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Central America Hop On Hop Off

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Central America Hop On Hop Off

Travel from the bohemian metropolis of Mexico City through the Central American heartland to experience La Pura Vida in sunny Costa Rica!

Prices from US$1,545

Independent travel through Latin America made easy with Frontier’s Hop On Hop Off Central American adventure. This action packed tour will take you to the must see sights and top travel highlights as you backpack through this incredible corner of the world. Beginning in Mexico, the epitome of Latin fiesta spirit and home of the Mayans, this journey will take you through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. 

Better yet, with the easy going ‘hop-on, hop-off’ system, you can travel at your own pace and be sure to experience the countries you visit exactly the way you want to.


  • Flexible itinerary
  • Meet fellow travellers
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!


  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over. 


Location Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica
Activities Hidden Teotihuacan & Dinner
Hierve El Agua, Mitla & Tule
Sumidero Canyon Experience
Palenque Ruins and Waterfalls
Maya Homestay Experience (2 days / 1 night)
Pacaya Volcano Trek
Cerro Negro Volcano Boarding
Isletas Day Trip
Monteverde Canopy Zip-line
Accommodation Not included


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice
Advice on visas
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Bus transfers
Hidden Teotihuacan & Dinner
Hierve El Agua, Mitla & Tule
Sumidero Canyon Experience
Palenque Ruins and Waterfalls
Maya Homestay Experience (2 days / 1 night)
Pacaya Volcano Trek
Cerro Negro Volcano Boarding
Isletas Day Trip
Monteverde Canopy Zip-line


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

The Frontier-Central America Hop On Hop Off flexible pass provides a platform for you to explore the world in a new and unique way.

The pass includes both convenient transportation options and exciting activities between Mexico City and San Jose in Costa Rica. You have the flexibility to choose your departure dates and make unlimited changes on the go.

All you have to do is choose a departure date. We strongly believe that the freedom to travel how you want will bring you happiness. It is for this reason that we have a team dedicated to making sure we always have happy travellers, assisting them before, during and after their trip.

We offer you safe and efficient local transportation in each sector. You may travel aboard a public bus, on a train, boat, ferry or a shared shuttle. Whatever the mode of transportation, getting from one point to the next will surely be a memorable experience.

The Central America Hop On Hop Off tour is ideally suited to independent travel so many people travel on their own, however you will always have the chance to meet people on a group trek, transportation, recommended hostels or activities.


Remember that your pass is SUPER FLEXIBLE so once you book you can make as many changes as you want to your itinerary, before or during your trip. This is just a recommended itinerary so you can work out the perfect schedule for your trip depending on the time you have to travel. 

The following is a suggested itinerary that you could follow:

Day 1 - Hidden Teotihuacan & Dinner (Day Tour)  

Day 2 - Mexico City to Oaxaca (Public Bus)

Day 3 - Hierve El Agua, Mitla & Tule Day Trip (Day Tour)

Day 4 - Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido (Public Bus)

Day 5 - Puerto Escondido

Day 6 - Puerto Escondido

Day 7 - Puerto Escondido to San Cristobal (Public Bus)

Day 8 - San Cristobal de las Casas

Day 9 - Sumidero Canyon Experience (Day Tour)

Day 10 - Palenque Ruins, Agua Azul & Misol-Ha Waterfalls and back (Day Tour)

Day 11 - San Cristobal to Panajachel (Hostel Pick-up shuttle)

Day 12 - Maya Homestay Experience 2D/1N (Multi Day Tour)

Day 13 - Panajachel to Antigua (Hostel Pick-up shuttle)

Day 14 - Pacaya Volcano Trek (Day Tour)

Day 15 - Antigua to Copan Ruins (Hostel Pick-up shuttle)

Day 16 - Copan Ruins

Day 17 - Copan Ruins to La Ceiba via San Pedro Sula (Public Bus)

Day 18 - La Ceiba

Day 19 - La Ceiba to San Pedro Sula (Public Bus)

Day 20 - San Pedro Sula to Leon (Public Bus)

Day 21 - Cerro Negro Volcano Boarding (Day Tour)

Day 22 - Leon to Granada (Shuttle)

Day 23 - Isletas Day Trip (Day Tour)

Day 24 - Granada to San Jorge (Shuttle)

Day 25 - San Jorge to San Juan del Sur (Shuttle)

Day 26 - San Juan del Sur

Day 27 - San Juan del Sur to Liberia (Hostel Pick-up shuttle) Liberia to Monteverde (Hostel Pick-up shuttle)

Day 28 - Monteverde Canopy Zip-line (Day Tour)Monteverde to Manuel Antonio (Hostel Pick-up shuttle)

Day 29 - Manuel Antonio

Day 30 - Manuel Antonio to San Jose (Hostel Pick-up shuttle)

Day 31 - San Jose This is just a recommended itinerary for your flexible hop-on hop-off pass. Once you book the pass you will be able to personalise your itinerary by e-mailing our happiness team.


You will fly into Mexico City before making your own way to the central bus station where you will begin your journey. 

We recommend that you arrive into Mexico City the night before the project start date to allow yourself time to rest from your journey. 


Accommodation is not included in the pass price because we know that everyone prefers something different when it comes to choosing lodging. 



Food is not included in the pass price. This is a fun element of travelling away from home as it gives you that added freedom and is a good opportunity to bond with fellow travellers while exploring local restaurants and market stalls!  

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At each destination along the trail route there will be a range of activities for you to choose from, at extra cost. These could include watersports such as scuba diving, kayaking or jet skiing canopy zip lines, volcano boarding and horse riding, and Spanish lessons, to name but a few! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to use your newly acquired knowledge to explore these activities at local rates! If all this wasn't enough, the tour guides you meet along the way are always happy to advise you on where to go next! 


Project Fee US$1,445

Registration Fee US$85


Daily departures.


31 days


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice 
  • Advice on visas 
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • In country transfers
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Mexico City Juarez International Apt (MEX)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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