Central America tour

“Explore six Central American countries on this thrilling overland tour. Free time in each spot lets you indulge your own passions - boating, birding, trekking or culture.”

Highlights

Cancun | Playa del Carmen | Caye Caulker | San Ignacio | Flores | Tikal National Park | Rio Dulce | Garifuna town of Livingston | Antigua, Guatemala | Copan, Honduras | Roatan Island | Leon, Nicaragua | Granada | Mombacho Volcano | Ometepe Island | San Jose | Optional: boat tour to Isla Mujeres, Tulum, swimming with whale sharks, Cozumel island, diving the "Blue Hole", manatee breeding ground, canoeing, cave tours, coffee plantation, zip lining, horse riding, hot springs, fishing and more

Description of Central America tour

This Central America tour is an overland odyssey through six countries, starting in Mexico and coming to a close in Costa Rica. In between you will discover a wealth of adventures, stunning natural heritage and cultural wonders. Following in Mayan footsteps, we also get a chance to visit some of the great ancient sites from their civilisation.

In Mexico you will have some beach time to recover from your journey before hitting the road and heading to neighbouring Belize where, with its myriad cayes, you will also have plenty of coastal treats. An important stop in Guatemala is Tikal National Park, the largest excavated Mayan site in the Americas , followed by some tranquil time out in nature staying on and exploring the River Dulce.

Honduras also has a fine mix of history and hanging out, with a visit to the Mayan site of Copan followed by the Caribbean island of Roatan. Nicaragua is our next stop for a few days, as there are a lot of cultural and natural wonders to take in here. Highlights include the colonial towns of Granada and Leon as well as plenty of free time to explore further afield independently, such as Masaya National Park or Mombacho Volcano Cloud Forest. Your last stop in Nicaragua is spectacular, with two days on volcanic Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua. This is another world completely with rainforest, hiking trails and freshwater lakes to discover.

The last stop of this trip is San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, where you have plenty of time to take in the Tico culture and also do some last minute shopping at its Central Market.

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Our top tip:
It's a long trip but there's plenty of travelling - including public transport; you'll thank yourself for packing light.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 16 people. Min. age 12.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
Hostels, hotels and guesthouses.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms availabel with surcharge.
Included:
Accomm., listed activities, tour leader, local guides, transport inc. local flight.
Meals:
Not included.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Small group adventure holiday

Whether you are travelling alone or with friends/family its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Central America tour

Environment

Where possible, this tour is operated using public transport (ferry, local buses), meaning our carbon emissions and overall environmental impact is lower. When we do need to use private vans we ensure we select vehicles that are an appropriate size when our group sizes vary.

The Tikal ruins are situated in the Guatemalan jungle, during our visit to the ruins visitors will learn about the wildlife in this protected biosphere with many opportunities to spot birds and monkeys. Our entrance fee goes towards supporting Tikal National Park’s conservation efforts to protect this habitat and maintain the ruins.

This is not the only protected habitat we see on this tour, we also stay on Caye Caulker where travellers can choose to do guided snorkeling over the Hol Chan Marine Reserve’s coral reefs. Local guides share their knowledge of the marine life on Belize’s oldest marine reserve and educate on the importance of not littering on the beach or touching the coral when snorkeling.

Community

We are committed to using local operators, suppliers and specialist guides. This includes staying at locally owned hotels, using local ground agents and guides for excursions and, where possible, local transport. Our commitment to these local operators means we are continually investing in the community and ensuring these businesses continue to prosper.

We visit the Mayan ruins at Tikal and Copán where specialist local guides share their in-depth knowledge of these sites and the ancient civilisations that occupied them and will also talk about ongoing archaeological and conservation efforts. These excursions are included, enabling us to put money directly towards maintenance of these heritage sites and support local professionals who want to expand visitors understanding of Mayan history and their pre-colonial ancestors’ culture.

Guatemala’s population is a tapestry of indigenous, mestizo and Garifuna. This tour brings travellers into contact with these cultures. We take a boat tour on Rio Dulce to Livingston, a Garifuna enclave, spend time in Antigua, Panajachel and Chichicastenango where there’s chance to delve into indigenous artisan textiles, woodcraft and pottery and support these artisans by purchasing from them.

Other optional highlights include the Green Iguana Project, Actun Tunichil Muknal caves where an untouched ceremonial Mayan cave complex can be explored with a guide and the Caracol ruins.

Throughout the tour we embrace local cuisine and encourage travellers to dine in local eateries and try new locally sourced culinary delights.

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