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Tropical Trails

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The one that has wildlife, jungles, rainforests and plenty of fun in 19 days of adventure

Travel Style

Discoverer

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

  • Duration

    19 days

  • Countries

    4 Countries

  • Meals

    18 Breakfasts, 9 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach + Mini-Coach

  • Group Size

    Max 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

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

Tropical Trails

18 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Sunset Beach Dinner in Cancun
  • Relax on the white sand beaches
  • Relax on the white sand beaches
  • Sunset Beach Dinner in Cancun
  • 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
  • Included flight to San Jose
  • Included flight to San Jose
  • See Arenal Volcano (weather permitting)
  • Eat a delicious dinner with a local family in Arenal
  • Guided tour of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Entrance to Selvatura Park, also known as Monteverde's Cloud Forest
  • Coffee making demonstration and tasting
  • Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

19 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
  • Jungle Maya Expedition & Zipline US$110.00
  • 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
  • Soak in the geothermal waters of the Arenal hot springs US$40.00
  • Go white water rafting in Sarapiqui US$80.00
  • Casona Rio Fortuna US$70.00
  • Take a catamaran cruise on the turquoise waters of Playa Tamarindo US$85.00
  • Go ziplining in majestic Monteverde's Selvatura Park US$55.00
  • Try kayaking along the coastline of Jaco
  • Go ATV (quad-biking) through the rainforest in Jaco

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 18 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    16 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.

About this trip

Beginning in the palm-fringed party paradise of Cancun, this trip will take you across the azure waters of Caye Caulker, the ancient heights of Tikal, the slow and steady beauty of Antigua, the tree tops of Monte Verde, and much more. Think beauty, culture, foodie delights, high octane adventure, and then some. Tropical travel doesn't get any better than this. These 19 days of sun-soaked trails 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

  8. 1 1 night

    San Jose

  9. 2 2 nights

    Arenal (La Fortuna)

  10. 2 2 nights

    Playa Tamarindo

  11. 2 2 nights

    Monteverde

  12. 2 2 nights

    Jaco

  13. via via

    Manuel Antonio

  14. San Jose

+4 more

DAY 1 - 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 2 - Cancun

Cancun

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

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Relax on the white sand beaches

  • Sunset Beach Dinner in Cancun

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Jungle Maya Expedition & Zipline

    US$110.00

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

China Town Hotel Caye Caulker

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

China Town Hotel Caye Caulker

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

China Town Hotel Caye Caulker

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 - Antigua to San Jose

Antigua

This morning we'll take to the skies, Costa Rica bound. Who's ready for some Pura Vida vibes? 

San Jose

Do you know the way to San Jose? Well yeah, we do, cos' here we are! Today we'll head out to explore daily Costa Rican life at the Plaza & sample some local delicacies at the Mercado Central (Central Market).

Stay

TRYP San Jose Sabana Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to San Jose

  • Included flight to San Jose

DAY 11 - San Jose to Arenal

San Jose

We leave the city's charms behind and make for Arenal, one of the most incredible volcanoes in Costa Rica.

Arenal (La Fortuna)

Welcome to Arenal. This volcano is near perfectly formed and famed for its hot springs and healing properties so you know what that means - spa times and treatments galore. Later, grab some munch in town with the crew, or continue to kick it in the hotel pool.

Stay

Hotel Arenal Montechiari

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Arenal Volcano (weather permitting)

  • Eat a delicious dinner with a local family in Arenal

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Soak in the geothermal waters of the Arenal hot springs

    US$40.00

DAY 12 - Arenal / La Fortuna

Arenal (La Fortuna)

Rapelling through a rainforest canyon and waterfalls this morning will be the perfect wake up call. This optional activity is one you won't forget, and if you have a bit of a fear of heights, this is the best way to conquer them. Not keen? No problem. Head back to the pool, grab a delicious coffee, keep those eyes peeled for sloths or practice your Spanish on a friendly local. This afternoon you can spend your free time exploring or to really go local by experiencing the traditional "Tico" mentality at a country estate, La Fortuna. Here, you'll meet with school students and local farmers to learn about their way of life, before enjoying a delicious home-cooked dinner washed down with coffee (and a shot or two of coffee liquor) and some singing and dancing.

Stay

Hotel Arenal Montechiari

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Go white water rafting in Sarapiqui

    US$80.00

  • Casona Rio Fortuna

    US$70.00

DAY 13 - Arenal/La Fortuna to Playa Tamarindo

Arenal (La Fortuna)

See you later volcano lands, more of Costa Rica is calling and hell yeah we're listening.

Playa Tamarindo

Playa Tamarindo has the reputation of being Costa Rica's numero uno surf and party destination, and for good reason. This northern beach town boats tasty waves and golden sands dotted with lounge bars and fabulous restaurants. We're staying right by the beach, and loving every second of it.

Stay

Best Western Vista Villas Tamarindo

DAY 14 - Playa Tamarindo

Playa Tamarindo

A bohemian atmosphere permeates every inch of this paradise. Pass the day in the water, snorkelling or scuba diving amongst rainbow fish, or getting amongst the surf. There's an optional catamaran cruise this afternoon, because really who doesn't love getting out there on the water. Whether you opt for this or not, make sure you catch the sunset. Divine. Dinner with the group will top off a perfect day.

Stay

Best Western Vista Villas Tamarindo

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a catamaran cruise on the turquoise waters of Playa Tamarindo

    US$85.00

DAY 15 - Playa Tamarindo to Monte Verde

Playa Tamarindo

Shake out your beach towel and pack away those swimmers (for now). Today we're making for the mountains!

Monteverde

With clean air filling your lungs our next spot awaits, and the misty forests of Monte Verde are sure to take your breath away. This leafy wildlife hotspot is home to coffee plantations, countless monkey species and friendly locals who work hard to preserve the balance between nature and tourism. This afternoon, be blown away (by natural beauty, not wind) as we go trekking in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. We will hike our way through the cloudforest with our guide pointing out birds and wildlife, delivering an in-depth run through of the nature found here. Nature knowledge at an all time high, we'll be rewarded with views of the Caribbean and the Pacific sides of Costa Rica. You can even feel the air change up here, due to it being on a continental divide...no we're not joking.

Stay

Hotel Montana Monteverde

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Guided tour of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve

DAY 16 - Monte Verde

Monteverde

Yes, yes and yes is what you will as we explore the tropical Selvatura Park – most likely whilst ziplining down a mind-blowing 1km long line. But that’s not all on offer. We’ll also be walking the hanging bridges amongst the lush Monte Verde cloudforest – there are eight in total of varying lengths, each offering unparalleled views of the forest floor – then popping in to a butterfly sanctuary to spot just some of the 20 species flying around. This afternoon is all about learning about everyone’s favourite caffeinated friend – coffee. One of Costa Rica’s most famous exports, we’ll learn how the plants are cultivated and the entire process of turning delicious little berries into rich coffee beans. Definitely a gift shopping op for the parents…

Stay

Hotel Montana Monteverde

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entrance to Selvatura Park, also known as Monteverde's Cloud Forest

  • Coffee making demonstration and tasting

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Go ziplining in majestic Monteverde's Selvatura Park

    US$55.00

DAY 17 - Monteverde to Jaco

Monteverde

With Monteverde in our rearview mirror we'll make our way this morning to Jaco, the gorgeous gateway to some incredible national parks.

Jaco

Beachside Jaco is known for its surfing, nightlife and as leads to some awe-inspiring national parks. If you're feeling adventurous, try some horseback riding, or hop on an ATV. The next morning a day trip to the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park will see us enjoy a dizzying mix of ancient rainforest, pristine beaches and dazzling coral reefs, before we arrive back at our hotel for some poolside relaxation.

Stay

Hotel Playa Espadilla

DAY 18 - Manuel Antonio Day Trip

Jaco

This morning we'll head over to Manuel Antonio, a beautiful national park.

Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio serves up a dizzying mix of ancient rainforest, pristine beaches and dazzling coral reefs. Get your cameras ready and be on the hunt for wildlife as we walk through this mindboggling hub of biodiversity.

Jaco

After a day of exploration this evening we'll arrive back at our hotel for some poolside relaxation.

Stay

Hotel Playa Espadilla

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Manuel Antonio National Park

DAY 19 - Jaco to San Jose

Jaco

After a final adventure op in Jaco (kayaking anyone?) we'll make our way back to San Jose where our trip will come to a close.

San Jose

What an adventure it's been. One thing's for sure, we'll never forget our encounter with paradise.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Try kayaking along the coastline of Jaco

  • Go ATV (quad-biking) through the rainforest in Jaco

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