Best of Central America

07/08/2020 through 11/24/2021
07/08/2020 through 11/27/2021
Intrepid Travel

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 – Entrance fee
  • 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 (Transport & Entrance fee)
  • 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.

Itinerary

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