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Central America & Mexico


Dear Travel Agencies, Our new catalogue 2015 – 2016 has arrived!

their experience in one of the most impressive civilizations in world history, the Mayan Civilization.

Our catalogue has expanded with the addition of new trips and exciting features.

Our team consists of a group of experts who can create and organize itineraries in which our guests do not only enjoy the beautiful and exotic locations that Central America has to offer, but in addition are offered the opportunity to learn about Mayan culture.

Our new catalogue has become the makeup standard for customizing trips and packages for wholesalers. More than ever before, we are clearly focused on the needs and interests of our buyers, so that we can customize and carry out the best tours for your clients. Our 2015 - 2016 catalogue brings you an increased selection of our trips. Most notably, you will find a greater variety of our tours. All of these trips also feature many of the exceptional destinations that you can include in your customized itinerary. We are grateful for the dedicated individuals in our team as well as our suppliers who play a central role in the consistent improvement of our tours. Here at Mayan Gateway, we have been inspired to aid travelers in

We have created a variety of products to cater to all areas of interest, such as Adventure Travel, Culture, Family Holidays, Honeymoons, and Learn Spanish & Travel among others. At Mayan Gateway, we are dedicated to ensuring that every company who entrusts us — by sending their clients with a desire to explore the South of Mexico & Central America — will be satisfied. Kind Regards, Josué Ardón de León General Manager Mayan Gateway In Bound Agent

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About Mayan Gateway

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Our Offers

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Belize 9 Belize & Guatemala 11 Diving in Belize 13 Costa Rica Adventurous Costa Rica Costa Rica – A Bit of Everything Honeymoon Costa Rica

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El Salvador Discover El Salvador

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Guatemala Discover the Mayan Empire Guatemala Getaway The Lost City El Mirador

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Honduras 35 Explore Honduras 37 Learn SCUBA Diving in Honduras 39 Mexico 41 Honeymoons in Mexico 43 La Riviera Maya in Mexico 45 The Mayan World 47 Nicaragua 49 Discover Nicaragua 51 Guatemala, El Salvador & Nicaragua 53 FAQ 55 Contact Us 58


About Us Tour Operator Mayan Gateway

Why Mayan Gateway?

Mayan Gateway is based in Guatemala and specialized in holidays throughout Central America and Mexico.

Mayan Gateway has created a variety of products to cater all areas of interest.

We offer a broad range of holidays for all tastes and desires. Whether you are interested in Mayan archeology, adventurous treks, scuba diving, relaxing at white sand beaches or you want to learn Spanish, you can book your dream holiday with us.

Experience Mayan Gateway was founded in 2001 and in the meantime we have built an extensive database of contacts and resources.

Social Outlook We offer group tours, individual tours and are Mayan Gateway attempts to make a low impact on the specialized in customized itineraries. Mayan Gateway environment. provides flexibility and support in designing your trips. Customized Itineraries In addition to those tours in this catalog, we can also We can also make a customized itinerary. make a customized itinerary. Spanish Language and Volunteering packages Our holidays are unique in that we also offer Spanish language and volunteering packages.

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Social & Sustainable

Customized Itineraries

Visiting a Mayan city in Guatemala, snorkeling at the barrier reef in Belize, kayaking the seas of the Caribbean, hiking in the jungle. These are all amazing experiences and all create a sense of awareness for the environment.

Mayan Gateway provides flexibility and support in designing your trips. In addition to the packages we offer, we can make a customized itinerary for your clients. Mayan Gateway provides information about various destinations and helps you create a personalized itinerary.

Sustainable entrepreneurship

Combining our trips and tours Mayan Gateway attempts to make a low impact on the environment and Mayan culture, while contributing to We offer a variety of trips and tours in Central America generate future employment for Mayan people. and Mexico. You can put together two or more of the trips, or you can combine two or more components We create your holiday alongside the Mayan people of several trips. Once you see the itinerary, we will work with you to make sure your client will be 100% who live and work in the place that you are visiting. satisfied. It is also possible to extend any of our trips Due to this, they really care about giving you an with our Spanish extension programs. exceptional experience.

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Our Offers Destinations & Holiday Types The countries in Central America and Mexico are diverse enough to meet the desires of all types of tourists. Whether they want to explore impressive ruins, relax on white sandy beaches, or go on an adventure, Central America and Mexico have it all.

variety of activities both inland and at the shore can be offered and will provide extraordinary experiences.

on the Pacific coast. It is known as the “Land of the Volcanoes�, with about 20 volcanoes within its borders. The country is popular for Costa Rica its beautiful beaches and perfect Costa Rica is the perfect place surfing conditions. for those who want to get off the beaten path and who are looking Guatemala for an eco-experience. Costa Rica is Guatemala combines Latin culture rich in culture and nature, and it has with impressive Mayan treasure and Belize a well-developed infrastructure. fascinates with active volcanoes, Belize is a country with great endless rainforests, colonial cities, beaches, turquoise waters, pristine El Salvador and indigenous villages. rainforests, colonial architecture, El Salvador is the smallest country Mayan temples, and waterfalls. A in Central America and is located 5

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Honduras

Mexico – La Riviera Maya

Nicaragua

Honduras is a travellers’ paradise that fulfils holiday dreams. Lying on sunny beaches, climbing ancient temples, sailing and diving in the Caribbean Sea, and seeing jaguars in their natural habitat are some of the things that Honduras has to offer.

The Riviera Maya is a paradise where white sand and calm blue water invites you to relax and snorkel and impressive Mayan ruins are waiting to be explored.

In Nicaragua, a rich flora and fauna, including howler monkeys, iguanas, toucans and parrots, awaits the traveller in untouched jungles. The volcanoes are ideal for hiking, and the country has crystal clear lakes.

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Holiday Types Mayan Gateway offers a broad range of holidays for all tastes and desires. Whether clients are interested in Mayan archeology, adventurous treks, scuba diving, relaxing at beaches, or learning Spanish, Mayan Gateway can help them enjoy it all. Adventure Travel For clients who would like to add some adventure to their holiday, we offer adventurous trips such as caving, hiking and rafting. Beach Holidays From rocky to typical beaches with palm trees and white sand... we have selected the best beaches that Central America and Mexico have to offer. We can also show clients the best places to practice and improve their surf skills.

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Cultural Holidays The Mayan civilization left a plethora of cultural treasures behind in the mountains and jungles, of which some remain undiscovered.

Honeymoons Mayan Gateway offers a variety of honeymoons in Central America and Mexico. For most people, the honeymoon is the most important trip of their lives. Clients will have the opportunity to enjoy beaches, Diving Holidays Central America has great diving coral reefs, ruins, and various opportunities. We offer diving national parks with their beautiful courses for beginners and advanced flora and fauna. divers. If clients are already Spanish & Travel certified, we can help them find the Learn Mayan Gateway believes that being best diving spots. able to communicate with the local people will significantly enhance Family Holidays one’s time in Latin America. To aid Costa Rica and Mexico are clients with this, we have a range of two destinations with great options to enable the clients to take opportunities for family holidays. part in Spanish immersion classes. During the family holiday, clients will stay in family friendly hotels Volunteering and do activities where children Push the boundaries of sustainable can learn and participate. travel. Volunteering creates unforgettable experiences that go beyond simple tourism.

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Extra Services For a complete holiday experience, Mayan Gateway offers these extras in Central America and Mexico to help your holiday run smoothly Car & Bike Rentals: Get off the beaten path and explore Central America and Mexico at your own pace and itinerary. Shuttles: Door to door service for a stress free holiday.

Luggage Storage and Transport: To travel as lightly and easily as possible, we can offer secure storage and transportation of your luggage.

Flight tickets: Tell us where you would like to fly from, the date you would like to arrive and which of our packages you would like to book.

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Belize Belize is a country with great beaches, turquoise waters, pristine rainforests and waterfalls. A variety of activities both in the inland and at the shore can be offered and allow extraordinary experiences. Belize is home to one of the world’s most mysterious civilizations – the ancient Maya. The country is known for its history in diversity and colonial architecture as well as many majestic Mayan temples; ruins can be found throughout the country. Many of the forests inhabit are rare species such as the howler monkeys. These rare species gives room for several wildlife adventures. The country also offers a variety of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The large barrier reef, which is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, and the small coral

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islands at the shoreline are a variety populate Belize coastal paradise for snorkeling and diving. waters.

You can enjoy sailing, diving, birding, jungle tours, fishing, and windsurfing in the clear azure Belize offers a great variety of reef Great places to dive in Belize are waters of the Caribbean. types; the Belize Barrier Reef is the the Turneffe Atoll Reef, Lighthouse longest barrier reef in the Northern Atoll Reef, and Glovers Reef Atoll. Belize is also a great destination Hemisphere and the second longest to combine with Guatemala, an worldwide. Sailing tours are a perfect way to incomparable destination that explore the beautiful islands of promises many unforgettable A wide variety of flora, fauna and fish Belize, for example Caye Caulker. experiences to the visitor. can be discovered when exploring the impressive underwater world Caye Caulker has a relaxing Many of the attractions in of Belize. atmosphere with white sand Guatemala are linked to the natural streets, golf carts for transportation richness. Hard Corals, gorgonians, sea fans, and casual dress with no shoes. tunicates and shell fish of amazing

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Belize & Guatemala 11 days & 10 nights

From € 690 per person

Guatemala is an incomparable destination that promises many unforgettable experiences to the visitor. Many of the attractions in Guatemala are linked to the natural richness. The biggest highlight of Belize is the Barrier Reef Reserve System. It is the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere and has spectacular offshore atolls, hundreds of sand cays, forests and more.

Expenses included • Multilingual guide • Private transportation • Tours • 10 nights hotel accommodation • Daily breakfast

Expenses not included • Personal & travel insurance • Flights • Entrance fees and food • Other Expenses than indicated

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Day 1. International Airport Antigua Guatemala. Antigua is considered to be the most beautiful colonial city of the Americas. This day you will have free time to rest and relax.

lake and the indigenous towns.

Every town has its own traditional Mayan dress, demonstrating the richness and diversity of Guatemala. In the town San Juan, you will get a tour at a coffee Day 2. Antigua Guatemala. farm where you will get to know Antigua Guatemala was declared everything about Guatemalan a UNESCO World Heritage Site coffee. for Humanity. Our guide will show you the cathedral, the most Day 4. Lake Atitlán – Antigua beautiful churches and ruins of Guatemala. Today we will go this city. back to Antigua Guatemala, and you will have time to explore a Day 3. Antigua Guatemala - Lake bit more of the city. Atitlán. You will be exploring the Day 5. Antigua - Guatemala www.mayangateway.com


City – Flores Airport – Tikal. Over 100,000 tools, ceremonial objects, personal ornaments and other items have been unearthed during the work of the Tikal project.

With their white sand streets, Caye Caulker is an ideal place to escape the world.

Day 7 - 10: Caye Caulker. When snorkeling, you will see waving It would easily require 20 more years corals, brightly colored tropical fish of heavy work to fully investigate and aquatic plants. If you have a all the mapped, surface-situated diving certification, you will be able construction covering central Tikal to rent complete diving equipment alone, and a century or so to know and guidance to go deep-sea diving. what these features overlie. Day 11: Caye Caulker - Belize City/ Day 6. Flores - Belize City - Caye Airport. Unfortunately, this is the Caulker. Caye Caulker is an island last day of the tour. From Caye located to the west of Belize Barrier Caulker you will take a boat to Belize reef. The island owns a magnificent City and then you will be transfer own culture and atmosphere which to the international airport. a boat is friendly, laid back and easy going. Belize City. www.mayangateway.com

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Diving in Belize Blue Hole 6 days & 5 nights From €885 per person Dive Package 5 days & 4 nights From €550 per person

Belize offers a great variety of reef types for amazing diving and snorkeling experiences. Belize Barrier Reef is the longest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere and the second longest worldwide. A wide diversity of flora, fauna and fish can be discovered in Belize’s impressive underwater world. Hard corals, gorgonians, sea fans, and shell fish of amazing variety populate Belize coastal waters. From San Pedro you can take a dive package to visit the best diving places.

Turneffe Atoll Reef The Turneffe Atoll Reef is the biggest of Belize’s three major offshore atoll reefs. Here you will find a variety of smaller reefs, wrecks and one of the most diverse areas for marine wildlife. Turneffe offers spectacular diving for every level. The marine life at Turneffe Atoll Reef makes the Scuba Diving an adventure like no other dive destination within the Caribbean

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Glovers Reef Atoll The Belizean atoll sits on top of underwater ridges close enough to the surface to form excellent coral formations and huge sponges. You will be amazed by the clarity of its surrounding waters as well as by the abundance and diversity of fish species. Among others you can see coral reef fish, eagle rays, groupers as well as whale sharks. Long Caye Wall is a spectacular wall dive site great for diving or snorkeling.

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Lighthouse Reef Atoll – The Expenses included Great Blue Hole The most impressive part of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll is the Great Blue Hole, a circular hole in the middle of the reef. It is part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve which has been added to the World Heritage Site list of UNESCO. It is one of the most astounding dive sites to be found anywhere on earth and is considered to be a worldfirst destination for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Blue Hole - 6 days & 5 nights • 5 nights hotel accommodation • 3 days 2 tanks local boat dives • Blue Hole 3 tanks dives • Weights, belt & tanks • Round trip air transfer Belize City - San Pedro Dive Package - 5 days & 4 nights • 4 nights hotel accommodation • 2 days 2 tanks local boat dives • 1 tank night dive • Weights, belt & tanks • Round trip air transfer Belize

City - San Pedro

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Costa Rica Costa Rica is the perfect place for those who want to get off the beaten path and who are looking for an ecoexperience. Costa Rica is a land of volcanoes, waterfalls, rainforests and rivers. The country is rich in cultures and nature and has a well-developed infrastructure. It is also one of the countries with fantastic places to surf. Drake Bay Beach is a tropical paradise with miles of pristine beaches, spectacular lagoons and coves ideal for scuba diving. Whales can be watched near the Dominical Beach in the South of Costa Rica. Another great beach of Costa Rica is Tamarindo Beach, here you can relax at white sand beaches or discover the beautiful nature of Vieja National Park that surrounds Tamarindo. Costa Rica has many national parks, biological reserves, and a series of 15

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protected areas that captivate ecotourism loves. An example is Tortuguero National Park, which is surrounded by lagoons and canals, and is one of the most important nesting areas in the western hemisphere of the endangered green turtle.

swamps, lagoons and beaches. The park is also the home of sea turtles, jaguars, monkeys, 375 species of birds and many more animals. Monteverde is another impressive place in Costa Rica, it is known as one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the tropics.

lava or even a spectacular eruption. Costa Rica is a paradise with multicoloured beaches and therefore the perfect destination for honeymoons.

The natural surroundings and the beautiful landscapes will let you In Tortuguero National Park you The Arenal volcano woke up 400 escape from the world and create can discover a variety of biological years ago and remains currently unforgettable memories for your settings such as rainforests, active. If you are lucky you can see honeymoon.

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Adventurous Costa Rica 9 days & 8 nights

From €780 per person

The 9-day family holiday in Costa Rica offers a great combination of volcano, mountain and beach adventures. During this vacation you will see the impressive Arenal Volcano with its hot springs, relax at the Tamarindo Beach and get the thrill of flying above the rainforest while doing zip lining. Discover Costa Rica’s wildlife with a great variety of birds and butterflies while visiting a butterfly garden and National Park Monteverde.

Expenses included • Multilingual guide • 8 nights hotel accommodation • Daily breakfast • Private transportation • Tours & entrance fees for Arenal Volcano, canopying & Butterfly Garden Expenses not included • • • 17

Other expenses than indicated Personal & travel insurance Flights

Day 1. San José. Today you will be welcomed at the airport and you will be transferred to your hotel in San José.

Day 3. National Park Arenal. Today you can relax at the hotel or take an optional tour. You can for example go on a canopy tour, see the rainforest from a sky tram or go Day 2. San José - National Park rafting. Arenal. After breakfast you will have a tour to the Arenal Volcano Day 4. National Park Arenal and hot springs. Monteverde. After breakfast a boat transfer will bring you to The Arenal Volcano is an impressive Monteverde. This boat trip takes volcano. If you are lucky you can see around 3 hours. lava or even a spectacular eruption. After lunch you will visit the Arenal After crossing the Arenal Lake you Lake where you can relax at Tabacon will arrive at Río Chiquito where Resort’s thermal natural springs. a bus will take you to the hotel in Monteverde. www.mayangateway.com


Day 5. Monteverde. The longest cables for zip lining in Costa Rica can be found at Selvatura Canopy Tour. The tour exists of 15 cables and 18 platforms for an amazing perspective.

where you can relax and is one of the most popular beaches. At Tamarindo Beach you will find a mix of high-end clothing stores, handicrafts stores and restaurants with a Costa Rican flavour.

Day 7. Tamarindo Beach. Today you Another way to explore the forest can relax at Tamarindo Beach or take is by going a Tree Top walkway. The the optional tour to visit the Rincón Monteverde Butterfly Garden is de la Vieja National Park. Due to its the best place to see the colorful remoteness a great population of butterflies and the Hummingbird wildlife can be discovered. Gallery is also a must if you want to see colorful birds. Day 8. Tamarindo Beach - San José. Around noon a shuttle will bring Day 6. Monteverde - Tamarindo you back to San José. Beach. After breakfast a shuttle will bring you to Tamarindo Beach Day 9. San José - Airport. Today which takes approximately 5 hours. your holidays end. You will have a Tamarindo Beach is a beautiful beach transfer to the airport. www.mayangateway.com

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Costa Rica – A Bit of Everything 9 days & 8 nights – From €990 per person

Discover Costa Rica’s beautiful flora and fauna in the Tortuguero, Arenal, and Manuel Antonio National Parks. Visit a banana plantation, come close to turtles, and listen to the sounds of hundreds of birds in the midst of the jungle. Relax at stunning white beaches as well as at thermal natural hot springs or discover the tropical rainforests. You can also explore the impressive Arenal volcano and enjoy boat tours on rivers surrounded by jungle.

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Multilingual guide 13 nights hotel accommodation Daily breakfast Transportation Tours in the National Parks

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Day 1. San José. Today you will arrive at San José International Airport and be brought to your hotel in downtown San José. You will have time to discover the city center.

National Park where you will visit a banana plantation.

Day 2. San José - Tortuguero National Park. In the morning you will be picked up at the hotel and taken to Tortuguero.

In the afternoon, you will explore Tortuguero’s rivers in small open boats. When travelling from July to September, there is the option to take a night walk tour to see green turtle nesting.

The park is the home to sea turtles, jaguars, monkeys, 375 species of birds, and many more animals. En route to Tortuguero, you will drive through Braulio Carrillo

Day 3. Tortuguero National Park. First you will take a guided walk through the trails of the park.

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En route you will enjoy a delicious lunch.

park in Costa Rica, it is one of the best in the country.

Day 5. Arenal National Park. In the morning you will have free time before going to Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs in the afternoon. Tabácon Resort has five different pools with temperatures ranging from 25°C (77°F) to 50°C (122°F), all in an eco-friendly environment.

Day 7. Manuel Antonio National Park. In the morning you will have a guided tour through Manuel Antonio National Park where you can enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna. During the afternoon you will have free time to discover more of the park.

Day 6. Arenal National Park Manuel Antonio National Park. After breakfast you transfer to Manuel Antonio National Park. This park has amazing white beaches where you can unwind, and it offers great places to spot wildlife. Even though it is the smallest national www.mayangateway.com

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Day 8. Manuel Antonio National Park - San José. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before going back to San José at noon. Day 9. San José. Today your vacation ends and you will be taken to the airport of San José.

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Honeymoon in Costa Rica 8 days & 7 nights – From €1290 per person

Do you dream of volcanoes, waterfalls, rivers, rainforest, beaches and mangroves? Then this is what you need. Spend your honeymoon in nature and relax on the beaches by discovering Costa Rica’s famous National Parks: Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio. Dive into nature to explore the variety of wildlife and discover the areas by for instance going sea kayaking, river rafting, horseback riding or canopying.

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7 nights hotel accommodation Airport & shuttle transfers Breakfast on day 4 to 8 Local Travel Program Support, 24 hours emergency service

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Day 1. Arrival Juan Santa María International Airport. You will receive a private transfer to your hotel after meeting one of our representatives at the airport in San José. At the hotel you will receive your welcome kit.

you may view red lava at the volcano, which can make your stay extraordinary!

Day 3. Arenal Volcano area. You can enjoy the hotel facilities and fill your day with optional tours with a wide variety such as horseback Day 2. San José - Arenal Volcano riding to the amazing La Fortuna´s National Park. Today you will leave waterfall, hiking to Arenal Volcano, for La Fortuna de Arenal, where you rafting and many more. Lake Arenal can explore the impressive Arenal is perfect for windsurfing, boat Volcano. rides, kayaking and swimming. With it’s beautiful variety of flora Day 4. Arenal Volcano National and fauna, the park is a great Park - Manuel Antonio National location for nature lovers. At night Park. A shuttle will transfer you www.mayangateway.com


to Manuel Antonio National Park located at the Pacific coast. You will find beaches next to rainforests where you can encounter many birds, monkeys, sloth’s and other wildlife.

Day 7. Manuel Antonio National Park - San José. Today you return to San José. Explore the capital city where you will spend your last night in Costa Rica.

Day 8. Transfer to Juan Santa María Day 5 & 6. Manuel Antonio National International Airport. Park. Spend your days in the park and explore the area by doing a “Travel brings power canopy tour, sea kayaking, rafting and love back into on a river, horseback riding, going on a tour through the mangroves, life.” or a number of other adventures! Nature awaits you and invites you to discover its secrets and meet a – Rumi variety of wildlife.

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El Salvador El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America and located on the Pacific coast. It is known as the “Land of the Volcanoes” with about 20 volcanoes. The country is popular for beautiful beaches and perfect surfing conditions. Generations of international surfers testify that the bang of El Salvador’s Pacific coast is second to none the world. One of those beaches is El Cuco beach; this is the perfect place to escape and known by locals as one of the best beaches. El Salvador has five national parks with untouched forests, luminous lakes and volcanoes. Lake Coatepeque is fascinating as it sits in the basin of a volcanic crater. The island in the center called Teopan and was used as a spiritual retreat for ancient Mayan leaders. The beautiful city of San Salvador is the most important city of the country.

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It is the country’s most populated Salvador’s nascent tourism boom. municipally, as well as its most important political, cultural, This city is widely known through educational and financial centers. El Salvador for its church and its cobblestone road. The city of Suchitoto is a pictureperfect colonial town in the north The city has a wide range of cultural of the country and the hotspot of El activities such as art galleries,

cultural centers, and handicrafts. Its small enough to cover on foot in a short gentle stroll, peaceful Suchitoto is set above the wonderfully picturesque Lake Suchitlan.

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Discover El Salvador 14 days & 13 nights From €880 per person

You will start your journey in the beautiful city San Salvador, the most important city of the country. In Juayua you can discover the waterfalls, hot springs, go horseback riding through Portezuelo Park and much more. Suchitoto is widely known through El Salvador for its church and its cobblestone roads. Perquin is a small village of ex guerrillas, with very nice mountain cabins and a fresh climate. This village is also home of the best guerrilla war museum. The trip will end with some relaxing days in the sun. Day 1. San Salvador. Arrival in San Salvador.

Day 7. Suchitoto. You will visit the Waterfall Los Tercios, the Arts Day 5. Juayua - Suchitoto. In the For Peace Center, Ciggar Ladies Day 2. San Salvador - Lake afternoon you will go on a boat tour workshop, plazas and appreciate Coatepeque - Juayua. This lake is to enjoy the beautiful views on Lake the beauty of the Santa Lucia church. fascinating as it sits in the basin of a Suchitlán by sunset. volcanic crater. Day 6. Suchitoto. You will visit Day 8. Suchitoto - Perquin. You will Day 3. Juayua. Today you will indigo pilas, colonial ruins, guerrilla have a stop at the Fatima Virgin discover Juayua, one of the Flower campsites, viewpoints, and the sanctuary in Cerro de Las Pavas waterfall El Saltón. Then you will which has a great view to a crater route villages. visit the town to observe murals lake over 15 km wide. Day 4. Juayua. You will enjoy the and the war guerrilla museum. Day 9. Perquin. In the morning you thermal pools and mud baths

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will visit the Amunshea School. After visiting this project, you will discover the Mozote Massacre site. In the afternoon, you will visit the guerilla war museum.

enjoy the beautiful beach of El Cuco and participate in the Gulf boat ride day trip.

Expenses included

• Multilingual guide • Door-to-door transportation • 13 nights hotel Day 13. El Cuco - San Salvador. You accommodation will leave El Cuco and go back to • Daily breakfast Day 10. Perquin - El Cuco. El Cuco San Salvador, stopping in Laguna de • 2 lunches is the perfect place to escape and Alegria for lunch. Laguna de Alegria • Tours known by the locals as one of the is, according to the poet Gabriala, best beaches. “The Emerald of the Americas”. Expenses not included Day 11. El Cuco. Today you will go Day 14. San Salvador – International • Personal & travel insurance kayaking to the mangroves, which airport. Today you will be transfer • Flights is a half-day paddle trip. to the international airport • Entrance fees • Other expenses than indicated Day 12. El Cuco. Today you can

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Guatemala Active volcanoes, endless rainforests and jungles, ancient Mayan temples, sandy beaches, over 23 languages, colonial cities, indigenous villages, and colorful markets. No matter what you desire, you can find it all in Guatemala! Guatemala combines Latin culture with impressive Mayan treasure. Tikal is world famous for its Mayan temples, Tikal is surrounded by jungle; it is Guatemala’s greatest Mayan city. The ruins at Tikal are known for the numbers of walls and vaults still standing, as visitors to the Plaza of the Seven Temples can appreciate. This high degree of preservation really is a credit to the builders of Tikal. El Mirador has the largest pyramid in the entire Mayan world. Each year the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala attracts huge celebration during the Holy Week but is worth a visit the whole year around.

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This is the most beautiful colonial city of the Americas, home to Spanish architecture and impressive volcanoes.

The handicrafts produced in Guatemala have a great variety of colors that represent the multicultural characteristic of the country.

The beautiful Lake Atitlán, surrounded by three majestic Semuc Champey is another amazing volcanoes is considered the most spot in Guatemala; it is a natural beautiful lake in the continent. limestone bridge extending 500 meters that rises above the river Close to the lake you can find Cahabón. Many consider this as the Chichicastenango which hosts the most beautiful place of Guatemala. most colorful market of Central America. The second biggest city of Guatemala is also known as

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“the cradle of culture” in Central America, this is Quetzaltenango. It conserves many of the ancient Mayan traditions, mixed up with a colonial past and dynamic modern life. Quetzaltenango is the perfect place to learn Spanish. Guatemala is a great country to combine tours with other countries, for example a tour through Guatemala, El Salvador & Nicaragua.

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Discover the Mayan Empire 10 days & 9 nights

From €710 per person

The Mayan civilization left a plethora of cultural treasures behind in the mountains and jungles, of which some remain undiscovered. Go on a journey to the most beautiful temples and pyramids and meet the descendents of the once so powerful Mayas of Guatemala. A few examples of the highlights of this program are Tikal, Guatemala’s greatest Mayan city surrounded by jungle and Flores Island, truly memorable attraction, and the perfect place to rest and relax.

Expenses included • Multilingual guide • Private transportation • Boat rides & boat tours • 9 nights hotel accommodation • Daily breakfast • Tours Expenses not included • Entrance fees • Personal & travel insurance • Flights • Optional tour to El Mirador • Other expenses than indicated

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Day 1. Arrival in Guatemala City. Transfer from the airport to your hotel. Day 2. Guatemala City - Flores. In the morning you will fly to Flores Island. Here you will go on a sunset tour and a tour to explore the archaeological sites that surround the lake. Day 3. Flores - Tikal - Flores. Today you will leave early in the morning to the Mayan city Tikal. The massive ruins of Tikal are

concentrated at the center of the Tikal National Park. While it is still dark, you will walk through the jungle to the highest temple to watch the sunrise over the Mayan ruins. Day 4. Flores - Yaxhá - Flores. This is the third largest Mayan city known in the lowlands of Guatemala. Day 5. El Mirador or Flores Island. El Mirador was the grandest city of the pre-classic period and one www.mayangateway.com


of the largest in the whole Mayan empire. Day 6. Flores - Ceibal. The northeast of El Petén is defined by the river La Pasión and it is the richest zone for inscribed monuments. Day 7. Aguateca - Dos Pilas. A very important characteristic of the site Aguateca is the presence of the great crack that divides the city. Followed by a jungle trek you will visit the Mayan site of Dos Pilas. Day 8. Cobán - Semuc Champey - Cobán. This natural limestone bridge extending 500 meters rises above the river Cahabón. This is a unique natural formation where the water color ranges from pale green emerald to deep blue sapphire. Day 9. Cobán - Antigua. Besides the beautiful architecture, the volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango form a majestic background to this city. In 1979 Antigua was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Day 10. Antigua - Guatemala City airport. Transfer to the international airport.

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Guatemala Getaway 15 days & 14 nights From €810 per person

After you have completed your Spanish language course, you will see the best sights and locations throughout Guatemala such as the colonial city Antigua, Semuc Champey, Livingston, which is the only Caribbean settlement in Guatemala, and Tikal, Guatemala’s greatest Mayan city. This holiday gives you the opportunity to practice your newfound Spanish skills whilst gaining a thorough insight into Latin American culture.

Expenses included • Multilingual guide • Private transportation & boat rides • 14 nights hotel accommodation • Tours • Daily breakfast • 25 hours personalized Spanish classes & daily activities Expenses not included • Personal & travel insurance • Flights • Other expenses than indicated

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Day 1. Guatemala City Quetzaltenango. Upon your arrival at the airport you will be taken to Quetzaltenango (Xela), where you will receive information about your Spanish school and the town.

Day 7. Xela - Antigua. Today you will go to Antigua. It is famous for its well-preserved Spanish architecture, as well as a number of stunning ruins of colonial convents and churches.

Day 2 - 6. Full immersion Spanish program. Xela is also known as “The Cradle of culture”. It is home to numerous jazz and blues bands, in addition to traditional musicians.

Day 8. Antigua - Cobán. You will be transfer to the city of Cobán

Day 9. Cobán - Semuc Champey - Cobán. This subtropical, humid forest has an array of flora and Here you will learn Spanish and arboreal canopy. The river Cahabón learn more about the Guatemalan submerges itself at the entrance culture. of Semuc Champey and resurfaces

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after it passes it. You can see colors ranging from pale green emerald to deep blue sapphire. Day 10. Cobán - Flores. Its location allows you to explore many of the most important Mayan sites in the area. Your hike through Tayazal will give you a window into the day-today life of the ancient Mayans.

spectacular combination of nature Antigua. The rest of your day is free, and centuries of old construction. allowing you to relax and explore this beautiful colonial city. Day 12. Rio Dulce - Livingston. You will take a boat tour through Rio Day 15. Antigua - International Dulce. The most impressive part Airport Guatemala City. Today of the river is at the end of the your holiday ends and you will be boat tour before you will arrive in taken from Antigua to the airport in Livingston. Guatemala City.

Day 13. Livingston. Livingston is Day 11. Flores - Tikal - Flores. Early the only Caribbean settlement in the morning you will leave for a in Guatemala. The population is sunrise tour of Tikal. divided into Afro-Caribbean and indigenous people. You find perfect While it is still dark, you will arrive beaches to relax and to enjoy the at the highest temple at the site. ocean.

“Language creates reality. Words have power. Speak always to create joy.“

Then you will hear how the jungle Day 14. Livingston - Antigua. canopy wakes up and experience a Today you will be transferred to

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The Lost City El Mirador 4 days & 3 nights

From €790 per person

Come on this adventure through the jungle of El Petén, the second largest natural reserve on the continent. On this fantastic trip you will experience natural wonders as well as the relics of the Mayan Empire. A highlight is the visit to the impressive Mayan ruins El Mirador. Archaeologists still work to uncover the lost Mayan city and you can be one of a few who see the remainder of these massive pyramids, complex waterways, and the first freeway systems in the world.

Day 1. Arrival in Guatemala and explore Flores. City. Today you will arrive at the International Airport in Guatemala Day 3. Flores - El Mirador - Flores. City. Helicopter transfer to El Mirador.

70 meters (230 ft), is located here. Day 4. Flores - Guatemala City Airport. Today you will fly back to the International Airport Guatemala City.

You will be transferred to your You will have time to explore the hotel, where you can relax for the gigantic site of El Mirador. rest of the day. The ceremonial center covers more There you will wait for your than 15 square kilometers and international flight back home. Day 2. Guatemala City – Flores contains temples, acropolises and Island. Today you will take a flight plazas of enormous dimensions. to Flores Island. “La Danta”, the largest pyramid in The rest of the day is free to rest the Mayan world with a height of 33

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“People travel because it teaches them things they could learn no other way.” – Lance Morrow

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Honduras Honduras is a traveler’s paradise that fulfills holiday dreams. Lying on sunny beaches, climbing ancient temples, rafting on rivers, sailing and diving in the Caribbean Sea, or seeing jaguars in their natural habitat are some of the things that Honduras has to offer. The north coast of Honduras is home to the Bay islands and the MesoAmerican reef, providing the perfect environment to learn how to scuba dive in calm, warm waters while diving at some of the world’s best dive sites. The beaches on Roatan, Guanaja and Utila are some of the finest in all of Latin America and the Caribbean. You can also go snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, or simply soak up the beauty of the beaches. Beyond the breath-taking beaches, Honduras has even more adventure to offer including trips to the ruins of

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Copán; zip line tours which allow unique views from above the rainforests and the misty green mountains of Pico Bonito which is another great place to visit.

Archeologists consider Copán to be the cultural center, the Paris, of the Mayan World. Copán is one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilization.

The town has developed lately for its magnificent Mayan ruins. It has been designated as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only one page.” – Saint Augustine

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Explore Honduras 15 days & 14 nights

From €890 per person

Honduras is a traveler’s paradise. This 15 day program will fulfill your holiday dreams. Your perfect holiday includes climbing ancient temples in Tikal, listening to a parrot talk while it is sitting on your shoulder in the Macaw Mountain Reserve; explore national parks and old colonial towns. Let your senses become alive at the coffee farms, go scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, or simply soak up the sun at the beautiful beaches.

Day 1. Arrival - San Pedro Sula. You will be greeted by your tour guide and taken to your hotel in the city centre of San Pedro Sula.

Day 4. La Esperanza - The Mayan site of Copán. The town of Copán has developed lately due to its magnificent Mayan ruins, which have been designated as a World Day 2. San Pedro - Pulhapanzak Heritage Site by UNESCO. - Lake Yojoa. The waterfall of Day 5. Copán - Farm The Swan Pulhapanzak is an impressive Macaw Mountain Reserve. You will 141 ft waterfall. The lake Yojoa sits have a horseback ride tour in the at the base of two mountainous mountains and a coffee tour. In the national parks. afternoon you will visit the Macaw Mountain Reserve. Day 3. Lake Yojoa - La Tigra National Park - La Esperanza. La Day 6. Copán - Tela. In the morning Tigra National Park is an ecological you will go to the premier beach park and has an exuberant natural vacation destination in Honduras, Tela. beauty. 37

Day 7. Punta Sal National Park. Here you will go on a boat through deep mangrove channels and hike on the subtropical forest. Day 8. Tela - La Ceiba - Pico Bonito National Park. La Ceiba is surrounded by lush jungles, breathtaking mountains, challenging rivers, and sandy beaches. Day 9. La Ceiba - Utila Island. Utila Island is located in front of the Honduras Barrier Reef. Day 10 - 13. Utila Island. During www.mayangateway.com


these days you can join two boats to Expenses included snorkel or dive. If you would like to Multilingual guide learn how to dive, we can also offer • • Local guides for the specific tours you dive courses. • Private transportation • 14nightshotel accommodation Day 14. Utila - La Ceiba – San Pedro • Daily breakfast Sula. Transfer to San Pedro Sula. • Tours Day 15. San Pedro Sula - Expenses not included International Airport. Today you will be transferred to the • Ferry La Ceiba – Utila international airport. • Entrance fees • Personal & travel insurance • Flights • Other expenses than indicated www.mayangateway.com

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Learn SCUBA diving in Honduras 9 days & 8 nights From €800 per person

Honduras is a traveler’s paradise, whether your perfect holiday includes climbing ancient temples, visiting national parks and colonial towns or lying on sunny beaches in the Caribbean. During this program you can follow the 4 day Open Water Diver course on the gorgeous island Utila. The beaches of Utila are some of the finest in Latin America and the Caribbean. On the coast, you can go kayaking, swimming, or enjoy the beauty of the beaches.

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Day 1. International Airport San Pedro Sula - Copán. The modern town of Copán Ruinas is about a kilometer away from the ruins. This small charming town has plenty of good restaurants with very friendly locals.

La Ceiba at the Atlantic coast. There you take a ferry to Utila Island, where you can relax at the beach. Day 4 - 7. Utila Island. For the next four days you can participate in a SCUBA diving course and enjoy the marine wildlife.

Day 2. Copán. Today you will visit the great ruins of Copán and the Day 8. Utila Island - La Ceiba – San Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Pedro Sula. Transfer to your hotel Nature Reserve. in San Pedro Sula. It is a tropical bird reserve that Day 9. Hotel – International cares for rescued and endangered Airport. You will be transferred to birds of the American tropics. the international airport for your flight. Day 3. Copán - La Ceiba - Utila Island. Today you will go by bus to www.mayangateway.com


You can select between three different SCUBA diving courses: Open Water Diver Utila Island is the perfect place to get certified due to its calm waters and sheltered bays. The PADI Open Water course takes 4 days and consists of some self study and time in class with your instructors, shallow water training, where you learn the basics followed by 4 open water dives where you practice these skills while diving over Utila’s beautiful reefs. Advance Open Water Course The Advanced Open Water Course is designed to improve your awareness and understanding of diving and the diving environment, a course where the ocean is your classroom.The course consists of 5 dives, the deep and navigation dives are course requirements and the other 3 you get to choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives. 10 Fun Dive Package Already certified? The Utila dive center will meet all your diving needs & expectations. Utila Island is blessed with 60 dive sites located all around the island ranging from deep walls on the north side and shallow fringing reefs on the south. As part of the second largest barrier reef in the world the Meso-American Barrier Reef is home to numerous fish and coral species.

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Mexico Mexico is a universe filled with knowledge and wisdom that never fails to surprise you with impressive edifices. All of its extraordinary accomplishments have been remarked upon by scholars and scientists in untold numbers; their perfect mathematical calculations, it’s number system; it’s way of predicting the cycles of the seasons and the proven ability of its members to navigate the seas. All true marvels, even today. The Riviera Maya, also named Mayan Riviera, is located at the Caribbean coastline of the states Quintana Roo and Yucatán on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, between Cancún and Tulúm. Here a paradise for swimming and relaxing can be found, Playa del Carmen, a kilometer long beach with perfect sand directly located on the beautiful Mexican Caribbean coast. In 1970, Playa del Carmen was a small fishing village with just 200 inhabitants, but today the city has the highest population growth in Mexico. The beaches, sand, palm trees and cool sea breeze make this place unique in

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the region. The beach slopes gently Chichén Itzá, also known as ‘El down and you can walk about 10 Castillo’ (the castle), is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, meters into the sea. elected in 2007. The city of Cancún in the North is famous for its turquoise water, Chichén Itzá is a massive ancient tropical temperature and big white ceremonial center comprised primarily of the Puuc construction and powdery sand beaches. style (old Chichén). And the historic city of Tulúm with the impressive Mayan ruins at the Mérida draws its viewers with its beach is another highlight that talks architectonical variety and colonial buildings. Merida is very attractive for itself. because of its historic cultural sites. White sand and calm blue water The beautiful city of Mérida is invites you to relax and snorkel. known for its magnificent buildings

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and architectural diversity. It is also recognized as a ‘second Paris’. Throughout the city there are buildings from the colonial period, which light up the evening sun with romance and charm.

“Who lives sees, but who travels sees more.” – Unknown

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Honeymoon in Mexico 7 days & 6 nights From €1120 per person

Spend your honeymoon at the beautiful and romantic Riviera Maya on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico and experience the country´s romantic charm. Combine visiting Chichén Itzá and the only Mayan city in the Caribbean with stunning beaches in Tulúm and Playa del Carmen. The white, long sand beaches invite you to swim and snorkel and you can visit the island of Cozumel for a day. The abundant palm trees and cool sea breeze create a paradise perfect for your honeymoon.

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Day 1. International Airport Cancún powerful Mayan center and is now - Tulúm. Welcome to Mexico! After among the Seven New Wonders of your arrival you will be taken to the World. your hotel in the city of Tulúm. Day 3. Chichén Itzá - Playa del Once you arrive, you can relax at Carmen. Today you will go on a the beautiful white sandy beaches tour to the ruins of Chichén Itzá. and swim in the turquoise waters. As one of the most important archaeological sites of Yucatan, it Day 2. Tulúm - Chichén Itzá. After contains many interesting historic breakfast you will discover the temples. astonishing Mayan site of Tulúm, which is located right at the You will explore impressive spots Caribbean. like the largest “Ball Court” in Mesoamerica and the “Temple of The ancient buildings won’t fail the Warriors”. You will also discover to impress with their story and the “Group of the Thousand Pillars”. mystery. In the afternoon you Later you will continue to Playa del travel to Chichén Itzá, which was a Carmen. www.mayangateway.com


Day 4. Playa del Carmen. Playa del Carmen offers you a mix of modern buildings and historical remainders from the time of the Mayan Empire. The Fifth Avenue is the heart of the city with a variety of national and international cafes, restaurants and shops with Mexican handicrafts and other souvenirs. Right next to the city you will find kilometer long, white sanded beaches. The breathtaking crystal clear sea with colors from deep blue to turquoise invites you to relax and enjoy the Caribbean sun in paradise. Day 5 & 6. Playa del Carmen & Cozumel. These two days you have plenty of time for more relaxation at the spectacular beaches. Enjoy the sunrise or sunset at one of the www.mayangateway.com

cozy and calm spots at the seaside. A day trip to the island Cozumel, which is visible at the horizon, is a good option for perfect snorkeling and diving. Explore the diverse underwater world with tropical fish, turtles, corals and other species. Day 7. Playa del Carmen International Airport Cancún. Your romantic honeymoon ends as you are picked up at your hotel to be taken to the airport.

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La Riviera Maya in Mexico 8 days & 7 nights – From €740 per person

Explore all the beautiful highlights of Mexico in only 8 days. Mexico is a universe filled with knowledge and wisdom that never fails to surprise you with impressive edifices. All of its extraordinary accomplishments have been remarked upon by scholars and scientists in untold numbers, its number system, its way of predicting the cycles of the seasons and the proven ability of its members to navigate the seas. All true marvels, even today.

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Day 1. International Airport Hotel Cancún. Cancún is located in the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula. Naturally, the beaches are one of the biggest draws in Cancún with their warm, white, sand beaches and turquoise, crystal-clear waters. Day 2. Cancún - Chichén Itzá. Cancún offers a broad range of water activities. For those who love culture, Cancún offers a variety of cultural activities such as museums, Mayan traditions, folkloric shows and much more.

Day 3. Chichén Itzá - Mérida. Chichén Itzá is an ancient ceremonial center comprised primarily of the Puuc construction style. It was founded on a strategic location, as it lies between other major Mayan sites. Day 4. Mérida - Tulúm. The beautiful city of Mérida is known for its magnificent buildings and architectural diversity. Later today you will be taken to Tulúm, where you will visit the only www.mayangateway.com


Mayan site that is located directly at the coast. Day 5. Tulúm - Xelha - Playa del Carmen. In Tulúm you can enjoy the beaches with turquoise water, which invite you to relax and rest. The peacefulness and separation makes Tulúm the perfect paradise. Day 6 - 7. Playa del Carmen. During these days you will have plenty of time to discover Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel. It is the ideal place for snorkeling and diving. The diverse underwater world with exotic marine life and coral reefs is incredible. Immerse yourself into the mysterious world of the sea. Day 8. Playa del Carmen - International Airport Cancún. Today you will return from Playa del Carmen to the airport in Cancún.

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.” – Sandy Gingras

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The Mayan World 17 days & 16 nights From €1240 per person

Explore the Mayan World in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. In Mexico, you will see world famous Mayan sites such as Tulúm, which is the only Mayan city located at the Caribbean coast and Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Explore the cities of Merida, Campeche, and Palenque. In Guatemala and Honduras, you will visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Colonial City of Antigua and the marvellous Mayan Cities of Tikal and Copán.

Day 1. Arrival in Cancun. Today you arrive in Cancun. Day 2. Cancun - Playa del Carmen. Transfer to Playa del Carmen.

In the morning you will depart to the archaeological site of Coba.

afternoon.

Day 8. Merida - Campeche. Today You will stay in Valladolid for the you continue to Campeche where night and explore the historic city you will participate in a guided city tour. center in the afternoon.

Day 3. Playa del Carmen - Tulúm. Today you will depart to Tulúm and Day 6. Chichen Itza - Merida. You visit the Mayan site right at the will visit the world’s most famous Mayan site: Chichén Itzá. Caribbean.

Day 9. Campeche - Palenque. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Palenque, where you will visit this famous archaeological site.

Day 7. Merida. Your day starts with a trip to the ruins of Uxmal and Day 10. Palenque - San Cristóbal de las Casas. On the way to San Kabah. Cristóbal de las Casas, you will stop Day 5. Tulúm - Coba – Chichen Itzá. Explore Merida’s downtown in the for a swim at the Agua Azul Falls. Day 4. Tulúm. The underground caves of Gran Cenote invite you to swim in crystal waters.

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Day 11. San Cristóbal de las Casas - a return boat tour on the river Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Transfer to to Livingston. Explore beautiful beautiful Lake Atitlan. attractions such as the Paradise Farm. Day 12. Lake Atitlán - Antigua. We will be taking a boat tour to visit two Day 15. Rio Dulce - Copán, indigenous villages that are famous Honduras. Visit the ruins of Copán for its art galleries. We will then on a tour to the temples, plazas and travel to Antigua for the night. terraces. Day 13. Antigua - Airport - Tikal Flores. Today you will fly to Santa Elena and explore Tikal’s vinecovered temples and palaces that have been preserved for almost a millennium.

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Private transportation Multilingual guide Tours of the Mayan sites listed 16 nights hotel accommodation Boat transfers when necessary Daily Breakfast

Day 16. Copán - Guatemala City. Before returning to Guatemala City, Expenses not included you will visit the Macaw Mountain • Entrance tickets to all sites Bird Park & Nature Reserve. • Other expenses than Day 17. Hotel – International indicated Airport. Today you will be transferred • Personal & travel insurance Day 14. Flores - Rio Dulce. Upon to the international airport. • Flights arrival in Rio Dulce, you will take

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Nicaragua The natural beauty of Nicaragua is one of the world’s best kept secrets. Here, a rich flora and fauna among howler monkeys, iguanas, toucans and parrots, awaits the traveler in untouched jungles. Volcanoes in these areas are ideal for hiking, and the beautiful crystal clear lakes can be enjoyed as well. In the colonial city of León, a big number of historic Spanish colonial homes and churches can be found. León is Nicaragua’s oldest city; the ruins of this city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city is considered to be the intellectual center of the country. The island Ometepe is the largest island in the world found within a freshwater lake. It is admired for its two majestic volcanoes, a rich archeological background, relaxing beaches and its numerous natural reserves and forests that enjoy a high biodiversity.

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San Juan del Sur is the surfing town of Nicaragua.

Granada is another city that This beautiful colonial city takes should not be missed while visiting you back in time. Nicaragua. The long waterfront is lined with Surrounded by the beaches seafood restaurants and beach side In Granada, you will be surrounded Maderas, Yankee, Tamarindo and decks looking over the sailboats and by unique colonial architecture, Remanso, San Juan del Sur proves fishing boats that dot the majestic horse-drawn carriages and friendly to be perfectly located as the social bay. people sitting in rocking chairs, hub of your traveling surf trip or if enjoying a cool breeze. you just want to relax and rest. San Juan del Sur has emerged as a hot spot for the adventurous traveler and retiree alike.

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Discover Nicaragua 12 days & 11 nights From €850 per person

Nicaragua is considered as ‘the land of lakes and volcanoes’. The natural beauty of Nicaragua is one of the world’s best kept secrets. The country has a largely untouched jungle with a variety of rich flora and fauna. This beautiful country is also home to the two largest forest reserves in Central America. You will visit great cities such as León, the second largest city in Nicaragua and Granada, a unique colonial city. San Juan del Sur and you will also make a visit to Ometepe Island where you can explore the beautiful flora and fauna. Expenses included • Multilingual guide • Private transportation • 11 nights hotel accommodation • Daily breakfast • Tours Expenses not included • Optional tours • Personal & travel insurance • Flights • Other expenses than indicated 51

Day 1. International Airport of hemisphere where you are able to drive to the rim. The White Managua. One of our Indigenous Towns of Catarina, San representatives will pick you up. Juan de Oriente and Diria have their Day 2. Managua - León Viejo - own special characteristic. León. The ruins of León Viejo have been listed as a UNESCO World Day 5. Granada. Granada will surround you with unique colonial Heritage Site. architecture, horse-drawn carriages Day 3. León. Your guide will show and friendly people sitting in rocking you the most beautiful places of chairs, enjoying a cool breeze. this city. Day 6. Granada Islands. The islands Day 4. León - Masaya - White are located in an exotic tropical Towns - Granada. Masaya Volcano archipelago of 365 tiny volcanic is the only volcano in the western islands. www.mayangateway.com


Day 7. Granada - San Juan del Sur. Island. Ometepe is considered the San Juan del Sur proves to be largest island in the world found perfectly located as the social hub within a freshwater lake. of your traveling surf trip. Day 10. Ometepe Island - The Day 8. San Juan del Sur. Today you Lagoon of Charco Verde - Santo will be invited to zip line through Domingo Beach. The Lagoon of the jungle, go to the two world class Charco Verde owes its name to its Nicaragua surf breaks up north, green water. Playa Santo Domingo have a cup of local Nicaraguan is a 4 kilometer long stretch of gray coffee, stroll through the market sand. and finish your day with a mojito on your deck as the sun sinks into the Day 11. Ometepe Island - Granada. Today we offer you the optional great pacific. hike to the Volcano and Lagoon Day 9. San Juan del Sur - Ometepe Maderas.

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Guatemala, El Salvador & Nicaragua 9 days & 8 nights

From €920 per person

This 9 day program shows you all the highlights Guatemala, El Salvador & Nicaragua have to offer. Impressive active volcanoes, endless rainforests and jungles, ancient Mayan temples, beautiful sandy beaches, over 23 languages, colonial cities such as León, Antigua and Granada, indigenous villages and colorful markets. No matter what you desire, you can find it in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua!

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Day 1. International Airport – Lake Atitlan. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Lake Atitlan, then you will be transferred by boat to Jaibolito, one of the smallest villages at Lake Atitlán.

Maya dress, demonstrating the richness and diversity of Guatemala.

Day 2. Lake Atitlan – Antigua Guatemala. Today you will go on a boat tour exploring the lake and the indigenous towns on its shores.

Day 4. Antigua – Flores Island – Tikal National Park – Flores Island. Today you will fly to Flores Island and visit Tikal National Park.

Every town has its own traditional

The ruins at Tikal are known for

Day 3. Antigua. Antigua is considered to be the most beautiful colonial city of the Americas. It is famous for its wellHere you will enjoy clean air preserved Spanish architecture as and peace without the normal well as a number of stunning ruins of colonial convents and churches. disruptions of life.

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the numbers of walls and vaults still standing. Day 5. Flores – Airport – San Salvador – Suchitoto. Suchitoto is considered to be the Antigua of El Salvador. It has cobblestone roads and an excellent view of the Lake Suchitlán. During the city tour you will feel that time has been stopped. Day 6. Suchitoto – El Golfo – Leon. Today you will go to Meanguera Island. This island boasts a 2 kilometer long waveless beach, making swimming easy. The beach is home to only two houses, making it likely you will have it to yourself. In the evening you will arrive in Leon Nicaragua. Day 7. Leon – Granada. León is the second largest city in Nicaragua. It is home to a number of historic Spanish colonial homes and churches. In the afternoon, you will head to the city of Granada. Day 8. Granada – Ometepe Island – Granada. Ometepe is considered the largest island in the world found in a freshwater lake. It houses two majestic volcanoes and relaxing beaches. Day 9. Granada – International Airport Managua. Today you will be taken to the airport in Managua, where this vacations ends. www.mayangateway.com

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The prices of the mentioned Yes, for a complete holiday tours are based on 3 and 4 experience, Mayan Gateway offers the following extra star hotels. services: shuttles, flight However, we can always tickets, car and bike rentals, customize this accordingly pick-up service, luggage the wishes and demands of storage and transportation as your clients. If you would well as many other services. like to have more detailed information for any specific Flexibility trip, please contact us. Is it possible to change certain aspects within a tour? Extensions Is it possible to add extensions to the mentioned tours? Yes, Mayan Gateway offers many extensions and combinations with other tours we offer. It is also possible to extend the holidays with learning Spanish or volunteering.

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