Ultimate Central America

Enjoy a Central American odyssey on this adventure from Mexico´s capital to the home of the Panama Canal. Get acquainted with the local cultures, spectacular landscapes and fascinating histories as you explore the wealth of ancient ruins, spot the range of unusual wildlife, dive into the unique underwater worlds and relax on idyllic Caribbean beaches. Get to know the friendly locals and discover why Central America is an adventurer's delight on this epic overland adventure from Mexico to Panama City.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Mexico City

Jump-start this adventure amid the thrilling contrasts of Mexico's capital.

Days 3-4 Puebla

Bargain at the bustling markets or hike through lush volcanic scenery.

Days 5-7 Oaxaca

From the worm in the Mezcal bottle to chocolate grasshoppers, Oaxaca's cuisine is always an adventure.

Days 8-9 San Cristobal de las Casas

See it all, from the steamy lowlands to the sparkling highlands of Chiapas.

Days 10-11 Palenque

Discover riotous wildlife, thick jungle and enchanting ruins.

Days 12-13 Merida

Arrive in the 'White City' of Merida, the perfect place to head out on explorations of the ruins of Uxmal.

Days 14-15 Chichen Itza/Playa del Carmen

Marvel at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza or relax beachside at Playa del Carmen.

Days 16-17 Tulum

Catch sunset from the beachside ruins or relax on the white sands.

Days 18-19 Caye Caulker

Swim, dive or just chill on the beach.

Days 20-21 San Ignacio

From ruins and jungle walks to waterfalls and tubing, the wilds beckon.

Days 22-23 Flores/Tikal

Enjoy a slice of island life on Lake Peten Itza and be sure not to miss the ruins of Tikal.

Days 24-25 Rio Dulce

Explore a rubber plantation or go boating on the lake.

Day 26 Antigua

Grab a tamale and explore Antigua - from its volcanic outskirts to its cobblestone streets.

Days 27-28 San Jorge La Laguna

Sample Guatemalan life on a homestay in San Jorge. While here, opt to board a boat to nearby Chichicastenago to snaffle a bargain at its famous market.

Days 29-30 Antigua

Gaze over plumes of smoke rising from the Pacaya Volcano.

Days 31-32 Copan

Try to solve the mystery of this long-abandoned Mayan city.

Days 33-35 Roatan Island

Discover powdery shores lapped by crystal-blue waters - this is beachside bliss.

Day 36 Comayagua

Swap island life for the charm of Honduras' old capital.

Days 37-38 Granada

Explore the colonial buildings and wild volcanic landscapes in Nicaragua's oldest city.

Days 39-40 Ometepe Island

Flanked by volcanic peaks rising from Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe is both beautiful and otherworldly.

Days 41-42 Monteverde

Go birdwatching, mountain biking or take a rainforest canopy walk.

Days 43-44 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park

Rejuvenate weary limbs in hot springs overlooking glowing volcanoes.

Days 45-46 San Jose

Enjoy the buzz of San Jose and chat with locals in one of the city's many plazas.

Days 47-49 Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Catch a local bus to exotic Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. Join an optional visit to Cahuita National Park to view weird and wonderful wildlife. Sloths, toucans, kingfishers, snakes and howler monkeys all co-exist in this protected area.

Days 50-52 Bocas del Toro

Cross the border into Panama. Enjoy the slow pace of laidback Bocas del Toro - a haven that has resisted over-development to retain its small-town charm. This tropical jungle region is gifted with coral islands and beautiful beaches, so use free time to snorkel or swim clear, blue waters. Divers will appreciate the underwater beauty on offer and surfers can take advantage of the waves.

Days 53-54 Boquete

Journey to Boquete to soak up the fresh air and pristine beauty of this peaceful mountain town. Why not visit a local coffee plantation for an insight into coffee production?

Days 55-56 Santa Catalina

Travel to the remote fishing village of Santa Catalina. This unspoilt paradise is known for its world-class surfing, scuba diving, and fishing - all great ways to make the most of this idyllic area.

Days 57-58 Panama City

Ride to Panama City on a local bus. Enjoy free time exploring this fascinating city, or join an optional excursion to view one of the world's greatest engineering marvels, the iconic Panama Canal.

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