Mexico & Guatemala Trail

Overview

The border area between Mexico and Guatemala was once the centre of the Mayan empire. This amazing journey provides an insight into both countries Mayan heritage and how this heritage has shaped the two countries differently - from food, to culture and identity.
Starting in Mexico City, we visit the Pyramids of Teotihuacan. We then travel to the richly indigenous area of San Cristobal (where many people still practice Mayan beliefs) and we travel to the majestic Mayan Ruins of Palenque. In Guatemala we visit the grand Mayan ruins of Tikal and the colonial city of Antigua, which in colonial times was essentially the capital of Central America. We also visit one of the world's most beautiful lakes, Lake Atitlan and visit one of the Latin America's best (and not so touristy) markets at Chichicastenago!

TRIP CODE
LATSMGT
DEPARTURE
Daily
DURATION
15 Days
LOCATIONS
Mexico City, Villahermosa, Palenque, San Cristobal, Chichicastenago, Guatemala City

Itinerary

Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Budget
Inclusions

Guided tours and excursions
Accommodation
Ground transfers
Transport
Internal Flights
Breakfasts
Other meals where specified

Difficulty Rating 1 (easy)
Single Surcharge

Available upon request

Notes

Breakfasts are not included for the hotels in Mexico

Price Dependent upon

Season and availability

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.
4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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Accommodation & Pricing

PRICING
STANDARD TRIP CODE PRICING FROM
Budget LATSMGT-BUD AUD 4560
Standard LATSMGT-STD AUD 4590
Superior LATSMGT-SUP AUD 4920


The below hotels are our preferred options for the respective tour standards mentioned above. Hotels can easily be changed at the customers request. We also note that in some cases our preferred hotels may be unavailable and in those circumstances we may need to provide an alternative hotel of a similar standard.

ACCOMMODATION
Standard
 Hotel Meson de Maria - Antigua
Standard Room
Constructed in harmony with the colonial style and beauty of La Antigua Guatemala, 'The Hotel Meson de Maria' was established in a finely restored mansion of the XXII century and provides a relaxed and refined. The hotel is located in the heart of La Antigua Guatemala, just a few steps from the Calle del Arco, which is our main street, just 150 meters from the Main Plaza You can enjoy the sound of the water fountain while you walk through the beautiful corridors where you can admire the decoration of the rooms . On the third floor we have a roof top terrace with the best view of the Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes which surround the valley.
 
 Villa Maya - Tikal/ Flores
Standard Room
Situated near the airport, in Santa Elena, this eco-friendly hotel is in the same area as Mundo Maya International Mall and Cathedral de Flores. Regional attractions also include Cerro Biotope Cahui. In addition to a restaurant, Hotel Villa Maya features an outdoor pool. Other amenities include a bar/lounge and a conference center. Guestrooms open to balconies with lake or mountain views and feature air conditioning, private bathrooms, and clock radios.
 
 Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo - Lake Atitlan
Standard Room
The Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo offers 39 rooms equiped with private bath, hot water, air conditioning, cable TV and a telephone line. During your stay you will sense the change of the landscape, but the same atmosphere of cordiality, and service that you experienced in La Antigua, nothing better than to devote yourself to contemplating the different colors of Lake Atitlan.
 
 Hotel Bonifaz - Quetzaltenango
Standard Room
The hotel Pension Bonifaz is the oldest and grandest hotel in Xela . It looms above the Parque Centro America. Rooms are on the top three floors; the 2nd-floor chambers surround a leafy colonial patio where breakfast is served.
 
 Casa Mexicana - San Cristobal de las Casas
Standard Room
he Hotel Casa Mexicana is located in the beautiful mountainous and colonial city of San Cristobal. It is centrally located within walking distance of many historical sites. Casa Mexicana offers all the amenities, comforts and personal services of a fine hotel, relax in the interior sky-lit garden, enjoying the original mexican art treasures assambled here. The guest rooms are all open into the gardens or private courtyards. The Hotel Casa Mexicana was built with the idea of offering to the guests a little bit more than just a hotel, the goal was to create a space filled with art, folk - art and the presence of nature, which is very Mexican.
 
 Ciudad Real Palenque - Palenque
Standard Room
Located just ten minutes from the archaeological zone and five minutes from downtown Palenque, the Hotel Ciudad Real is one of the best places to stay while enjoying all Palenque has to offer. Set among magnificent gardens the hotel’s en-suite rooms come equipped with air-conditioning, in-room safe, cable TV and telephone. After exploring the city and the ruins, guests can relax in the garden or swim in the pool before enjoying a tasty meal in the on-site restaurant, which serves traditional Mexican dishes, and a night of live music in the bar.
 
 Hilton Villahermosa - Villahermosa
Standard Room
Discover Hilton Villahermosa & Conference Center, the closest hotel to the International Airport of Villahermosa, and offering complimentary transportation. The hotel is located just fourteen minutes from the City Center with easy access to the ancient Mayan city of Palenque and the business district of Tabasco 2000. This modern Villahermosa hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service to Gallerias Tabasco, Altabrisa Shopping Mall and downtown.
 
 Hampton Inn and Suites - Mexico City
Standard Room
This historic hotel offers stunning architecture from the 1800s combined with modern amenities such as free high-speed internet access, only blocks from the Zocalo and Historic District of Mexico City. Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico features a free hot breakfast every morning. After breakfast, adults can work out in the fitness centre, while the kids enjoy the games room. A variety of historical and cultural attractions are only steps away and Benito Juarez International Airport is within 8 km of the Mexico City Hampton Inn.
Budget
 Hotel Meson de Maria - Antigua
Standard Room
Constructed in harmony with the colonial style and beauty of La Antigua Guatemala, 'The Hotel Meson de Maria' was established in a finely restored mansion of the XXII century and provides a relaxed and refined. The hotel is located in the heart of La Antigua Guatemala, just a few steps from the Calle del Arco, which is our main street, just 150 meters from the Main Plaza You can enjoy the sound of the water fountain while you walk through the beautiful corridors where you can admire the decoration of the rooms . On the third floor we have a roof top terrace with the best view of the Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes which surround the valley.
 
 Villa Maya - Tikal/ Flores
Standard Room
Situated near the airport, in Santa Elena, this eco-friendly hotel is in the same area as Mundo Maya International Mall and Cathedral de Flores. Regional attractions also include Cerro Biotope Cahui. In addition to a restaurant, Hotel Villa Maya features an outdoor pool. Other amenities include a bar/lounge and a conference center. Guestrooms open to balconies with lake or mountain views and feature air conditioning, private bathrooms, and clock radios.
 
 Hotel Dos Mundos - Lake Atitlan
Standard Room
Hotel Dos Mundos is a full service hotel complete with swimming pool, restaurant, cafe, bar and conference room. The hotel is located in Panajachel one block from the shores of Lake Atitlan, considered by many the most beautiful lake in the world.
 
 Hotel Modelo - Quetzaltenango
Standard Room
This majestic hotel was built in 1892. The hotel accommodates up to 42 people and each room contains orthopedic beds, private bath with abundant hot water, color TV with cable, wireless high speed Internet and telephone.
 
 Mansion del Valle San Cristobal de las Casas - San Cristobal de las Casas
Standard Room
Located in downtown San Cristobal de Las Casas, this 4-star hotel is 3 blocks from San Cristobal Cathedral. The Hotel Mansion del Valle offers a free Wi-Fi zone and rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Decorated with warm, Mexican colours, each room has a private bathroom and includes free toiletries. Some rooms have a safe. Guests can dine at the Mansion Del Valle's La Mechita restaurant, serving traditional Mexican cuisine and regional wine. Room service is also available. Guests of Hotel Mansion can relax on the sun terrace and enjoy the beautiful scenery of San Cristobal. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, laundry facilities and free parking. Tours can be arranged on site with an extra cost. Mansion Del Valle is across the street from Museo de Ambar, San Crisobal's famous Amber Museum.
 
 Hotel Mision Palenque - Palenque
Standard Room
Just 62 km from the wonderful Agua Azul cascades and nestled between exuberant rainforest and the archaeological finds of the sacred Mayan Kingdom, stands the Hotel Mision Palenque. Each room has a terrace with a garden view, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, safety deposit box and cable TV. The hotel itself has a spa, large swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi, tennis, soccer and volleyball courts and free bicycle rental and the on-site restaurant serves tasty, traditional Mexican cuisine.
 
 Marriott Villahermosa - Villahermosa
Deluxe Room
The brand-new Villahermosa Marriott Hotel provides a picture-perfect backdrop for business and leisure travelers here in the exciting capital of Tabasco, Mexico. Our prime location in the heart of the city puts us within walking distance of some of Villahermosa's largest corporate offices, including Torre Piramide and the Pemex Administrative Center. Superb shopping at Galerias Tabasco Mall is just moments away as well. Settle in to your oversized, immaculately appointed room or suite, and enjoy amenities like high-speed Internet access, as well as an in-room safe and deluxe bedding. Some of our accommodations even showcase views of Villahermosa.
 
 Casa Blanca Hotel - Mexico City
Deluxe Room
Casa Blanca Hotel is located in the heart of Mexico City. The Casa Blanca Hotel offers 270 totally remodeled rooms in a modern style with the latest standards of comfort. * Private bath * Air conditioning and heating with individual control * Cable TV with remote control * Private music channel * Automatic digital telephone for long distance calls in room and bath * Purified water system * Complimentary private security box * Electronic doorlocks * Facilities for disabled persons * Hair dryer * Complimentary coffee service
Superior
 El Convento - Antigua
Junior Suite Room
Located on a cobblestone street across from the legendary Capuchinas Convent, in the heart of Antigua Guatemala, El Convento Boutique Hotel welcomes visitors to an oasis of stunning elegance and unparalleled comfort. Each of the 26 spacious,exquisitely decorated suites draws upon the history and culture of this famous city, creating a blend of traditional simplicity and modern convenience.
 
 Camino Real Tikal - Tikal/ Flores
Standard Room
The hotel, within a 35 minute flight from Guatemala City, is located between the indigenous villages of El Remate and Jobompiche and the national reserve of Cerro Cahui and the shores of Lake Peten Itza; offering a unique and private access to the second largest lake in Guatemala and the nature that surrounds it. Camino Real Tikal offers 60 standard rooms and 12 Club Royal rooms all with their private balconies with a spectacular view of Lake Peten Itza. The 72 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hotel Camino Real Tikal include minibars and safes. Guests can channel-surf the premium cable television. Bathrooms offer bathrobes, hair dryers, and slippers. In addition, housekeeping is offered daily and amenities available on request include wake-up calls.
 
 Hotel Atitlan - Lake Atitlan
Standard (No Breakfast) Room
The Hotel Atitlan has 60 rooms and all of them enjoy a view of Lake Atitlan. They are tastefully decorated and include a balcony, telephone, hair dryer and television. Cozy and home-like, every room has its very own character.
 
 Hotel Bonifaz - Quetzaltenango
Standard Room
The hotel Pension Bonifaz is the oldest and grandest hotel in Xela . It looms above the Parque Centro America. Rooms are on the top three floors; the 2nd-floor chambers surround a leafy colonial patio where breakfast is served.
 
 Casa Vieja - San Cristobal de las Casas
Standard Room
Located just three blocks from San Cristobel de las Casa’s historic centre and Central Park, the Mansion del Valle Hotel offers guests a comfortable and friendly place to stay close to the city’s main attractions. Its softly decorated en-suite rooms come equipped with in-room safe, wireless internet access, cable TV and a telephone offering free local calls. The building itself is a fine example of Mexican architecture and houses a top restaurant, coffee shop, bar and beauty salon.
 
 Chan Kah Resort Village - Palenque
Junior Suite Room
Surrounded by lush jungle, the Chan-Kah Ecological Resort Village provides guests with all they need to enjoy a fun-filled and relaxed stay in Palenque. The resort is close to most of Palenque's must-see attractions, including the Cascadas Agua Azul National Park and the Mayan ruins of Palenque and Yaxchilan. Each one of the artfully decorated bungalows is equipped with en-suite facilities, air-conditioning and cable TV and offers views of the surrounding jungle. The resort itself has three outdoor natural lagoon style pools, two restaurants and two bars which overlook the colourful garden.
 
 Hilton Villahermosa - Villahermosa
Standard Room
Discover Hilton Villahermosa & Conference Center, the closest hotel to the International Airport of Villahermosa, and offering complimentary transportation. The hotel is located just fourteen minutes from the City Center with easy access to the ancient Mayan city of Palenque and the business district of Tabasco 2000. This modern Villahermosa hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service to Gallerias Tabasco, Altabrisa Shopping Mall and downtown.
 
 Galeria Plaza Reforma - Mexico City
Standard Room
Galeria Plaza Reforma is a luxurious 4-star hotel which is set in a prime location in Zona Rosa, Mexico. Renowned as Mexico's leading hotel, it serves as a perfect base for guests staying for either business or pleasure purposes. The hotel is set in the heart of the financial and commercial district, and is five minutes from the Paseo de la Reforma's office buildings. Explore the nearby boutiques and fine dining restaurants which surround the hotel. The Galeria Plaza Reforma is an impressive building boasting 434 rooms, each of which are tastefully designed and feature every conceivable luxury. Enjoy and relax with the award winning service and the top-quality facilities.

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