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La Ruta Maya - Exodus Travels
La Ruta Maya - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Guatemala City
Destinations
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Ends
Guatemala City
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Highlights

  • Explore Lake Atitlan surroundings by boat
  • Visit colonial city San Cristobal de Las Casas
  • Take a tour to jungle-covered Mayan pyramids and temples
  • Enjoy the Caribbean lifestyle of Caye Caulker
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
15
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start and end in Guatemala City! With the discovery tour La Ruta Maya, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Guatemala City, Guatemala and 23 other destinations in Latin America. La Ruta Maya is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • GP
    Written on April 19, 2017
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Really disappointed with this trip. The Guatemalan segment was amazing with a great guide and fascinating sites. But the Mexican guide was terrible and the dry sub tropical scenery was interminably boring and the Mayan sites were too busy with tourists. The Belize island was not the tropical paradise as billed and should be cut from the trip. My recommendation? Just take two weeks in guatemala and spend more time at each location!
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  • La Ruta Maya reviewer 2
    Written on April 25, 2013
    1.0 - Bad

    Places and people were lovely, but the promised 'Premium Adventure' was not delivered.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching nature on Caye Caulker; the lesser known Mayan sites outshone their more famous siblings; the Palm Sunday parades in Antigua were something to experience.What did you think of your group leader?Not up to the standard I have experienced on Exodus trips in other parts of the world. Very poor judgement in recommending restaurants; mostly poor quality food at premium prices. I'm a foodie and experiencing the local cuisine is an important part of travelling for me.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Booked this 'Premium Adventure' back to back with 'Beyond the Mayan World' thinking that a bit extra comfort would be great for the second fortnight. What I experienced was that the median standard of comfort delivered by the 'Premium Adventure' was no higher than that of the standard adventure. If I had to choose which set of hotels I would revisit I would go with those from the standard tour. I got a standard tour at a premium price.Is there anything else you would like to add?As a standard tour this would have been great.

  • La Ruta Maya reviewer 3
    Written on April 25, 2013
    1.0 - Bad

    Places and people were lovely, but the promised 'Premium Adventure' was not delivered.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching nature on Caye Caulker; the lesser known Mayan sites outshone their more famous siblings; the Palm Sunday parades in Antigua were something to experience.What did you think of your group leader?Not up to the standard I have experienced on Exodus trips in other parts of the world. Very poor judgement in recommending restaurants; mostly poor quality food at premium prices. I'm a foodie and experiencing the local cuisine is an important part of travelling for me.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Booked this 'Premium Adventure' back to back with 'Beyond the Mayan World' thinking that a bit extra comfort would be great for the second fortnight. What I experienced was that the median standard of comfort delivered by the 'Premium Adventure' was no higher than that of the standard adventure. If I had to choose which set of hotels I would revisit I would go with those from the standard tour. I got a standard tour at a premium price.Is there anything else you would like to add?As a standard tour this would have been great.

  • La Ruta Maya reviewer 4
    Written on January 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    We had a wonderful holiday.  Very well organised itiniary, an excellent tour leader and very good hotels.  Will certainly book with Exodus again.  Thank you What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?A number of great moments.  Lake Atalan was beautiful.  Mayan sites breathtaking.  Cay Caulker very laid-back and relaxing.  A great mix of experiences.What did you think of your group leader?He was very informative and helpful.

  • La Ruta Maya reviewer 5
    Written on January 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    We had a wonderful holiday.  Very well organised itiniary, an excellent tour leader and very good hotels.  Will certainly book with Exodus again.  Thank you What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?A number of great moments.  Lake Atalan was beautiful.  Mayan sites breathtaking.  Cay Caulker very laid-back and relaxing.  A great mix of experiences.What did you think of your group leader?He was very informative and helpful.

  • La Ruta Maya reviewer 6
    Written on June 11, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Exodus trips always have an interesting itinerary and good local guides:  this was only exceptional because the guide was brilliant.  The third factor is always unknown -  one's fellow travellers - on this occasion the most fun group I have travelled with.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Difficult to decide - from the first evening in Antigua seeing the spectacle of a shrine being carried through the streets to the sounds of fire crackers exploding, to to laid back Belize (and who would have missed the Sundowner Cruise?)... it was all fascinating.The Mayan sites, history and culture were wonderfully explained by local guides.   The different religious practices (including Maximon) came as a complete surprise.  The variety of locations - from the very Latin Guatemala and Mexico, to hippy Belize - all inspirational.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent:  not only very open in explaining Central American culture but also a great companion, entering into the fun of the trip with all of us.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go for it

  • La Ruta Maya reviewer 7
    Written on June 11, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Exodus trips always have an interesting itinerary and good local guides:  this was only exceptional because the guide was brilliant.  The third factor is always unknown -  one's fellow travellers - on this occasion the most fun group I have travelled with.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Difficult to decide - from the first evening in Antigua seeing the spectacle of a shrine being carried through the streets to the sounds of fire crackers exploding, to to laid back Belize (and who would have missed the Sundowner Cruise?)... it was all fascinating.The Mayan sites, history and culture were wonderfully explained by local guides.   The different religious practices (including Maximon) came as a complete surprise.  The variety of locations - from the very Latin Guatemala and Mexico, to hippy Belize - all inspirational.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent:  not only very open in explaining Central American culture but also a great companion, entering into the fun of the trip with all of us.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go for it

  • La Ruta Maya reviewer 8
    Written on May 29, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is the first time we have been on an organised tour, and usually prefer independent travel.  However, given time pressures for organising this trip, we decided to give it a go and we were not disappointed at all!  It was an excellent trip, encompassing a large portion of the Mayan World.  We had brilliant experience from start to finish and we learned a lot about this facinating part of the world.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There are too many to mention, but they include seeing Palenque and Tikal and of course, Machimon.What did you think of your group leader?Diego Miranda was an excellent tour leader, he was very knowledgeable and professional and a really great person to get to know.  He adapted quickly and efficiently to the different needs of the group and was always approachable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you go near or in the wet season take a rain mac or poncho.  Also, proper walking shoes are adviseable.  Expect some long periods of time travelling to places - this is to be expected given the large area to be covered in a relatively short period of time.Is there anything else you would like to add?The best coffee and rum can be found in Guatemala - trust us!It's fascinating to see the cultures, landscapes, beliefs and lifestyles change as you move through the three countries visited on this trip.

  • La Ruta Maya reviewer 9
    Written on May 29, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is the first time we have been on an organised tour, and usually prefer independent travel.  However, given time pressures for organising this trip, we decided to give it a go and we were not disappointed at all!  It was an excellent trip, encompassing a large portion of the Mayan World.  We had brilliant experience from start to finish and we learned a lot about this facinating part of the world.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There are too many to mention, but they include seeing Palenque and Tikal and of course, Machimon.What did you think of your group leader?Diego Miranda was an excellent tour leader, he was very knowledgeable and professional and a really great person to get to know.  He adapted quickly and efficiently to the different needs of the group and was always approachable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you go near or in the wet season take a rain mac or poncho.  Also, proper walking shoes are adviseable.  Expect some long periods of time travelling to places - this is to be expected given the large area to be covered in a relatively short period of time.Is there anything else you would like to add?The best coffee and rum can be found in Guatemala - trust us!It's fascinating to see the cultures, landscapes, beliefs and lifestyles change as you move through the three countries visited on this trip.

  • La Ruta Maya reviewer 10
    Written on April 23, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip delivered all that I had hoped for it.  Well planned, well run and a great way to understand a little of the history of the MayaWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The first sight of a Mayan pyramid at Palenque.  The realisation of just how huge the Mayan cities had been and the fascinating fact that they were 'lost' under jungle growth - at Palenque what we saw, what had been cleared, was a small fraction of the structure in the whole site.And then we saw five others, all different and all fascinating.What did you think of your group leader?Armando was magic.  I had the unfortunate experience of having my wallet pickpocketed and he was brilliantly helpful.  He was an excellent organiser, well versed in the histroy of his country and of the Maya and a wonderful guide and friend to us all.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't carry your wallet in your back pocket!Is there anything else you would like to add?I would recommend this trip to anyone.  The hotels chosen were all excellent and individual.  Each was different but all were nice places to stay.  There were no anonymous business hotels, undifferntiateable from any other such hotel!  The physical requirements of the visits were OK for an older person such as myself. It was HOT.

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Antigua.
  2. Day 2: City tour; to Panajachel.
  3. Day 3: Boat trip on Lake Atitlan.
  4. Day 4: To San Cristobal de las Casas.
  5. Day 5: Explore San Cristobal de las Casas and nearby villages.
  6. Day 6: Visit Agua Azul Waterfall; to Palenque.
  7. Day 7: Tour of Palenque; to Campeche.
  8. Day 8: To Merida via Uxmal ruins.
  9. Day 9: Visit Chichen Itza; to Tulum.
  10. Day 10: Visit Tulum ruins; swim in a cenote; free afternoon.
  11. Day 11: To Belize city; boat to Caye Caulker.
  12. Day 12: Free day.
  13. Day 13: Boat to Belize City; to El Remate via Xunantunich.
  14. Day 14: Visit Tikal; fly from Flores to Guatemala City.
  15. Day 15: End Guatemala City.

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Vaccinations

These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Typhoid
Recommended for Guatemala, Mexico and Belize. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Guatemala, Mexico and Belize. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Guatemala and Belize. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Guatemala, Mexico and Belize. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Guatemala. Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Belize. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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Location
Start and end in Guatemala City.
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Deposit
TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Exodus Travels booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 20 June 2018 the full payment of $4,025 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $4025 for La Ruta Maya, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 2,191 km.
  • Guatemala City (Guatemala)
  • 71 km
  • Chichicastenango (Guatemala)
  • 23 km
  • Panajachel (Guatemala)
  • 15 km
  • San Juan La Laguna (Guatemala)
  • 269 km
  • San Cristobel de Las Casas (Mexico)
  • 8 km
  • San Juan Chamula (Mexico)
  • 4 km
  • Zinacantan (Mexico)
  • 9 km
  • San Cristobel de Las Casas (Mexico)
  • 80 km
  • Agua Azul (Mexico)
  • 19 km
  • Cascada Misolha (Mexico)
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