The ruins, rainforest, Indian villages and beaches of the Mayan heartland
The Mayans forged a powerful and mysterious empire across southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Following 'La Ruta Maya' we explore the hidden treasures of this region - magnificent cities, pyramids and temples. These incredible architectural feats have captivated and confused historians since their discovery.
Perhaps the most spectacular of these is Tikal, now ruins lost in emerald jungle and rightly declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The history of the ancient Mayan civilisation is also apparent in the customs, language and dress of the Indian towns and villages we pass through.
Spanning three countries our journey also takes us on a discovery of lively colonial towns, active volcanoes, the lapping waters of Lake Atitlan and the palm-fringed Caye Caulker, a paradise for snorkelling and diving in the heart of the Belize Barrier Reef.
What makes this trip responsible?
On this tour we visit several local communities. In the region of Lake Atitlan, we stop at the village of San Juan La Laguna, where we will visit the home studios of local painters and a textile cooperative where women are engaged in hand weaving and natural dyeing processes. During this visit we support the local community initiative financially which in turns helps traditions flourish.
The Mayan ruins of Tikal in Autumn.