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Caribbean Encounter

(From March 2021)

3.2
10 reviews
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The one that gives you turquoise waters & blissful panoramas in Guatemala, Mexico & Belize

Travel Style

Discoverer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    10 days

  • Places

    7 places

  • Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach, Plane

  • Group Size

    Max 46 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Caye Caulker, Tikal, Antigua, Belize City, Flores

Caribbean Encounter (From March 2021)

8 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Sunset Beach Dinner in Cancun
  • Relax on the white sand beaches
  • Sunset sail in Caye Caulker
  • Stay in Tikal National Park
  • Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park
  • Included flight to Antigua
  • Locally Guided Sightseeing tour of Colonial Antigua
  • Guatemalan feast in Antigua

11 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Tulum & Jungle Maya experience in Cancun
  • Go swimming with whale sharks in Cancun
  • Jungle speed boat tour from Cancun
  • Catamaran day trip to Isla Mujeres from Cancun
  • Snorkel Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley in Caye Caulker
  • Barrier Reef Dive in Caye Caulker
  • Go snorkelling in a local reef Caye Caulker
  • Jungle ziplining in Tikal National Park US$30.00
  • Hike the Pacaya Volcano in Antigua From US$65.00
  • Make your own chocolates from locally-sourced cacao US$23.00
  • Bike ride and plantation visit from Antigua

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 9 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    9 nights in Hotel

    We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy hotels and bright communal areas for you and your new squad to relax and socialise.

About this trip

Want to sip a cocktail and soak up some rays on some paradise beaches?  your Tomb Raider fantasies zip-lining through jungles and exploring ancient ruins? This is the trip for you. Experience the best of both worlds with a 50/50 split of beaches and forests, cruising through bucket-list Caribbean encounters across 3 amazing countries. Spend a week snorkelling, zip-lining, sightseeing & encountering local, authentic experiences that will stay with you forever.

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  • Only $99 deposit to book*

    For a limited time, reserve your space now with a deposit of only $99, pay the rest 45 days before departure

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Cancun

  2. 1 1 night

    Playa del Carmen

  3. 3 3 nights

    Caye Caulker

  4. via via

    Belize City

  5. 1 1 night

    Tikal

  6. via via

    Flores

  7. 2 2 nights

    Antigua

DAY 1 - Arrive 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.

Stay

Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas

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.

Stay

Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Sunset Beach Dinner in Cancun

  • Relax on the white sand beaches

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Tulum & Jungle Maya experience in Cancun

  • Go swimming with whale sharks in Cancun

  • Jungle speed boat tour from Cancun

  • Catamaran day trip to Isla Mujeres from Cancun

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'll 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.

Stay

Wyndham Garden Playa del Carmen

DAY 4 - Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker

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.

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...

Stay

Tropical Paradise Hotel (or similar)

DAY 5 - Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker

Rub your eyes, blink again, and say hello to the palm-fringed paradise where life moves at a slower pace. With fresh seafood, sparkling waters and a unique Creole atmosphere, Caye Caulker's soft sands and soft reggae sounds can only be topped by its outstanding World Heritage Barrier Reef and Mangrove kayaking opportunities. Time to sample some seafood and get down to some reggae rhythms.

Stay

Tropical Paradise Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Snorkel Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley in Caye Caulker

  • Barrier Reef Dive in Caye Caulker

  • Go snorkelling in a local reef Caye Caulker

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. In the evening we'll take a romantic venture towards the horizon with a spot of dreamy sunset sailing. This is the life.

Stay

Tropical Paradise Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Sunset sail in Caye Caulker

DAY 7 - Caye Caulker to Tikal National Park via Belize City

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. It's time to head to Belize for exploring glorious Guatemala.

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.

Tikal

Say hello to the Guatemalan jungle! We could just spend our time here enjoying the sights and sounds of the lush tropics, but we won't. Why? 'Cos we've got a whole load of adventures to get through, of course! This afternoon, you'll feel like Indiana Jones or Lara Croft (without the trail of destruction) with included ziplining.

Stay

Hotel Tikal Inn

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Stay in Tikal National Park

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Jungle ziplining in Tikal National Park

    US$30.00

DAY 8 - Tikal to Antigua via Flores

Tikal

Rise and shine, today we'll take a locally guided tour of Tikal National Park, with ruin exploring including the Mayan Templo IV.

Flores

Next it's a trip to the island of Flores, where we'll have lunch and time for shopping before flying this afternoon to Guatemala's capital city and then on to beautiful Antigua.

Antigua

This pretty place has heaps of history to soak up. You will notice colourful 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.

Stay

Hotel Las Farolas

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park

  • Included flight to Antigua

  • Locally Guided Sightseeing tour of Colonial Antigua

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.

Stay

Hotel Las Farolas

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Guatemalan feast in Antigua

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Hike the Pacaya Volcano in Antigua

    From US$65.00

  • Make your own chocolates from locally-sourced cacao

    US$23.00

  • Bike ride and plantation visit from Antigua

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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