Central America Tours
Diversity. The word sums up Central America travel. So geographically close to the frenzy of North America, yet a million miles away in culture and lifestyle, this small area changes colours as quickly as a chameleon. Each country is so different that a simple border crossing will bring a whole new mix of surprises and cultural experiences. If beach life and water activities are your thing then a Central America tour is perfect for you. Snorkeling, sailing, SCUBA diving, surfing, parasailing, swimming and windsurfing are all possible in virtually any Central American country. For history and culture buffs the archaeological ruins of Tikal in Guatemala or Copan in Honduras are fascinating reminders of the ancient Mayan civilization. Whether you have just a week or a full month to travel, Central America has something for you.
Yucatan Panorama (MYP)
If you’re short on time but want to delve into the Yucatan, this wide-ranging itinerary in one of Mexico’s most fascinating regions is an authentic alternative to the mainstream. Snorkel Caribbean reefs and laze on beautiful white sand beaches. Enter the world of the ancient Maya at Chichén Itzá and the incredible jungle ruins of Palenque. Your experienced CEO will reveal the region’s hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on ancient ruins and vibrant sites—or revel in a tranquil sunset cruise off Isla Mujeres.
Highlights: Soak up true Mexican culture, marvel at the beauty of Palenque, explore the jungles of Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, relax on world-class beaches
Volcano Trail (JGS)
From the crystal-blue ocean teeming with marine life to tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies, take the road less travelled on this trip through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica with other travellers your own age. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breath-taking scenery and a chance to experience local culture with a 2-night homestay on the island of Ometepe. Enjoy a blend of public and private transportation, which not only keeps costs down but also gives you a chance to really meet the locals.
Highlights: Connect with the hosts of a homestay experience in Ometepe, relax seaside in the Bay Islands, laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey, skip the bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight between Roatán and Tegucigalpa
From the lush cloud forests of Costa Rica to the evocative cobblestoned streets of Antigua, get off the tourist track and discover the colour and spirit of Central America. Discover ancient Mayan ruins at Copán and visit small villages for insight into the region's vibrant culture. Explore the volcanoes and jungle surrounding Ometepe Island and unwind on the white sand beaches of Roatán. With its combination of included activities and countless thrilling options, this trip offers you the chance to personalize your adventure into something special.
Highlights: Hike through the mist of a cloud forest, explore Mayan ruins of Copán, dine with a local family in their home in Nicaragua, peer over the crater of Masaya Volcano, chill on a Caribbean island's beaches
Panama Experience (CRSP)
From San José, hit the beach and mountain retreats on your way to the locks of the world-famous Panama Canal at the centre of the Americas. Visit gorgeous islands and chill to reggae beats on Caribbean beaches. Search for the quetzal bird in cloud forests and shake your tailfeather in the clubs of Panama City. With your hotel and transport arranged by our CEOs, you can concentrate on choosing your own adventure.
Highlights: Listen to the reggae rhythms wafting through the Caribbean air, stare out at the crystal blue ocean, walk through lush greenery in the highlands, kick back in a hammock on the Pacific, marvel at ships passing through the Panama Canal.
When you think of stunning landscapes, unique wildlife and lush rainforests, Costa Rica should definitely spring to mind first. This compact, 9-Day experience allows you to see the natural beauty of this country for yourself, while staying in hand-picked, upgraded hotels. Choose to either dive right in with optional rafting and ziplining, or take it easy with hot springs and nature walks. Guided visits to Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve and Manuel Antonio National Park provide the perfect backdrop for your discovery of Costa Rica’s splendours.
Highlights: Enjoy spectacular volcano and rainforest views, learn how to make tortillas with a local family, hike the trails of cloud forest reserves and national parks, search for wildlife while exploring along the Pacific coast
For the nature lover who also appreciates cultural luminescence, this Limited Edition butterfly adventure captures the brightest colours of Mexico in just ten days. From the historic streets of Mexico City, you'll travel through stunning national parks, colonial towns and beautiful countryside as you follow the migration of the monarch butterfly. Wander through flutters of butterflies in the reserves of El Rosario and Sierra Chincua. Off the beaten path, this quirky adventure will give you a unique insight into the people and 'mariposas' of Mexico.
Highlights: Watch thousands of monarch butterflies surround you, tread off the beaten path on horseback to small towns, set your sights on impressive architecture in Morelia's city centre, sample Mexico City's vibrant nightlife
From the hustle of modern Mexico City, which preserves its magic from centuries gone by, to the ruins at Chichén Itzá, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this adventure takes in the cultural and historical highlights. It’s perfect for travellers on a tight budget looking to see as much as possible of this diverse region.
Highlights: Visit Mayan ruins, dance the night away in Mexican clubs, bargain for beautiful textiles and handmade goods at colourful markets, savour the tasty Mexican food and drink, chill on the white-sand beaches of the Mayan Riviera.
Mayan Trail (CMTM)
Leave the resorts of Cancún behind and embark on an authentic adventure that will take you from spectacular Mayan ruins over the cobblestoned streets of colonial towns and deep into the jungle of Mexico. Explore the ancient ruins at Chichén Itzá and Palenque and meet the descendants of those who built them in the vibrant streets and colourful markets of picturesque Mayan towns. Get your camera out—you're going to need it!
Highlights: Explore the ruins of Chichén Itzá and Palenque, get lost wandering colonial San Cristobal de las Casas and Antigua, marvel at Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfalls, bargain at colourful local markets
Mayan Sun—Southbound (CMCA)
Find your paradise somewhere between the blazing Yucatán sun and the cool Guatemalan highlands on this 16-day odyssey. Wander Antigua’s cobblestone streets and its local markets before experiencing the diverse beauty of Lake Atitlán and its indigenous villages. Geared to the adventurer wanting to capture some of Central America's finest highlights, this trip will ensure that you really pack some punch into those postcards home.
Highlights: Relax on white-sand beaches, bask in Caye Caulker sunsets and reggae music, experience a local homestay, explore gorgeous colonial Antigua and its colourful markets.
Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC)
Trek though jungle backdrops to Mayan ruins and chill out on white sand under the Caribbean sun. Check out Mexico, Belize and Guatemala and experience the region’s diversity. Wander colonial Antigua’s cobblestone streets and shop for treasures before experiencing the natural beauty of Lake Atitlan, its indigenous Mayan villages and striking volcanoes. Snap a picture and impress the folks. One of our most popular trips, this adventure offers natural wonders, excitement and culture with enough time to socialize and do your own thing.
Highlights: Pounding the cobblestones of gorgeous colonial Antigua, overnighting in a local homestay, seeing the vibrant colours of markets, experiencing Caye Caulker sunsets and reggae music, blissing out on white-sand beaches, exploring Mayan sites
Mayan Encounter (CGME)
Trek though jungles to Mayan ruins and relax on white-sand beaches. Get an authentic taste of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala with an adventure that combines the mystery of the ancient ruins with the crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Shop for treasures along colonial Antigua's cobblestoned streets and get to know the locals from communities where life sometimes moves at a reggae pace. Explore the lost ruins of Tikal, snorkel with stingrays and finish in the colourful beach town of Playa del Carmen. With accommodation and transport arranged by a CEO, this trip offers great value and is the perfect way to discover this region’s unique vibe.
Highlights: Listen to the howler monkeys from the top of Temple IV at Tikal, revel in Caye Caulker sunsets, sway to reggae beats wafting through the Belizean air, relax on world-class Mayan Riviera beaches
Mayan Adventure (CAM)
Leave the resorts of Cancún behind and explore the authentic Yucatán. From sunny beaches and lush jungles to the highlands of Chiapas, journey through Belize, Guatemala and southern Mexico on this incredible 22-day adventure. Explore the amazing ruins of Chichén Itzá, Palenque and Tikal and walk the cobblestone streets of colonial San Cristóbal de las Casas and Antigua. Snorkel with stingrays or just get into the reggae pace of life on sunny Caribbean beaches. Experience a journey that introduces you to local culture and offers insight into the history of the Mayan heartland.
Highlights: Explore incredible Mayan sites and colourful local markets, relax on the world-class Mayan Riviera beaches, cave in a Mayan sacred site, snorkel on Belize's world-famous barrier reef
Jamaica Encompassed (CJRR)
Escape the all-inclusive resorts and see a side of Jamaica that few tourists experience on this whirlwind 10-day adventure. Meet true Rastafarians and learn about the original inhabitants of the island while hiking through lush wilderness. There are chances to visit the Appleton Estates rum distillery, the Bob Marley Museum and a Blue Mountain coffee plantation—for a taste of culture with a splash of fun in the sun. With plenty of time to relax on Jamaica's famous white sand beaches, you're going to come back well rested—and with a real understanding of this vibrant island.
Highlights: Relax on world-class beaches around the island, bargain at the local markets, drum at a Rastafarian village, dance with the locals at a Maroon village, sample Kingston nightlife, experience a different side of this familiar island
Cycle Cuba (CCB)
Leave the resorts of Varadero behind and discover the real Cuba on this 8-day active adventure. Get your blood pumping cycling the hills of the Guaniguanico and El Rosario mountain ranges and marvel at scenic vistas that will take your breath away. Tour a tobacco plantation for a taste of iconic Cuban culture. With its lush scenery, vibrant culture, and incredible beaches, this active cycling adventure will have you exploring a side of this island few rarely get to know.
Highlights: Cycle through pincushion hills, sample Cuban rum at the distillery, hear Cuban salsa music float through the streets of Havana, walk across one of Cuba's famed white-sand beaches, gaze out across the crystal-blue Caribbean.
Cuban Rhythms (CCCR)
For too many people, Cuba is nothing more than a beach resort. That’s crazy; the island practically buzzes with energy and you should do likewise—get moving. Journey through the culture-soaked streets of Trinidad and Old Havana for your fill of drinking and dancing. The music here pours out of open windows. Hit the beach and explore the outdoors then connect with the locals in homestays and make friends for life as you hit the sites with other young people like yourself. Boring? Impossible!
Highlights: Dance the night away with other young travellers in Old Havana, mingle with the locals at overnight homestays, sample the local rum and cigars, connect to the salsa culture on the dance floor, move those hips to incredible live music, explore colonial Havana's alleyways, laze under the Caribbean sun.
Cuba Libre (CCL)
Walking through the pincushion hills, wandering amongst orchids and lush mountain coffee plantations—see another side of the island on this week-long tour through the ‘Garden Province’ of Cuba. Tour a tobacco plantation, snorkel crystal-clear waters full of colourful coral and search for the pirates of lore along the Guanahacabibes Peninsula. Soak up local culture in a homestay for an immersive experience that travellers rarely get to know. Let our experienced CEO lead you off the beaten path and discover the cultural treasures of Cuba.
Highlights: Relax on the beautiful Caribbean beaches, experience Cuban hospitality during a homestay, visit a factory that produces world-famous Cuban cigars
Cuba Explorer (CCCE)
Explore a side of Cuba that few rarely get to experience on this 9-day adventure. Cruise Havana’s history-infused streets in a classic car and stroll along Trinidad’s cobblestone avenues to the rhythms of music floating from open windows. Tour a tobacco plantation for a taste of iconic Cuban culture and luxuriate in the view of the island’s rolling western hills. Travel by private air-conditioned van is well-paced, so you're refreshed and ready to explore the island’s vibrant culture and incredible Caribbean beaches.
Highlights: Cruise through Havana in a vintage automobile, watch local experts making the the famous Cuban cigar, immerse yourself in the fascinating culture and history of Cuba, bliss out on a beautiful beach overlooking the blue Caribbean
Cuba Colonial (CCC)
The melody of horns floating through the air, classic cars parked in colonial squares, revolutionary statues—get over the resort wall and discover the real Cuba! Travel east to Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa and encounter the birthplace of Cuban rhythms and revolutionary fervour. Soak in Spanish heritage while exploring churches, forts and cobblestoned streets. Overnight in homestays for an immersive Cuban experience few travellers get to enjoy. Don't just walk down the road less travelled—dance down it. Viva la Revolución!
Highlights: Dance salsa with the locals, walk in Che Guevara's footsteps, bond with your host family in a homestay, explore breathtaking beaches
Costa Rica Quest (CRQ)
Nature called you to Costa Rica—now here you are, suspended in the jungle canopy, locking eyes with a curious monkey. This action-packed tour of Costa Rica’s highlights is perfect for the adventurer with limited time who wants to explore the region’s diversity. Get your adrenaline pumping, follow a trail to the base of a waterfall, melt away in thermal springs or relax on a beach—our CEOs will help you find the secluded spots only the locals know.
Highlights: Soak in the thermal hot springs of Arenal Volcano, search for the elusive quetzal bird in the cloud forest, watch the sunset over the Pacific, learn about sugar cane and coffee production at a local plantation
Costa Rica on a Shoestring (CRBC)
Hit two of Costa Rica's famed features—volcanoes and beaches—on this exciting trip that isn't too hard on the wallet. Get the adrenaline pumping in La Fortuna, then soak up the hippie spirit of Montezuma and relax on the beach. While you're free to choose your own adventure and optional adrenaline-inducing activities like waterfall rappelling, your accommodation and transportation are included and our expert CEOs will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials—eight days of maximum Costa Rica at minimum cost.
Highlights: Try adrenaline sports like whitewater rafting and waterfall rappelling, take in the views of Arenal Volcano towering over La Fortuna, chill out on the Pacific, try to catch some waves.
Yucatan Panorama (MYP)
Volcano Trail (JGS)
Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC)
Mayan Encounter (CGME)
Mayan Adventure (CAM)
Cycle Cuba (CCB)
Cuban Rhythms (CCCR)
Cuba Explorer (CCCE)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Yucatan Panorama (MYP)||10 days||Classic||Standard||
|Volcano Trail (JGS)||17 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Volcano Adventure- San José to Antigua (CRSA)||21 days||Classic||Standard||
|Panama Experience (CRSP)||14 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Natural Highlights of Costa Rica (CRNH)||9 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Mexico Monarch Butterfly Trail (CMMT)||10 days||Classic||Standard||
|Mexico: Cities, Cuisine & Ruins (MMC)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Mayan Trail (CMTM)||12 days||Classic||Standard||
|Mayan Sun—Southbound (CMCA)||16 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC)||16 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Mayan Encounter (CGME)||11 days||Classic||Standard||
|Mayan Adventure (CAM)||22 days||Classic||Standard||
|Jamaica Encompassed (CJRR)||10 days||Classic||Standard||
|Cycle Cuba (CCB)||8 days||Active||Standard||
|Cuban Rhythms (CCCR)||8 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Cuba Libre (CCL)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|Cuba Explorer (CCCE)||9 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Cuba Colonial (CCC)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
|Costa Rica Quest (CRQ)||9 days||Classic||Standard||
|Costa Rica on a Shoestring (CRBC)||8 days||Yolo||Basic||