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Central America and Mexico (Southbound)

46 days,Mexico City to San Jose

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 the energy of Mexico City 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 of Puebla, Oaxaca, San Crístóbal De Las Casas, Mérida, Antigua and Granada, Mayan Riviera beaches, Homestay on Lake Atitlán, Excursion to Bay Islands.
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 dinners. (Allow USD1050-1400 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (41 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), local homestay (3 nt).
  • Public bus, boat, van, taxi, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10
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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

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

Day 1 Mexico City

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 -16 Mexico

Orientation walks around Puebla, Oaxaca, San Cristóbal de las Casas and Mérida. 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 17-21 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 22-30 Guatemala (1D)

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

Day 31-36 Honduras

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

Day 37-40 Nicaragua (2B, 2D)

Orientation walk around 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. Stay in a homestay in a small community on Ometepe.

Day 41-45 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 46 San José

Depart at any time.