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Central America and Mexico (Northbound)

46 days,San Jose to Mexico City

Exploring Mayan sites, colourful markets, local homestay, vibrant nightlife, swimming in the Caribbean's crystal blue waters, wandering the cobblestone streets of colonial towns, sampling new food and drink.


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Live like you mean it on a legendary 46-day journey through six countries. Swap San José's bustling streets for lush jungles, Mayan pyramids and amazing white sand beaches. Share coffee with the locals or—if it’s to your liking—toss back a tequila in a colonial plaza and experience Central American culture with others who share your appetite for adventure. Perfect for the adventurer on a shoestring who wants to explore the region’s diversity, this trip will provide a sampling of the best of Central America.

What's Included

  • Orientation walk around Puebla, Oaxaca, San Crístóbal De Las Casas, Mérida, Antigua and Granada, Mayan Riviera beaches, Homestay on Lake Atitlán, Excursion to Bay Islands.
  • 1 dinner. For July 18 departures & after: 2 breakfasts, 3 dinners. (Allow USD1050-1400 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (43 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), local homestay (1 nt). For July 18 departures & after: Simple hotels (41 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), local homestay (3 nts).
  • Public bus, boat, van, taxi, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10

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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Mexico City to San Jose. See Central America and Mexico (Southbound)

Day 1 San José

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-5 Costa Rica

Options to go rafting, waterfall rappelling, ziplining through the cloud forest, visit a coffee plantation, see Arenal Volcano, or relax in hot springs.

Day 6-10 Nicaragua

Orientation walk in Granada. Options to visit Masaya volcano and market, kayak the isletas in Lake Nicaragua or climb one of the two volcanoes that make up the island of Ometepe. For all tours departing on July 18 or after, accommodation on Ometepe will be in a local homestay including 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners.

Day 11-15 Honduras

Options to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán, snorkel, scuba dive or just relax on the beach in the Bay Islands.

Day 16-25 Guatemala (1D)

Orientation walk of Antigua and visit to Chichicastenango market. Options to visit the Mayan ruins of Tikal, hike Pacaya volcano, take a boat trip down the to the coastal town of Livingston or visit the local villages around Lake Atitlán.

Day 26-29 Belize

Option to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, visit sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal, or check out little-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

Day 30-45 Mexico

Enjoy orientation walks around town in Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristóbal de las Casas and Merida. Options to visit the Mayan ruins of Palenque, Chichén Itzá and Tulum, the pyramids at Teotihuacan, traditional highland Mayan villages, waterfalls, markets, cenotes (underground pools) and Mayan Riviera beaches.

Day 46 Mexico City

Depart at any time.