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Maya encounter with Liliana Ascensão

Belize, Guatemala and Mexico

Let’s feel the hot red lava that flows from the volcanoes, like the spicy pepper and the blood of this hard working and easy smile people. Let’s listen to the sounds of the jungle and the echoes of ancestral voices carved in the stones of millenary ruins. Let’s examine the costumes that imitate the exuberant nature around us, the colonial facades and all the beauty that demands to be admired. Let’s savour the fertile brown earth that offers us cocoa and coffee. Let’s feel the terrestrial and the divine hand in hand, and let’s doubt our senses sometimes.

Abundant in traditions, colours, aromas, sounds, textures and flavours, the Maya World provides adventures, strong emotions and many solid memories. And we will return infinitely wealthier.

Highlights

  • Discover Lake Atitlán, where Mayan descendents and their rituals cohabit with explorers of a new social paradigm from the five continents.
  • Admire the ancestral ruins. The largest, Tikal, the most famous, Chichen Itza, and the one at the beach, Tulum
  • Conquer the top of an active volcano. Pacaya in Guatemala, 2552 meters of altitude
  • Dive in the unbelievable lagoon of Bacalar, the mysterious cenotes and the unforgettable warm of the Caribbean Sea in Caye Caulker in Belize
  • Mingle with turtles, monkeys and sharks and perhaps a glimpse of an enigmatic quetzal, the rare and mystical bird.

Itinerary

Day 1 - GUATEMALA Arrival in Antiguasee

Congratulations! You have arrived to the Mayan World where an adventure of a lifetime is about to begin. Get fascinated with the impact of the colours of Antigua, settle in, define intentions and, after the well-deserved rest, get lost in its streets and discover the Guatemalan cuisine.

Accommodation: hostel

Meals: -

Day 2 - GUATEMALA Lake Atitlánsee

We wake up early to venture in one of the highlights of our trip: Lake Atitlán. We will visit a group of Mayan weavers. Spending time with these weavers, learning about local products and engaging in an extraordinary project of indigenous empowerment will set the tone for the transformation that awaits us. We will open our soul to this culture and place, staring at the volcanoes and their reflection in the water. If we are lucky, we might still see a volcanic eruption.

Accommodation: eco-hotel

Meals: breakfast

Day 3 - GUATEMALA Lake Atitlánsee

Early birds again, as here the sunrise is as spectacular as the sunset. By boat, we will visit some of the Lake villages with an important stop at the local market of Santiago Atitlán, where hundreds of kilos of avocados and coffee are traded every day, as well as other local products. Upon returning to the lodge, we enjoy tranquility, or if you feel the call, there are numerous activities around the lake, from yoga classes to cacao ceremonies and street shows.

Accommodation: eco-hotel

Meals: breakfast

Day 4 - GUATEMALA Antiguasee

Back in the emblematic colonial city, and after we check-in, we will get to know its past and present in the company of a local guide. This is a lovable city, the colourful houses, the old and worn sidewalks, the art galleries, the cafes, the chocolatiers and the museums will make you want to stay forever. At night, go out on the streets to dine and venture on some salsa steps in one of the bars filled with curious travelers and locals experts.

Accommodation: hostel

Meals: breakfast

Day 5 - GUATEMALA Climbing of Pacaya Volcanosee

Guatemala has 33 volcanoes, 3 of them active. Pacaya volcano is one of them and that's where we are headed today at dawn. Conquering 2552 meters and feeling an active volcano is a glorifying experience that teaches devotion to Mother Nature. We will be escorted by a local guide and a specialist in volcanology and geology and there is no reason to worry about possible dangers or difficulties. The most adventurous and daring travellers can be challenged with the conquest of the Acatenango volcano, one of the highest volcanoes in Central America, 3976 meters of altitude and promising a fascinating panoramic view (activity not included). We then return to the accommodation in Antigua while we integrate what we have just done. Tonight we will sleep with a sense of accomplishment.

Accommodation: hostel

Meals: breakfast

Day 6 - GUATEMALA Antigua and trip to Petensee

Today is a day for resting and recovering energy and integrate everything we already lived. You will have time for independent exploration, to get lost in the art galleries, coffee shops, markets and handicraft shops of this intriguing city. If you are fond of it, we encourage you to visit a coffee farm (optional) to learn everything about its production. At the end of the afternoon, we will take a night bus to Flores.

Accommodation: night bus

Meals: breakfast

Day 7 - GUATEMALA Mayan Ruins of Tikalsee

We arrive at dawn to the shores of Lake Petén, in the vicinity of Tikal National Park. The sun is just rising, it is a brand new day and we absorb the tranquil atmosphere of the lake and the air of the jungle that stands nearby. We settle in and prepare ourselves to travel back in time, for today is the day of venturing into the Mayan ruins of Tikal, just after a typical lunch. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, Tikal was a very powerful and large city with a population between 100,000 and 200,000 inhabitants at its peak. At the end of the day, we hike up to Temple IV to watch the same sunset attended by priests and semi-gods thousands years ago, listening to the exotic birds and spider monkeys.

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: lunch

Day 8 – BELIZE Trip to Caye Caulkersee

Get ready for an adventure, crossing a border overland. To enter Belize means meeting a place with a completely different energy. A country with a diversified society, comprising a myriad of cultures and languages, although the English fluency prevails, a sign of an old British colonization. We travel across the green fields to the city of Belize, the main port, commercial center and old capital and we continue by boat, in the Caribbean Sea, to Caye Caulker. In this tropical island, we enter in another rhythm of our adventure. Our day ends in Split to celebrate the sunset.

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: breakfast

Day 9 - BELIZE Caye Caulkersee

Caye Caulker is a tropical island of sandy streets, with only bikes and golf carts. We are in the Caribbean and, besides sunbathing, we will dedicate the day to exploring the underwater world, swimming along the most beautiful and diverse coral barrier, watching wrecked boats, coloured sponges, queen angel fishes, turtles, nurse sharks, rays and Tarpon fish.

If you are an experienced diver, we suggest an adventure in the famous Blue Hole, formed tens of thousands years ago, when the sea level was much lower than nowadays (not included).

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: breakfast

Day 10 – MEXICO Trip to Bacalarsee

Welcome to Mexico, the beloved land of the Guadalupanos.

It’s a 6 hours boat and bus journey to the destination Bacalar, where pirates of the Caribbean hid with treasures in the seventeenth century. After meeting our accommodation by the lagoon, we chill alternating between fun dips and peaceful contemplations of the unbelievable colours of the lagoon for the rest of the day.

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: -

Day 11 - MEXICO Bacalarsee

We get up doubting our sight and, after the morning dip, we explore the historical center of the village and a gallery, restaurant and art shop developed by a young local sculptor. Early in the afternoon we set off on a sailboat ride. Pirate refuges, cenote dives, mud masks and a scenic sunset await us this afternoon, where we experience the 7 colours of Bacalar.

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: -

Day 12 - MEXICO Tulum Ruinssee

After a 4 hour trip, we arrive at the young city of Tulum. We settle by the Caribbean Sea and spend the rest of the day exploring the famous ruins of Tulum, a well-preserved archaeological site amidst the breathtaking scenery on one of the most dramatic shores of the Mayan Riviera. The landscape of El Castillo over the Caribbean waters is fascinating. Imagine what the expedition of Juan de Grijalva, one of the first conquerors to explore the Mexican coast, felt when they came across this Mayan city.

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: -

Day 13 - MEXICO Chichén Itza and Valladolidsee

One of the most popular and known archaeological sites on Earth is undoubtedly Chichén Itzá and it is were we are headed at dawn. We will explore the Archaeological Park with a certified guide in the morning. We will head to the city of Valladolid, the second most important city in the Yucatan Peninsula, founded in 1543 where we can feel a friendly colonial vibe. Prepare the camera, these streets, churches and old houses are very photogenic. We will return to Tulum at the end of the day, still in time to take a dip in the appealing crystalline turquoise sea. At night, we might venture into a salsa bar in the center of Tulum or, perhaps, a beach party. After all, it's our last night and we have so much to celebrate.

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: breakfast

Day 14 - MEXICO Return from Tulumsee

It’s farewell day. We will most definitely feel that we have submerged from the depths of an ancestral culture and lived unique experiences. We are transformed, richer as expected, and even more in love with the diversity that this planet offers us. We want more and already dream about the next journey. Relax, it's normal! Fill the suitcase with all the memories and don’t look back. From Tulum to Cancún Airport, it is only a 2-hour drive. Hope to see you soon!

Accommodation: -

Meals: breakfast

What is included?

  • Days: 14
  • Accommodation: 13 nights in hostel, hotel, eco-hotel and night bus
  • Transportation: shuttle, bus, boat
  • 10 Meals: 9 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • All the activities mentioned in the program
  • Guides at the Chichén Itzá Archaeological Park and the Tikal National Park
  • Travel insurance on program dates
  • Monitoring and guidance throughout the trip by Liliana Ascensão
  • Groups: 5 (minimum), 11 (maximum)

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What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Single supplement: 250€
  • Guatemala exit fee: 20 Quetzales
  • Belize exit fee: Belizen Dollar 37,50
  • Mexico exit fee: 1350 Mexican Pesos
  • Unspecified meals: 15€/day
  • Extra activities
  • Unspecified visits
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Next Dates

11 to 24 November 2018 1500€ Last Places Left
3 to 16 February 2019 1500€ Available
1 to 14 December 2019 1500€ Available