From colonial Antigua to the Caribbean Sea, Maya cities to volcanic valleys, and Pacific beaches, this 3-week odyssey celebrates all the magic of Central America. Handcrafted for your family, this itinerary is filled with destinations and activities to excite every age along with seven quiet beach days. Imagine wildlife safari, volcano walks, mysterious ruins, cobbled plazas, river journeys, and superb accommodation all with your family in mind. Three countries in three weeks will be an adventure...
Antigua – A Horse and Carriage Along the Cobbles
Land in Guatemala and a horse-drawn carriage ride through Antigua will provide an evocative first impression. The carriage is from a forgotten era and the only wheels that ply Antigua’s old center, perfect for your family to roll past the sights while still enjoying privacy. The arrival will feel especially good if you have any apprehension about what to expect in Central America, as you can just sit back in the carriage and take in the impressions from a private vantage point. Earlier today you will land in Guatemala City and be greeted by your guide at the arrivals gate. It will be a one-hour transfer to Antigua, to check-in at your boutique hotel within the pedestrianized area, and then get your bearings with a private horse-drawn carriage tour.
Antigua – The Perfect Introduction to Guatemala
Flores – Culture and Adventure on Lake Peten Itza
Flores – The Mystery of the Mayas at Tikal
San Ignacio – First Impressions of Belize
Day 6 - 7
San Ignacio – A Jungle Wildlife Odyssey for the Whole Family
Placencia – Basking in the Caribbean Sea
Day 9 - 11
Placencia – A Quiet Family Hideout on the Beach
Central Valley – Expressions of Costa Rica
Central Valley – Volcanoes, Cloud Forests, and Coffee Plantations
Arenal – Admiring the Famous Volcano
Day 15 - 16
Arenal – Customizing the Family Adventure in the Heart of Costa Rica
Papagayo Peninsula – Where the Rainforest Meets the Ocean
Day 18 - 19
Papagayo Peninsula – A Pacific Ocean Beach Break
San Jose – Departure
- Take time out as a family with several nights spent relaxing on the white beaches of Placencia, Belize’s most idyllic Caribbean destination
- Explore the mystery and magic of the Mayas, including the jungle city of Tikal and the lesser-known ruins found in Belize
- Embrace the family adventure as you customize the daily program with volcano walking, horse riding, wildlife river safari, cloud forests and something for all ages
- Get your bearings as you begin your Central American odyssey in Antigua in an old cobbled city that is perfect for getting your bearings
- Gaze up at Arenal Volcano from your boutique lodge and spend several nights discovering Central Costa Rica
- Search for unique wildlife on a rainforest adventure near San Ignacio, where the landscape is home to jaguars among other species
- Escape to the Pacific Coast and finish your vacation with several nights on Costa Rica’s Papagayo Peninsula, a stunning retreat that is ideal for families
- Enjoy all of the little charms from the cloud forests in Costa Rica’s Central Valley to culture on Lake Peten Itza
Central America has a little bit of magic for all ages. Finding the ruins of a Maya city deep in the rainforest with howler monkeys guarding crumbled avenues and then lazing away a day on a Caribbean beach with warm shallow waters for the children to safely play in. Feel the excitement of walking on a volcano or canoeing a wildlife-dappled river, or take a horse and carriage ride across the cobblestone of colonial Antigua. This is a region with something for everyone, whether gazing over the Pacific Ocean or wandering through the rainforest.
Your 3-week vacation across three countries is handcrafted for families of all ages and interests, taking in a mix of highlights across Guatemala, Belize, and Costa Rica. There will be lots of action as you travel to seven different destinations, but there will also be plenty of downtimes. Stay on a quiet Caribbean beach in Placencia, and then finish the vacation with several days on a Pacific Ocean beach. There will be something for everyone that makes Central America special in between.
Antigua provides a charming city experience and is a great introduction to the region. Fly direct to Flores for two Guatemalan days amid rainforest and Maya ruins, and then it is a short drive across the border to the beauty of Belize. Enjoy the wildlife and the cultural odyssey along the Macal River before your flight to the Caribbean and Placencia. Fly from Belize City to San Jose where your first Costa Rican destination will be the cloud forests and coffee plantations of Central Valley. Travel north for several days around the Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica’s most iconic destination, and then end your Central America family odyssey at Papagayo Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean. Interested in browsing travelers’ Belize family vacation reviews? Click here for more information.
$5,295 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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