Central America’s volcanic highlands, lush forests and jungles, beautiful beaches and unique mixture of cultures makes it one of the most interesting and dynamic places to visit on the globe. You can snorkel some of the most beautiful coral reefs, explore Mayan ruins, see colonial architecture, hang out on white sand beaches, see sea turtles and dolphins and have the experience and adventure of a lifetime. Eating arroz con pollo for the millionth time on the trip just never seems to get old while venturing across the varied and spectacular regions of Central America, where each country has its own take on the signature dish and it always accompanied by patacones (fried, salty plantains), tropical fruit. Wash it all down with a cheap beer as you watch the sunset behind an impressive volcano or along the shores of a picturesque beach and you’ll feel glad to be alive and totally rejuvenated by Central America. However, in many countries where the system is that there is no system, navigating through this part of the world can definitely be tricky. With poor infrastructure (or sometimes non at all) and some less developed areas for tourists it can take some interesting finesse to get yourself from point A to pint B without a little help. That’s why signing up for a small group adventure tour can not only help you haggle and transport your way through Central America, but will also help show you all of the best sites in these countries.
So, ok, I know what you are thinking. “A travel tour? Isn’t that what old people do?” The answer is no. The truth is travel tours have come a long way since the days of giant air-conditioned buses and old ladies. Today there are tours designed specifically for the independent, adventure traveler. That’s right—active, interesting and adventurous tours that allow travelers to explore and experience a foreign place. First off, they keep the groups small, usually capping out at 16 people, so you won’t be traveling around with some awkwardly huge group of gawking tourists. Second, these tours don’t just scratch the surface of the places you visit. In fact, by using a combination of local and experienced guides, you’ll often see and experience MORE than you would on your own. Also, because these tours have already been developed to showcase the best of the best, you’ll save yourself from countless hours of potentially pointless research trying to find out where to go and what to eat. Oh, and don’t worry, you definitely won’t be experiencing Central America from the window of some bus the entire time. Even the shorter Central American adventure tours have travelers moving about on a variety of types of transportation and seeing the country on foot, by boat, on bike and in adventure vehicles. Between the snorkeling, hiking, exploring ancient ruins and hanging out in the shadow of volcanoes, you certainly will not have to worry about sitting next to blue-haired Edna and her husband Bob the entire time.
The perfect fortnight’s escape: Caribbean beaches, cities of ancient civilizations, and colonial towns tucked away in the pine forests. Our trip begins inthe party town of Playa del Carmen and runs parallel to the turquoise coastline. We speed out to the coral cayes in Belize: you can swim with sharks if you dare! Visit the plazas and temples at the Mayan city of Tikal. Then it’s on to the jungle: go caving, horseback riding and visit waterfalls. High up in the mountains, visit the charming, colonial town of Antigua and watch the sun set behind Lake Atitlan’s volcanoes.
A fantastic combination of active pursuits, culture and relaxation on a route which winds its way through 4 countries, all packed into 11 days. Discover Mayan ruins and famous colonial towns, hike up live volcanoes and visit renowned craft markets. But also find out about life off the beaten track: chat with the friendly locals, swim in remote freshwater lakes, and relax on stunning isolated beaches.
The Mayan world straddles several modern-day countries, but a shared culture and history give modern Maya an identity beyond borders. From ancient ruins in the Yucatán to colonial Chiapas and colorful, traditional Guatemalan markets, immerse yourself in the ancient and the thriving on this journey through the land of the Maya.
Spend a fun-filled month in Central America, immersing yourself in 5 colorful countries! Marvel at the differences in culture, landscape, ruins, wildlife and beaches on this epic journey. It is made up of 2 segments: “Volcano Trail” and “Panama Experience.”You’ll visit Tegucigalpa. Granada, scuba diving haven in the second largest barrier reef in the world, see Mayan ruins in Guatemala, visit Monteverde in Costa Rica and finish up your trip by exploring both the Caribbean and the Pacific side of Panama as well as making a stop in the scenic mountain town of Boquete.