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Guatemala & Riviera Maya

Best time to travel
Nov – May
Ideal length
9 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Guatemala City and home from Cancun.
  • All private transfers, domestic flights and guiding requirements.
  • 9 nights’ luxury accommodaiton in Antigua, Tikal, Uaxactun, Tulum.
  • Explore the cobbled streets and spectacular vistas of volcanoes and coffee plantations in Guatemala's first capital, Antigua.
  • Enjoy an intimate camping experience at nearby Uaxactun to discover local life.
  • Explore the temples and traditions of the last surviving Maya community at Uaxactun.
  • Balmy Caribbean waters and golden sands await at Jashita, your luxurious getaway on Mexico's southern Riviera Maya.
  • Explore the myriad of sacred waterfilled cave systems know as cenotes.
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Introduction

Guatemala is home to a colourful blend of vibrant Indian cultures, Mayan ruins, towering volcanoes, pine-forested hills and colonial cities. Mountainous landscapes dotted with pristine lakes make Guatemala a geographically rich and diverse destination. In this suggested itineraries, you’ll spend nine nights exploring Guatemala's first capital, Antigua, visiting a Maya community at Uaxactun and relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Cancun. A perfect blend of adventure and culture and relaxation; this is an excellent itinerary for couples.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Guatemala.
On arrival, your private driver will be waiting to take you to Antigua where you’ll spend the next two nights.
It’s time to explore Antigua and its valley by bike.
Antigua is based in a valley surrounded by lush coffee farms, tranquil mountain villages, and towering volcanoes. With your guide, head out on a mountain footpath or bike along some of the local back roads to get a taste of daily Guatemalan life. You’ll see everything from bustling markets and beautiful churches to cloud forests and myriad bird species.
Antigua volcano, Guatemala
Enjoy a fairly traded coffee experience.
With your guide, you’ll visit some of the families supported by this organisation where you can work side-by-side with small coffee farmers in their daily coffee processing, pick, pulp, ferment, wash, dry and grade the coffee (depending on the season), roast coffee over an open fire and grind by hand on a grindstone before sampling their handiwork.
Roasted coffee beans, Guatemala
Depart from Antigua to Guatemala Airport and fly to Flores Mundo Maya.
On arrival, you will be transported to Tikal National Park where you’ll spend the next two nights in a handpicked lodge.
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
Enjoy a privately guided tour of Tikal National Park.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it comprises more than 3,000 well-preserved temples, palaces, ceremonial platforms, and shrines surrounded by jungle; look for tropical birds and monkeys. As you explore the ruins, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the ancient Maya and visit famous spots like the Temple of the Grand Jaguar.
Tropical birds, Guatemala
Privately transfer from Tikal to Uaxactún.
You will spend the next night in a handpicked property.
Uaxactun ruins, Guatemala
Set out into the jungle for a visit to the remote village and ancient Maya ruins of Uaxactún.
Renowned for its ancient elaborate astronomical observatory, the archaeological site comprises several partially restored temples arranged to coincide with the sunrise on key dates. Tour the site and also explore the village, while learning about the allspice, xate (used in floral arrangements), and chicle (natural gum) that locals collect from the jungle.
Tikal ruins, Guatemala
You will then depart for Cancun!
On arrival, your driver will be waiting to take you to your luxury accommodation in Cancun where you’ll spend your final four nights.
Cancun pyramid, Mexico
It’s time to relax on Cancun’s beautiful beaches.
Spend the day diving or snorkelling in the crystal clear water, cool off in the infinity pool or sway in a hammock beneath the coconut trees.
Privately transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

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El Convento Boutique Hotel

El Convento Boutique Hotel

Set within the historical city of Antigua, El Convento Boutique Hotel emulates the beloved cultural identity of Antigua. Step into the classic colonial building and admire bright and sophisticated interiors that are embellished with unique artefacts and vintage furnishings. The property’s garden featured a century-old Tempixque tree and a welcoming outdoor pool.

Tikal Jungle Lodge

Tikal Jungle Lodge

Tikal Jungle Lodge is located next to Tikal National Park, home to ancient Mayan ruins. Originally a camp used to accommodate archaeologists, the hotel’s rooms have recently been remodelled and blend in harmoniously with the natural environment. After enjoying a daybreak hike, spend the afternoon relaxing in the pool, or enjoy a cocktail mixed by the hotel’s world class bartender. Grab a snack from the bar, or savour the local cuisine in Panela Restaurant, prepared with fresh and natural ingredients.

Tikal, Guatemala

Uaxactun Camp

Discover the ancient ruins of the Mayan world at Uaxactun Camp, nestled in the jungle and only 5 minutes away from the Uaxactun ruins. After a day of exploring the nearby ruins, have a nap in a hammock before climbing a lookout tower at dusk to enjoy a drink and spectacular views over the treetops.

Revel in the sounds of the jungle in the spacious tents which sit on raised wooden decks for protection from tropical rain. Listen to the forest awaken with the calls of monkeys and tropical birds from the deck chairs outside your tent. Enjoy traditional Mayan food prepared with fresh, local ingredients prepared by the locals.

Jashita Lodge Tulum

Jashita Lodge

Escape the everyday at this eco-boutique hotel on the secluded beachfront of Soliman Bay. Only a 10 minute drive from Tulum, explore ancient Mayan ruins or traverse the world’s second largest Barrier Reef. Spend the day diving or snorkelling in the crystal clear water, cool off in the infinity pool or sway in a hammock beneath the coconut trees. All 27 suites are stylishly decorated in soothing, neutral tones, creating a peaceful atmosphere.

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