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Playas of Paradise

(From Dec 2019)

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The one that gives you the best of Central America over 22 jam-packed days

Duration
22 Days
Countries
4 Countries

Visiting Mexico City, Merida, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Caye Caulker, Tikal, Antigua, San Jose, Arenal (La Fortuna), Playa Tamarindo, Monteverde, Jaco, Chichen Itza, Belize City, Flores, Manuel Antonio

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Discoverer

Group Size

Max 30 people

Transport Style

Coach + Mini-Coach

Highlights

  • Tour the Pyramids of Teotihuacan
  • Walking tour of Merida's sights
  • Included flight to Merida
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

21 nights accommodation

19 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Contiki Special Stay, 1 night in Lodge

You and your new amigos will be spending nights in el-swanky twin-share hotels, jungle lodges, and cool eco tents right amongst the action.

31 Meals

10 Dinner, 21 Breakfast

You can expect to refuel with hearty breakfasts and delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample the best local cuisine. Taste all the best local delicacies - 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.

Experiences

23 included, 23 optional that you can add

From a tasting tequila in the town of Tequila, to gliding on a traditional Trajinera gondola and visiting the ancient complex of Teotihuacan, this trip includes heaps of real, local and unique experiences that'll stay with you forever.
Central America, reveal yourself.  Over 26 days this trip will see you taking in the fiery culinary culture of Mexico City, the beauty of the Belize Barrier Reef, the dreamy sunsets of Caye Caulker, the boundless biodiversity in the rainforests of Costa Rica, the ancient mastery of Tikal National Park, and so much more. Welcome to paradise.

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Playas of Paradise (From Dec 2019)

23 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Tour the Pyramids of Teotihuacan
  • Walking tour of Merida's sights
  • Walking tour of Merida's sights
  • Included flight to Merida
  • Locally guided tour of the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza
  • Refrenshing cenote swim
  • Relax on the white sand beaches
  • Sunset beach dinner
  • Sunset sailing cruise around the island
  • 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
  • Guatemalan feast
  • Included flight to San Jose
  • Included flight to San Jose
  • See Arenal volcano
  • Dinner with local family
  • Guided tour of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Explore Selvatura Park and visit the hanging bridges and butterfly and hummingbird gardens
  • Coffee making demonstration and tasting
  • Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

23 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Jungle Maya Expedition & Zipline US$110.00
  • Kayak the crystalline Caribbean US$30.50
  • Barrier Reef Dive US$215.00
  • Snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef US$65.00
  • Kayak the crystalline Caribbean US$30.50
  • Barrier Reef Dive US$215.00
  • Snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef US$65.00
  • Jungle ziplining experience US$30.00
  • Native Chocolate Museum US$23.00
  • Hike the Pacaya Volcano From US$65.00
  • 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
  • Hike the Pacaya Volcano From US$65.00
  • Ride a horse drawn carriage through World Heritage Antigua
  • Hot Springs Visit US$30.00
  • Lost Canyon Adventures - Canyoneering (Waterfall Rappelling) US$80.00
  • Casona Rio Fortuna US$70.00
  • Catamaran Cruise US$80.00
  • Selvatura Park Ziplining US$55.00
  • ATV
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
1
1 night
Mexico City
1
1 night
Merida
via
via
Chichen Itza
3
3 nights
Cancun
1
1 night
Playa del Carmen
3
3 nights
Caye Caulker
via
via
Belize City
1
1 night
Tikal
via
via
Flores
2
2 nights
Antigua
1
1 night
San Jose
2
2 nights
Arenal (La Fortuna)
2
2 nights
Playa Tamarindo
2
2 nights
Monteverde
2
2 nights
Jaco
via
via
Manuel Antonio
San Jose
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

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