Central America vacations and tours, 2014 and 2015

100s of Central America vacations & Central America tours from explorations of the region to volunteering experiences. Our specialist responsible operators & accommodation owners care about conserving the natural & cultural heritage & making your Central American vacation memorable.

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Self drive vacation in Costa Rica
Tailor made self-drive vacation in stunning Costa Rica, from 1950 - 2060 (17 days) ex flights
Guatemala trekking vacation
Traditional Indian villages, coffee plantations and cloud forest, from US $2390 - US $2525 (15 days) ex flights
Coast to coast cycling vacation in Costa Rica
Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, from US $3230 - US $3475 (14 days) ex flights
Marine conservation in Belize
Monitor reefs in the Caribbean, from US $1265 (5 days) ex flights
Central America vacation
Explore some of the very best Aztec & Mayan sites, from 1165 - 1199 (15 days) ex flights
Belize & Guatemala adventure vacation
Combine sand sea wildlife and culture, from US $1710 - US $1899 (15 days) ex flights
El Salvador vacation, flower route
Experience the wonders of El Salvador, from US $812 (4 days) ex flights
Tegucigalpa hotel accommodation, Honduras
City hotel, combines national tradition and quality services, from US $50 - US $70 per room per night
Costa Rica tailor made vacation, highlights
Discover Costa Rica's natural and cultural wonders, from 2150 (13 days) ex flights
Central American vacation, La Ruta Maya
Magnificent cities, pyramids and temples, from US $3530 - US $3740 (15 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife vacation
An amazing variety of Costa Rican wildlife, from US $2945 - US $3380 (15 days) ex flights
Mexico small group vacation, a food adventure
Get an authentic taste of Mexico on this 8 day tour, from US $1365 - US $1595 (9 days) ex flights
Mexico, Belize & Guatemala tour, Mayan encounter
Travel through paradise between the Yucatan & Guatemalan, from US $1280 - US $1380 (17 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife tour, tailor made
Tailor made exploration of Costa Rica's natural wonders, from 1648 (13 days) ex flights
Central America tour on a shoestring
Highlights of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, from US $2115 - US $2349 (22 days) ex flights
Belize and Guatemala adventure vacation
Explore the highlights of Central America, from 2898 - 3008 (12 days) inc UK flights
Costa Rica beach & wildlife vacation
Cloud forest and a volcano, plus a whole lot of relaxation, from 1595 (13 days) ex flights
Costa Rica and Nicaragua self drive vacation
Self drive vacation through the best of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, from 2200 - 2320 (20 days) ex flights
Yucatan tailor made vacation in Mexico
A culturally-focused journey in the Yucatan Peninsula, from US $2595 (8 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife tour
Experience Costa Rica's incredible wildlife and wilderness, from 1995 (14 days) ex flights
Guatemala & Mexico overland vacation
Discover Mayan ruins and pristine beaches of the Caribbean, from US $1295 - US $1410 (13 days) ex flights
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
Rainforest eco lodge on 280 acre private reserve, from US $160 - US $225 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Costa Rica vacation, encompassed
Nature and adventure, from US $1521 - US $1689 (14 days) ex flights
Central America cycling vacation
Colonial cities, cloud forests and tropical island paradise, from US $3150 - US $4180 (15 days) ex flights
Costa Rica tour, small group
Express trip through the wonders of Costa Rica, from US $1550 - US $1925 (9 days) ex flights
La Ruta Maya vacation in Belize and Guatemala
An active Belize & Guatemala culture-rich adventure, from US $2795 (11 days) ex flights
Mayan cultural tour
The best of the Mayan age, from US $2510 - US $2745 (25 days) ex flights
Central America tours
Highlights of Central America, from US $1683 - US $1869 (15 days) ex flights
Costa Rica adventure vacation
Fall under the spell of Costa Rica, from US $1440 - US $1599 (16 days) ex flights
Guatemala & Belize, tailor made holiday
Belize and Guatemala combine perfectly with Tikal, from 2021 (15 days) ex flights

106 reviews for Central America vacations4 star overall rating

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Marine conservation in Belize
The diving was fabulous. The instructors are brilliant, very patient and informative! (more)Lucy Keech
The most memorable part was diving with like minded staff and guests who love and appreciate the ocean and contributing to research and conservation...Excellent opportunity and experience. (more)Michelle Lamarca
Tom Owens Caye was a magic location for a chilled week diving in Belize. Polly, Patty and the team were generous hosts. The food was delicious with the lionfish and banana pancakes particular highlights! Diving was excellent. Still feeling good about the lobster survey! (more)Karen Whitham
From US $1265 excluding flights
Belize wildlife conservation holiday
It was a very positive experience being in a country that treasures the natural environment and it is government policy to protect at least 40% of the land for nature. I felt that after 3 weeks I had only scratched the surface of what there is to find out about Belize and definitely plan on returning. (more)Cathy Bisset
Once in a life time experience...meeting all the wild animals was the most exciting part of the trip. (more)Kerry Sedman
From 795 excluding flights
Belize & Guatemala adventure vacation
It was excellent...Sitting on Temple 4 in Tikal watching the sun rise was the most exciting part of the trip. (more)Fran McQuail
The most memorable parts were... probably visiting ATM cave in Belize which was a great experience, and also snorkelling with nurse sharks and sting rays in Caye Caulker was incredible too. (more)Louise Sherwell
5 star experience! Most memorable part was the people in the group (all 15 of them), the city, the jungle and the beach! Bit vague but I just loved it all. (more)Michelle Conway
From US $1710 - US $1899 excluding flights
Costa Rica adventure vacation
Very good...Costa Rica is a beautiful Country where real effort is being made to protect the natural resources. (more)Claire Horrocks
The boat trip from Puerto Viajhoe to Tortuguero was relaxing, colourful and enjoyable - lots to see. Rainforest track to Rara Avis, and stay, memorable. (more)Frederick Lockwood
It was one of the best vacations, a good crowd of people and a good time had by all...White Water Rafting at La Fortuna was the most exciting part. (more)Liz Davies
From US $1440 - US $1599 excluding flights
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
A fabulous situation , beautiful rooms, great service all round... We spent two weeks there and enjoyed every moment .Great thanks to the owners and their parents. (more)patrick heffron
We loved every aspect of this accommdation... We dream of returning soon. My daughter and I rank this accommodation as our best vacation ever. (more)Judith Doyle
This was a totally relaxing, getaway vacation...John and Maureen are wonderful hosts and if you are looking for this kind of restful vacation this place is perfect. Excellent - it surprised my husband how much he enjoyed it. (more)Mary Head
From US $160 - US $225 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Costa Rica multisport vacation
Memorable parts? The time spent in the jungle rafting down the river, staying in jungle lodges and trekking to nearby waterfalls. Tips? Don't book the extra adrenaline pack before you go. It's better to pick and choose your activities when you're there. Local benefits? Local transport was occasionally used and the sharing of rooms reduced the environmental impact Overall rating? Really enjoyable and a good variety of activities. Not too much traveling as well (more)James Mead
From US $1399 - US $1499 excluding flights
Costa Rica beach & wildlife vacation
The most memorable part was Rio Celeste hike to waterfall and lagoon. River trip on Rio Frio. (more)Deirdre Devine
Tremendous: we loved it. My husband and I would go again for the wildlife... (more)Kate Macdonald
Very good...The trip to Los Campesinos reserve was wonderful - the wildlife we saw was superb, and the friendliness of everyone involved made it a great excursion (more)Vicki Barnard
From 1595 excluding flights
Self drive vacation in Costa Rica
It was all memorable but probably the two things which stand out were the tour to Torteguero and the one day trip to the Corcavado national park from Uvita. (more)Margaret Everall
We had a great vacation...the eco lodge was amazing with a spectacular view, a private beach, surrounded by rainforest and beautiful gardens full of tropical birds like Toucans and Colibris, and a fantastic restaurant with delicious fresh pure food!! (more)Kim Jans
The most memorable part of the vacation was rafting to Pacuare Lodge and then rafting out again 2 days later. 28km of rafting in all...It was an excellent vacation with a great mix of nature, conservation and thrills. (more)Christine McCormack
From 1950 - 2060 excluding flights
Central America overland tours
Memorable parts? Fantastic insight into many different cultures. Stunning and varied scenery in wonderful hot weather from the might of the Panama Canal to the jaw dropping beauty of the rain and cloud forests to the awesome splendour of the region's volcanoes and craters Tips? Do as much research as possible before your trip - I wished I had done more! Try and learn some basic conversational Spanish - I wish I had learnt more! Local benefits? Tourism is an infant business... (more)Douglas Newlands
From 2738 - 2908 including UK flights
Costa Rica tour
The trip to Tortuguera via bus and finally the boat journey through the rivers and canals was magical and the "town" itself was wonderful, a naturalist's dream! I would recommend it to anyone interested in the beauty of nature, birds and flowers, etc. (more)ANGELA HOLLAND
Seeing green turtles laying eggs & watching them hatch was the most memorable part of the vacation. (more)Michael Murphy
Seeing the rare Quetzal bird was exciting, but it was all memorable...Excellent. (more)J. Suzanne Hula
From US $1530 - US $1715 excluding flights
Mexico & Guatemala overland tours
The nicest part was the homestay in a pleasant little village with a lovely family. (more)Laura Palmucci
The homestay at the family at Lake Attitlan, the volcano hiking and the caving were the most memorable parts. (more)Andrea Baumann
From US $2460 - US $2655 excluding flights
Mayan cultural tour
The trips I did with my friend were the most memorable part of the vacation. (more)Tony Walsh
Great vacation. Will be booking another soon as poss. The tour guide was the best. Thanks Roberto. Recommend the vacation. A long time traveling in the bus but worth it. Very interesting places to visit. Enough culture but not too much. (more)Beverley Knijff
Some of the most fun I had during the trip was in the mini-van with the other travelers. Including my tour leader Diego, who was not only a great laugh, but also very organised and flexible with our itinerary. (more)John Richard Houghton
From US $2510 - US $2745 excluding flights
Volunteer & vacation in Costa Rica
Releasing newly hatched turtles into the sea. Walking up Cerro Chatto and swimming in the extinct volcano were the most memorable parts of this vacation. (more)Ian Spilsbury
10/10. A great vacation, very easy, no hassle, various options available whilst at destinations. The most memorable parts of the vacation were ziplining through the rainforest, night hike in Monteverde and the group of people I met. (more)Tracy Suff
I enjoyed the tour, had a great tour leader and was with a good bunch of people. (more)Sue Sanders
From US $1299 excluding flights
Osa Peninsula eco lodge, Costa Rica
From our arrival by boat through the mangroves through to our departure three days later, we loved our time at the lodge. We were the only guests staying there at the time and we received a high level of care from owners Dan and Holly. (more)Helen Potts
The lodge is beautifully situated and reaching it via the river felt like an added adventure. (more)Janet Baseley
The best part of my vacation was that is was, simply, relaxing. That's what I was looking for. Dan and Holly at the lodge really took care of me, and the dogs were a great addition to my walks. (more)Michael Allbritton
From US $60 - US $90 per person per night
Central America tour on a shoestring
Memorable parts? Roatan, one of the bay Islands of Honduras, was beautiful and the diving was fantastic, and I'll probably never forget the chicken buses! Tips? If you're used to traveling independently then be prepared to find the lack of freedom quite restricting, however it is great not to have to worry about transport and accommodation! Local benefits? I feel that it benefitted local people as wherever possible we patronised local businesses and shops, and as far as is... (more)Victoria Baynes
From US $2115 - US $2349 excluding flights
Mexico, Belize and Guatemala vacation
Memorable parts? The morning spent at Tikal in Guatemala was excellent. This activity is definitely best done in the early morning light as it gets very warm and less pleasant to walk in the jungle after 10am. Tips? This is quite a short tour for the distance covered. I would suggest looking at tours staying at least 2 nights in most places in order to really get a sense of the country and culture Local benefits? Somewhat. The use of local transport in some instances certainly... (more)Diana Urbina
From US $1389 excluding flights
Costa Rica coastal tour
Memorable parts? All of it! Tips? Research what you want to do as there is so much to do and see in Costa Rica that one trip will not be enough!! Local benefits? Yes very much so! Felt intergrated into the communities! Overall rating? 10/10. (more)Julia Hames
From 1145 excluding flights
Lionfish spearing marine conservation in Belize
The best diving vacation I did so far and it will be hard to beat. I learned so much about fish identification and substrates and this makes diving much more enjoyable. (more)Ulrike Kachel
The entire trip was a blast! Multiple dives per day without another diver in sight, unspoiled beauty of the amazing reef, incredible food, etc. etc. Everything about this trip was memorable and exciting! (more)Eric Strobel
From US $1195 - US $2150 excluding flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
This is a really sound conservation project with some clear tangible benefits and as a volunteer you really fee like you're making a difference. Would highly recommend this project to anyone. (more)Katie Wilkinson
I would give the vacation 7/10. It was a very relaxing an beautiful beach and I learnt so much about the culture and turtles. (more)Ellie Hall
5 stars! My best experience abroad in the last 30 years.....Working with sea turtles: seeing turtle nesting and releasing baby hatchlings was absolutely fantastic (more)Daniel Halder
From 677 excluding flights
Yucatan ecolodge accommodation, Mexico
Most memorable was the wildlife. We saw flamingos and crocodiles in the nearby lagoon. Everywhere you turned in the resort there were iguanas and other reptiles as well as loads of insects. (more)Nicola Goddard
The richness of the wildlife surprised us every day. One morning we saw dolphins swimming along the shore. Another dawn we came upon a sea turtle laying her eggs. (more)Mary Marshall
From US $276 - US $383 per room per night
Osa Peninsula rainforest wildlife lodge in Costa Rica
Wonderful! Gorgeous surroundings, beautiful and comfortable accommodations, and an amazing, helpful staff made this a honeymoon to cherish and remember! (more)melissa mansfield
The amount of wildlife is amazing. We saw howler monkeys, spider monkeys, a baby sloth, poison dart frogs and a roadguarder snake, while the various sofas and spots to laze about on the terrace were great for bird-watching, with scarlet macaws and toucans easy to spot. (more)Christopher Ewers
From US $160 - US $225 per person per night
Marine conservation expedition in Mexico
Memorable parts? The diving and marine life, the culture, the beauty of the place, i.e too many memorable parts. Tips? Take enough mosquito repellent and enjoy. Local benefits? Yes, definitely from the diving to the teaching English, to the football match with the town. Overall rating? Excellent and returned to Mexico shortly after. (more)Rebecca Emmett
From US $3590 - US $11590 excluding flights
Costa Rica wildlife vacation
Fantastic vacation. The wildlife and natural landscapes are amazing and worth the trip alone. For the sheer scope of diversity, colour and experiences this trip is unrivalled. (more)Lindsay (Mr) Challoner
One of the best hoildays we've had. A highlight was Seeing a rhinoceros beetle the size of a hamster! (more)Keith Valentine
Saw lots of animals, birds, plants and butterflies. Thankfully did not see the tarantula. Seeing sloths close up, active but moving in slow motion was great as was seeing little turtles hatching and running to the sea. Saw lots of birds and had a very knowledgeable guide to help us. The quetzel fly past was pretty good! (more)Rebecca Tunstall
From US $2945 - US $3380 excluding flights
Nicaragua walking tour vacation
Memorable parts? The beauty of the country and the people. Some of the most warm and friendly people I have ever come across. Very safe in the areas we travelled and absolutely amazing art for very little money. Loved it!! Tips? The only really extremely negative aspect of the trip was the experience with American Airlines, flying through Miami. Avoid this if humanly possible. People traveling to Nicaragua are either locals or family of locals bringing much desired American goods.... (more)Rene McRogers
From 1745 excluding flights
Costa Rica family activity vacation
Memorable parts? The "adrenaline" activities - horse-riding, rafting, canyoning. Watching the children playing in the hotel pool at Arenal while the volcano puffed in the background, and feeling slightly uneasily like a citizen of Pompeii... Sitting one metre from an egg-laying turtle. Tips? A really strong insect repellent - ours was sold in a metal canister as it dissolves plastic, and seemed to be more effective than other people's! Definitely do the optional kayaking at Tortugero... (more)Hilary Mackintosh
From 2145 excluding flights
Belize vacation, discover Belize
Great. Chris was an excellent group leader - his local knowledge gave us a real insight into Belize - it's people, history and wildlife. I went hoping for Maya sites, jungle wildlife and snorkelling. All were superb. (more)Jane Ashdown
Highlights were seeing the manatees at Swallow Caye and dolphins on the return trip to Caye Caulker; having a face-to-face with a nurse shark; canoeing up an underground river; the magic of Tikal at dawn; Lamanai and Caracol; the friendliness of local people and their love and appreciation of their country. (more)Karen Smith
From 1299 excluding flights
Nicaragua adventure vacation, river canoeing expedition
Memorable parts? The kayaking trip itself - fantastic. Brilliant guides, good food, comfortable camping and accomodation, saw lots of wildlife. Tips? Go for it! Be prepared for quite basic accommodation & amenities at times (although we did not mind it at all). Bring some wet-wipes as in some places washing facilities are very basic and you might prefer the wet-wipes! Also consider bringing small roll of toilet paper. Local benefits? In some instances, yes, at other times... (more)Kam Datta
From US $3450 excluding flights
Belize marine conservation internship
Memorable parts? 1. Snorkeling with the whale sharks. 2. Good diving instruction to next level of qualification. 3. Chance to do conservation surveys as something more than that which you usually do on a regular dive vacation. 4. chance to dive in Caribbean at dive sites that are not crowded, never were there other dive boats at the sites we dived, thus only 4 to 8 divers at the site from the boat. Tips? 1. To the extent your baggage allowance allows it, take items identified including... (more)Simon Timms
From US $3595 excluding flights
Central America vacation
Zip Lining in Monteverde was the most memorable part of the vacation (more)Gordon Beattie
Hiking up Conception Volcano was the most memorable part of the trip. (more)Shelagh Travers
Very good...Definitely climbing Concepcion volcano on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua was the most memorab;e part of the trip. (more)Graham Dalby
From US $1440 - US $1665 excluding flights
Central America tours
Memorable parts? Roatan was by far the best stopover on this trip. The people on the tour were fabulous as well. Tips? Be wary of the long travel days. The dossier online makes each stop seem like a destination spot which is not the case. This tour would benefit from adding some flights from like Roatan to Managua to avoid 12 hour travel days, of which there are many in this tour. Local benefits? Yes we took lots of local transportation and really integrated with the local... (more)Angie Watson
From US $1683 - US $1869 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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