Caribbean & Cobblestones

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

    (Was Central American Trails)

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Cancun

    Let's hope the next installment of The Real Cancun isn't being filmed when we arrive (well, some of you might not mind). Either way this place is pretty crazy. It's tourist central but a good spot for us to meet up and hit the beach.

    • Enjoy free time in Cancun to relax on the beach, drink in the bars, eat in the restaurants or explore the local surroundings

    Day 3 - Tulum - Chetumal

    These are some impressive ruins. They're all crumbly and clinging to a cliff-top over a lovely beach.

    Day 3

    • Take a bus along the Caribbean coast to Tulum
    • Visit the pre-Columbian walled city ruins
    • Gain spectacular views over the tropical shores below
    • Discover the Temple of the Frescoes
    • Explore the the ruins with the help of our local site guide
    • Spend the night in Chetumal.

    Day 4-5 - Caye Caulker

    Head into Belize and catch a boat to Caye Caulker. Free time to dive/snorkel in the second largest barrier reef in the world or swing in a hammock under a palm tree.

    • Take a speedboat to the palm-fringed island of Caye Caulker
    • Enjoy this idyllic island and the nearby reefs during free time
    • Perhaps explore the coral reefs and their abundance of underwater life, or just relax on the beach

    Day 6-7 - Flores - Tikal Ruins

    Time for our third country - Guatemala. Stop by the Mayan ruins at Tikal (think Mel Gibson's Apocalypto minus the violence), before arriving in Antigua.

    • Head into Guatemala and visit the town of Flores
    • Visit the ancient city of Tikal - deserted Mayan ruins in the heart of the Guatemala jungle
    • Journey to the temples of the monumental ceremonial centre in the midst of Tikal National Park
    • Pass through rich rainforest and dense jungle vegetation
    • If you're feeling energetic, perhaps climb to the peak of Temple IV and take in the spectacular views
    • Board an overnight bus bound for Antigua

    Day 8-10 - Antigua

    This is a city that feels more like a little town, full of cobbled streets and boasting three massive volcanoes huffing and puffing white smoke all the time.

    • Wind up in Antigua, a World Heritage-listed town
    • See the local highlights with a tour guide
    • Journey to the summit of one of the nearby volcanoes and take in the vistas of the surrounding verdant hills
    • Perhaps take a scenic horse ride, a bike ride or go white-water rafting on one of the highland rivers
    • Opportunity to explore the city’s cobblestone streets at your leisure
  • What's Included

    • An experienced regional tour guide plus there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing as indicated.

    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.

    Safety Information

    Active Volcanoes
    This tour passes through volcanic areas.  In the instance a volcano becomes potentially dangerous and authorities declare nearby towns unsafe for travel, the itinerary will be re-routed. Where possible, Geckos will provide advance notice of such changes. At short notice, when this is not possible, your tour leader will provide up to date information on behalf of Geckos.

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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Caribbean & Cobblestones

    Alyssa - Lower Templestowe, VIC, 23 Dec, 2011
    5
    Overall Rating

    Tour was a perfect time, length and location for me. Local leader (Natalia) was brilliant. She had excellent local knowledge, and went over and above her role to ensure the group felt safe and happy at all times.

    Caribbean & Cobblestones

    Anthony - Manchester, UK, 23 Dec, 2011
    5
    Overall Rating

    Natalia was great - everwhere we went everbody knew her! She was very helpful and understanding and made herself available for assistance at all times. She also took us out to the best restaurants/night spots almost every night when I'm sure there would have been times she would have prefered to rest!!

 
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Boat, Local bus, Taxi
1 night Overnight bus, 8 nights Hotel
Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Antigua Guatemala

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