Overview & Highlights
A whirlwind tour of Central America’s Mayan world takes you to the top sights in Belize, Guatemala and southern Mexico.
It was over 3,000 years ago when tribes who’d been on the move over large swathes of what is now known as Central America began to settle down in the region’s tangled rainforests, scrubby plains and misty mountains. They had no written language but created a complex civilisation the astronomy and architecture of which was more sophisticated than any other on the continent. Their cities, featuring giant pyramids and ornate temples, were inexplicably abandoned by 1,200AD but the ruins of these stand testament today to the Maya’s achievements, and their descendants still populate the region with their own language and traditions.
There are too many of these architectural masterpieces to name here but on this holiday we have picked out the most stunning and most significant for your visit. But it isn’t all about history – the natural landscapes of unrestrained jungles swarming with wildlife, craggy mountains cut through by rivers and caves, immaculate powdery beaches and the second longest barrier reef in the world are well worth discovering in themselves.
Put these together, mingled with the graceful heritage of colonial Spain, and you have a marvellous self-contained holiday where you will encounter top highlights in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico in just two weeks.
- Guided excursion to Caracol Mayan ruins, Rio Frio pools
- Visit to Yaxha ruins
- Guided tour of Tikal archaeological site
- Excursion to Bonampak and Yaxchilán Mayan sites
- Half day tour of Palenque abandoned Mayan city
- Guided tour of Chichen Itzá site
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Arrive Belize City and transfer to Mountain Pine Ridge in the Mayan Mountains.
Guided excursion to the Mayan ruins at Caracol and Rio Frio cave and pools.
At leisure at the lodge.
Continue into Guatemala via Yaxhá ruins and arrive at Tikal.
Discover the Mayan Empire’s most extraordinary ruins.
Cross the border into Mexico; overnight close to the border.
Visit Yaxchilán and Bonampak; continue to Palenque.
Guided tour of Palenque.
Fly from Villahermosa to Mérida in the Yucatán.
At leisure: optional excursion to Uxmal.
By road to Chichén Itzá; guided tour.
By road to Cancún.
Transfer to the airport for your international flight home.
Things to do
We proudly offer the widest range of activities, excursions and one-of-a-kind experiences across all our destinations, tried and tested personally by our travel experts.
Browse our unrivalled portfolio of accommodation . Every option has been carefully chosen by our team of travel experts, so you can rest assured that you’ll relax in utter comfort.
Belize / Maya mountains and jungle
Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve
Guatemala / Tikal
Mexico / Chiapas, San Cristobal and Palenque
Mérida, Chichén Itzá and the Yucatan / Mexico
Mision de Fray Diego
Mérida, Chichén Itzá and the Yucatan / Mexico
Mexico / Caribbean coast: Riviera Maya and Holbox
Beachscape Kin Ha Villas & Suites
What our clients say
Cuba is a very diverse country and fulfilled our expectations. Parakeet is an adventure rather than a holiday so go with an open mind and immerse your self in the Cuban way. Colour, music and smiles more than make up for what some people may find frustrating if comparing Cuba to life in the UK.GW, BIrmingham
So many highlights it's difficult to say! The routing was excellent both in terms of acclimatising to the altitude and building to the grand finale at Machu Picchu.CA, Brighton
Sunrise over the Galapagos from top deck on my first morning on the boat, utterly stunning!MG, Leyland
I will continue to recommend JLA as one of the best company I have used. The detailed planning of their tour was outstanding, their choice of local guides was excellent.MR, Greenford
"This trip was just amazing. I just seemed to keep saying WOW - the walls the Incas built, their terraces, how they did all the construction on the top of the mountains, the Uros people of Lake Titicaca. As for the Galapagos Islands they were everything I hoped for - round every corner there was something to see and identify. It took a long time to get to Peru and Ecuador but it was worth every minute - thank you for a wonderful trip."ES, Nairn
Seeing Machu Picchu for the first time, it was breath taking! and enjoying the company of a good set of fellow travellers.IE, Coventry
JLA provided great planning from the start to the end, took all the hassle out of booking flights, bus, train and mini bus travel. Included excursions were excellent and well thought out, with a great tour leader.
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A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
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After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
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Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
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Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.