Belize, the only English-speaking country in Central America, is a popular getaway with plenty to offer visitors despite its diminutive size. The main tourist attractions in the country include Western Belize’s Cayo District, home to a lush rainforest, and a number of Mayan ruins, as well as the country’s coastal beach areas strewn along Belize’s expansive coastline. The number one beach destination, however, has to be the island of Ambergris Caye.
Belize offers excellent adventure and soft-adventure opportunities as well as excellent snorkeling and scuba diving with the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world, and the world-famous Blue Hole, just a short boat ride from the mainland or one of the islands.
- The Highlights of Belize – Seven (7) nights/eight (8) days and hits all of the major highlights in the country and can easily be extended to include a full day excursion to Tikal in neighboring Guatemala or to spend more time on the beach.
Please note: We can offer accommodation at any of Belize’s beach destinations.
About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is by far one of the most popular tourist destinations in Latin America with so much to offer despite its relatively small size.
Covered in greenery, Costa Rica offers a variety of jungle regions including rainforests and cloud forests, all of which feature their own unique flora and fauna and specific range of biodiversity. Tortuguero National Park, for example, is made up of a number of jungle canals and is home to important nesting sites for the Costa Rica Green Turtle. Farther south, the Osa Peninsula is home to Corcovado National Park, declared “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity” by National Geographic. The Monteverde Cloud Forest, on the other hand, offers a completely different experience with its highland vegetation and wildlife differing greatly from other regions in the country.
Other attractions include the Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park and, of course, the country’s many beach towns/destinations. Costa Rica offers great surfing opportunities, specifically on the country’s pacific coast and in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.
Costa Rica also offers a variety of adventure and soft-adventure opportunities including jungle treks, zip-lining, horseback riding, tree-top hanging bridges, white water rafting and much more. The country is also a great destination for families with many family-friendly hotels and tour packages available.
Our tours to Costa Rica:
- The Highlights of Costa Rica – Eleven (11) nights/twelve (12) days and includes all of Costa Rica’s main highlights including Tortuguero National Park, the Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Manuel Antonio National Park. Extensions to the beach are available.
- The Osa Peninsula Extension – Perfect for extending our Highlights of Costa Rica package or any other customized itinerary. This is a must-see for nature lovers.
Please note: Costa Rica offers a great diversity of attractions. Please inquire about fully customizing the perfect itinerary for your dream vacation.
Guatemala is the heart of the Mayan world, both archaeologically and culturally. The country still very much maintains its indigenous identity as well as its sense of history and culture. Not only is Guatemala home to a number of archaeological sites such as Tikal, the largest Mayan ruins in existence, the country boasts what is considered to be a living Mayan culture with many communities maintaining the traditional indigenous way of life.
The typical tourist circuit includes Antigua, the country’s former capital and current historic epicenter, as well as the indigenous towns of Chichicastenango and Huehuetenango, famous for their traditional indigenous markets. Lake Atitlan, another popular tourist spot, is also included prior to returning to Guatemala City to connect with outbound flights or extensions to Tikal or other areas of Guatemala.
Our tours to Guatemala:
- A Taste of Guatemala – Six (6) nights/seven (7) days and includes the main cultural and historical highlights in the country including indigenous markets and towns, Lake Atitlan and Antigua.
- Tikal Extension – Two (2) nights/three (3) days and visits the largest Mayan ruins in the world, Tikal.
Please note: Extensions to Tikal are available from Guatemala or from Belize.
Honduras, whose expanding tourist economy should be taken note of, offers visitors an interesting and diverse mix of tourist attractions including Mayan ruins and culture, ecological attractions and pristine white-sand beaches in the country’s Bay Islands Archipelago. Although the country’s main cities of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula don’t have much to offer, all international flights arrive in one of the two cities which, as a result, serve as a jumping off point for any itinerary/tour package in Honduras.
Copan, the largest Mayan ruins in the city, is located in the western corner of Honduras, near the border with Guatemala. The city was once one of the most beautiful and important cities of the Mayan civilization and is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Other Mayan sites can also be found nearby.
La Ceiba is friendly city with an inviting small-town feel. Surrounded by lush jungles and scenic mountains, La Ceiba is the center of eco-tourism in Honduras with plenty of ecotours, river rafting and mountain treks available as well as some of the best birding opportunities on the continent. Visitors can also explore the nearby Garifuna villages where they will learn more about the local indigenous population. Most lodge stays include accommodation and guided tours.
Roatan and the Bay Islands Archipelago are the number one beach destination in Honduras. Extensions to Roatan (or one of the less visited Bay Islands) are available for any number of days with plenty of great hotel and accommodation options available.
Our tours to Honduras:
- A Taste of Honduras – Five (5) nights/six (6) days and includes the major highlights including Copan and La Ceiba with possible extensions to Roatan available.
- Roatan Beach Extension – Add any number of nights on the beach in Roatan before or after your land-based package.
Please note: Please inquire about including any destination or services not mentioned here.
Nicaragua is another up and comer with a rich colonial history as the cornerstone of its tourism industry. Beyond the capital, Managua, Nicaragua offers guests the opportunity to immerse in the country’s colonial past in cities such as Leon and Granada. Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America and 19th largest in the world, is also a main tourist draw while the country’s volcanoes, national parks and popular beaches complete the list of natural attractions.
Nicaragua is also home to a number of Spanish Language schools including one of our partners, the Dariana Spanish School in the colonial city of Leon. What better way to learn a language than to immerse oneself in the culture, customs and traditions of Spanish-speaking country.
Our tours to Nicaragua:
- Colonial Nicaragua – Seven (7) nights/eight (8) days and includes colonial Leon and Granada as well as excursions to Masaya and the Pueblos Blancos.
- Spanish Language Training – Please inquire about extending your stay in Leon for Spanish language lessons and training.
Please note: Please inquire about extending your stay to include some time on the beach or any other area in the country.
Panama is another up and coming destination in Central America with the tourism market expanding beyond the always-popular Panama Canal. The country’s tourism market has quickly developed into one of the strongest in Central America with a diverse variety of destinations to offer visitors.
Panama City, the main point of entry and the starting point for any tour package in Panama, not only offers direct access to the Panama Canal but also boasts a rich historic aspect to any visit. Visitors can enjoy the original incarnations of Panama City in the Casco Viejo and Panama Viejo. The Gamboa rainforest, also accessible from Panama City, offers visitors a variety of eco-tours and accommodation options.
The San Blas archipelago is located on Panama’s Northeastern Caribbean Coast and is the cultural and political center of the country’s Kuna Nation. The islands are directly administered by the Kuna indigenous group and offer a unique cultural experience in a relaxed beach setting.
In the southwest province of Chiriqui, visitors will find a unique mountain forest ideal for birding and nature lovers. Tours are based out of the mountain town of David and often include guided excursions to the forest.
The Bocas Del Toro archipelago is located on Panama’s Northwestern Caribbean Coast and is the cultural center of the country’s Afro-Panamanian population. Like the San Blas archipelago, Bocas Del Toro offers a unique cultural experience in a tropical beach setting.
Our tours to Panama:
- Panama Journey – Ten (10) nights/eleven (11) days and includes all of the must-see highlights in the country including Panama City, the San Blas Archipelago, Boquete and Bocas del Toro.
Please note: Please inquire about including any destination or services not mentioned here.