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  1. Day 1, Havana
    Upon arrival at Havana Airport you'll be met and transferred to our joining hotel. Spend the rest of the day independently exploring the city stuck in a time warp. Perhaps grab a classic 1950’s American taxi and head to Old Havana with its narrow streets and overhanging balconies with an old world charm.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Cienfuegos
    Havana - Cienfuegos. After leaving Havana we travel to Cienfuegos, also known as the 'Pearl of the South' because of its beautiful bay, lovely colonial architecture, and unforgettable hospitality. There are options to discover fascinating museums and other colonial treasures such as the Teatro Tomas Terry.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 3-5, Trinidad
    Cienfuegos - Trinidad. We journey to Trinidad on day 3 where we spend three days at leisure. Trinidad was used by the Spaniards as their base to conquer the 'New World and is one of Latin America's most charming colonial towns. Relax at Ancona Beach and take a tour of the Valley of the Sugar Mills, or enjoy optional activities such as a catamaran trip to a nearby island, salsa lessons or horseback riding.
    No meals included.
    Day 6, Santa Clara
    Trinidad - Santa Clara. Today we head to Santa Clara. where guerrilla leader, and revolutionary theorist, Ernesto "Ché" Guevara de la Serna led the revolutionary troops in the decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution. The leader gained fame (and notoriety) as an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy, and as a leading advocate of Cuban-style socialism and guerilla warfare throughout impoverished Latin America. We visit the Ché Guevara memorial and museum where the alleged remains of Ché Guevara are buried. You can also visit the Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, a battle site where Che Guevara derailed an armoured train, defeating those driving it.
    No meals included.
    Day 7, Camaguey
    Santa Clara - Camaguey. We travel to Camaguey today, Cuba's third largest city. Camaguey’s maze of streets were built originally to thwart pirate invaders so be careful not to get too lost! After a night in the town, you can wake the following morning and hop on bicycle taxis to tour the city and its labyrinth streets, visiting all of the major sites. Camaguey's maze of streets were built originally to thwart pirate invaders. Without our trusty bicitaxi drivers we would surely be lost! That afternoon you can explore further and delve into the history of the fascinating town.
    No meals included.
    Day 8, Holguin
    Camaguey - Holguin. Today we travel to the popular resort of Holguin. With some of the richest scenery in Cuba, Holguin is surrounded by high mountains, rich fields and soft sand beaches. Believed to be the region where Christopher Colombus first landed, the area is full of fascinating history.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 9-11, Baracoa
    Holguin - Baracoa. Today we drive to Baracoa, a small seaside town surrounded by rich vegetation where a number of small rivers flow into the ocean. We can take an interesting walk through a small cacao farm, where they explain the process of making chocolate. This small town is deserted during the day but at night, livens up with salsa bars and clubs. it's off to Baracoa to begin our 3 night stay. Why not take a cruise on the River Toa whilst here?Baracoa - Santiago de Cuba. After three days in the town, we drive to Santiago de Cuba arriving late afternoon. Here you can enjoy a salsa lesson, or explore the cathedral, copper mine and museum. You have the option of visiting, the El Moro Castle, built to protect the city from marauding pirates with its stunning sea views and the famous church El Cobre, where people pilgrimage from all over Cuba to ask the deity's help and return to thank her.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 12-13, Santiago de Cuba
    Baracoa - Santiago de Cuba. After three days in the town, we drive to Santiago de Cuba arriving late afternoon. Here you can enjoy a salsa lesson, or explore the cathedral, copper mine and museum. You have the option of visiting, the El Moro Castle, built to protect the city from marauding pirates with its stunning sea views and the famous church El Cobre, where people pilgrimage from all over Cuba to ask the deity's help and return to thank her.

    In the evenings a popular place to visit is the famous Casa de la Trova for some live music, where many of the Buena Vista Social Club played before they became famous.
    No meals included.
    Day 14, Havana
    Santiago de Cuba - Havana. Today we take a morning flight with time in Havana in the afternoon to enjoy some last minute sightseeing and shopping. Tonight we can enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening before saying our goodbyes.
    No meals included.
    Day 15, Havana
    Today marks the end of your Cuban adventure, tour arrangements end after hotel checkout
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
  3. 1 Antigua
    Bienvenidos! Welcome to Guatemala. As the seat of the Spanish colonial government, Antigua was once the most important city in Central America. In 1773 Antigua was destroyed by an earthquake, but many of the colonial buildings have been carefully restored and the architecture from its glory days can still be seen.  On arrival at the hotel, you will be presented with a Welcome Pack containing all the information you will need for this Bite-size Break. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where this meeting will take place.   After meeting your guide, take a short trip to a well known local restaurant for a hands-on cooking class with the chef. Learn about the interesting mixture of Spanish and Mayan influences on Guatemalan flavours while whipping up tasty courses from meats, vegetable, herbs and spices hand-picked from the market that day.  Reward your efforts with a tasty dinner. 
    2 Antigua
    Guatemala’s fertile valleys provide the perfect conditions for growing coffee, and it produces some of the best in the world. Get to know this addictive little bean a bit better with an excursion to a coffee plantation. Accompanied by a member of the coffee farming cooperative, you’ll dig into the history of the plant with a hands-on crop to cup experience. If the season’s right, get your own hands dirty planting coffee seedlings or harvesting the beans. Next, see how these bright red berries are processed, dried, roasted and ground by hand. Finish off with a home-brewed cup and a snack prepared by the family. In the afternoon, check out the chaotic and colourful Central Market for a slice of local life. Your leader will guide you through the many fresh fruit and vegetable sellers until you reach the lively food stands in the ‘comedores’ section of the market. Here you will try some of the most popular regional Guatemalan dishes alongside the locals. The evening is free for your own exploration. Your leader will have plenty of suggestions for things to do and places to eat.
    3 Antigua
    Your Bite-size Break comes to an end this morning and you can leave at any time.
  5. 1 San Jose
    Hola and welcome to Costa Rica! A welcome pack will be waiting at the hotel including all the information you need for your tour. With over half the country's population living within its parameters, San Jose is a bustling capital city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere. A good place to start exploring is the main plaza, a fantastic place to get comfy and do some people watching. Artisanal booths are common here and you never know when there'll be a spontaneous art fair. If there's time, perhaps have a look at the Gold Museum and see its amazing collection of indigenous gold art, or head to the outdoor markets at Plaza de la Cultura and Central Market, where you can buy anything from handicrafts to seafood.
    2 San Jose
    Rise early and meet your local leader at the Central Market for a food tour. There’s no better place to experience local cuisine than at San Jose’s bustling marketplace, housed in a 120-year old building that’s full to the brim with typical Costa Rican food and drink. Here you can sample local delicacies, learn about the herbs used in local medicines, and hear about the unique chorreado coffee brewing method while sipping on your second (or even third) coffee of the day. The Central Market is an experience that no visitor to San Jose should miss, and with a local guide by your side you’ll unearth all the secrets behind this local treasure.
    3 San Jose
    Get ready for another early start, this time meeting your local leader in a café across the road from the northeast corner of Espana Park. There’s a lot of ground to cover today so the group will be meeting at 7am sharp. Grab a cup of coffee then take a short stroll to Yellow House nearby. The distinctive building has been used at varying points in time as a presidential residence, meeting place for the Legislative Assembly and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Culture. Continue on to the National Liquor Factory and learn how San Jose’s national drink, guaro, is made from sugar cane juice. Next up, enjoy a quick 10-minute hike into the hills of San Jose and arrive at the Atlantic Railroad, where you’ll hop on a train headed to Cartago. This scenic 45-minute journey travels past the San Jose University campus, through coffee plantations and deeper into the mountains. At the end of the journey lies Cartago, a beautiful historic town where many of the locals still get around by bike – which is what you’ll be doing too! Saddle up and then cruise the streets, stopping to visit the key sites with your leader. Pull up at the Cartago Central Market for another round of delicious local food before catching a local bus back to San Jose. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. Perhaps gather together your fellow travellers and celebrate the end of this San Jose stopover with dinner in trendy Barrio Amon.
    4 San Jose
    This stopover comes to an end today and you are free to depart at any time after breakfast.
  7. Day 1, Cancun to Playa del Carmen
    Cancun - Playa del Carmen. Welcome to Mexico! Arrival into Cancun Airport and included transfer to the beautiful resort of Playa del Carmen, a beachside paradise which is just an hour from Cancun. This vibrant resort has plenty to keep you entertained, including water sports, shops, lively bars and an excellent choice of restaurants!

    We recommend bookings pre tour accommodation to enjoy the beach as well as enjoy optional activities including the Maya ruins in Tulum.
    No meals included.
    Day 2-4, Caye Caulker
    Playa del Carmen - Caye Caulker. On day 2 we embark on a full day's journey across the border to Caye Caulker in Belize. Caye Caulker is one of an idyllic chain of islands which form the Belize Barrier Reef, renowned for it's superb diving, snorkelling and laid back atmosphere. We kick off our shoes to explore the sandy streets of the island and enjoy some blissful relaxation! You can do as little or as much as you please, a range of optional activities are available from snorkelling and diving excursions to taking a bike around the island, or enjoying a spot of fishing.
    2 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 5-6, San Ignacio
    Caye Caulker - San Ignacio. On day 5 we travel to San Ignacio which is known as "Cayo" by the locals. San Ignacio is the adventure and nature capital of Belize and it's also the centre of agricultural. Surrounded by lush, wildlife rich jungle, waterfalls, rivers and caves, there's no shortage of optional activities to enjoy in Cayo, from canoeing downriver and tubing through caves, to visiting the famous caves Actun Tunichil Muknal.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 7, Flores & Tikal
    San Ignacio - Flores. Leaving San Ignacio we cross the border into Guatemala and head to Flores today, a lovely island-town which is uniquely located in the centre of Lake Peten Itzá. Flores is our base for exploring the great Mayan city of Tikal, located deep in the jungle this is one of the largest Mayan cities ever discovered. You will have most of the day to explore and learn about the flora, fauna, and amazing Mayan history with our knowledgeable local guide.
    No meals included.
    Day 8, Rio Dulce & Livingston
    Flores - Rio Dulce. Today we travel to the riverside town of Rio Dulce where we spend the night in cabins right on the water. This afternoon we take a boat trip to Livingston, which is situated at the mouth of the Rio Dulce and is one of the most scenic areas of Guatemala. Livingston is a vibrant little town which is inhabited by the Garifuna people and has a uniquely Caribbean atmosphere.
    No meals included.
    Day 9, Antigua
    Rio Dulce - Antigua. Today we travel to the enchanting colonial town of Antigua, our final destination. Set against a spectacular backdrop of towering volcanoes, this picturesque town as cobbled streets and plazas, ornate churches and colourful markets. The local indigenous in their unique costumes, sell their crafts and textiles in the streets and as the cultural centre of Guatemala, Antigua is an ideal place to experience the traditional music, architecture and art of the country.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 10, Antigua
    Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today after hotel check out. Consider booking some post tour accommodation and extending your stay to have more time to explore the sights.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
  9. 1 Granada
    Bienvenidos a Nicaragua! This adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. For dinner tonight, perhaps head out with your group and sample "solomillo a la pimienta" (pork loin in creamy pepper sauce), a local specialty.
    2 Granada
    Today is free to explore Granada's charming cobblestone streets. You can choose to join a guided tour of the city, bargain hard in the markets or wander the town snapping photos of the colourful buildings. Another option is to cruise the islets of Lake Nicaragua by boat. If you feel like something more active, perhaps hire a kayak or a bicycle and find your own way around, or hike out in the surrounding countryside. Alternatively, you could take a day trip out to Mombacho or Masaya Volcano National Park to get close to these steaming giants. Your friendly leader will be on hand to help you organise any or all of these activities. In the evening, perhaps visit the local restaurants and try 'gallo pinto', a traditional dish made with beans and rice. 
    3 Ometepe Island
    Take the morning to say farewell to Granada. At 2pm travel by local bus to Rivas (approximately 1.5 hours) and transfer to the port San Jorge to catch a 1-hour ferry across Lake Nicaragua to the island of Ometepe. Hourglass-shaped Ometepe Island is formed by two volcanoes rising out of Lake Nicaragua ('Ometepe' literally means 'two volcanoes' in the Nahuatl language). The island is home to fruit plantations, deep jungle and exotic wildlife such as monkeys and parrots. The world's only species of freshwater shark circle in the surrounding lake. A great experience is to sit on the shore and watch fishermen return from a long day on the water with their catch.
    4 Ometepe Island
    Today is a free day to discover the island. Perhaps take a hike up to the summit of either the Concepcion or Maderas Volcanoes. Be warned - at 1,700 and 1,340 metres above sea level respectively, these treks are no walk in the park. You might prefer to splash around in the natural springs, soak up the sun on the beach or check out the island's petroglyphs (ancient rock carvings).
    5 Monteverde
    Today is a big travel day, with an early start beginning at 7 am. Take a 1.5 hour ferry to the mainland and then a 1.5 hour transfer to Penas Blancas before crossing the border into Costa Rica. Pease note a USD3 fee is required when exiting Nicaragua. Reaching the Costa Rican border requires a 1km/0.6mi walk carrying your luggage. Proof of onward travel is normally required to enter Costa Rica. If you're flying out of San Jose, bring a printed copy of your flight details in case the border officials ask to see them. Once in Costa Rica, travel by private minibus for 5 hours to Monteverde. After arriving in town and taking an opportunity to freshen up, your leader will take you on an walking tour of Monteverde. Monteverde was founded as an agricultural community in 1951 by a group of North American quakers. These environmentally-aware settlers also established a small wildlife sanctuary, which has since grown into the internationally-renowned Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Cloud forests are similar to rainforests, but instead draw their water from a semi-permanent cloud covering the region. This is a nature lover's paradise, with more than 2,000 plant species, 320 bird species and 100 mammal species calling the reserve home. Be sure to keep an eye out for the resplendent quetzal, one of the most elusive birds in the world.
    6 Monteverde
    Make the most of a full day free to explore the reserve. Perhaps take a hike through the cloud forest, go for a ride on a mountain bike, or fly over the canopy on a zip line tour. Another way to see the forest is on a Sky Walk tour, which takes you high through the treetops along a series of suspension bridges. You can explore the park on your own or arrange for a local guide to accompany you. The guides are very knowledgeable and happy to show travellers around the reserve. For a guaranteed wildlife encounter, visit the butterfly and insect gardens or the serpentarium. There are also several cooperatives worth visiting in the local communities. Your leader will be able to provide you with more details and help organise activities.
    7 La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano National Park
    Leave Monteverde at 2pm and take the scenic route to La Fortuna. Travel by shared minibus for 1.5 hours to the shores of Lake Arenal, which you'll then cross by boat - a further 1.5 hour journey. On a clear day you'll see fantastic views of the surrounding area. On the other side of the lake, re-board the minibus and continue on to your hotel. La Fortuna is a small town situated just a few minutes from Costa Rica's most famous volcano - the majestic Arenal. While you're here, make sure you take some photos of the volcano reflected spectacularly in the lake. 
    8 La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano National Park
    There are plenty of optional activities to take part in today. Perhaps take a guided nature hike through the lush forest surrounding Arenal Volcano, keeping an eye out for rare plants and animals. You can also see the forest from a series of hanging bridges. Check out the 70-metre high La Fortuna waterfall, or get active with some water sports on the lake, such as stand-up paddle boarding. The volcano’s inner workings also mean that the area is home to several thermal hot springs, an ideal way to relax in the middle of nature. Alternatively, a boat safari down the Celeste River offers the opportunity to see lizards, crocodiles and tropical birds in their natural habitat.
    9 San Jose
    Board a local bus for the five-hour journey to Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. Situated in the fertile Central Valley and home to over half the country's population, San Jose is filled with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere. Your leader will take you on a walking tour around the city's main highlights. A good place to start your exploration is the main plaza. Artisan booths are common here, so you never know when an art fair will pop up. The Gold Museum has an amazing collection of indigenous gold art. If you're in the mood for a bit of shopping, head to the outdoor market in the Plaza de la Cultura or the city's Central Market, where you can buy anything from handicrafts to seafood. There are number of highly recommended Urban Adventures to choose from in San Jose. Ask your leader for assistance on how to book them or call locally on 4000 5730 or email info@sanjoseurbanadventures.com. You can also browse day tours by visiting www.urbanadventures.com/destination/San-Jose-tours.
    10 San Jose
    Today your adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned for the final day. As there's a lot to see and do in and around San Jose, we recommend staying on for a few days to make the most of the city. If you'd like to extend your visit and need further accommodation, our reservations team would be happy to assist (subject to availability).
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