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BACKPACKING ACTIVITIES CENTRAL AMERICA

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Backpacking Central America
 


Included Experiences

1. Mexico City - Hidden Teotihuacan & Dinner
2. Oaxaca - Hierve El Agua, Mitla & Tule Day Trip
3. San Cristobal - Sumidero Canyon Experience
4. Palenque - Palenque, Agua Azul & Misol-ha
5. Merida / Cancun - Chichen Itza Day Trip
6. Panajachel - Maya Home Stay Experience 2D/1N
7. Antigua - Pacaya Volcano Trek
8. Lanquin - Semuc Champey & Kanba Caves
9. Flores - Tikal Early Morning Day Tour
10. Monteverde - Canopy Zip-line
11. Panama City - San Blas Islands 3D/2N

Manuel Antonio - National Park Day Trip
La Fortuna - Arenal Volcano Trek & Hot Springs
Monteverde - Horseback Riding


 
1. Hidden Teotihuacan and Family Dinner
  Experience Teotihuacan in the most authentic way by walking through the archaeological site and then discovering the surrounding neighborhood streets.  In order to avoid the morning crowds, we will begin our adventure in the afternoon by hopping on public transportation to reach the Teotihuacan pyramids.  Upon arrival, we will start with an introduction to this intriguing site and a visit to the murals museum.  Inside the archaeological site you can climb to the top of the moon and sun pyramids for breathtaking views over the complex.  Afterward, we will visit a local village for unique insights to their way of life.  We will learn about "pulque" (a sacred drink), see a workshop that still produces tools made of original materials once used by the Teotihuacanos, visit a local family project that produces original products from cactus and finally finish our day having a homemade Mexican dinner at a local family home.

Included:
Public transportation, bilingual guide, "pulque" samples, cactus products samples and family dinner

Not Included:
Entrance fee ($5 USD), drinks, souvenirs & gratuities

 

2. Oaxaca - Hierve El Agua, Mitla & Tule Day Trip
  Explore the amazing petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua and go for a swim in the natural pools. Visit a gigantic 2,000 year-old tree in Tule and then gaze at beautiful carved stone structures in the Zapotec ruins of Mitla. Learn the process of making woolen rugs by hand in a local village and sip Mezcal, a popular Mexican liquor, at a local factory.

Included:
Transportation, Bilingual Guide.

Not Included:
Entrance Fees: Hierve el Agua ($5 USD) and Mitla ($5 USD), Lunch.

 

3. San Cristobal - Sumidero Canyon Experience
  Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring Sumidero Canyon on a boat trip to enjoy the sight of impressive waterfalls, enter mystical caves and see the cliff where Chiapanec Warriors committed suicide as Spanish Conquistadores threatened them to surrender. Pass through the pretty colonial town of Chiapa de Corzo on your way back to San Cristobal.

Included:
Transportation, Boat Ride & Entrance Fee.

Not Included:
English Speaking Guide, Lunch.

 

4. Palenque - Agua Azul, Misol-ha & Palenque
  Swim in the refreshing waters of the multi-tiered limestone waterfalls in Agua Azul and take a walk in nature. At Misol-Ha the river plunges 40 meters over the edge of a cliff offering you the chance to walk in the caves behind the stream. Explore the ancient Maya city of Palenque and climb the pyramids to look out over the lush green jungle setting.

Included:
Transportation, Entrance Fees.

Not Included:
English Speaking Guide, Lunch.

 

5. Merida - Chichen Itza Ruins
  Learn about the ancient ways of life in this well-preserved Mayan citadel with an English speaking guide. Ponder the disappearance of this archaeological site’s former inhabitants while you walk around these pre-Hispanic ruins. Recently added to the list of the 7 World Wonders, this is a site you don’t want to miss!

Included:
Transportation, English Speaking Guide.

Not Included:
Lunch (Optional buffet $120 pesos), Optional Activity Cenote Ik Kil ($70 pesos), Entrance Fee to Chichen Itza Archaeological Site ($185 pesos).

 

6. Panajachel - Maya Home Stay Experience (1 Night)
  This home stay will give you a genuine insight into the everyday lives of a local Guatemalan family from the Kakchiquel Indigenous group in San Jorge La Laguna, near Lake Atitlan. Learn about their unique traditions and customs as you join your host family for dinner and let them show you around town.

Included:
1 night’s stay with local family in shared accommodation, Day 1 Dinner & Day 2 Breakfast.

Not Included:
Transportation $3 USD, Bottled Water, Gift for local family.

 

7. Antigua - Pacaya Volcano Trek
 

Brag to your friends about trekking a live volcano after hiking up the steep slopes of the Pacaya Volcano to reach a moon-like landscape of dried lava with panoramic views of nearby volcanoes above the clouds. Take unforgettable photos of neighboring volcanoes peeking through the clouds in a breathtaking landscape.

Included:
Transportation & Local Guatemalan Guide. (Spanish only)

Not Included:
Lunch, Bottled Water & Entrance Fee to Pacaya Volcano ($7 USD)

 

8. Lanquin: Semuc Champey & Kanba Caves
  Hike through the mysterious caves of Kamba, which are filled with extraordinary limestone formations. Enjoy free time to swim in the crystalline waters of Semuc Champey, where you will find natural pools filled with fresh mountain spring water above a 300-meter long limestone bridge immersed in a pristine lush jungle setting.

Included:
Transportation & English Speaking Guide.

Not Included:
Flashlight, Lunch & Entrance Fees to the National Parks ($15 USD)

 

9. Flores - Tikal Early Morning Tour
  Experience the jungle as it comes alive in the early hours of the morning. Learn about this former Maya citadel, once the largest and most powerful civilization in Meso-America, by exploring this archaeological site and taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at the majestic pyramids hidden away in the jungle.

Included:
Transportation & English Speaking Guide.

Not Included:
Lunch & Entrance Fee ($25 USD)

 

10. Monteverde - Canopy Zip-line
 

Swing through the treetops on a zip line tour along 14 different cables and if you’re lucky catch an awesome view of the Pacific Ocean and Lake Nicaragua on a clear day. Catch a glimpse of diverse and beautiful flora and fauna. Fly alongside wild quetzals and native birds on the optional 1 kilometer-long Superman Cable.

*This activity is also included in Costa Rica flexi-passes.

Included:
Transportation, Zip-line & English speaking guide.

Not Included:
Lunch & Optional Superman Cable ($5 USD)

 

11. Panama City - San Blas Islands 3 Days / 2 Nights
  Find your own slice of paradise in the San Blas Islands owned by the Kuna Yala indigenous group. Snorkel around your host island in crystal clear Caribbean waters or take a boat ride to visit the traditional Kuna Yala village where you can learn about their unique way of life and help out by purchasing handicrafts before heading back to the mainland.

Included:
4x4 Transportation, Boat to Islands, Shared Dorm-Style Cabin, 3 Meals a day.

Not Included:
Entry Taxes: San Blas Islands & Port Fee ($10 usd), Kuna Yala Village ($4 usd), Extra water and snacks.

 

Manuel Antonio - National Park Day Trip
 

Explore the tranquil white-sand beaches and turquoise-colored bays in this pristine national park. Hike through the mangrove swamps in the rainforest where you can spot monkeys, sloths, crabs, iguanas and over 180 bird species. Escape civilization for a day by lounging on a virgin beach and enjoying a picnic lunch.

(Available for Costa Rica Flexi-Passes Only)

Included:
Transportation, Small Brunch, Fruit & Juice, English Speaking Guide, Entrance Fee to National Park.

Not Included:
Drinks, Extra Excursions (Rafting/Kayaking), Tips.

 

La Fortuna - Arenal Volcano Trek & Hot Springs
 

Take an easy evening hike to the foot of Arenal Volcano for the unique experience of hiking on solid lava terrain with a cloud of smoke rising in the air overhead. Relax in the therapeutic Baldi Hot Springs where you can soak for hours before returning home.

(Available for Costa Rica Flexi-Passes Only)

Included:
Transportation, English Speaking Guide, Entrance Fees & Buffet Dinner.

Not Included:
N/A

 

Monteverde - Horseback Riding
 

See incredible views of the Nicoya Gulf, Rio Tempisque and the northern region of Costa Rica from horseback as you ride through a private 50 hectare ranch just outside Monteverde through lush green forests and among coffee and banana plantations.

(Available for Costa Rica Flexi-Passes Only)

Included:
Transportation & Horseback Ride.

Not Included:
Lunch & Drinks.

 

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