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If you're looking for an authentic Central or South American experience in one of the most adventurous parts of the Americas, look no further than our BOLT tours!

BOLT tours explore Central and South America using a combination of local and private transport for a more immersive style of travel; ideal if you're travelling on a budget and want to experience the culture. These trips are perfect if you're after a group experience, but want plenty of free time and the flexibility to choose activities as you travel!

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  • What is a BOLT?

    BOLT tours are a great, affordable way to explore Central and South America and we'll show you the best of these awesome regions.

    These trips offer amazing experiences, plenty of free time, lots of exciting optional activities to choose from and the freedom to pick meals to suit your budget (most breakfasts included in South America), all with the help and security of your tour leader.

    You'll stay in a mix of budget lodging and hotel accommodation, mostly on a twin share basis, with some tours including a small amount of camping or overnight buses. You'll travel from A to B in private and local transport including buses, `collectivos', taxis, tuk tuks and ferries for a truly local experience.

    BOLT trips are ideal for first-time travellers who want fun and independence with the support of a tour leader, or independent travellers looking to make the most of their holiday time with minimum hassle and maximum adventure.
Mexico City to Panama City Map *Click image to enlarge

  • What's included on a BOLT tour?

    Expect amazing experiences, but without paying for a stack of inclusions you may not want.

    > All transport and accommodation - Travel by local buses and ferries, and stay in simple accommodation chosen for its location and facilities.

    > Incredible sights and sounds - Jaw-dropping landscapes, volcanoes, beaches, deserts, jungles, salt flats, waterfalls, star-gazing and local culture are all to be soaked up on a BOLT trip.

    > Local expertise - Each time you rock up in a new city, your leader will tell you what's good, from places of interest to colourful markets to live music venues, you'll find something you love.

    > Lots of free time - Explore the amazing cities, towns and villages to give you a well-rounded experience on your terms.
Colourful blankets in Guatemala Snorkelling
  • How does it work?

    There are a range of individual BOLT trips for you to choose from, some of these have been designed to link together so you make your trip one epic adventure. If you're shorter on time, simply just choose from any of the smaller sections. We can also organise flights from the UK to connect with any of these trips.

    15 days from MEXICO CITY

    Jan-Dec from

    Central America - Lodging

    This is a truly amazing Aztec adventure and if you fancy jungle trekking in search of hidden pyramids one day, before snorkelling in warm clear shallows the next, then jump on-board and enjoy the ride.

    Highlights: Mexico City | San Cristobal | Merida

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    17 days from PLAYA DEL CARMEN

    Jan-Dec from

    Central America - Lodging

    From Caribbean sunsets to hidden Mayan temples, this is your chance to explore and be amazed as you cross the border from Mexico to Belize and Guatemala.

    Highlights: Caye Caulker | Tikal | Antigua

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    17 days from ANTIGUA

    Jan-Dec from

    Central America - Lodging

    You won't want to miss this Central American adventure that takes in the beaches, volcanoes, forests and jungles of some of the most incredible countries on the planet - Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

    Highlights: Mayan ruins | Active volcanoes | El Tunco

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    24 days from LIMA

    Mar-Dec from

    South America - Lodging

    Ignite your wanderlust with three of Latin America's best - Peru, Bolivia and Chile. From epic Colca Canyon and the legendary Inca Trail, to the Uyuni salt flats and the Atacama Desert, this tour is packed with incredible landscapes.

    Highlights: Peru | Bolivia | Chile

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    14 days from LIMA

    Mar-Dec from

    South America - Lodging

    Delve into Peru, the ultimate adventure hotspot. Discover one of the world's largest canyons, float amidst reed islands on Lake Titicaca and be swept away by Andes scenery. Choose to top it all off with a trek on the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

    Highlights: Colca Canyon | Machu Picchu | Cusco

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    12 days from BUENOS AIRES

    Mar-Dec from

    South America - Lodging

    Get into the Latin rhythm travelling by public transport from bold and charismatic Argentina, through the laidback and lesser-visited gem of Uruguay, to the golden sand beaches of Brazil. Fill your Snapchat with beautiful beaches & buzzing cities.

    Highlights: Argentina | Uruguay | Brazil

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