Central America Encompassed

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 31 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • max group size 16
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  • Starts Mexico City, Mexico
  • Ends Antigua, Guatemala
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Eat your way through arty Oaxaca at its many market vendors and authentic restaurants – mole poblano and mezcal for dinner? Delicioso!
  • Chichen Itza is one the New Seven Wonders of the World. It's not hard to see why – strolling around the ancient Maya ruins feels pretty wondrous.
  • Caribbean Caye Caulker is a dreamy place to spend two days with no plans. Munch barbecue lobster? Snorkel in coral reef? Nap under a palm tree? It’s up to you.
  • Get to know contemporary Maya life during a homestay in San Jorge La Laguna, a lakeside village where you can share meals and conversation with a local family.
Starting in Mexico City and ending in Antigua, the "Central America Encompassed" tour is a guided explorer trip that takes 31 days. You will visit Caye Caulker, San Jorge La Laguna, Puebla and 12 other destinations in 5 different countries. "Central America Encompassed" is a small group tour which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. See below for further details.

Prepare for a unique Central American adventure from Mexico to Guatemala, packed full of vibrant cities, breathtaking ruins of Maya, Aztec and Zapotec origins, idyllic beaches and pure natural beauty. Journey from the madness of Mexico City through the Yucatan Peninsula and to the colour of colonial Guatemala. Discover the fiery flavours of Oaxaca, admire the lush Palenque archaeological zone, swim in the turquoise waters off the coast of Belize in Caye Caulker and marvel at volcano-rimmed Antigua. Join Lonely Planet and Intrepid as we discover places of astounding beauty, visit vibrant and colourful cities, explore ancient ruins and uncover hidden gems along the way.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT INTREPID TRAVEL
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 108 reviews
  • Suvi
  • From Finland
  • On Feb 04 2019
4 - Very Good
Suvi's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
“Very Good”
  • Angie
  • From Canada
  • On Mar 28 2019
4 - Very Good
Angie's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
“Very Good”
  • Michael
  • From Canada
  • On Nov 27 2019
5 - Excellent
Michael's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
“What an adventure through Cambodia and Vietnam. Culturally immersive. Organization-wise, excellent. Had a great time and wish I could do the tour agai. Recommended.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Mexico City
  • Day 2: Mexico City
  • Day 3: Puebla
  • Day 4: Puebla
  • Day 5: Oaxaca
  • Day 6: Oaxaca
  • Day 7: Oaxaca / Overnight Bus
  • Day 8: San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Day 9: San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Day 10: Palenque
  • Day 11: Palenque Ruins / Merida
  • Day 12: Merida
  • Day 13: Merida
  • Day 14: Chichen Itza / Playa del Carmen
  • Day 15: Playa del Carmen
  • Day 16: Tulum
  • Day 17: Tulum
  • Day 18: Caye Caulker
  • Day 19: Caye Caulker
  • Day 20: Caye Caulker
  • Day 21: San Ignacio
  • Day 22: San Ignacio
  • Day 23: Tikal
  • Day 24: Rio Dulce
  • Day 25: Rio Dulce
  • Day 26: Antigua
  • Day 27: Chichicastenango / San Jorge La Laguna
  • Day 28: Lake Atitlan / Panajachel
  • Day 29: Antigua
  • Day 30: Antigua
  • Day 31: Antigua
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Hotel (25 nights), Overnight bus (1 night), Camping with facilities (1 night), Multishare Lodge (2 night), Homestay (1 night)
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transport
  • Private vehicle , Public bus , Local bus , Overnight public bus , Taxi , Shared Boat , Ferry
Guide
  • An expert tour leader
Included Activities
  • Mexico City - Leader-led Taco Crawl
  • Mexico City - Leader-led City Tour of Historic Center
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Puebla - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Puebla - Visit to La Pasita Bar
  • Oaxaca - Leader-led orientation walk
  • San Cristobal de Las Casas - Leader-led City Tour
  • San Juan Chamula - Maya Church (entrance fee)
  • Zinacantan - Maya Church (entrance fee)
  • Agua Azul - Waterfall Visit (entrance fee)
  • Palenque - Palenque Ruins (entrance fee)
  • Merida - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Chichen Itza - Archaeological site (entrance fee, no guide)
  • Playa del Carmen - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Tulum - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Caye Caulker - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Tikal National Park - Tikal archaeological site (entrance fee, no guide)
  • Chichicastenango Market
  • San Jorge La Laguna - Traditional Maya Homestay
  • Panajachel - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Antigua - Leader-led walking tour
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Mexico City and from Antigua are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Central America Encompassed tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Central America Encompassed tour. You can cancel the tour up to 28 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 27 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 22 October 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 22 October 2021, a deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 27 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Central America Encompassed tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Central America Encompassed tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Is this trip right for you:
  • This trip involves some long days of travel by private and local transport, including one overnight bus. While this can be tiring, it's also a fantastic way to rub shoulders with the locals and get under the skin of a place.
  • Mexico's climate is sultry and tropical, so can get really hot and humid. Wear loose clothing and make sure stay hydrated, especially while out on walking tours. 
  • Crossing the borders between the various countries visited on this trip is usually straightforward, but you may need to be patient. Books, podcasts and car games will be your best friend.
  • The homestay is a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday local life. Conditions are simple and multi-share but comfortable. A hearty homecooked breakfast and dinner will be served during your stay, which can be a lot more basic than what you're used to.
  • Try to learn as many Spanish words as you can before the trip. In many of the destinations we visit, local people are reserved and/or do not speak English. Attempting to communicate in Spanish is a great way of showing you care.
COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Departures will be limited to an average group size of 10 travellers to ensure COVID-19 safety for all travellers.
  • Hygiene and safety guidelines will be followed to ensure your well being is looked after during travels.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated. Children aged 17 years and under must present either a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery or proof of full vaccination. Any customer who is unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons can apply for an exemption. Customers must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. These new safety measures apply on all trips, except for tours in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands.
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