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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, Lodge, Sleeper Bus
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Boat, Local Transport, Mini-coach, Ferry
Travel style
In-depth Cultural

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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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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Mexico City
  2. Day 2: Mexico City
  3. Day 3: Puebla
  4. Day 4: Puebla
  5. Day 5: Oaxaca
  6. Day 6: Oaxaca
  7. Day 7: Oaxaca / Overnight Bus
  8. Day 8: San Cristobal de las Casas
  9. Day 9: San Cristobal de las Casas
  10. Day 10: Palenque
  11. Day 11: Merida
  12. Day 12: Merida
  13. Day 13: Merida
  14. Day 14: Chichen Itza / Playa del Carmen
  15. Day 15: Playa del Carmen
  16. Day 16: Tulum
  17. Day 17: Tulum
  18. Day 18: Caye Caulker
  19. Day 19: Caye Caulker
  20. Day 20: Caye Caulker
  21. Day 21: San Ignacio
  22. Day 22: San Ignacio
  23. Day 23: Tikal
  24. Day 24: Rio Dulce
  25. Day 25: Rio Dulce
  26. Day 26: Antigua
  27. Day 27: Chichicastenango / San Jorge La Laguna
  28. Day 28: Panajachel
  29. Day 29: Antigua
  30. Day 30: Antigua
  31. Day 31: Antigua
  32. Day 32: Copan
  33. Day 33: Copan
  34. Day 34: Suchitoto
  35. Day 35: Suchitoto
  36. Day 36: El Tunco
  37. Day 37: El Tunco
  38. Day 38: Manuel Antonio
  39. Day 39: Manuel Antonio
  40. Day 40: Manuel Antonio
  41. Day 41: Monteverde
  42. Day 42: Monteverde
  43. Day 43: La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano National Park
  44. Day 44: La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano National Park
  45. Day 45: San Jose
  46. Day 46: San Jose
  47. Day 47: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  48. Day 48: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  49. Day 49: Bocas del Toro / Isla Colon
  50. Day 50: Bocas del Toro
  51. Day 51: Boquete
  52. Day 52: Boquete
  53. Day 53: Boquete
  54. Day 54: Santa Catalina
  55. Day 55: Santa Catalina
  56. Day 56: Panama City
  57. Day 57: Panama City
  58. Day 58: Panama City

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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
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 20 November 2018 the full payment of $4,679 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 $4679 for Ultimate Central America, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 4,907 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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