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Organizing a hassle-free tour in Central America is a challenge. Transport is the main problem, as the roads and public buses are shabby to say the least. The language barrier is something else to consider when trying to piece together a preplanned itinerary. Often it's best to leave the logistics to the experts. The tour companies below have connections throughout the region, and their staffs can make all of your travel arrangements for you.

  • Ladatco Tours (tel. 800/327-6162; www.ladatco.com) has been providing "pampered adventure" since 1966. The company will put together a personalized tour of any country in Central America, including an epic 12-day tour of the region. It also organizes air-only packages.
  • Far Horizons (tel. 800/552-4575; www.farhorizon.com) offers cultural and archaeological tours of the region and are the experts if you want to unlock the secrets of the Maya civilization.
  • Tara Tours, Inc. (tel. 800/327-0080; www.taratours.com) is one of the most experienced agencies offering package tours to Central America. Tours are personalized based on your interests; some of the specialties here include archaeology and spiritual journeys. In general, the company's package tours are great deals.
  • Condor Journeys and Adventures (tel. 01700/841-318; www.condoradventuresinc.com) is a British company that offers tour packages and active vacations throughout Central America. They also arrange fixed-group tours for individual travelers.
  • Latin Discover (tel. 506/2290-4017; www.latindiscover.com) is a small, high-end operator based in Costa Rica, though it offers tours of the entire region. The company caters to all types of travelers, including honeymooners and independent self-drivers.
  • Tropical Discovery (tel. 305/593-8687; www.tropicaldiscovery.com) conducts private and custom-made tours up and down Central America. You can choose between 1-day volcano hiking or 11-day all-inclusive country tours.
  • Journey Latin America (tel. 020/8747-8315; www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk) is a premier British travel agency offering trips to Central America. The company can arrange airfare and tour packages throughout the region.
  • Adventure Associates (tel. 02/9389-7466; www.adventureassociates.com) is the best source in Australia for high-end package tours to Central America.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.