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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 $2379
$2799
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

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.

Promotions Available! 32 days
From $2429
$2699
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

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.

21 days
From $2499
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
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

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

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1439
$1599
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

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 $2249
$2499
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

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

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 Pass - Route 6 Self Drive (TCR6DN)

Central America Costa Rica

Our most comprehensive Costa Rican driving adventure! Start with the mangroves, jungles and canals of Tortuguero, nesting ground for giant sea turtles. Next, try rafting or relax in hot springs around active Arenal Volcano before driving up into the cool hills of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Soak in dramatic volcanic scenery in remote Rincon de la Vieja before topping it all off with some beach time--and monkeys--in Manuel Antonio Park, famous for its beaches, bars and wildlife.

Highlights: San José, Tortuguero, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Rincon de la Vieja, Manuel Antonio/Quepos Area

15 days
From $1429
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Volunteer Costa Rica (CRPJ)

Central America Costa Rica

From pristine cloud forests to the Pacific coast’s famous surf, experience some of the world's most incredible scenery and exotic wildlife—and make a lasting impact while you're there. Spend five days volunteering with a sea turtle project to help ensure these endearing creatures are around for future generations to admire. Then, hike through misty cloud forests and get your heart racing on optional activities in the lush wilderness. Give some of your time to this beautiful country and a worthy cause, and you'll be rewarded with an experience you can really treasure. Gain a real sense of accomplishment and take home more than photographs.

Highlights: Patrol for sea turtles laying their eggs, chill out on the beach and watch the waves lap at the coast, search for the elusive quetzal bird, take the opportunity to go whitewater rafting

15 days
From $1099
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
3

Basic Costa Rica (CRCR)

Central America Costa Rica

Stay flexible in Costa Rica on this unique 2-week adventure. You'll hit the volcanoes, a cloud forest and both of the incredible coasts. Chill out on white-sand beaches and explore pristine wildlife reserves. Best of all, this trip gives you the flexibility to create the adventure of a lifetime, so you can soar across the treetops by zipline, rappel down a waterfall or learn to surf the Pacific breaks. Take a trip that's packed with just the essentials—everything you need to explore the diversity and beauty of Costa Rica.

Highlights: Chill out on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, cruise across Lake Arenal with beautiful views of Arenal Volcano, enjoy opportunities to go whitewater rafting and horseback riding along the beach, explore the cloud forest on a guided tour

14 days
From $1149
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
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

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

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 $1189
$1399
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
4

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

Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Adventure Bus (TCR4BN)

Central America Costa Rica

Check out three great western highlights—from volcanoes to cloud forests to beaches and monkeys. Start with the area near Arenal Volcano, known for rafting and hot springs, then to the unique ecosystem of Monteverde's cloud forests. Finish with beach time in Manuel Antonio, blessed with wildlife, fantastic beaches and great nightlife.

Highlights: Enjoy the activities around Arenal Volcano, zipline through the cloud forest in Monteverde, relax on tranquil beaches or surf at Manuel Antonio.

11 days
From $869
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Self Drive (TCR4DN)

Central America Costa Rica

Drive around three great western highlights: from volcanoes to cloud forests to beaches and monkeys. Start with the area near active Arenal Volcano, known for rafting and hot springs, then head to the hills and the unique ecosystem of Monteverde's cloud forests. Finish it all with some beach time in Manuel Antonio Park, blessed with wildlife, fantastic beaches, and the best nightlife on the Pacific coast.

Highlights: San José, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Manuel Antonio/Quepos Area

11 days
From $919
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Adventure Bus (TCR5BN)

Central America Costa Rica

Travel from coast to coast, from the Caribbean-flavoured beaches of Costa Rica's Atlantic coast to the Latin rhythms of Guanacaste, known for its miles of beaches, killer surf and consistently sunny weather. In between, make a stop on the country's volcanic backbone at the Arenal Volcano, a wonderland of rafting, hiking, waterfalls and hot springs.

Highlights: Enjoy the surf and relax with a cocktail on the beach, keep active around Arenal Volcano, kayak the estuaries along the coast at Guanacaste.

11 days
From $869
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Self Drive (TCR5DN)

Central America Costa Rica

Drive from coast to coast, from the Caribbean-flavoured beaches of Costa Rica's Atlantic to the Latin rhythms of Guanacaste, known for its miles of beaches, killer surf and consistently sunny weather. In between, make a stop on the country's volcanic backbone at active Arenal Volcano, a wonderland of rafting, hiking, waterfalls and hot springs.

Highlights: San José, Cahuita or Puerto Viejo, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, Guanacaste.

11 days
From $919
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

The Best of Costa Rica (TCRBCC)

Central America Costa Rica

Can't decide between the jungle, volcanoes or the beach? Do all three on this 10-day independent journey around all that makes Costa Rica world-renowned for its natural beauty. Start by cruising the remote rainforests of Tortuguero (no roads here!) before heading to volcano country. Stay at the foot of Arenal Volcano and explore the rivers, trails and hot springs of the area before chasing sun and sea in Guanacaste, known for its miles of beaches, killer surf and great weather.

Highlights: Spot monkeys and tropical wildlife along the Tortuguero canals, relax on the Pacific coast, get active in the Arenal volcano region, soak in relaxing hot springs after a hard day of play

10 days
From $1149
Travel Style:
Comfort
Trip Type:
Independent Travel
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
2
Promotions Available! 33 days
From $2379
$2799

Best of Central America (CRBA)

Promotions Available! 32 days
From $2429
$2699

Central American Journey (JCS)

Promotions Available! 18 days
From $1402
$1649

Backroads of Central America (CRSG)

Promotions Available! 17 days
From $1439
$1599

Volcano Trail (JGS)

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $2249
$2499

Cycle Central America (CNGP)

Promotions Available! 16 days
From $1359
$1599

Costa Rica Adventure (CRA)

15 days
From $1709

Costa Rica Pass - Route 6 Adventure Bus (TCR6BN)

15 days
From $1429

Costa Rica Pass - Route 6 Self Drive (TCR6DN)

15 days
From $1099

Volunteer Costa Rica (CRPJ)

14 days
From $1149

Basic Costa Rica (CRCR)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1699
$1999

Costa Rica Explorer (CRE)

Promotions Available! 14 days
From $1214
$1349

Panama Experience (CRSP)

Promotions Available! 13 days
From $1189
$1399

Costa Rica Active Adventure (CRSM)

12 days
From $1399

Trek Hidden Costa Rica (CRAC)

11 days
From $869

Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Adventure Bus (TCR4BN)

11 days
From $919

Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Self Drive (TCR4DN)

11 days
From $869

Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Adventure Bus (TCR5BN)

11 days
From $919

Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Self Drive (TCR5DN)

10 days
From $1149

The Best of Costa Rica (TCRBCC)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Best of Central America (CRBA) 33 days Yolo Basic
From $2379
$2799
Central American Journey (JCS) 32 days Yolo Basic
From $2429
$2699
Volcano Adventure – San José to Antigua (CRSA) 21 days Classic Standard
From $2499
Backroads of Central America (CRSG) 18 days Yolo Basic
From $1402
$1649
Volcano Trail (JGS) 17 days Yolo Basic
From $1439
$1599
Cycle Central America (CNGP) 16 days Active Standard
From $2249
$2499
Costa Rica Adventure (CRA) 16 days Classic Standard
From $1359
$1599
Costa Rica Pass - Route 6 Adventure Bus (TCR6BN) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1709
Costa Rica Pass - Route 6 Self Drive (TCR6DN) 15 days Classic Standard
From $1429
Volunteer Costa Rica (CRPJ) 15 days Classic Basic
From $1099
Basic Costa Rica (CRCR) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $1149
Costa Rica Explorer (CRE) 14 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1699
$1999
Panama Experience (CRSP) 14 days Yolo Basic
From $1214
$1349
Costa Rica Active Adventure (CRSM) 13 days Active Standard
From $1189
$1399
Trek Hidden Costa Rica (CRAC) 12 days Active Basic
From $1399
Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Adventure Bus (TCR4BN) 11 days Classic Standard
From $869
Costa Rica Pass - Route 4 Self Drive (TCR4DN) 11 days Classic Standard
From $919
Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Adventure Bus (TCR5BN) 11 days Classic Standard
From $869
Costa Rica Pass - Route 5 Self Drive (TCR5DN) 11 days Classic Standard
From $919
The Best of Costa Rica (TCRBCC) 10 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1149