Epic Central America

11/15/2022 through 11/04/2023
11/15/2022 through 11/24/2023
Intrepid Travel

Epic Central America

It doesn’t get much bigger than this. A 46-day adventure enjoying everything Central America has to offer, from Mexico through to Costa Rica with all the places in between – you better Belize it. Whether you’re hitting the waves in El Salvador, trekking the steamy cloud forests in Costa Rica, snorkelling the pristine underwater worlds in Belize or washing down your tacos with mezcal in Mexico, there’s no shortage of unforgettable experiences on this trip. You’ll cover six countries, stopping at dozens of towns and beaches and sipping many (many) cervezas. Oh Maya, this is huge.

Activities

  • Mexico City – Leader-led Taco Crawl
  • Mexico City – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Oaxaca – Leader-led orientation walk
  • San Cristobal de Las Casas – Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Zinacantan – Maya Church (entrance fee)
  • San Juan Chamula – Maya Church (entrance fee)
  • Agua Azul – Waterfall Visit
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Palenque – Archaeological site (Entrance fee & Transport)
  • Merida – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Playa del Carmen – Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Playa del Carmen – Paleteria visit (Mexican Ice-cream store)
  • Izamal – Convento de San Antonio de Padua (Entrance)
  • Izamal – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Chichen Itza – Archaeological site
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Playa del Carmen – Taco dinner at a local Taquisa
  • Tulum – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Caye Caulker – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Tikal National Park – Archaeological Site Tour (Entrance fee & Transport)
  • Chichicastenango Market
  • San Juan La Laguna – Weaving & Dyeing experience
  • San Juan La Laguna – Midwife home visit
  • San Juan La Laguna – Medicinal Garden
  • Antigua – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • San Miguel – Salvadoran Pupusa cooking demonstration
  • Leon – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Granada – Breakfast at El Cafe de las Sonrisas
  • Los Ramos Community – Cooking Class
  • Monteverde – Leader-led orientation walk
  • La Fortuna – Leader-led orientation walk
  • San Jose – Leader-led orientation walk

Highlights

  • Escape the Mexican heat in the culturally-rich highlands of Chiapas. San Cristobal de las Casas has an old-world town vibe, surrounded by ancient tribal villages.
  • Head deep into the jungle and experience the lush wilderness and cultural significance of Palenque and Lacanja – a real Indiana Jones moment.
  • Visit the historic site of Chichen Itza to understand why these ancient Maya ruins are one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
  • There’s nothing quite like eating with a local family to really experience a place. At lunch you’ll be experiencing traditional Guatemalan hospitality while improving your Spanish with the locals. 
  • Cerro Verde is waiting to be explored. Enjoy a full day at leisure in one of El Salvador’s most beautiful national parks – climb a volcano crater or take the plunge in the pristine lake. The choice is yours!
  • Island life doesn’t get much better than Ometepe in Nicaragua – volcanoes, wildlife-rich rainforest, stunning beaches, ancient rock carvings, and a massive lake are all on your plate.
  • Central America likes to keep you on your toes – hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde in Costa Rica and get up close to nature in one of the world’s most incredible landscapes.
  • Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna is unbe-lava-ble. Go with the flow and let off some stream with hikes, waterfalls, watersports, and hot springs in the shadow of this giant.

Itinerary

Day 1 Mexico City
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Day 2 Mexico City
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Day 3 Oaxaca
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Day 4 Oaxaca
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Day 5 Oaxaca / Overnight bus
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Day 6 San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 7 San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 8-9 Lacanja River
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Day 10 Palenque
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Day 11 Merida
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Day 12-13 Merida
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Day 14 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 National Park
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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 / Lake Atitlan
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Day 28 Lake Atitlan
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Day 29 Antigua
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Day 30 Antigua
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Day 31 Cerro Verde
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Day 32 Cerro Verde
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Day 33 San Miguel
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Day 34 Leon
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Day 35 Granada
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Day 36 Granada
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Day 37 Ometepe Island
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Day 38 Ometepe Island
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Day 39 San Juan del Sur
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Day 40 San Juan del Sur
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Day 41 Monteverde
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Day 42 Monteverde
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Day 43 La Fortuna
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Day 44 La Fortuna
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Day 45 San Jose
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Day 46 San Jose
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