Essential Central America

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Essential Central America - Geckos Adventures
Essential Central America - Geckos Adventures
3 reviews
Playa del Carmen


  • Explore Mayan ruins in Tulum
  • Snorkel with the fish in Caya Caulker
  • Camp amongst the Tikal ruins
  • Make chocolate in Antigua
Age range
18 to 29 year olds
Hotel, Home-stay, Camping, Lodge
Max Group Size
Boat, Local Transport, Private Vehicle
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Adventure
Start in Playa del Carmen and end in Antigua! With the in-depth cultural tour Essential Central America, you have a 17 day tour package taking you from Playa del Carmen to Antigua and through Playa del Carmen, Mexico and 8 other destinations in Latin America. Essential Central America is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • Essential Central America reviewer 1
    Written on May 26, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    The itinerary is great, I felt we spent the right amount of days at each place. Taking into consideration that the hotels were meant to be basic, I found some of them to be better than I expected. Transportation was varied between large/small mini-buses and public bus. They were all comfortable and travel time was no longer than 4-5 hours between destinations. Our guide Jorge was amazing. He had a vast amount of knowledge about every destination and was very informative on the optional activities. He's a very experienced guide and knows people in each of the destinations so I feel he was able to recommend the best experiences at the best prices. He was determined to make sure we enjoyed our trip and was even flexible with the itinerary making it possible for us to take a 2-day hike to volcano Acatenango. He is very organized and was very engaged with every member of our group. He arranged evening group meetings to inform us of travel plans before going to another destination and joined us for dinner every day. I'd definitely recommend this tour.
    Geckos Adventures commented on this review
    HI Jean, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time in Central America! We'll pass along your feedback to our global team (including Jorge) who I'm sure will be very happy to hear it. Hope to see you on another trip with us again soon! Kind regards, Geckos
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  • Essential Central America reviewer 2
    Written on January 8, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Had the greaest time a single guy could have. Spent my birthday and Christmas with some of the world's nicest people and got to see some amazing sights. José Luis was our tour guide and I will never forget how knowledgeable, helpful, kind, and hilarious he was. I travel a lotand hands down wasthe greatest 18 days of my life. I would do it all over again and again if I had the time off of work to doso. Thank you to everyone involved in this trip. You guys rocked my socks off!!! See youagain soon Ihope.
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  • AZ
    Written on March 11, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Edith has been a very nice guide who really knew all the places and what to do, she gave us a lot of great advices and she is really funny and entertaining. Also great trip to do
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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 5-6: Caye Caulker
  6. Day 7: San Ignacio
  7. Day 8: San Ignacio
  8. Day 9: Tikal National Park
  9. Day 10: Rio Dulce
  10. Day 11: Rio Dulce
  11. Day 12: Antigua
  12. Day 13: Chichicastenango / San Jorge La Laguna
  13. Day 14: Panajachel
  14. Day 15: Antigua
  15. Day 16: Antigua
  16. Day 17: Antigua

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  • Accommodation

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  • Guide

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  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Flights

  • Insurance

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Mexico, Belize and GuatemalaBelize and GuatemalaGuatemala


Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.


These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Recommended for Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Recommended for Belize and Guatemala. 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. Ideally 10 days before travel.


Playa del Carmen is the starting point and Antigua is the endpoint.
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Covering a total distance of approx 1,058 km.
  • Playa del Carmen (Mexico)
  • 61 km
  • Tulum (Mexico)
  • 281 km
  • Caye Caulker (Belize)
  • 129 km
  • San Ignacio (Belize)
  • 90 km
  • Flores (Guatemala)
  • 44 km
  • Tikal (Guatemala)
  • 321 km
  • Antigua (Guatemala)
  • 59 km
  • Chichicastenango (Guatemala)
  • 23 km
  • Panajachel (Guatemala)
  • 50 km
  • Antigua (Guatemala)

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