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Splendours of Central America

Group Tour | General interest 19 Days & 17 Nights Lead-in price: £3295 Current prices from: £3295

Take in the natural and cultural wonders of Central America, from tropical landscapes and volcanoes to colonial heritage and superb Mayan cities. Get an insight into the history of the civil war and colourful indigenous cultures, and learn about the amazing engineering feat that is the Panama Canal.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Navigate through the locks of the Panama Canal
  • Spot wildlife in the Monteverde cloud forest & meet with early pioneers at Monteverde
  • Take a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua
  • Explore colonial towns & fascinating Mayan ruins, including Tikal & Copán
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 14 people (max 18)
  • Spot wildlife in the cloud forest & meet with early pioneers at Monteverde
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Standard Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Panama City via Amsterdam orthe US

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Panama City via Amsterdam or the US. Transfer to Hotel Best Western Plus Panama Zen for 3 nights. (N)

Day 2: Panama City

Morning city tour, including the ruins of old Panama and the historic colonial district. (B)

Day 3: Panama Canal

Take a shared partial transit and cruise through the various locks of the Panama Canal. (B, L)

Day 4: Fly to San José, Costa Rica

Fly to Costa Rica’s capital and visit a coffee plantation on the slopes of the active Poás volcano. Stay overnight at Hotel Presidente. (B, L)

Days 5-6: Monteverde

Transfer to Monteverde and stay for 2 nights at the Monteverde Country Lodge. Afternoon visit to the Selvatura’s hummingbird garden and hanging walkways. Next day visit the Monteverde cloud forest to see its rare flora and fauna and in the evening meet up with one of the early local pioneers for a fascinating conversation. (B)

Day 7: Granada, Nicaragua

Full-day journey across the border into Nicaragua to the city of Granada, overlooking Lake Nicaragua (approx 7-8 hours). Stay 2 nights at Dario Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 8: Granada

Morning tour of the colonial city, including the Franciscan convent. Take a boat ride through the canals formed by the small islands in the lake, which is the tenth largest lake in the world. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursions. (B)

Day 9: Fly to San Salvador • Suchitoto

Transfer to Managua and fly to San Salvador. Continue to the charming town of Suchitoto for 1 night at Casa 1800. (B)

Day 10: Route of the Flowers

Explore the cobbled streets of Suchitoto, then transfer to the archaeological site of Joya de Ceren, known as the ‘Pompeii of the Americas’. Later, explore cloud forest trails and enjoy spectacular volcano views on the picturesque Route of the Flowers. Overnight at Hotel Misioìn de Angeles. (B, L)

Day 11: Copán, Honduras

This morning visit the traditional artisan town of Ataco and stop at Santa Ana en route to Honduras (approx 10 hours). Stay at the Hotel Marina Copán for 2 nights. (B, L)

Day 12: Copán

In the morning, tour the fascinating Mayan ruins of Copán with its intricate and wellpreserved sculptures. Optional afternoon tour to a bird sanctuary. (B)

Day 13: Livingston, Guatemala

Cross into Guatemala and on to the Caribbean coast, visiting the impressive carved stelae at Quirigua en route (approx 6 hours). Take a 1.5- hour boat ride along the coast to the town of Livingston, which has a strong Garifuna culture. Stay overnight at the Hotel Villa Caribe. (B)

Day 14: Flores

A morning walking tour of Livingston, before taking a boat trip along the lush gorges of the Dulce river to visit Bird island and an indigenous community. Continue by road to the Flores area for a 2-night stay at the lakeside Villa Maya. (B)

Day 15: Tikal

Morning tour of Tikal, one of the most spectacular Mayan ruins, located in the heart of the jungle. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)

Days 16-17: Fly to Guatemala City • Antigua

Early morning flight to Guatemala City and transfer to colonial Antigua for 2 nights at Meso´n de María. Afternoon walking tour. Following day is at leisure or take optional excursions. (B)

Days 18-19: Fly to London via the US

Transfer to Guatemala City and fly to London via the US, arriving the next day. (B) (N)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Locally escorted tour

This tour is led in each country by an experienced local tour guide.

Standard tour

This tour includes some long road journeys and is based in 3- and 4-star hotels where rooms may vary. A flexible approach is recommended for travel in Central America.

Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard group tour accommodation

  • Hotel Villa Maya
    Hotel Villa Maya

    Villa Maya is located amidst the rainforest on the shores of the Petenchel Lagoon, just 15 minutes from Flores airport and 1 hour from the ruins of Tikal. Rooms are situated in two or three-storey white-washed buildings, surrounded by tropical gardens. Relax on the sun terrace, cool off the pool or stroll along the nature trails that wind through the tropical grounds.

  • Monteverde Country Lodge
    Monteverde Country Lodge

    Located just 10 minutes from the Monteverde Reserve, the Monteverde Country Lodge is a cosy rustic hotel set across three properties, each having maintained its original style and features. Rooms are simple yet comfortable with modern conveniences and feature tiled floors, natural wood furnishings and colourful fabrics and artwork. The restaurant serves locally sourced Costa Rican cuisine.

  • Hotel Villa Caribe
    Hotel Villa Caribe

    The Hotel Villa Caribe is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Rio Dulce inlet. This simple hotel has 45 rooms set in tropical gardens, all with a balcony and view of the sea or river. There is also a large pool, outdoor bar with terrace, and restaurant.

  • Hotel Misión de Angeles
    Hotel Misión de Angeles

    Hotel Misión de Angeles is located on a quiet hillside, a short walk from the centre of the small town of Concepción de Ataco. Rooms feature simple yet stylish decor and private bathrooms, and the restaurant and bar have a delightful outdoor terrace with views of the surrounding coffee plantations and forested hills. Complimentary wireless internet access is available in the public areas.

  • Hotel Marina Copán
    Hotel Marina Copán

    Overlooking the Central Plaza in the charming town of Copan Ruinas in Honduras, the Hotel Marina Copan was named in honour of Doña Marina Welchez, and built on the site of her family home in 1945. This was Copan's original hotel, home for generations of investigators and Maya enthusiasts. Today, the Hotel Marina Copan is the most comfortable and convenient base for exploring the region's Mayan heritage and diverse natural landscape. The hotel has 50 spacious rooms with air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable television and phone.

  • El Meson de Maria
    El Meson de Maria

    El Meson de Maria is a lovely small hotel, located in an old house in the centre of historic Antigua. It offers real local character and traditional furnishings. The rooms and suites are decorated with local crafts, and the suites include a private terrace and jacuzzi. The hotel features a central courtyard and terraces on which to relax and appreciate the views of the old town and surrounding volcanoes. This is a character property and individual room styles and sizes will vary. Breakfast is served in the dining room or courtyard, and while other meals are not available at the hotel, many of the local restaurants will deliver meals which you can then enjoy in the dining areas of the property, or your room.

  • Hotel Dario
    Hotel Dario

    Dario Hotel is a charming colonial property located on a pedestrian-only street in Granada's historic centre, with views of the cathedral and the Mombacho volcano. The neo-classical building has a white and pale green facade originating from the early 19th century, wooden staircases and patterned tiled floors. Its comfortable guestrooms are set around lush, plant-filled courtyards. The Tranvia restaurant offers Nicaraguan cuisine. Features: 22 rooms, restaurant, cafe, outdoor swimming pool, Wi-Fi. Room Amenities: Television, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, minibar.

Standard group tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Main Costs

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 3- & 4-star accommodation
    • Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
    • Average group size -14 people (max 18)
    • International & internal flights
    • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Experienced local tour guide in each country
    • 17 breakfasts & 5 lunches
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
    • Porterage at airports

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