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Live one of the below 35 unique Central America & Mexico cultural experiences for 2023 or 2024. Visit villages and experience local cuisine with a local English speaking guide on your own private tour or small group guided tour. Discover unique local cultures on trips that include activities like village visits, land tours, wildlife viewing, local market visits, and archaeological site visits and cost from $1,250 for experiences of 5 to 18 days. Tell us about your ideal Central America & Mexico cultural trip and our Central America & Mexico experts will help you plan every detail of your next trip.
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Horses on pasture near Arenal Volcano
$2,378
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Costa Rica's Mountains and Beaches

6 Day Itinerary
  • Enjoy views of Lake Arenal
  • Relax on the beach
  • Watch for unique bird life
  • Explore Costa Rica's hidden gems
Starts / Ends:
Liberia / Liberia
Activities:
Land, Rainforest Exploration, Snorkeling, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 6-day Costa Rica vacation is perfect for the traveler who is short on time, but big on adventure. Start your travels by exploring Arenal Volcano National Park, followed by the beautiful Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve in search of capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws, and two and three-toed sloths. …
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Red-eyed tree frog on flower
$1,945
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Costa Rica Highlights

6 Day Itinerary
  • Raft the Tenorio River
  • Look for wildlife in the rainforest
  • Relax on the beaches of Costa Rica
  • Hike through Arenal National Park
Starts / Ends:
Liberia / Playa Hermosa
Activities:
Hiking, Land, Rainforest Exploration, Spa & Relaxing, Village Visit, Whitewater Rafting, Zip Line
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This action-packed 6-day Costa Rica tour includes jungle hikes, climbs into the rainforest canopy and whitewater rafting.Begin your tour with a few days of jungle adventure and exploration, in search of capuchin monkeys and sloths. After an adrenaline-filled day of whitewater rafting on the …
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Tikal Ruin in Guatemala
$2,486
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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 Sites, Land, Local Market, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visit, 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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Surf the waves of Costa Rica's pristine beaches
$4,079
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San Diego to San Jose (Puerto Caldera)

15 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Victory
  • Explore San Diego
  • Visit the cliffs of Cabo San Lucas
  • Discover Isla EspĂ­ritu
  • Enjoy Sea of Cortez
Starts / Ends:
San Diego / San Jose
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
In 15 remarkable days, explore some of the most biodiverse places on earth. Opt to explore the charming towns and coasts of Central America, from Costa Rica’s lush jungles to the marine-rich environment of the Sea of Cortez and beyond aboard Ocean Victory.
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Lake Atitlan at Evening
$1,418
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Guatemala Explorer

8 Day Itinerary
  • Tour Antigua's churches & palaces
  • Attend a bustling local market
  • Visit a women's textile cooperative
  • Discover the pyramids of Tikal
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Land, Local Market, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Travel to Guatemala's highlands to learn about present Maya culture, as well as steep-sided temples and other relics of the Maya past. Begin by exploring historic Antigua and staying a few nights along the volcano-rimmed Lake Atitlan's coastline. Discover Chichicastenango's lively …
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A jungle river in the rainforest
$1,722
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Encounter Panama

7 Day Itinerary
  • Explore El Valle's forested trails
  • Transit through the Panama Canal
  • Enjoy the Gamboa Rainforest Resort
  • Visit the Embera community
Activities:
Land, Rainforest Exploration, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing, Zip Line
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Over 29% of Panama's landscape includes 15 national parks, forest reserves, and 10 wildlife sanctuaries - this itinerary is designed to visit some of the country's most celebrated. Begin your Panama travel journey with a cruise of the "8th wonder of the world", the Panama Canal, …
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The city of Antigua is nestled between two volcanos
$1,003
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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:
Land, Local Market, Village Visit
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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Baby sea turtles make their way to the ocean by Morgan's Rock.
$6,271
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Nicaragua Highlights

15 Day Itinerary
  • Boat to the Indio Maiz Reserve
  • Tour historic cities
  • Explore one of the regions volcanos
  • Relax on San Juan del Sur's beach
Activities:
Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Land, Local Market, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing, Zip Line
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Soak in the sights, flavors and ambiance as you discover the best of Nicaragua. In this comprehesive highlights tour you'll have time to take in all that Nicaragua has to offer. Tour historic Managua and Granada with your guide, float the Rio San Juan in your search for wildlife, hike volcanos, …
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A Poison Dart Frog sits on a bright green leaf.
$5,708
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Discover Nicaragua

15 Day Itinerary
  • Float the river & observe wildlife
  • Visit the ruins of Old Leon
  • Learn about sustainable farming
  • Zip line through the forest
  • Relax on the beaches of Corn Island
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Land, Local Market, Snorkeling, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Visit the highlights of Nicaragua in 15 days including unique landscapes and rich culture. Explore looming volcanoes, lush jungles teeming with wildlife, historic cities, and tranquil beaches as you travel from one corner of this diverse, vibrant country to the other. Soak in the sights, flavors, …
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Nicaragua's volcanic landscape
$3,369
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Nicaragua Wildlife and Nature

9 Day Itinerary
  • Search for wildlife while hiking
  • Summit Mombacho Volcano
  • Explore Granada with your guide
  • Tour through tropical wetlands
Activities:
Land, Local Market, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this nine day tour, travel through pristine tropical forests, explore majestic volcanoes, and float down peaceful waterways, obtaining a rare glimpse into the wilderness of Central America. Throughout your journey, get up close and personal with Nicaragua's exotic animal life, encountering …
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Antigua architecture with volcano view
$2,256
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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:
Land, Local Market, Village Visit, 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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Playa Manuel Antonio
$2,590
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Crossing the Panama Canal: Costa Rica to Panama

Puerto Caldera - Colon - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Panorama
  • Explore the stunning Manuel Antonio
  • Tour Casa Orquidea's flowers
  • Discover the forest and animal life
  • Cross to the Panama Canal
Starts / Ends:
Puerto Caldera / Colon
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery along the Pacific Ocean coastline of Costa Rica. Explore the Nature Reserves and National Parks of Isla Coiba and Manuel Antonio, witness life in the Darrien Jungle, and …
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Two local farmers pour out a fresh crop of coffee beans
$3,199
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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:
Land, Local Market, Urban Exploration, Village Visit
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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Hiking the Oaxaca area
$2,905
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Oaxaca Hike and Bike

8 Day Itinerary
  • Trek the Sierra Norte Mountains
  • Bike back roads through Oaxaca
  • Visit artisan villages
  • Explore the ruins at Mitla
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Biking, Hiking, Land, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Moderate
Explore the history and landscape as you hike and bike through this vibrant region in Oaxaca. A 3 day fully-supported trek in the Sierra Norte Mountains provides panoramas of the Oaxaca Valley and glimpses into the lives of the local Zapotec communities. Mountain bike to villages that practice the …
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Several travelers bike through ruins of Guatemala
$2,771
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Maya Multisport

11 Day Itinerary
  • View glowing lava at Pacaya Volcano
  • Explore the Maya ruins of El Zotz
  • Kayak past villages & fisherman
  • Explore Santiago at your leisure
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Biking, Hiking, Kayaking, Land, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Moderate
Explore the fertile landscape and rich Maya heritage by land and water on this 11-day Guatemala tour. Towering volcanoes, verdant highland farms, lush cloudforest, and bustling markets make a spectacular backdrop for a multisport travel adventure. Bike and hike along pathways which have been used …
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Riding the train to Copper Canyon
$2,672
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Copper Canyon Express

7 Day Itinerary
  • Journey into the canyon by train
  • Boat down the El Fuerte River
  • Visit Creel, historic railroad town
  • Hike, zipline or via ferrata
Activities:
Hiking, Land, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing, Zip Line
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This Mexico tour explores the Copper Canyon, the largest canyon in North America. Board the El Chepe train on the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway for a scenic train trip through the Copper Canyon as you travel from El Fuerte to the canyon's rim at Posada Barranca. Visit Tarahumara villages with your …
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Experience the colorful Kite Festival on your Guatemala Tour
$1,229
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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:
Festivals, Land, Local Market, Village Visit
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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Swim in the crystal pools of Semuc Champey on your Guatemala Tour
$1,166
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Semuc Champey and Rio Dulce

5 Day Itinerary
  • Visit a Maya archaeological site
  • Explore limestone caves
  • Discover a natural limestone bridge
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Land Tours, Local Market Visits, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Prolong your vacation with this 5-day Guatemala extension! Explore the ancient Maya site of Quirigua, famous for its monumental stone sculptures, and learn about the traditions and cultures of the Maya. Cross one of the largest bridges in Central America in Rio Dulce and grab a headlamp and …
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