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Ultimate Central America - Intrepid Travel
Ultimate Central America - Intrepid Travel
Rather poor
1 review
Starts
Mexico City
Destinations
+32
Ends
Panama City
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Start in Mexico City and end in Panama City! With the in-depth cultural tour Ultimate Central America, you have a 58 day tour package taking you from Mexico City to Panama City and through Mexico City, Mexico and 31 other destinations in Latin America. Ultimate Central America includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.
Age range
15 to 70 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Home-stay, Camping, Sleeper Bus
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Boat, Mini-coach

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    Written on November 6, 2015
    2.0 - Rather poor

    We took this tour because we felt it may be difficult to travel independently and safely through Central America. Intrepid promised a real experience - local transport, trips to local restaurants and interaction with locals. This tour was split between two guides Edwin and Rafa. Rafa was always pressurizing the group to take expensive transport and tour upgrades with little alternative. Also taking the group to expensive restaurants and recommending no alternatives. He was also poor with information and badly organised. Edwin though very nice and generally very helpful was flawed as a guide. He gave a huge amount of repetitive information - every travel day after a long tiring journey Edwin would arrive at the hotel sit everyone in the lobby and talk for about an hour giving often unnecessary information on locations when all people wanted to do was get to their rooms - he would deliberately withold wifi passwords and room keys so we would be forced to listen to him speak. When challenged on this he became difficult to deal with and ignored concerns. Edwin spent 80-100 hours repeating the same information over and over and even explained in detail how to use a traffic light to cross the road. In the whole tour one day was spent at a local village. Only one day was spent on genuine local transport and the guides took us to extremely expensive tourist restaurants with low quality and certainly not local food. So the genuine local experience was pretty much non existent. Nearly all the transport was private - minibus, not particularly comfortable and a constant pressure from guides to tip drivers at the end of each journey. Being private transport we were disapointed not to stop and look at the amazing scenery - there was one stop on the entire trip for a photo opportunity, despite requests to our guides. The majority of trip felt more like a beach holiday as much of the time was spent on beach resorts. We were sold one trip by Intrepid this effectively four separate trips aimed at people on short holidays not people travelling for 60 days. The disjointed nature of the trip while waiting for new people to join wastes time and as the guides are constantly catering for new people makes for a very repetitive where you constantly go to beaches and places areas you would not normally do on a single trip. We were delighted to leave the trip in Panama and believe this was the feeling of many people that travelled with us. The amalgamation of various tour companies to the one Intrepid company led to a total mismatch ages from 18-65 causing friction in the group. This made it hard for the guides. On a positive note the accomodation was in the most part really good as on all intrepid tours, I would recommend some of Intrepids individual tours - but not a long one and not the Honduras/Nicaragua/Costa Rica.
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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1: Mexico City
  • Day 2: Mexico City
  • Day 3: Puebla
  • Day 4: Puebla
  • Day 5: Oaxaca
  • Day 6-7: Oaxaca/Overnight Bus
  • Day 8: San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Day 10: Palenque
  • Day 11: Palenque/Overnight Bus
  • Day 12: Merida
  • Day 14: Chichen Itza/Playa del Carmen
  • Day 15: Playa del Carmen
  • Day 16: Tulum
  • Day 17: Tulum
  • Day 18: Caye Caulker
  • Day 19: Caye Caulker
  • Day 21: San Ignacio
  • Day 22: San Ignacio
  • Day 23: Tikal
  • Day 24: Rio Dulce
  • Day 25: Rio Dulce
  • Day 26: Antigua
  • Day 27: Chichicastenango/San Jorge La Laguna
  • Day 28: Panajachel
  • Day 29: Antigua
  • Day 30: Antigua
  • Day 31: Copan
  • Day 32: Suchitoto
  • Day 33: Suchitoto
  • Day 34: El Cuco
  • Day 35: El Cuco
  • Day 36: Leon
  • Day 37: Granada
  • Day 38: Granada
  • Day 39: Ometepe Island
  • Day 40: Ometepe Island
  • Day 41: Monteverde
  • Day 42: Monteverde
  • Day 43: La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Day 44: La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Day 45: San Jose
  • Day 46: San Jose
  • Day 47: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Day 48: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Day 49: Bocas del Toro/Isla Colon
  • Day 50: Bocas del Toro
  • Day 51: Boquete
  • Day 52: Boquete
  • Day 54: Santa Catalina
  • Day 55: Santa Catalina
  • Day 56: Panama City
  • Day 57: Panama City
  • Day 58: Panama City

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    Vaccinations

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    Typhoid
    Recommended for Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, 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, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Recommended for Panama. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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    Location
    Mexico City is the starting point and Panama City is the endpoint.
    Hold my space
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    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm this Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 56 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 11 December 2017 the full payment of $5,190 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $5190 for Ultimate Central America, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 4,924 km.
    • Mexico City (Mexico)
    • 42 km
    • Teotihuacan (Mexico)
    • 99 km
    • Puebla (Mexico)
    • 267 km
    • Oaxaca (Mexico)
    • 442 km
    • San Cristobal (Mexico)
    • 110 km
    • Palenque (Mexico)
    • 455 km
    • Merida (Mexico)
    • 114 km
    • Chichen Itza (Mexico)
    • 155 km
    • Playa del Carmen (Mexico)
    • 61 km
    • Tulum (Mexico)
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