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Discover these gems in Mexico and Central America…

    • Baja – Cabo San Lucas and gorgeous sunsets!
    • Yucatán – Cancún, Chichén Itzá, Tulum!
    • West Coast – Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco!
    • Guatemala – Tikal ruins, Pacaya volcano, Semuc Champey!
    • Belize – world’s second longest barrier reef!
    • Costa Rica – cloud forest, Arenal volcano, lush jungles!
    • Panama – beautiful beaches and Panama Canal!
    • … and MORE! – call us to customize your adventure!

Below are sample vacation itineraries.
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Sample Vacations

 
Mayan Adventure – with G Adventures

Please Note: This itinerary is an example only. Like the idea? Contact us and discuss current vacation options and promotions.

 Example Itinerary Map

22 days from Cancun to Belize

 Day 1: Cancún

Arrive at any time.

 Day 2: Cancún & Mérida

Take a guided tour of Chichén Itzá and orientation walk around Mérida.

 Day 3: Mérida

Opt to visit ruins of Uxmal or visit three cenotes in the nearby town of Cuzamá. Hit the beach or soak in the history this city has to offer.

 Day 4: Palenque

Travel to Palenque and spend two nights in a jungle lodge in the nearby national park.

 Day 5: Palenque

Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque. Opt to explore the surrounding jungle on a guided hike or go for a swim in the nearby river.

 Day 6: San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Travel to San Cristóbal de Las Casas. En route, visit the Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfalls, then take an orientation walk on arrival.

 Day 7: San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Opt to visit nearby indigenous Mayan villages to see their unique day-to-day life or journey to beautiful Sumidero Canyon for a relaxing boat ride.

 Day 8: Panajachel, Guatemala

Journey from San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico to Panajachel, Guatemala. Opt to explore the town on arrival.

 Day 9: Panajachel, Guatemala

Take a boat tour around Lake Atitlán to local indigenous villages including a lunch at a Planeterra-supported Mayan community project. Opt to visit the Sololá Sunday market.

 Day 10: Antigua

Arrive in Antigua and head out for an orientation walk. Opt for a final night out in town.

 Day 11: Antigua

Enjoy the first of two free days exploring this charming colonial city.

 Day 12: Antigua

Spend a full day enjoying all Antigua has to offer. Opt for a city tour, take salsa dancing classes or relax with a massage.

 Day 13: Rio Dulce

Travel to Rio Dulce and plan the next day’s activities. Take a dip in the pool.

 Day 14: Rio Dulce

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall, take a sunrise kayak trip to check out the local monkeys, hike to the Shaman Tower for some yoga, or visit the coastal town of Livingston.

 Day 15: Flores

Travel to Flores, located on Lake Petén Itzá, an excellent home base for exploring nearby Tikal.

 Day 16: Flores

Enjoy a guided tour of the nearby Mayan ruins of Tikal. In the afternoon, opt to relax on the lake or hang out at the cafés in town.

 Day 17: San Ignacio, Belize

Cross the border to Belize. Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the Mountain Pine Ridge area or see the lesser-known Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

 Day 18: San Ignacio, Belize

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to check out nearby caves, some more Mayan sites or a local conservation project.

 Day 19: Caye Caulker, Belize

Travel to Belize City to catch a ferry to Caye Caulker. Spend a few days enjoying this island paradise.

 Days 20 & 21: Caye Caulker, Belize

Spend time enjoying this island paradise. Opt to go on a sailing trip to snorkel with stingrays, nurse sharks and green turtles at Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Choose to visit the famous Blue Hole on a diving trip or a fly-over.

 Day 22: Caye Caulker, Belize

Depart at any time.


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Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.

15 Night Panama Canal – with Royal Caribbean

Please Note: This itinerary is an example only. Like the idea? Contact us and discuss current vacation options and promotions.

 Example Itinerary Map

15 nights from Los Angeles to Puerto Rico

 Day 1: Los Angeles, California

Welcome aboard Jewel of the Seas.

 Day 2: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. Whether you seek an adrenaline rush or total tranquility, our ships have it all. Try rock climbing, ice skating and surfing 200 feet above the waves. Melt away land-based stress with a spa massage, build a scrapbook of memories or simply relax poolside.

 Day 3: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

At the tip of Baja California, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas is a premier resort destination, famous for the dramatic seascapes of Land’s End, remote beaches, surfing, whale-watching and sports fishing.

 Day 4: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Among Mexico’s most famous Pacific beach towns, Puerto Vallarta has historic sections whose cobblestone streets are lined with white-washed buildings topped with terracotta roofs. Stroll the waterfront promenade for great bay views.

 Day 5: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. Onboard, dining is about more than just food. Think ambience, variety and the flexibility to decide when and what you savor.

 Day 6: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. When our ships hit the high seas, the excitement of Casino Royale® kicks off. Try your hand at our card tables, spin to win at roulette, and hit it big time with the pull of a slot machine.

 Day 7: Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Puerto Quetzal is your gateway to agricultural estates where sugar cane and coffee are grown. Or travel past volcano-guarded mountains to Guatemala’s colonial-era capital city of Antigua, renowned for its preserved architecture.

 Day 8: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. World-class performers from across the globe come together on our ships to WOW you from morning to night. Catch Broadway musicals, the DreamWorks Experience, ice-skating spectaculars — plus thrilling casino action, live comedy and music, bars, clubs and much more.

 Day 9: Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Lush tropical jungle is less than a half-hour’s drive from the ship. Here you can see colorful birds like macaws, toucans and parakeets and howler monkeys in the wild.

 Day 10: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. Kids will never be bored onboard. Our complimentary Adventure Ocean® Youth Program is packed with totally awesome stuff for babies, teens and kids in between — like pajama nights, science experiments, scavenger hunts and theme parties.

 Day 11: Panama Canal, Panama

The Panama Canal was a triumph of imagination, innovation and persistence a century ago. Experience this engineering marvel as the ship passes through the system of locks while admiring the views of the Panamanian jungle.

 Day 12: Colon, Panama

On Panama’s Caribbean coast, Colon is your gateway to seeing the workings of the great Panama Canal, an engineering marvel, the ecological explorations on Gatun Lake or the fast-growing capital, Panama City.

 Day 13: Cartagena, Colombia

Step into the 16th century inside the walled Old City of Cartagena. This colonial-era gem enchants with cobblestone streets, elegant plazas, colorful architecture and a storied history that features real-life pirates of the Caribbean.

 Day 14: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. Whether you’re celebrating a life milestone, a special day or a special someone, you’ll enjoy extras that make for a truly unforgettable voyage.

 Day 15: Cruising

Enjoy onboard entertainment at sea. From Internet service to dry cleaning to accessibility features, our ships are equipped with helpful amenities to enhance your vacation. And it’s all delivered with friendly, engaging Gold Anchor Service®.

 Day 16: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Behind stone walls, Old San Juan charms with 500 years of history, colorful colonial buildings and streets lined with shops, galleries, and cafes. Experience Puerto Rico’s enchanting natural side in the nearby rainforest.


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Arranging Your Ocean Cruise Vacation

Whether you’re a first-time cruiser, or checking out a cruise itinerary, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Ocean Cruising industry: Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Holland America. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Cruise that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Cruise vacation.

Costa Rica Wonders with Tortuguero – with Monograms

Please Note: This itinerary is an example only. Like the idea? Contact us and discuss current vacation options and promotions.

 Example Itinerary Map

9 days roundtrip from San José, Costa Rica

 Summary

“Tortuguero” or “Land of Turtles.” Sounds like a sci-fi film but in reality it’s a remote sanctuary for endangered green sea turtles. Only accessible by boat or by small aircraft, Tortuguero delivers the most bio-diverse area in all of Costa Rica. And no one brings you Costa Rica like Monograms. On this 9-day vacation, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast (plus three lunches and three dinners), sightseeing, and transportation between the destinations. Plus, you’ll have access to Naturalists in Tortuguero National Park, Arenal, and Monteverde. And that’s not all…we’ve arranged for you to have the services of a Local Host®, so you have someone who is there for you—to answer questions, offer suggestions, and help your vacation be all you want it to be.

Did we mention that we’ve included transportation between all these destinations in your package? In fact, between the sightseeing, transportation, guides, and hotels we’ve included, we’ve saved you the time and hassles of arranging it yourself…and you’ve got yourself the perfect vacation!

 Day 1: San José, Costa Rica

Arrive in San José, where you will be met by your Local Host.

 Day 2: Tortuguero National Park

Early this morning, travel east to the northern Caribbean’s lowlands. In the first part of the trip, admire beautiful evergreen mountains and beautiful landscapes of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Once on the Caribbean side, continue to the Caño Blanco Dock, where you will board a BOAT to take you to TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. A 2.5-hour boat ride will take you through the canals sheltered in the jungle of the rainforest. From the boat you will be able to admire the unique flora and fauna of this area. Upon arrival at your hotel there will be short briefing followed by lunch. In the afternoon, visit the village of Tortuguero, where you learn the lifestyle of local residents and the significant conservation efforts developed to protect the sea turtles that come to spawn each year along the 22 miles of nearby protected coastline. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 3: Tortuguero National Park

Early this morning, travel east to the northern Caribbean’s lowlands. In the first part of the trip, admire beautiful evergreen mountains and beautiful landscapes of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Once on the Caribbean side, continue to the Caño Blanco Dock, where you will board a BOAT to take you to TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK. A 2.5-hour boat ride will take you through the canals sheltered in the jungle of the rainforest. From the boat you will be able to admire the unique flora and fauna of this area. Upon arrival at your hotel there will be short briefing followed by lunch. In the afternoon, visit the village of Tortuguero, where you learn the lifestyle of local residents and the significant conservation efforts developed to protect the sea turtles that come to spawn each year along the 22 miles of nearby protected coastline. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 4: Arenal

Take an early morning flight back to San José (or transfer by boat and car to Arenal depending on departure date). From here, journey to the artisan town of Sarchi before stopping for a typical Costa Rican lunch in La Fortuna. Continue to the Arenal Volcano area, where you will stay two nights. In the afternoon, take a guided WALK through the lava trails of the volcano and appreciate how nature has found a way to recover from past lava flows. After the walk, visit the famous TABACÓN HOT SPRINGS and take a dip in the natural springs and pools of mineral waters surrounded by lush, tropical forest. Enjoy dinner at the Hot Springs. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 Day 5: Arenal

Today is at your leisure to explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Arenal Hanging Bridges, a network of suspension bridges, platforms, and trails built in the cloud forest. From here, explore the forest canopy with a bird’s-eye view, giving you a different perspective of the forest’s wildlife. Alternatively, you may choose a rafting adventure, horseback riding, or spelunking in nearby Venado Caves. (Breakfast)

 Day 6: Arenal & Monteverde

This morning, begin with a short BOAT ride across Arenal Lake and admire different species of birds that visit and call the area home. Continue through incredible mountain scenery and the MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST, home to over 3,000 plant species, approximately 120 mammal species, 400 bird species, and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles. This evening, venture into Monteverde’s Cloud Forest just before nightfall with an expert Naturalist for a guided NATURE WALK to search for the jungle’s nocturnal creatures, like sloths, foxes, agoutis, frogs, and many more! (Breakfast)

 Day 7: Monteverde

Enjoy a day to do as you please. Maybe wake up early and visit Santa Elena Cloud Forest to best experience the animals in their natural forest habitats. Discover this misty and surreal wildlife sanctuary full of mosses, ferns, flowers, and other indigenous plant life. Also notice how the combination of climatic and geographic factors create temperature and humidity gradients, changing dramatically over just a short distance, or you could visit a local family’s farm to learn about sugarcane, coffee, and tilapia farming. (Breakfast)

 Day 8: San José

Return to San José today. (Breakfast)

 Day 9: San José

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)


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Arranging Your Land Tour Vacation

Whether it’s your first time on an escorted tour, or prefer to venture out independently, Oddball Escapes has great relationships with top names in the Land Tour industry: Globus, Cosmos, Trafalgar, Brendan Tours, G Adventures, Avanti Destinations, and Monograms. With such a network, Oddball makes it easy to find a Land Tour that fits your tastes. Contact us to plan your Land Vacation.