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Join us on a cultural journey to Central America and Mexico with Adventure Life, where you can explore the heart of this vibrant region through a variety of 21 meticulously designed tours for 2024. Experience the rich traditions, art, and flavors that define the diverse cultures of Central America and Mexico, all set against stunning backdrops of lush rainforests, ancient ruins, and bustling markets. Throughout 5 to 15 days, you will immerse yourself in the cultural wonders of this region, from village visits and archaeological site explorations to wildlife viewing and local market experiences. With prices starting at $1,250 to $25,590, kickstart an adventure that will leave you with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the beauty and diversity of Central America and Mexico. Contact one of Adventure Life's tour specialists for help planning your next seamless trip.
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Two local farmers pour out a fresh crop of coffee beans
$3,617
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Highland Maya Markets

14 Day Itinerary
  • Visit a women's textile cooperative
  • Tour sustainable coffee farms
  • Peruse Comalapa Market
  • Explore Lake Atitlan by kayak
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Urban Exploration, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This cultural Guatemala travel adventure begins with a visit to the busy, colorful markets of Antigua. Spend a day with a local Maya family and allow them to introduce you to their culture and beautiful country. Take a trip to serene Lake Atitlan and explore its volcano-fringed shoreline. Your …
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Tikal Ruin in Guatemala
$3,218
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La Ruta Maya

11 Day Itinerary
  • Tour the city of Antigua
  • Visit a women's textile cooperative
  • Encounter the pyramids of Tikal
  • Journey into Actun Tunichil Muknal
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Local Market Visits, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Colorful markets, smoking volcanoes, mysterious traditions, and warm hospitality describe the Guatemalan highlands and the discoveries on this trip. Visit the magnificent ruins of Tikal before crossing into Belize to journey through cathedral-shaped caves and explore winding trails along the …
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Experience the colorful Kite Festival on your Guatemala Tour
$1,390
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Dia de Los Muertos Kite Festival

7 Day Itinerary
  • Wander through a bustling market
  • Visit a women's textile cooperative
  • Tour the city of Antigua
  • Celebrate Dia de los Muertos
Activities:
Festival Visits, Local Market Visits, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience El Dia de los Muertos in the village of Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. Witness the festivities as giant brightly-colored kites are launched into the air. Your guide teaches you about the history of the Maya culture and how they honor their ancestors once a year through this celebration. …
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Colorful handmade carpet in for the Guatemal Easter Festivals
$1,582
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Guatemala Easter Festival

9 Day Itinerary
  • Enjoy Easter Festival ceremonies
  • Tour the colonial capital Antigua
  • Be introduced to Mayan culture
  • Visit Chichicastenango market
Activities:
Festival Visits, Local Market Visits, Urban Exploration
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The Easter Festival is just the beginning of this 9-day Guatemala travel adventure. Arrive in Antigua in the middle of the festival, when the streets come alive in celebration of this Holy Week. This itinerary is designed to coincide with the Easter festivities in colonial Antigua but also offers …
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The city of Antigua is nestled between two volcanos
$1,140
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Guatemala Classico

6 Day Itinerary
  • Tour Antigua and visit churches
  • Attend Comalapa Market
  • Travel to a deep caldera lake
  • Visit a local plantation
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Begin your Guatemala travel adventure with a visit to the bustling Comalapa Market. Bargain your way through the rows of vendors and emerge with local arts and crafts, and vegetables and fruits - a taste of Guatemala. Spend the next couple of nights along the beautiful shores of volcano-fringed …
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Antigua architecture with volcano view
$2,606
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Guatemala Discovery

10 Day Itinerary
  • Explore the streets of Antigua
  • Greet locals at the Comalapa Market
  • Visit a women's textile cooperative
  • Explore a limestone cave
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Experience the varied terrain and rich culture of the Maya on this 10-day Guatemala tour. Begin in colonial Antigua and drive to Lake Atitlan, visiting small markets and meeting friendly locals who have kept their Maya heritage alive, before making your way across the country to the limestone caves …
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Exploring the coast by kayak
$4,757
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Sirenian Bay Resort Fun in the Sun Adventure

5 Day Itinerary
  • Stay in an exclusive resort
  • Explore the ancient Mayan city
  • See wildlife in Monkey River
  • Snorkel in Silk and Moho Cayes
Starts / Ends:
Belize City / Belize City
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Fishing, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing, Ziplining
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On a 5-day Sirenian Bay Resort and Villas Fun in the Sun Adventure, prepare yourself for an unforgettable journey through Belize's diverse landscapes and vibrant culture. This exclusive beachfront resort offers stunning views, pristine white sands, and a tranquil atmosphere, setting for an …
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Crossing a stream on Osa Peninsula
$11,295
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Costa Rica & Panama Canal

Costa Rica - Colombia - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Explore Costa Rica's wildlife
  • Discover vibrant bird species
  • Learn about the Emberá tribe
  • Cross the Panama Canal
  • Visit Curú National Wildlife Refuge
Starts / Ends:
San Jose / Colon
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Photography Seminars, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Immerse in the coastal landscapes of Costa Rica and Panama on this 12-day cruise aboard Greg Mortimer with travel photographerRichard I'Anson. Costa Rica stands as one of the world's most biodiverse regions, offering opportunities to explore lush tropical rainforests with a remarkable array …
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Explore beautiful Costa Rica
$6,420
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Panama and Costa Rica by Sea: The Natural Wonders of Central America – with Smithsonian Journeys

Colón - Puntarenas - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Champlain
  • Discover San Blas
  • Experience Panama Canal
  • Explore Fuerte Amador
  • Visit Darien National Park
Starts / Ends:
Colon / Puntarenas
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard Le Champlain to explore the natural splendors and cultural richness of Panama and Costa Rica. Start your journey in Holandes Cayes, part of Panama's San Blas Islands, known for their white sands and clear waters, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Sail through …
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Cultural performances at Totonicapan
$561
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Totonicapan Home Stay

2 Day Itinerary
  • Attend a costume and craft workshop
  • Enjoy time with your host family
  • Visit San Francisco Market
Activities:
Homestay, Land, Local Market
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience authentic Guatemala with this Totonicapan home stay before or after your Guatemala tour. Drive from Antigua or Guatemala City with a guide to Totonicapan and get to know the locals and glimpse their colorful culture and traditions as you are graciously welcomed into their community. …
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Cenotes Water Pool
$3,550
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Premium Mexico Yucatan Highlights

Puerto Morelos to Tulum - 8 Day Itinerary
  • Visit Chichen Itza, Muyil, & Tulum
  • Experience local life in community
  • Enjoy in a old-world charm hotel
  • Explore Tulum archaeological site
  • Meet with a local conservationist
Starts / Ends:
Puerto Morelos / Tulum
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Urban Exploration, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
The 8-day Premium Mexico Yucatán Highlights from the beautiful coastline of Puerto Morelos to the colorful city of Valladolid, colonial town Merida and white sand beaches of Tulum that will make your trip an unforgettable experience. Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula is a must-see for …
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Tulum Beach
$7,370
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Premium Mexico in Depth

Mexico City to Tulum - 15 Day Itinerary
  • Visit the vibrant Mexico City
  • Tour Teotihuacan ruins
  • Visit Oaxaca archaeological site
  • Explore Celestun Bird Sanctuary
  • Enjoy the resort town of Tulum
Starts / Ends:
Mexico City / Tulum
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Local Market Visits, Urban Exploration, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
This premium adventure takes you on a 15-day journey through the best of Mexico, from award-winning restaurants to hidden street food stalls, to paradisiacal coasts and stunning ancient monuments. Discover the ancient secrets of Teotihuacan, Cholula, and the Mitla ruins as you travel through Mexico …
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Tulum Ruins Beach
$3,940
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Best of Mexico

Mexico City - Playa del Carmen - 15 Day Itinerary
  • See Mexico's Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Discover Teotihuacan ruins
  • Visit Oaxaca archaeological site
  • Relax in Playa del Carmen resort
Starts / Ends:
Mexico City / Playa del Carmen
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Local Market Visits, Urban Exploration, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Discover Mexico's culture and scenery on a journey from Mexico City to Playa del Carmen. Visit the spectacular Chichen Itza ruins to learn about Maya history and culture, and the indigenous communities in the lovely San Cristobal de las Casas. Indulge in a feast of delectable local cuisine …
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Hierve el Agua natural rock formations
$2,590
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Oaxaca Traditions

7 Day Itinerary
  • Explore Oaxaca City with your guide
  • Learn traditional weaving practices
  • Shop for and cook a Oaxaca meal
  • Visit artisan villages
Activities:
Cooking Class, Land, Local Market, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Oaxaca’s location in the mountains of southwest Mexico has contributed to its rich culture being relatively protected by outside influences. Ancient native languages are spoken in villages, and the artisan folk arts, particularly weaving and pottery, are practiced with the same techniques …
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Making tortillas. The Living Maya Experience.
$1,268
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Living Maya Experience

6 Day Itinerary
  • Make a traditional Belizean lunch
  • Take a Garifuna drumming class
  • Visit Mayan House
  • Kayak, swim, zipline and hike
Activities:
Cooking Classes, Kayaking, Wildlife Viewing, Ziplining
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Tanager Rainforest Lodge offers all the best of Belize jungle adventure with an authentic Mayan experience. The lodge is located on the banks of the Rio Grande, the gateway to the Mayan mountains. Experience modern Mayan culture with local families and villages as you learn to make an authentic …
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View of the old Granada
$953
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Authentic Nicaragua

Granada - Managua - 6 Day Itinerary
  • Explore the islands of Nicaragua
  • Discover Granada
  • Explore the town of Masaya
  • Visit the Mombacho Volcano
Starts / Ends:
Granada / Managua
Activities:
Hiking, Local Market Visits, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on an immersive 6-day Authentic Nicaragua Tour that takes travelers from the enchanting Granada Colonial City to the bustling capital of Managua. This trip is a deep dive into Nicaragua's culture, showcasing ancient rock art and colonial marvels in Granada. As the oldest city in the …
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$294
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Embera Drua Community Visit

1 Day Itinerary
  • Discover traditional music & dance
  • Try traditional body painting
Activities:
Land, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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Traditional folklore dance of Panama
$139
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Las Tinajas Folklore Dinner Show

  • Sample Panamanian fare
  • Enjoy a telling of Panama folklore
Activities:
Land
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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