Central American Journey

From$2159USD
Was $2699  — Savings of 20% on Oct. 18, 2014
32 days,Playa del Carmen to San José
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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.

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.

What's Included

  • Guided tour of Tikal. Orientation walk around Antigua and Granada. Planeterra-supported homestay with Guatemalan and Nicaraguan families. Group salsa lesson in Antigua. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 dinners. (Allow USD650-800 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (26 nts), homestays (3 nts), rustic ecolodge (2 nts).
  • Local bus, ferry, boat, van, taxi, plane, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.

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Day 1 Playa del Carmen

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Playa del Carmen

Opt to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm, or just play in the waves and enjoy the beach!

Day 3-5 Caye Caulker

Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or sip cocktails at the Split.

Day 6-7 San Ignacio

Free day to go caving, visit sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

Day 8-10 Flores/Tikal/Rio Dulce

Included guided tour of Tikal before travelling to central Guatemala. Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat or soak in a hot waterfall.

Day 11-12 Antigua

Orientation walk along Antigua's cobblestone streets, then free time to explore this colonial town.

Day 13-14 Panajachel/Lake Atitlán homestay (1D)

Travel to beautiful Lake Atitlán and enjoy the views. Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in a Planeterra-supported homestay with a local family. Bargain for vibrant textiles and paintings at the lake's many villages.

Day 15-16 Antigua

Enjoy an included group salsa dancing lesson, then practice some fancy footwork on a night out on the town.

Day 17-18 Copán

Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán or soak in local hot springs.

Day 19-21 Roatan

Free time for snorkelling, scuba diving or relaxing on the beach.

Day 22 León

Skip a long bus ride and fly in style to Tegucigalpa, then continue overland to politically progressive León, Nicaragua.

Day 23-24 Granada

Orientation walk to explore colonial Granada. Opt to visit still-active Masaya Volcano, or kayak the isletas in Lake Nicaragua.

Day 25-26 Ometepe (1B,2D)

Get to know local friends during a 2-night Planeterra-supported homestay experience on Ometepe. Try the cuisine, test out some language skills. Opt to climb a volcano or visit the local swimming hole.

Day 27-28 Monteverde (1B)

Opt to visit a cloud forest reserve, fly through the jungle canopy via zipline or tour a coffee plantation.

Day 29-30 La Fortuna

Opt to soak in Arenal Volcano's hot springs or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or waterfall rappelling.

Day 31 San José

Travel to Costa Rica's capital for one final night with the group.

Day 32 San José

Depart at any time.

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