Central America Encompassed

05/29/2020 through 12/11/2021
05/29/2020 through 12/14/2021
Intrepid Travel

Central America Encompassed

Prepare for a unique Central American adventure from Mexico to Guatemala, packed full of vibrant cities, breathtaking ruins of Maya, Aztec and Zapotec origins, idyllic beaches and pure natural beauty. Journey from the madness of Mexico City through the Yucatan Peninsula and to the colour of colonial Guatemala. Discover the fiery flavours of Oaxaca, admire the lush Palenque archaeological zone, swim in the turquoise waters off the coast of Belize in Caye Caulker and marvel at volcano-rimmed Antigua. Join Lonely Planet and Intrepid as we discover places of astounding beauty, visit vibrant and colourful cities, explore ancient ruins and uncover hidden gems along the way.

Activities

  • Mexico City – Leader-led Taco Crawl
  • Mexico City – Leader-led City Tour of Historic Center
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Puebla – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Puebla – Visit to La Pasita Bar
  • Oaxaca – Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • San Cristobal de Las Casas – Leader-led City Tour
  • San Juan Chamula – Maya Church (Entrance Fee)
  • Zinacantan – Maya Church (Entrance Fee)
  • Agua Azul – Waterfall Visit (entrance fee included)
  • Palenque – Palenque Ruins (Entrance Fee)
  • Merida – Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Chichen Itza – Archaeological site (Entrance Fee)
  • Playa del Carmen – Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Tulum – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Caye Caulker – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Tikal National Park – Entrance fee
  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Chichicastenango Market
  • San Jorge La Laguna – Traditional Maya Homestay
  • Panajachel – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Antigua – Leader-led walking tour

Highlights

  • Eat your way through arty Oaxaca at its many market vendors and authentic restaurants – mole poblano and mezcal for dinner? Delicioso!
  • Chichen Itza is one the New Seven Wonders of the World. It’s not hard to see why – strolling around the ancient Maya ruins feels pretty wondrous.
  • Caribbean Caye Caulker is a dreamy place to spend two days with no plans. Munch barbecue lobster? Snorkel in coral reef? Nap under a palm tree? It’s up to you.
  • Get to know contemporary Maya life during a homestay in San Jorge La Laguna, a lakeside village where you can share meals and conversation with a local family.
  • Wander between stalls of rainbow-coloured handicrafts, fruits and flowers and get some haggling tips from your leader in Chichicastenango Market.

Itinerary

Day 1 Mexico City
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Day 2 Mexico City
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Day 3 Puebla
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Day 4 Puebla
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Day 5 Oaxaca
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Day 6 Oaxaca
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Day 7 Oaxaca / Overnight Bus
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Day 8 San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 9 San Cristobal de las Casas
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Day 10 Palenque
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Day 11 Palenque Ruins / Merida
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Day 12 Merida
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Day 13 Merida
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Day 14 Chichen Itza / Playa del Carmen
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Day 15 Playa del Carmen
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Day 16 Tulum
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Day 17 Tulum
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Day 18 Caye Caulker
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Day 19 Caye Caulker
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Day 20 Caye Caulker
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Day 21 San Ignacio
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Day 22 San Ignacio
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Day 23 Tikal
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Day 24 Rio Dulce
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Day 25 Rio Dulce
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Day 26 Antigua
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Day 27 Chichicastenango/San Jorge La Laguna
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Day 28 Lake Atitlan/Panajachel
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Day 29 Antigua
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Day 30 Antigua
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Day 31 Antigua
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