Real Central America

16 Days | Mexico, Belize and Guatemala – meet these three amigos on a Central American adventure

4.9 out of 5 based on 51 reviews submitted.
18 to 29s
CHF  1,422
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This trip is for the 18 to 29 year olds

Explore the lake vistas, volcanic landscapes and thick jungles of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala on this 16-day Central American adventure. Starting in Playa de Carmen, you’ll explore hotspot Tulum, where you can visit the Temple of Frescoes and dance the night away after a few margaritas. Hit island paradise in Caye Caulker, where you have a couple of days to snorkel, swim and laze on the beach (after taking your new profile pic). Explore San Ignacio, a place of waterfalls and Maya ruins, at your own pace before hitting Tikal National Park. Take scenic boat rides in Rio Dulce, trek through the jungle in your spare time and then head to the gorgeous Lake Atitlan, where you’ll visit the famous Chichi market and make the trip to San Juan La Laguna to immerse yourself in Mayan village life. End it all in World Heritage-listed Antigua, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes.

Trip overview

Map of Real Central America including Belize, Guatemala and Mexico
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Antigua, Guatemala
18 to 29s
Mexico, Guatemala, Belize
Physical rating
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Min 18 - Max 29
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 25.9 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
Bucket list destinations

Tick off all the popular spots and enjoy unique local experiences

Great value

Affordable trips with the freedom to choose how you spend your time

Responsible travel

You book, we donate to help support local communities

Why you'll love this trip
  • Enjoy traditional Guatemalan hospitality with a homecooked lunch in a local home in San Juan La Laguna, after visiting a local midwife, walking through medicinal gardens and experiencing a weaving and dying workshop.
  • Head to Tikal National Park within the dense Maya forest to explore ancient Maya ruins at the archaeological site – you might like to opt to swing through the canopy on the optional zipline experience!
  • Extended time in the paradise of Caye Caulker and unique Antigua offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy laidback island vibes and buzzing colonial city life. Swim among tropical fish, sharks and manta rays and then hit the salsa lessons!
  • Visit the colourful markets of Chichicastenango, nicknamed Chichi, where you can explore the local handmade wares like jade jewellery, pottery and traditional huipils – the traditional dress worn by Maya women.
  • See some of the best of Central America in one trip travelling through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Enjoy loads of free time where you can rent bikes and explore on wheels, go snorkelling and kayaking or rent a paddleboard and explore the landscape from the water.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, the Adelante Foundation. Donations help them empower female entrepreneurs from low-income parts of Honduras to grow their businesses and build a livelihood with microfinance.

Is this trip right for you?
  • You’ll be crossing the borders between three countries on this trip and while it is usually straightforward, you may need to be patient.
  • Is it hot in here? Well, you’re in tropical Central America, so it can get really hot and humid. Carry plenty of water as hydration is key, especially when walking a lot.
  • It’s a good idea to try and brush up on as many Spanish words as possible. While locals are friendly, they’re also shy, so knowing some local lingo is a great way to break the ice and show you care.
  • This trip involves some long days of travel by private and local transport. While this can be tiring, it's also a fantastic way to rub shoulders with the locals.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Real Central America including Belize, Guatemala and Mexico



2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners


Private vehicle, Local bus, Public bus, Taxi, Shared Boat, Ferry


Hotel (10 nights), Multishare lodge (2 nights), Multishare hotel (3 nights)

  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Tulum - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Caye Caulker - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Tikal National Park - Archaeological Site Tour (Entrance fee & Transport)
  • Chichicastenango - Market Visit
  • San Juan La Laguna - Weaving & Dyeing experience
  • San Juan La Laguna - Midwife home visit
  • San Juan La Laguna - Medicinal Garden
  • Antigua - Leader-led orientation walk
Add on activities
  • Playa del Carmen - Bicycle Rental (per day) - MXN260
  • Tulum - Archaeological Site (entrance fee, no guide) - MXN90
  • Tulum- Bike rental - MXN250
  • Tulum - Cenote Adventure - USD135
  • Tulum - Jungle Adventure - USD135
  • Tulum - Jungle Bike tour - USD125
  • Tulum - Maya Inland Expedition - USD159
  • Tulum - Sian Ka'an Adventure - MXN105
  • Tulum - World Wonder Discovery - USD160
  • Tulum - Sian Ka'an Muyil - USD135
  • Caye Caulker - Sunset sailing - BZD100
  • Caye Caulker - Manatee boat tour - BZD240
  • Caye Caulker - Full-day Guided Snorkelling Trip (gear, guide and transport included) - BZD230
  • Caye Caulker - Stand-up paddleboard hire (per hour) - BZD42
  • Caye Caulker - Manatee boat tour (Incl. transport & guide) - BZD242
  • San Ignacio - Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves (Incl. entry, guide, transport & lunch) - BZD250
  • San Ignacio - Cave tubing (incl. entrance, guide & transport) - BZD190
  • San Ignacio - Butterfly Farm - BZD55
  • San Ignacio - Cahal Pech Ruins entry - BZD10
  • San Ignacio - Iguana Conservation Project (entrance fee) - BZD20
  • San Ignacio - Xunantunich Ruins entry - BZD10
  • Tikal National Park - Guide for Ruins (per group) - GTQ500
  • Rio Dulce - Boat trip to Livingston (Price dependent on boat available & passengers) - GTQ160
  • Rio Dulce - Natural Hot Springs (entrance fee and transport) - GTQ150
  • Rio Dulce - San Felipe Fort (entrance fee) - GTQ75
  • Rio Dulce - Quirigua Ruins (entrance fee) - GTQ80
  • Panajachel - Kayak rental (per hour) - GTQ100
  • Panajachel - Bicycle rental (per day) - GTQ50
  • Panajachel - Zipline - GTQ375
  • Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop at ChocoMuseo - GTQ225

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 2 & 3 (Tulum), Days 10 & 11 (Rio Dulce) and Days 13 & 14 (Lake Atitlan) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Multishare typically includes triple and quad rooms. You may be required to share with group members of the opposite sex and couples, and people travelling together may occasionally be separated due to rooming configurations.
3. Please be careful when booking flights from Antigua; make sure you fly out of Guatemala City Airport [GUA]. Guatemala City Airport is the closest airport to Antigua. Please do not book flights from Antigua & Barbuda Airport [ANU] as this is an island in the Caribbean.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 51 reviews submitted.
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Alicia · Traveled August 2023
This was my first tour and it was amazing! As a solo female traveller, the trip provided the security and safety that I was looking for whilst travelling through Belize and Guatemala. It also provided like mind-ed people to enjoy all the beautiful sights and experiences with along the way. Our group had so much fun, and we adored Caye Caulker, The ATM caves, and Guatemala. My highlight was the overnight Acatenago hike, make sure you leave an extra day on the end to attend the hike.
Review submitted 03 Sep 2023

John · Traveled August 2023
Cannot recommend this trip enough, each day brought completely new and amazing experiences. None of which I will ever forget.
Review submitted 02 Sep 2023

Amy · Traveled August 2023
I would highly recommend this trip to anyone thinking about booking this. I am a solo female traveler going all the way through Central America with intrepid and it has been amazing. I have met friends for life the leaders are all really knowledgeable of local areas and you never on your own! Intrepid plan everything really well from transport to hotels, I will definitely be booking again.
Review submitted 19 Aug 2023

Rik · Traveled August 2023
Review submitted 15 Aug 2023

Tamara · Traveled August 2023
I had the best time on this trip!! I could not recommend it enough!!
Review submitted 16 Aug 2023
Real Central America
CHF  1,422