La Ruta Maya - Day of the Dead Festival Departure - Reverse

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • Starts Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Ends Guatemala City, Guatemala
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Day of the Dead Festival
  • An indepth exploration of the highlights of the Mayan world
  • Guided visits to the Mayan sites of Palenque, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tulum, Tikal and Xunantunich
  • Colourful colonial cities of Antigua, San Cristobal de las Casas, Campeche and Merida
The La Ruta Maya - Day of the Dead Festival Departure - Reverse tour starts and ends in Guatemala City. The La Ruta Maya - Day of the Dead Festival Departure - Reverse is a trekking tour that takes days taking you through Guatemala City, Guatemala and other destinations in Guatemala.

The Mayans forged a powerful and mysterious empire across southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Following ‘La Ruta Maya’ we explore the hidden treasures of this region - magnificent cities, pyramids and temples. These incredible architectural feats have captivated historians since their discovery. The ancient Mayan civilisation is also apparent in the customs, language and dress of the Indian towns and villages we pass through. The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration is possibly the most vibrant and colourful tribute to human mortality there is. Citizens pay tribute to the dead, especially close relatives, visiting graves and congregating round the stones to lay edible offerings at the headstones alongside beautiful golden mounds of marigolds, the Flor de Muerto (flower of the dead). Spanning three countries, we discover lively colonial towns, active volcanoes and the palm-fringed Caye Caulker, a paradise for snorkelling and diving, along with experiencing Day of the Dead festivities.
5 - Excellent
Based on 4 reviews
La Ruta Maya
5 - Excellent
“Excellent sites - didn't know about Tikal before I went as was aware of Chichen Itza but this was amazing. Was aware before going that there would be long journeys but some were too long. Exodus need to look at day from Lake Atitlan to San Cristobal de las Casas as this was 12 hours - too long. Great companions on the trip.”
Experience the Indigenous Way
5 - Excellent
“This trip is an excellent way to learn about the Mayan ways from the Pre-Classical period in antiquity all the way through to the struggles of the Mayan people in today's world. Be prepared to swat up on some amazing history along the way. The tour begins in the UNESCO-listed city of Antigua and then proceeds across various settlements with significant Mayan populations in Guatemala and Mexico . The marks of civil wars of the 1900s are never far away. Our guide Armando seemed to be a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of local life and history. The ruins are well-selected and interspersed with great sights. Highlights for me included swimming in Cascadas de Agua Azul and in a cenote in Yucatan. I loved the groove of Caye Caulker and snorkelling on the reef is a must. Tikal was the climax of the tour with a walk in the jungle accompanied by birds and monkeys. The panorama over the landscape from the highest pyramid was marvellous.”
An amazing 2 weeks
5 - Excellent
“We absolutely loved our trip! So much was crammed into the 2 weeks - be prepared for the long drives which are mentioned in the trip notes (we found some to be slightly longer than listed), but the travelling is a must if you are to fit in everything this trip has to offer. We loved the variety of places visited on the trip, with a good balance between Mayan ruins, colonial towns, lakes and beaches. The hotels were mostly very nice, the highlights were the hotel in the jungle in Palenque and the all inclusive hotel set on the beach in Tulum. The hotel in Belize was a bit of a disappointment.”
Mayan Adventure
4 - Very Good
“As described and we started off from Antigua, Guatemala on Easter Sunday. Then on to Lago Atitlan and the colourful Mayan Culture, border crossing into Mexico to visit Palanque and other Mayan sites, cross the border into Belize and back in to Guatemala.”
  • Day 1: Start Guatemala City
  • Day 2: Fly from Guatemala City to Flores; Visit Tikal.
  • Day 3: To Belize City via Xunantunich; Boat to Caye Caulker.
  • Day 4: Free day.
  • Day 5: To Belize city; transfer to Tulum.
  • Day 6: Visit Tulum ruins; swim in a cenote; free afternoon.
  • Day 7: Visit Chichen Itza; to Merida.
  • Day 8: Uxmal and Campeche
  • Day 9: Drive to Palenque and guided tour.
  • Day 10: Visit Agua Azul Waterfall; to San Cristobal.
  • Day 11: Day of the Dead festivities.
  • Day 12: Explore San Cristobal de las Casas and nearby villages.
  • Day 13: To Panajachel.
  • Day 14: Boat trip on Lake Atitlan.
  • Day 15: Solola Market; Antigua.
  • Day 16: The trip ends after breakfast in Antigua for land only passengers. Those on the group flights will be transferred to Guatemala City Airport for their flight home.
  • 15 nights in a mixture of standard and comfortable hotels, all with en suite facilities , All accommodation
  • Travel by private minibus, boat and internal flight
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Several long drives
  • Reverse itinerary departure available (AUX)
  • Non Festival departure available (AUR)  
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Any international flights to/from Guatemala City are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this La Ruta Maya - Day of the Dead Festival Departure - Reverse tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this La Ruta Maya - Day of the Dead Festival Departure - Reverse tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 27 January 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 27 January 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

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La Ruta Maya - Day of the Dead Festival Departure - Reverse tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this La Ruta Maya - Day of the Dead Festival Departure - Reverse tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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