Day 1: Bacalar, visit Cenote Azul. We meet as a group in Playa Del Carmen and travel 5 hours south by first class bus to Bacalar. Once at Bacalar we will spend the remainder of the day enjoying a swim in Bacalar´s Cenote Azul. The Yucatan peninsula has many cenotes, which are natural sinkholes connected to an endless system of underground-rivers. One of the most impressive cenotes is the 90 meter deep clear blue water Cenote Azul. In the days of Spanish occupation, Bacalar was an important defense point as pirate ships used to visit the lagoon. Nowadays the old Spanish fort holds an interesting museum about the history of piracy. We’ll spend the night in typical Cabanas in preparation for the upcoming journey.
Day 2: Tikal National Park. The next two days of the tour take us to and through Tikal, Guatemala: one of the lesser-known, but still very impressive Mayan archaeological sites. Surrounded by lush jungle, these very well preserved ruins have become an increasingly popular attraction in Guatemala. Watching the sunset and sunrise atop the temples that overlook the vast jungles of the Mayan world are incredible sights you won’t find anywhere else in the world. We will camp in the park’s campground, just a minute's walk from the entrance of Tikal’s archeological site.
Day 3: Tikal. We start the day with an fascinating guided tour of the Tikal ruins and National Park. We climb Tikal's highest pyramids to enjoy spectacular views over the vast Mayan jungle. And in addition to awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets atop these Mayan Temples, we’re given the opportunity to see an abundance of exotic wildlife such as toucans, coatis and monkeys in the surrounding habitat
Day 4: Uaxactún. On the 4th day of our journey we cycle 17 kilometers (11 miles) into the jungle to a small community called Uaxactún. After lunch, we explore the ruins of Uaxactún. Although comparatively smaller than Tikal’s ruins, excavations, to this day, have contributed greatly to the understandings of the time sequence in Mayan history. There is a very special feeling to the place that one can only experience by setting foot on the site.
Day 5: Xultun. This morning we prepare for our Xultun adventure. We cycle 36 km (22 miles) through the jungle to reach the remote Mayan site of Xultun, Guatemala. The bicycling trip is an exciting and physically demanding experience, especially since we may hit points where we’ll have to carry the bikes through impassable paths. Near the Xultun ruins exists an aguada, or fresh water pool, which provides a clean water source and an excellent camping spot.
Day 6: Xultun. After a night of well deserved rest, we take the day to explore the Xultun ruins. These ruins have been excavated but are now so rarely visited that the jungle has begun growing into it, literally taking it over. We may need to use machetes to clear trails to the Xultun ruins. This will give you an up-and-close personal experience with the abundant flora and fauna as we’ll be traveling as far from civilization as possible.
Day 7: Uaxactún. On day seven we cycle back to Uaxactún, and head- out to El Remate. This small eco-tourism village rests on the shores of Lake Peten Itzá. We’ll also have an opportunity to visit the local forest-saving woodcarvers, who carve remarkable, genuine Mayan Masks and animals. At the end of the day we’ll indulge in the delicious cuisine of one of the local restaurants and check-in to our typical limestone cabañas by the shore of the lake.
Day 8: Belize - Corozal. We will rise early and cross the border into the Cayo District of Belize where an exiting cave adventure awaits us. The Cayo District is famous for its lush jungle, rivers and caves. After the cave tour and lunch, we will travel to Corozal in the north of Belize and spend the night there.
Day 9: Riviera Maya, Mexico. At the end of our journey we cross the Belize – Mexico border and travel up the Riviera Maya, where, depending on departure schedules, we can explore coastal ruins and pristine beaches of Tulum, scuba dive in the world famous reefs of Cozumel, or sight-see in Playa del Carmen or Cancun.
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