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You will visit: Mexico, Belize and Guatemala

Get ready to face up against 3 heavy amigos – Mexico, Belize & Guatemala. They’ll wrestle it out over 14 days with a variety of cultures, food & amazing experiences. It’s an unforgettable trio so grab a camera, & your sense of adventure & let’s go!

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Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1 Arrive Cancun

Touch down in Cancun, Mexico's gateway to the Caribbean where sun music and sights await. Meet your Contiki team, then get into the fun, festive vibes of Cancun and settle in on an open terrace beachside or at a small, local bar. Keep it moving until the sun comes up if you want – Cancun nightlife is the stuff of legends.

Day 1: Hotel Dinner

2 Cancun to Caye Caulker

Adios Mexico, but we’ll be back! This morning we leave Cancun and head to Chetumal for some exploring & maybe bite to eat, before boarding our water taxis into Belize. We’ll park up on this Caribbean island, where the motto is “go slow.” Tonight it’s dinner we’ll offer a feast of fresh seafood & your chance to sample the reggae nightlife!

Day 2: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • See the Belize Barrier Reef
3 Caye Caulker

The day is all yours! Fuel up at breakfast, then you get to make the most of our ME Time optionals, like swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, Kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split” (a break in the island), where sipping and sunbathing is the scene! Tonight, rejoin the crew in the evening for an amazing sunset sail! Enjoy included snacks, drinks and music during for our last night on the island.

Day 3: Hotel Breakfast

  • Sunset boat cruise
  • Dive or snorkel on Belize Barrier Reef
    TBC
  • Kayak the crystalline Caribbean
    TBC
4 Caye Caulker to Guatemalan Rainforest

Next up, Guatemala's El Petén ragion via Belize City! On arrival at our awesome Jungle Lodge there's the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines.. why not! Explore the local ruins then drift off to sleep to the sounds of the forest.

Day 4: Contiki Special Stopover Breakfast, Dinner

  • Stay in Tikal National Park
  • Jungle ziplining experience
    TBC
5 Guatemalan Rainforest to Santa Elena (Flores)

We rise before the sun to watch daybreak unfold from atop the Mayan ruin, Templo IV… so prepare for amazing! Enjoy an included guided tour of the area or explore the magnificent jungle ruins, before our afternoon trip to the island of Flores, built atop another ancient Mayan center known as Tayasal. Make the most of your time, and opt for a lake cruise on arrival if you feel like getting out on the water before more relaxing over tonight’s dinner.

Day 5: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park
6 Santa Elena to Antigua

From the relaxed Flores to Guatemala’s bustling capital city! Today we’ll skip the queues and make a beeline for the unique beauty and relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. You’ll be shown many of the historic and beautiful facets of town, among rooftop flowerbeds and horse drawn carriages bouncing over cobblestones.

Day 6: Hotel Breakfast

  • Sightseeing tour of Colonial Antgua
  • Ride a horse drawn carriage through World Heritage Antigua
    TBC
7 Antigua

With the day all yours, see the sights & tick those boxes. Adventure seekers can hike a volcano or ride mountain bikes. Or if you want to relax you could try making local native chocolates or shop for traditional textiles.

Day 7: Hotel Breakfast

  • Hike the Pacaya Volcano
    TBC
  • Make your own chocolates from locally-sourced cacao
    TBC
8 Antigua to Lago Atitlan

Wake up in Anitgua for the last time and continue north into the Highlands, to see the magnificent Lago Atitlan! We’ll journey by private boat to a lakeside Mayan community where we will meet local artisans and learn to make tortillas by hand. And taste them too, of course. Afterwards, relax on a hammock or enjoy the thrill of gliding in the sky. Tonight we’ll get amongst the traveller vibe and hit the main street, lined with cafes and shops, for a fun night out.

Day 8: Hotel Breakfast

  • Visit a Mayan community among the volcanoes of Lake Atitlan & learn to make tortillas
9 Lago Atitlan to San Cristobal de las Casas

There will be few good snaps to be taken on route today. We’ll make our way through small Mayan communities of Guatemala’s highlands en route to the Mexican border, where we enter the beautiful and rugged territory of Chiapas. You’ll get the chance to explore Comitan and try some of the local cuisine and maybe sample a traditional drink Tascalate (made from chocolate, toasted corn and achiote). Later we heads to the evergreens in the cool cultural capital of San Cristobal de las Casas!

Day 9: Hotel Breakfast

  • Visit the cute town of Comitan
10 San Cristobal de las Casas

It’s time to get up and discover all city has to offer! Adventurers can take to the landscape for horseback riding or mountain biking this morning. After your Backstage Pass will take you to the Mayan hillside communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, learn about the untold generations of merging Native American and European cultures. Tonight you’ll get to try some traditional Tamales Chiapanecos at an included dinner, before hitting the town to move to local rhythms. Get festive!

Day 10: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Enter a sacred highland temple to experience ancient traditions in Chiapas
  • Horseback ride the evergreen highlands of Mexico
    TBC
  • Mountain bike the evergreen highlands of Mexico
    TBC
11 Chiapas to Tehuantepec

This morning you could be relaxing by the pool under mango trees, exploring iconic monuments and indulging in great traditional food! From Mexico’s southern highlands, we make our way toward the country’s great center. The isthmus of Tehauntepec is the narrowest stretch of land that sits between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. We’ll descend from the forested hills into the beautiful coastal plains of Tehuantepec, where you’ll visit the city square, before a delicious local dinner with your crew.

Day 11: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

12 Tehuantepec to Oaxaca

First we head to World Heritage Oaxaca then it's on to Matatlan. Later we heat to Mitla, sacred rites were once carried out among the still intact geometrical stonework. We'll see colonial architecture this evening, stopping at the local market for some delicious chapulines... yum!

Day 12: Hotel Breakfast

  • Visit the Zapatec religious center Mitla
  • Taste fiery mescal & sample spicy chapulines in the valley of Oaxaca
  • Locally guided walking tour of colonial Oaxaca
13 Oaxaca

This morning is the last full day of the trip! So enjoy the last day with the crew and make the most of some ME Time, discover some of the fantastic local museums and shops in the area. This afternoon, we visit World Heritage Monte Alban, built on a mountaintop overlooking the modern capital. This area is famous for extraordinary traditional crafts and we will visit a local workshop, before returning to town for dinner. It’s time to celebrate one last time… Salud!

Day 13: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Visit the UNESCO site Monte Alban
  • Shop for traditional masterpiece ceramics and textiles
  • Visit a local workshop
14 Oaxaca to Mexico City

This morning we travel to the centre of the ancient Aztec universe. We'll take a panoramic tour of World Heritage Puebla, then head to Cholula. Choose to enjoy a relaxed lunch in the small town plaza or enter the ruins & explore the ancient tunnels (entrance fee not included). This evening, we arrive in Mexico City, where you can say 'adios' to your amigos!

Day 14: Breakfast

  • Visit Cholula where the church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios stands above the buried pyramid Tlachihualtepetl

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 13 nights accommodation: 12 nights in twin-share hotels, 1 night Contiki Special Stay experience
  • 1 internal flight & transfer
  • Transport in a private air-conditioned coach, mini-coach or van
  • Water taxi from Belize City to Caye Caulker (round trip)
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
    *Local taxes & service charges

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager plus local guides in some destinations

Food

  • 20 meals: 13 Breakfasts, 7 dinners

Inclusions

  • 6 World Heritage Sites visited
  • See the Belize Barrier Reef
  • Sunset boat cruise
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Me Time

  • Dive or snorkel on Belize Barrier Reef
  • Kayak the crystalline Caribbean
  • Jungle ziplining experience
  • Ride a horse drawn carriage through World Heritage Antigua
  • Hike the Pacaya Volcano
  • Make your own chocolates from locally-sourced cacao
  • Horseback ride the evergreen highlands of Mexico
  • Mountain bike the evergreen highlands of Mexico
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  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$235
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay

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