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Central American Journey (JCS)

Central America Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua

Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America. Visit six countries on this classic adventure and experience mighty ruins, clear Caribbean waters, rainforests and breathtaking scenery along the way. Explore indigenous Mayan villages and meet locals for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. While you're free to choose your own adventure, 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 all the things you need and nothing you don't—32 days of maximum adventure at minimum cost.

Highlights: Relax on white-sand beaches, explore the Mayan ruins of Copán and Tikal, bargain at the local markets of colourful colonial Antigua, meet some local friends at an overnight homestays in Guatemala and Nicaragua, skip the bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight between Roatan and Tegucigalpa.

32 days
From $2699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Best of Central America (CRBA)

Central America Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua

From ancient ruins to active volcanoes, get off the beaten track and discover extraordinary Central America—on a shoestring. Make sure your passport has space because this exciting 33-day trip hits most of Central America, as it covers tropical rainforests, volcanoes, colonial cities and all the breathtaking scenery in between. Explore indigenous Mayan villages and soak in the region's incredible culture. Our CEOs will ensure your accommodation and transportation are covered—so you can choose the activities and sights that interest you most—the adventure is yours to choose!

Highlights: Bliss out on a stretch of remote Nicaraguan beach, walk the colonial streets of colourful Granada and Antigua, experience an overnight homestay in Guatemala and Nicaragua, explore the Mayan ruins of Copán and Tikal, visit seven countries in a month.

Promotions Available! 33 days
From $2519
$2799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Central America Explorer (CGCA)

Central America Guatemala, Honduras

The ultimate exploration of Mayan culture for those who want the complete experience but prefer a more comfortable option. Explore the ruins at Copán and Tikal, walk the cobblestones in the colonial city of Antigua, and take part in a Mayan tree-planting ceremony after a local lunch on breathtaking Lake Atitlán. From the Caribbean flavour of Livingston to soaring volcano views, your CEO will show you the region’s hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've left this crossroads of Mayan culture.

Highlights: Explore ancient Mayan ruins and UNESCO World Heritage sites, visit modern day Mayan communities and participate in a Mayan tree-planting ceremony, visit local artisan co-ops for hands-on demonstrations, take a cooking class and enjoy the results for lunch

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1869
$2199
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 6 Adventure Bus (TCR6BN)

Central America Costa Rica

Our most comprehensive Costa Rica Pass adventure! Start with the jungles and canals of Tortuguero, nesting ground for giant sea turtles. Next, try rafting or relax in hot springs around Arenal Volcano before heading into the cool hills of the Monteverde Cloud Forest region. Soak in the dramatic volcanic scenery of remote Rincon de la Vieja before topping it all off with some beach time and monkeys in Manuel Antonio.

Highlights: View wildlife at Tortuguero National Park, keep active around Arenal Volcano, zipline through the treetops in the cloud forest reserve.

15 days
From $1709
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Explorer (CRE)

Central America Costa Rica

Costa Rica has as many microclimates as it does opportunities for active adventures, and this 2-week journey will bring you the best of both. There's a visit to a cloud forest, but for a bigger jolt, opt to rappel down waterfalls or fly across ziplines above the treetops. For the caffeine connoisseur, we visit a coffee co-op and learn how it gets from bean to your cup. For a different pace, float through the canals of the Tortuguero National Park in search of wildlife. From the Caribbean beaches to the Pacific, this stunning tour embodies some of the best that Costa Rica has to offer.

Highlights: Spot wildlife while cruising the canals of Tortuguero, savour a local lunch at a Planeterra-supported coffee co-op, enjoy spectacular volcano views while soaking in hot springs, hike the trails of reserves and National Parks, learn to make tortillas with a local family, relax on the scenic Pacific coast

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1699
$1999
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Belize & Tikal Adventure (BHH)

Central America Guatemala, Belize

Follow in the footsteps of Mayan warriors to lost cities cloaked in jungle mists. This adventure offers an intriguing mix of ruins, beaches, wildlife and the rich cultures of Belize and Guatemala. It's a perfect blend of activity and relaxation—spend three days canoeing deep in the jungle and snorkelling the crystal-clear turquoise-blue waters before easing into the laidback Belizean lifestyle while sipping on a rum cocktail. As pioneers of canoeing in the region, we are pleased to offer this Classic trip—one you won’t find anywhere else.

Highlights: 3-day canoe adventure in central Belize, spot tropical sea life while snorkelling the second-largest barrier reef, explore the jungle-set ruins of Tikal, listen to reggae music as you walk down Caye Caulker's sandy main street

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1619
$1799
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Volcano Trail (JGS)

Central America Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica

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 your hosts at 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

17 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Cuba Colonial (CCC)

Central America Cuba

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, gain insight on Cuban life at 'casa particular' stays, explore breathtaking beaches

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1529
$1699
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Cuba Explorer (CCCE)

Central America Cuba

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 famous Cuban cigar, immerse yourself in the fascinating culture and history of Cuba, bliss out on a beautiful beach overlooking the blue Caribbean

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $1529
$1799
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Backroads of Central America (CRSG)

Central America El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica

Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age—so you can be sure to get down with other adventurers that’ll keep up. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breathtaking scenery—from tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies to colonial cities bouncing to a decidedly more human beat. You'll blaze your own path as you discover a region of volcanoes, craters, beaches and lush forests. Sticking to budget accommodation and public transport will keep costs down and you rooted in local life.

Highlights: Connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience, laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey, bliss out on a remote stretch of Nicaraguan beach, stroll through Antigua's colonial streets, explore Mayan ruins.

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $1402
$1649
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Trek Hidden Costa Rica (CRAC)

Central America Costa Rica

Think you know Costa Rica? Trade in the same old settings for the real deal. Trek into the heart of the jungle to live with three families in a remote village. Discover the emerald core of a diverse land while bunking down behind a massive waterfall in a hidden cave. Learn about the medicinal plants native to these parts and how to make sugarcane candy. This is a spectacular country with opportunities for waterfall rappelling, surfing and whitewater rafting. This is what adventure is all about.

Highlights: Trek into a remote community to live with the locals, sleep in a cave behind twin 26m (85 ft) waterfalls, make your own sugarcane candy, experience a traditional sauna and learn about medicinal plants, rappel down hidden waterfalls, whitewater-raft on the Savegre River.

12 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
4

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica (CRNH)

Central America Costa Rica

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

9 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Adventure (CRA)

Central America Costa Rica

If you’re looking for a taste of Costa Rica’s world-class highlights but want to keep things spicy with a sampling of hidden treasures, this action-packed adventure tops the menu. In spite of its small size, Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world—explore its volcanoes, wildlife, rainforests and beaches. This adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time. Optional activities abound—choose to get your adrenaline pumping or take it easy with a stroll through a butterfly garden.

Highlights: Spot wildlife while cruising through the canals of Tortuguero, search for the elusive quetzal bird, hike through the cloud forest, enjoy the gorgeous beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, savour a local lunch at a Planeterra- and MIF-supported coffee plantation

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $1359
$1599
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Mayan Discovery (CMMD)

Central America Guatemala, Belize, Mexico

Mayan ruins peeking out from verdant jungle, street vendors hawking their wares on colonial streets, pristine white-sand beaches sparkling under the Caribbean sun—now this is the real Yucatán. On this unique 15-day journey, you’ll tour the ruins at Chichén Itzá and Palenque, and head deep into the jungle of Guatemala to experience the ruins of Tikal. You're free to choose your own adventure! So escape the resort packages and witness all the incredible wilderness, wildlife and Mayan culture—past and present—that you can imagine.

Highlights: Explore Mayan temples, spot monkeys in the jungle, chill out on a Belizean island, stare out into the Caribbean blue from a Mayan Riviera beach

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1349
$1499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Surf (CRVS)

Central America Costa Rica

Mountain bike along Lake Arenal with breathtaking volcanic views and catch a wave on this action-packed 9-day tour of Costa Rica. Get your adrenaline pumping with optional extreme sports like whitewater rafting, rappelling and ziplining through the lush jungle canopy. Learn to surf the famous Pacific breaks at Playa Santa Teresa and enjoy plenty of time to relax on tropical beaches. Throw in the opportunity to see incredible rainforest wildlife and you've got a unique adventure you'll be talking about for years.

Highlights: Surf the waves at one of the best breaks in the country, catch views of Arenal Volcano from a lakeside mountain bike ride, search for the elusive quetzal bird in the cloud forest, watch the sunset over the Pacific.

9 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Cycle Cuba (CCB)

Central America Cuba

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 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.

8 days
From $1299
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

Costa Rica Active Adventure (CRSM)

Central America Costa Rica

Trekking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, ziplining… Costa Rica really is the "Adventure Capital of the Americas." Thrill-seekers will find more than enough to keep themselves busy over this trip’s 13 action-packed days. After landing in San José, raft down the mighty Pacuare river before crossing over to our remote rainforest lodge, surrounded on all sides by the thick, enveloping jungle. From there, embark on four days of cycling and hiking around Monteverde and Arenal Volcano before heading down to the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park. Phew! Tired yet? No? Time to book!

Highlights: Traverse streams and jungle hike in Sarapiquí Rainforest, paddle through world-class rapids, mountain-bike along breathtaking Arenal Lake, chill out to the sounds of crashing Pacific waves.

Promotions Available! 13 days
From $1259
$1399
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Taste of Mexico (CMEX)

Central America Mexico

Somehow, Mexico has become synonymous with boring resorts and crowded beaches. That’s not the Mexico we know. Come and experience ours on this 9-day journey into the country’s colonial past. Beginning in Mexico City, you’ll move on to Puebla and indulge in their famous spicy and chocolate-y mole sauce then explore Oaxaca’s pre-Spanish ruins and Baroque churches. Moving slowly, you'll have plenty of time to let this destination get under your skin.

Highlights: Indulge in the regional cuisines of Mexico, explore breathtaking colonial Puebla and Oaxaca, try out your salsa skills on the dance floor, get more from Mexico with a slow-paced trip.

9 days
From $1249
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Panama Experience (CRSP)

Central America Panama, Costa Rica

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 Coast, marvel at ships passing through the Panama Canal.

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1214
$1349
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC)

Central America Guatemala, Belize, Mexico

Trek though jungle backdrops to Mayan ruins and chill out on white-sand beaches 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 Atitlán, 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: Walk along cobblestones in gorgeous colonial Antigua, overnight in a local homestay, experience the vibrant colours of markets, relax to Caye Caulker sunsets and reggae music, bliss out on white-sand beaches, explore ancient Mayan sites.

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $1169
$1299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3
32 days
From $2699

Central American Journey (JCS)

Promotions Available! 33 days
From $2519
$2799

Best of Central America (CRBA)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1869
$2199

Central America Explorer (CGCA)

15 days
From $1709

Costa Rica Pass - Route 6 Adventure Bus (TCR6BN)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1699
$1999

Costa Rica Explorer (CRE)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1619
$1799

Belize & Tikal Adventure (BHH)

17 days
From $1599

Volcano Trail (JGS)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1529
$1699

Cuba Colonial (CCC)

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $1529
$1799

Cuba Explorer (CCCE)

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $1402
$1649

Backroads of Central America (CRSG)

12 days
From $1399

Trek Hidden Costa Rica (CRAC)

9 days
From $1399

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica (CRNH)

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $1359
$1599

Costa Rica Adventure (CRA)

Promotions Available! 15 days
From $1349
$1499

Mayan Discovery (CMMD)

9 days
From $1349

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Surf (CRVS)

8 days
From $1299

Cycle Cuba (CCB)

Promotions Available! 13 days
From $1259
$1399

Costa Rica Active Adventure (CRSM)

9 days
From $1249

Taste of Mexico (CMEX)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1214
$1349

Panama Experience (CRSP)

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $1169
$1299

Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Central American Journey (JCS) 32 days Yolo Basic
From $2699
Best of Central America (CRBA) 33 days Yolo Basic
From $2519
$2799
Central America Explorer (CGCA) 14 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1869
$2199
Costa Rica Pass - Route 6 Adventure Bus (TCR6BN) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1709
Costa Rica Explorer (CRE) 14 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1699
$1999
Belize & Tikal Adventure (BHH) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1619
$1799
Volcano Trail (JGS) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $1599
Cuba Colonial (CCC) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1529
$1699
Cuba Explorer (CCCE) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1529
$1799
Backroads of Central America (CRSG) 18 days Yolo Basic
From $1402
$1649
Trek Hidden Costa Rica (CRAC) 12 days Active Basic
From $1399
Natural Highlights of Costa Rica (CRNH) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1399
Costa Rica Adventure (CRA) 16 days Classic Standard
From $1359
$1599
Mayan Discovery (CMMD) 15 days Classic Basic
From $1349
$1499
Costa Rica Volcanoes & Surf (CRVS) 9 days Active Standard
From $1349
Cycle Cuba (CCB) 8 days Active Standard
From $1299
Costa Rica Active Adventure (CRSM) 13 days Active Standard
From $1259
$1399
Taste of Mexico (CMEX) 9 days Classic Standard
From $1249
Panama Experience (CRSP) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $1214
$1349
Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC) 16 days Yolo Basic
From $1169
$1299