Mayan Sun–Southbound

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Playa del Carmen


  • Dive and snorkel along the barrier reef
  • Swim under a natural hot waterfall
  • Shop for unique Mayan handicrafts
  • Visit Antigua’s volcano-lined shores
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Hostel, Hotel, Home-stay
Max Group Size
Coach / Bus, Boat, Local Transport, Private Vehicle, Ferry
Travel style
Discovery, Adventure
Start in Playa del Carmen and end in Antigua! With the discovery tour Mayan Sun–Southbound, you have a 16 day tour package taking you from Playa del Carmen to Antigua and through Playa del Carmen, Mexico and 10 other destinations in Latin America. Mayan Sun–Southbound is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • A
    Written on October 13, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    First time traveling with G Adventures and I really enjoyed this tour! The itinerary was great. Snorkeling in Belize and visiting Tikal were absolute highlights. Antigua is a gorgeous city too with lots to do. The tour made travel easy and stress-free. One area for improvement would definitely be the accommodation. I did not expect to be spending so many nights in a dorm with 9 other girls. I was expecting to share a room with a partner throughout the trip but that was never the case. Outside of that, great trip and great memories!
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for the honest review here April, we do appreciate it. Thank you for choosing to travel with us. Our world deserves more you!
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  • Mayan Sun–Southbound reviewer 2
    Written on September 3, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Exceeded expectations! It was a great tour and Sid made everything seamless and easy
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Amazing! Thanks for choosing to see this great corner of the world with us, and thanks for the review!
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  • AS
    Written on August 10, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    A great opportunity to see some of the highlights of central America - should include more of Mexico though
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for your thoughts here. We will add your view into the mix. Glad to see you had a great time.
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  • JM
    Written on April 24, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    It was a great trip with a good group of people - very happy we choose the South Bound option as the country side just keep getting prettier! Areas for improvement: additional room keys provided where more than 2 people assigned; tips for drivers included in the tour price (it is not in our culture to tip and we often didn’t have cash on us. The seemingly mandatory tip being included in the tour price would incredibly handy and perfectly acceptable); travel days not starting so early in the morning so there’s time for sleep and breakfast - would rather more time in the morning and arriving at 6pm rather than arriving somewhere at 3pm being hungry and tired; and shorter briefings - instructions only need to be provided once, if we have questions or need to clarify something, we will ask (we’re all adults here!)
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  • MB
    Written on June 23, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Excellent guide, amazing trip, not a single complaint.
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  • LD
    Written on November 9, 2016
    2.5 - Average

    The tour was very quick. Did not have enough time to properly explore in some places. The tour should include sumac champey. Ideally it should be five days longer to not feel so rushed. It was fun but really depends on what you want. If you're used to travelling on your own it can feel restrictive and over priced and is more suitable to those who dont mind paying more to be part of a group. Even the activities cost more on the tour.
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Hi Lucia, thanks for taking the time here. This tour seems like it wasn't quite the right fit for you. We hope you fit the right travel experience that meets your style in future.
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  • C
    Written on August 9, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    I did this trip as part of the Cemtral American journey, but this half was my favourite. The variety of places visited was great, Caye Caulker, lake atilan and Antigua were some of my favourite places. There were gorgeous beaches, historical Mayan ruins, interesting cities and plenty to do and see in each place. Accommodation was great, even the basic trek stop in the forest with outdoor showers! It's an unpredictable tour, with roadblocks being a bit of a problem, but our tour guide Rafa took this all in his stride and was a fantastic guide. Lots of fun and very knowledgable, he made the tour what it was, as well as having a great group of people. I especially enjoyed the home stay with a local family, an experience you might not get travelling solo. Excellent tour overall, great value for money
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  • C
    Written on May 19, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Absolutely amazing trip. Fabulous tour leader, great group of people! 100% worth the money!
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  • SG
    Written on April 30, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    Incredible trip and incredible memories ! Best tour group I have used and travelled with :)
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  • S
    Written on December 29, 2015
    4.5 - Excellent

    Absolutely amazing! Our CEO was fantastic, he was very knowledgeable and keen to help out in any way. He did his best to get everyone doing exactly what they wanted and he was extremely helpful and supportive every step of the way
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1 Playa del Carmen
  2. Day 2 Playa del Carmen
  3. Day 3 Playa del Carmen/Caye Caulker
  4. Days 4-5 Caye Caulker
  5. Day 6 Caye Caulker/San Ignacio (1L)
  6. Day 7 San Ignacio
  7. Day 8 San Ignacio/Flores
  8. Day 9 Flores/Rio Dulce
  9. Day 10 Rio Dulce
  10. Day 11 Rio Dulce/Antigua Guatemala
  11. Day 12 Antigua Guatemala
  12. Day 13 Antigua Guatemala/Panajachel
  13. Day 14 Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna (1D)
  14. Day 15 San Juan La Laguna/Antigua Guatemala
  15. Day 16 Antigua Guatemala

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

    Rated Good by past passengers
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    • Is it possible to climb to the top of the ruins?

      Yes you are allowed to climb to the ruins. The view is amazing!

    • What is the age range of the group?

      You can expect passengers with ages reanging between 18-39 years old only on this tour, since this is a YOLO tour. The tour nature includes fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

    • What is the group size of this tour?

      For this particular tour the maximum group size is 18 people but the average number per group is 14 people.

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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.
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    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.
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    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1257 for Mayan Sun–Southbound, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable. But, the deposit is fully transferable to future bookings with G Adventures.
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    Covering a total distance of approx 1,240 km.
    • Playa del Carmen (Mexico)
    • 63 km
    • Cancun (Mexico)
    • 399 km
    • Caye Caulker (Belize)
    • 129 km
    • San Ignacio (Belize)
    • 57 km
    • Tikal (Guatemala)
    • 44 km
    • Flores (Guatemala)
    • 170 km
    • Rio Dulce (Guatemala)
    • 223 km
    • Antigua (Guatemala)
    • 50 km
    • Panajachel (Guatemala)
    • 23 km
    • Chichicastenango (Guatemala)
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