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WHAT YOU GET
9 nights accommodation
8 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Contiki Special Stay
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.
14 included Meals
5 Dinner, 9 Breakfast
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.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Getting around Latin America is half the fun, and all transport is included for the duration of your trip. Private, air conditioned mini coaches allow you soak up all that scenery in style, but it's our unique, local forms of transport that make the journey all part of the adventure.
Your group
Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
Experiences
7 included, 11 optional that you can add
Apart from transport, accommodation and meals along the way, we provide sightseeing tours of all major areas as well as a ridiculous amount of activities. We'll take you to the Belize Barrier Reef, provide a locally guided tour of Tikal National Park and take you on a sightseeing tour of colonial Antigua. And that's just the beginning
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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.
Travel is best shared. This is a small group adventure of 12-30 people, aged between 18-35 exclusively, giving you the perfect balance of new friends to travel with and access to even more authentic experiences.
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2 nights
Cancun
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2 nights
Playa del Carmen
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2 nights
Caye Caulker
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Belize
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1 night
Tikal
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Antigua
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DAY 1 - Cancun
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 game today in this stunning white sand beach spot. Thrillseekers could take a trip to some hidden waters deep 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 the offshore coral reefs and caves while the sunshine ripples through the crystal clear water. Then back to Cancun where seafood by the seashore is on the menu for a fabulous open-air sunset dinner with the crew.
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Relax on the white sand beaches
Sunset beach dinner
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Jungle Maya Expedition & Zipline
US$110.00
DAY 2 - Cancun
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.
DAY 3 - Cancun to Playa del Carmen
Cancun
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 down Paseo del Carmen shopping centre to spend some pesos?
Playa del Carmen
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. 
DAY 4 - Playa del Carmen
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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Snorkelling
DAY 5 - Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker
Playa del Carmen
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...
Caye Caulker
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...
DAY 6 - Caye Caulker
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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Kayak the crystalline Caribbean
US$30.50
Barrier Reef Dive
US$215.00
Snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef
US$65.00
Sunset Sail
DAY 7 - Caye Caulker to Tikal via Belize
Caye Caulker
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.
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Stay in Tikal National Park
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Jungle ziplining experience
US$30.00
Belize
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.
Tikal
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. 
DAY 8 - Tikal to Antigua
Tikal
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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Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park
Included flight to Antigua
Antigua
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)
DAY 9 - Antigua
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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Guatemalan feast
Locally Guided Sightseeing tour of Colonial Antigua
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Hike the Pacaya Volcano
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Make your own chocolates from locally-sourced cacao
US$23.00
Bike Ride and Plantation
US$50.00
Make your own chocolates from locally-sourced cacao
US$23.00
DAY 10 - Depart Antigua
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.
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Traveled Dec 2018
I was much more pleased with the other Contikis I've done. This trip was costly and included very few things. I'd recommend included the border crossing fees in the overall program cost, so we're not all struggling to find ATMs and local currency during long, hot travel days.
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Lauren Buckley
Traveled Apr 2018
Lovely locations. Just VERY disorganized and travel time could have been cut down considerably if planned better. Chinatown hotel was a terrible choice of hotel! Dirty, unhygienic, no bathroom privacy and poor breakfast.
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The places we went to was the only good part.
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Stephen Rowe
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The Itinerary was poorly created! There were far to many travel days, not enough time spent in Belize or Guatemala. Either spend more time Cancun or don't go there at all!! The trip should really only include Belize & Guatemala!! All included meals & most excursions were not value for money at all!! Not enough good value for money optionals were on offer!! Overall, the trip was overpriced & not value for money at all
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