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Caribbean Encounter

(From March 2021)

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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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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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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Latin America trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your
trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged.
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your trip and will result in
you incurring considerable expense and inconvenience.
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home.
• It is very important that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Latin America trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max. weight of 20kg (44lbs). As with our other regions, luggage is restricted to only one reasonably sized backpack/suitcase plus one carry-on bag, and luggage policies are strictly enforced on our trips. Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America trips, your luggage needs to meet the size and weight restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Check out www.lan.com for more.

On some of our trips, it is necessary to use an overnight bag on the occasional nights when it’s not possible to unload your bags from the coach (like our Peru Jungle Lodge & at Machu Picchu). It’s a good idea to bring an overnight bag, or hand luggage that’s big enough to double up as an overnighter when needed.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Our team in Latin America are all genuine Latin locals, and they can’t wait to show you their backyard. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Latin America – from a day trip to a beautiful coastal town, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki’s Latin America accommodation is almost all hotels on a twin-share basis. You will stay in centrally located 3-star hotels & resorts that have been chosen for their particular character, charm, location & style. They’re all very comfortable & have some great amenities, like WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation's family of brands. From our Me To We volunteering trip in Ecuador to the shark saver initiative in the Galapagos, our projects in Latin America are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.