12 days from $22,884 per person*
  • Explore Tikal, Palenque and other famous Maya ruins.
  • Witness the beauty of Bonampak’s preserved frescoes.
  • Journey to Yaxchilán, a remote ruin accessible only by boat.
  • Meet an archaeologist and travel by helicopter to his active dig for a private tour.
  • Walk the streets of Guatemala's Antigua with private guide, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Pioneers of mathematics, architects of the calendar, masters of war and stewards of a vast empire, the Mayan Empire ruled parts of Mesoamerica for 3,000 years. The spectacular cities they left behind still captivate the curious, yet remain understood by only a lucky few. Now, you can be one of those few on this comprehensive Explorers Club adventure through Tikal, Palenque, Yaxchilán and other historic sites across Mexico and Guatemala.

After a first day spent familiarizing yourself with the museums and sights of Mexico City with a private guide, you’ll head deep into the Central Highlands of Chiapas, gliding by boat through a canyon of mammoth cliffs and a picturesque landscape, home to crocodiles, monkeys and various species of birds. Learn of the Tzotzil Maya in indigenous villages and traditional towns, escorted by your private guide. Next, you’ll push further into the Lacandon Jungle in search of three fabled ruins: Palenque, one of the richest archaeological sites; Bonampak, home to an incredible collection of murals that have provided scholars with invaluable information into the daily life of the Maya; and Yaxchilán, a site so remote it’s accessible only by boat. At each site, a private guide will further illuminate the legends and truths of Mayan civilization. ... Show More »

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity awaits across the border in Guatemala. There, you’ll dine with famous Guatemalan archaeologist Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli, and accompany him — by helicopter, no less — for a private tour of Holmul, his archaeological dig site. Later on, you’ll wander the renowned pyramids and tombs of ancient Tikal accompanied by Estrada-Belli, with a full-day private tour of the UNESCO-listed national park before returning back to civilization, concluding with a private walking tour of Antigua, Guatemala’s charming colonial downtown.

Through innovation and conquest, the Maya left a mark on history that few civilizations can top. Walk their history with us and find out just how powerful the pull of the past can be.

The Explorers Club Collection by Kensington Tours is an exclusive suite of travel experiences inspired by the expeditions of the world’s foremost society of scientists and adventurers. Each tailor-made Explorers Club trip connects you to the world’s most fascinating people, places, and experiences with expert local guides and award-winning 24/7 service support. On-trip experts and experiences are subject to change depending on availability. « Show Less

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Mexico City
    Mexico City
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver
    • Mexico - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Mexico City
    Mexico City
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Mexico City's Historic Center (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day National Anthropology Musuem After Hours & Dinner at Quintonil (4.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez to San Cristobal de las Casas
    Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez to San Cristobal de las Casas
    • Transfer - Airport (Departure) - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Mexico City - Tuxtla Gutierrez [Air, 1 hr 30 min] - Separate Purchase
    • Tuxtla Gutierrez - San Cristobal de las Casas [with Sumidero Canyon Boat Tour (4 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide/Boat Tour
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 San Cristobal de las Casas
    San Cristobal de las Casas
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day San Cristobal, San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque
    San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque
    • San Cristobal de las Casas - Palenque [via Tonina (8-10 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Palenque Archaeological Site After Hours (2 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 6 Palenque
    Palenque
    • Tour - Private - Yaxchilan & Bonampak (10 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Palenque to Frontera Corozal to Tikal
    Palenque to Frontera Corozal to Tikal
    • Transfer - Private - Palenque - Frontera Corozal [2 hrs, 45 mins] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Frontera Corozal - Tikal [(5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Dr. Estrada-Belli Exclusive Guide Service - Dr. Estrada Belli
    • Private Dinner at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
  • Day 8 Tikal
    Tikal
    • Tour - Private - Holmul Archaeological Site by Helicopter (with Lunch) (6 hrs) - Helicopter/Guide
  • Day 9 Tikal
    Tikal
    • Tour - Private - Tikal Tour (with Lunch) (6 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 10 Tikal to Flores to Guatemala City to Antigua
    Tikal to Flores to Guatemala City to Antigua
    • At Leisure
    • Transfer - Private - Tikal - Flores [Airport (1 hr)] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Flores - Guatemala City [1 hr (Included)] - Flight
    • Transfer - Private - Guatemala City - Antigua [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver/Local Assistant(3)
  • Day 11 Antigua
    Antigua
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Antigua Walking Tour (4 hrs) - Guide
    • Tour - Private - Dinner Reservations & Car Service for Welten Restaurant - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 12 Antigua
    Antigua
    • Transfer - Private - Antigua - Guatemala City [1 hr] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
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Day 1: Mexico City

To ensure your comfort upon arrival, you will have an English-speaking local representative waiting for you outside of customs holding a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help to direct you to your private driver and vehicle, where a Spanish-speaking driver will accompany you to your accommodation.

A welcome package will be provided by a representative at the airport containing 24/7 emergency contact information, a confirmed version of the program and other useful information.

Accommodation: St. Regis (5*)

Designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli and completed in 2009, The St. Regis Mexico City rises 31-stories above the historic Paseo de la Reforma, a famed boulevard running through the heart of Mexico City. Continuing an enduring legacy of uncompromising luxury highlighted by services including its signature bespoke butler service, The St. Regis Mexico City pampers guests while honoring its New York origins. The first St. Regis hotel built in a major city in Latin America, the property is just steps away from the Museum of Modern Art, Chapultepec Castle, the Museum of Anthropology, and is found at the intersection between the Polanco and La Condesa districts. The ideal host for guests wishing to experience the heart of Mexico City in luxury, the St. Regis Mexico City offers a range of rooms and suites, and features eight on-site cafes, bars and restaurants.

Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Mexico City
Mexico City
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The St Regis
The St Regis

Day 2: Mexico City

Discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican, colonial and revolutionary past while exploring the historic center of its capital city with your expert guide. What is now the heart of this modern city was once the center of the Aztec world, Tenochtitlan. Here, you will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption and learn of its checkered history: built upon a major Aztec temple (Templo Major) by Spanish conquistadors, Hernan Cortes ordered stones from the raised temple to the Aztec god of war, Huitzilopochtli, be used in the construction of the cathedral. Continuing to the National Palace – past and present host to rulers Aztec, Spanish and Mexican alike – impressive representations of pre-Spanish Tenochtitlan by muralist Diego Rivera will be explained in detail by your expert guide. Next, walk through a few of the city’s most iconic streets to Alameda Gardens and the Palace of Fine Arts where you will tour this multifaceted museum which features permanent murals, temporary art exhibits, as well as the models, plans and photographs of major building projects by famed Mexican architects. Upon completion, you will have time for lunch (not included) before returning to your hotel. This service includes private transportation, driver, bilingual guide, and bottled water.

The National Anthropology Museum is the largest and most visited museum in Mexico, and contains a number of priceless Aztec artifacts found through the centuries including Piedra Del Sol (the "Stone of the Sun") and the 16th-century Aztec statue of Xochipilli. This evening, the incredible wonders preserved within are yours to discover on a privately guided, after-hours tour. Provided with access to both the Aztec and Mayan exhibits, your expert guide will provide you with in-depth historical insights regarding the treasures during a two hour tour. Following your private museum experience, your evening continues onward to the Polanco District for a late dinner at one of the top-rated restaurants in Mexico, Quintonil, where Head Chef Jorge Vallejo draws on pre-Hispanic ingredients to produce elegantly reinvented Mexican cuisine. Your meal is à la carte and paid for on location (not included). This service includes private transportation, bilingual driver-guide, and dinner reservations.

Accommodation: St. Regis (5*)
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption
Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Piedra del Sol
Piedra del Sol

Day 3: Mexico City - Tuxtla Gutierrez - San Cristobal de las Casas

Enjoy a private transfer to the airport from your hotel in Mexico city.

Your flight from Mexico City to Tuxtla Gutierrez (not included) will last approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

After exiting the Arrivals Terminal at the Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport you will be greeted by your guide and driven to the docking pier near Chiapa de Corzo to begin your Sumidero Canyon boat tour.  

The Sumidero Canyon is a national park located just outside of the capital of Chiapas State, Tuxtla Gutierrez. After boarding your vessel, navigate through the canyon along the Grijalva River which extends across the states of Chiapas and Tabasco and flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Surrounded by the canyon’s mammoth cliffs which rise some 2950 feet above sea level, you will have plenty of opportunities to photograph the stunning landscape, and with luck, the diverse wildlife which includes crocodiles, monkeys, and an array of marine birds. The canyon developed as a result of a geographical fault during the Pleistocene Era, and there are a number unusual rock formations to observe as you glide along the bluish-green river. The boat tour lasts approximately one hour and 45 minutes, and upon completion you will be driven to your hotel in San Cristóbal de las Casas. If desired, a break in Chapa de Crozo can be arranged for lunch. This service includes private transportation, driver, bilingual guide, and boat tour.

Accommodation: Hotel Bo (4*)

With modern and warm designs, Hotel Bo is perfect for guests wishing to stay in the historic center of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Steps away from the Mesoamerican Museum of Jade and Santo Domingo Chuch, each of the 22 rooms in this boutique property have been creatively designed to blend elements of the surrounding region with traditional luxury amenities. The on-site restaurant, LUM (Tzotzil for “Earth”) offers gourmet Mexican cuisine prepared with seasonally available produce as well as a unique selection of fine cocktails. Opened in 2012, Hotel Bo features a sun terrace, garden, small fitness gym, library, wi-fi access throughout the property, and bicycle access - all free of charge. Spa services, massages, and room-service are also available to guests and are paid for on site.

Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  San Cristobal de las Casas
San Cristobal de las Casas
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Bo
Hotel Bo

Day 4: San Cristobal de las Casas

After breakfast, begin the day by exploring the colonial city of San Cristóbal de las Casas on a privately guided walking tour. While learning about the city’s history and both the indigenous populations and foreigners that make it their home, you will observe the iconic yellow and red church set in the central plaza, Zócalo, and visit the permanent open-air craft market.

Following a brief transfer by private vehicle, you will arrive at the indigenous village of San Juan Chamula to learn about the Tzotzil Maya and their unusual religious rituals which blend pre-Hispanic traditions with Catholicism. You will be guided through Chamula Church where there are no pews and no altar; instead, worshipers kneel on the floor, lighting candles and chanting. Many ancient healing rituals, some of which use eggs, bones and live chickens that are sacrificed in the church are still practiced here today.  

Carrying on to the Tzotzil Maya town of San Lorenzo Zinacantán, you will quickly notice that the flower trade is the principal source of income for locals as you pass by hillsides dotted with greenhouses. Once in Zinacantán, your guide will detail the history and traditions of the Highland Maya and, in particular, the inhabitants of this fascinating town. Here you will make new friends of traditional back-strap weavers, sample handmade tortillas and local home brewed fire-water before heading back to San Cristobal de las Casas in the late afternoon. Time for lunch will be provided on tour, and your guide will make suggestions based on the day’s logistics (meal not included). This service includes private transportation and a bilingual driver-guide.

Accommodation: Hotel Bo (4*)
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  San Juan Chamula
San Juan Chamula

Day 5: San Cristobal de las Casas - Palenque

Following breakfast, meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and depart San Cristóbal de las Casas, navigating through the Southern Sierra Madre. While descending down curving roads that wind through alpine forests into the steamy lowland jungles of Palenque, you will visit Toniná. On a two hour tour of this ancient Mayan site, also known as the Palace of Celestial Captives, explore the many temples, statues, sculptures and glyphs alongside your guide. Notable is Monument 101, which bears the last known Long Count calendar inscription on any Mayan monument, 909 CE, which is widely considered to mark the end of the Classic Maya period. Your guide will suggest a suitable place to eat in the town of Ocosingo (meal not included), and this can be arranged before or after your tour of Toniná. Lunch and tour completed, continue northward and deep into the jungles of Palenque where you will be transferred to your hotel. This service includes private transportation, bilingual driver-guide and entrance fees.

At sunset, prepare for a unique experience: an off-hours, private visit to Palenque archaeological site. Accompanied by your expert guide, you will discover the enduring mysteries and fascinating history of this Maya city that was for centuries all but lost to the jungle. Sure to be a trip highlight, this unique experience is subject to the availability of specialized permits. In the event that permits cannot be obtained, you will be informed in advance and an alternative excursion to Misol Ha waterfall will be arranged. This service includes private transportation, driver, bilingual guide, and entrance permits.

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel Quinta Chanabnal (4*)

Unwind just two miles from Palenque archaeological site at Quinta Chanabal Resort, a unique property designed to resemble a Mayan palace complex from the Classic Period. Featuring two junior suites, five deluxe suites, one presidential suite and set amid the well-tended but ever encroaching jungle, the resort features an outdoor swimming pool, sauna, and elaborate Maya décor, and the hotel restaurant offers an intimate and peaceful setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Blending pre-Hispanic and contemporary designs to set a delightful ambience, it is no wonder that Quinta Chanabal Resort is regularly recognized the finest hotel in the Palenque region.

Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Palenque
Palenque
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Quinta Chanabnal Hotel
Quinta Chanabnal Hotel

Day 6: Palenque

In the early morning you will meet your guide in the hotel lobby to set out on an unforgettable expedition to the remote, lost wonders of the Lacandon jungle; the Mayan archeological sites of Yaxchilan and Bonampak. While touring Bonampak, you will enter the Temple of the Murals and have access to three rooms that have brightly colored depictions of Maya life. Your expert guide will help you to decipher the scenes and will explain how the Maya were able to create such vibrant hues using natural materials. Next, you will head to Yaxchilan. This ancient city’s unique position on the mighty Usumacinta River made it one of the most important sites in the Mayan world as the center controlled trade throughout the region. Inscriptions here allow us to know more about the ruling Jaguar dynasty than is known about almost any other ruling clan. As you explore the ruins, the calls of large troops of howler monkeys remind you just how far from modern civilization you are and how powerfully alive the Lacandon forest remains. Time for lunch will be provided on tour, and dining suggestions will be made based on the day’s logistics (meal not included). This service includes private transportation, boat transfers, bilingual guide, and entrance fees.

Accommodation: Boutique Hotel Quinta Chanabnal (4*)
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Yaxchilan Ruins
Yaxchilan Ruins

Day 7: Palenque - Frontera Corozal - Tikal

Today you will travel approximately two hours and 45 minutes to the Mexican border town of Frontera Corozal. Upon arrival to the town pier, your Mexican driver-guide will be in touch with our counterparts in Guatemala before bidding you farewell and placing you on a 15 minute river crossing to Bethel, Guatemala.

Having crossed the Usumacinta River from Frontera Corozal to Bethel, you will be greeted at the docks by your Guatemalan host, who will direct you to and assist you through Customs. Passport stamped, and alongside private guide and driver, you will now transfer from Bethel to your accommodations in Tikal. The transfer, with time accounted for Customs, will take approximately five hours.

An exclusive experience that few will have the opportunity to enjoy, Research Assistant Professor at Tulane University and renowned Guatemalan Archeologist Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli will accompany you throughout your experience in Petén Province. You will first be introduced to Dr. Estrada-Belli over dinner at Shultun Restaurant in Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel, and he will also lead the way on your tour to Holmul - the site he and his team rediscovered in 2000 - as well as on your tour of Tikal’s archeological site. With an in-depth knowledge of Mayan culture matched by few, we are pleased to offer this exclusive opportunity to tour with Dr. Estrada-Belli. Please note that due to prior educational and archeological engagements Dr. Estrada-Belli may not be available to accompany you on your tour. Your Destination Expert will advise you of his availability while developing your itinerary.

Tonight you will enjoy a private, pre-paid dinner at Shultun Restaurant, located on-site at Las Lagunas Hotel. Featuring local specialties prepared with farm-fresh ingredients, you will be seated in the main dining room which affords fantastic views of the lagoon below. Your dinner includes an appetizer and main plate of your choosing, along with a soft drink. Alcohol is not included.

Accommodation: Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel (4*)

Located in the ancient heart of the Mayan world, near the ruins of Tikal, Uaxactún and Yaxhá, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel invites guests to relax in a superbly tailored jungle setting. With more than 300 acres of private property to explore, a range of local and international cuisine available on-site, and set on the ever-beautiful Quexil Lagoon, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel is the ideal property to relax in while immersing yourself in the culture of Peten. In addition to private trails, four private lagoons beyond Quexil and Shultun restaurant, hotel amenities include room and laundry services, wireless internet (hotel lobby only), tours of the surrounding nature trails, and bicycle or kayak rentals.

Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tikal
Tikal
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel

Day 8: Tikal

Holmul is located northeast of Tikal, close to the border with Belize. An important city in the Mayan Empire, it was abandoned 1,100 years after its establishment and only rediscovered in 2000 by Guatemalan Archeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli and his team. Its architecture is associated with that of Tikal, however, in La Sufricaya on the outskirts of Holmul murals have been found that combine Maya and Teotihuacan (a key site near Mexico City) decorative motifs. Another important find is as that of the largest Mayan frieze yet known. To visit this unique location, you will transfer via helicopter from your hotel to Holmul. Alongside Dr. Estrada-Belli, you will tour the site and its main monuments and visit the active dig site (please note, you will only have access to view the dig site, guests are not allowed to participate in archeological recoveries). You will enjoy a box lunch at Holmul, and in the afternoon transfer back to your hotel via helicopter.  This service includes helicopter transfers, guide service with Dr. Estrada-Belli, lunch, and entrance fees.

Accommodation: Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel (4*)
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Holmul
Holmul

Day 9: Tikal

Tikal National Park, one of the largest Maya archeological sites, will be revealed to you on a fascinating and privately guided tour. Once home to an incredibly powerful ancient Maya kingdom, your expert guide will provide insights into this ancient metropolis which features monuments from as far back as 4 BCE. The city would not reach its peak Classic Period, and the incredible buildings, history, and widely recognized theories of the collapse of the Mayan civilization we be explained to you in detail during this excursion. After the tour, enjoy lunch at in Tikal National Park before being transferred to back to your hotel. This service includes private transportation, bilingual guide, entrance fees, and lunch.

Accommodation: Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel (4*)
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Path to Tikal
The Path to Tikal

Day 10: Tikal - Flores - Guatemala City - Antigua

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Enjoy a private, 1-hour transfer with professional driver to the Mundo Maya Airport in Flores.

Your flight from Flores, Peten to Guatemala City (included) will last approximately one hour.

Upon arrival into Guatemala City, you will be met and welcomed by a local representative before being privately transferred to Antigua, Guatemala. Travel time will vary based on local traffic conditions, lasting one hour to one hour and 30 minutes.

Accommodation: El Convento Boutique Hotel (5*)

Located on a cobblestone street across from the legendary Capuchinas Convent, El Convento Boutique Hotel welcomes visitors to an oasis of elegance and comfort. Each of the 26 spacious, exquisitely decorated suites draw upon the history and culture of this famous city, creating an intoxicating blend of traditional simplicity and modern convenience. Placing all of Antigua’s most captivating landmarks and activities right at your doorstep, El Convento Boutique Hotel was awarded the Most Excellent Hotel in Mexico and Central America by Conde Nast Johansens in 2013 as well as TripAdvisor’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice award.

Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Antigua
Antigua
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Convento Boutique Hotel
El Convento Boutique Hotel

Day 11: Antigua

Antigua is one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the Americas. A captivating town, it feels as though time stopped here 300 years ago. On this walking tour you will visit the Central Plaza and discover the main Spanish-Baroque influenced buildings in the town which include El Portal, Palacio de Capitanes, and Antigua Cathedral. Carrying onward, the tour will take you through the locally-popular Tanque La Union, the San Francisco Church (used in the 1935 classic film, The New Adventures of Tarzan), the picturesque 5th Avenue and will conclude at La Merced, a baroque church founded in 1767. This service includes a bilingual guide as well as entrance fees.

This evening you will be picked up at your hotel by private car and transferred to Welten, one of Antigua's premier restaurants, where an advance reservation has been made for you. Welten's colonial decor, intoxicating aromas, and delightful flavors will provide the ideal ambiance and environment to cap off your day. Bon appetite! This service includes round-trip private car service and dinner reservations. Your meal is not included and will be paid for on location.

Accommodation: El Convento Boutique Hotel (5*)
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  La Merced Church
La Merced Church
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Welten
Welten

Day 12: Antigua

Enjoy a private, one hour transfer from your accommodation in Antigua to Guatemala City. Travel time will vary based on local traffic conditions, and can take up to 1.5 hours when experiencing heavier traffic.

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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St. Regis (5*) : Mexico City

Designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli and completed in 2009, The St. Regis Mexico City rises 31-stories above the historic Paseo de la Reforma, a famed boulevard running through the heart of Mexico City. Continuing an enduring legacy of uncompromising luxury highlighted by services including its signature bespoke butler service, The St. Regis Mexico City pampers guests while honoring its New York origins. The first St. Regis hotel built in a major city in Latin America, the property is just steps away from the Museum of Modern Art, Chapultepec Castle, the Museum of Anthropology, and is found at the intersection between the Polanco and La Condesa districts. The ideal host for guests wishing to experience the heart of Mexico City in luxury, the St. Regis Mexico City offers a range of rooms and suites, and features eight on-site cafes, bars and restaurants.

Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The St Regis
The St Regis
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The St Regis Lobby
The St Regis Lobby

Hotel Bo (4*): San Cristobal de las Casas

With modern and warm designs, Hotel Bo is perfect for guests wishing to stay in the historic center of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Steps away from the Mesoamerican Museum of Jade and Santo Domingo Chuch, each of the 22 rooms in this boutique property have been creatively designed to blend elements of the surrounding region with traditional luxury amenities. The on-site restaurant, LUM (Tzotzil for “Earth”) offers gourmet Mexican cuisine prepared with seasonally available produce as well as a unique selection of fine cocktails. Opened in 2012, Hotel Bo features a sun terrace, garden, small fitness gym, library, wi-fi access throughout the property, and bicycle access - all free of charge. Spa services, massages, and room-service are also available to guests and are paid for on site.

Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Bo
Hotel Bo
Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hotel Bo and the Beautiful Garden
Hotel Bo and the Beautiful Garden

Boutique Hotel Quinta Chanabnal (4*): Palenque

Unwind just two miles from Palenque archaeological site at Quinta Chanabal Resort, a unique property designed to resemble a Mayan palace complex from the Classic Period. Featuring two junior suites, five deluxe suites, one presidential suite and set amid the well-tended but ever encroaching jungle, the resort features an outdoor swimming pool, sauna, and elaborate Maya décor, and the hotel restaurant offers an intimate and peaceful setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Blending pre-Hispanic and contemporary designs to set a delightful ambience, it is no wonder that Quinta Chanabal Resort is regularly recognized the finest hotel in the Palenque region.

Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Quinta Chanabnal Hotel
Quinta Chanabnal Hotel

Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel (4*): Tikal

Located in the ancient heart of the Mayan world, near the ruins of Tikal, Uaxactún and Yaxhá, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel invites guests to relax in a superbly tailored jungle setting. With more than 300 acres of private property to explore, a range of local and international cuisine available on-site, and set on the ever-beautiful Quexil Lagoon, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel is the ideal property to relax in while immersing yourself in the culture of Peten. In addition to private trails, four private lagoons beyond Quexil and Shultun restaurant, hotel amenities include room and laundry services, wireless internet (hotel lobby only), tours of the surrounding nature trails, and bicycle or kayak rentals.

Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel

El Convento Boutique Hotel (5*): Antigua

Located on a cobblestone street across from the legendary Capuchinas Convent, El Convento Boutique Hotel welcomes visitors to an oasis of elegance and comfort. Each of the 26 spacious, exquisitely decorated suites draw upon the history and culture of this famous city, creating an intoxicating blend of traditional simplicity and modern convenience. Placing all of Antigua’s most captivating landmarks and activities right at your doorstep, El Convento Boutique Hotel was awarded the Most Excellent Hotel in Mexico and Central America by Conde Nast Johansens in 2013 as well as TripAdvisor’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice award.

Mayan Trails of Mexico & Guatemala Tours 2017 - 2018 -  El Convento Boutique Hotel
El Convento Boutique Hotel

Depart (Int`l Airport) ( ): Global Location

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Robert Z — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    Sarah Roberts was fantastic, very available and responsive. Drivers and guides were all top rated, knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. The Springs hotel in La Fortunate was great!

  • Natalie D — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    The trip was amazing. The itinerary worked out great. Kensington has always made an effort to have a representative meet with us upon arrival and go over the itinerary and discuss any matters we had questions about.Fabian was a very nice man and was attentive after our meeting. Our primary driver was Javier who was always pleasant and a joy to be with. Our primary guide was Marcos Jimenez. He was an excellent ambassador for Kensington and represented you very well. He was the consummate professional and was always very attentive and accommodating with us. In its entirety, Kensington organized a great trip that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you again for all of your help in planning this adventure.

  • Angela C — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    We were lucky to have Victor as our guide in Arenal. He was fantastic. We learned so much from him. His enthusiasm was contagious.

  • Jean V — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    Brandi Merchant is fantastic!!!! Her patience with my many questions and attention to detail, coupled with her warm, personable manner is just the best!

  • Cecelia B — November 07, 2017 — Central America

    The experience exceeded my already high expectations. The guides were excellent: personable, knowledgeable, helpful, and fun to be with.

  • Robert Riordan — May 23, 2017 — Central America

    The guides were key. Very knowledgeable and fun. They were very attuned to the level of exertion we could handle. Thanks to your eagle-eyed guides, we saw such a diversity of plants, birds and animals -- which we could never have spotted on our own. Great memories!

  • Angela Watson — May 23, 2017 — Central America

    We had a wonderful time on our trip to Costa Rica. Our guides Francisco and Bernie both exceeded our expectations. They were able to answer any question we had on subjects that ranged from culture and customs to environment, ecology and much more. During our afternoons in the rainforest we were able to see a multitude of birds, two toed and three toed sloths, Congo and Capuchin monkeys, eyelash vipers, and all of the rainforest scenery. We came away with an understanding of the forest and its inhabitants and real respect for our guides who work hard to preserve the natural beauty of their country through preservation and ensuring responsible tourism. We couldn't be happier with any portion of our trip. It really was wonderful.

  • Alicia H. — August 10, 2016 — Central America

    The guides in Arenal and Manuel Antonio were excellent and the Pacuare river rafting excursion in Arenal was awesome. It was an excellent break from winter in February!

  • Kay W. — June 15, 2016 — Central America

    All of the drivers arrived early. Vans were very nice. Drivers were courteous. Tours were great.

  • Alice H. — May 19, 2016 — Central America

    The guide in Monteverde was excellent!!!!

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