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Caribbean There, Done That - 2016

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Mexico, Belize and Guatemala – three very tight Amigos. Play like a player in Playa del Carmen and take it easy in Tulum. Delve into island life and underwater worlds alike in Belize. Check out thetemples of Tikal, the markets of Chichicastenango and the lake vistas of Panajachel. Some essential Spanish to get you by: - Where can we surf? – Donde se puede hacer surf? - It is hot, isn’t it? – Hace calor, verdad? - A glass of red wine – un vino tinto - I love you Miguel – Te quiero Miguel

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Day 1 : Playa del Carmen

Kick things off in Playa del Carmen, which is a pretty awesome place to begin a trip. In fact, it's so awesome that the rest of the trip runs the risk of being a disappointment. Luckily, our guys at Geckos HQ strive to make every single trip equally awesome from start to finish. Kind of like a burrito.

Day 2 : Tulum

Head on over to cruisy Tulum. Its impressive ruins are all crumbly and clinging to a clifftop over a lovely beach. It's an optional visit, but it's a good visit. We recommend the Temple of Frescoes and strolling the white sand with a margarita. Viva la Mexico.

Day 4 : Caye Caulker

Next up, Belize by boat. If your idea of paradise is white sand, blue waters and a hammock below a palm tree then you’re going to dig Caye Caulker. The pace of life is slooooow, the local food is super-delicious and the coral reef is just begging to be explored. Go nuts. Free time to dive/snorkel in the second largest barrier reef in the world or swing in a hammock under a palm tree.

Day 7 : San Ignacio

Travel by local bus to San Ignacio, passing through the capital, Belmopan, en route. Here, you can head to Xunantunich, a Mayan ceremonial centre, or wade through the waters of Actun Tunichil Muknal until you reach a whole bunch of 1,400-year-old crystallised skeletons.

Day 9 : Tikal Ruins

Today we go jungle. Guatemala-style. Get dropped at Tikal National Park by local bus and set up camp beside one of the super-huge and crazy-cool Mayan ruins. Spend a day acting as Mel Gibson in Apocolypto as you explore the ruins. Climb Temple IV for epic canopy views and a great selfie opportunity.

Day 10 : Rio Dulce

Bus it over to Rio Ducle (Sweet River). Kick-ass activities on offer: Boating on the lake, manatee-spotting, thermal hot springs, hiking jungle trails, exploring San Felipe fort, relaxing. Rubbish activities on offer: Absolutely nothing.

Day 12 : Antigua

Travel through Antigua. You won't have much time to do anything as this is just a nightstop, but you'll be coming back here at the end of the trip, so don't stress. It does make for pretty stunning window scenery though as you wind through the hills. On a pit stop, hit up the hot tamales.

Day 13 : Chichicastenango/San Pedro La Laguna

Chichicastenango's market is really famous, so you should go there and buy heaps of trinkets before you stay with a family at San Pedro La Laguna. They'll cook you dinner and breakfast, and you’ll want them to adopt you.

Day 14 : Panajachel

Push on to neighbouring Panajachel, a rad little lakeside town surrounded by volcanoes and villages. Here, you can go swimming, wind surfing, hiking, kayaking, horse riding or paragliding. You can visit a local community cooperative or take a boat out to some of the nearby villages.

Day 15 : Antigua

With three nearby volcanoes puffing out white smoke, you won't have been to many places quite like Antigua. It’s a Heritage-listed colonial town that knows how to party, so bring your best tango, shout a round of mojitos and get down with the locals on your final night.

Basic Details

Starts in: Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Ends in: Antigua Guatemala
Group Size: maximum 16


Highlights

- 1200-year-old cliff-top ruins of Tulum
- The Quetzal of Guatemala - your currency and spirit guide
- UNESCO World Heritage-listed Antigua Guatemala
- UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mayan city of Tikal
- The palm-fringed island of Caye Caulker
- Punta dancing
- Belize's waters
- Burritos from a street vendor
- Flores on Lago Petén Itzá


What's Included

- Gecko's expert English-speaking regional leader throughout the tour, and local guides at some sites. - Orientation walking tour in Caye Caulker, Flores and Antigua. - Return speedboat ride from Belize City to the palm-fringed island of Caye Caulker. - Free time to relax on the beaches of Playa del Carmen and Caye Caulker.

Meals Included: 1 breakfast, , 1 dinner


What's NOT Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, entrance fees, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.


Accommodation Styles

- Hotel
- Homestay
- Camping


Important Information

Important - A Word on Central America Central America is different and that’s what makes it such an fascinating destination. You will find that things don’t always go according to plan or work the way they do back home. Buses and planes often run late and sometimes the water in your bathroom can run cold and the electricity fail. The locals live with these issues everyday. In order to get the most out of your holiday, a degree of patience, good humour and understanding is a definite advantage. If you approach your holiday with an open and enquiring mind, the warm welcome you receive from Central Americans will ensure you a rich and rewarding holiday experience. Public Holiday Inconveniences Please be prepared for the inconvenience of sights such as museums and churches being closed to tourists on public holidays (ie. Christmas Day and New Years Day). Throughout Latin America, most museums also tend to be closed on Mondays.
End Point Please note that this tour ends in Antigua, Guatemala. The airport is known as Guatemala City (GUA).


About this page

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. You can check the most up-to-date version of the trip notes online at www.geckosadventures.com. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or your nearest Gecko's office. We are here to help you!

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