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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, sample regional specialties like El Salvador's pupusas.

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $1402
$1649
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: Take in breathtaking Ometepe Island, bliss out on a stretch of remote Nicaraguan beach, walk the colonial streets of colourful Granada and Antigua, eat regional specialties like El Salvador's pupusa, 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, take a cooking class and enjoy the results for lunch

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

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 ruins of Copán and Tikal, bargain at the local markets of colourful colonial Antigua, experience an overnight homestay in Guatemala and Nicaragua, skip the bus and gain time (and comfort!) with a flight between Roatan and Tegucigalpa, interact with the locals on chicken buses, experience the misty cloud forest.

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

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

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

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, try rappelling down waterfalls or flying 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 and IDB-supported coffee plantation, 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

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

Cycle Central America (CNGP)

Central America Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica

This trip gives you a piece of magic; aboard your bike, you’ll pedal through the lush countryside of Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama; past gleaming lakes, enormous volcanoes, colonial towns, and sunny beachfronts across the Caribbean. These are iconic destinations and seeing them on two wheels gives a unique perspective on the region. The ride of your life is waiting to begin. All that’s missing is you.

Highlights: Cycle from Nicaragua to Panama, enjoy downhill cycling on Irazú Volcano, chill on Caribbean isles, cycle through coffee plantations

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $2124
$2499
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

Essence of Nicaragua (CNEN)

Central America Nicaragua

From the colonial streets of Granada and León to the beauty of San Juan del Sur's horseshoe bay, discover the best of Nicaragua on this unique 12-day adventure. Encounter a nature-lover's paradise on Ometepe Island and both dormant and active volcanoes amidst this country's stunning wilderness. Emerging from a long and turbulent history, Nicaragua is set to become the next big thing. Discover it before the others do and come away with a greater understanding of both the volatile past and a passion for this country's vibrant modern culture.

Highlights: Explore colonial Granada, seek out the revolutionary murals in León, chill out on the beach at San Juan del Sur, savour a typical meal at a rural farm, connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience.

12 days
From $999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Mayan Adventure (CAM)

Central America Guatemala, Belize, Mexico

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 cobblestoned 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, go caving in a Mayan sacred site, snorkel on Belize's world-famous barrier reef

22 days
From $2399
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC)

Central America Guatemala, Belize, Mexico

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

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $1104
$1299
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Mayan Sun—Southbound (CMCA)

Central America Guatemala, Belize, Mexico

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.

16 days
From $1249
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Mayan Trail (CMTM)

Central America Guatemala, Mexico

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

12 days
From $1349
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Volcano Adventure – San José to Antigua (CRSA)

Central America Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica

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, connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience, peer over the crater of Masaya Volcano, chill on a Caribbean island's beaches.

Promotions Available! 21 days
From $2124
$2499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

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 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

17 days
From $1599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3
Promotions Available! 18 days
From $1402
$1649

Backroads of Central America (CRSG)

Promotions Available! 33 days
From $2519
$2799

Best of Central America (CRBA)

32 days
From $2699

Central American Journey (JCS)

16 days
From $1599

Costa Rica Adventure (CRA)

14 days
From $1999

Costa Rica Explorer (CRE)

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $2124
$2499

Cycle Central America (CNGP)

12 days
From $999

Essence of Nicaragua (CNEN)

22 days
From $2399

Mayan Adventure (CAM)

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $1104
$1299

Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC)

16 days
From $1249

Mayan Sun—Southbound (CMCA)

12 days
From $1349

Mayan Trail (CMTM)

17 days
From $1599

Volcano Trail (JGS)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Backroads of Central America (CRSG) 18 days Yolo Basic
From $1402
$1649
Best of Central America (CRBA) 33 days Yolo Basic
From $2519
$2799
Central America Explorer (CGCA) 14 days Comfort Upgraded
From $2199
Central American Journey (JCS) 32 days Yolo Basic
From $2699
Costa Rica Adventure (CRA) 16 days Classic Standard
From $1599
Costa Rica Explorer (CRE) 14 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1999
Cycle Central America (CNGP) 16 days Active Standard
From $2124
$2499
Essence of Nicaragua (CNEN) 12 days Classic Standard
From $999
Mayan Adventure (CAM) 22 days Classic Standard
From $2399
Mayan Sun—Northbound (CGAC) 16 days Yolo Basic
From $1104
$1299
Mayan Sun—Southbound (CMCA) 16 days Yolo Basic
From $1249
Mayan Trail (CMTM) 12 days Classic Standard
From $1349
Volcano Adventure – San José to Antigua (CRSA) 21 days Classic Standard
From $2124
$2499
Volcano Trail (JGS) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $1599