Why I love Central America

On a clear day at the summit of Panama's Volcán Barú, you can see both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean in one sweeping, 360-degree vista, from sea to shining sea. (There's a fun fact to impress your trivia team.) I love how this little isthmus – just 50km wide at its narrowest point – contains a whole continent's worth of adventure, history and habitats. Whether you take a week or take a year, you'll only... Read More

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$2549 History & culture

Mayan Adventure

Leave the resorts of Cancún behind and explore the authentic Yucatán. From sunny beaches and lush jungles to the highlands of Chiapas, journey through Belize, Guatemala and southern Mexico on this incredible 22-day adventure. Explore the amazing ruins of Chichén Itzá, Palenque and Tikal and walk the cobblestoned streets of colonial San Cristóbal de las Casas and Antigua. Snorkel with stingrays or just get into the reggae pace of life on sunny Caribbean beaches. Experience a journey that introduces you to local culture and offers insight into the history of the Mayan heartland.

$110.99 Sightseeing tours

Granada City Tour from Managua with Boat Ride on Lake Nicaragua

Experience the colonial city of Granada and the enormous Lake Nicaragua on this day trip from Managua. In the city, visit the Casa de los Tres Mundos cultural center, tour the Convent and Museum of San Francisco, browse local markets and admire gorgeous architecture around the main square, Parque Central. Then, hop in a boat for a cruise around Lake Nicaragua’s archipelago of tiny tropical islands. Learn about the islands’ ecosystems from your guide and see native flora and fauna. Round-trip transportation from Managua hotels is included. After pickup from your Managua hotel, your day trip to Granada starts as you head southeast with your guide to the shore of Lake Nicaragua, on which Granada sits. Begin your Granada tour with a visit to the cultural center of Casa de los Tres Mundos. Created to support and promote cultural projects in Nicaragua and the rest of Central America, Casa de los Tres Mundos is located in a beautiful colonial mansion, which you’ll tour with your guide. Browse through the art gallery that includes paintings from local artists, and learn the history behind the center from your guide. Next, head Parque Central and browse local markets and admire colonial architecture as you make your way to the Convent and Museum of San Francisco, a striking colonial church with a blue facade. Tour the impressive museum inside the church, where you'll see pre-Colombian statues and pottery. Then, visit a nearby colonial-style house for lunch (own expense).After lunch, your Lake Nicaragua adventure begins as you board a boat for a cruise to around 365 tiny tropical islands. Stay on the boat, cruising around the islands and learning about the lush flora from your guide. Marvel at Mombacho Volcano while cruising through the small islands, formed over 10,000 years ago when the volcano erupted. Keep an eye out for native birds like tanagers, hawks, jays and warblers, and listen to your guide’s commentary about the history of the islands and of Lake Nicaragua, which is home to freshwater sharks and sawfish. After your boat ride, you'll be transported back to your Managua hotel.

$1189 History & culture

Guatemala Journey

Anyone looking for a tropical getaway that's so much more than a beach vacation will love this quick eight-day introduction to Guatemala's cultural and natural highlights. Visit the lakeside communities of Lake Atitlán, walk the well-preserved Spanish Baroque neighbourhoods of Antigua, and take in a cooking lesson on the picturesque shores of Lake Petén Itzá. Add in some trekking, ziplining, or fishing, and you’ve got a Central American adventure you'll always remember.

$1355.99 Small group tours

8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins

Immerse yourself in Guatemala’s fascinating history and beautiful scenery on this 8-day tour. See some of Guatemala’s best-known destinations as you take a city sightseeing tour around Antigua, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Atitlan, visit the Mayan ruins of Yaxha and Tikal, hike up Pacaya Volcano and more. This all-inclusive tour includes transportation and overnight accommodation, making it a convenient way to get the most out of your trip to Guatemala!

$1599 Holidays, festivals & seasonal

Semana Santa: Easter in Guatemala

Experience Semana Santa (Holy Week), one of the most vibrant celebrations in Central America, on this remarkable 10-day adventure based in Antigua, Guatemala. Line the parade route along cobblestoned streets decorated in flower petals, explore the famous Chichicastenango Market, and venture with a local guide to meet local Mayan villagers amidst the volcanic scenery of Lake Atitlán. Be part of an exceptional time in an exceptional place.

$490.57 Small group tours

Tikal and Yaxha Overnight Trip by Air from Guatemala City

Discover the Mayan ruins of Tikal and Yaxha on this overnight tour from Guatemala City! Head to the jungle of Guatemala on this 2-day adventure and admire the temples in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tikal National Park. Spend the night Tikal or Flores before visiting Yaxha, a large classic Mayan ceremonial site overlooking the Yaxha and Sacnab lakes. With breakfast, lunch and round-trip airfare to and from Guatemala City included, this is the perfect way to discover the great Mayan ruin sites of Guatemala!