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Top Travel Ideas for Central America and the Caribbean

From the depths of Central America’s rainforests to its Caribbean shores, these small-group adventures showcase amazing biodiversity, thrilling excursions and the best coffee in the world.
Nick Dauk
26 Mar 2022
Central America is a wonderful holiday destination. In a single weekend you can climb volcanoes, trudge through rainforest and surf multiple coastlines. In a mere week you can crisscross countries, sampling coffee and cuisine as diverse as the lands from which they spring. With Mexico and Colombia bookending this rich landscape, opportunities for adventure are limitless – especially on these Central American and Caribbean trips, bookable with Culture Trip.
2 . Visit ancient temples and swim in wild cenotes on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula

Whatever you desire from a vacation south of the US border, Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula will deliver on this nine-day trip. A dip in a crystal-clear cenote followed by an al fresco barbecue under the stars? Climbing Mayan pyramids before sipping margaritas as the sun sets? Living it up in Cancún’s clubs, then doing nothing but sun worshiping on the beaches of Holbox? Add in a trip to Chichen Itza, a cooking class and a bottle of pox, and you have a truly enriching cultural experience of the Yucatán.

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3 . Take in markets, pyramids, wrestling and a canal cruise in Mexico City

Embrace the party lifestyle in Mexico City, where solo travelers can join a five-day trip, complete with mezcal drinking and lucha libre matches. Start local as you wander markets in search of cold beers and spicy tacos, before working your way through the trendiest bars in Condesa. Expect a quick day trip to the Teotihuacán pyramids; a raucous evening of mezcal and beer at the wrestling; and a visit to Frida Kahlo’s house, before a memorable mariachi-and-margarita-fueled cruise along the Xochimilco canals.

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4 . Soak up the sun on the beaches and rivers of Colombia's Caribbean coast

Young adult vacations and older adult vacations tend to have beach days in common, which is why Colombia’s Caribbean coast is ideal for sun worshipers of all ages. This eight-day trip grants you permission to tan on the country’s pristine beaches, including on a trip to the Rosario Islands, where you’ll find more coral reefs than tourists. You’ll also tackle two rivers – one via boat and another with a river tube – so keep your sunscreen handy.

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Richard Collett contributed to this article.