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On The Go Tours / Central America

Journey to Central America, Mexico and Cuba with On The Go Tours

Mayan ruins, lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, charming colonial cities and exotic wildlife make Central America a most enticing destination. Our Central America tours take in the highlights of Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Cuba. Our adventurous small group tours in Central America, Mexico and Cuba are escorted by a tour leader and range from 8 to 22 days in duration. You'll stay in simple accommodation and use public transportation which ensures you have a truly authentic travel experience, with plenty of interaction with the locals.

Styles of Travel to Central America

Chichen Itza | Mexico

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Combine Costa Rica and Panama
From wonderful wildlife to the Panama Canal

As one of the most biologically diverse places on earth, Costa Rica is a nature lover's paradise and you'll spot wonderful wildlife in misty Monteverde Cloud Forest, beautiful Manuel Antonio and Tortuguero National Park. For an exciting Central American twin centre tour, discover the delights of Costa Rica and Panama, visiting the tranquil Bocas del Toro Islands, where lush tropical rain forests, meet beautiful deserted beaches and ending your tour in cosmopolitan Panama City - home of the famous Panama Canal.

Explore Central America, Mexico and Cuba

Central America Group Tours

Escorted by a tour leader, our small group tours of Central America range from 8 to 22 days. Taking in the highlights of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Cuba, you can select from tours that focus on one country or longer multi-country itineraries that cover more of the region. Staying in simple hotels, using public transportation and getting to know local people along the way, you'll be assured of a truly authentic travel experience in Central America. read more

Wild Costa Rica

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Spend 9 exhilarating days experiencing the wonders of Costa Rica - a...

Cancun to Antigua

10 days | FROM USD $1,439

From Cancun to Antigua, explore the delights of Mexico, Belize and on...

Footsteps of the Mayans

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Costa Rica Calling

14 days | FROM USD $2,099

From San Jose discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica. Relax on the...

Viva La Cubana!

8 Days | FROM USD $1,329

Head west from Havana and walk through tobacco fields, meet friendly a...

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Complete Cuba

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Central America Private Tours

In Central America we offer a select range of private tours in Costa Rica that combine your choice of accommodation with transport to get you from A to B and the option to do as little or as much as you please in the places visited.

Picture of a sandy beach in Manuel Antonio in Costa RicaTailored To Suit You

Tico Traveller

9 Days | FROM USD $1,279

Depart San Jose and explore some of Costa Rica's key sites including...

Costa Rica | Central AmericaTailored To Suit You

Costa Rica Coast to Coast

12 Days | FROM USD $2,879

Spend 12 exciting days seeing Costa Rica from both coasts. Visit the A...

Arenal Volcano | Costa Rica | Central AmericaTailored To Suit You

Pura Vida!

14 Days | FROM USD $5,129

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Central America Tour Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on 7 recent reviews — See All Central America Reviews


One of the most memorable weeks in my life, it was excellent thank you!”  

• Submitted 13 Jan 2016

I think the tour stayed one day too long in La Fortuna and Tourtugera. Otherwise I loved it.

Cesar was great, went out of his way to help me on the tour and with advice for the remainder of my trip”  

• Submitted 14 Dec 2015

This tour was fantasti! If it's a quick look at some of the most amazing places in Cuba to see then this is the trip! You get a real Cuban experience by staying with the locals in Vinales, who are so welcoming and hospitable. There is ample down time, short travelling times in the comfort of a private tour bus and time to take in all the sights and sounds! ”  

• Submitted 8 Nov 2015

Highlights of our tours to Central America, Mexico and Cuba

In Mexico visit the magnificent Mayan ruins of Teotihuacan, Palenque and Chichen Itza. Soak up the Caribbean vibe in Belize and enjoy some R&R on the beautiful island of Caye Caulker. Highlights of Guatemala include Lake Atitlan, one of the world’s most beautiful lakes and magnificent Tikal, regarded as the greatest city of the Maya world. Get off the beaten track in Nicaragua - home to the colourful colonial town of Granada on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. In neighbouring Honduras you can explore the magnificent ruined city of Copan and relax on Roatan Island, with its palm-fringed lagoons and deserted white sand beaches. Or Wing your way over to the Caribbean island of Cuba, with its fascinating history, bevy of beautiful beaches and eclectic capital.

Focus on Costa Rica: Some of our top picks

Our Top Pick for Costa Rica
#1 La Fortuna

Once a simple agricultural town, the charming La Fortuna now serves as a thriving centre of tourism thanks to its incredible position at the foot of the 1633m-tall Arenal Volcano. As one of the most active volcanoes in a...

Our Pick for Costa Rica
#2 Monteverde
Our Pick for Costa Rica
#3 Central Valley
Our Pick for Costa Rica
#4 San Jose
Our Pick for Costa Rica
#5 Tortuguero

Our guide to travelling through Central America

From visas to when to travel, our handy travel guide covers everything you need to know about travelling to Central America.

Manuel Antonio NP | Costa Rica

Best time to visit

Tips on the best time to visit Central America


Central American Visas

Info on visa requirements for travel to Central America

Arenal Volcano | Costa Rica | Central America

Style of Group Travel

More about our group tours to Central America

Leon Central Square | Nicaragua | Central America

Central America Reviews

Recent reviews from our travellers to Central America

Get to know Central America

Recommended Reading

  • Time Among the Maya
    by Ronald Wright
  • Enrique's Journey
    by Sonia Nazario
  • Inevitable Revolutions
    by Walter LaFeber
Did you know...?

Facts about Central America

  • Three-fifths of Central America's population is of mixed European and Indian heritage, known as Mestizos.
  • There is no spot in Central America more than 125 miles (200 kilometers) from the ocean.
  • Located on the Ring of Fire, Central America includes over 70 volcanoes, 30 of which are active.

Central America Travel Advice:

We closely monitor the latest travel guidance on Central America and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates for the countries in Central America you are travelling to from the relevant advisory body in your country. For more specific country information, please refer to the relevant destination page on our website.

Online travel resources for Central America:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Bradt, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

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Active Days, Rustic Nights OTG Adventure

Active Days, Rustic Nights

Our OTG Adventure takes you to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of OTG Signature Range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.

OTG Adventure takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.

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Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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