Between the sea and the ocean lies a landscape shaped by powerful volcanoes and friendly faces
Tours in Central America
Verdant rainforests, jungle canopies, Mayan ruins and cyan seas make Central America holidays an experience like no other. Wherever your adventure takes you, our tours reveal a rich mix of culture that dates back 4000 years, encompassing mysterious Mayan heritage, Caribbean vibes, African drumbeats and colourful fiestas rooted in Spanish tradition.
Uncover Mexico’s lost temples and the people’s infectious enthusiasm for life, marvel at Costa Rica’s gloriously diverse ecosystem and visit the Mayan heartland of Guatemala. Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise famous for its tropical rainforests, stunning beaches and abundant wildlife. Explore the country’s magnificent national parks, embark on thrilling zip line adventures or simply unwind on the pristine white sandy beaches. The country’s commitment to sustainability and ecotourism also makes it an ideal destination for those seeking an environmentally friendly holiday experience.
Belize is another diverse destination, known for its barrier reef which is the second largest in the world, and offers unparalleled opportunities for snorkelling and diving. The country’s stunning underwater ecosystem is home to a vast array of marine life, including colourful coral reefs, tropical fish and the elusive manatees. Belize’s rich history and Mayan ruins provide an in-depth cultural experience.
For anyone wanting to explore Central America by bike, Panama is an excellent choice. Cycle along the Panama Canal, a marvel of engineering that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and learn about its fascinating history. You’ll also discover idyllic beaches, lush rainforest and charming colonial towns.
The Mayan Ruins of Tikal, Guatemala: One of the most awe-inspiring landmarks in Central America is the ancient city of Tikal, nestled deep in the jungles of Guatemala. Home to towering pyramids and intricate temples, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers visitors a remarkable insight into Mayan civilisation. Exploring the site’s extensive ruins, climbing to the top of the Temple of the Great Jaguar and witnessing the sunrise over the Grand Plaza are just a few experiences that transport you back in time.
The Beaches of Costa Rica: Central America is renowned for its stunning beaches, and Costa Rica boasts some of the most captivating shorelines in the region. From the laid-back coastal town of Tamarindo and the untouched beauty of Manuel Antonio National Park to the turtles of Tortuguero, there’s no shortage of spots for relaxing or wildlife watching.
The Wildlife of Belize: Belize’s rich biodiversity makes it a paradise for nature lovers. The Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the second largest in the world and teems with kaleidoscopic marine life, making it an ideal location for snorkelling and diving. On land, the dense rainforests are home to an array of exotic creatures, including jaguars, howler monkeys and toucans.
The Colonial Beauty of Granada, Nicaragua: Steeped in history and charm, Granada is brimming with colourful colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and picturesque views of the nearby Lake Nicaragua and Mombacho Volcano. Stroll along the vibrant Calzada Street, visit the iconic Cathedral of Granada or take a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua to see the Isletas archipelago.
St George, Bermuda: This captivating destination is drenched in history and natural beauty. Located on the north-eastern tip of the Bermuda archipelago, this UNESCO World Heritage Site holds a rich past that dates back to 1612. With cobbled streets, quaint buildings and charming architecture, St. George’s historic town centre gives you a glimpse into the island’s colonial past. Explore historic landmarks like Fort St. Catherine and St. Peter’s Church or delve into the maritime history at the Bermuda National Trust Museum.
Central America holidays: Three of the best
1. Costa Rica: The country’s astonishing ecosystem accounts for 50% of the world’s animal and plant species, and on a trip with Exodus you can explore the full spectrum through a range of activities. Zip-line in the mist-shrouded canopies of the cloud forest, where the roars of howler monkeys resonate through the hills; glide through the tranquil canals of Tortuguero National Park; or bathe in natural hot springs while marvelling at Arenal Volcano.
2. Cuba: It’s a heady cocktail of vintage cars and cigars, faded colonial mansions and steamy cellar bars, soundtracked by the beat of salsa wafting through city streets. There’s a raw and colourful beauty to Cuba that’s impossible not to love. And with little traffic, it’s perfect to explore by bike. Stay in casas particulares, and gain a real insight into the lives of local people. Exodus will take you to the heart of the action.
3. Mexico: Tropical jungles, palm-fringed beaches, Indian markets, colonial towns and the majestic ruins of the Aztecs and Mayans… Mexico is a fantastic country of contrasts. Take time to explore the Yucatan Peninsula, where you’ll find the extraordinary ruins of Chichen Itza, Palenque and Tulum.
FAQs on Central America Holidays
When is the best time to book Central America holidays?
The weather in Central America varies depending on the country and region you plan to visit. Generally, the dry season, which runs from November to April, is considered the best time to go as you can enjoy plenty of sunshine and pleasant temperatures. However, this is also the peak tourist season and many of the main attractions can get crowded. The rainy season, from May to October, creates colourful landscapes and there tend to be fewer crowds, but be prepared for occasional showers and humid conditions.
Where are the best places to visit in Central America?
Central America is a vast region that offers endless exciting places to visit, from the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala, surrounded by dense rainforest to the colonial city of Granada in Nicaragua, with its colourful architecture and beautiful lake views. If you’re looking for wildlife experiences, head to Costa Rica and explore the beaches and national parks. While the Panama Canal takes you on an historical journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, the islands on Belize’s Barrier Reef lend themselves to snorkelling and diving.
What activities can I do in Central America?
Central America offers a wide range of activities that cater to many different interests. Adventure seekers can indulge in activities such as hiking volcanoes, white-water rafting and zip-lining through the rainforest. If you’re a wildlife lover, you can enjoy bird watching, spotting monkeys and jaguars in national parks and watching turtles hatching on the beaches of Costa Rica. For history buffs, exploring the ancient Mayan ruins and visiting the colonial cities of Guatemala offer insightful experiences. And, of course, Central America is also known for the pulsating beats and vibrant culture of Cuba.
What are the best things to do in Cuba?
This vibrant Caribbean country offers a wealth of experiences, from exploring the old cobblestone streets of Havana to snorkelling off the colourful coastline. Visit the iconic Plaza de la Catedral and the historic El Morro fortress to immerse yourself in the rich history or experience the lively music scene as you lose yourself in the infectious salsa rhythms. Alternatively, discover the pretty landscapes of Vinales Valley or take a vintage car tour through the streets of Trinidad. Finally, don’t forget to sample the flavours of authentic Cuban cuisine, including succulent roasted pork and refreshing mojitos.
Where is best for wildlife experiences in Central America?
Central America is a haven for wildlife with its lush rainforests and pristine coastlines and the region is home to diverse ecosystems teeming with biodiversity. One of the best destinations for wildlife tours is Costa Rica. Known for its extensive national parks and protected areas, Costa Rica is home to a wide array of tropical species, including monkeys, sloths, toucans, and jaguars. Another notable destination is Belize, famous for its vast coral reefs and marine life. Here, you can go snorkelling or diving to witness the vibrant underwater world.
Which parts of Central America are best for cycling?
Home to diverse landscapes and vibrant cultures, Central America is a great destination for cycling. While Costa Rica offers an abundance of forest trails, rugged mountains and captivating coastlines, Nicaragua boasts dramatic volcanic landscapes, pristine lakes and charming colonial towns. Or you might prefer to explore Guatemala’s unique Mayan ruins and cycle through the picturesque countryside. Cuba is also fantastic for discovering on two wheels as you ride through jungle trails, patchwork fields and plantations, stopping off along the way to enjoy the history and culture of Trinidad, Havana and Santiago.
Where is best for a cultural holiday in Central America?
When it comes to cultural holidays in Central America, there are several destinations worth considering. One of the top choices is Guatemala, a country rich in Mayan heritage and colonial charm. With stunning ancient ruins, lively markets and colourful festivals, Guatemala offers an immersive cultural experience. Another option is Mexico, renowned for its Mesoamerican ruins, traditional cuisine and vibrant arts scene. From exploring Mayan pyramids in Chichen Itza, to visiting Frida Kahlo’s house in Mexico City, Mexico offers a diverse and captivating cultural journey. Costa Rica also showcases its own unique culture with its indigenous communities and biodiversity.