Central America could be a great choice for any holidaymaker looking for some adventure. Head to Mexico, Guatemala or Belize – or even all three – on an organised tour for a truly exciting holiday that has something to offer everyone.
A good way to plan your trip to this part of the world is to look for packages run by experienced travel organisations specialising in adventure holidays.
These tours see the provider do the hard work by booking your accommodation, activities and excursions for you, so you don’t need to worry about arranging these things in advance.
This can be particularly useful if you’ve never been to Central America before. If you’re looking to see as much of the region as possible on your getaway, why not consider choosing one of the Mexico, Guatemala and Belize trips available to see three countries in one go?
Culture, history and much more
Guatemala is a diverse nation known for its lush scenery. For example, head to Izabal – which is known as the green Caribbean of the country – and you will come across a stunning lake containing water that flows into Rio Dulce and then into the Caribbean Sea.
Here, you will be able to sample the local food of the Garifuna culture, as well as some of its music. Another local attraction is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quirigua and, once you’ve soaked up the history of the area, you can then make your way to the beach to relax and work on your tan in the warm sunshine.
Another part of the country worth checking out is the town of Monterrico, which forms part of the Chiquimulilla Channel. You can sample some delicious seafood and try fresh milk right out of a coconut, or simply laze on the beach all day.
You will also be able to pick up a few wonderful mementos of your holiday here, including handmade items like ceramics, baskets, furniture and leather goods.
Another great destination for small group adventure travel tours is Belize. If you love spending time outside, this could be the perfect place to head to, as it is widely regarded as one of the last remaining unspoiled locations in the world.
There are many ancient Mayan sites to be found here, some of which have been excavated, while others are still covered in vegetation. Alternatively, you might want to explore the barrier reef, which is one of the largest to be found on Earth.
Divers and snorkelers will be in their element here, as there are numerous dive sites to choose from, while those who prefer to remain on dry land will be able to enjoy the sight of green tropical rainforest home to lots of birds, plants and exotic flowers.
Visit Mexico on your Central American holiday and you’ll have the chance to learn all about the history of this fascinating country.
Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and San Miguel de Allende are particularly interesting destinations to travel to, as all three participated in the Mexican War of Independence and the revolution of 1910, traces of which can be seen in the streets, churches and walls of each township.
Desert landscapes, silver mines, Baroque churches and nature reserves can all be found in Zacatecas, while party-lovers on Mexico tours might prefer to go to Aguascalientes.
This metropolis hosts numerous fiestas throughout the year, such as the National San Marcos Fair in April and several in October, including the Calaveras Fair and the National Charro Championship.
You will also be able to make your way around the historic Morelos Theater, the cathedral and the government palace while in Aguascalientes. Make sure you visit the old districts of La Estacion, San Marcos, Guadalupe and El Encino for a true taste of the culture of this intriguing destination.
Wherever you go, it is vital you stay safe while in Central America. Being unprepared will make you an easy target for thieves, so you need to make sure you are sensible and keep your wits about you.
Be certain to avoid hitchhiking, and don’t try to travel at night. Do not disclose your travel plans to people you don’t know and ask hotel managers about which parts of the area you’re staying in are safe and which are not.