Ultimate Central America

11/27/2020 through 11/09/2022
11/27/2020 through 12/05/2022
Intrepid Travel

Ultimate Central America

Embark on an in-depth Central American adventure with Lonely Planet and Intrepid Travel from Mexico’s capital to the home of the Panama Canal. Pass through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama on a small-group journey through remote villages, traditional cities, ancient Maya and Aztec ruins, verdant cloud forests and pure Caribbean beaches. Get acquainted with the local cultures, spectacular landscapes and fascinating histories of Central America as you explore the wealth of tradition, spot the range of unusual wildlife, dive into unique underwater worlds and spend time travelling at your own pace. Did you hear that? Central America is calling – you better Belize it.

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)
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Chichicastenango Market
  • San Jorge La Laguna – Traditional Maya Homestay
  • Panajachel – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Antigua – Leader-led walking tour
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Copan – Archeological site (entrance fee and transport, no guide)
  • Suchitoto – Leader led walking tour
  • San Miguel – Salvadoran Pupusa cooking demonstration
  • Leon – Leader led walking tour
  • Monteverde – Leader led walking tour
  • La Fortuna – Leader led walking tour
  • San Jose – Leader-led walking tour
  • Puerto Viejo – Leader-led orientation bicycle ride
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Boquete – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Panama City – Leader-led walk along part of the Cinta Costera (Causeway) including a visit to the Fish Market

Highlights

  • The stars of this trip are the dramatic and varied landscapes of lush Central America. If you’re thinking active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles – this trip has got you covered.
  • Escape the Mexican heat in the highlands of San Cristobal de las Casas. This old-world town is surrounded by indigenous villages that have retained their traditional customs and roots.
  • 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.
  • Clear sea perfect for swimming, shacks serving cold cerveza and sandy shores covered in starfish are waiting in the Bocas del Toro, where you spend three nights on Isla Colon.
  • Head to the coffee plantations, waterfalls and caldera hot springs of Boquete, a highland town so beautiful you won’t miss the beach one bit.
  • Hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde – there’s so many ways to experience the lush canopies and unique Central American wildlife.

Itinerary

Day 1 Mexico City
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Day 2 Mexico City
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Day 3 Puebla
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Day 4 Puebla
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Day 5 Oaxaca
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Day 6 Oaxaca
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Day 7 Oaxaca / Overnight Bus
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Day 8 San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 9 San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 10 Palenque
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Day 11 Palenque Ruins / Merida
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Day 12 Merida
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Day 13 Merida
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Day 14 Chichen Itza / Playa del Carmen
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Day 15 Playa del Carmen
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Day 16 Tulum
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Day 17 Tulum
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Day 18 Caye Caulker
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Day 19 Caye Caulker
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Day 20 Caye Caulker
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Day 21 San Ignacio
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Day 22 San Ignacio
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Day 23 Tikal
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Day 24 Rio Dulce
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Day 25 Rio Dulce
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Day 26 Antigua
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Day 27 Chichicastenango / San Jorge La Laguna
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Day 28 Lake Atitlan / Panajachel
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Day 29 Antigua
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Day 30 Antigua
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Day 31 Antigua
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Day 32 Copan
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Day 33 Suchitoto
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Day 34 Suchitoto
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Day 35 San Miguel / El Cuco
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Day 36 El Cuco
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Day 37 Leon
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Day 38 Granada
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Day 39 Granada
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Day 40 Ometepe Island
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Day 41 Ometepe Island
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Day 42 Monteverde
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Day 43 Monteverde
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Day 44 La Fortuna
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Day 45 La Fortuna
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Day 46 San Jose
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Day 47 San Jose
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Day 48 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Day 49 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Day 50 Bocas del Toro/Isla Colon
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Day 51 Bocas del Toro/Isla Colon
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Day 52 Bocas del Toro/Isla Colon
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Day 53 Boquete
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Day 54 Boquete
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Day 55 Santa Catalina
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Day 56 Santa Catalina
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Day 57 Panama City
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Day 58 Panama City
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Day 59 Panama City
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