Epic Mexico to Costa Rica

07/03/2020 through 12/04/2021
07/03/2020 through 12/07/2021
Intrepid Travel

Epic Mexico to Costa Rica

From cloud-shrouded volcanic peaks to sun-drenched beaches, lost temples to charming colonial towns, Central America is bursting with natural wonders and converging cultures. So, where do you begin? Well, this 32-day tour is a hell of a good start. Kick off in Mexico’s Playa del Carmen and snake through Belize, Antigua, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Relax on the beach in San Miguel, trek to the jungle ruins of Tikal, brush up on your Espanola over an icy cerveza and stay in villages dwarfed by volcanoes. Whether you’re haggling in the markets of Chichicastenango, chilling in a Caribbean town on the Rio Dulce or wandering cobblestone streets in Antigua, this tour gives you a taste of Central America’s myriad flavours.

Activities

  • 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 & Guide)
  • Chichicastenango Market
  • San Jorge La Laguna – Dinner at Traditional Maya Family Home
  • Santa Cruz La Laguna – Guatemalan Family style dinner with unlimited beer
  • Antigua – Leader-led walking tour
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • San Miguel – Salvadoran Pupusa cooking demonstration
  • Leon – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Los Ramos Community – Cooking Class
  • Monteverde – Leader-led orientation walk
  • San Jose – Leader-led walking tour

Highlights

  • There’s nothing quite like eating with a local family to really experience a place. At dinner you’ll be experiencing traditional Guatemalan hospitality while improving your Spanish with the locals.
  • There are many sides to Central America, and you’ll get a taste of a few: slumbering poolside by Playa del Carmen, gazing at the pyramids of Tikal or haggling in the markets of Chichicastenango.
  • Choose your own adventure in Cerro Verde National Park. Hike the face of a volcano or escape the heat with a dip in the aqua waters of a crater lake.
  • Don’t just fall in love with the food of Central America – learn to make papusas (stuffed flatbread) in El Salvador and nacatamales (steamed filled dough) in Nicaragua.
  • 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 waiting.
  • 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 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 National Park
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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 / Lake Atitlan
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Day 14 Lake Atitlan
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Day 15 Antigua
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Day 16 Antigua
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Day 17 Cerro Verde
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Day 18 Cerro Verde
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Day 19 San Miguel
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Day 20 Leon
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Day 21 Granada
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Day 22 Granada
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Day 23 Ometepe Island
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Day 24 Ometepe Island
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Day 25 San Juan del Sur
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Day 26 San Juan del Sur
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Day 27 Monteverde
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Day 28 Monteverde
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Day 29 La Fortuna
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Day 30 La Fortuna
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Day 31 San Jose
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Day 32 San Jose
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