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  • Relax on white-sand beaches.
  • Explore the Mayan ruins of Copán and Tikal.
  • Bargain at the local markets of colourful colonial Antigua.
  • Meet some local friends at a G Adventures for Good homestay in Guatemala.
The Central American Journey tour starts in Playa del Carmen and ends in San José. The Central American Journey is an Explorer tour that takes 32 days taking you from Playa del Carmen to San José and through other destinations in North America.

Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America. Visit six countries on this adventure and experience mighty ruins, clear Caribbean waters, Pacific waves, rainforests, and breathtaking scenery along the way. Explore Indigenous Mayan villages and meet locals for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are included. Our expert CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with all the things you need and nothing you don't — 32 days of maximum adventure at minimum cost.
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Arrive at any time.
Check into our hotel and enjoy the city.
Accommodation
  • Selina Hostel Playa del Carmen (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Enjoy free time to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm or the diving mecca of Cozumel. Or just play in the waves and enjoy the beach.
Start your holiday off with some hardcore relaxation. Enjoy a full day of free time to fill as you wish. Get your ruin on with a visit to Tulum perched atop the sea, explore the fish- and coral-filled seas around Cozumel on a scuba dive, go swimming in a cenote or at the beach, and save some energy for a night out on the town.
Accommodation
  • Selina Hostel Playa del Carmen (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Tulúm Ruins Visit
    The Maya built the ancient seaport of Tulúm in the late 13th century. Located some 130 km (80 mi) south of Cancun, this picturesque site features a number of limestone structures protected on three sides by a 7m (23 ft) thick wall. Visit “El Castillo” (the castle), overlooking the Caribbean coast, and the Temple of Frescoes, then head down to the beach. Dive into the warm aquamarine waters and imagine spotting ancient vessels laden with turquoise and jade.
  • Cozumel Diving (Certified Divers)
    Take the ferry to Cozumel Island and discover one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations. See schools of tropical fish (over 250 species) swimming in and amongst colourful coral, look for sponges and other aquatic marine life. Two main coral reefs provide plateaus beginning in less than 9m (30 ft) of water. All this, plus clear, warm water. Every diver’s dream!
  • Cenote Visit
    Price depends on the cenote that you choose as different cenotes have different prices associated with entrance, also on if you combine snorkelling with your visit.

    You can take a shared van (colectivo) from 20 Avenida Norte and Calle 2 Norte to one of the many cenotes that line the Cancun-Tulum highway. The colectivo will leave you on the highway and you walk 10-15 minutes to one of the many different cenotes. The entrance varies depending on which cenote you decide to visit.
  • Coco Bongo Disco and Show
    Coco Bongo lives up to its name. Visitors describe it as “insane”, “exciting” and “amazing”. This Vegas-style disco and show features a range of high energy acts including Elvis, Lady Gaga, Moulin Rouge and more. The price includes all your drinks and the show is cheaper on weekdays. Go wild!
  • Akumal Beach Visit
    You can take a shared van (colectivo) from 20 Avenida Norte and Calle 2 Norte to the beach of Akumal. The colectivo will leave you on the highway to walk 15 minutes to the white-sand beach.
  • Skydiving
    Buckle up your harness, practice your exit, then take a plane up and over the blue Caribbean waters. Take a deep breath, leap out and freefall with an instructor before he opens the parachute. Admire the view over the Yucatan as you descend and land on the beach. Wow!
  • Tequila Tasting
Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.
Mention Belize and you may conjure up visions of unbelievably clear blue waters, diving and snorkelling along the barrier reef and remarkable marine life. Belize also boasts huge swaths of jungle, ancient Mayan ruins, and above all, friendly, easygoing people. Belize is all this and much more!
Accommodation
  • Tropical Paradise Hotel (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Border Crossing (Mexico - Belize)
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.5 hr
    Arrive at the Mexican border then go to immigration to get passports stamped and pay the exit fee. After a quick trip on the bus, grab your luggage and pass through Belizean immigration and customs. Get back on the bus with your stuff and get ready to start exploring Belize.
Transport
  • First-class bus
    Duration : 4.0 hr
    Distance : 315 km
    Ride on in style. This sure isn't your grandmother's public bus.
  • Local bus
    Duration : 3.0 hr - 4.0 hr
    Distance : 158 km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Water taxi
    Duration : 0.75 hr - 1.0 hr
    Jump in and cross the water to the next stop.
Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.
Accommodation
  • Tropical Paradise Hotel (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Hol Chan Snorkel Tour
    Slather on the sunscreen and set out on a snorkel adventure of a lifetime. Stop at the coral gardens, shark and ray alley, and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Snorkel three different spots along the Belize reef in this protected channel. See hundreds of varieties of tropical fish in this natural aquarium including angelfish, nurse sharks, stingrays and green moray eels. Be sure to check out the Coral Gardens to see a rainbow of colours – red, purple, pink and green – and depending on the season, float past manatees while you marvel at nature’s underwater artistry.
  • Fishing
    Cast a line and see what you can reel in. Fish for snapper, barracuda, horse-eye jack and more. Bring your catch to any local restaurant and have them gut and grill it just for you. Buy the rest of dinner and some drinks and enjoy! It doesn’t get any fresher than this.
  • Sunset Sailing Boat Tour
    Set sail just before sunset. Relax with reggae music and rum punch, snack on shrimp ceviche and snap a few photos as you sail around the island as the sun sets to the west of Caye Caulker.
  • Blue Hole National Park Flight
    Charge up your camera batteries and take flight over the crystal clear waters off Belize. Take off from Caye Caulker airstrip in a small plane and observe the incredible Blue Hole national monument from above. Made famous by underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, this limestone sinkhole is 300m (1000 ft) in diameter and was formed more than a million years ago.
  • Blue Hole National Monument Dive
    Channel your inner Jacques Cousteau and dive the Great Blue Hole, ranked by the Discovery Channel as their top choice for “most amazing place on earth”. This giant limestone sinkhole, 300m (1000 ft) in diameter and 124m (407 ft) deep, was formed more than a million years ago and is now part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Geared to open water and advanced divers, see Midnight Parrotfish and Caribbean reef sharks and interesting rock formations, including stalactites which formed before the area was submerged by the sea.
  • Bike with Purpose Rental
    Rent a bike from the G Adventures-supported Bike with Purpose project on Caye Caulker and cycle around the island out to the split and back. It's a great way to get some exercise and see the sights on this laid-back island. Don't forget to bring water and wear lots of sunscreen.
Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.
Accommodation
  • Tropical Paradise Hotel (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Hol Chan Snorkel Tour
    Slather on the sunscreen and set out on a snorkel adventure of a lifetime. Stop at the coral gardens, shark and ray alley, and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Snorkel three different spots along the Belize reef in this protected channel. See hundreds of varieties of tropical fish in this natural aquarium including angelfish, nurse sharks, stingrays and green moray eels. Be sure to check out the Coral Gardens to see a rainbow of colours – red, purple, pink and green – and depending on the season, float past manatees while you marvel at nature’s underwater artistry.
  • Fishing
    Cast a line and see what you can reel in. Fish for snapper, barracuda, horse-eye jack and more. Bring your catch to any local restaurant and have them gut and grill it just for you. Buy the rest of dinner and some drinks and enjoy! It doesn’t get any fresher than this.
  • Sunset Sailing Boat Tour
    Set sail just before sunset. Relax with reggae music and rum punch, snack on shrimp ceviche and snap a few photos as you sail around the island as the sun sets to the west of Caye Caulker.
  • Blue Hole National Park Flight
    Charge up your camera batteries and take flight over the crystal clear waters off Belize. Take off from Caye Caulker airstrip in a small plane and observe the incredible Blue Hole national monument from above. Made famous by underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, this limestone sinkhole is 300m (1000 ft) in diameter and was formed more than a million years ago.
  • Blue Hole National Monument Dive
    Channel your inner Jacques Cousteau and dive the Great Blue Hole, ranked by the Discovery Channel as their top choice for “most amazing place on earth”. This giant limestone sinkhole, 300m (1000 ft) in diameter and 124m (407 ft) deep, was formed more than a million years ago and is now part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Geared to open water and advanced divers, see Midnight Parrotfish and Caribbean reef sharks and interesting rock formations, including stalactites which formed before the area was submerged by the sea.
  • Bike with Purpose Rental
    Rent a bike from the G Adventures-supported Bike with Purpose project on Caye Caulker and cycle around the island out to the split and back. It's a great way to get some exercise and see the sights on this laid-back island. Don't forget to bring water and wear lots of sunscreen.
Travel by boat and bus from Caye Caulker to San Ignacio. Enjoy an included pottery demonstration and local lunch at a G Adventures-supported women's pottery cooperative.
From the town of San Ignacio, opportunities abound for exploring Belize’s little known inland scenic beauty. With free time here, choose to explore the area by foot, canoe or horse, take a caving trip, or visit the Mountain Pine Ridge Area and swim in its inviting pools and rivers.
Meal
  • Lunch
Accommodation
  • Kawoq Hostel (or similar)
Included Activity
  • San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch
    Like in many places around the world, education for women in the village of San Antonio isn’t prioritized. Girls don’t typically attend school beyond primary levels. So a women’s cooperative was founded here, as a way for underprivileged women to earn income, learn new skills, and share centuries-old Mayan techniques and knowledge. Visit the pottery workshop, which is newly expanded with an investment from G Adventures. Meet some of the women who’ve found community within its walls and gain insight into the tradition of throwing pots. Afterward, enjoy lunch together with these inspiring and unforgettable women, sampling traditional foods of the Cayo region.
Transport
  • Water taxi
    Duration : 0.75 hr - 1.0 hr
    Distance : 39 km
    Jump in and cross the water to the next stop.
  • Local bus
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Distance : 123 km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Optional Activities
  • Xunantunich Visit
    Hike to the top of this impressive 9th-century Maya centre, set high on a natural limestone ridge, and admire the view of the Mopan River, Cayo District and neighbouring Guatemalan countryside. The tallest temple, El Castillo, is partially excavated and explored and there’s a unique stucco frieze on the east side of the structure. Discover why Xunantunich is Belize’s most visited site with intricately carved stellae, 25 temples, and well-preserved palaces.
Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.
Accommodation
  • Kawoq Hostel (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Visit
    The Actun Tunichil Muknal cave has only been open to the public since 1998. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see up to 1400 artifacts, including pottery, tools and vessels used by the Maya for a thousand years. Hike 45 minutes to the cave entrance, wade/swim through deep pools, past calcite formations, to explore this damp, dark place of ritual and sacrifice. With a helmet and headlamp, see the skeleton of the “Crystal Maiden,” a young girl whose bones have calcified over the past 1,100 years, making them appear to sparkle.
  • Cave Tubing
    Strap on a headlamp, sit on an inner tube and get set to enter the underworld. Float on an underground river past stalactites hanging above and through shafts of filtered light. Discover firsthand why the Maya selected these sites to make offerings to their gods.
  • Crystal Cave Visit
    Drive to Blue Hole National Park and hike for one hour through lush rainforest and down steep, slippery slopes, then descend 4.5m (15 ft) by ropes to start exploring Crystal Cave (also known as Mountain Cow Cave). Crab walk and crawl through the cave and head into the Mayan Xibabla or underworld. Slide down mud ramps, along rock faces, and be awed by the stalactites and stalagmites, ancient fire pits, wall carvings, pottery and the haunting skeletal remains of humans sacrificed by the Maya to appease their gods. Afterwards, take a short drive to the Blue Hole River, relax and refresh in the cool water.
  • Caracol Ruins Tour
    Set within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, prepare to be wowed by Caracol. It’s the largest known Maya site in Belize and was once home to an estimated 180,000 people. The site was discovered in the 1920's by a logger looking for mahogany. One of its pyramids, Canaa or “Sky Place”, built in 800 AD and standing 43m (143 ft), continues to be the tallest man-made structure in the country. Bring your walking shoes, water and a sunhat because there’s lots to see here. Tombs, temples, altars, carved stelae and other stone monuments – it’s well worth the effort and easy to be impressed.
  • Horseback Riding
    Choose from one of the 45 horses at Hannah's Stables and ride over farm trails and forested paths, all the way along the river to the Mayan site of Xunantunich. Enjoy a short guided tour of the site before taking a different trail back to the stables. Watch for native birds, including toucans and parrots, listen for howler monkeys, admire orchids and fruit trees and breathe in the fresh air of the Belize countryside.
  • Barton Creek Cave Canoeing
    Strap on a headlamp, step in the canoe and paddle along an ancient Mayan waterway inside the Barton Creek Cave. Bring your camera to take memorable photos of cathedral rock chambers, stalactites and stalagmites. Upon return, opt to swim at Big Rock Falls.
  • Xunantunich Visit
    Hike to the top of this impressive 9th-century Maya centre, set high on a natural limestone ridge, and admire the view of the Mopan River, Cayo District and neighbouring Guatemalan countryside. The tallest temple, El Castillo, is partially excavated and explored and there’s a unique stucco frieze on the east side of the structure. Discover why Xunantunich is Belize’s most visited site with intricately carved stellae, 25 temples, and well-preserved palaces.
Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of the ruins of Tikal.
Cross the border into Guatemala and you immediately notice the difference in culture, with its heavy Mayan influence and Spanish language. Here we have entered Guatemala’s northeast jungle Petén region. The descendants of the Maya of Chichén Itzá migrated to the Petén area several centuries after the collapse of the great Mayan cities in the Yucatán.

En route to Flores, stop for a guided tour of the ancient city of Tikal. Arrive in Flores, the capital of the department of Petén, a small island located on the second largest lake of Guatemala, Lake Petén Itzá.
Accommodation
  • Peten Express Hotel (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Belize - Guatemala)
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.5 hr
    Grab your bags from the vehicle and head to immigration after paying the exit fee. Passports get stamped in immigration and then passed to your CEO for the short walk (200m) to the Guatemalan border where the entrance fee is paid. Lend a hand loading luggage into the vehicle while your CEO gets all the passports stamped. Welcome to Guatemala!
  • Tikal Ruins Guided Tour
    Duration : 3.0 hr - 4.0 hr
    Distance : 7 km
    Put on your walking shoes and prepare for a tiring but memorable day walking through history at the impressive site of Tikal. The Mayan site is set in the heart of the jungle, in Tikal National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along with our bilingual guide, see some of the temples, plazas, carved stone monuments and public squares, more than 3,000 buildings in all, dating from as far back as 600 BC. Climb to the top of Temple IV, catch your breath, take photos, and then sit and contemplate the magnificence of the site and the tropical rainforest beyond. Look for monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, and deer, as well as macaws and eagles, snakes, and spiders.
Transport
  • Taxicab
    Duration : 0.25 hr - 0.5 hr
    Distance : 5 km
    Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.5 hr - 2.5 hr
    Distance : 100 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 1.5 hr
    Distance : 64 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
A travel day from Flores to Rio Dulce which is located in the department of Izabal, home of the largest lake in Guatemala, Lake Izabal was one of the most important water ways of the Spanish crown during colonial times.

We take the road past areas of dense jungle and arrive at Río Dulce, a small town on Lake Izabal and a port stop for boaters around the globe, on their way to/from Livingston and the Caribbean coast.
Accommodation
  • Hacienda Tijax (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 4.0 hr - 5.0 hr
    Distance : 210 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall, take a sunrise kayak to visit groups of noisy howler monkeys, or take a horseback ride through the rubber plantations combined with a visit to the Shaman Tower.
Accommodation
  • Hacienda Tijax (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Natural Hot Waterfall Visit
    Finca el Paraiso contains a unique volcanic vein that heats spring water and dumps it into a colder river below. Refresh and relax as you bathe in these therapeutic thermal waters and swim in the river below. Arrive by boat or overland.
  • Sunrise Monkey Kayak
    Set your alarm very early and set off on a sweet soulful paddle along the Rio Dulce. Kayak to the base of the Boquerón Canyon with its sheer cliff face, covered in a green mass of moss, vines, and trees. Enjoy a striking sunrise, sit back, and listen to the jungle as it wakes up – howler monkeys, birds and the slap of the paddle on the water provide the soundtrack to this memorable morning.
  • Horseback Riding
    Set out to explore the massive property at Hacienda Tijax Jungle Lodge on horseback. Trail ride through the reserve’s lush landscape, past a plantation of rubber trees, and stop at the Shaman tower. Climb up to see the stunning view and spot the suspension bridges hanging over natural waterfalls.
  • Scenic Boat Ride to Livingston
    Take a boat down the Rio Dulce toward the Caribbean Sea passing through El Golfete and El Canyon before arriving to Livingston. Float past mangroves and lily pads and the Boquerón Canyon, where a sheer limestone cliff rises 122m (400 ft) out of the river, covered in vines, trees and moss. Arrive at the small fishing village of Livingston known for its unique Afro-Caribbean Garifuna population, with their unique art, music and delicious coconut seafood soup, “tapado”.
Enjoy an orientation walk of Antigua's cobblestone streets, then opt to take a salsa lesson and practice new moves out at night.
Today is a travel day from Rio Dulce to Antigua, followed by an orientation walk once you arrive. Plan your activities for the next day and enjoy some of the nightlife this beautiful colonial city has to offer.
Accommodation
  • Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.25 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 6.0 hr - 7.5 hr
    Distance : 315 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Salsa Lesson
    Kick up your heels and learn this typical Latin dance. Dancers of all skill levels are welcome. Get lost in the rhythm of the music and let your body take you to a new place -- one-two-three, one-two-three, hip roll, arm up, partner under, shimmy, shake, salsa! Vamos a bailar! (Let's dance!)
Enjoy a free day in Antigua. Opt to relax with a massage, climb a volcano, soak up the culture in one of the city's many cafés, or explore the nearby hills and towns by bike.
Relax with a massage, climb a volcano, soak up the culture of this colonial town’s many museums and cafes, attend a chocolate workshop, visit one of the local coffee or macadamia nut plantations, or explore the nearby hills and towns by bike.
Accommodation
  • Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Massage
  • Cycling
    Get off the beaten track and discover the treasures of Guatemala. Enjoy an adventurous ride with incredible views ranging from wide open fields, volcanoes, local villages, and coffee plantations.There are full-day and half-day tours that vary in difficulty level. Have your CEO make a reservation.
  • Finca Valhalla Visit
    Take a tour of the macadamia nut plantation at Finca Valhalla led by the workers. Learn about this sustainable crop for the experts and discover the health benefits of the nut. Pamper yourself with a free facial and purchase some of the treats made from the macadamia nut like oils, nuts, and chocolate. This tour is offered for free in the hopes that you’ll show your gratitude by stopping by and picking up some tasty treats from the gift shop or café.
  • Finca Filidelfia Coffee Tour
    Travel a short 10-minute ride outside of Antigua to the Finca Filadelfia coffee plantation. Walk through the plant nursery, explore the rows of coffee plants, pick a coffee “cherry” (each one has two beans inside), then discover the various stages that go into making the perfect cup of quality coffee. The farm also has a restaurant and zipline for those who opt to fly above the canopy to spot the very best beans.
  • ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop
    Enjoy a chocolate workshop and museum tour to learn about the process "from bean to bar" and the history of this tasty crop. In this 1.5-hour workshop, make your own bar to take home and enjoy tastings of the varieties of chocolate drinks made on site. Who knew history could be so sweet?
  • Elizabeth Bell Walking Tour
    You will need to pick up your ticket at the ticket counter located off Central Park inside of Café Condesa. Have your CEO make a reservation. This tour charges more during religious holiday and special dates. Tour departs at 9:30am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2pm Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Acatenango Volcano Climb
    Interested in a major physical challenge? Spend the day hiking the active Acatenango Volcano located to the west of Antigua. Bring lots of water, your camera and hope for clear skies to see a spectacular view of neighbouring Fuego and possibly even Pacaya beyond. Make no mistake, this is a very challenging climb but well worth it.
Travel to beautiful Lake Atitlán and enjoy the views.
Travel through the hills and fertile fields of the Guatemalan highlands to the shores of Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful spots in Guatemala. Twelve native villages, blue/grey mountains and three volcanoes line the shores of this lake resulting in a wonderful combination of unusual natural beauty and traditional culture.

The area is also ideal for outdoor pursuits like swimming, fishing, wind surfing, hiking, bird watching, kayaking, and horseback riding.
Accommodation
  • Kamol Bey (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 4.0 hr
    Distance : 80 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Massage
    Revive sore muscles with a relaxing massage.
  • Kayaking
    Grab your life jacket and tour local waters by kayak. Get up close to marine life and see many sights you may miss on shore.
  • La Nariz del Indio Hike
    Trek one of the most popular San Juan-area hikes at a park called La Nariz del Indio. Look for the Rostro Maya trail opposite the gas station on the road to San Pablo, and hike to the top in about 3-4 hrs total for spectacular views of San Juan, San Pedro, and Lake Atitlán. Opt to bring a guide, if you wish, but leave valuables at home. Police warn of robberies at the summit.
  • Swimming
    Grab your bathing suit and go for a refreshing swim.
Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family. This area is known for stunning scenery and great shopping for Mayan handicrafts. Opt to bargain for colourful textiles and paintings at the lake's markets.
Meal
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Rupalaj Kistalin Posada Homestay (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Posadas Mayas Homestay
    Submerge yourself in Mayan culture during this home stay run by a Planeterra community tourism project. Set on the northwest shore of Lake Atitlán, arrive by boat to the laid-back village of San Juan La Laguna and immediately feel at home. Meet your host family, stash your stuff, then set off to explore the area. Admire the paintings of local artists, watch weavers who use traditional techniques to dye wool, go for a hike and admire the view across the lake. Feel good knowing you are supporting local families eager to benefit from tourism in their community.
Transport
  • Boat
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 0.75 hr
    Distance : 25 km
    Climb aboard and get your float on.
Optional Activities
  • Shopping
    Scour the local shops and stalls for unique wares to remind you of your travels to the region.
Return to Antigua, and enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
We return to Antigua to spend more time to explore the city, shop, and check out optional activities in the area.

Optional activities include visiting a macadamia nut farm, checking out a coffee plantation, biking around Antigua's surrounding hills or taking a salsa lesson.
Accommodation
  • Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Big Night Out
    Whether it’s a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.
Transport
  • Boat
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 0.75 hr
    Distance : 25 km
    Climb aboard and get your float on.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr - 4.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Massage
  • ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop
    Enjoy a chocolate workshop and museum tour to learn about the process "from bean to bar" and the history of this tasty crop. In this 1.5-hour workshop, make your own bar to take home and enjoy tastings of the varieties of chocolate drinks made on site. Who knew history could be so sweet?
  • Salsa Lesson
    Kick up your heels and learn this typical Latin dance. Dancers of all skill levels are welcome. Get lost in the rhythm of the music and let your body take you to a new place -- one-two-three, one-two-three, hip roll, arm up, partner under, shimmy, shake, salsa! Vamos a bailar! (Let's dance!)
Enjoy free time to relax with a massage, explore the nearby hills by bicycle, or visit a local macadamia nut farm.
Accommodation
  • Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Finca Valhalla Visit
    Take a tour of the macadamia nut plantation at Finca Valhalla led by the workers. Learn about this sustainable crop for the experts and discover the health benefits of the nut. Pamper yourself with a free facial and purchase some of the treats made from the macadamia nut like oils, nuts, and chocolate. This tour is offered for free in the hopes that you’ll show your gratitude by stopping by and picking up some tasty treats from the gift shop or café.
  • Pacaya Volcano Hike (Half-Day)
    Drive one hour to the base of Pacaya Volcano to begin your ascent. This volcano is still active, so hiking to the crater is off limits. Near the summit, grab a stick and toast marshmallows over a smoking fumarole using earth's natural "ovens" to heat your snack.
  • Massage
  • Finca Filidelfia Coffee Tour
    Travel a short 10-minute ride outside of Antigua to the Finca Filadelfia coffee plantation. Walk through the plant nursery, explore the rows of coffee plants, pick a coffee “cherry” (each one has two beans inside), then discover the various stages that go into making the perfect cup of quality coffee. The farm also has a restaurant and zipline for those who opt to fly above the canopy to spot the very best beans.
  • Cycling
    Get off the beaten track and discover the treasures of Guatemala. Enjoy an adventurous ride with incredible views ranging from wide open fields, volcanoes, local villages, and coffee plantations.There are full-day and half-day tours that vary in difficulty level. Have your CEO make a reservation.
  • Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
Cross the border to Honduras. Opt to soak in local hot springs in the jungle.
The colonial highland town of Copán Ruinas is a charming and relaxing place, set along a river in the coffee growing region close to the Guatemalan border.

The Mayan ruins of Copán are fascinating, beautiful and unique among Mayan cities. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980, Copán contains some of the most important Mayan ruins found to date, and many unusual artistic features, including some of the most detailed carving in the Mayan world.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Brisas de Copan (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Border Crossing (Guatemala-Honduras)
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 8.0 hr - 9.0 hr
    Distance : 280 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free time in Copán. Opt to visit the ruins of Copán or explore the hills on horseback.
Free time in Copan. Opt to visit the impressive Copan ruins and check out some lesser known Mayan sites along the way. Knowledgable local guides can interpret the many Mayan carvings left here over 1,000 years ago. You can also choose to explore the nearby hills and small villages on horseback or journey through the countryside to some hidden jungle hot springs for a relaxing soak.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Brisas de Copan (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Horseback Riding
    Enjoy rural Honduras by horseback. Ride through the Copán Valley and along the river. Head up into the hills to meet local farmers. Keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds and wildlife. Who knows, you may even spot an ancient Maya artifact on your journey.
  • Luna Jaguar Hot Springs Visit
    Take a scenic drive through the back roads of Copán Ruinas to hot springs at Luna Jaguar. Take a relaxing soak in one of the pools, surrounded by the jungle. If all that lounging around has worked up your appetite, opt to enjoy a barbeque lunch on site.
  • Copán Ruins Guided Tour
    Step back in time more than a 1,000 years to discover the ancient Mayan site of Copán. Walk across grassy plazas and examine intricately carved stone stellae (tall monuments) depicting various gods and rulers. Admire the artistry and scale of the temples, ball court and well-preserved hieroglyphic stairway and understand why this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to visit the museum to see Mayan artifacts and a life-sized replica of the Rosalila Temple.
Cross the border into El Salvador and stay in the colonial town of Suchitoto. Don't forget to try the delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian specialty.
Accommodation
  • Posada Alta Vista (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Honduras - Guatemala)
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
  • Border Crossing (Guatemala - El Salvador)
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 8.0 hr
    Distance : 400 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Enjoy a free day in Suchitoto.
Accommodation
  • Posada Alta Vista (or similar)
Travel to the 'Route of Flowers' region with its quaint Salvadorian towns and talented artisans.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Segen (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr - 4.0 hr
    Distance : 120 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • El Carmen Coffee Tour
    Visit El Carmen estate for a coffee tour to learn about the transformation process from farm to cup of this precious crop. Different tours are available, including a traditional tour, or an integral tour, but both are filled with great information and delicious coffee. Just in case your blood’s not pumping enough from the caffeine, the estate also offers canopy and ATV tours you can add on to your tour!
Full day to explore the small town of Ataco or enjoy optional activities.
Day hikes, a coffee tour and shopping are some of many options for your time here. Hike El Impossible National Park, swim in the pools of Atzumpa, check out some of the other nearby quaint towns or just explore tiny Ataco. This is a coffee producing region of El Salvador, so be sure to sample some delicious coffee in a local café.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Segen (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • El Carmen Coffee Tour
    Visit El Carmen estate for a coffee tour to learn about the transformation process from farm to cup of this precious crop. Different tours are available, including a traditional tour, or an integral tour, but both are filled with great information and delicious coffee. Just in case your blood’s not pumping enough from the caffeine, the estate also offers canopy and ATV tours you can add on to your tour!
Enjoy a free morning in Ataco before heading to the coast. The sunsets in this surfing town are stunning. Grab a cold drink and enjoy!
Accommodation
  • Atami Escape Resort (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Distance : 100 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Surfing Lesson
    Grab your swimsuit and get ready to hang ten! Learn how to find and ride the waves with surfing lessons from local experts. Enjoy the fresh sea air, and try to spot local marine life while enjoying the waters.
Enjoy a free day in this laidback beach town to take a surf lesson, eat fresh ceviche at the fish market in nearby La Libertad, visit the Tamanique waterfalls, or chill out with a beer in hand.
Accommodation
  • Atami Escape Resort (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Surfing Lesson
    Grab your swimsuit and get ready to hang ten! Learn how to find and ride the waves with surfing lessons from local experts. Enjoy the fresh sea air, and try to spot local marine life while enjoying the waters.
Hop on a flight to Costa Rica and travel through stunning Costa Rican scenery, finishing up in the cloud forest air of Monteverde.
At 1,400 meters above sea level, Monteverde is literally in the clouds. The Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves are home to diverse and unique flora and fauna. Sloths, monkeys, kinkajous, tapirs and large cats inhabit the area. There are more species of orchids here than anywhere else in the world.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Manakin (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Distance : 50 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Plane
    Duration : 1.5 hr - 2.0 hr
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr - 4.0 hr
    Distance : 140 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free day in Monteverde. Opt to visit a cloud forest reserve, fly through the jungle canopy via zipline, or tour a coffee plantation.
The day is free to choose from many optional activities. Fly hundreds of meters above the trees on a zip-lining tour, hike through one of the cloud forest reserves, ride a horse in the mountains, visit a coffee/sugar cane farm, go bungee jumping, drive an ATV on trails in the hills, tour the cheese factory or check out the orchid garden, serpentarium, or frog pond in town.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Manakin (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Santa Elena Cloud Forest Visit
    Pull on your poncho and boots and head into the cloud-covered forest, past over-sized ferns and exotic orchids. Harness your inner Tarzan as you imagine swinging from the forest’s giant vines, trudge along 12 km of trails, watch for wildlife and trek to the top of the observation tower. Be sure to stop and listen too. Hear the haunting hollow call of the bellbird and perhaps catch sight of the brilliant green and red resplendent quetzal. Feel good about protecting the preserve and sustaining the quality of local schools through payment of your park fees.
  • Sky Walk
    Get up high to see the tree tops of Monteverde’s Cloud Forest from a bird’s eye view. Cross a series of suspension bridges to discover the early ropes and pulleys that early biologists required to glimpse – a lush, green vista accented by bromeliads, vines, and orchids. Wonder at this wet canopy, home to thousands of species of birds, small animals, amphibians and insects (making up 90% of all the organisms in the forest).
  • Ziplining
    Buckle up your harness, don your helmet, and prepare to launch. Glide along cables suspended high above the cloud forest canopy. Dare to let go and reach top speeds as you zip past stunning scenery. Forget your fear as you spot a toucans or exotic orchids in this adrenaline-filled experience.
  • Monteverde Butterfly Garden Visit
    Get close to butterflies, bump into giant bugs, and make friends with hairy eight-legged spiders in this collection of gardens nestled in the mountains of Monteverde. Observe caterpillars, take prize-worthy photos of the iridescent blue morpho butterfly, and check out the leaf-cutter ant colony. The nature centre is home to 30 species of butterfly, a whole bunch of insects, as well as white-faced monkeys, coatis, motmots, and more.
  • Monteverde Horseback Riding
    Enjoy Monteverde’s breath-giving wilderness by horseback. Spot toucans, bellbirds, and parrots as you ride through private mountain trails along the primary and secondary forest. Meet monkeys, see sloths, and possibly glimpse the Gulf of Nicoya through the clouds. Take photos, inhale the pure air, and let your horse lead you on this memorable meander in misty Monteverde.
  • Monteverde Coffee Plantation Tour
    No trip to Costa Rica is complete without visiting a coffee plantation. Head to Café Monteverde and learn how this fair trade coffee goes from crop to cup. Pick ripe berries, watch how the beans are separated from the husk, then observe the drying and roasting process. Sample and buy some of these excellent beans. The Santa Elena coffee co-op prides itself on sustainable practices: it recycles processing water, uses coffee pulp for fertilizer, and sends plant fibers and husks to make paper.
Transfer to La Fortuna along bumpy roads, then break up the journey with a peaceful boat ride on Lake Arenal before a short ride to the town. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
The trip from Monteverde to La Fortuna takes us down from the cloud forest and across Costa Rica's largest lake The town of La Fortuna lies at the base of the Arenal Volcano, which dominates the landscape rising to 1670 meters high. The town has become famous as the adventure sports capital of Costa Rica.

Choose your adventure! Canyoneering, white water rafting, hiking, caving, rafting, horseback riding, paddlebording, kayaking, visiting a wildlife refuge, and even more activities are all possible options for you to choose from while we're here.
Accommodation
  • Selina Hostel La Fortuna (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Big Night Out
    Whether it’s a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.
Transport
  • Shared van
    Duration : 3.5 hr
    Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.
  • Boat
    Duration : 0.75 hr
    Climb aboard and get your float on.
  • Shared van
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 0.75 hr
    Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.
Optional Activities
  • Baldi Hot Springs Soak
    Relax in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano immersed in one of the naturally heated pools at Baldi Hot Springs Hotel and Spa. Rejuvenate your muscles, detox your cells, and stimulate all your senses in nature’s thermal spa. Breathe in the pure rainforest air and marvel at the mystic surroundings of these outdoor pools of paradise.
  • La Fortuna Waterfall Swim
    Take a walk, taxi, or horse just outside the town of La Fortuna to the nearby waterfall. Once at the gate, pay a fee then start the descent on rough steps (more than 500 of them!) to get to the base of the falls. The water cascades 65m (200 ft) down the side of the dormant Cerro Chato. Sit on the rocks, get sprayed, watch for iridescent blue morpho butterflies and then plunge into the cool waters.
Free time to enjoy the La Fortuna and Arenal area.
Choose your adventure! Canyoneering, hiking, caving, rafting, horseback riding, paddleboarding, kayaking, visiting a wildlife refuge, and even more activities are all possible options for you to choose from while we're here.
Accommodation
  • Selina Hostel La Fortuna (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour
    Travel north to Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge near the Nicaraguan border. Take a guided tour by covered boat through one of the world’s most important wetlands; home to a vast array of plants, birds, reptiles, fish, and mammals. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see a three-toed sloth or a Jesus Christ lizard.
  • La Fortuna Waterfall Swim
    Take a walk, taxi, or horse just outside the town of La Fortuna to the nearby waterfall. Once at the gate, pay a fee then start the descent on rough steps (more than 500 of them!) to get to the base of the falls. The water cascades 65m (200 ft) down the side of the dormant Cerro Chato. Sit on the rocks, get sprayed, watch for iridescent blue morpho butterflies and then plunge into the cool waters.
  • Horseback Riding
    Enjoy Fortuna’s fantastic wilderness on one of two different horseback riding options. Ride around the base of Arenal volcano or take a scenic trip to La Fortuna waterfall, passing through Maleuku village with opportunities to take a dip in the emerald green pool. Spot toucans, bellbirds and parrots as you ride private mountain trails through primary and secondary forest. Meet monkeys, see sloths, and possibly hear the rumble of the volcano. Take photos, inhale the pure air and let your horse lead you on this memorable meander.
  • Mountain Biking
    Price difference depends on renting a bike for the day or taking a guided tour. Tours leave twice daily at 08:00 and 13:30. Includes transportation to and from hotel, mountain bike, gloves and helmet, bilingual guide, and tropical fruits and beverages. Wear closed-toe shoes, and bring a rain jacket, camera, and sunscreen.
  • Birdwatching
    Set out on a bird watching adventure with a local expert. Depending on the season, explore around Arenal Volcano and Lake, visit El Silencio Nature Reserve, or Finca Luna Nueva. The area around Arenal is home to more than 350 species of birds. Look for toucans, parrots, Montezuma Oropendolas, colourful tanagers, and parakeets.
  • Venado Caves Exploration
    Duck your head and enter an underground world formed some 15 million years ago. The Venado Caves are 45 min NW of Fortuna. Ford rivers, crawl through caverns, and marvel at the strange stalactites, stalagmites and subterranean inhabitants including bats, frogs, and spiders. Not ideal if you get anxious in closed spaces. Great for those who want to channel their inner Indiana Jones.
Enjoy a final free morning in La Fortuna for optional activities. In the afternoon, travel to San Carlos and to the rural community of Coope San Juan. Stay with a local family for an authentic Costa Rican experience.
Meal
  • Dinner
Included Activity
  • Coope San Juan Homestay
    Immerse yourself in local farming culture by staying with a family in the Coope San Juan community in the rainforest of northern Costa Rica. Your presence is supporting this community-owned and operated business. While you're here, practice Spanish, enjoy authentically-cooked fresh food, bike along jungle trails, and try your hand at fishing.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Enjoy a full day with your hosts at the Coope San Juan homestay. Go on a walk through the surrounding forest to learn about flora and fauna in the area, help harvest cassava, and join a cooking demo to make enyucados – a local speciality. In the afternoon, enjoy free time and opt to go mountain biking or fishing, or relax in the village and practice your Spanish.
Meal
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities
  • Coope San Juan Homestay
    Immerse yourself in local farming culture by staying with a family in the Coope San Juan community in the rainforest of northern Costa Rica. Your presence is supporting this community-owned and operated business. While you're here, practice Spanish, enjoy authentically-cooked fresh food, bike along jungle trails, and try your hand at fishing.
  • Rainforest Walk
    Join a local guide from the community on a walk through the surrounding rainforest. Learn about the production of cassava, and lend a hand in harvesting some of the plants. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the 400 different bird species that live in the area.
  • Cooking Demonstration
    Learn to make the local speciality, enyucados, with the cassava you harvested earlier. This is a traditional Costa Rican dish that can be found in many homes. Dig in!
Optional Activities
  • Mountain Biking
  • Fishing
Journey through the mountains to the capital for a final night out.
Return to San José for our final night out.

San José has beautiful parks, museums and theatres. Enjoy the view of the surrounding lush mountains from the downtown streets.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Aldea Hostel (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr - 4.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Depart at any time.
Included Activity
  • Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Simple hotels/hostels (30 nts, most multi-share), homestay (1 nt).
Meals
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
    Note: Allow USD800-1040 for meals not included.
Transport
  • Local bus, ferry, boat, private vehicle, taxi, walking.
Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Included activities
  • Your G for Good Moment: San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch, San Ignacio
  • Your G for Good Moment: Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna
  • Your Discover Moment: Playa del Carmen
  • Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker
  • Your Discover Moment: Antigua Guatemala
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Antigua Guatemala
  • Your Discover Moment: Monteverde
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: La Fortuna
  • Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
  • Your Local Living Moment: Coope San Juan Homestay, Cantón de San Carlos
  • Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Demonstration, Cantón de San Carlos
  • Guided tour of Tikal
  • Orientation walk in Antigua
  • Beach time in Caye Caulker and El Palmarcito
  • Free time in Suchitoto
  • Coope San Juan homestay
  • Rainforest walk
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Playa del Carmen and from San José are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Central American Journey tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 32 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 18 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Playa del Carmen, Mexico/ San José, Costa Rica
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Payment

A deposit of 250 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 18 April 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Central American Journey 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 American Journey 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.

Other Practical Information
  • 1. Travel Style : 18-to-ThirtysomethingsFast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.
  • 2. Service Level : BasicSimple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • 3. Physical Grading : 3 - AverageSome tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • 4. Trip Type : Small GroupGroup trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.
CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Central American Journey tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.
Trip Details
  • Accommodation

    Simple hotels/hostels (30 nts, most multi-share), homestay (1 nt).

  • Checklist

    Costa Rica Water Activities:
    • Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
    • Sport Sandals or Water Shoes (if you plan to do waterfall rappelling and/or rafting)

    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket

    Warm Weather:
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
    • Sun hat/bandana
    • Swimwear

  • Group_leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

  • Group_size_notes

    Max 18, avg 16.

  • Highlights

    Relax on white-sand beaches, explore the Mayan ruins of Copán and Tikal, bargain at the local markets of colourful colonial Antigua, meet some local friends at a G Adventures for Good homestay in Guatemala, visit six countries in a month.

  • International_flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Introduction

    Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America. Visit six countries on this adventure and experience mighty ruins, clear Caribbean waters, Pacific waves, rainforests, and breathtaking scenery along the way. Explore Indigenous Mayan villages and meet locals for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are included. Our expert CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with all the things you need and nothing you don't — 32 days of maximum adventure at minimum cost.

  • Meal_budget

    Allow USD800-1040 for meals not included.

  • Meals_included

    2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Minimum_age

    Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

  • Optional_activities

    Tulum
    - Tulúm Ruins Visit (10USD per person)

    Cozumel
    - Cozumel Diving (Certified Divers) (85-140USD per person)

    Playa del Carmen
    - Cenote Visit (10-30USD per person)
    - Coco Bongo Disco and Show (70-75USD per person)
    - Skydiving (269USD per person)
    - Tequila Tasting (850-1100MXN per person)

    Akumal
    - Akumal Beach Visit (20USD per person)

    Caye Caulker
    - Hol Chan Snorkel Tour (35-70USD per person)
    - Fishing (200USD per group)
    - Sunset Sailing Boat Tour (35USD per person)
    - Blue Hole National Park Flight (180-250USD per person)
    - Blue Hole National Monument Dive (200-250USD per person)
    - Bike with Purpose Rental (7-30USD per person)

    Xunantunich
    - Xunantunich Visit (5USD per person)

    Actun Tunichil Muknal
    - Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Visit (90USD per person)

    Caves Branch
    - Cave Tubing (75USD per person)

    Blue Hole National Park
    - Crystal Cave Visit (90USD per person)

    Caracol
    - Caracol Ruins Tour (95USD per person)

    San Ignacio
    - Horseback Riding (40-65USD per person)

    Barton Creek
    - Barton Creek Cave Canoeing (50-75USD per person)

    Rio Dulce
    - Natural Hot Waterfall Visit (20-35USD per person)
    - Sunrise Monkey Kayak (23-31USD per person)
    - Horseback Riding (25USD per person)
    - Scenic Boat Ride to Livingston (35USD per person)

    Antigua Guatemala
    - Salsa Lesson (5-12USD per person)
    - Massage (30-60USD per person)
    - Cycling (30-50USD per person)
    - Finca Valhalla Visit (5-10USD per person)
    - Finca Filidelfia Coffee Tour (18-25USD per person)
    - ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop (24USD per person)
    - Elizabeth Bell Walking Tour (25USD per person)
    - Acatenango Volcano Climb (50-85USD per person)
    - Massage
    - Kayaking
    - Swimming
    - Pacaya Volcano Hike (Half-Day) (15-70USD per person)
    - Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

    San Juan La Laguna
    - La Nariz del Indio Hike (15-23USD per person)

    Panajachel
    - Shopping

    Copán
    - Luna Jaguar Hot Springs Visit (45USD per person)
    - Copán Ruins Guided Tour (25USD per person)
    - Horseback Riding (25USD per person)

    Concepción de Ataco
    - El Carmen Coffee Tour (5USD per person)
    - Surfing Lesson

    Monteverde
    - Santa Elena Cloud Forest Visit (17USD per person)
    - Sky Walk
    - Ziplining (50USD per person)
    - Monteverde Butterfly Garden Visit (15USD per person)
    - Monteverde Horseback Riding (45USD per person)
    - Monteverde Coffee Plantation Tour (35USD per person)

    La Fortuna
    - La Fortuna Waterfall Swim (15USD per person)
    - Birdwatching
    - Horseback Riding (59USD per person)
    - Venado Caves Exploration (78USD per person)

    Arenal
    - Baldi Hot Springs Soak (58USD per person)
    - Mountain Biking (71USD per person)
    - Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour (60USD per person)

    Cantón de San Carlos
    - Mountain Biking (20USD per person)
    - Fishing (10USD per person)

  • Start_finish

    Playa del Carmen to San José

  • Transport

    Local bus, ferry, boat, private vehicle, taxi, walking.

  • Whats_included

    Your G for Good Moment: San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch, San Ignacio
    Your G for Good Moment: Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna
    Your Discover Moment: Playa del Carmen
    Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker
    Your Discover Moment: Antigua Guatemala
    Your Big Night Out Moment: Antigua Guatemala
    Your Discover Moment: Monteverde
    Your Big Night Out Moment: La Fortuna
    Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
    Your Local Living Moment: Coope San Juan Homestay, Cantón de San Carlos
    Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Demonstration, Cantón de San Carlos. Guided tour of Tikal. Orientation walk in Antigua. Beach time in Caye Caulker and El Palmarcito. Free time in Suchitoto. Coope San Juan homestay. Rainforest walk. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Hi ,
Thanks for your trip input. We will do our utmost to make sure that you get a trip of a lifetime.
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How our Travel Expert Service Works
  • 1 We connect you with a hand-picked and qualified travel expert who can match your trip requirements. The advantage of working directly through a travel expert is that you get the best and unfiltered advice from the very beginning.
  • 2 The travel expert will help you with creating and customising a trip for you. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the trip, the travel expert will also be able to help you with those.
  • 3 When you feel that your trip is exactly per your wish, you'll be able to book the entire trip here on Bookmundi.
The Advantages of Bookmundi
  • Selected Local Travel Experts All our local travel experts have been chosen based on rigorous selection criteria. In fact, we reject 98 out of 100 local travel agencies, and thereby giving you access to the top 1-2% local travel experts.
  • Secure Online Payment and Financial Guarantee Each and every trip is required to go through Bookmundi's secure payment platform, powered by Stripe and supported by SSL. All payments are therefore carried out in secure manners. We are furthermore member of the Danish Travel Fund which gives you a 100% financial guarantee for any money you pay on Bookmundi, even if we went bankrupt (which we we will not!).
  • Trip Replacement or 100% Reimbursement Bookmundi has hand-picked your local travel expert. Our role, as your trusted third party, is therefore to make sure that your entire experience runs as seamless and secure as possible. We guarantee to you that in the unlikely event where a local travel expert cancels your trip after your deposit or full payment has been made, we commit to replacing these services with another equally qualified agency so that your trip can go ahead as planned, or failing to replace it, we will give you a 100% reimbursement.
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Hi ,
Thanks for your trip input. We will do our utmost to make sure that you get a trip of a lifetime.
We've noted down your trip requirements below. You can easily them.
  • {{myRequest.title}}
  • Country: {{!!tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].geoLocation?tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].geoLocation:myRequest.country}}
  • Group Size: {{myRequest.no_of_adults > 0 && myRequest.no_of_children > 0?',':''}} {{myRequest.group_type=='Single'?'1 Person':myRequest.group_type=='Couple'?'2 People':''}}
  • {{myRequest.departure_month || myRequest.duration?'Approx. Dates':'Travel Dates'}}: {{myRequest.start_date | readableDate}} to {{myRequest.end_date | readableDate}} {{myRequest.departure_month}}, {{myRequest.duration}} Not decided yet
  • Tour Type: {{myRequest.tourtype | tourtypefullName}}
  • Destination: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].destinations.join(', ')}}
  • Custom Destination: {{tripPlannerCustom[myRequest.id].destination}}
  • Custom Activity: {{tripPlannerCustom[myRequest.id].activity}}
  • Activity: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].activity.join(', ')}}
  • Age Group: {{myRequest.age_group}} yrs
  • Type of Tour: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].type_of_tour}}
  • Accommodation Option: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].accommodation_option}}
  • Budget Per Person: USD {{myRequest.approx_budget_amount}}
  • Budget Flexibility {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].budget_flexibility}}
  • Trip Planning Stage {{myRequest.trip_planning_stage}}
  • Trip Details: ... Read More Read Less
How our Travel Expert Service Works
  • 1 We connect you with a hand-picked and qualified travel expert who can match your trip requirements. The advantage of working directly through a travel expert is that you get the best and unfiltered advice from the very beginning.
  • 2 The travel expert will help you with creating and customising a trip for you. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the trip, the travel expert will also be able to help you with those.
  • 3 When you feel that your trip is exactly per your wish, you'll be able to book the entire trip here on Bookmundi.
The Advantages of Bookmundi
  • Selected Local Travel Experts All our local travel experts have been chosen based on rigorous selection criteria. In fact, we reject 98 out of 100 local travel agencies, and thereby giving you access to the top 1-2% local travel experts.
  • Secure Online Payment and Financial Guarantee Each and every trip is required to go through Bookmundi's secure payment platform, powered by Stripe and supported by SSL. All payments are therefore carried out in secure manners. We are furthermore member of the Danish Travel Fund which gives you a 100% financial guarantee for any money you pay on Bookmundi, even if we went bankrupt (which we we will not!).
  • Trip Replacement or 100% Reimbursement Bookmundi has hand-picked your local travel expert. Our role, as your trusted third party, is therefore to make sure that your entire experience runs as seamless and secure as possible. We guarantee to you that in the unlikely event where a local travel expert cancels your trip after your deposit or full payment has been made, we commit to replacing these services with another equally qualified agency so that your trip can go ahead as planned, or failing to replace it, we will give you a 100% reimbursement.
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