Central America Express
16 days from £722 (was £849)
- Relax on glistening sandy beaches
- Enjoy beautiful Caye Caulker sunsets & chilled out reggae music
- Experience local life at a friendly homestay in Panajachel
- Uncover the beauty of colonial Antigua and its colourful markets
- Go snorkelling with stingrays in crystal clear oceans
With epic valleys and volcanoes, picturesque beaches, sweeping highlands, Mayan culture brimming with ancient history and azure blue oceans, Central America is enchanting and has it all. Escape for a 16 day adventure to paradise as you explore magnificent Mexico, beautiful Belize and gorgeous Guatemala. Uncover colonial cities and laze on white sandy beaches as you gaze out into the Caribbean ocean with stingrays and nurse sharks swimming nearby.
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Day 1: Playa del Carmen
Touch down in Mexico and enjoy the laid-back vibes of the city. Embrace Mexican life as you chill in beachside bliss and enjoy delicious cuisine before meeting your group and trip leader.
Day 2: Playa del Carmen
Wake up in paradise as you head out for a free day to explore the magic of Mexico. Discover the fascinating Mayan ruins of Tulum and swim in the azure blue of the Caribbean ocean. Then uncover the wonders of Mexican nightlife with your new pals.
Day 3: Playa del Carmen/Caye Caulker
Hop on an early morning bus as you journey to the Mexican border. Cross over into beautiful Belize and take the chance to go snorkelling with stingrays and awesome nurse sharks. You’ll be living like an easygoing Belizean in no time at all!
Day 4-5: Caye Caulker
Chill out over the next few days in Caye Caulker and be enchanted by the breezy Caribbean paradise. Sunbathe on the shimmering sands or head out for a sensational sunset sailing boat tour. The possibilities are endless here.
Day 6: Caye Caulker/San Ignacio
Travel to San Ignacio - known for its inland Belizean beauty and vibrant, buzzing atmosphere. Attend a pottery demonstration at a women’s pottery cooperative, then explore the area on foot. Why not head to the Mountain Pine Ridge Area too for even more adventure?
Day 7: San Ignacio
Have a free day to explore San Ignacio. Opt to see the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal with its 1400 artifacts or check out the spectacular Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. Or, you could head to the Crystal Caves and walk in the footsteps of the Mayan ritual leaders.
Day 8: San Ignacio/Flores
Grab your bags and cross the border over into gorgeous Guatemala. Immerse yourself in the local culture and see the heavy Mayan influences all around you. Stop to the ancient city of Tikal and explore the stunning ruins.
Day 9: Flores/Rio Dulce
Have fun on a travel day today with your group from Flores to Rio Dulce! Stop by the spectacular coastal town of Livingston from your boat or make a splash in a natural warm waterfall.
Day 10: Rio Dulce
Have a free day to explore Rio Dulce! Opt to venture out on a kayak on an incredible sunrise river tour en route to visit howler monkeys. Or visit the wonderful Shaman Tower for amazing views over the lush jungle.
Day 11: Rio Dulce/Antigua Guatemala
Walk down Antigua’s cobblestone streets after journeying from Rio Dulce and make activity plans with your fellow travellers. Take a salsa lesson then head out to discover the exhilarating nightlife of this beautiful colonial city.
Day 12: Antigua Guatemala
Enjoy a free day today as you opt to unwind with a relaxing massage, climb a volcano, satisfy your sweet tooth at a chocolate workshop, visit local coffee or macadamia nut plantations, or peddle away on a bike as you take in the sights of the nearby hills and towns.
Day 13: Antigua Guatemala/Panajachel
Journey through to the stunning shores of Lake Atitlan and be impressed by the peaks and valleys. Wander the quaint colonial streets and gaze in awe at the extraordinary natural beauty and unique culture of the area. Think epic mountains, volcanoes and traditional villages galore.
Day 14: Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna
Float away on a fantastic boat ride over the lake before arriving at your friendly local homestay. Then head out to admire talented street artists and watch weavers using traditional techniques to dye wool. Afterwards, go for a refreshing hike and visit the local vibrant markets.
Day 15: San Juan La Laguna/Antigua Guatemala
Uncover the sights and hidden gems of the town as you roam, shop and explore the area at your own leisure. Stop by a coffee plantation and put your best foot forward in a salsa lesson. This evening, celebrate your adventure with your group on a night on the town!
Day 16: Antigua Guatemala
Wave goodbye to your Central American adventure as the trip comes to an end today! Swap contact details with your travel buddies and fly home at any time.
- Trip leader guide
- 15 nights accommodation
- 1 lunch & 1 dinner
- San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative & Local Lunch, San Ignacio
- Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna
- Playa del Carmen
- Caye Caulker
- Antigua Guatemala
- Guided tour of Tikal.
- Orientation walk in Antigua.
- Beach time in Playa del Carmen and Caye Caulker.
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 24 hour emergency support
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Optional activities
- Some meals
- Airport transfers
15 nights accommodation is included on this trip. Simple hotels/hostels (14 nights, mostly multi-share, single-sex) and a local homestay (1 night, private room).
1 lunch and 1 dinner is included on this trip. All other food must be paid for yourself. Your trip leader will be able to recommend local eateries and restaurants for you and your group to enjoy. You should expect to eat a variety of Central American food staples including corn, rice, beans, chiles, tomatoes, chicken, beef, fried plantains,yuca frita, limes, cabbage and chocolate.
You should plan to arrive on day 1 of the trip into Cancun International Airport in Mexico at any time. Shuttles and buses from Cancun International Airport are extremely easy to locate and reasonably priced. You can also take the public ADO bus that has departures every 30 minutes from the airport to Playa Del Carmen for approximately MX 176.
Please note, we can also arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
The final day of the trip will be on day 16 and you can depart from Guatemala City Airport in Guatemala at any time. If you wish to stay longer, your trip leader can help you with any onwards travel arrangements.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old. This trip is designed for 18-39 year olds.
If you’re visiting Mexico as a tourist you will not need a visa, but you’ll need to complete an immigration form and have this with you when you enter and leave the country. You can get one either when you arrive (forms are available at border crossings or on-board flights to Mexico) or online in advance.
British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Belize. On arrival, you’ll be allowed to enter for a limited period, usually of up to 6 months.
British citizens don’t need a visa to visit Guatemala for up to 90 days.
Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or ask us for more information.