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Antigua to Mexico City
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An adventurous overlanding journey is a fantastic way to explore the traveller's paradise of Central America! This incredible trip will take you some of the continent's best highlights, as well as taking in plenty of hidden gems and unique experiences! We start in the buzzing cultural hub of Mexico City, one of the most fascinating and artistic capitals in the Americas, before heading to the south through some of the most incredible ancient ruins in the world - including the Zapotec city of Monte Alban, the Mayan tombs of Palenque in the heart of the jungle, and of course the breathtaking pyramid of Chichen Itza near Mrida. We'll also explore some of the quaint colonial towns and the T'zutzil Mayan region of Chiapas on our way to the tropical paradise of Belize and the stunning oceans and beaches of the island of Caye Caulker. Crossing into Guatemala, we'll head to the phenomenal ruined Mayan city of Tikal before visiting the wonderful Manos Amigas community project. After all this action, we journey on to the serene shores of Lake Atitlan and visit the world-famous Chichicastenango market, where you'll meet some of the most colourful cultures and people on earth! The trip ends in the beautiful colonial town of Antigua, regarded by most people as the most charming city in Central America. Join us on this unforgettable overlanding experience!

Latin America
  • Duration: 28 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Boating, Caving, Equestrian, Historical Sites, Local Culture & Cuisine, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ZMG2/158235
  • Starts: Antigua, Guatemala
  • Finishes: Mexico City, Mexico
You will Visit
  • Antigua
  • Panajachel
  • Lake Atitlan
  • Chichicastenango
  • San Andres Itzapa
  • Rio Dulce
  • Livingston
  • Poptún
  • Tikal
  • San Ignacio
  • Caye Caulker
  • Tulum
  • Chichen Itza
  • Merida
  • Palenque
  • Frontera Corozal
  • Yaxchilán
  • San Cristóbal de las Casas
  • Oaxaca
  • Mexico City

Itinerary

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Day 1: Antigua

Border information: if joining in Antigua, you will most likely enter Guatemala at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (IATA code: GUA).

There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings, and to take part in some optional activities. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Antigua before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Antigua.

In Antigua we will stay in a delightful colonial hotel.

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Day 2-3: Panajachel

Today we will head off on a short drive to Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will have free time to enjoy some optional activities such as a boat on the lake out to some of the small local villages along the shoreline. If possible, we will include a visit to the famous Chichicastenango Market during these days, depending on the weekday. Please note that the market is only open on Thursdays and Sundays so you may not be able to visit during your trip.

In Panajachel we will stay in a nice local hotel.

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Day 4: San Andres Itzapa

Today we will drive day to San Andres Itzapa, a small village located in the mountains around Antigua. We will spend one night at the community centre of Manos Amigas, run by the Italian NGO 'Mani Amiche' in support of local women who have been abandoned and abused, and who are staying in the centre with their children.

In San Andres Itzapa we will stay in dormitories at the community centre (please note that there is no option to upgrade to private accommodation here).

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

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Day 5-6: Rio Dulce

Today we will drive north to Rio Dulce in Guatemala's beautiful central region.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have an included boat trip to the village of Livingston on the Caribbean coast, before returning to Rio Dulce. 

In Rio Dulce we will stay in an eco-lodge.

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Day 7-8: Poptún

Today we have a free morning to enjoy some optional activities in Rio Dulce, before heading on a short drive to our fantastic eco-lodge near Poptún and have a free afternoon.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to take part in the many optional activities offered at our eco lodge.

In Poptún we will camp at an eco-lodge on a working Guatemalan ranch.

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Day 9: Tikal

Today we have a short drive to the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, where we have an included guided tour. We will likely stop briefly in the colonial town of Flores en route. 

In Tikal we will camp at a basic campsite close to the ruins.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

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Day 10-12: San Ignacio

Border information: Exit Guatemala at Melchor de Mencos, enter Belize at Benque Viejo del Carmen.

Today we have a short drive across the border into Belize and on to the village of San Ignacio, home to the country's best archaeological sites and adventure activities!

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

We will have two full days to take part in the many optional activities available in San Ignacio, including trekking, caving, biking, and exploring the excellent Mayan ruins in the area.

In San Ignacio we will stay in a forest eco-lodge.

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Day 13-15: Caye Caulker

Today we will travel north to Belize City, where we board a speed boat to the island paradise of Caye Caulker.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

We will have two full days of free time to explore and enjoy the many optional activities available here, such as snorkelling, diving or taking a scenic flight over the phenomenal Great Blue Hole.

In Caye Caulker we will stay in a local hotel.

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Day 16: Tulum

Border information: Exit Belize at Santa Elena, enter Mexico at Subteniente López.

Today we will head back to the mainland and rejoin the Dragoman Bus in Belize City, before continuing our drive to the stunning coastal village of Tulum.

In Tulum we will camp in a basic campsite near to the Mayan ruins.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

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Day 17: Tulum

This morning we visit the Tulum ruins, one of the last cities built by the Maya and one of the best preserved coastal Maya sites. We will have a free afternoon to explore the beaches or take part in some optional activities.

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Day 18: Chichen Itza

Today we will have an early start to drive to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - we have an included guided tour around this spectacular site before continuing our drive to the beautiful and artistic colonial town of Mérida, the capital of the Yucatan state.

In Mérida we wil stay in a colonial hotel in the heart of the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

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Day 19: Palenque

Today we will have a full day drive to the village of Palenque.

In Palenque we will camp in the grounds of a hotel located within the national park.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

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Day 20: Palenque

Today we will have an included guided visit to the incredible Mayan ruins of Palenque, which rise out of the thick jungle surrounding them. In the afternoon we will have free time to go on a jungle tour, visit the on site museum, or travel to the nearby waterfall of Misol Ha.

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Day 21: Frontera Corozal

Today we will have a drive to the remote town of Frontera Corozal, on the Guatemalan border. In the afternoon we will have an included guided visit to the remote ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilán, which is only accessible via a boat trip down the river.

In Frontera Corozal we will camp in the grounds of a hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

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Day 22-24: San Cristóbal de las Casas

Today we have a full day drive to the stunning old colonial town of San Cristóbal de las Casas, one of Mexico's most beautiful towns. and well known as the heart of the indigenous Tzotzil Maya culture. En route, we may have time for an optional stop at the stunning waterfalls of Agua Azul.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day for exploration and to take part in some optional activities such as taking a tour to the fascinating Maya village of San Juan Chamula, or exploring the nearby Lagunas de Montebello National Park.

On the next day we will have an included boat trip down the phenomenal Sumidero Canyon, viewing its colossal cliffs from the base and searching for the resident wildlife.

In San Cristóbal de las Casas we will stay in a good hotel in the centre.

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Day 25-26: Oaxaca

Today we have a full day drive to the wonderful laid-back colonial town of Oaxaca, famous for its cuisine and indigenous cultures.

Estimated Drive Time - 12-14 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided visit of the ruined Zapotec city of Monte Alban, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon we will have free time to further explore the area's highlights.

In Oaxaca we will stay in a good hotel.

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Day 27: Mexico City

Today we will have a full day drive to Mexico's incredible bustling capital of Mexico City.

In Mexico City we will stay in a good hotel in the central district of Bellas Artes.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

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Day 28: Mexico City

Border information: if leaving in Mexico City, you will most likely exit Mexico at Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA code: MEX).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Mexico City. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Visit the bewildering Mayan markets at Chichicastenango, taking in the incredible sights, smells, and atmosphere (provided it is running while we are in the area)
    • Spend a night at the Manos Amigas community project, a centre which has been set up to support local women and their children
    • Enjoy a beautiful boat ride down the Rio Dulce to the Caribbean town of Livingston
    • Stay at a wonderful eco-lodge on a working Guatemalan farm near Poptún
    • Enjoy a guided tour of the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, one of the greatest ancient sites in the world
    • Explore the phenomenal clifftop Maya-Toltec ruins at Tulum, wonderfully located right on the Caribbean coast
    • Visit the spectacular Chichen Itza Mayan ruins on a guided tour, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World centred around the world-famous pyramid of El Castillo
    • Take a fascinating guided tour around the magnificent ruined city of Palenque deep in the Mexican jungle, including time to freely explore the excellent on-site museum
    • Take a boat trip out for a guided tour of the stunning and remote Mayan ruins at Yaxchilán
    • Head on a boat trip along the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon
    • Take a guided tour around the ruined Zapotec capital of Monte Alban near Oaxaca
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman Overland crew plus local guides where necessary
    Accomodation
    • 30% Camping - 70% Hotels
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Stella B. Posted on: 

Very profesional, helpful and friendly crew.

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Alison W. Posted on: 

Tony was very professional and treated everybody equally and with respect.

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Molly L. Posted on: 

Tony was a great tour leader from Mexico City to Panama City. He is hilariously sarcastic, never failing to make me laugh. He is effortlessly organised and it was a pleasure having him as crew.

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Deborah P. Posted on: 

Tony is an excellent tour leader- informative, very helpful and calm. Bearing in mind both Tony and Lou plus a number of passengers were extremely ill during this leg, I never had any concerns that I had missed an opportunity or wouldn't get somewhere that we were supposed to go. They both did a fantastic job and I would not hesitate to go on a trip with them again either as leader or driver.

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Alan M. Posted on: 

Both were fantastic and clearly worked extremely hard to ensure trip ran smoothly.

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Mark W. Posted on: 

Really top rate leaders - both friendly and professional and very helpful.

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