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Mayan Ruins, Copan, Honduras

Central America

Sandwiched in between this surreal landscape are pockets of rich colonial splendour and the remnants of ancient civilisations from the Aztecs to the Maya buried deep within the tangled jungles of Central America.

For the wildlife enthusiast, it is worth noting that Central America alone lays claim to 10% of the world’s biodiversity. Costa Rica is a top destination for nature lovers as it has the richest diversity of flora and fauna on the planet. During a Central America holiday, you can dive with nurse sharks and stingrays along the Northern Cayes of Belize, glimpse hummingbirds and resplendent quetzal in the cloud forests of Costa Rica and Panama, and observe thousands of Olive Ridley turtles descending upon the Pacific shores of Nicaragua to lay eggs.

Snorkeling, Belize Cayes, Belize
Belize Cayes, Belize

A slice of paradise

Holiday in Central America and choose your slice of paradise from miles of pristine sandy beaches lining the Caribbean Coast or grab your surfboard and head towards the Pacific Coast renowned for its tremendous surf. Mexico’s Riveria Mayo takes some beating for beach holidays or the Belize Cayes with its wildlife-rich waters offers fantastic snorkelling. These are merely a handful of highlights Central America has to offer. Steppes Travel has the inside knowledge and passion to create a truly thrilling tailor-made holiday to Central America for you.

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Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Whale Shark, La Paz, Baja California, Mexico
Here be Sea Monsters: The Giants of Baja California
John Faithfull
I’m at the half way point of a 12-day whale watching trip that started in San Diego and has just rounded…
Sergeant Major Fish, Belize
World Heritage in Danger?
Steppes Travel
I had prepared myself for the saddening scene of a marine ecosystem on its knees. A once remarkable coral reef, the…
A leopard on the hunt at night, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
The Story of a Leopard from Kaingo
Illona Cross
A true Kaingo or leopard – bed-time story for the kids. By Derek Shenton – Owner of Shenton Safaris, Zambia As…
Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
Rediscovering Central America
Steppes Travel
I have just returned from a fantastic familiarisation trip to Central America – my home from home, visiting three fascinating countries…
Xpu Ha Beach, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Swimming with Whale Sharks in Mexico
Steppes Travel
“This is not an everyday experience” reminded our guide when asked if we want to go in again. The last time…
Tikal Ruins, Guatemala
Jungle Boy Escapes: The Incredible Story of Carlos
Justin Wateridge
Born in 1976, Carlos had an idyllic childhood growing up in the village of Uaxactun in the jungles of northern Guatemala.…
Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
Mighty Mombacho
Steppes Travel
Flying over Nicaragua, it's easy to see why locals refer to it as the 'land of volcanoes'. After all, this is…

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

John Faithfull

My love affair with travel began in a vintage Italian train carriage at sunset on a hot and sticky September evening in 1983. Sardined into a two-bench compartment, I’d spent five hours sharing sweaty thighs, broken-Italian pleasantries and furtive glances while rattling towards Turin, stopping at every wisteria-draped village along the way.

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Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.

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John is a true conversationalist and was a delight to deal with. In fact, we enjoyed hearing his stories about whale-watching in Baja California so much that we were quick to plan our trip with him and benefit from his first-hand knowledge.

Destination: Baja California
Travel Expert: John

John tailored the itinerary to our needs and we were delighted with his choice of properties and activities.

Destination: Belize
Travel Expert: John

We are so happy that we decided to take John’s advice and add on an El Salvador extension to our Honduras trip. We felt like we were the only ‘tourists’ in the whole country.

Destination: El Salvador
Travel Expert: John

John's advice on unique locations and experiences throughout Guatemala were invaluable.

Destination: Guatemala
Travel Expert: John

Wow! We were blown away by the variety in Honduras, especially the crystal-clear waters and coral reefs. Thank you to John for planning all the details of this trip.

Destination: Honduras
Travel Expert: John

So many thanks indeed for the care and time that you put into organising this trip for us. I cannot underestimate the value of the latter in terms of reading what we wanted and then advising on the best way to achieve that. As I am sure you will know only too well, other operators are over keen to sell “this is what we do”, and make the sale. So thank you for putting together what will be a really memorable experience for us.

Destination: Guatemala
Travel Expert: James

Thank you, Sue, for knowing which vessel suited our requirements for our trip to Baja California – in choosing a sailing accompanied by a National Geographic photographer, we have come home with both great photographs and great stories to tell.

Destination: Baja California
Travel Expert: Sue

I have always wanted to see the Panama Canal, but John’s suggestion of sailing in the Guna Yala was a fantastic addition that we had not considered prior to speaking with him.

Destination: Panama
Travel Expert: John

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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