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Central American Highlights CAQ

Trip Duration 16 Days

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Central American HighlightsScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 49 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Tour overall was really enjoyable with a great group, amazing countries and good tour leader and drivers.

A couple of things for feedback:

It did feel that not a lot was included in the price and all boat trips etc. were at cost (often quite a high cost given the countries we were in). Having worked and lived in Latin America for 6 years, I think US$30 for a 2 hour boat trip each is a bit steep. I understand about Tour Guide commission but perhaps something to reflect on.

Group meals. Tour Leader often suggested restaurants (noted as Explore approved apparently) for group meals. These were often expensive and sometimes not always great for me, I am a vegetarian. Again, I understand that TL's get free meals if they bring in a group but I did feel this was a detriment to the experience at times.

Guatemala City. We arrived late and TL said we shouldn't leave the hotel. We left early and didn't have a city tour. Hotel pretty retro and food extortionate and they had a captive audience. Why stop there at all as it is so near to Antigua??

Antigua hotel a bit far out of town and costs in taxis.

Felt the TL briefing at the start should have included health & safety and info about the countries such as not flushing toilet paper down the toilet and not drinking the water!! I know this but not everybody does and it is important to know for the environment.

Positive things. :)

El Salvador hotel and experience, amazing!
Both drivers - Carlos and Estouado, very good and felt in good hands.
Nicaragua whole experience very good and a great country to visit.
Guatemala to end was amazing (bat Guatemala City) and Antigua was beautiful.
Miguel was a good TL and worked really hard.
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2017
Published on: 13 April 2017
(7 out of 10)


This was a brilliant trip led by an enthusiastic and efficient tour leader
It could be improved further in my view by the following:
Fewer craft markets, we were marketed out by the end of it and too many were selling the same stuff
Eliminate stop at Guatemala city because only there for 8 hours and did not see in daylight
Extra time in San Juan del Sur by the beach, perhaps full day rather than half?
I accept that changes to itinerary may not be possible due to range of reasons and would still say it was a fantastic experience
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2017
Published on: 11 April 2017
(10 out of 10)


While the trip involves some long drives and early starts, it provides an amazing variety of experiences and is a perfect introduction to the diverse cultures of Central America.
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2017
Published on: 11 April 2017
(9 out of 10)


Tour leader very enthusiastic. Well organised. Great itinerary.
Confirmed traveller: 09 April 2017
Published on: 11 April 2017
(10 out of 10)


Burlington, Canada
We had a very a fantastic overview of these five countries. Our tour guide Miguel was wonderful.....efficient, organized, social and well acquainted with all the areas visited and informed us of any possible difficulties such a fast paced tour could encounter.

All went smoothly and I feel my educational level of these five countries past and present has risen considerably since taking this tour.

A few changes I would recomend would be a) no rooms without windows b) breakfast to be included at hotels.
Confirmed traveller: 08 April 2017
Published on: 11 April 2017
(8 out of 10)


Overall we thought the tour was excellent. Other than two hotels the accommodation was good with very good hotels in Antigua, Suchitoto and Granada. The organisation by the guide and the additional bit of information which he provided just made the trip that much better. If you're ok with the all-on nature of the tour with the early mornings,travelling long distances and numerous border crossings then you can't help but enjoy this tour. The visits to Chichicatanango and Copan were excellent and some of the additional excursions such as the hike up(and run down) the volcano at Cerro Negra, the bird watching ,around Suchitoto and on Lake Nicaragua were well worth taking. It was wonderful to be able to see anteaters, sloths, caiman, monkeys and all the birds on and around the lake in Costa Rica.
Confirmed traveller: 25 March 2017
Published on: 08 April 2017
(10 out of 10)


I would thoroughly recommend this Explore trip. It was my 2nd trip with Explore and was equally professional and exciting to the 1st one I did. Also, I thought it was reasonable value for money. The guide on this tour, as on the last one, was excellent. I have a very favourable impression of this company.
Confirmed traveller: 24 March 2017
Published on: 02 April 2017
(9 out of 10)


The experience was great and Jose was brilliant too. Suchitoto was a highlight, the hotel and brilliant and great to relax.

Some of the journeys were long but you need to do them to see it all!
Confirmed traveller: 28 February 2017
Published on: 07 April 2017
(10 out of 10)


An amazing journey across different landscapes and interconnected cultures and history.
A taster to return to explore in depth in the future
Confirmed traveller: 11 February 2017
Published on: 17 February 2017
(9 out of 10)


Thetrip gives a wonderful overview into Central America. There is never enough time and there are several places of interest that the tour did not manage to visit such as Tikal in Guatemala and I wish there was more time in Costa Rica. The tour does as expected and gives you a flavour.
Confirmed traveller: 11 February 2017
Published on: 14 February 2017