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Central American Highlights CAQ

Trip Duration 16 Days
 

A journey through Central America from Guatemala to Costa Rica

On this two-week adventure through Central America, we discover colonial towns in Nicaragua and El Salvador, admire the incredible volcanoes of Nicaragua and Guatemala, and search for wildlife in Costa Rica. We are surrounded by Maya culture as we uncover the rich history of the Maya kingdom at the ancient site of Copan in Honduras, and bring this into the present day through our visits to local villages at Lake Atitlan and the wonderful indigenous market of Chichicastenango.

Tour Highlights

  • Volcanoes - Enjoy the vistas over active and dormant volcanoes throughout the trip, including the three impressive cones overlooking the picture perfect city of Antigua, Guatemala
  • Guatemalan Highlands - Experience the land of the Maya by visiting the colourful local market at Chichicastenango and the indigenous villages around Lake Atitlan, witnessing Maya ceremonies.
  • Copan - Learn more about the ancient Maya culture at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the greatest Maya ruins in the Americas
  • Suchitoto - Enjoy the charms of this pretty colonial town beside the shores of Lake Suchitlan
  • Leon and Granada - Learn about the history behind the dictatorship and revolutionary wars in Nicaragua

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join tour Antigua (Guatemala)

  • 2
    Walking tour of Antigua, free afternoon to explore

  • 3
    Travel to Panajachel; boat trip on Atitlan Lake

  • 4
    Chichicastenango Market then drive to Guatemala City

  • 5
    Visit the UNESCO Site of Copan, free afternoon

  • 6
    Journey to Suchitoto (El Salvador)

  • 7
    In Suchitoto, optional boat trip on the lake

  • 8
    Transfer to the colonial town of Leon (Nicaragua)

  • 9
    Free Day; optional hike to Cerro Negro Volcano

  • 10
    Travel to Granada via Masaya Volcano National Park

  • 11
    In Granada; explore the city or optional sea kayaking

  • 12
    Head to San Juan del Sur on the Pacific Coast

  • 13
    Travel to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge (Costa Rica)

  • 14
    Optional wildlife boat trip, before driving to Sarapiqui

  • 15
    Morning free. Afternoon head to the capital, San Jose

  • 16
    Tour ends San Jose

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Why Book this trip
Experience five Central American countries in just two weeks, crossing 2500km in 15 days. Learn about the Maya history and culture from ancient times at the Copan Ruins, Honduras, to present day at the colorful Maya market of Chichicastenango. Stay in the pretty colonial towns of Suchitoto in El Salvador, and Leon and Granada, Nicaragua, and view wildlife at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica.
Included meals 5 0 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus, Boat
Accommodation
4 nights Premium Hotel
2 nights Simple Hotel
8 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Standard Camping
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 12 - 18