Tropical Trails(Twin Room,Start Cancun, End San Jose)

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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...

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Basic - 2 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Sunset Beach Dinner in Cancun
    • Relax on the white sand beaches
    • Relax on the white sand beaches
    • Sunset Beach Dinner in Cancun
    • Locally guided tour of Tikal National Park
    • Included flight to Antigua
    • Entrance to Selvatura Park, also known as Monteverde's Cloud Forest
    • Coffee making demonstration and tasting

What's this trip about?

    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.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityCancun
End CitySan Jose (Costa Rica)

Travel Themes

  • Local Immersion & Homestays

Destinations

  • New Mexico
  • Belize
  • Costa Rica
  • Guatemala
  • South America

Attractions

  • Antigua
  • Caribbean
  • Tikal

Activities

  • Culture
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion

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Itinerary

Day 1: 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 shopp...

Day 2: 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 rui...

Day 3: Cancun to Playa del Carmen

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?You'll fall head over heels for this...

Day 4: Playa del Carmen to Caye Caulker

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.Mex...

Day 5: 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.

Day 6: 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 sand...

Day 7: Caye Caulker to Tikal National Park via Belize City

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.It’s a super swift passing by of the beloved Belize...

Day 8: Tikal to Antigua via Flores

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

Day 9: 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, t...

Day 10: Antigua to San Jose

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

Day 11: San Jose to Arenal

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

Day 12: 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...

Day 13: Arenal/La Fortuna to Playa Tamarindo

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

Day 14: 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 ther...

Day 15: Playa Tamarindo to Monte Verde

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

Day 16: Monte Verde

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 ei...

Day 17: Monteverde to Jaco

With Monteverde in our rearview mirror we'll make our way this morning to Jaco, the gorgeous gateway to some incredible national parks.Beachside Jaco is known for its surfing, nightlife and as leads to some awe-inspiring national parks. If you're feeling adventurous, ...

Day 18: Manuel Antonio Day Trip

This morning we'll head over to Manuel Antonio, a beautiful national park.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.After a day of exploration this evening we'll arrive back at our hotel for some poolside relaxation.

Day 19: Jaco to San Jose

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

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Last Updated: 0/19/2022

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