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Caribbean Encounter
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Experience the best of both! With a 50/50 split of beaches and forests, you'll be ticking all the boxes across 3 amazing countries. Spend a week snorkeling, ziplining, sightseeing & making the most of the time you have.

Latin America
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: 82.162B/216613
  • Starts: Cancun, Mexico
  • Finishes: Antigua, Guatemala
You will Visit
  • Cancun
  • Playa del Carmen
  • Caye Caulker
  • Tikal
  • Antigua

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cancun

There’s no time for mucking around…we’ve got exploring to do. Traveller, welcome to Cancun where you'll be letting the good times roll - and the good times start now. Fun is the name of the gametoday in this stunning white sand beach spot. Thrillseekers could take a trip to some hidden watersdeep in the tropical jungle. A bit of rural island hopping, zipling a stint at Garrafon Natural Reef Park,a visit to some ancient Mayan ruins and finally some more swimming is all on offer. Explore theoffshore coral reefs and caves while the sunshine ripples through the crystal clear water. Then backto Cancun where seafood by the seashore is on the menu for a fabulous open-air sunset dinner withthe crew.

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Day 2: Cancun

Just incase you don’t know the drill by now, an ice cold cerveza should remind you that Cancun is a hub of wonderful entertainment. Feel like taking things further afield? White sand beaches, snorkelling, colourful cafes lining the streets and classic locals and shopping will see you living the good life and playing local in paradise. The legendary nightlife will certainly whip up yet another storm of dancing and live music back in Cancun tonight, so go on, get out there tonight and hit the dancefloor with the squad. Your Trip Manager knows this party like the back of their hand, your guarantee to be the know on all the best spots to head.

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Day 3: Cancun to Playa del Carmen

Get ready for your next adventure this morning as we're heading to the beautiful shores of Playa del Carmen.A bit of retail therapy never hurt anyone, so how about a stroll downPaseo del Carmen shopping centreto spend some pesos?
You won't help but fall head over heels for this sun-kissed seashore town. For the food addicts amongst you, a plethora of seaside bars and restaurants are here to blow your mind with their delicious cocktails and local recipes.

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Day 4: Playa del Carmen

Can't get enough of Playa del Carmen? We thought so! So how about adding something extra to your Mexican extravaganza by experiencing the Caribbean in all its tropical glory? Snorkelling is on the menu for those who want to see the world from an 'underwater' angle

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Day 5: Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker

Mexico, you've stolen a slice of our hearts forever but with Belize & the Caribbean Island of Caye Caulker on the horizon, we're not feeling too sad...
Urr, hello heaven. Rub your eyes, blink and blink again - yes this pinch yourself tropical paradise truly is real, and you're in it! This evening is all about enjoying the last dregs of sunshine, sampling fresh seafood and getting down to some reggae rhythms...

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Day 6: Caye Caulker

You’ll need a big breakfast today because you’re free to do whatever you want, which could mean a whole lot of exploring! Belize has a spectacular Barrier Reef that is just begging to be discovered, so grab a snorkel and get out there. Back on land, its all about sandy streets flanked by palm trees and dotted with cafes and bars lined with colourful hammocks, painted tables and the most laid back vibes we know. You'll be begging to stay longer, guaranteed.

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Day 7: Caye Caulker to Tikal via Belize

Water taxis will transport you back to the mainland across the glorious underwater playground you’ve become so well acquainted with over the last few days, landing us back in the arms of Belize City.
It’s a super swift passing by of the beloved Belize City before we take to the road to journey across the border into yet another stunning country, this time, Guatemala.
This leg of the trip will see you travel overland through Guatemala’s Peten forests. This afternoon before we drop anchor at our hotel, you could zoom around the treetops like a monkey but securely attached on a zipline of course! Later on you will doze off to the tranquil sounds of the nature all around you, but in a comfy bed with all the amenities you need.

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Day 8: Tikal to Antigua

This leg of the trip will see you travel overland through Guatemala’s Peten forests. This afternoon before we drop anchor at our hotel, you could zoom around the treetops like a monkey but securely attached on a zipline of course! Later on you will doze off to the tranquil sounds of the nature all around you, but in a comfy bed with all the amenities you need
This place is incredibly pretty with a lot of history that you will soak up once you’ve been out and about. You will notice colouful rooftop gardens dotted amongst the old buildings and you’ll hear the clip clop of the horse drawn carriages that are still a favoured type of transport today. Start with a tour with our guide to learn about colonial buildings, tiny squares, and fountains, ending up with you feeling like a local in no time at all. You’ll be glad to know there are two peaceful nights planned here in the old colonial town set right beneath two massive volcanoes.(We arrive on a very late flight)

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Day 9: Antigua

Don your explorers cap today and head off for some ME time, the day is in your hands. Being able to choose your own adventure today could take you up Pacaya Volcano on a guided hike. If you’d rather produce those endorphins by making (and eating) your own chocolate, then that is also a rather delicious option where you'll learn about the process from start to end and take home the results of your efforts. Bike rides, coffee plantations, there's more to do that you can imagine. Guatemalan delights tonight? Yes please. We'll get local over chiles rellanos (or peppers stuffed to the brim with vegetables, meat and sauces). You're sure to hear a collective mmmm.

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Day 10: Depart Antigua

Morning global roamers, we came, we saw, we Samba'd... We'll fuel up on one last breakfast together, then it's time to wipe away the tears and do those final friend requests because today you're homeward bound with firm plans in full steam for a Contiki 2.0 reunion in Asia no-doubt.

Inclusions:
      Accommodation
    • We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy hotels, jungle lodges and bright communal areas for you and your new squad to relax and socialise
      Food
    • You can expect to refuel with a hearty breakfast every day, plus a few delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. We'll get 14 of your meals, you get the rest. Taste it all - from simple street eats to gourmet fare
      Staff
    • Don't fret, you'll be accompanied by the best Drivers, Trip Managers and English-speaking Local Guides around. Whether providing local knowledge or lols, our team members are people you can trust 100%. Not to mention your new squad of Contiki travel buddies
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Tour Highlights:
  • Arrive Cancun: Relax on the white sand beaches,Sunset beach dinner
  • Tikal to Antigua: Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park,Included flight to Antigua
  • Antigua: Guatemalan feast