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*NEW* 13 DAYS ECHOES OF THE MAYA: MEXICO TO GUATEMALA (26 Feb – 10 Mar 2025)

Mexico City, Chichen Itza, Merida, Campeche, Palenque, Flores, Lake Atitlan, Antigua

History & Culture, Off the Beaten

Highlights

  • The best of Mayan sites across Mexico and Guatemala in one trip
  • Idyllic private lunch at a private cenote and historic estate near Chichen Itza
  • Privately chartered chicken bus ride to Antigua for some authentic, local fun!
  • Experience Guatemala’s renowned Holy Week festivities and colourful street carpets without massive crowds!
  • Most fully inclusive arrangements and accompanied by Intriq’s Travel Concierge

From the majestic pyramids at Chichen Itza to the well-preserved jungle ruins at Palenque and Tikal, Mayan sites across Mexico and Guatemala stand testament to the remarkable achievements of an ancient civilisation, showcasing architectural mastery, intricate carvings, and astronomical precision.

Beyond the allure of Mayan sites, we also curate the best of Mexico and Guatemala in one trip – from world-class museums in vibrant Mexico City, natural cenotes and flamingoes in the Yucatan Peninsula, to the stunning natural beauty of Lake Atitlan and volcanoes in Guatemala. Also, immerse yourself in the pre-Holy Week festivities and colourful street carpets in Antigua while avoiding massive crowds!

Land Tour Price

Twin Sharing: HKD 104,580 per person
Single Supplement: HKD 22,580 per person

HKD 104,580 Per Person

Early Bird Promotion
First 4 bookings with deposit (limit to four rooms) will get complimentary upgrade to a Waterfront Master Suite at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel for 2 nights

Deposit Amount

HKD 20,916/- Per Person

20% Deposit at time of booking

13 Days 12 Nights

*Registration Closing Date
28 Nov 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed

Cancellation Charges:
Before 28 Nov 2024: Forfeit deposit From 28 Nov 2024: 100% charge

DETAILED ITINERARY OF XINJIANG

Day 01
26 FEBRUARY 2025 (WED) ARRIVAL IN MEXICO CITY

Mexico City
Dinner included

Transfer from Airport to Hotel

Arrive in Mexico City, a bustling metropolis known for its world-class museums, dynamic culinary scene and vibrant culture. 

Transfer to your hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest after your long flight. 

Day 02
27 FEBRUARY 2025 (THU) MEXICO CITY

Mexico City
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Coyoacan & Frida Kahlo Museum 

Coyoacan is a charming bohemian neighbourhood with lively plazas, cafes and beautiful old buildings. Here, visit the Frida Kahlo Museum, and dive into the life and work of this world-renowned Mexican artist. The museum also showcases artefacts providing insight into her life with her husband, famous muralist Diego Rivera.

Mexico City Highlights

Explore the historic centre centred around the Zocalo (Main Square) and iconic landmarks such as the Metropolitan Cathedral and Aztec ruins of the Templo Mayor.

Day 03
28 FEBRUARY 2025 (FRI) MEXICO CITY

Mexico City
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Discover Teotihuacan

Just outside Mexico City, Teotihuacan is the most important pre-Aztec ancient city famous for its pyramids. We explore its temples, palaces and pyramids, including the Pyramid of the Moon and the immense Pyramid of the Sun, ranked among the biggest in the world.

National Museum of Anthropology

Situated within Chapultepec Park, this sprawling museum holds the world’s largest collection of ancient Mexican artefacts and is the most visited in all of Mexico.

Day 04
1 MARCH 2025 (SAT) MEXICO CITY - CICHEN ITZA

Chichen Itza
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Flight Transfer to Merida

Fly to Merida in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, where we continue our Mayan site explorations and uncover unique geographical features such as Cenotes (natural sinkholes).

Upon arrival in Merida, drive around 2h to our hotel near Chichen Itza.

KulKulkan Nights (Chichen Itza)

Be mesmerised at the Kukulkan Nights night show, as this ancient Mayan site comes to life with vibrant lights and projection.

Day 05
2 MARCH 2025 (SUN) CHICHEN ITZA - MERIDA

Merida
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Chichen Itza

The magnificent ruins of Chichen Itza is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and best restored of the Yucatan’s Mayan sites. It’s known for its impressive structures, including the iconic Pyramid of Kulkulkan with a striking geometric design and the Great Ball Court.

Intriq Signatures Collection: Lunch at Private Cenote Xocempich

Cenotes are natural sinkhole pools filled with crystal-clear freshwater, and considered sacred sites in ancient Maya. In this Intriq Signatures exclusive, indulge in an idyllic private lunch amidst the serenity of a hidden cenote, followed by a refreshing swim at your fancy!

Merida City Tour

Drive to Merida, the cultural capital of the Yucatan Peninsula. We explore its historical center on a walking tour, and drive along Paseo Montego boulevard with its stately homes, shops and restaurants.

Day 06
3 MARCH 2O25 (MON) MERIDA - CAMPECHE

Campeche
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Celestun Biosphere Reserve

Around 1.5h drive west of Merida, Celestun Biosphere Reserve is home to over 550 plant species and some 300 species of birds, including the Mexican pink flamingo. Embark on a boat ride through the estuaries and mangrove forests to spot these beautiful pink flamingo colonies and other birds.

Drive to Campeche

After lunch, we drive around 3 hours south to Campeche, a quaint colonial town known for its well-preserved historic centre and impressive city walls.

Day 07
4 MARCH 2025 (TUE) CAMPECHE - PALENQUE

Palenque
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Drive to Palenque

We start this day bright and early, for a 5.5h drive to Palenque

Explore Palenque

The Palenque archaeological site is nestled amidst the lush jungles of Chiapas in southern Mexico and stands out for its seamless integration with the surrounding rainforest and its intricately-carved stone structures. Key sites include the Temple of the Inscriptions and The Palace, with a tower offering panoramic views of the site.

Day 08
5 MARCH 2025 (WED) PALENQUE - FLORES

Flores
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Crossing the Border into Guatemala

Today will be a long drive to Guatemala. En route, visit the Roberto Barrios Waterfalls with beautiful turquoise-coloured waters cascading over limestone formations. After crossing the border into Guatemala, drive around 3.5 hours to our hotel to rest for the night.

Note: We will be switching tour guides and buses at the Mexican border.

Day 09
6 MARCH 2025 (THU) FLORES

Flores
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Tikal & Uaxactun

Discover Uaxactún, featuring the oldest complete Maya astronomical complex discovered. Its extensive history and advanced astronomical knowledge highlight the sophistication of the Maya culture.

After lunch, explore the magnificent ruins of Tikal, with impressive sites such as the Great Plaza and the Temple of the Jaguar, set against the backdrop of vibrant wildlife like howler monkeys and the dense jungle.

Day 10
7 MARCH 2025 (FRI) FLORES - LAKE ATITLAN

Lake Atitlan
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Flight transfer to Lake Atitlan (via Guatemala City)

After breakfast, we fly to Guatemala City.

Upon arrival, have lunch en route a 3-hour drive to Lake Atitlan. Enjoy sunset views and a relaxing dinner at Lake Atitlan.

Day 11
8 MARCH 2025 (SAT) LAKE ATITLAN - ANTIGUA

Antigua
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan, renowned for its stunning beauty, is surrounded by picturesque volcanoes and charming Mayan villages. Key villages here include San Juan, famous for its weaving workshops using natural dyes and traditional back-strap looms. We also take a boat ride to Santiago to visit the house of Maximon, the revered Maya folk saint.

Privately Chartered Chicken Bus

“Chicken buses”got their name as passengers often brought live poultry on board these colourful, repurposed American school buses. Hop on a Chicken Bus privately chartered for our tour en route back to Antigua!

Day 12
9 MARCH 2025 (SUN) ANTIGUA

Antigua
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Holy Week (Semana Santa)

Enjoy a preview of Holy Week Festivities without the massive crowds, such as Sunday processions from nearby villages. A notable highlight are elaborate street carpets (alfombras) made with colourful sawdust and flowers, particularly prominent and unique to Guatemalan culture.

Antigua Highlights

Antigua is among the most charming cities in the Americas, nestled amidst 3 volcanoes and famous for its stunning Spanish colonial architecture. Embark on a walking tour to explore ornate churches, Spanish colonial ruins including the Cathedral of San Jose and the Arco de Santa Catalina.

Day 13
10 MARCH 2025 (MON) DEPARTURE FROM ANTIGUA

Nil
Breakfast included

Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Transfer to Guatemala City for your departure flight home.

Hotels & Tour Price

Intriq Signature's Curated Hotels

Cost Per Person

Twin Share
HKD 104,580
Single Supplement
HKD 22,580

Hyatt Regency Mexico City • Hacienda Chichen Resort • Hacienda Xcanatun • Hotel Plaza Campeche • Hotel Villa Mercedes Palanque • Las Launas Boutique Hotel • Hotel Atitlan • Camino Real Antigua

Mexico City

Mexico City

Hyatt Regency Mexico City - Park View Room

Hyatt Regency Mexico City is in the heart of the stylish and upscale Polanco district, filled with lively shopping, art galleries and more. Rooms offer lovely views of Chapultepec Park, the city and the mountains at the horizon. (Renovated: 2019; Rooms: 775)

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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

Hacienda Chichen Resort - Master Room

A boutique spa hotel within a private 200 Hectares Maya Jungle Reserve, dedicated to wildlife conservation and reforestation; located within a short walking distance of the ancient city of Chichen Itza. (Rooms: 28)

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Merida

Merida

Hacienda Xcanatun - Naj Junior Suite

Just 25 minutes from downtown Mérida, Hacienda Xcanatun, Angsana Heritage Collection, is one of the most iconic henequen (sisal) haciendas in the Yucatan. Restored to its 18th-century grandeur, this luxury hacienda is surrounded by four acres of private garden and features exquisitely designed suites. (Renovated: 2022; Rooms: 54)

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Campeche

Campeche

Hotel Plaza Campeche - Junior Suite

A 4-star hotel located in the historic center of Campeche. Its strategic location opposite San Martin Park provides easy access to the city's commercial, cultural, and tourist activities. (Rooms: 83)

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Palenque

Palenque

Hotel Villa Mercedes Palenque - Executive Room

This marvelous hotel is situated in the heart of the pre-Hispanic town of Palenque in a lush tropical garden environment reflecting the surrounding jungle. (Opened: 2008; Rooms: 92)

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Flores

Flores

Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel - Waterfront Suite

Located at the Heart of the Mayan world, experience the richness of the jungle at this private reserve, a native wildlife breeding facility offering eco-adventure and trekking activities. (Refurbished: 2019; Rooms:19)

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Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan

Hotel Atitlan - Lake View Standard Room

Charming hacienda-style hotel on the grounds of a historic coffee plantation, offering stunning panoramas of Lake Atitlán and surrounding volcanoes. Each room is decorated with hand-woven fabrics and bedding, artisan-crafted furniture, and original artwork from nearby villages. (Rooms: 61)

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Antigua

Antigua

Camino Real Antigua - Deluxe Room

Camino Real Antigua is a luxurious 5-star hotel located in the heart of Antigua Guatemala, just a short walk from Central Park. The hotel offers a blend of colonial architecture, modern amenities and beautifully decorated rooms. (Renovated: 2016; Rooms: 100)

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Recommended Flights

Estimated Price per Person

Economy class HK$ 15,238
Business class HK$ 62,731

Cathay Pacific/ United Airways / Alaska Airlines

26 Feb, Hong Kong – San Francisco (CX 870), 13:25 – 09:45

26 Feb, San Francisco – Mexico City (UA 821), 13:10 – 18:35

10 Mar, Guatemala – Los Angeles (AS 1354), 11:45 – 16:10

11 Mar, Los Angeles – Hong Kong (CX 881), 00:20 – 07:20+1

We recommend arriving on/before and departing on/after the recommended flight times to fully participate in this journey.

DEPOSIT
HKD 20,916/- Per Person
EARLY BIRD PROMOTION
First 4 bookings with deposit (limit to four rooms) will get complimentary upgrade to a Waterfront Master Suite at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel for 2 nights

Registration Closing Date: 28 Nov 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed

COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodations as stated on double occupancy basis, unless on single supplement, on bed & breakfast basis
  • Domestic flights on Economy class, as stated on the itinerary
  • All transportations and transfers as stated on an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Service of local English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees of sites as stated
  • Lunches and dinners, with 1 glass of beverage per person per meal
  • All tipping to local guides, porters and other local service staffs
  • Service of Intriq’s Travel Concierge throughout the trip

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Visa and entry taxes (if required)
  • Airport transfer before or after stated travel dates
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as spa, laundry, telephone and bar bills

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