Central American Adventure Itinerary

Ruins, volcanoes and beachside playgrounds await on this awesome Central American adventure, journeying through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and finishes in Costa Rica.

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      USD $2,190
      CAD $2,330
      AUD $2,425
      EUR €1,685
      GBP £1,455
      NZD $2,870
      ZAR R20,450
      CHF FR2,080
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costa rica arenal volcano mountain

costa rica arenal volcano mountain

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guatemala costa rica macaws parrots yellow sitting squark

guatemala antigua volcano sunrise

guatemala chichistenago colourful markets flowers

guatelmala weaver local market product fabrics

guatemala tikal temple pyramid ancient ruins

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mexico playa del carmen beach sunbaking

mexico woman sewing embroidery local fabric market

Day 1 Playa del Carmen

Enjoy the spoils of paradise on the Caribbean Coast. Playa del Carmen is a tropical Mexican playground and there are plenty of ways to spend the day. Perhaps take an optional visit to the nearby island of Cozumel.
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Days 2-3 Tulum

Peruse ancient Mayan architecture at the spectacular seaside ruins in Tulum. Continue with the laissez-faire approach on Tulum's beautiful white sand beaches.
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Days 4-5 Caye Caulker

Journey south to Belize and explore colourful underwater worlds off the island of Caye Caulker, home to some of the region's best scuba diving. Belize does beach culture exceptionally well - as will be discovered in this idyllic spot.
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Days 6-7 San Ignacio

Travel through the forested highlands to San Ignacio. Perhaps see the caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal, where ancient Mayan relics and crystallised skeletons lie hidden. Maybe hire a canoe, go tubing, wallow beneath waterfalls or potter about in San Ignacio town.
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Days 8-9 Flores / Tikal

It's hard to resist the charm of cobblestone streets, colourful houses and the relaxed pace of Flores. Don't miss the opportunity to spend an optional day discovering the jungle ruins and limestone temples at some of the most impressive of Guatemala's ruins. Learning the history of icons like the temple at Tikal on a guided tour is highly recommended.
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Days 10-11 Rio Dulce

Find a quiet spot to relax in Rio Dulce on the shores of Lake Izabal. Opt to head upriver to the thermal hot springs or perhaps saddle-up for a horse ride through nearby rubber plantations.
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Day 12 Antigua

Visit Antigua and stroll along the lively cobblestone streets that simply exude charisma. Chow down on some tasty tamales in the market or try a local three-meat concoction known as pepian.
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Day 13 San Jorge La Laguna

Get an up close look at Guatemalan life as guests of a family in San Jorge. Practice some Spanglish with inquisitive kids.
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Day 14 Panajachel

Set on the banks of the vast Lake Atitlan, Panajachel is a great jumping off point for a host of outdoor activities. Also take the opportunity to experience the traditional Mayan culture, which is still practised by Panajachel residents.
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Days 15-16 Antigua

Travel back to picturesque Antigua and enjoy the vista of surrounding volcanoes. Perhaps take to the floorboards in a salsa lesson!
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Days 17-18 Copan

Cross the wild countryside to Honduras and travel onwards to Copan. History buffs will find an optional visit to the Copan ruins well worthwhile. Wander through the grassy plazas under the gaze of huge carved faces staring out from ancient walls.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 19-21 Roatan Island

Catch a ferry from La Ceiba to Honduras's Roatan Island, and spend two days chilling out on the beach or scuba diving in Caribbean waters.
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Day 22 Comayagua

The historic centre of Comayagua is one of more charming major cities in Honduras, and a great place to witness colonial architecture meeting modern day life.
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Days 23-24 Granada

Skip across the border into Nicaragua and arrive in the city of Granada. Surrounded by volcanoes and located on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, this is the country's oldest city. Wandering about and sightseeing in Granada is a fine way to spend an afternoon.
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Days 25-26 Ometepe Island

Head across Lake Nicaragua to the twin-volcanic island of Ometepe. Take an optional hike up Concepcion Volcano, cool off in a jungle swimming hole or spot brightly-coloured wildlife who call Ometepe Island home.
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Days 27-28 Monteverde

Arriving in Costa Rica, explore the lush Monteverde cloud forest on foot or perhaps adopt a faster pace and hop on a mountain bike. A Monteverde canopy or zip line tour is also a great way to explore the area.
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Days 29-30 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park

Travel to quirky La Fortuna and witness bright-orange lava flowing from Arenal Volcano, a sight that is all the more stunning on an optional night hike. Relax under cascading La Fortuna Waterfall or ease tired muscles in the hot springs.
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Days 31-32 San Jose

Bid farewell to Central America by dancing the night away with the Ticos (Costa Rican natives) of San Jose.
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