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Central America travel guide

Get stuck into the Latino way of living with a journey to Central America. From sun-drenched Mexican beaches, emerald green rainforests, colonial cities and a rich history dating back thousands of years, Central America is the perfect example of when culture meets adventure.

Places to go in Central America



Looking for caribbean vibes? Belize is well-known for it's beautiful beaches, incredible diving, and exotic jungle. The exciting hangout for young and fun travellers!

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Steeped in culture and history,mixed with breathtaking landscapes, ancient local customs, and home to the ruins of Tikal. Guatemala is where you go to immerse yourself in local life.

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Costa Rica

Enjoy the tropical rainforests, the impressive volcanoes, the 'slice of paradise' beaches, and the outdoor adventures of Costa Rica! You'll fall in love in an instant.

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The future is bright for Honduras - what was once a place that travellers avoided due to it's negative image, is now an up-and-comer! With Mayan ruins, beautiful diving spots, and impressive national parks (and cheaper than it's neighbours) - have a look at our tours that will take you into this overlooked country.

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A country that's starting to rival the likes of Cancun as a Spring Break destination, Panama is wilderness, tropical vibes, cosmopolitan cities, and stunning scenery, all rolled into one. Go and see what the hype's about.

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Volcanic landscapes and old colonial architecture, mixed with jungle-reefed havens like Little Corn Island, make Nicaragua hard to beat. 

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Top places to visit in Central America

  • City of the Sun
    One of the most iconic locations to visit Mayan ruins is Tulum, which is an ancient Mayan city in Mexico.
  • The Arenal Volcano
    This impressive volcano towers over the north-west region of Costa Rica. You can go hiking, waterfall rappling or take a dip in the hot springs of the national park surrounding it.
  • Lake Nicaragua
    The biggest lake in Central America and where you can take some time out and go bull shark spotting - they grow up to 11 feet in length!
  • Bay Islands of Honduras
    Soak up the laid-back vibes of the Bay Islands - go diving and snorkelling, or just chill out listening to reggae music and wandering the sandy streets.
  • The Hummingbird Highway
    Get your camera out, because this stretch of highway hugs the Maya Mountains, passes through jungles and is host to numerous exciting stop off points for caving and swimming.
  • Tikal
    Another ancient Mayan city, but this time located deep in the jungle of Guatemala. Not only will you visit awe inspiring ruins, you'll also be walking through an incredible rainforest.

Create your INDIvidual adventure

With INDI tailor made you can create your own adventure across Latin America, whether you're just sticking to Central America, South America, or want to combine the two! You choose the dates, destinations and the budget. Use our sample itineraries below for inspiration, or add to them to tailor make your own experience.

Best of the Yucatan

Cancun > Merida > Campeche > Uxmal > Valladolid

From £510

8 days

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Classic Costa Rica

San Jose > Tortuguero > Arenal > Monteverde > Tamarindo > San Jose

From £1,043

13 days

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Classic Cuba Road Trip

Havana > Viñales > Cienfuegos > Trinidad > Cayo Santa Maria > Havana

from £909

12 days

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