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Central America tour Ideas

From Aztec ruins and Catholic cathedrals to lively rainforests and deserted beaches, Central America packs an incredibly diverse array of attractions into a compact area. Collectively, our specialists have explored it all and can help introduce you to a region’s landmark sights, as well as lesser-known attractions that offer a deeper insight into the area’s rich culture, history and wildlife.

Our sample itineraries aim to give you a basic starting point and show you what is possible. However, when it comes to planning your tour, we’ll create a personal itinerary based on your interests —  whether you’re hoping to go whale watching in Baja California, discover jungle-covered Palenque in Mexico, or dive the Blue Hole in Belize.

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Ideas for your trip to Central America

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Central America, and they showcase some of the routes that we've found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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  • Blue Hole, Belize

    Belize beach break

    Belize
    • Five night stay at one of Belize's best beachfront hotels.

    • Incredible snorkeling and diving opportunities.

    • Enjoy a sunset boat cruise off Ambergris Caye.

    • Fly over the Great Blue Hole.

    6 days from $1,995pp

  • Playa Delfines, Cancun

    Mexico's Mayan Riviera

    Mexico
    • Seven-night stay at one of Mexico's best beachfront hotels.

    • Take a tour to discover the fascinating ruins of Chichén Itzá.

    • Fantastic snorkeling and diving opportunities.

    • Relax on a long stretch of soft sandy beach.

    8 days from $3,730pp

  • Caracol views

    Belize in a week: jungle & beach

    Belize
    • Explore the jungles and caves of the Cayo District.

    • Hike jungle and forest trails on guided walks.

    • Tour the Maya ruins of Caracol.

    • Snorkel and swim in the turquoise waters of Ambergris Caye.

    • Dive Belize's celebrated Blue Hole.

    8 days from $3,910pp

  • Chichen Itza, Mexico

    Mexico's Yucatán uncovered: cities, ruins & beaches

    Mexico
    • Explore the attractive UNESCO-preserved colonial center of Campeche.

    • Marvel at the breathtaking Maya sites of Chichén Itzá, Uxmal and Kabáh.

    • Admire the crumbling ruins of Tulum with its backdrop of white sand beaches and turquoise seas.

    • Take a traditional Mexican cookery class in vibrant Mérida.

    10 days from $3,995pp

  • Sloth, Tortuguero National Park

    Highlights of Costa Rica

    Costa Rica
    • Explore the canal networks of Tortuguero National Park.

    • See a huge array of wildlife from tiny frogs to sloths and tropical birds.

    • Trek in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano.

    • Relax on the beach, or take a surf lesson instead.

    • Zip-line through the cloudforest and relax in a natural hot spring.

    10 days from $4,320pp

  • Hot air ballooning over Teotihuacan

    City break: 5 nights in Mexico City

    Mexico
    • Soar over the UNESCO-listed archaeological zone of Teotihuacán in a hot air balloon.

    • Discover the surrounding colonial cities of Cuernavaca and Taxco.

    • Uncover the history behind the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco.

    • Taste some of the wonderful street food on offer.

    6 days from $4,595pp

  • Arenal Volcano, Arenal Volcano

    Discover Costa Rica

    Costa Rica
    • Raft along the class III and IV rapids of the Pacuare River to and from the remote jungle lodge.

    • Zip along wires strung across the forest.

    • Trek through the jungle to meet indigenous tribes.

    • Take a surf lesson on one of Costa Rica's Pacific beaches.

    9 days from $4,910pp

  • Palenque, Mexico

    Maya highlights of Mexico

    Mexico
    • Marvel at the jungle-clad Maya pyramids of Palenque.

    • Explore cosmopolitan Mérida with its pretty squares, museums and elegant mansions.

    • Visit the spectacular Maya sites of Uxmal and Chichén Itzá.

    • Relax on a pristine beach near the crumbling ruins of Tulum.

    11 days from $5,305pp

  • Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

    Culinary Tour of Mexico

    Mexico
    • Get to know Mexico City and experience some of the wonderful street food on offer.

    • Visit Puebla and explore the surrounding countryside with its archaeological ruins.

    • Learn the secrets of Mexican cuisine through street food tours and market exploration in Oaxaca.

    • Take a cooking class with a local chef.

    • Relax at the coastal town of Huatulco and enjoy the delicious seafood available.

    13 days from $5,550pp

  • Ambergris Caye, Belize

    Belize honeymoon

    Belize
    • Snorkel with sharks, turtles and rays on Ambergris Caye.

    • A visit to Belize's last frontier, the Toledo District, where you can visit cacao plantations and swim in caves.

    • A relaxing end to the trip as you unwind on Placencia's beaches.

    11 days from $5,860pp

  • Panama City by night

    Classic Panama tour

    Panama
    • Explore the buzzing Panama City.

    • Get up close to the enormous locks and tankers by transiting the Panama Canal.

    • Meet the indigenous Kuna community on the San Blas Islands.

    • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Bocas del Toro.

    13 days from $6,065pp

  • Sloth, Costa Rica

    Wildlife of Costa Rica

    Costa Rica
    • Wander cloudforest canopy walkways in search of a variety of birdlife.

    • Enjoy a river safari in the Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve.

    • Visit the coastal Manuel Antonio National Park to spot white-faced capuchin monkeys, among other species.

    • Explore the Osa Peninsula, home to the highest concentration of wildlife in Costa Rica.

    11 days from $6,085pp

  • Palenque, Mexico

    Classic Mexico tour

    Mexico
    • Mexico City — the country's buzzing capital.

    • Palenque — Mexico's atmospheric Mayan ruins in the heart of the jungle.

    • Chichén Itzá — the most famous of Mexico's Mayan ruins.

    • Enjoy the long stretches of soft sandy beach in the Mayan Riviera.

    14 days from $6,140pp

  • Hummingbird, Costa Rica

    Birdwatching in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica
    • Enjoy the services of an expert naturalist guide at the Turrialba's renowned birding lodge, Rancho Naturalista.

    • Visit La Selva Biological Station to explore the pristine tropical forest trails, home to 448 species of birds.

    • Discover the famous resplendent quetzal in the tranquil cloudforest of San Gerardo de Dota.

    13 days from $6,385pp

  • Red-eyed Tree Frog, Costa Rica

    Classic Costa Rica tour

    Costa Rica
    • Take a boat trip among the lush network of canals in Tortuguero National Park.

    • Explore Arenal Volcano, an activity hub home to hanging bridges, lake kayaking and hot springs.

    • Relax on one of Costa Rica's pristine beaches.

    • Visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a mystical temporal forest hiding a myriad of birdlife.

    12 days from $6,505pp

  • Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

    Self-drive Mexico: Baja California

    Mexico
    • Soar over the UNESCO-listed archaeological zone of Teotihuacán in a hot air balloon.

    • Explore the desert landscape of the Baja Peninsula at your own pace.

    • Day trip to Espíritu Santo Island to spot a number of bird species as well as observe and snorkel with playful sea lions.

    • Boat excursions to spot whales and dolphins in pristine lagoons.

    14 days from $6,650pp

  • Sea lions, Galapagos Islands

    Galapagos & Costa Rica tour

    Costa Rica and Ecuador
    • The unique, fearless wildlife of the Galapagos.

    • Relax on a beautiful Pacific beach.

    • Search for the resplendent quetzal and other birdlife in the cool Costa Rican cloudforest.

    • Undertake zip-lining, white-water rafting as well as other activities around Arenal.

    • Get up close to the perfectly conical Arenal Volcano.

    15 days from $9,380pp

  • Bocas del Toro

    Birdwatching & Bocas del Toro in Panama

    Panama
    • Explore the three cities within Panama City.

    • Get up close to the enormous Miraflores Locks.

    • Stay at the best birding lodges in the country.

    • Walk the beautiful Quetzal Trail.

    • Experience some of the most remote and pristine islands of the Bocas del Toro archipelago.

    14 days from $9,455pp

  • Howler monkey, Belize

    Grand tour of Belize

    Belize
    • The plantations and Caribbean culture of Punta Gorda.

    • Spotting toucans and macaws in the trees above your lodge in Orange Walk.

    • Explore the jungles and caves of the Cayo District.

    • Swimming and diving in Ambergris Caye.

    13 days from $9,655pp

  • Palenque, Mexico

    Luxury Mexico tour

    Mexico
    • Stay in a beautiful hacienda just outside the colonial city of Mérida.

    • Visit Chichén Itzá, the most famous of Mexico's Mayan ruins.

    • Experience Oaxaca's rich culinary traditions.

    • Explore the highlights of Mexico City.

    • Spend time on the Pacific coast exploring the town of Zihuatanejo.

    14 days from $9,665pp

  • Kura Design Villas, Costa Rica

    Luxury Costa Rica

    Costa Rica
    • Try some of Costa Rica's best wildlife and adventure activities around the Arenal Volcano.

    • Hike through jungle trails in search of monkeys, sloth and toucans in the remote Osa Peninsula.

    • Relax by your infinity pool or go whale and dolphin watching in Uvita.

    • Escape the crowds in a boutique, cloudforest hideaway.

    13 days from $9,680pp

  • San Blas Islands, Panama

    Grand tour of Panama

    Panama
    • Explore the buzzing Panama City.

    • Get up close to the enormous locks and tankers by transiting the Panama Canal.

    • Meet the autonomous Kuna community of the San Blas islands.

    • Relax on the peaceful beaches of the Pacific Coast.

    • Search for the resplendent quetzal and other birdlife in the cool cloudforest highlands.

    13 days from $9,935pp