Things to do...
Take in at least one Mayan site.Some may be optional extras, but it would be a terrible shame not to see one of the greats. Such as Xunantunich in Belize, or Copan in Nicaragua. The Mayan Trail, or Ruta Maya, follows a route of great archaeological finds dating back to between 600-900AD.
Go out on Belize’s Barrier Reef. Few people realise that this small country has the second largest barrier reef in the world, and so do book in a trip to go snorkelling or swimming around one of the country’s cays, or sandy atolls. Caye Caulker is one of the most popular, with good conditions all year round.
See the wildlife. You will be travelling through some of the world’s most fauna fecund countries, so do take a guided hike out into the wilds. In the jungles around Tikal National Park in Guatemala, for example you will see spider monkeys, toucans and other stunning birdlife. Same goes for Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, with its capuchin and howler monkeys. In Costa Rica there are endless opportunities to see wildlife, such as at the primates, deer and wonderful birdlife in Monteverde Cloudforest or turtles in Tortuguero National Park.
Eat up the local culture. Literally. Always eat what and where the locals eat if you can. Try the casado set lunch in Costa Rica, güirilas tortillas in Nicaragua, falmaau fish cooked in coconut milk in Belize and arrachera, a really tender cut of steak in Mexico. And Choco Guate Maya in Guatemala is the biz.