Discover Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama

As far as ultimate Central American adventures go, this trip from Mexico to Panama ticks all the boxes. Starting in Mexico City, the tour ventures down through Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and finally to Panama. Loaded with culture, history, architecture and bountiful nature, this incredible Central American adventure will leave you breathless. This exciting itinerary may be full of trekking up volcanoes, exploring vibrant cities, kayaking down emerald rivers, snorkelling over reefs and taking part in all manor of outdoor and cultural activities, but there is also a great balance of down time too, with beaches, forests and unspoilt nature to be enjoyed and relaxed in. So if you’re after a life-affirming, awe-inspiring and never-to-be-forgotten adventure, then this epic trip is it.

Mexico City, Mexico
Panama City, Panama
Costa Rica,
El Salvador,
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4 Max 22
Carbon offset
808kg pp per trip


  • View ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico
  • Enjoy three nights in the colonial town of San Cristobal de Las Casas
  • Be left awestruck by the ruined city of Palenque
  • Learn the history of the clifftop Maya-Toltec ruins at Tulum
  • Discover the stunning Belizean island of Caye Caulker
  • Get adventurous in San Ignacio, Belize’s adventure capital
  • Stay with a Guatemalan family in Totonicapan
  • Go on a spending spree at Chichicastenango’s markets
  • Explore the charming colonial city of Antigua


Spend time exploring the sights and sounds of intriguing Mexico City. Perhaps check out the pyramids of Teotihuacan or get out among the city’s vibrant nightlife.
Enjoy staying at a traditional posada. Take a look around the resplendent colonial city of Oaxaca before taking a guided tour around the Zapotec Ruins.
Stay in a family run hotel and enjoy a boat trip down the Sumidero Canyon during a stay in the lovely San Cristobel de las Casas.
An early start and full day's drive take us to Frontera Corozal.
Encounter the ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilan en route to Palenque, where the sight of this incredible, ruined city rising from the jungle is truly something to behold.
As the state capital of Yucatan, Merida boasts thriving markets and a bustling nightlife.
Reach the Caribbean Coast for some blissful camping on a remote beach near Xpu Ha. Then, venture to the alluring clifftop ruins of Maya-Toltec.
Wave goodbye to Mexico as a boat trip moves on to Caye Caulker in Belize. Relaxing to the max is compulsory on this idyllic Caribbean island.
Head to the Belize mainland, where there’s time to have a nosey around Belize City before moving on to San Ignacio – a beautiful town with lots of outdoor activities to enjoy or a place to simply relax.
Drive across to Guatemala and be dumbstruck by the Mayan ruins of Tikal, with its temples hiding among the tropical jungle.
Get to know what local life is like in Guatemala while spending time on a working farm in Poptun.
Soak up the unique Caribbean feel of the town and enjoy a splash in the local hot pools.
Jump aboard another boat and travel along the Rio Dulce to arrive in San Andres Itzapa where we spend the night at a community project assisting victims of domestic violence.
Soak up the atmosphere of Panajachel, which is situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan. Perhaps embark on an optional boat trip around the lake that takes in the surrounding villages. The following day, visit Chichicastenango and its fantastic, multi-coloured market.
Appreciate the last couple of days in Guatemala by delving into the charms and wonder of Antigua.
Ease into El Salvadorian life with a stay in the fishing village of Los Cobanos.
Experience amazing views of surrounding volcanoes and countryside in Cerro Verde National Park.
Wander the colourful streets of Suchitoto, which are lined cobblestone roads that lead to beautiful whitewashed houses.
Get up close to the ancient ruins of Copan, one of Honduras’s most striking Mayan sites.
Relax in the blissful, crystal-clear waters of Roatan Island, home to gorgeous beaches, intriguing mangroves and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Visit Lake Yojoa, where an overnight lakeside camp is the ideal opportunity to take in the surroundings.
Enter Nicaragua and head to the university town of Leon, peppered with derelict buildings and walls adorned with political murals and graffiti.
Experience the wondrous crater and lava flows belonging to the active volcano in the heart of the Masaya National Park.
Cross Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest lake, to Isla Ometepe, where two volcanoes, lush vegetation and a wide range of wildlife await.
See Arenal Volcano and marvel at this beautiful area's majesty.
Stay within the rainforest at Costa Rica’s Monteverde, and perhaps witness some of the diverse local flora and fauna during a visit to the Cloud Forest Reserve.
Sleep in cabins set within the jungle in Manuel Antonio National Park, embarking on jungle walks, relaxing on palm-lined beaches or swimming in cerulean waters.
Panama’s ‘wonderland’, Boquete, offers activities like rafting, hiking and volcano walks, as well as lush tropical forests.
An ideal opportunity to relax, swim in the lovely Pacific Ocean and camp by the beach before heading to Panama City.
Visit the Panama Canal with enough time left to explore the city’s colourful neighbourhoods and soak up the last of the Central American atmosphere.
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Boat, Overland vehicle, Plane
Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (22 nights), Guesthouse (8 nights), Hotel (19 nights)
Included activities
  • Chichicastenango Market
  • Guided tour of Chichen Itza ruins
  • Guided tour of Palenque ruins
  • Guided tour of ruins
  • Oaxaca - Monte Alban Ruins
  • Palenque - Misol-Ha and Agua Azul waterfalls
  • Panama City - Panama Canal (Miraflores Locks)
  • San Cristobal de las Casas - Sumidero Canyon (inc. transport)
  • Tikal National Park - Entrance
  • Tulum - Entrance to ruins
  • Turtle watching, Playa La Flor
  • Visit to Manos Amigas
  • Yaxchilan Ruins


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Important notes

1. This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

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