Central America Revealed

Experience the best of Central America’s high-lights on this month-long tour of the region.

Start in Panama City (Panama Canal transit, indigenous culture, coffee plantation) before travelling into Costa Rica (beach R&R, sloth sanctuary, bird-watching, chocolate tour, volcanoes, zip-lining & hanging bridges).

Move into Nicaragua (Ometepe Island, Granada, Las Isletas, Masaya & the Pueblos Blancos), and then on to El Salvador (Maya ruins at Joya de Ceren, Suchitoto, the Flowers Route & the Volcanoes Route).

Next is Honduras (Copan’s Maya ruins & hieroglyphic staircase) and Guatemala (Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Chichcastenango market & Lake Atitlan, Tikal – the mother of all Maya sites).

Final port of call is Belize (birding, cave-tubing, Caracol & Xunantunich Maya ruins, world-class snorkelling & diving along the Barrier Reef). Phew!

Pacaya Volcano

Tikal

ITINERARY:

DAY 1:

Your Central America holiday begins as you fly to Panama City via Amsterdam or the US.

DAY 2:

Enjoy one of the region’s highlights – a Transit of the world-famous Panama Canal.

DAY 3:

Visit a local Emberá community, deep within the rainforest area of Panama to learn about their customs & traditions. There are around 33,000 Emberá people living in Panama. ‘Embera’ translated from the indigenous language means ‘people’ (or ‘gente’ in Spanish).

DAY 4:

Option to visit the Mira Flores Visitors’ Centre to learn more about the building and history of the Panama Canal, enjoy some of Panama’s renowned shopping, or simply relax. In the afternoon fly to David and transfer to the coffee-growing area of Boquete.

DAY 5:

Enjoy a coffee tour of the local plantation. Afternoon at leisure with options for hiking, white-water rafting, zip-lining, hot springs and horseback riding.

DAY 6:

Say goodbye to Panama as you transfer across the border into neighboring Costa Rica. Onwards private transfer to Puerto Viejo, located on the Caribbean Coast.

DAY 7:

Visit a local Sloth Sanctuary for a fun and informative insight into the life of a sloth. In the afternoon, transfer to the rainforest area of Sarapiqui, which is well renowned for its rich biodiversity and birdlife.

DAY 8:

Get up early today for a colourful display of feeding birds at the nearby Costa Rica Nature Pavilion, before learning all about the chocolate-making process in an interactive tour, set in the middle of the rainforest.

DAY 9:

Transfer to the La Fortuna area, the location of Costa Rica’s most famous volcano – Arenal, which dominates the local skyline. Enjoy an afternoon hike around the magnificent volcano and all its glory.

DAY 10:

Get the adrenaline going by zip-lining high across the tree-top canopy with fantastic views of Lake Arenal beneath you. Finish the day by relaxing for an hour or so with a soak in the nearby natural hot springs before dinner.

DAY 11:

Travel across the border into Nicaragua and on to the island of Ometepe, originally formed from 2 huge volcanoes rising out of Lake Nicaragua.

DAY 12:

Take a guided tour of the island, including Charco Verde Lagoon, Ojo de Agua and the petroglyphs at Finca Magdalena.

DAY 13:

Transfer back across to the mainland, before travelling further to the rich colonial city of Granada for a 2-night stay. This afternoon you’ll enjoy a guided Tour of the city in a horse-drawn carriage.

DAY 14:

Early-morning boat ride on nearby Lake Nicaragua to visit ‘Las Isletas’, a haven for wildlife, particularly birds. Move on to the Masaya Region to visit Masaya Volcano, Lake Apoyo and the ‘Pueblos Blancos’, before ending in Leon.

DAY 15:

Transfer by road to the Fonseca Gulf where you’ll pick up the boat that will take you across the Gulf to El Salvador on the far shore. On arrival in El Salvador, disembark and proceed through to the arrivals area where you will be met and driven on to its capital, San Salvador.

DAY 16:

Visit El Salvador’s largest and most exciting Maya discovery – Joya de Ceren, described as the ‘Pompeii of Central America’. Enjoy a guided tour to learn about the country’s most recognised figure – Monsignor Romero, before driving north to spend the night in Suchitoto.

DAY 17:

Enjoy a full-day City Tour of Suchitoto – which means ‘place of Flower Birds’ in the native Nahuatl language. The tour includes a boat ride on the picturesque Lake Suchitlan and a visit to the magnificent Santa Lucia Church.

DAY 18:

Drive along El Salvador’s ‘Volcanoes Route’, where you can see Cerro Verde, Izalco Volcano, and Santa Ana Volcano. Continue along ‘Flowers Route’ – a 36-km long winding road through some of El Salvador’s most picturesque villages.

DAY 19:

Transfer to Copan across the border in Honduras. In the afternoon you’ll have a guided tour of the Maya ruins at Copan, considered to be one of the most spectacular of the Maya civilisation.

DAY 20:

Travel on across the border into Guatemala. After completing border formalities. continue to the former colonial capital city of Antigua, a UNESCO Heritage site.

DAY 21:

Morning City Tour of Antigua. Rest of the day at leisure with options for horse-riding, a visit to a Jade Museum and a local coffee plantationor or just to simply relax!

DAY 22:

Day Trip to the vibrant colourful market at Chichicastenango, followed by a boat ride across Lake Atitlan and visit to one of the shoreside communities.

DAY 23:

This morning you’ll have the opportunity to hike to the top of nearby Pacaya Volcano and peer down into its caldera. Afternoon transfer to Guatemala City for a local flight to Flores, in Guatemala’s north.

DAY 24:

Enjoy a guided visit to the largest set of Maya ruins to have been discovered (so far!) – the impressive Tikal. In the afternoon, transfer over to the border with Belize, and on to Belize’s Cayo District.

DAY 25:

Day at leisure to enjoy the many activities available: hiking, tubing, birding, mountain bike riding, horseback riding, canoeing and caving.

DAY 26:

Transfer to Belize’s southern beach resort at Placencia. En route stop to enjoy one of Belize’s many highlights – cave-tubing.

DAY 27:

Day at leisure. Options for beach & poolside R&R, snorkeling/diving along the Barrier Reef, manatee-spotting, fishing, kayaking, Monkey River trip and a visit to Cockscomb Wildlife Reserve.

DAY 28:

Your holiday concludes as you take a short-hop flight from Placencia to Belize City International Airport, ready to check in for your flight home. We hope you’ve enjoyed your whistle-stop highlights tour of Central America!

The above sample holiday to Central America can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.

Hotels

Central America has a good range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made holiday to Central America.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Central America

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample holiday to Central America are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Central America holiday.

Duration of your Central America Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday to Central America, or alternatively wish to extend it in any way, please speak with your Travel Consultant.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your Central America holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this holiday in Central America.