Explore Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica

Explore incredibly colorful worlds - both above and below the water - on an epic journey from the sunny beaches of Mexico, through jungle and Caribbean coastline to the volcanic mountains of Costa Rica. Travel to Belize and discover a vibrant marine playground in Caye Caulker, walk through the steamy Monteverde cloud forest and visit the famous Tikal pyramids, arguably the most stunning of the Guatemala ruins. Learn the secrets of the ancient Mayans and pass through jaw-dropping scenery on this Central American adventure.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica,
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
396kg pp per trip


  • Find many ways to play on Mexico's Playa del Carmen
  • Swim over underwater worlds in Caye Caulker
  • Marvel at the magnificent Tikal pyramids
  • Experience lakeside life in Rio Dulce
  • Sample tamales in Antigua
  • Visit Flores and be charmed by the colonial streetscapes
  • Dive the tropical waters off Honduras's Roatan Island
  • Travel into the heart of the rainforest on Ometepe Island
  • Kick up your heels with the locals of San Jose


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.
Peruse ancient Mayan architecture at the spectacular seaside ruins in Tulum. Continue with the laissez-faire approach on Tulum's beautiful white-sand beaches.
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.
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.
Head into Tikal National Park and discover some of the most impressive Mayan ruins in Central America. Gaze up in awe at these stunning granite temples towering up over the jungle canopy. Walk amongst them, feel age-old spirits linger and be entranced by the beauty of the surrounds. Tonight we pitch our tents by these impressive relics.
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.
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 concoction known as pepian.
Explore the colourful markets of Chichicastenango, then get an up close look at Guatemalan life as guests of a family in San Jorge. Practice some Spanglish with inquisitive kids.
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.
Travel back to picturesque Antigua and enjoy the vista of surrounding volcanoes. Perhaps take to the floorboards in a salsa lesson!
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.
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.
The historic centre of Comayagua is one of the more charming major cities in Honduras, and a great place to witness colonial architecture meeting modern-day life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bid farewell to Central America by dancing the night away with the Ticos (Costa Rican natives) of San Jose.
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1 breakfast1 dinner
Boat, Bus, Ferry, Taxi
Camping (with facilities) (1 night), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (29 nights)


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There will be a change to the Antigua to San Jose section of this trip for all departures in 2016. Please note that this trip won't visit Roatan in 2016, instead the itinerary will be as follows:

Day 16 Antigua, Guatemala
Day 17 Copan, Honduras
Days 18-19 Suchitoto, El Salvador
Days 20 El Tunco, El Salvador
Days 21-22 El Cuco, El Salvador
Days 23-24 Granada, Nicaragua
Days 25-26 Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
Days 27-28 Monteverde, Costa Rica
Days 29-30 La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Days 31-32 San Jose, Costa Rica

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Central American Adventure , August 2015

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