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Central American Journey

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Group Size: Max 18

Trip code: JCS

Duration: 32 days

Group guided tour of 7 countries
Start in Mexico and end in Costa Rica
Explore amazing beaches and jungles
Want more flexibility during these uncertain times? With this trip, you get a free date change! Amend your start date up to 31 working days before you travel. Book for travel until 30th June 2021. See full T&Cs here.

Want to see it all in Central America? This epic 32-day adventure takes you through seven stunning Central American countries. Begin in magical Mexico, before exploring the wonders of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Central America is bursting with beauty and natural wonders, amazing Mayan ruins, gorgeous reefs, idyllic islands, fascinating culture and lively cities. Make the most of every moment on this unforgettable experience!

Trip highlights

  • Chill out on the paradise island of Caye Caulker, Belize
  • Snorkel with stingrays and sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize
  • Visit some of the most jaw-dropping Mayan ruins in the world at Tikal, Guatemala
  • Spend the night in a traditional homestay on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
  • Spot tapirs, monkeys, sloths and large cats in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
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What's included
  • 31-nights’ accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts, 1 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Tour guide
  • Community project visit and pottery class in San Ignacio
  • Guided tour of Tikal
  • Orientation walk around Antigua, Leon and Granada
  • Posadas Mayas homestay
  • Isla de Ometepe homestay
  • Rainforest walk and cooking demo in Costa Rica
  • Tour transport
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Airport transfers
  • Border fees
Further trip information

Day 1: MEXICO. Playa del Carmen. Arrive at any time. 6pm welcome meeting.

Day 2: Playa del Carmen. Free beach time or optional activities: Visit the Mayan ruins at Tulúm or dive on Cozumel Island.

Day 3-5: BELIZE. Caye Caulker. Relax on the coast or opt to snorkel or dive with stingrays at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Day 6-7: San Ignacio. On day 6, visit a community project that helps women learn new skills and try your hand at pottery! Enjoy some free time on day 7 with optional activities.

Day 8: GUATEMALA. Flores/Tikal. Take a guided tour of the ruins of Tikal and discover Flores.

Day 9-10: Río Dulce. All sorts of optional activities are on offer in this relaxed lakeside location.

Day 11-12: Antigua. Enjoy an orientation guided walk in Antigua then explore the local area and vibrant city and take an optional salsa class.

Day 13-14: Panajachel/Lake Atitlán homestay. Go on boat rides and experience a traditional homestay on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlán with its breathtaking backdrop.

Day 15-16: Antigua. Make the most of this lively city. Have fun and practice your fancy footwork at an included group salsa dancing lesson.

Day 17-18: HONDURAS. Copán. See the stunning Mayan ruins at Copán or relax in hot springs.

Day 19: EL SALVADOR. Suchitoto. Hop across the border into El Salvador and discover the picturesque town of Suchitoto.

Day 20 - 21: Playa El Tunco. Head to laid back El Tunco. Catch some waves with an optional surf lesson on the black sand beach and soak up the town’s mellow vibes.

Day 22: NICARAGUA. Leon. Get some more ink in your passport as we cross into Nicaragua. Our home for the night is the beautifully crumbly colonial city of Leon.

Day 23 – 24: Granada. Travel to Nicaragua’s oldest town. Wander the cobbled streets, explore the markets and colonial buildings, and take an optional trip to an Mombacho volcano or the warm waters of the Laguna de Apoyo.

Day 25 – 26: Isla de Ometepe. Cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to get to rugged Ometepe. Spend 2 nights in a traditional homestay, swim in the cool waters of the lake, and take an optional excursion to the springs at Ojo de Agua or up Concepcion Volcano.

Day 27 – 28: COSTA RICA. Monteverde. At 1,400 metres above sea level, our Costa Rican home for the next 2 days is literally in the clouds! The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is uniquely bio diverse, with sloths, monkeys, tapirs, large cats and more. Opt to fly through the jungle on a zipline, go horse riding, or take a tour of a butterfly garden.

Day 29 – 30: La Fortuna. Take a boat across Lake Arenal to La Fortuna, the adventure sports capital of Costa Rica. Canyoning, white water rafting, kayaking and paddle boarding are all on the menu of options while we’re here.

Day 31 - 32: San José. Hang out for one final night with your newfound friends in Costa Rica’s capital, before your epic Central American Journey comes to an end.

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Arrival information

Please arrange your flights into Cancún (Mexico). Airport transfers are not included. Shuttles and buses from Cancún airport to Playa del Carmen are easy to find and reasonably priced.

Please note, we can also arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.

Please note that this tour ends in San José (Costa Rica) on day 32. Your return transfer to the airport is not included but is easy to arrange. 

Accommodation & meals

31 nights’ multi-share, single sex accommodation is included. You will be travelling through countries where cold water showers are common, so please be aware that there may not be hot water showers available. In the warm weather, a cool shower will be more than welcome!

2 breakfasts, 1 lunches and 3 dinners are included as part of this trip. You’ll have the flexibility to eat where and when you want the rest of the time. Please allow USD765-995 for meals not included.

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.

All countries require a valid passport (with minimum 6 months validity).

Mexico: You don’t need a visa to enter Mexico but you will need a tourist card, which you get on arrival. You will need to complete an immigration form on your flight or at a border crossing in order to get your tourist card. You will need to keep your tourist card safe as you need it to leave the country. The exit tax for Mexico by land is USD21.

Belize: British nationals can visit Belize for up to 30 days without a visa. You must have your passport stamped on entry or risk a fine or arrest. The Belize exit tax is USD18.75.

Guatemala: British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Guatemala for stays of up to 90 days. There is an USD1.25 entrance tax and a USD3 exit tax in Guatemala.

Honduras: British nationals don’t need to get a visa in advance to enter Honduras, but can get a 30 day tourist visa on arrival.

El Salvador: British nationals can enter El Salvador for up to 90 days without a visa.

Costa Rica: British nationals will not require a visa in order to enter Costa Rica, and can remain in the country as a visitor for up to three months.

Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or ask us for more information.

As this trip crosses national borders, please be prepared to pay some border fees for certain countries ranging from USD1 to USD38.

Certain Central American countries may require specific vaccinations for entry, such as the Yellow Fever vaccination. You should also speak to your GP or Travel Clinic before travel for the most up to date information.

Physical Rating: Average. Some activities on this trip will require a moderate level of fitness.

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