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The Central Thing

Trip Length

Trip Code

39 days GSMS

Countries Visited

Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama

Start City

End City

Mexico City Panama City
The Central Thing

Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama. You’re welcome.

(Was Mexico & Central America)

The Central Thing

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-3: Mexico City - Teotihuacan

Forget your Mexican restaurants at home and embrace the real deal. Chilaquiles, esquites, pozole and tamales - Google them and drool.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4-6: Puebla - Oaxaca - Monte Alban

There's over 70 churches and a thousand colonial buildings in Puebla. We don't expect you to see them all, but you do have to try the mole poblano because it was invented here. The ruins at Monte Alban have 360-degree views over Oaxaca Valley.

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7-8: San Cristóbal

Call it Jovel for short. Outdoorsy types will love horse riding, mountain walks and exploring nearby Mayan villages. The rest of you will continue the hunt for Mexico's best taco.

Day 9-10: Palenque

The Palenque ruins were absorbed by the jungle after its decline in 1123AD and it wasn't rediscovered until the late 18th century. That's a lot of landscaping.

Day 11-15: Mérida - Cancun

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 Cancun, with no activities planned. Pina coladas, seafood and Playa del Carmen will probably feature.

Day 16-18: Tulum - Caye Caulker

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 16

Days 17-18

Day 19-20: Flores - Tikal

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

Day 21-22: 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 23-26: Antigua - San Jose

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 23-24


Day 27-28: 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 29-31: Puerto Viejo

Get to know the names Playa Chiquita, Playa Negra and Punta Uva - they are your new favourite beaches. Creole food, reggae music, toucans and the chances of more sloths make it a favourite.

Day 32-36: Bocas del Toro

Colon Island. It may not sound very appealing, but when you take into account the calypso music, freshly squeezed juices, beachside bars, dolphin spotting and junles the name is easy to forget (sort of). 

Days 32-34

Days 35-36

Day 37-39: Panama City

Hot tip: the bus drivers love their aircon so pack a jumper. When you get to our last destination, we'll take you to San Jose Church and go for a walk around the French Quarter. Afterwards, jump on a chiva (party bus) to Calle Uruguay and shout your group a round of Balboa beers.

Day 37

Days 38-39

Your Trip

Nuts and Bolts

The services of local tour guides plus the services of local site guides at some sites. All transport, accommodation, and sightseeing as indicated.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals



Not Included

Departure taxes, visas, insurance, meals, drinks, entrance fees, optional additional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature, the flight from Antigua Guatemala to San Jose Costa Rica.

Important Information

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.

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

13 May 2013

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