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Overview
The Quetzal Highway tour starts in Playa Del Carmen and ends in Antigua. The Quetzal Highway is an Adventure tour that takes 10 days taking you from Playa Del Carmen to Antigua and through other destinations in North America.

Bask in the sun on a beautiful Caribbean beach, explore Mayan ruins surrounded by deep jungle, and visit laid-back local villages on this quick adventure through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
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“Content &areas visited were interesting & a nice mix of culture and activities. However it would add to the experience if perhaps more time spent in areas like Playa del Carmen/Caye CaulkerAntigua not S. Ignacio & all private transport overnight buses.”
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“Central America was amazing and I wouldn't have seen as much as I did without the help of Tucan. My guide Cesar was fantastic - knowledgeable calm and great sense of humour and he made the trip truly memorable.”
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“As a first time tour traveller I loved the tour and the countries we visited. Overall it was a great eye opening experience and I wouldn't hesitate recommending it to my friends. Well organised and presented. ”
Welcome to Mexico! The first night of this tour will be spent at Playa del Carmen, a beachside paradise only one hour away from Cancún. We recommend booking extra nights to enjoy the paradise beaches as well as the optional activities including the Maya ruins at Tulúm.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Playa del Carmen or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Tulum Ruins – MXN65 plus transport or MXN80 return
  • Cozumal day trip –US$24
We set off very early from Playa del Carmen, taking a short walk to the terminal we begin our full day journey to beautiful Belize using a combination of public buses, taxis and a ferry. When leaving Mexico you will have to pay a small departure fee of approximately MXN533. Belizeans know how to relax, and hopefully the locals' expertise on relaxation will be contagious during your stay on Caye Caulker. If not, there are signs to remind you to "Go Slow", "Take it easy", and even "No shirt, no shoes, no problem". We spend a couple of very laid back nights on Caye Caulker, where you can throw away your shoes to wander the sand filled streets, spend the evenings eating seafood, drinking cocktails, and listening to reggae music in one of the bars.

During the day we can organise a range of different optional snorkelling trips for you, such as to Shark and Ray Alley, where you can swim within a few feet of nurse sharks and majestic sting rays, or weather dependent, you may have the opportunity to swim with sea-cows! Another optional snorkelling tour takes you out to Hol-Chan Marine Reserve where you are guaranteed to see lots of colourful fish and interesting reef formations. Qualified divers can explore the so-called bottomless "Blue Hole", made famous by the explorer Jacques Cousteau (please note: this optional excursion does not go every day, check locally for availability). Other options include sunning yourself, riding a bike around the island, or trying your luck at fishing. If you are lucky, you can take your catch to one of the local restaurants so they can BBQ it for you.
Accommodation
  • 3 night(s) in hotels at Hotel China Town or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Half/full day Caye Caulker snorkelling – US$45-80
  • Scuba diving in the Blue Hole – US$290
  • Night Snorkelling – US$70
  • Flight over the Blue Hole – US$200pp (min 3 people)
We continue on to San Ignacio referred to as "Cayo" by the locals, this agricultural centre is also known to be the 'adventure' and 'nature' capital of Belize. The surrounding jungle, wildlife, waterfalls, rivers and caves, have created the ideal location for the numerous optional excursions that are available, from canoeing downriver and tubing through caves, to visiting the famous caves Actun Tunichil Muknal, where they found untouched Mayan ceremonial and sacrificial remains.

Approximate Travel Time: 4.5hrs
Accommodation
  • 2 night(s) in hotels at The Aguada Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Tubing – US$100
  • ATM Caves – US$95
  • Canoeing – US$85
  • Caracol Ruins, the largest and most important Mayan ruin site in Belize – US$95
  • Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve – US$85
Waving goodbye to Belize we cross into Guatemala to the charming island-town of Flores. When departing Belize you will be required to pay a small fee of $40.00BZD, and on arrival in Guatemala another small payment of 10q is required. Flores was the last town to be conquered by the Spanish and situated in the centre of Lake Peten Itzá. On the way to Flores we stop at the breathtaking Maya site of Tikal, it is regarded as the greatest city of the Maya world and is nestled deep in the jungle. This complex is one of the biggest Maya sites discovered, and you will have most of the day to explore and learn about the flora, fauna, and amazing Mayan history with our knowledgeable local guide.

The area around Tikal has been declared as the Tikal National Park and the preserved area covers 570 square kilometres. The ancient city has been completely mapped and at its height covered an area greater than 16 square kilometres, with more than 3000 structures. Today the main centre covers an area of approximately two and a half square kilometres, As you wander the site, you will see several tall mounds which are temples that have not yet been excavated, and you will have the opportunity to climb some of the tallest Mayan temples.

The emphasis was on height when creating these imposing structures because the Maya believed the higher the building, the closer they were to the gods. Around Tikal there is a lot of animal life, and if you're lucky, you will have the chance to spot the noisy howler monkeys, pizotes (a racoon-like animal), exotic birds such as toucans, and much more!

Approximate Travel Time: 4 hrs
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Sabana or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast Box
We carry on to the river town of Rio Dulce where we overnight in cabins right on the water. In the afternoon the boat tour along the 43 kilometre stretch of waterway to Livingston allows you to experience one of the most scenic areas of Guatemala. Livingston is situated at the mouth of the Rio Dulce, where it joins the Bay of Amatique, and is inhabited by the Garifuna people. This lively little town has a Caribbean atmosphere different to the rest of Guatemala and is a great place to try the delicious local specialty tapado (seafood coconut soup) and listen to the local African-style punta music.

Approximate Travel Time: 3.5-4hrs
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Catamaran or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Today we take a private transfer to Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most delightful colonial towns in Central America. To fully explore this beautiful town, we recommend booking post-tour accommodation at the end of your tour.

The local indigenous can be seen throughout the cobbled streets and plazas of the city in their colourful costumes, selling their crafts and textiles. As the cultural centre of Guatemala, Antigua is an ideal place to experience the traditional music, architecture and art of the country. Rich in ornate churches, convents, parks, plazas, cafés, restaurants, bars and colourful street markets and surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes, Antigua is one place you will never forget.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Posada Los Bucaros or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Basic Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Pacaya volcano climb – US$20
  • Walking tour – US$30
  • Chocolate making class - US$30
  • Coffee farm tour - US$25
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 9 night(s) in hotels
Meals
  • 3 Breakfast(s), 1 Breakfast Box, 1 Basic Breakfast(s)
Transport
  • Public Bus, , Private Vehicle
Excursions
  • Caye Caulker
  • Guided tour of Tikal ruins
  • Rio Dulce boat tour to Livingston
what’s excluded
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money ampndash budget for meals snacks drinks limited souvenirs laundry tips and any extras
  • International flights tofrom the startend of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on excursions visas travel insurance personal items and single rooms.
  • Optional excursions - On each trip you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyones taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular dont hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 10 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 10 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Playa Del Carmen, Mexico/ Antigua, Guatemala
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A deposit of 0 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days before departure. For any departures within 16 August 2019 full payment is required.

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The Quetzal Highway 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.

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For this Quetzal Highway 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.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Quetzal Highway tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.
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