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.
Central America Explorer (CGCA)
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 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: Explore ancient Mayan ruins and UNESCO World Heritage sites, meet local artisans and watch demonstrations of their traditional techniques, visit modern day Mayan communities and participate in a Mayan tree-planting ceremony, take a cooking class and enjoy the results for lunch
Backroads of Central America (CRSG)
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.