Touch down in Cancun, Mexico's gateway to the Caribbean where sun music and sights await. Meet your Contiki team, then get into the fun, festive vibes of Cancun and settle in on an open terrace beachside or at a small, local bar. Keep it moving until the sun comes up if you want – Cancun nightlife is the stuff of legends.
Cancun to Caye Caulker
Adios Mexico, but we’ll be back! This morning we leave Cancun and head to Chetumal for some exploring & maybe bite to eat, before boarding our water taxis into Belize. We’ll park up on this Caribbean island, where the motto is “go slow.” Tonight it’s dinner we’ll offer a feast of fresh seafood & your chance to sample the reggae nightlife!
The day is all yours! Fuel up at breakfast, then you get to make the most of our ME Time optionals, like swimming with sharks at Belize’s World Heritage Barrier Reef, Kayaking the mangroves or lazing on “The Split” (a break in the island), where sipping and sunbathing is the scene! Tonight, rejoin the crew in the evening for an amazing sunset sail! Enjoy included snacks, drinks and music during for our last night on the island.
Caye Caulker to Guatemalan Rainforest
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we ride a water taxi to Belize City, then it’s an overland journey to the forests of Guatemala’s Peten! We’ll arrive at our awesome Jungle Lodge inside the park late afternoon, where there’s the option to fly through the rainforest canopy on ziplines… why not! You can also head into the ruins yourself and go exploring, before dinner. Tonight relax as you drift to sleep to the sounds of the forest. Rest up, cause tomorrow has a lot to offer!
Guatemalan Rainforest to Santa Elena (Flores)
We rise before the sun to watch daybreak unfold from atop the Mayan ruin, Templo IV… so prepare for amazing! Enjoy an included guided tour of the area or explore the magnificent jungle ruins, before our afternoon trip to the island of Flores, built atop another ancient Mayan center known as Tayasal. Make the most of your time, and opt for a lake cruise on arrival if you feel like getting out on the water before more relaxing over tonight’s dinner.
Santa Elena to Antigua
From the relaxed Flores to Guatemala’s bustling capital city! Today we’ll skip the queues and make a beeline for the unique beauty and relaxed vibe of World Heritage Antigua. You’ll be shown many of the historic and beautiful facets of town, among rooftop flowerbeds and horse drawn carriages bouncing over cobblestones. We get to spend two nights in this stunning town beneath towering volcanoes.
The day is yours to explore and take advantage of the awesome ME Time optionals we serve up! Get lost in the city, see the sights and tick those boxes, your Tour Manager will help you get where you want to be. If you’re looking for an adventure why not hike a volcano or ride mountain bikes? Then, if you want to relax you could try making local native chocolates, enjoy some international cuisine or shop for some beautiful traditional textiles. There are so many things to do today… its up to you on how you want to enjoy it.
Antigua to Lago Atitlan
Wake up in Anitgua for the last time and continue north into the Highlands, to see the magnificent Lago Atitlan! We’ll journey by private boat to a lakeside Mayan community where we will meet local artisans and learn to make tortillas by hand. And taste them too, of course. Afterwards, relax on a hammock or enjoy the thrill of gliding in the sky… with our ME Time optional - paragliding with local professionals for epic views of the landscape. Tonight we’ll get amongst the traveller vibe and hit the main street, lined with cafes and shops, for a fun night out.
Lago Atitlan to San Cristobel de las Casas
There will be few good snaps to be taken on route today. We’ll make our way through small Mayan communities of Guatemala’s highlands en route to the Mexican border, where we enter the beautiful and rugged territory of Chiapas. You’ll get the chance to explore Comitan and try some of the local cuisine and maybe sample a traditional drink Tascalate (made from chocolate, toasted corn and achiote). Later we heads to the evergreens in the cool cultural capital of San Cristobal de las Casas!
San Cristobel de las Casas
It’s time to get up and discover all city has to offer! Adventurers can take to the landscape for horseback riding or mountain biking this morning. After your Backstage Pass will take you to the Mayan hillside communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, learn about the untold generations of merging Native American and European cultures. Tonight you’ll get to try some traditional Tamales Chiapanecos at an included dinner, before hitting the town to move to local rhythms. Get festive!
Chiapas to Tehuantepec
This morning you could be relaxing by the pool under mango trees, exploring iconic monuments and indulging in great traditional food! From Mexico’s southern highlands, we make our way toward the country’s great center. The isthmus of Tehauntepec is the narrowest stretch of land that sits between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. We’ll descend from the forested hills into the beautiful coastal plains of Tehuantepec, where you’ll visit the city square, before a delicious local dinner with your crew.
Tehuantepec to Oaxaca
It’s time to take on this amazing destination. First up we head to World Heritage Oaxaca for some exploring then it’s onto Matatlan, the world capital of the traditional alcoholic spirit Mezcal, where we’ll learn how this agave spirit is produced. Then it’s back on the road to the former Zapotec religious center of Mitla, where sacred rites were once carried out among the geometrical stonework, still intact. Before arriving at our hotel, we get to check out one of the largest trees in the world! Tonight is the first of two nights in the celebrated culinary capital. Enjoy an included walking tour among magnificent colonial architecture this evening, stopping by the market for some delicious and nutritious Chapulines…yum!
This morning is the last full day of the trip! So enjoy the last day with the crew and make the most of some ME Time, discover some of the fantastic local museums and shops in the area. This afternoon, we visit World Heritage Monte Alban, built on a mountaintop overlooking the modern capital. This area is famous for extraordinary traditional crafts and we will visit a local workshop, before returning to town for dinner. It’s time to celebrate one last time… Salud!
Oaxaca to Mexico City
The trips not over yet, after our final breakfast, we travel to the center of the ancient Aztec universe. We’ll take a panoramic tour of World Heritage Puebla, then head to Cholula. This is where the church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios stands above the buried pyramid Tlachihualtepetl. After you can choose to enjoy a relaxed lunch in the small town plaza or enter the ruins and explore the ancient tunnels. This evening, we arrive Mexico City, where you can say adios to your amigos!