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Central America Hop On Hop Off

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 $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 $1,445

Registration Fee $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 are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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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