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.
Belize & Tikal Adventure (BHH)
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Cuba Family Adventure (CCFA)
Cuba’s past is well-known, but what of its present? Take the family and find out for yourself on this jam-packed 12-day adventure that celebrates the island’s colonial past and vibrant modern-day culture. Here, you’ll learn to salsa in Havana, go swimming in Cueva de los Peces, explore colonial Trinidad and learn about the revolution in historic Santa Clara. Blessed with history, culture, and unspoiled natural splendour, Cuba is captivating, indoors and out.
Highlights: Cruise through Havana in a vintage automobile, bliss out on a beautiful beach overlooking the Caribbean, explore Indian Cave by boat, walk among karst peaks, visit a crocodile farm, learn about fascinating Cuban history.
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
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.
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Belize & Tikal Adventure (BHH)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
|Cuba Colonial (CCC)||15 days||Classic||Standard||
|Jamaica Encompassed (CJRR)||10 days||Classic||Standard||
|Natural Highlights of Costa Rica (CRNH)||9 days||Comfort||Upgraded||
|Panama Experience (CRSP)||14 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Mayan Encounter (CGME)||11 days||Classic||Standard||
|Mexico: Cities, Cuisine & Ruins (MMC)||15 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Cuba Family Adventure (CCFA)||12 days||Family||Upgraded||
|Cuba Libre (CCL)||8 days||Classic||Standard||
|Cuban Rhythms (CCCR)||8 days||Yolo||Basic||