The 2nd Maya Classic Rally, 2016
February 16 to March 16, 2016
7 Countries in 30 Days!
Back by popular demand is the intriguing Maya Classic Rally which takes in seven countries in the space of 30 days but includes plenty of time to see the great Mayan monuments as well as enjoy the road, the countries and the people.
Starting in Panama we head north, spending the first night on the road in the bowl of a defunct volcano at Bocquete which reputedly has one of the healthiest climates in the world. Travelling through the quite countryside we head for the border where we cross into Costa Rica via an old railway bridge before stopping in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coastline.
The next day is a superb drive through the mountains to the fantastic resort of La Fortuna where you can bathe in the hot spring volcanic waters of the Arenal volcano. We have a free day to try the zip wire experience, the butterfly farm and local bars.
Driving around Arenal dam we head for the border and Nicaragua where we see more volcanoes in the near distance, great lakes and fantastic countryside. It’s a brief two days stay in Nicaragua before we drive to Honduras and the oddly named capital, Tegucigalpa and modernity for a brief stay. The next day we get our first sight of some of the great Mayan ruins at Copan, one of the most southerly fingers of the Mayan empire.
It’s Guatemala and Antigua after that, one of the great stop-overs of the event. Here we stay in the Casa Santo Domingo with its own museum and ruins. The town is preserved in aspic with some of the most interesting restaurants on the trip.
Driving north we head for Flores where there are the Tikal Mayan ruins. On this day the lush greenery makes a welcome change from the parched central plains.
From Tikal we head for another border where we cross into Belize and stay in Belize City. A rest day here allows us to experience the great barrier reef, regarded as the best in the world by many – and to fly over the great Blue Hole.
Crossing into Mexico the next day is one of the more straightforward borders with good roads and a great destination in Tulum.
Following that we drive to the world famous town of Chichen Itza where we see some of the best preserved Mayan ruins. From there its an easy but drive to Campeche before a great dash through the Yucatan to Palenque where there is one of the most original sets of ruins on the journey.
After that we drive to San Juan Bautista Tuxtepec on the way to Mexico City, home of the Aztec empire where we can explore the ruins of Teotihuacan, the city of the gods. From here we head for Veracruz and the docks where we drop off the cars and finish with a gala dinner.
By charting our way via the various Mayan sites we have discovered excellent roads, navigated the rivers and found some of the best accommodation along the way. Each night you will have a hotel room. Breakfast is included each day, so are most of the evening meals.
We will provide the mechanical back-up and will be taking a medic for those little ailments.
All roads have been checked and the route is completely open. We are doing a second recce in December when we will report back on the entire route.
It goes without saying that although we are going at the best time of year, it is still a hot and sticky environment and you should expect some rain from time to time. In the hills of course it will be cooler and less humid while on the coast expect it to be hot and dry.
An incredible journey
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