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Anthony "44 day Mexico to Panama. Only 1 or 2 overnight stops, everywhere else 2-3, travel days were mostly short around 4-5 hours average. Guide was excellent in recommending activity centers and restaurants (where he got no commission or free food that I could see, just an honest recommendation), helping learn Spanish and arranging nights out. Accommodation was mainly basic, simple twin rooms and most ..."
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4 reviews
Starts
Playa del Carmen
Destinations
+23
Ends
Panama City
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Highlights

  • Discover the ruins of Tulum
  • Visit the Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Explore the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave
  • Stay overnight with a local family
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Home-stay, Camping, Lodge
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Boat, Mini-coach
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Adventure
Start in Playa del Carmen and end in Panama City! With the in-depth cultural tour Best of Central America, you have a 44 day tour package taking you through Playa del Carmen, Mexico and 23 other destinations in Latin America. Best of Central America includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • Best of Central America reviewer 1
    Written on March 21, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    No breakfasts were included - it would have been sufficient for all if each establishment could offer coffee, toast, butter, jam and a fruit. Guides were not very forthcoming with interesting facts and history of countries/towns.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Rudolph, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. And thank you for your feedback, we will certainly pass it along. Our Basix trips, such as this one, often don’t include many meals and are advertised as such – this way we are able to keep the trip price down for our passengers on a tighter budget and also give them as much freedom as possible. But we do agree with you that sometimes something as simple as toast and a coffee in the morning goes a long way. If you would like to pass along any further feedback, please feel free to email us at customerrelations@intrepidtravel.com and we'll be happy to help. Hope to see you on another trip with us soon! Kind regards, Intrepid
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  • PG
    Written on December 13, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    Accommodations and transport on the whole were better than expected. The tour I booked on was actually 3 separate tours back to back. Border crossings and charges to cross were 'fluid' with information from Government websites, Intrepid and tour leaders all conflicting making it difficult to trust Intrepid or your leaders and leaving me with the feeling I was being ripped off. Intrepid's management response was less than satisfactory.
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  • J
    Written on June 9, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    The trip was better than expected, specially the accommodations. The guides were variable, from excellent to just satisfactory. The coverage was more than satisfactory and the transport provided was mostly good, with a couple of exceptions when we felt unsafe crossing some waters in small boats. We did not like the late start of some trips to the next destination as it left us very little time to enjoy some places. A minimum stay of two full days is ideal for most of the places covered. Overall, I really enjoyed the trip and I won't hesitate to use the same company again.
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  • AM
    Written on June 23, 2014
    4.0 - Good

    44 day Mexico to Panama. Only 1 or 2 overnight stops, everywhere else 2-3, travel days were mostly short around 4-5 hours average. Guide was excellent in recommending activity centers and restaurants (where he got no commission or free food that I could see, just an honest recommendation), helping learn Spanish and arranging nights out. Accommodation was mainly basic, simple twin rooms and most had 2 double beds, all of them had ensuites and some had free air con, others it was an expensive payable extra (All had fans which were good enough). Some hotels like Roatan and Boquete were amazing. Tour was alot of beach destinations with similar snorkeling/scuba/day trip options which is no surprise. Most unique tour locations were in the mainland revolving around ancient ruins (Tikal was my favourite), jungle activities like zip lining, bungee jumping, atv's etc. and scenery/wildlife tours. Private transport 90% of the time with occasional public buses which were fine as well (guide gave us cheap option to upgrade to private buses on these legs). Private buses were on the smaller side but even as a 6'4 guy I was ok with most having more than the 16 passenger seats required. Food started off heavily Mexican but once away from first couple of countries there was alot more variety. Basic food from $4 to $7, expensive up to $12-$15. Beer from $1 to $3 depending how toursity the area. Some place charged more for sift drink than beer. If you want a party place this tour might not be it, while some large palces (Cancun, Playa, San Jose) have places open all night, alot of the smaller places you go to the town is bascially dead by 10 or 11 and the hotels either dont have bars or dont want you making noise. If you like other substances they ARE everywhere, weed from $5 to $12 a gram, more in cities, less rural. Nobody cared and alot of people did it openly at bars in small towns. Weather was harm and humid every day and that was at the end of the summer season. Only need 1 pair of pants, 1 jumper for occasional stops in mountain places, everywhere else singlets and shorts are fine with no dress code at any bar even in the cites (except Panama City). Enjoy.
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Playa del Carmen
  2. Day 2: Tulum
  3. Day 3: Tulum
  4. Day 4: Caye Caulker
  5. Day 5: Caye Caulker
  6. Day 6: Caye Caulker
  7. Day 7: San Ignacio
  8. Day 8: San Ignacio
  9. Day 9: Tikal
  10. Day 10: Rio Dulce
  11. Day 11: Rio Dulce
  12. Day 12: Antigua
  13. Day 13: Chichicastenango / San Jorge La Laguna
  14. Day 14: Panajachel
  15. Day 15: Antigua
  16. Day 16: Antigua
  17. Day 17: Antigua
  18. Day 18: Copan
  19. Day 19: Copan
  20. Day 20: Suchitoto
  21. Day 21: Suchitoto
  22. Day 22: El Tunco
  23. Day 23: El Tunco
  24. Day 24: Manuel Antonio
  25. Day 25: Manuel Antonio
  26. Day 26: Manuel Antonio
  27. Day 27: Monteverde
  28. Day 28: Monteverde
  29. Day 29: La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano National Park
  30. Day 30: La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano National Park
  31. Day 31: San Jose
  32. Day 32: San Jose
  33. Day 33: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  34. Day 34: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  35. Day 35: Bocas del Toro / Isla Colon
  36. Day 36: Bocas del Toro
  37. Day 37: Boquete
  38. Day 38: Boquete
  39. Day 39: Boquete
  40. Day 40: Santa Catalina
  41. Day 41: Santa Catalina
  42. Day 42: Panama City
  43. Day 43: Panama City
  44. Day 44: Panama City

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Average by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Good by past passengers
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    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Belize. Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Recommended for Panama. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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    Location
    Playa del Carmen is the starting point and Panama City is the endpoint.
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Intrepid Travel to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 25 November 2018 the full payment of $3,423 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $3423 for Best of Central America, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 2,796 km.
    • Playa del Carmen (Mexico)
    • 61 km
    • Tulum (Mexico)
    • 281 km
    • Caye Caulker (Belize)
    • 129 km
    • San Ignacio (Belize)
    • 57 km
    • Tikal (Guatemala)
    • 186 km
    • Rio Dulce (Guatemala)
    • 223 km
    • Antigua (Guatemala)
    • 59 km
    • Chichicastenango (Guatemala)
    • 23 km
    • Panajachel (Guatemala)
    • 50 km
    • Antigua (Guatemala)
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