Mexico and Central America are home to a rich tapestry of cultures from the agrarian indigenous tribes that live much as the have done to their African descendants that have called it home since the 17th century whilst the heave Spanish culture has left its mark in the form of remarkable ruins of temples reached by towering staircases and intricately carved stone structures that are slowly being claimed by the sultry jungle.
The Caribbean Islands are famous for their magnificent climate, spectacular beaches, idyllic seascapes and diverse flora and fauna. The unrivaled warm, calm waters provide the perfect environment for the colourful underwater coral gardens that attract divers and snorkellers from all over the world. The vibrant cultures and exotic natural highlights of the Caribbean make any trip completely unforgettable. A visit to one or more of the islands – either exclusively or as an extension to a trip to Latin America – is a perfect way to relax and unwind.
|Tour Type||Trip Name||No. Days||Bookings||Prices per person|
|Independent Tour||Cuba & Mexico||15||From $4,781.00|
|Independent Tour||Costa Rica & Nicaragua||16||From $4,499.00|
Cuba & Mexico
This combined adventure offers you the opportunity to explore two fascinating tourist destinations in a varied and exciting trip: Cuba and Mexico. The Caribbean total round trip takes you to the major attractions of both countries; visit to the beautiful tobacco plantations in Cuba’s Vinales Valley and discover cities such as Trinidad and Cienfuegos, which are infused with colonial charm, before you dive into the world of the Maya at Chichen Itza and Tulum, which offer a fascinating glimpse into the past of Mexican civilization. Between city tours and excursions there will also be plenty of time to relax on the glorious, sprawling beaches that characterise this part of the world.
|Day 1: Arrive Havana||
Today you will arrive at Havana’s international airport. Meet and assist at the and transfer from the airport to the hotel for you. Spend the rest of the day exploring the picturesque old town of Havana or enjoying a cocktail in one of Havana’s typical Cuban bars.
|Day 2: Havana||
Today you will have a guided walking tour through Havana’s Old Town. The Old Town of Havana was declared a UNESCO world cultural heritage site in 1982. While strolling through the vibrant streets of the Cuban capital you can reminisce about days gone by. Look forward to visiting the Havana Club Rum Museum and driving through the “modern” part of Havana in the back of a classic car.
|Day 3: Havana -Vinales||
After breakfast you will head westward. You will stop and visit a “Casa del Veguero” (house of a tobacco farmer) surrounded by lush tobacco fields in the famous Vinales Valley. You will also visit the “Cueva del Indio”. Vinales is a small town situated between green tobacco fields and monumental limestone formations called ‘Mogotes’.
|Day 4: Vinales – Cienfuegos||
Today you will head to sunny Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos is one of the liveliest and most beautiful cities in Cuba. On your way, you will stop at the Bay of Pigs where you will go on a boat tour of the Laguna del Tresoro. This so-called ‘Treasure Lake’ is located amid numerous canals, mangrove forests and palm trees. Once you have arrived in Cienfuegos you can spend the rest of the day as you wish.
|Day 5: Cienfuegos – Trinidad||
Today’s journey will bring you to Trinidad. A colonial city which was founded in 1514 and declared world heritage site by the UNESCO. On your way to Trinidad you will go on an enjoyable excursion to El Cubano Park, which is located in the National Park of Topes de Collantes. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.
|Day 6: Trinidad||
Start your day with a guided walking tour of exciting Trinidad. There is lots to see in the colonial old town of Trinidad, including the Palacio Brunet, one of the most beautiful palaces of the city. Today, the Palacio Brunet is home of the Museo Romantico. In the afternoon you will go on an excursion to the beach where you can enjoy the Caribbean Sea and relax under palm trees.
|Day 7: Trinidad – Havana||
In the morning you will head back to Havana. On the way, you will stop in Santa Clara, where you will visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum. Here rest the remains of the famous revolutionist, which were only found a few years ago. Enjoy your last evening in Havana as you see fit.
|Day 8: Havana – Cancun – Chichen Itza||
It’s time to bid farewell to beautiful Cuba. You will be driven to the airport where you will board your flight to Cancun. Somebody will be waiting for you at Cancun airport and when you arrive he/she will bring you to Chichen Itza. Unwind after your flight as you go on a sightseeing tour.
|Day 9: Chichen Itza – Izamal – Mérida||
Today you will get to experience an informative tour of the amazing archaeological site of Chichen Itza. After touring this remarkable ancient Mayan city you will continue to Izamal, a colonial city, which was declared “Pueblo Mágico“ (magical place). This is in honour of the city’s authenticity and beauty. Once you have arrived in Mérida you will discover the city.
|Day 10: Mérida||
Spend the day as you wish. There’s lots to do, but we recommended visiting the Uxmal ruins, one of the most visited Maya heritage sites, exploring the famous Cuzuma Cenotes, or going on an excursion to the Celestun national park.
|Day 11: Mérida – Valladolid||
Today you will drive to Valladolid, a colonial city, which is also classified as a “Pueblo Mágico“. During a guided city tour of this extraordinary city you will be shown the most important highlights. Valladolid is sure to enchant you.
|Day 12: Valladolid – Tulum||
Today you will go to the beautiful Cliffside Maya city of Tulum. There is a spectacular view of the ocean from this archaeological site. Take this opportunity to relax and enjoy the idyllic Caribbean coast.
|Day 13: Tulum – Playa del Carmen||
Today’s destination is called Playa del Carmen. Spend the whole day at the beach if you like, swimming or relaxing in the shade. You can enjoy the evening in one of the town’s various bars and enjoy a typical Mexican drink.
|Day 14: Playa del Carmen||
Spend your last day entirely as you wish. Relax at the beach, go shopping or pick up some final souvenirs for friends and family at home. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious Mexican dinner and one of the town’s many delicious restaurants.
|Day 15: Depart Playa del Carmen||
Today your Cuba – Mexico Round-trip tour ends. Spend the morning at your leisure before heading to the international airport of Cancun.
|Meals:||14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & Air-conditioned Private Car or Van|
|Flights:||Flight Ticket: Havana - Cancun|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking Guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
Costa Rica & Nicaragua
Venture to the heart of Central America starting to discover Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Start the experience in the Manuel Antonio National Park with its beautiful beaches and wildlife. head north along the Pacific Coast to Monteverde Cloud Forest with its hanging bridges for flora and fauna observation. Continue north west to Rincon de la Vieja National Park to explore its wildlife, the mud pools and hotsprings. Then cross the border into Nicaragua to the beautiful Ometepe Island, located inside Lake Nicaragua. continue by car to colonial Granada, the Masaya Volcano and then onto Leon, another colonial jewel of Nicaragua. The tour concludes in Managua.
|Day 1: Arrive San Jose||
Welcome! Upon your arrival at San José International Airport our English-speaking representative will greet you and assist you on arrival. At this time you will be provided a short briefing and an informative travel handout.
|Day 2: San Jose – Manuel Antonio National Park||
A transfer will take you down to the Pacific Coast. Short time before you left the capital the close Pacific Ocean as well as the Nicoya Peninusla with some small islands can already be seen. Between Jacó and Manuel Antonio you may observe the large Palm Tree plantations ‘la palma africana’ which is an important source to produce cooking oil. Your hotel lies on a slope around 140m above the Ocean allowing breathtaking views. There is a free shuttle to the beach at fixed times.
|Day 3: Manuel Antonio National Park||
Visit the smallest National Park of our country. A local guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in company with other guests. Many animals can be seen such as sloths, birds, kongos and of course the mono-titis. The morning hours are the best to observe nature! Do not miss the twilight tour at the hotel’s own Reserve (entrance to be paid on the spot).
|Day 4: Manuel Antonio National Park – Monteverde||
After breakfast a transfer takes you back north and after about 2 ½ hours start to climb up the mountains to get to the cloud forest region of Monteverde. The climate on 1500m above sea level is very pleasant, a bit chilly at night. The hotel garden’s invite for a walk. The village itself is located less than 2km from the hotel. Nevertheless there are several bars and restaurants in walking distance.
|Day 5: Monteverde||
The best way to explore and take advantage of this superb region is to hike across the famous suspension bridges. A transfer will pick you up and drives you to the entrance of the bridges. Amazing views across the tree tops and even down onto the Pacific Ocean await you. The afternoon is at your leisure, why not visiting the frog or snake museum? Or a humming bird and butterfly garden? There is also one at Selvatura. (Optional).
|Day 6: Monteverde – Rincon de la Vieja||
In the morning a shuttle bus (shared transfer) picks you up at the hotel. Your journey continues down towards the Panamerican Highway, towards the north. 30min north of Liberia, the road winds up the hill of the impressive Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. As the climate in this region is influenced by the dry winds from the north-west, the country side in some parts can be compared to the wild-west.
|Day 7: Rincon de la Vieja||
A great day awaits you: horses can be seen everywhere in this area. Today explore it on the back of a horse, accompanied by a local guide and possibly other guests on a tour towards a nice waterfall. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to relax and walk across the wide property where also bubbling mud holes can be observed as well as Sulphur Rivers.
|Day 8: Rincon de la Vieja – Penas Blancas (Nicaragua Border)- Ometepe island||
An early transfer picks you up at the hotel by 8am. Drive towards the border to Nicaragua where you arrive at around 10.30am. Private Transfer from Peñas Blancas border to San Jorge’s port, located at Rivas. Upon arrival at San Jorge , you will board a one hour ride ferry that will take you to the breast of Ometepelt (Ometepe). A local transportation will be waiting for us and will take us on an approximately 1 hour transfer to San Juan de la Isla Hotel. From the moment you arrive to Ometepe you realize that you are in a different world, unique in its kind. The presence of the Volcanoes is constant as life circles around these two colossuses of nature. The Concepción is a dormant volcano and the Maderas is extinct volcano covered by a deep cloud forest and a lagoon on the top of the crater. The Island was a ceremonial place for ancient Indian culture; because of this many petroglyphs and stone idols are found in different archaeological sites and in the Altagracia town. Ometepe is a soft adventure place. In the hotel you will have the lunch & dinner.
|Day 9: Ometepe Island||
Breakfast at the hotel. Then you will do a Maderas Volcano Hike.
|Day 10: Ometepe Island||
Breakfast at hotel San Juan de la Isla, followed by a full day biking tour to Ometepe Island. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the most interesting places of the island, you will visit the town called Altagracia with its charming little church, the museum ,the stone statues , the mysterious Charco Verde & Numismatic Museum. Lunch in Hotel Villa Paraíso included on the tour. Overnight at San Juan de la Isla Hotel,
|Day 11: Ometepe Island - Granada||
Breakfast at hotel San Juan de la Isla, followed the Private guided transfer from Ometepe to Granada colonial city. Rest of the afternoon at leisure to rest or to know the town on your own.
|Day 12: Granada||
Full Day tour to Granada City and the White Towns. The colonial city of Granada was founded by Captain Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in the year 1524. It was built next to the Mombacho volcano and the great lake of Nicaragua. Named after the city of Granada in Spain, this city has plenty of colonial churches, narrow streets and large homes with beautiful indoor patios, tiled roofs and pretty colonial colors. Upon arrival, we will have a sightseeing tour and later arrive at the main plaza for our walking tour of the surrounding area. We will see the famous “Casa de Los Tres Mundos” and the San Francisco convent. Here, we will have the opportunity to see and take pictures of mysterious idols made by our ancestors. This is an impressive collection of genuine pre-Columbian sculptures in human and animal shapes. During the tour we will learn about the history of the city, and the adventures of filibuster William Walker, who invaded the city in the year 1855. We will learn about the civil wars that basically destroyed the city in the past. At the same time, we will witness the current restoration process which only makes the city even more attractive. Due to the historical and cultural value of the city, it is in the process of being declared a heritage of mankind by UNESCO. Then, we will continue to Lake Nicaragua for a relaxing boat ride around some of the islands formed by the impressive Mombacho volcano. See the volcanic evidence and influence of the area. Enjoy great landscape views and wildlife and of course have a chance to take pictures. Then they will take the lunch in a local restaurant in Granada. In the afternoon we will go to the small twons, were given their name in the early colonial period because the Spaniards decided to paint their homes in white. Nowadays “white towns” is a part of Nicaraguan folklore. The interesting fact is that each town has its own specialty when it comes to art, food and tradition. In the past, these towns were known as “witch doctor’s towns”, since a lot of the people were shamans and did that for a living. Nowadays, there are not many witch doctors left, but some people suspect that certain individuals in the towns are still devoted to these practices. There is a good balance between the rainy and dry seasons and this combines to make this a beautiful area full of fruits and trees. The landscape is very attractive and people are humble and friendly. We take today’s tour through these towns making strategic stops in the most interesting places. We learn how people make bamboo baskets and furniture and we go by Somoza and Sandino’s native towns. We’ll do shopping in San Juan de Oriente and Catarina (pottery). Here you find beautiful arts and crafts and nurseries with beautiful flowers. We will also see the view from Catarina of the surrounding water and volcano landscape and get to know the Nicaraguan’s character, personality and way of life.
|Day 13: Granada - Leon||
Breakfast at Hotel Colonial. Then We will go to Masaya Volcano and then continue to León. Masaya Volcno is the first national park in the country was established in 1979. The park includes a beautiful volcanic lake known as the “Masaya lagoon”. Upon arrival, we will witness all the influence that volcanic activities have had in the shaping of the zone. Only ten minutes from the entrance we will be able to visit the environmental center, a museum where we can see a model of the park and also see paintings of Nicaraguan artists relating to the history of the volcano. We’ll Learn about the tectonic plates and volcanic regions of the planet and get to know about the flora and fauna of this wildlife refuge. We will continue our trip to the summit of the volcano, where we will get out of our vehicle and walk the few steps to see the Santiago crater, active since 1946. We will also have time to explore the surrounding area and see more volcanic formations, learn about the Aratinga Strenua (amazing birds living in the toxic crater walls) as well as the history of the Spanish priests who explored the volcano and the superstitious beliefs held by the natives who inhabited the area. Then We will continue to León City and take the lunch in a local restaurant.
|Day 14: Leon||
The colonial city of Leon was founded by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in the year 1524 next to Lake Xolotlan and the active Momotombo volcano. There were important indigenous towns in the area. The city was actually built next to the town known as Imabite but in the year 1610 it was moved to its current location after being destroyed by a series of eruptions from the Momotombo volcano and the city was basically buried. That is why the city is called the Central American Pompey. We will begin with the city of Leon to see the main churches including the monumental cathedral, the largest in Central America, located at the main square. We will also see the birdhouse of Ruben Dario, the “Ortiz Gurdian” art gallery and the “El Convento” hotel and its colonial architecture. During the walking tour get to know the historic murals of the city and understand the role played by Leon in the social, economic and political development of Nicaragua. Rest of the afternoon at leisure to rest or to know the town on your own.
|Day 15: Leon - Managua||
The morning at leisure to walk in the town. At the afternoon they will have a private guided transfer from León to Hotel Los Robles in Managua.
|Day 16: Depart Managua||
At convenient time, we will pick you up in a private guided transfer from the hotel to the international airport.
|Meals:||15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & Air-conditioned Private Car or Shuttle vehicle|
|Ferry:||Ferry Ticket: San Jorge - Ometepelt island|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking Guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|