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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 $2519
$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

17 days
From $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

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 $1259
$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 Family Experience (CRFA)

Central America Costa Rica

Nothing brings learning to life like real-world experience. This week-long trip’s engaging lesson plan gives your kids an education in biology and ecology they’ll never get in a textbook. Here, you can spend your days studying the flora and fauna that inhabit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve and Manuel Antonio National Park. Elsewhere, you’ll get in touch with the land by rappelling, rafting, swimming, horseback-riding, and even surfing all over it. Science + gym? You do the math.

Highlights: Kick back on Costa Rica's pristine beaches, visit a local family to learn to make tortillas, spot nature in dense cloud forest, enjoy the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio National Park, splash around kayaking and paddle-boarding in La Fortuna.

9 days
From $1399
Travel Style:
Family
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Upgraded
Physical Grading:
3

Costa Rica Kayaking Adventure (CRKA)

Central America Costa Rica

Glide straight into the core of the Costa Rican experience when you hit two of Costa Rica’s hot spots in a kayak. Beginners and more experienced kayakers are welcome – for the nature lover, the scenery’s the point, not the sweat! Cruise through the canals of Tortuguero in search of monkeys and sloths, and then get really wild at Lake Arenal, the centre of adventure sports like paddleboarding. Experience lush greenery and Caribbean flavour from a whole different level when you kayak Costa Rica.

Highlights: Glide through the canals of Tortuguero by kayak, search for wildlife in the dense green forest canopy, view the beautiful vistas from your kayak on Lake Arenal, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding

9 days
From $899
Travel Style:
Active
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
3

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 Quest (CRQ)

Central America Costa Rica

Nature called you to Costa Rica—now here you are, suspended in the jungle canopy, locking eyes with a curious monkey. This action-packed tour of Costa Rica’s highlights is perfect for the adventurer with limited time who wants to explore the region’s diversity. Get your adrenaline pumping, follow a trail to the base of a waterfall, melt away in thermal springs or relax on a beach—our CEOs will help you find the secluded spots only the locals know.

Highlights: Soak in the thermal hot springs of Arenal Volcano, search for the elusive quetzal bird in the cloud forest, watch the sunset over the Pacific, learn about sugar cane and coffee production at a local plantation

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $899
$999
Travel Style:
Classic
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Standard
Physical Grading:
2

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

Costa Rica on a Shoestring (CRBC)

Central America Costa Rica

Hit two of Costa Rica's famed features—volcanoes and beaches—on this exciting trip that isn't too hard on the wallet. Get the adrenaline pumping in La Fortuna, then soak up the hippie spirit of Montezuma and relax on the beach. While you're free to choose your own adventure and optional adrenaline-inducing activities like waterfall rappelling, 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 just the essentials—eight days of maximum Costa Rica at minimum cost.

Highlights: Try adrenaline sports like whitewater rafting and waterfall rappelling, take in the views of Arenal Volcano towering over La Fortuna, chill out on the Pacific Ocean.

Promotions Available! 8 days
From $552
$649
Travel Style:
Yolo
Trip Type:
Small Group
Service Level:
Basic
Physical Grading:
2
Promotions Available! 33 days
From $2519
$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)

17 days
From $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 $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 $1259
$1399

Costa Rica Active Adventure (CRSM)

12 days
From $1399

Trek Hidden Costa Rica (CRAC)

9 days
From $1399

Costa Rica Family Experience (CRFA)

9 days
From $899

Costa Rica Kayaking Adventure (CRKA)

9 days
From $1399

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica (CRNH)

Promotions Available! 9 days
From $899
$999

Costa Rica Quest (CRQ)

9 days
From $1349

Costa Rica Volcanoes & Surf (CRVS)

Trip Length Style Service Level Starting Price
Best of Central America (CRBA) 33 days Yolo Basic
From $2519
$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 $1599
Cycle Central America (CNGP) 16 days Active Standard
From $2249
$2499
Costa Rica Adventure (CRA) 16 days Classic Standard
From $1359
$1599
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 $1259
$1399
Trek Hidden Costa Rica (CRAC) 12 days Active Basic
From $1399
Costa Rica Family Experience (CRFA) 9 days Family Upgraded
From $1399
Costa Rica Kayaking Adventure (CRKA) 9 days Active Standard
From $899
Natural Highlights of Costa Rica (CRNH) 9 days Comfort Upgraded
From $1399
Costa Rica Quest (CRQ) 9 days Classic Standard
From $899
$999
Costa Rica Volcanoes & Surf (CRVS) 9 days Active Standard
From $1349
Costa Rica on a Shoestring (CRBC) 8 days Yolo Basic
From $552
$649