Maya Encounter

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Maya Encounter - Intrepid Travel
Maya Encounter - Intrepid Travel
28 reviews
Playa del Carmen


  • Marvel at the coral reefs of Cozumel
  • Hike ancient ruins at Tikal National Park
  • Kayak the waters of the Rio Dulce
  • Experience a Guatemalan homestay
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Hotel, Home-stay, Camping, Lodge
Max Group Size
Coach / Bus, Boat, Local Transport, Private Vehicle, Mini-coach, Ferry
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Adventure, Christmas & New Year
Start in Playa del Carmen and end in Antigua! With the in-depth cultural tour Maya Encounter, you have a 17 day tour package taking you from Playa del Carmen to Antigua and through Playa del Carmen, Mexico and 9 other destinations in Latin America. Maya Encounter is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

28 Reviews

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  • PK
    Written on October 4, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Great way to discover this part of Central America. Seen and experienced some really amazing places and lots things to do. A bid disappointed with accommodations.

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  • Maya Encounter reviewer 2
    Written on August 28, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    Our tour guide was CRAP to say the least.There were 5 of us. We did a lot of things ourselves.Guide offered to reign.The trip it self was great. It had everthing.Enjoyed the ATM caves; the home stay;Caye Caulker; Chichicastenango markets;Antigua.The only... Read more

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  • ES
    Written on May 29, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    I did like most the group and the Snorkeling Tour in Belize

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  • RK
    Written on February 2, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    wonderfull tour

    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Rehmat, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We hope to see you on another trip again soon! Kind regards, Intrepid
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  • DD
    Written on January 29, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Our trip with Erhard exceeded all expectations! His kind and easy manner created great chemistry among the group. We felt informed, supported, safe and exited about each adventure he led us through! A great trip!!!

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  • SF
    Written on December 19, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Such an interesting tour! Good mix of culture, fun, relaxing and not too many travel days.

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  • DB
    Written on March 19, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Had a great time, loved the countries we visited. Having a great tour guide (Pablo Matute) & a great bunch of travellers made all the difference.

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  • Maya Encounter reviewer 8
    Written on March 15, 2013
    4.5 - Excellent

    Fantastic tour guide, totally made our trip! David Reyes went out of his way to make our experience of Central America a fantastic one. I think my favourite part of the trip was snorkeling in Caye Caulker, and the Tikal Temples.

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  • Maya Encounter reviewer 9
    Written on October 26, 2012
    4.5 - Excellent

    Amazing trip. Our tour guide Juan Carlos was fantastic (probably the best tour guide I ever had). Would recommend the Mayan Encounter tour to anyone.

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  • Written on December 26, 2010
    4.0 - Good

    Really enjoyable.

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Playa del Carmen
  2. Day 2: Tulum
  3. Day 3: Tulum
  4. Day 4: Caye Caulker
  5. Day 5: Caye Caulker
  6. Day 6: Caye Caulker
  7. Day 7: San Ignacio
  8. Day 8: San Ignacio
  9. Day 9: Tikal
  10. Day 10: Rio Dulce
  11. Day 11: Rio Dulce
  12. Day 12: Antigua
  13. Day 13: Chichicastenango/San Jorge La Laguna
  14. Day 14: Lake Atitlan/Panajachel
  15. Day 15: Antigua
  16. Day 16: Antigua
  17. Day 17: Antigua

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  • Accommodation

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  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Good by past passengers
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  • Flights

  • Insurance

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Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.


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


Playa del Carmen is the starting point and Antigua is the endpoint.
Hold my space
TourRadar can request Intrepid Travel to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 24 March 2019 the full payment of $1,337 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 $1337 for Maya Encounter, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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Covering a total distance of approx 1,178 km.
  • Playa del Carmen (Mexico)
  • 61 km
  • Tulum (Mexico)
  • 281 km
  • Caye Caulker (Belize)
  • 129 km
  • San Ignacio (Belize)
  • 90 km
  • Flores (Guatemala)
  • 44 km
  • Tikal (Guatemala)
  • 186 km
  • Rio Dulce (Guatemala)
  • 223 km
  • Antigua (Guatemala)
  • 59 km
  • Chichicastenango (Guatemala)
  • 23 km
  • Panajachel (Guatemala)
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