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Best of Central America

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Best of Central America

Explore incredible worlds above and below the water on a Lonely Planet Experience through some of Central America's best. Amble down the Yucatan Peninsula to the island paradise of Caye Caulker, then cutting inland, hit the lush jungle around Tikal, cruise to the wide river Rio Dulce and end up among the clouds in Panajachel and Antigua. Continue to the relaxing beach vibes on the dark sands of El Cuco, spot colourful birds perched on the colonial facades of Suchitoto, stand in the shadow of mighty Arenal Volcano and spot sloths among the canopy of Monteverde, then admire the colonial towns, steamy jungles of Costa Rice and Panama, stopping off at the stunning islands of Bocas del Toro. With your local leader to steer you in the direction of the best bars and surf breaks plus a small group of adventurers to enjoy them with, you can’t go wrong on this carefree Central American journey.

Activities
  • 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
  • Whether its slumbering on the sands of Playa del Carmen, gazing at the pyramids of Tikal or haggling in the vibrant markets of Chichicastenango, you'll experience multiple sides of Central America.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cruise up the Rio Dulce to your waterfront jungle lodge, then maybe grab a beer and relax while the sounds of nature fill the air.
Interests
  • Adventure and Active
About Intrepid Travel
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We get it – travel’s a big decision. It’s not every day you fly across the world to wander the souks of Marrakech or enjoy a dreamy Angkor sunrise. But for us, it’s been our everyday for the past three decades (whew, we’re old). Let’s just say we know what travellers really want: a balance of inclusions and free time, a mix of classic highlights and local secrets you won’t find on Google. And of course, an authentic real life experience.

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Jan 07, 2023 through
Mar 04, 2023
44 Nights from
$5,235.00 (USD)
Per Person
Various departures
7479680
Nov 15, 2022 through
Dec 31, 2022
44 Nights from
$5,015.00 (USD)
Per Person
Various departures
7565983
Mar 18, 2023 through
May 06, 2023
44 Nights from
$5,045.00 (USD)
Per Person
Various departures
7565943
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Itinerary

Day Destination
1 Playa del Carmen
2 Tulum
3 Tulum
4 Caye Caulker
5 Caye Caulker
6 Caye Caulker
7 San Ignacio
8 San Ignacio
9 Tikal
10 Rio Dulce
11 Rio Dulce
12 Antigua
13 Chichicastenango / San Jorge La Laguna
14 Lake Atitlan / Panajachel
15 Antigua
16 Antigua
17 Antigua
18 Copan
19 Suchitoto
20 Suchitoto
21 San Miguel / El Cuco
22 El Cuco
23 Leon
24 Granada
25 Granada
26 Ometepe Island
27 Ometepe Island
28 Monteverde
29 Monteverde
30 La Fortuna
31 La Fortuna
32 San Jose
33 San Jose
34 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
35 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
36 Bocas del Toro / Isla Colon
37 Bocas del Toro / Isla Colon
38 Bocas del Toro / Isla Colon
39 Boquete
40 Boquete
41 Santa Catalina
42 Santa Catalina
43 Panama City
44 Panama City
45 Panama City
Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.