Central America small group tour

“Not a month in the country, but a month in 7 countries. No way could I have come up with such a brilliant itinerary on my own. The trip of a lifetime. ”

Highlights

Mexico: Yucatan Peninsula | Playa del Carmen | Tulum Belize: Caye Caulker | Snorkelling | San Ignacio | Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave | Guatemala: Tikal National Park | Flores | Rio Dulce | Antigua | Chichicastenango | Lake Atitlan Honduras: Copan El Salvador : Suchitoto | El Cuco Nicaragua : Leon | Granada | Ometepe Island Costa Rica: Monteverde | La Fortuna | Arenal Volcano National Park | San Jose

Description of Central America small group tour

This month long Central America small group tour is a journey through what can only be described as one idyllic isthmus. Bursting with Mayan heritage and natural beauties, from the Caribbean to the Pacific coast, volcanoes to cloud forest, cayes to caves, Central America is just made for a long adventure of this nature. On this trip we travel through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Our adventure begins on Mexicoís stunning Yucatan Peninsula, where we mix beach life with ancient Mayan ruins. The former at Playa del Carmen and the latter at nearby Tulum, which is also the first Mayan archaeological site on our trip. Beach life continues in beautiful Belize, where the cayes and coves are very much part of Belizean life. We also head inland in Belize to experience other aspects of its luscious landscapes and fascinating mix of Mestizos, Maya and Garifuna cultures, at San Ignacio.

Guatemala is next on our list, a land full of stunning Mayan relics and dramatic volcanic peaks. We dedicate eight days of this holiday to Guatemala, with every day offering something very different. Such as Tikal National Park, with the ancient Mayan city at its heart, the contemporary Mayan culture in Chichicastenango , the beautiful Lake Atitlan and the wonderful capital of Antigua.

Moving further south, we spend five days in Honduras, which is one of the largest countries in Central America, and where tourism infrastructure is a bit thinner on the ground. What isnít lacking is ancient Mayan culture, at Copan, beautiful beaches and dramatic volcanic terrain.

After a quick sojourn in San Salvador, mixing coast at El Cuco with culture at Suchitoto, Nicaragua is next, where we spend nine days exploring this unique country and possibly one of Central Americaís most underrated. It is also Central Americaís largest country, and we follow its Pacific coast visiting the historic cities of Granada and Leon, as well as the vast Lake Nicaragua, home to Ometepe Island. Here you can hike to the top of a volcano or go hiking in the jungle. Itís a whole other world on Ometepe.

The finale of this Central American is no other than Costa Rica, where both wildlife watching and adventure opportunities are second to none. Hike through Arenal Volcano National Park or up into the Monteverde cloud forest, and spend a couple of days in the vibrant capital of San Jose.

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What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travellers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travellers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your holiday.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travellers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Central America small group tour

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.

This epic trip from Mexico to Costa Rica is designed to follow the ethos of low impact and even positive impact tourism. Travelling through six Central American countries, visiting beaches, ancient ruins and pristine rainforests, this trip does much to support local industry and initiative and provide employment opportunities as we go.

Youíll stay in small, locally owned budget accommodation, from hotels to a basic homestay in San Jorge La Laguna and be accompanied throughout by a professional local group leader. Those who opt to explore some on the Mayan ruins en route or who decide to take on one of the many optional hikes in this itinerary will also benefit from the knowledge and experience of various local site guides employed in the various locations. What you do in each destination is up to you, so your group leader will be on hand to help with arrangements, including recommended local suppliers to use for things such as cycle hire, kayak hire and guided tours.

Meals on this trip are at your own expense giving all travellers freedom to choose the places you eat. When dining together, your group will eat in traditional, locally owned restaurants, and during the day will purchase food en route from local vendors and small cafes, again your group leader will be on hand to recommend the places the locals eat and where to get the best regional specialities.

Our emphasis on tour is real life experiences and to experience the best of these we encourage all our travellers to be aware of local sensibilities when they travel with us and to behave accordingly. With the high degree of local interaction on this itinerary, it is worth noting that Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered.

Youíll mainly travel on this trip by local bus. As well as being by far the best option environmentally, this offers great opportunity for cultural interaction with your fellow bus travellers. Due to safety concerns however we do not use the brightly painted Ďchicken busesí that are a common sight throughout Central America, instead using more modern, efficient inter-city coaches. As a company we are very aware of the negative effect carbon emissions have on our environment and as such operate a carbon neutral policy; offsetting the ground emissions of all our passengers on all our trips. On this particular Central American journey that equates to 266kgs of carbon offset per passenger, per departure.

In addition to this we encourage all our passengers to take steps to ensure that their trip is environmentally responsible as possible. On this trip you will get the chance to snorkel in the pristine waters of Caye Caulker, Mexico, visit the heart of the rainforest on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua and explore the cloudforest in Monteverde, Costa Rica. We want our visits to assist in the preservation of all these stunning locations and you will be encouraged to treat them with care. For example, your group leader will brief you on the dos and doníts of snorkelling to help protect the fragile marine environments. Youíll be encouraged to stick to the marked pathways in the jungle environments and to treat all destinations with respect.

Your group leader will also be on hand to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, recycling wherever possible and we encourage all our travellers to use refillable water bottles with purification tablets rather than contributing to the rapidly escalating problem caused by the copious number of plastic bottles discarded globally on a daily basis.

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