Central American Journey

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Duration: 32 days

Trip code: JCS

Want to see it all in Central America? This epic 32-day adventure takes you through six stunning Central American countries. Begin in magical Mexico, relax in Belize, discover Guatemala, head into Honduras, explore Nicaragua and end your Central American adventures in colourful Costa Rica. Central America is bursting with beauty and natural wonders, amazing Mayan ruins, gorgeous reefs, idyllic islands, fascinating culture and lively cities. Make the most of every moment on this unforgettable experience!

Trip highlights

  • Begin this amazing group adventure on the beautiful beaches of Mexico’s Playa del Carmen and then hop across into Belize to explore the world’s second largest reef and stunning San Ignacio
  • Have a gap year adventure in Guatemala as you visit Mayan ruins at Tikal, relax in Rio Dulce, explore Antigua and enjoy a traditional homestay at Lake Atitlán
  • Head into Honduras for more Mayan wonders at Copán and seek sunshine and beach bliss on the idyllic island of Roatan
  • Next stop is Nicaragua and the lovely city of Granada, plus another unique island homestay off the beaten track on Ometepe, Lake Nicaragua
  • End your epic Central American Journey in Costa Rica, staying in the Monteverde cloud forest and wandering in the city of San José
Further trip information

Please note: The following is the 2017 itinerary. If you are travelling after 1st January 2018, you will follow a slightly different route. Please see the end of this itinerary for more details

Day 1: MEXICO. Playa del Carmen. Arrive at any time. 6pm welcome meeting.

Day 2: Playa del Carmen. Free beach time or optional activities: Visit the Mayan ruins at Tulúm or dive on Cozumel Island.

Day 3-5: BELIZE. Caye Caulker. Relax on the coast or opt to snorkel or dive with stingrays at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Day 6-7: San Ignacio. Free time with optional activities; See the sacred Mayan cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, explore the Mountain Pine Ridge area or visit the Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

Day 8: GUATEMALA. Flores/Tikal. Take a guided tour of the ruins of Tikal and discover Flores.

Day 9-10: Río Dulce. All sorts of optional activities are on offer in this relaxed lakeside location.

Day 11-12: Antigua. Enjoy an orientation guided walk in Antigua then explore the local area and vibrant city.

Day 13-14: Panajachel/Lake Atitlán homestay (1D). Go on boat rides and experience a traditional homestay on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlán with its breathtaking backdrop.

Day 15 & 16: Antigua. Make the most of this lively city. Have fun and practice your fancy footwork at an included group salsa dancing lesson.

Day 17-18: HONDURAS. Copán. See the stunning Mayan ruins at Copán or relax in hot springs.

Day 19-21: Roatan. Relax on the idyllic island of Roatan. Enjoy free time to snorkel, swim, scuba dive or laze on the beautiful beaches.

Day 22: NICARAGUA. Granada. Fly to Managua and then travel to the vibrant city of Granada.

Day 23-24: Granada. Orientation walk with your guide in colonial Granada. Optional activities include a trip to Masaya Volcano, or exploring the isletas of Lake Nicaragua.

Day 25-26: Ometepe (1B,2D). Go off the beaten track on the unique island of Ometepe on Lake Nicaragua. Get to know the locals at a 2-night homestay experience.

Day 27-28: COSTA RICA. Monteverde (1B). Visit the gorgeous cloud forest reserve and opt to zipline through the jungle canopy or take a tour of a coffee plantation.

Day 29-30: La Fortuna. Enjoy adventure activities in the shadow of Arenal Volcano or soak in hot springs.

Day 31: San José. Hang out for one final night with your newfound friends in Costa Rica’s capital city.

Day 32: San José. Your epic Central American Journey ends today in San José. Depart at any time.

2018 Departures

If you are travelling after 1st January 2018, you will follow a slightly different itinerary. In San Ignacio on day 6, you will visit a community project that helps underprivileged women learn new skills and earn money. You will try your hand at pottery and enjoy a lunch of local food. On day 11, the salsa lesson will be an optional activity (extra cost of USD5-12).

You will also follow a slightly different route that takes in a whole new country! The route for days 19-23 will run as follows:

Day 19: Copán/Suchitoto. Hop across the border into El Salvador and discover the picturesque town of Suchitoto.

Day 20: Suchitoto/ Playa El Tunco. Enjoy a free morning in Suchitoto before exploring the gorgeous coastline of Playa El Tunco.

Day 21: Playa El Tunco. Make the most of a free day on the beach. Soak up the sun, wander the nearby fish market, visit the Tamanique waterfalls and chill out with your travelling mates.

Day 22: Playa El Tunco/León. An early start as you leave El Salvador behind and cross into Nicaragua by boat. Enjoy an orientation walk around León, where you will spend the night.

Day 23: León/Granada. Journey on to Granada and enjoy a night out with the group.

The rest of the route runs as per the 2017 itinerary. For more information, please contact a travel advisor.

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