Central America Encompassed Overview
Explore Central America on a trip through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
Prepare for a unique Central American adventure from Mexico to Guatemala that's packed full of cosmopolitan cities, breathtaking Mayan ruins, idyllic beaches and incredible natural beauty. Journey from the madness of Mexico City, through the Yucatan Peninsula and to the colour of colonial Antigua. Discover the spicy flavours of Oaxaca, admire the stunning Palenque ruins, swim in the turquoise waters off the coast of Belize in Caye Caulker and arrive at volcano-rimmed Antigua. Join us as we discover places of astounding beauty, visit vibrant and colourful cities, explore ancient ruins and uncover the hidden gems of Central America along the way.
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Bienvenido - welcome to Mexico! Mexico City is ripe for adventure so step out onto the sizzling streets and soak up the sultry vibe of Mexico's capital.
Named the 'City of Angles', Puebla is the perfect place to discover Mexico's colonial past. Weave through the laneways and enjoy the Poblano treats from the street stalls.
Arriving in the Oaxaca region, test your tastebuds with some of Mexico's culinary heritage where Aztec and Mayan recipes are fused with Spanish influences to create a fiery Oaxacan mole. Salsa between the cobbled streets and the haughty colonial architecture until reaching the commercial chaos of Oaxaca's Mercado de Abastos.
Escape into Mexico's mountains and discover the bohemian hideaway of San Cristobal de las Casas. Unwind in this remote ancient Mayan refuge and savour this serene Mexican village.
Visit the Palenque ruins and experience Mexico's mysterious Mayan sites. Clamber to the top of the Palenque pyramid and see the same view that the ancient Mayan civilisations worshipped.
Inhale the invigorating air of the Yucatan Peninsula at Merida. Bound through the bustling Plaza Grande and pick up a panama hat or kick back in the comfort of an authentic Yucatan hammock - a real Mexican treat!
Visit the mighty Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, the archaeological highlight of the Yucatan Peninsula. Get busy relaxing at Playa Del Carmen with a swim or a snorkel - or a Margarita.
Get ready to be wowed by the stunning beachside Mayan ruins of Tulum. As the sun drops behind the horizon of the Yucatan Peninsula, witness the incredible sight as the Tulum ruins soak up the sunset hues.
Off the coast of Belize, discover the Caribbean treasure of Caye Caulker. Relax to the reggae beat in this retreat evocative of Paradise. Take a deep breath and inhale the fume-free air or if something more energetic is on the cards, maybe enjoy a spot of snorkelling or scuba diving. Caye Caulker's marine park is not to be missed by underwater enthusiasts.
Wander amongst the flutter of flapping wings in the lush surroundings of San Ignacio's butterfly garden. Saunter out to Xunantunich to unearth the Mayan history of Belize.
Wander through the winding streets of Flores, Guatemala's tiny island on Lago de Peten Itza. Take a trip to Tikal and explore the hidden Mayan passageways in the jungle.
Arrive at the Sweet River, Rio Dulce, and step into a lancha for a relaxing cruise. Loosen up at the local hot springs and enjoy this beautiful Guatemalan retreat.
Nestled amongst twin volcanoes, wander the World Heritage-listed streets of Antigua, Guatemala's gorgeous old colonial capital.
Stay with a local family in San Jorge La Laguna and try to have a mingled Spanglish conversation with the locals.
Panajachel, located on beautiful Lake Atitlan with distant volcanoes looming in the background, has a thriving market, good eateries and many water-based activities to enjoy. Go for a swim, wind surf, hike, kayak, go horse riding, or for the really adventurous, paragliding. The surrounding area is dotted with villages which can be reached on foot or by boat. Watch women weaving at Santa Catarina Palopo or explore the colourful markets of Santiago Atitlan, In each village the local Indian life has changed little over the last few hundred years. Each village has its own typical dress and make all the textiles themselves in designs passed down through generations.
Back in the luxury of Antigua, end a fantastic adventure with an optional day trip to the steaming Pacaya Volcano.
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