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Gap Year in Central America

An undiscovered traveller's gem

You just won’t believe it … spanning eight countries you will find 300-plus volcanoes, two long tropical coasts, one with chilled-out Caribbean vibes and the other with monster Pacific swells, magnificent Mayan ruins, bustling markets and flourishing farms… it doesn’t get much better and yes we get it – we see what all the fuss is about. Welcome to Central America.

Like its southern neighbour this part of the world has a geography for adventure and you’ll find yourself on many a jungle canopy zip wire eyeballing a howler monkey, or white water rafting down the rapids.

But it’s not all about nature, the culture here is mind blowing… today you will experience a great mix of chilled Caribbean, Spanish siestas and Congo drumbeats all rubbing along with the Mayan history which weaves from Mexico to Honduras - preserved by the shade of the jungle, 5 spectacular ruins have survived. The best one of all being the lost temples of Tikal, soaring above the Guatemalan jungle canopy. Expect a spine-tingling moment as you step back 4000 years. This is what Central America is all about.

Central America
Central America

What are you looking to do?

We have 2 programs in Central America: Costa Rica and Guatemala. They both have a very hip distinct Spanish, Caribbean vibe to them making them all the more attractive to the traveller looking for adventure and fun - and I mean great fun. Costa Rica and Guatemala have turtle and forest conservation intertwined with community development.

Travelling around Central America

In all honesty it's easy to travel about Central America - it's fairly geared up for travellers, and some of the countries have a well-trodden backpacker route. The blogs below will help kick-start your research.

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