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Trip Length

Trip Code

46 days GSRZ

Countries Visited

Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua

Start City

End City

Mexico City San Jose, San José, Costa Rica
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It's time to live out your Mexican food fantasies. Tequila, burritos, nachos, tacos... is your mouth watering yet?

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-2: Mexico City

Spend our first few days in Mexico City with a trip out to the 1800-year-old ruins at Teotihuacan.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3-4: Puebla

Puebla is packed with churches (70 in the city centre alone), so the best thing to do is check out a few, then head to the market for local hand-painted ceramics and street food.

Day 5-7: Oaxaca - Overnight Bus

Next up is Oaxaca. This is the place to shop for colourful textiles and lots of different margarita flavours.

Day 8-9: San Cristobal de las Casas

Ever wondered how to suture a wound using human hair? The Mayans knew all about it, so pick up a few tips.

Day 10-11: Palenque - Overnight Bus

See the impressive 1300-year-old Mayan palace at Palenque with screeching parrots and monkeys as your soundtrack.

Day 12-13: Merida

Nearly every Mexican dish is made using corn tortillas (like tacos, tostadas, flautas, chilaquiles and enchiladas), and there's a bicycle cart on almost every corner in Merida selling elotes (corn on the cob) doused in salt, chilli, cheese, lemon juice or mayonaise. So yeah, they like corn.  

Day 14-15: Chichen Itza - Playa del Carmen

Chichen Itza is a great big pyramid with 365 steps (one for each day of the year) and a shadow that looks like a serpent. You're off the leash in Playa del Carmen, with no activities planned. Pina coladas, seafood and beach will probably feature.

Day 16-17: Tulum

Bound to be a few sore heads today, so take a bit of "me time" as you wander the Mayan ruins of Tulum. Our favourite building is the Temple of the Frescoes.

Day 18-19: Caye Caulker

Home to the world's second largest barrier reef, Hol Chan Marine Reserve is worth a look, if that kind of thing impresses you. If it doesn't, you can just chill on the beach and go swimming with tropical fish, sharks and manta rays. Still a pretty badass way to spend a day.

Day 20-21: San Ignacio

Head to San Ignacio and perhaps stop off at a cave full of crystalised, 1,400(ish)-year-old skeletons. You don't need us to tell you how cool that is. All the skeletons are victims of blunt trauma to the head, mind you, so you shouldn't be too keen. Just pretend you don't really want to see them, then go anyway.

Day 22-23: Flores - Tikal

Looks like everyone in Flores got the red-roof memo. Then it's a jungle trek through the ruins of Tikal to the sounds of parrots, toucans, macaws, tree frogs and howler monkeys.

Day 24-25: Rio Dulce

There is a trend in Flores that involves taking a boat out onto the lake and cruising around. We are all for this trend, and we reckon you will be too. If you're not a trendy-type, you can go out to spot manatees or head up to thermal hot springs. There's loads of other stuff you can do, but we've only just so much space here. OK? 

Day 26: Antigua

It's not very often you see a volcano puffing away as it looms overhead, but after a few days you won't even bat an eyelid.

Day 27: Chichicastenango - San Jorge La Laguna

Meals included: 1 dinner

"Lo siento, no hablo mucho español, pero me gustaría que," means "Sorry, I don't speak much Spanish, but I like you". You need to learn phrases like this to break down the barriers on your homestay in San Jorge La Laguna. Be creative and kind and you can't go wrong.

Day 28: Panajachel

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Guatemala is actually a Spanish word, meaning "the great outdoors". OK, that's not true. But it could be. Mountains, volcanoes and a picturesque lake are the backdrop for swimming, wind surfing, hiking, kayaing horse riding or paragliding in Panajachel.

Day 29-30: Antigua

Nothing says, "Heck yeah we're back in Antigua!" quite like having a big night out then taking a trip up the Pacaya Volcano.

Day 31-32: Copan

Here at Geckos, we have a phrase that goes, "If you can't handle the heat, get out of the Copan." Actually, we just made that up. But it sounds pretty good. There's a long bus ride to get here, but the optional visit to the Mayan ruins make it worth it. If you're a fan of Mayan ruins.

Day 33-35: Roatan Island

Roatan is an island, which means it's surrounded by water, which means there are loads of water-based adventures to be had here. Don't forget this is the Caribbean, so the water is clear and there are tonnes of multi-coloured fish and heaps of white sand beaches around. Google 'Roatan Island' and see for yourself.

In the evenings chat with locals in any of the lively bars and enjoy a cold light house beer

Day 36: Comayagua

Day 37-38: Granada

Spend one whole day travelling across the border into Nicaragua, then one whole day in Granada exploring as you please. Grabbing a boat and heading out to Lake Nicaragua is a great shout - as is visiting the Mombacho or Masaya Volcano National Parks.

Day 39-40: Ometepe Island

Travel by bus and boat to the island of Ometepe on Lake Nicaragua. There's another volcano to hike, which is no walk in the park (because it's a freaking volcano). There are some fishermen to watch too, which is much more interesting than it sounds.

Day 41-42: Monteverde

Constant mist in the cloud forest makes it feel a bit like a nightclub, but with less Katy Perry and more fresh air. Take the giant Sky Walk - a series of suspension bridges dangling 40m above the jungle.

Day 43-44: La Fortuna - Arenal

Horse riding, whitewater rafting, riding the sky tram, zip-lining, mountain biking, kayaking, paddleboarding, bungee jumping and swimming. If you get home and say you sat on your bum in La Fortuna you should be very ashamed.

Day 45-46: San Jose


Your Trip

Nuts and Bolts

An experienced local leader throughout and there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


Important Information

Partner Company
The operator for this Geckos Adventures trip is our experienced sister company Intrepid Travel. Your group will therefore be a mixture of Geckos booked passengers and other international like-minded travellers.

Important - A Word on Central America
Central America is different and that’s what makes it such an fascinating destination. You will find that things don’t always go according to plan or work the way they do back home. Buses and planes often run late and sometimes the water in your bathroom can run cold and the electricity fail. The locals live with these issues everyday. In order to get the most out of your holiday, a degree of patience, good humour and understanding is a definite advantage. If you approach your holiday with an open and enquiring mind, the warm welcome you receive from Central Americans will ensure you a rich and rewarding holiday experience.

Public Holiday Inconveniences
Please be prepared for the inconvenience of sights such as museums and churches being closed to tourists on public holidays (ie. Christmas Day and New Years Day). Throughout Latin America, most museums also tend to be closed on Mondays.

Emergency Contact: Viaventure

24 Hour Emergency:+502 5778 4052 or + 502 5207 4914

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

4 February 2014


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