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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

19 Days
4 Countries

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

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style


Group Size

Max 30 people

Transport Style

Coach + Mini-Coach

  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Pay over time, interest free
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  • No booking fee, no change fees
  • Financing available with UpLift

What's included?

18 nights accommodation

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.

27 Meals

9 Dinner, 18 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.


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.


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.


18 included, 19 optional that you can add

From dreamy sunset sailing in the paradise of Caye Caulker, to touring Tikal National Park and experienceing a regional feast with a local family, this trip includes heaps of real, local and unique experiences that'll stay with you forever.
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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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


Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights


  2. 1 1 night

    Playa del Carmen

  3. 3 3 nights

    Caye Caulker

  4. via via

    Belize City

  5. 1 1 night


  6. via via


  7. 2 2 nights


  8. 1 1 night

    San Jose

  9. 2 2 nights

    Arenal (La Fortuna)

  10. 2 2 nights

    Playa Tamarindo

  11. 2 2 nights


  12. 2 2 nights


  13. via via

    Manuel Antonio

  14. San Jose

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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 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


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