Central America Explorer

11/27/2020 through 11/23/2022
11/27/2020 through 11/26/2022
Intrepid Travel

Central America Explorer

Dive into Central America on this 47-day Lonely Planet Experience, bookended by two chaotic capitals and filled with fun, adventure and culture. Journey through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica on an epic adventure through the tantalising highlights of the region. Get acquainted with Central American cultures, spectacular landscapes and fascinating histories as you explore the wealth of ancient ruins, spot the range of unusual wildlife and relax on idyllic Caribbean shores. This is one of our longest adventures through Central America – a trip that zig-zags from the top of the continent to the bottom and delivers you with stories to tell and a tan to show off.

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

Highlights

  • This is one of our most extensive trips in Central America, hitting more than 20 destinations and introducing you to the cities, villages and myriad cultures of seven countries.
  • Your local craft fair just won’t feel the same after you’ve experienced Chichicastenango, a colourful Guatemalan market that draws thousands of vendors from the surrounding mountain villages.
  • Chichen Itza is one the New Seven Wonders of the World – find out why. Strolling around the ancient Maya ruins feels pretty wondrous.
  • A few days on Caye Caulker provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy Belizean island vibes, beachside beers and optional snorkelling, the perfect (almost) hallway point for this epic adventure.
  • Discover the jungle Costa Rica is famous for during a stay in Monteverde, a misty rainforest area home to sloths, hummingbirds, white-faced monkeys and tapirs among hundreds more animal species.

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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