 - Visit Mayan Ruins and explore the forest in Belize

Transport to Chetumal, cross the border to Belize and transport to Lamanai Lodge staying three nights. Two full days of excursions to visit Mayan ruins and explore the forest.

Tikal
Days 15 - 17

Day 15 - Tranfer to Belize Airport and flight to Flores, Guatemala

Day 16 - Tikal Mayan ruins

Day 17 - At leisure in Tikal, fly to Guetemala city

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Day 15-17 - Tikal Mayan ruins

Transfer to Belize airport and flight to Flores, Guatemala; transfer to Tikal staying at the jungle lodge for 2 nighs. Explore the vast ruins, temples and massive pyramids standing high above the surrounding dense tree canopy.

Day 17 - At leisure in Tikal, fly to Guetemala city

Early morning walk in the magical tranquillity of Tikal. Afternoon return to Flores, flight to Guatemala City and drive to Chichicastenango.

Chichicastenango
Day 18

Day 18 - Sunday Market

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Day 18 - Sunday Market

Visit the Sunday market with an abundance of colour in the weavings, masks and flowers that adorn the stalls. In the afternoon continue to Panajachel lying at the foot of volcanoes, staying for 1 night on the shores of Lake Atitlán. 

Lake Atitlan
Day 19

Day 19 - Santiago Atitlán

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Day 19 - Santiago Atitlán

Boat trip across the lake to visit Santiago Atitlán, a village where local people retain their strong Indian culture and traditions. Afternoon transfer to Antigua for three nights. 

Antigua
Days 20 - 21

Days 20 - 21- Antigua

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Days 20 - 21- Antigua

Two full days to explore this charming colonial city with cobblestone streets and ancient courtyards. Depart for your flight home on Day 22, arriving home on Day 23. 

Travel Details
Zapotec

What's Included

  • 23 Days / 21 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 23 Days / 21 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 23 Days / 21 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 25 Dec-30 Jun, 6 Sept - 9 Dec 1 July - 5 Sept, 10 Dec - 24 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £4,384 £5,353 - £4,482 £5,453 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + £879 + £1,249 - + £879 + £1,247 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + £2,012 + £2,762 - + £2,012 + £2,760 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 25 Dec-30 Jun, 6 Sept - 9 Dec 1 July - 5 Sept, 10 Dec - 24 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €4,360 €5,523 - €4,478 €6,088 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + €1,055 + €1,499 - + €1,055 + €1,052 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + €2,415 + €3,315 - + €2,414 + €2,867 -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 25 Dec-30 Jun, 6 Sept - 9 Dec 1 July - 5 Sept, 10 Dec - 24 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $4,699 $5,958 - $4,826 $6,088 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room + $1,143 + $1,624 - + $1,143 + $1,622 -
Single Traveller - Own Room + $2,616 + $3,591 - + $2,616 + $3,589 -

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