Central America & Caribbean14 tours available
CR1 Costa Rica Guided Tours
9 days from San Jose to San Jose
Get closer to nature with Costa Rica guided tours and never look at the natural world the same way again. It doesn't take long to come to understand… Read more
PA1 Pleasures Of Panama Tour
10 days from Panama City to Panama City
Christopher Columbus touched down on the beautiful white sands of Bocas del Toro, where 92 per cent of the land is covered in dense rainforest.… Read more
GU7 Guatemala Tour
12 days from San Pedro Sula to Guatemala City
MB1 Mexico's Yucatan & Belize Tour
12 days from Cancun to Belize City
A jewel on the Caribbean coast, the Yucatan showcases the very best in culture, cuisine, and history. Taste a delicious array of flavours while… Read more
CR10 Costa Rica Tour
13 days from San Jose to San Jose
This tour is an easier variation on our longer Costa Rica tours that also include Nicaragua. Many of the same places are included, but this trip… Read more
CR2 Costa Rica Tour
14 days from San Jose to San Jose
On our Costa Rica tour you will discover how Costa Rica earns its reputation as a natural wonderland on this two-week adventure through one of the… Read more
EYCU Cuba 2019 Tour
14 days from Havana to Havana
We are delighted to once again partner with our long-time friends and colleagues at York College of Pennsylvania on this Cuba 209 Tour, to invite you… Read more
CU1 Cuba Tours
15 days from Havana to Havana
Beyond what the world's interpretation of what Cuba has been lies a country that is full of life. Our Cuba group tours introduce you to a life that… Read more
MY1 Mayan Discoverer Tour
16 days from Managua to Guatemala City
PA2 Panama & Costa Rica Tour
18 days from Panama City to San Jose
On our Panama & Costa Rica tour you'll see that this bounteous Central American region is one that is often overlooked by the traveller, a factor… Read more
MY2 Mayan Discoverer Tour
19 days from Managua to Guatamala City
CM5 Panama And Colombia Tour
21 days from Bogota to Panama City
This Panama and Colombia tour is a nice combination of our highlight-packed tour of Colombia and our ever-popular tour of Panama in one nice… Read more
PA3 Panama & Costa Rica Tour
23 days from Panama City to San Jose
On our Panama & Costa Rica tour you'll find yourself gliding through the waters of one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Panama Canal,… Read more
More About Central America And Caribbean
Often overlooked, Central America tours are the places travel dreams are made of. From volcanic landscapes fitting for lunar scenes to stumbling on ancient temples overgrown in a jungle setting, there are plenty of reasons for Central America to rise to the top of your travel wish list.
As the narrow portion that connects North and South America, Central America gets the best of both worlds with land that borders the azure waters of the Caribbean and the wild waves that come with the mighty Pacific Ocean. In between these waters, travellers find a land with an incredible biodiversity, intriguing cultures and customs, as well a varied and tumultuous history.
Long before the arrival of Europeans who wished to establish a stronghold in Central America to better attack the empires of South America and Mexico as well as create a trading route to access Asia, many indigenous populations thrived within the seven countries that make up this region. The most famous were the Mayans who left a wide range of artifacts in their succession.
The Mayan empire has long been revered for its sophistication, dominating most of region with their territory stretching across Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. The Mayans left their mark on the continent'ÃÂÃÂs landscape and the surrounding cultures; evidence of which is in abundance today in the forms of ruins and sculptures, some of which were discovered up to a staggering 1,000km from the Mayan homeland. Beyond the ancient temples of Tikal in Guatemala, Copan in Honduras, and Altun Ha in Belize, it is still possible to witness the Mayan culture in modern times.
On our Central America tours to Guatemala, we include visits to villages such as Chichicastenango (locally known as Chichi), with a bustling market that is reputedly the largest in Central America, as well as local 400-year old church of Santo Tomas.
Built atop a Pre-Columbian platform, the steps originally leading to a temple of the pre-Hispanic Mayan civilization remain venerated. Shamans still use the church for their rituals, burning incense and candles. Each of the 18 stairs that lead up to the church stands for one month of the Mayan calendar year.
More than just a cultural destination, our Central America tours offer a chance to get up close with nature in a variety of settings. Peer into the belly of a volcano at Nicaragua's Masaya National Park, and watch the birds fly by while cruising the 365 volcanic islands of Granada Inlets.
Some of the favourite activities on our Central America tours include snorkelling and enjoying the island charms of Belize's Caye Caulker, which is found on the world's second largest reef system. Walk amongst the boardwalks of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica. The park is covered in a mantle of moss, ferns and orchids, and this private reserve is home to over 400 species of birds as well as a great number of animals.
In a region that once dominated headlines for violence, recent visitors know that era has long gone. These days residents enjoy the quiet life and places such as Nicaragua are one of the safest countries to travel to on our Central America tours.
It is a place to explore everything from rich colonial architecture, untouched natural beauty of jungles and beach paradises, magnificent Mayan ruins or a place to find the best cup of coffee amongst the peaceful countryside coffee plantations. It is a region that needs to be seen to be believed.
Far from being just another beach destination, Caribbean tours are emerging as a wonderful way to explore diverse cultures in a picturesque setting. This laid back destination comes with soaring mountain escapes, jewel-coloured waters lapping on sugary sand beaches, and island mentalities not found elsewhere. It'Âs a place not just to put your feet up, but also to have meaningful discoveries of a not so distant land.
The 28 island nations that reside in the Caribbean Sea are spread out over 7,000 islands. Most are uninhabited tropical paradises, with palm tree landscapes and coral reef borders. An exceptional amount of biodiversity can be found on these islands. Migratory fish that are found swimming with nearly 700 other types of fish that call the coral reefs home while birds navigate the cloud forests and volcanic mountain ranges found ashore. Even beneath the landscape there are marvels waiting to be discovered.
Our Caribbean tours include a stop in Barbados, with the geology of the country including a number of underground caves some of which have turned into gardens resembling a jungle paradise. While touring in Dominica, we learn why this county has been named the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its unspoiled natural beauty. It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity. The highest point in the country is Morne Diablotins, which has an elevation of 1,447 metres (4,747 ft).
Collectively, the Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles, which make up the region, have been inhabited for only a short history. Before European contact, it is thought there were roughly 750,000 Amerindians living within the Caribbean forming a vast set of individual cultures from the Caribs to the Tainos. After the Spanish arrived in 1492 with Columbus, disease and enslavement had a deadly effect on the indigenous population. During the time of colonization, prices for sugar made the crop of huge value to the Europeans that conquered these islands. Sugar plantations were created across the islands, with slave labour being imported from Africa, followed by indentured labour from India and China.
It wasn'Ât only sugar the Europeans wanted, known as the 'Spice Island', Grenada has earned its fragrant nickname with good reason. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla are just a few of the scented gems found here. The strategic importance of position for sailing vessels also created a wealth of interesting colonial outposts including historic forts or marvellous cities such as Havana.
This blending of cultures and relative isolation allowed for a unique local flare that can be still witnessed today. Before Cuba was a revolutionary country defying its northern neighbour and capitalism, it was a salsa and rumba-dancing nation with influences from Afro-Cuban culture infiltrating all aspects of life.
Whether it is the crumbling rum shacks that represent an economic emergence for an otherwise easygoing nation, witnessing a costume filled carnival celebration, or a simple dipping of the toes in the azure coloured water with an incredible backdrop, the Caribbean has a lively and intoxicating rhythm to it that will leave a smile on your face and a song in your heart for years to come.