Central American Journey

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Group Size: Max 16, Avg 14

Trip code: JCS

Duration: 32 days

Want to see it all in Central America? This epic 32-day adventure takes you through seven stunning Central American countries. Begin in magical Mexico, relax in Belize, discover Guatemala, experience El Salvador, 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
  • 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

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. On day 6, visit a community project that helps women learn new skills and try your hand at pottery! Enjoy some free time on day 7 with optional activities.

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 and take an optional salsa class.

Day 13-14: Panajachel/Lake Atitlán homestay. 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: EL SALVADOR. 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: NICARAGUA. 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 23-24: Granada. Journey on to Granada and enjoy a night out with the group after a city orientation. Optional activities include kayaking on Lake Nicaragua or swimming in Laguna de Apoyo.

Day 25-26: Ometepe. 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. 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.

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