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Explore Central America with Nikki

Oct 27, 2024 - Nov 7, 2024

Adventure Adventure

$3,449 USD


Explore Central America with Nikki

Oct 27, 2024 - Nov 7, 2024

$3,449  USD


Get ready for a captivating 12-day odyssey across Central America hosted by Nikki Tomlin, where you’ll delve into the region’s vibrant culture, storied history, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Kick off your journey in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where sun-drenched beaches and turquoise waters await. Wander through bustling streets lined with colorful shops, savoring authentic cuisine before exploring the nearby ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum. Marvel at the well-preserved temples and panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, then venture into the enchanting Tulum Cenotes, where crystal-clear waters and striking rock formations create a mesmerizing subterranean world.

Crossing into Belize, head to the laid-back island of Caye Caulker for relaxation on pristine beaches and snorkeling adventures amidst vibrant coral reefs. Continue your journey to San Ignacio, a charming town nestled in Belize’s lush rainforest. Prepare for exhilarating cave tubing as you float along underground rivers amid ancient stalactites and stalagmites. In Guatemala, discover the majestic Tikal National Park, home to towering Mayan pyramids and abundant wildlife. Explore the ancient ruins, soak in the mystical atmosphere, and wander through the picturesque town of Flores.

Our final stop is Antigua, where we’ll embark on an unforgettable overnight hike up Acatenango volcano, where a star-studded sky and the chance to view the neighbouring Fuego volcano erupting provide a fitting finale to your Central American escapade. Throughout your adventure, host Nikki will be on hand to share her own Central American travel experience as well as provide guidance on improving your content creation skills!

12 Days, 11 Nights

Sunday October 27th 2024

Thursday November 7th 2024

Hotel (10 Nights), Camping (1 Night)

Breakfast x 11, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 3

Up to 13 Guests


Accommodation - Hotel (10 Nights), Camping (1 Night)

Meals - Breakfast x 11, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 3

Group Arrival & Departure Transfers

Transport - Air-conditioned Private Vehicle, Local Bus, Ferry

English Speaking Guide

Informal Spanish Lesson

Tulum Guided Walk

Tulum Cenotes

Tulum Mayan Ruins

Caye Caulkner Guided Walk

Caye Caulkner Snorkelling Adventure

Tikal National Park Archaeological Site Tour

Tikal National Park Sunset Tour

San Ignacio Cave Tubing

Acatenango Volcano Overnight Hike & Camp

Personalised Photography/Videography Tuition from Nikki



Travel Insurance (Required)

Meals & Drinks Not Mentioned in Inclusions

Visa/Entry Requirements

Personal Expenses & Tips

Your host

Nikki Tomlin

Hi, I’m Nikki! For as long as I can remember I’ve had a camera in my hand documenting and creating with the world around me, and man has it taken me on a journey. From leaving my small midwest town to go to study photography in a big city to moving to NYC then Austria and back, I’ve lived 1000 lives all leading me to combining my passions into one big dream life; to travel the world with a camera in hand and share that experience with people to inspire them to live their dreams.
I am into just about any kind of traveling and adventure from cruises and luxury stays to the more frequent budget hostels, backpacking adventures, and road trips sleeping in a vehicle. However, what I have learned along the way is that none of those adventures mean anything without the people I meet along the way. Whether I am traveling with someone from the start of a trip or meeting them along the way, the power of human connection has inspired me to continue to see corners of the world I haven’t yet seen. So join me on my next adventure let’s take an unforgettable journey together!


Day 1 Playa del Carmen - Welcome to Mexico!

Welcome to Mexico! ¡Bienvenidos! Your journey commences in the vibrant coastal town of Playa del Carmen. Feel free to arrive a couple of days early to unwind on the picturesque beaches and explore the area at your leisure before the official start of the trip, but our adventure officially kicks off with a welcoming meeting at 6pm at the hotel.

If you arrive ahead of time, consider indulging in activities like snorkeling, cycling, or simply taking a leisurely stroll along the sandy playa (beach).

Tonight, join your host for a delectable dinner experience at a local “taquisa,” where you’ll feast on a variety of mouthwatering tacos, including those filled with freshly caught fish. As you enjoy the flavors of Mexico, your group leader will also provide an informal Spanish lesson, ensuring you can navigate your way through local cuisine and conversations with ease.

Meals included:

  • Welcome Dinner

Included activities:

  • Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson


  • Winday Playa del Carmen or similar

Special information:

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. More information on arrival recommendations will be provided when the trip is confirmed.

Day 2 Explore Tulum

Today, you’ll board a local bus and journey along the scenic Caribbean coast to Tulum, where the essence of laid-back living awaits on the pristine white sands of the Yucatan Peninsula.

We’ll head off on a guided orientation walk led by your host and a local guide, exploring the charming town of Tulum and perhaps visiting one of the most picturesque Maya sites, the Temple of the Frescoes.

Later, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region with a visit to a Cenote, a mesmerizing natural sinkhole filled with crystal-clear water and surrounded by towering limestone rock walls. This is a great place to capture amazing photos, and host Nikki will be on hand to provide you with guidance on how to shoot the most stunning frames.

As the day draws to a close, consider unwinding at a beachside bar, savoring a refreshing margarita while admiring the rhythmic roll of the waves.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Included activities

  • Tulum – Leader-led orientation walk.
  • Tulum – Cenote Visit.


  • Mestizo Gallery Boutique Hotel or similar

Special information

Your travel time today will be approximately 1.5 hours.

Day 3 Caye Caulker

Bid farewell to Mexico and say hello to Belize! Today marks a long travel day, so be sure to snag a window seat if possible or dive into a captivating book to pass the time. It’s also an ideal opportunity to bond with your fellow travelers. Journey by local bus to the border before continuing on to Belize City.

Upon arrival, let the refreshing sea breeze and waves melt away any travel fatigue during a scenic 1-hour speedboat ride to the idyllic island of Caye Caulker. If your idea of paradise includes pristine white sands, azure waters, and swaying palm trees, you’re in for a treat in this tropical haven.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Included activities

  • Caye Caulker – Leader-led orientation walk


  • Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel or similar

Special information

Your travel time today will be approximately 8 hours.

Day 4 Caye Caulker - Snorkelling Adventure

Your time in Caye Caulker is all about embracing the laid-back vibe. They say the pace of life here moves so leisurely that it feels almost reversed!

If you’re a fan of underwater adventures, consider visiting the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, renowned for its Shark Ray Alley and the world’s second-longest barrier reef. Dive into the vibrant underwater world as you snorkel among colorful corals, encountering tropical fish, sharks, and graceful manta rays.

Additionally, explore the charm of neighboring Cayes by embarking on day trips, each island offering its own unique Caribbean allure. As the only English-speaking country in Central America, Belize makes engaging with locals a breeze, adding to the relaxed atmosphere of your island getaway.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Included activities

  • Caye Caulker – Full-day Guided Snorkelling Trip (gear, guide and transport included)


  • Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel or similar

Day 5 San Ignacio

Bid farewell to the island paradise of Caye Caulker and journey back to Belize City by boat, followed by a scenic ride on a local bus to San Ignacio, passing through Belize’s capital, Belmopan, along the way. While the local buses may be a bit simpler compared to those in Mexico, they offer a wonderful opportunity to mingle with locals and immerse yourself in the authentic Belizean way of life.

Upon arrival in San Ignacio, a vibrant town embraced by rushing rivers, cascading waterfalls, and ancient Mayan ruins, you’ll find the perfect hub for exploring the surrounding region. With your afternoon free, consider visiting the Chaa Creek butterfly garden to marvel at the vibrant winged creatures or indulge in the flavors of the region at one of the barbecue street stalls, where you can savor a mouthwatering char-grilled chicken leg for dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast


Midas Hotel or similar

Included activities

  • San Ignacio – Cave tubing (incl. entrance, guide & transport)

Special information

Your travel time today will be approximately 4 hours. You may be required to pay an additional charge of USD 20 per night if you choose to use the air conditioner in your room. Electricity in Belize is incredibly expensive, so most hotels charge an extra rate to use the air conditioning.

Day 6 Tikal National Park

Today, bid farewell to San Ignacio as you cross the border and arrive at the majestic Tikal National Park, often hailed as the Maya Forest. After checking in at your hotel, immerse yourself in the mesmerizing Maya ruins of Tikal. Traverse through the dense jungle foliage, and if you’re up for the challenge, ascend Temple IV for breathtaking views of the expansive canopy below.

As you navigate through the wonders of Tikal, take time to appreciate the intricate details of the ancient structures and the rich biodiversity that thrives within the park. With each step, immerse yourself in the history and cultural significance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, gaining a deeper understanding of the Maya civilization’s legacy. Whether you choose to explore independently or partake in guided activities, Tikal offers a unique chance to connect with the past while embracing the natural beauty of the Guatemalan jungle.

We’ll also enjoy a sunset tour of this spectacular location, providing a perfect opportunity to capture incredible photos and videos, with guidance from Nikki for those that would like it.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Included activities

  • Tikal National Park – Archaeological Site Tour (Entrance fee & Transport)
  • Tikal National Park – Sunset Tour


Las Gardenias Hotel (Multishare) or similar

Special information

Your travel time today will be approximately 4 hours.

Day 7 Rio Dulce

This morning, we’ll swap the lush jungle surroundings for the picturesque lakeside town of Flores. Upon arrival, take some time to enjoy a leisurely lunch and explore the charming town before continuing your adventure. Later, board your private vehicle for the scenic drive to Rio Dulce. Upon reaching your destination, transfer to your hotel by boat, immersing yourself in the serene beauty of the river.

While in Rio Dulce, consider taking advantage of the convenient boat transportation provided by the hotel to explore the town or opt for a short jungle walk. Embrace the laid-back Caribbean atmosphere as you wander through the streets, soaking in the unique ambiance that sets this coastal town apart from its inland counterparts.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast


Hacienda Tijax Hotel or similar

Special information

Your travel time today will be approximately 6 hours.

Day 8 Antigua

Today we’ll travel to Antigua, in preparation for an experience you will never forget – hiking and camping overnight on the Acatenango Volcano!

Antigua itself offers plenty to see – upon arrival, take the opportunity to explore the charming city streets and indulge in some local culinary delights, such as tasty tamales served in corn leaves or pepian, a flavorful meat stew featuring chicken, beef, and pork in a rich, dark sauce. For the best value and authentic flavors, head to the square adjacent to the La Merced Church.

Later in the day at 5pm, we have a briefing meeting with our expert guide for the Acatenango hiking adventure, which sets off tomorrow!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Included Activities

  • Lead Orientation walk
  • Pre-meeting to Climb Acatenango at 5pm


  • Posada Los Bucaros Hotel or similar

Special information

Your travel time today will be approximately 8 hours.

Day 9 Acatenango Volcano Overnight Hike

Get ready… today we set off for a life changing experience, an overnight hiking adventure on the Acatenango Volcano! This expedition isn’t just your average trek—it’s the ultimate thrill-seeker’s dream and currently the hottest ticket in Antigua.

Towering at a staggering elevation of 3976 meters, Volcan “Acatenango” stands proudly as the third highest volcano in Central America, a majestic beast waiting to be conquered. Brace yourself for jaw-dropping vistas and heart-pounding excitement as this epic hike leads you to the summit of Guatemala’s most stunning volcano, offering unparalleled views of the fiery and active Fuego Volcano that will leave you breathless with awe and wonder.

As one of the world’s most active volcanoes, it’s highly likely that Fuego will provide you with a light show after dark before you settle into your camp for the night.

Meals included:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Included activities

  • Acatenango hiking, overnight (includes transport, expert guide, breakfast, lunch, dinner)


  • Acatenango overnight camping

What to bring:

Hiking clothes (a synthetic base layer, fleece, rain jacket and quick drying leggings or shorts), a good
pair of trainers or hiking boots, hat, and sunscreen, snacks and water.

Special information

Your travel time today will be approximately 1hr to Acatenango. Ascent/descent is 5-9 hrs depending on hikers physical condition.


This hike is defined as difficult, and a good/high level of fitness is required to complete it. If you have questions about the required level of fitness, please reach out to host Nikki directly, as she has completed this hike before.

Day 10 Acatenango Sunrise, Antigua

Our day starts early, as we rise with the sun to catch the breathtaking sunrise from the summit of the volcano. After witnessing this awe-inspiring spectacle, indulge in a hearty breakfast to fuel up for the journey ahead. As the morning unfolds, begin the exhilarating descent down the volcano, soaking in the stunning views along the way.

We should be back in Antigua by lunchtime, where you can return to the comfort of your hotel and unwind after this exhilarating experience. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and recover, reflecting on the memories of this incredible adventure.

Meals included

  • Breakfast and lunch


  • Posada Los Bucaros Hotel or similar

Day 11 Explore Antigua

Following breakfast, the day is yours to venture out and explore the vibrant city and its enchanting surroundings at your own pace.

If relaxation is your preference, why not savor a delicious coffee at the bustling main plaza while soaking in the vibrant atmosphere and indulging in a spot of people-watching? Be sure to treat your taste buds to the local flavors by sampling a tamale, a traditional dish served in a corn leaf, or diving into a hearty serving of pepian—a savory concoction featuring chicken, beef, pork, or a tantalizing combination of all three, smothered in a rich, flavorful sauce. For the best value and authentic culinary experiences, head over to the bustling markets near the bus station, where a treasure trove of delicious delights awaits your discovery.

We’ll gather in the evening for a farewell dinner to celebrate our adventure together.

Meals included

  • Breakfast and farewell dinner


  • Posada Los Bucaros Hotel or similar

Day 12 Farewell

Today after a group breakfast, it’s time for this amazing expedition to come to a close.

Fear not though – you’ll still have some time to tick off a few more things in Antigua with its wealth of attractions, from the captivating colonial-style buildings adorned with graceful archways to the towering silhouettes of nearby volcanoes, including “Pacaya,” Agua, and “Jumaytepeque.”

A group airport transfer is included to La Aurora International Airport Guatemala City, and this can be arranged to make sure it works in with everybody’s travel plans.

Trip Photos

Important Notes

Make sure your travel plans allow you to arrive at the accommodation in Playa del Carmen, Mexico by the scheduled guest meeting time. More information on this will be provided once the trip is confirmed.

Be sure to check entry requirements based on the passport that you will be travelling with.

A trip is listed as PENDING until the minimum guest numbers are reached, at which point the trip becomes CONFIRMED. Guests will be notified when a trip becomes CONFIRMED.

Travel insurance is required, and this will need to organised independently. There are a number of travel insurance comparison websites available. We do not recommend organising this until your trip is CONFIRMED. TIP: If you have a credit card there may be travel insurance included as part of your benefits, so check with your bank.

We do not recommend booking flights until your trip is CONFIRMED. The tour will start in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and finish in Antigua, Guatemala which is closest to Guatemala City Airport (GUA) and not to be confused with Antigua & Barbuda Airport (ANU), an island in the Caribbean

We recommend you familiarise yourself with our Booking Terms & Conditions for more information about our booking, deposit and cancellation policies.

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