This trip was one of the best trips i have done. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
A great, varied tour that gives you a real flavour of Central America. Lots of activities on offer, and plenty of opportunity to find out about the Mayan roots of the area, whilst experiencing the present day hospitality.
We lived our travels with Intrepid. It was good value for money and provided lots of great adventures and we have made new friends and will have great memories.
Really great experience. If you’re having doubts about traveling with a group, just do it. Tour guide was great and we had a really good group with us.
well worth doing will do more trips
Intrepid tours are extremely good value, and when planning a travel budget, prepare for costs of three meals per day at the accommodations as there is often not time to source a cheaper local café, and of course, the recommended places are usually safer places to eat so therefore, it is my opinion that they are more expensive.
It was amazing to travel through so many countries and cities in such a short time even if they were some long travel days. Its really worth it. The camping in Tikal isnt that bad how everyone imagines and its only one night, so I think that the camping in the jungle is an exciting experience for everyone.
This is an awesome trip. I got to see some spectacular Mayan ruins and learn about their amazing history, snorkel with manatees, nurse sharks and stingrays, hear howler monkeys in the jungle (an amazing sound let me tell you) and see some pretty amazing countryside. I thoroughly enjoyed and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Wonderful trip. I would definitely take the option to visit Yaxhá, it’s a magical experience!
If you like to see many things in a short time and don’t want to organise all by yourself, if you want to see more about a country than the beach and a hotel and if you don’t want to travel alone and meet new friends from all over the wold, this would be a trip for you!
Intrepid was a great company to travel with. They really look out for the local economy and give you the perfect pace to enjoy your trip. They organised our trip perfectly in terms of days in specific places. The guide was very humble and always gave us great recommendations! Would definitely recommend and would travel again with intrepid!
The howler monkeys and other wildlife added an extra touch to the archeological site of Tikal, making it an all-round great excursion even though it required a 3AM start to catch the sunrise from a temple top.
Intrepid is all about passion and duty of care to travellers Ive travelled Sth America and Central America with intrepid and have found them to be more than professional and a whole lot of fun with their knowledge. I love group travel and find this is a great way of forming lifelong friendships with like minded people. Ill be back for more Intrepid trips!
Very enjoyable trip. The optional activities were well worth it.
The tour was just amazing. Very informative and you get to see everything from Maya ruins, lush countryside and white sandy beaches to experiencing the laid back island life on Caye Caulker and living alongside a local Mayan family in Guatemala for a day. Although there are a few long travel days I loved every minute of the trip!
This is a great trip for getting more familiar with the north-east of Guatemala and there are loads of opportunities to explore Mayan ruins above and below ground – take them if you can. Every day was busy, so it was lovely to have a wonderful day on the beach in Tulum to recover. Lots of variety and lots of potential activities – I had a great time, and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the group and Maria, the great tour leader. Recommended.
An excellent travel company that genuinely cares about the the people and places they take you to
Excellent trip for the money, knowledgeable and passionate group leader. The trip gave lots of insight and knowledge of the Mayan culture and history in the area. Five Stars
Cant rate Intrepid highly enough. Our guide was fantastic. Only 2 of us booked this trip which could have been awkward as there is usually 12 in a group but it was brilliant we didnt miss the larger group in any way.
This adventure holiday gives a wonderful taste of three countries, guatemala, beluze and mexico and features all of the archaeological and wildlife highlights. It is a great trip professionally organised and delivered with thought to the environment and local enterprise.
Cannot recommend this trip enough! Full of culture, beaches, jungle, food and all around great times!
Maya Encounter is an interesting trip but as with most trips ,is as interesting as you make it. You do need a certain level of fitness to really enjoy all the possibilities
Intrepid tours are perfect for the traveler who wants to experience the culture of a country while supporting locally owned businesses and being mindful of the “footprint” left behind. The gastronomical experience is only matched by the variety of superb local beers to be consumed.
Good experience great value for money
Great Itinerary for the length of time for this tour. Saw and did so much that I just wasn’t expecting. Everything from Volcanoes, Jungle, Caribbean Coast, Mayan Ruins. Highly Recommend to anyone that wants a short break full of culture, great food, exciting music and a lot of colour.
Check out the ATM caves and eat all the tacos!
It was a great time and really amazing to Travel with You! Thanks to Pedro! Thanks to the other Travellers that make this Journey unforgetable for me! Thank You! See U!
I had a great time, didn’t expect it to be so good!
A fun filled adventure in Central America! Get ready to have lots of fun, meet some lovely people and have some new experiences. It’s a great way to get a snapshot of so many countries in a short space of time. The holiday itself will fly by. There are a lot of intense travel days but it it’s worth it to see so much. My favourite destinations were Caye Caulker and Costa Rica. I regret not booking an extra few days in Costa Rica. You will be well looked after by your tour guides and the Intrepid team so if in doubt just book it-you won’t regret it.
Absolutely loved this tour! Gives you popular tourist destinations as well as off the beaten track places – great mix of cities, beaches and jungles – highly recommend!
Maya Encounter gives a wonderful insight into history and culture of the Mayans. Spectacular scenery as well.
From the ruins in Guatemala to the beautiful sunsets in Caye Caulker, you’ll never run out of activities during this tour. There’s plenty of unplanned time to explore and mingle with local people. Our tour guide, Dennis, was fun, knowledgable, and full of energy. I highly recommend this trip!
Use the notes I wrote on Galapagos.
Worth every penny!
Very fun adventure! Seeing the ruins of Tikal and spotting spider and howler monkeys right above us was incredible. I recommend bringing river shoes/sandals with a thick rubber bottom that you can walk for a couple miles with. There are ones to rent there but they aren’t great quality. Also – if you go on the ATM cave trip you cannot wear a two-piece and you must wear shorts.
This is a great trip to get a taste of the Yukatan, Caye Caulker and Guatemala. I wanted to explore the areas we visited to look for somewhere to spend next winter, and this trip brought me to most of the places I wanted to see. The one destination I recommend be added it Semuc Champey. Maybe lose a night in San Ignatio (nothing there) and another at the end in Granada?) Overall, our trip was great! Pedro was the BEST! We had a lot of fun on our trip, and we will never forget our friend Bjorn! And his lovely tan:) XO
Intrepids guide are local, friendly and knowledgeable. Intrepid take great care on their tours of the environmental impact, which is great to see. Would highly recommend Intrepid tours to those that really want an authentic cultural experience with a dash of adventure!
An incredible tour with off the beaten track experiences that will last a lifetime! This trip has it all and more, from beautiful beaches, to jungle to ruins. Thanks to our guide Ernesto for making our trip such a smooth running and memorable experience, will definitely travel with Intrepid again!
With lots of competition out there, Intrepid have proven to me why they should be the first choice for any small group tour provider. They care about the culture as well as their staff and their customers, would thoroughly recommend.
I love backpacking particularly as I’m in the armed forces. Do you offer discount for armed forces. Also I would continue to use intrepid if this was possible. This is my first tour with intrepid and as I usually tour with g adventures. I’ve certainly enjoyed the trip and would very much be kind to do many more if you warrant any discounts. Thank you. Naomi
No other trips.
This trip was an amazing experience! I loved starting out with the more active experiences in the jungles of Belize and Guatemala and finishing up with some chill time in Caye Caulker. Highlights for me were ATM Cave, Tikal and snorkeling in Caye Caulker. Highly recommended!
Belize is a beautiful country, and Guatemala, too; this is a fantastic way to see a bit of both. The tours we did were both fun and informative; ATM was an adventure beyond my expectations! And, camping at Tikal was completely unlike any other camping trip I’ve done. Caye Caulker is super relaxed, and a great way to end a trip, it’s everything that you’d expect from a tropical paradise. The best part of the trip, without exception, was the group. If these are the people that travel with Intrepid, I can’t recommend traveling with them enough.
some of the add on adventures should be rated at least a 3
If you are travelling far or even a shorter trip, book an extra day before you start and even an extra day when you finish
Excellent trip! Good introduction to Central America. All 3 countries were so different, it made it an amazing trip from start to finish.
From Antigua to stunning Tikal to beaches and caves in Belize and Mexico. The perfect combination of cultural activities and lazy beach time. I truly enjoyed this trip!
Great tour of Guatemala, Belize & Mexico! Our tour guide, Grabriela was great company and shared her vast knowledge of all the locations we visited. Definitely recommend this trip to anyone planning to travel to Central America!
This trip had great variety, it was well organised and the recommended activities were all top class. This was the first time I have travelled with Intrepid and having a local tour guide made it all very easy, which meant I could relax and really enjoy the trip. Highly recommend this trip, with the ATM caves my highlight, but all the activies were great fun. Take USD as it makes things far easier over there, especially when the ATM Machines dont work.
Great itinerary, great leaders, very organized, no hazzle. Highly recommended!!
A fantastic insight into the Mayan culture- the activities available are excellent and varied and should not be missed!
I highly recommend Intrepid as a tour company. I can’t imagine I would have experienced Central America so fully if it wasn’t for this tour (Mayan encounter). It’s great to be directed to the socially/environmentally conscious tours and to pick and choose which you want to do. I personally recommend doing it all, there is so much to experience!
The Mayan Encounter was a great trip for first-time travellers to Central America. We had a wonderful time with a great bunch of people and a fantastic guide.
This trip was a great introduction to Central America. I can’t wait to explore more of this part of the world.
This is a very fun nature- and water-based tour with a nice mix of busy days and chill time. Like other reviewers, I would recommend spending a couple of days in the charming and relaxing town of Antigua before the tour starts. Keep in mind that there are almost no inclusions and things are not as cheap as you might expect, so you will be spending money. Of the optional activities, I highly recommend the hot springs waterfall, full day snorkel trip, and ATM cave. I also loved Tikal and the Rio Dulce trip. Eat some street food!
I would highly recommend this trip for other solo travellers. It is a great way to meet people who like doing the same activities
Make sure you do the ATM cave tour!
Small Groups and a great guide! I will definitely travel with Intrepid again.
I had a fantastic experience with Intrepid from start to finish. The booking process was simple and they accommodated a very last minute request. I found the tour experience to be teriffic – a good mix of organised acitivites and felxibility to do your own thing. Accommodation and transport were great, all the tour operators/providers were very professional and the group size was great.
If you want a shorter trip that combines some action and adventure up front with pure relaxation and bliss as a finale, then this is the trip for you! At the onset of the trip, going through the ATM cave was one of the best things I have ever done in my life! I absolutely loved this experience! At the end of the trip, Caye Caulker is an island retreat like no other. Sit with a drink in the sea, go snorkelling, rent a kayak — but most importantly, “go slow” as the locals say.
‘amazig trip’ – brilliant way to see at best Guatemala and Belize, maybe regarding Mexico consider some other not so touristic places as Tulum and Playa. I could experiment various and so different experiences as walking on marvellous Antigua, climbing on pyramids inside the jungle of Tikal Park; swim and climb in deep&profound ATM Caves; snorkelling with sharks or simply laying with wonderful Margaridas in the beach till sunset. Great Tour leader! all that was my ‘best of Guatemala and Mexico’. I would 100% recommend it
The trip is great: very well built itinerary, great guide, perfect timings for transfers. All the accommodations were great, except for the cayo caulker one (chinatown hotel) that was ranked as highly unsafe place everywhere on customers reviews on the internet. Ask for confirmation that you are not stopping there, in case you choose this trip. All the rest was perfect.
A brilliant trip which includes a varied mix of experiences. We had a great group and leader which made the trip even better. Be prepared to spend more than you think. Overall, a great experience, fantastic food and lots of fun.
This is an excellent trip to see Guatemala and Belize especially. You may need to extend the Mexico leg of the tour as the places visited are quite touristy and don’t show the best of Mexico. I would have been happier if the trip had continued for a couple of days further to take in more remote beaches etc.rather than finishing at Playa del Carmen.
When doing the tubing excursions, it would be helpful to bring you own water shoes. The water shoes available from the vendor used were practically worthless.
Land of Belize completely exceeded all expectations I had – I can’t recommend this trip, this itinerary, this tour company, or this part of the world more highly!
This trip offers an outstanding selection of land and sea destinations. From Mayan temples to snorkeling off a sailboat, it was a great week.
Amazing trip! This was my first time to a foreign country and I couldn’t be more pleased with the experience. The guide was amazing. The activities were out of this world. I never thought I would have an experience like this and am so glad I finally did it. I would go back in a heart beat.
This trip has a great combination of activities! You get to see the amazing and breathtaking archeological sites of Cachal Pech and Tikal while enjoying the journey across Belize and Guatemala. Then in Caye Caulker you have the opportunity to relax and do snorkeling while enjoying some delicious food!