Playa del Carmen to Antigua BOLT

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  • What's Included
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From Caribbean sunsets to hidden Mayan temples, this is your chance to explore and be amazed as you cross the border from Mexico to Belize and Guatemala. Taking in underwater life in Caye Caulker, the white sands of Tulum and the cobbled streets of Antigua where Mayan culture is still thriving.

  • Visit Mexico, Belize & Guatemala
  • Travel south through legendary Central America
  • Enjoy sand, sun and fun in Playa del Carmen
  • Learn the history of ancient Guatemalan ruins
  • Kick back on the beautiful coast of Belize
  • Enjoy colonial buildings and volcanoes in Antigua
  • Haggle in the markets of Chichicastenango
  • Experience traditional Guatemalan life with a local homestay
Accommodation Types
  • Hotel
Food And Meals
  • 1 breakfast and 1 dinner included. All other meals paid locally

We offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from additional hotel nights, travel insurance, city sightseeing and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place.

Book Extra Nights in Playa del Carmen

Our BOLT tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities starting with a pre-departure meeting at 18.00 on the evening of day 1 (check your tour voucher for details) and finishing in the morning of your final day. If you would like to do some extra sightseeing we can request the extra nights for you in our hotels. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team PLAYA DEL CARMEN - PLAYA DEL CARMEN HOTELAve 20 Norte # 33 between 2nd & 4th street North Col Centro - Playa del CarmenLocated near the famous Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) and only a few minutes away from the dreamy Playa del Carmen Beach. Full room (Your own single or double room) From £TBC | US$TBC | EurTBC | AU$TBC | NZ$TBC Price per room per night AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATIONIf you have pre-booked a transfer with TrekAmerica (enquire at time of booking); you will be met after exiting the terminal building to the outside. As you exit please look for a sign with your name on it. There is no designated area for transfer drivers to wait inside the building so please take your time to look around once outside.If you have any problems and cannot locate your driver on arrival, please call our Emergency number listed on the Trek Tips document. If you don’t have a device or mobile coverage, Cancun Airport has a free Wi-Fi connection so you can call that same number via an online application such as Skype. There are also several information desks and tourist information desks around if you require further assistance.Alternatively, you can travel from the Cancun Airport to the hotel by taxi. We recommend you use the authorised taxi services organised from inside the terminal. They will charge you approximately MX$1100-1250 (USD$60-70) for a trip to Playa del Carmen. Or, from inside the terminal building you can organise to take a shuttle bus for approximately MX$500 (USD$30). The drive to Playa del Carmen where the hotel is located is approximately 50-60 minutes depending on traffic.

Book Extra Nights in Antigua

Our BOLT tours depart and finish at designated hotels in our gateway cities starting with a pre-departure meeting at 18.00 on the evening of day 1 (check your tour voucher for details) and finishing in the morning of your final day. If you would like to do some extra sightseeing we can request the extra nights for you in our hotels. You must book these hotels in advance either online with your tour or by contacting our friendly sales team. ANTIGUA - EL CARMEN SUITES9 Calle Poniente # 17, La Antigua, GuatemalaThis colonial style hotel is located in an exclusive area only four blocks from Main Plaza with easy access to restaurants and bars and El Carmen Church. Enjoy the big terrace with views of volcanoes where you can just sit and relax while you watch the sunset. The stylish rooms offer cable TV and free high-speed Wi-Fi. Full room (Your own single or double room) From £90 | US$117 | Eur108 | AU$153 | NZ$161 Price per room per night AIRPORT TRANSFER INFORMATIONThe easiest way to get from Guatemala City airport to Antigua is by taxi and will take around 45 minutes and costs about 350 GTQ (US$45). Negotiate the price before boarding the taxi. Alternatively, "Antigua Shuttle" buses are available hourly from Guatemala City airport to Antigua. This service is provided by freelance drivers authorized by Antigua Shuttle. The trip takes approx 1 hour and costs around 80 GTQ (US$10). Look for the sign reading "Antigua shuttle" as you exit the main hall. If you have pre-booked an arrival transfer make sure you go outside of the airport arrivals section. The driver will be waiting with a sign with your name.

Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation for our BOLT tours is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you prefer your own space, request our Solo Sleeper option for an extra charge. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" checkbox on the booking form or request over the phone.PRICES PER PERSON:£310 | US$407 | Eur372 | AU$527 | NZ$554

Book City Tours Before/After Your Trip

Sticking around for a day or two after your trip? Arriving early for some big city fun? We don’t blame you. Making sure you catch ALL the highlights, we’ve partnered with GetYourGuide to show off the ultimate things to do in our fave cities.Check out our city tours below >Playa del Carmen City toursAntigua City tours

Book Flights (UK only)

Our specialist flights department can offer UK customers a great airline fare to all of our Trek destinations. We have preferred contracts with many international carriers and have secured some of the most competitive prices in the industry. Why Book Your Flights with Trek?Secure your flight with a deposit of only £125 per personDate changes free of charge (subject to terms)We are ATOL protected and IATA licensedPersonal service - you're more than just a numberCall us now on 0208 682 8920 for today's special offers orRequest a flight quote

Travel Insurance

At TrekAmerica we believe that your safety and enjoyment are the most important parts of your holiday. That's why we recommend you take out insurance as soon as your booking is confirmed. TrekAmerica can offer you comprehensive travel insurance which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed we do.If you do not take our policy, you must ensure that the policy you do take offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved - be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, coverage for this type of travel. ? See our insurance page or download our insurance tips pdf for more information.

Optional Activities During Your Tour

There are loads of exciting optional activities available for you to choose from during your trip giving you the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. A list of optional activities and approximate costs are shown at the end of each day by day itinerary descriptions above. Your tour leader will arrange your chosen activities during the tour so no need to pre-book. You'll also pay for these locally so ensure you budget for the bucket list items! As local weather conditions and seasonality can change not all optional activities may be available on your trip and prices can be subject to change.

  • Central America
  • Mexico
  • Playa del Carmen
  • Tulum
  • Caye Caulker
  • San Ignacio
  • Tikal
  • Rio Dulce
  • Antigua
  • Chichicastenango
  • San Jorge La Laguna
  • Panajachel
  • USA
  • North America
Tour Types
  • Beaches
  • Cities
  • Adventure
  • Small Group
  • Youth
  • Singles
  • BOLT

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops, highlights, and included experiences, and lots of optional activities to choose from. With stops at some of your tour leader's favourite places and occasional changes to the itinerary no two Trek trips are the same, so get ready for one awesome adventure.You will meet your tour leader and group at 1800 hrs in the hotel lobby on day 1. Full details will be sent with your final documentation. If you would like to book additional nights before your tour please request at the time of booking.

Day: 1

Early arrivals will need to tear themselves from the beach before getting together with fellow travellers at today's late afternoon welcome meeting. Aside from hanging with the locals at the epic beaches there's loads of stuff to do in Playa with snorkelling and an awesome pedal around town, always proving popular.

  • Playa Del Carmen

Day: 2-3

Take a scenic local bus trip south to even more gorgeous beaches and the warm waves of Tulum. White sand, cocktails and palm trees have never looked so sweet and if you'd like the opportunity to get your first taste of Mayan ruins then Tulum is the best place to start. Renting a mask and snorkel is a great idea to see the colourful fishes up close and personal. One of the best spots for snorkelling are the ruins of Tulum where you can actually swim around some of the ancient walls that have made their way into the sea, this trip just keeps on getting even more epic!

  • Tulum

Day: 4-6

Say "adios" Mexico and "what's up?" `Belize as you journey across the border on a combination of public and private transport on what promises to be a real culture jolt to remember. Once in Central America you'll be whisked over to the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker where you'll be able to swim and snorkel amongst some of the most incredible marine reserves on the continent. This is pretty much where things go all Captain Jack Sparrow, from grilled shrimp to rum with absolutely everything, keep your eyes peeled for the Jolly Roger flag and you won't go far wrong. If you've had enough of landlubbing and fancy a trip out to sea then there are plenty of options to sail, kayak and snorkel out on the ocean wave, this is the life!

  • Caye Caulker

Day: 7-8

After bidding the manatees and coral reefs a fond farewell it's time to travel inland by local bus as you encounter the forest covered highlands that sit beyond Belize's capital city, Belmopan. Get ready for rushing rivers, tumbling waterfalls and ancient ruins, with a chance to visit the ceremonial temples of Xunantunich and the incredible caves of Tunichil Muknal. This is a true outdoor adventure playground and for many will prove to be one of the active highlights of the whole tour. Tubing, caving and canoeing are all excellent optional activities for the energetic and the opportunities to have awesome adventures whilst in Belize is going to stay with you for years to come. If you're not that into the extreme side of life then don't panic - there are plenty of more laid-back alternatives with bike hire, butterfly gardens and trips to nearby ruins always proving excellent for learning more about the area.

  • San Ignacio

Day: 9

Travel by `collective minibus' and step back in time by opting to visit the awesome Tikal temples - don't miss this one! The Tikal Temples are magnificent and although the pilgrimage does involve a climb through the jungle the views from the top of the ruins are nothing short of jaw-dropping.

  • Tikal

Day: 10-11

Next stop is one of the absolute legends of the Central American circuit - the awesome Rio Dulce. This has long been a draw for boaters and if you're looking for things to do on your free day then why not take a tour of Lake Izabel or explore up river in search of manatees and hot springs. If you'd prefer to keep your feet on dry land then there are loads of other choices to do just that. With other options including nature reserves and the San Felipe fort at Livingstone, you're bound to find the right pace to suit your mood and whatever you're into you're sure to come away happy, experienced and hungry for more.

  • Rio Dulce

Day: 12

Take the bus to the spectacular colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua. Taste delicious for a taste of delicious local street food before settling down for the night in preparation for tomorrow's meeting with your host family and your stay in a traditional Guatemalan home, things are about to get crazy good!

  • Antigua

Day: 13

Pick up a gift for your host family at the handicraft stalls of Chichicastenango before heading by private minibus to San Jorge La Laguna and a real opportunity to practise your Spanish and learn more about the customs and lifestyles of Guatemala. Although living conditions can be pretty basic this is a genuine chance to see what life is like for local people and through a combination of hand gestures and phrase books you'll be surprised what you can learn during just a short period of time.

  • Chichicastenango
  • San Jorge La Laguna

Day: 14

Today it's time to make the most of Guatemala's natural beauty as you swim, hike or kayak within a stunning volcanic backdrop.

  • Panajachel

Day: 15-16

Travel onwards by private transport to Antigua. Salsa lessons, coffee tours and strolls over cultural cobbles are all possible in Antigua . The beauty of this irresistible part of the world will most definitely stay with you long after you return home.

  • Antigua
  • Services of a professional bilingual tour leader
  • All transport by BOLT (Buses or Local Transport)
  • All accommodation

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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TrekAmerica tours are designed specifically for young, international travellers aged 18-38, so you're guaranteed to be travelling with people of a similar age, all with a sense of fun, adventure and a keen desire to explore. Whether you're travelling alone or with friends, you'll soon be surrounded by like-minded people who will quickly become your new best trek mates. The tour leaders are home-grown, knowledgeable and fun loving folks with a passion for showing you the real Americas. Only the most enthusiastic and committed people are chosen to become tour leaders; they are trained extensively as TrekAmerica believe that the most important ingredient for the success of a tour is a great leader.

With year round departures and over 50 unique itineraries from 3 days to 3 months in length, TrekAmerica offer a wide range of tours and departures and whatever you choose they guarantee you the experience of a lifetime! Each trip offers fantastic value for money; they include all accommodation and transport, your own experienced tour leader, all national park fees and selected meals on some tours. Plus there are no single supplements for those travelling alone. They also include exciting activities along the way so you get serious ‘bang for your buck’. You have a choice of accommodation on each tour; you can opt for full on communing with nature with the camping option, or go the hostel route of group accommodation with the Budget Lodging option, or if you need your creature comforts, the Plus option is for you.

Whichever tour you choose, fun, freedom and flexibility are key to TrekAmerica’s style of travel and with interests as individual as their travellers, you're able to hang out with the group when you want or do your own thing. In addition to the many included highlights and activities, there are also lots of optional activities for you to choose from during your trip. They keep these optional so you have the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't, according to taste and budget.


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