Central America Discovery

Antigua - Panama City

28 days through Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica
FROM: $3670 USD
US Style School Bus, Flight, Boat
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Comfortable Hotel 13 nights
Camping 3 nights
Multishare Hostel 5 nights
Basic Hotel 6 nights
Breakfasts x 5, Lunches x 5, Dinners x 5
$260 USD per person
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On this four-week trip we'll really take the time to get under the skin of Central America. We'll travel overland through six of the Central American countries, taking in some incredible natural wonders. In Costa Rica we visit Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, and La Fortuna, where we can take part in many different adventure activities like zip-lining, white-water rafting, and canyoning in the surrounding volcanic landscape.

It also features some real hidden gems, such as a trek through Cerro Verde National Park in El Salvador, seeing the mighty Panama Canal, and a visit to Cap Suchitoto in El Salvador. This is a community project which helps to create cultural identity and unity within the community and teaches skills to support self-sufficiency.

On top of that we visit the incredible volcanic island of Ometepe where we might choose to trek to the summit of the Concepción volcano, and to the stunning Caribbean beaches of the island of Roatán, as well as the Mayan ruins of Copan and colonial towns like Leon, Granada and Antigua.

Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Antigua
Trek up Santa Ana volcano in Cerro Verde National Park
Overnight in a community project at Suchitoto
Guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Copan
3 nights on the Caribbean island of Roatan to swim and relax
Farm tour or canyoning in Somoto, Nicaragua
2 nights to get to grips with the politics of Leon
Enjoy the charm of the old colonial architecture in Granada
Explore Masaya National Park and its dramatic volcano crater rim
Overnight and explore Lake Nicaragua's volcanic island of Ometepe

​We'll be travelling on Betsy, a US-style school bus specially kitted out for overlanding and which we use on our tours in Central & North America. We only have a couple of long drive days throughout the four weeks, and we have plenty of time to linger and enjoy each stop along the journey. We'll be staying in a mix of local hostels and guesthouses, dorm rooms, with a little bit of camping. To get the most from this trip you'll want to take part in some of the adventure activities along the way, some of which can be physically demanding.

Visit the spectacular volcanic landscape of Cerro Verde National Park one of El Salvador's gems

Trek up to the summit of Santa Ana El Salvador's highest volcano in the heart of Cerro Verde National Park

Spend the night at the wonderful community centre of Centro Arte Para La Paz in Suchitoto which runs many workshops and projects for the locals in the area

Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent ancient Mayan ruins of Copán

Take a half day tour of the Somoto Canyon, which includes walking, sightseeing, rock scrambling, wading, floating, swimming, boating, and jumping!

Day 1 - Antigua (24th October 2021)

Border information: if joining in Antigua, you will most likely enter Guatemala at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (IATA code: GUA).

There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings, and to take part in some optional activities. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Antigua before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Antigua.

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

Take a trek up to the famous active volcano of Pacaya near Antigua

Day trek: 59 USD

Visit the old Jesuit church of Santo Domingo an iconic building in Antigua and home to six fascinating museums

Visit: 48 GTQ

Visit the Choco Museum of Antigua learning all about the history of the culinary use of cocoa ever since the Mayan period

Entrance: 120 USD

Learn all about the culture and history of Antigua at some of its museums such as the Museum of Ancient Books and the Museum of Colonial Art

Visit: 30 GTQ

Take a tour of the nearby small village community of San Lorenzo and visit its schools and traditional handicrafts (only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays)

San Lorenzo Tour: 250 GTQ

Visit a traditional coffee plantation in the cool hills surrounding Antigua

Tour: 200 GTQ

Day 2 - Cerro Verde NP (25th October 2021)
Day 3 - Suchitoto (26th October 2021)
Day 4 - Suchitoto (27th October 2021)
Day 5 - Copan (28th October 2021)
Day 6 - Copan (29th October 2021)
Day 7 - Roatan (30th October 2021)
Day 8 - Roatan (31st October 2021)
Day 9 - Roatan (1st November 2021)
Day 10 - Lake Yojoa (2nd November 2021)
Day 11 - Somoto (3rd November 2021)
Day 12 - Leon (4th November 2021)
Day 13 - Leon (5th November 2021)
Day 14 - Granada (6th November 2021)
Day 15 - Granada (7th November 2021)
Day 16 - Isla de Ometepe (8th November 2021)
Day 17 - Isla de Ometepe (9th November 2021)
Day 18 - La Fortuna (10th November 2021)
Day 19 - La Fortuna (11th November 2021)
Day 20 - Monteverde (12th November 2021)
Day 21 - Monteverde (13th November 2021)
Day 22 - Manuel Antonio NP (14th November 2021)
Day 23 - Manuel Antonio NP (15th November 2021)
Day 24 - Boquete (16th November 2021)
Day 25 - Boquete (17th November 2021)
Day 26 - Camino Real (18th November 2021)
Day 27 - Panama City (19th November 2021)
Day 28 - Panama City - End Date (20th November 2021)

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24 Oct 21 Antigua
20 Nov 21 Panama City

$3,670 USD

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02 Apr 22 Panama City
29 Apr 22 Antigua

$3,840 USD

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12 Nov 22 Panama City

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