Not only do Honduras' Bay Islands offer some of the most affordable diving in the hemisphere, Roatan, Utila and exclusive Guanaja sit on the very same barrier reef as world-famous sites such as Cozumel. Add pretty beaches and a largely English-speaking population and you can see why divers are coming to the islands in ever-greater numbers. Although Honduras marks the very southern edge of the Mayan empire, it is the site of Copan, one of its most important cities. The ruins overlook a picturesque valley studded with ceremonial stelae - the most intricate in the Mayan world - while the nearby colonial town of Copan Ruinas has a relaxed pace and an almost-perfect climate. At its best, Honduras is Central America at its most relaxed, affordable and authentic - and you can often have it all to yourself.
Mayan Ruins & Culture (CERC)
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 cobblestone colonial cities of Suchitoto and 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 lesser-visited El Salvador, your local 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: Exploring ancient ruins and visiting modern day Mayan communities, Following the cobblestone streets of colonial Suchitoto and Antigua, Participating in a Mayan tree-planting ceremony, Enjoying breathtaking volcanic vistas on Lake Atitlán.
From the lush cloud forests of Costa Rica to the evocative cobblestone 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: Hiking through the mist of a cloud forest, exploring Mayan ruins of Copán, dining with a local family in their home in Nicaragua, peering over the crater of Masaya Volcano, chilling on a Caribbean beach.