Mayan Sun Southbound- Playa del Carmen to Antigua

Trip code: CMCA

Trip Highlights

  • Take a walk through history and witness the long-lost Mayan culture in the cities of Guatemala.
  • Learn to groove like a pro on the beats of Salsa.
  • Explore underwater and snorkel in world’s second largest reef system in Belize.
  • Live it up on the Caribbean coast, sipping on cosmos and tanning under the Mexican sun.
  • Indigenous people, amazing food-- dig deeper and find the true meaning of travel in Antigua.
  • Go on a pub crawl with your fellow wanderlusters or celebrate with a bonfire on the beach- have yourself an epic gap year!

Tour Details


All you wigged out a lot of Spring breakers and gappers, there’s much more to Mexico than Acapulco and we’re approaching you full-speed ahead with all of it. One foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, this 16-day odyssey is going to give you a sensory overload! The undersea enchantments of Belize put together with the mysteries of the Mayans in Tikal and a trot through the cobblestone streets of Antigua are things what Gap-adventures are made of. Add some exotic flavors to your travels with a smorgasbord of drool-dribbling down the mouth, finger licking foods like Tacos, Enchiladas, Tostadas, Guacamole, Empanadas, Salsa; you get the drift! Oh, and Salsa, not just the food but the dance is also on the plate on this road trip, so, get your hips shaking and your body grooving to the beats and learn salsa like a pro. An epic adventure awaits!


Day 1 - Kick off from Playa del Carmen

Arrive any time and head out on your own to explore this uber cool city. Check into the hotel and work off your jet lag, the adventure begins tonight with a welcome meet with the group in the evening.

Day 2 - Explore Playa del Carmen

You’ve got the full day to see all that Playa del Carmen has to offer, and it much in store for you! Kick off the trip with a hardcore relax session on the beach or go out to the Mayan ruins of Tulúm. Enjoy a full day of free time to fill as you wish.

Day 3 - Onward to Caye Caulker

Cross the border from Mexico to Belize and get ready and make your ways towards Caye Caulker. Just the name of Belize readily conjures up the image of pristine blue waters and remarkable marine life-- and it's all out there for you to explore. 

Day 4 - 5 Chill out and explore in Caye Caulker

Options abound when it comes to exciting things to see and do in Caye Caulker, and it would be a shame if you missed out on any of these must-have experiences. Opt to nurse sharks in Hol Chan Marine Reserve or choose to go diving or simply lounge about and relax, Belizean style! Make good use of this free time and travel to your heart’s content. 

Day 6 - Caye Caulker to San Ignacio

Travel from Caye Caulker to San Ignacio and if time allows, beat the heat and take a relaxing swim in the Mopan River. After reaching San Ignacio, you have the rest of the day free to explore by foot, canoe or horse or even go out on a caving trip. 

NOTE- Cave tubing or a visit to ATM cave can also be done. However, the group would need to make a decision amongst themselves how many want to go for it and opt for the tour accordingly.

Day 7 - Explore San Ignacio

Check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich or opt to go visit the Mayan burying caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal that still echoes stories of a civilization lost. There much to satiate the traveler in you, so go out and have fun!

Day 8 - Cross the border into Guatemala and head to Flores

Go for a guided tour in the Mayan ruins of Tikal en route to Flores and learn all about the civilizations past. With a heavy influence of Mayan culture and Spanish language on Guatemala, you are sure to get them exotic feels here! Meet up with the descendants of Maya in Petén and get lost in their stories. 

Day 9 - Flores to Rio Dulce

Travel through dense jungles and arrive in Rio Dulce, a small town on Lake Izabal and take a tour through one of the important waterways of the Spanish crown during colonial times.

Day 10 - A day out in Rio Dulce

There are lots of activities to choose from and much to do around Lake Izabal. So take your pick and make the most of this. Opt to explore the coastal town of Livingston on a boat or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall. 

Day 11 - Rio Dulce to Antigua

Make your way to Antigua and join in for an orientation walk through the Cobblestone streets of the city. Keep your activities for the next day planned and experience the amazing nightlife of this colonial city, but not before kicking up your heels and enjoying a fun Salsa lesson! Shimmy Shimmy Shake!

Day 12 - Enjoy a free day in Antigua

It is one of the best-restored Spanish colonial cities in the world and there are lots to see, so buckle up and get to exploring! Visit the nearby coffee plantation or tour the nearby hills and towns on a bike. 

Day 13 - Antigua to Panajachel

Travel through the fertile fields of Guatemalan highlands to the shore of Lake Atitlán. It is home to 12 native villages, blue-grey mountains, and 3 volcanoes- so you’re really in for a travel treat of natural beauty and traditional cultures here. And last but not the least, the area is also perfect for outdoor pursuits like Swimming, Fishing, Kayaking etc. Have fun!

NOTE- Please dress conservatively when visiting the villages and refrain from photographing religious ceremonies, or individuals who do not wish to be photographed.

Day 14 - Off to San Juan La Laguna

Hop aboard a boat and ride across Lake Atitlán to arrive in the laidback village of San Juan La Laguna. The Mayan handicrafts here are hot stuff as are the work of local artists. So go out and about the Lake’s Market and get your choice of souvenirs.

Day 15 - Return to Antigua

Make your way back to Antigua and have a fun time out in the city shopping, and hitting up the local hotspots. In the evening head for a night out with the entire group and celebrate well into the night.

Day 16 - Depart from Antigua or embark on another adventure

Every good thing comes to an end and so has this trip! You can depart at any time and hop on your homebound flight. But if you’re not ready to leave yet, you can simply choose from any of our trips or talk to your trip coordinator to help make arrangements for your journey ahead! 

For those who are leaving, Adios, we’ll miss you!

Dates & Cost

Price Includes
  • Salsa lesson in Antigua.
  • Accommodation in Hotels/Hostels.
  • Night out in Antigua.
  • Guided tour of Tikal.
  • Orientation walk in Antigua.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Beach time in Playa del Carmen and Caye Caulker.
Price Excludes
  • International/Domestic Airfare.
  • Visa Fees.
  • Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost).
  • Cost of Vaccinations.
  • Additional tours and activities (not included as paid for in the itinerary).
  • Airport transfers (available at extra cost)
  • Meals