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Back Roads of Central America

Private Travel | General interest 15 Days & 13 Nights Lead-in price: £3295

Travel through the less-visited Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua to discover colourful towns, a striking natural landscape of lakes and volcanoes, and the Mayan ruins of Copán.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Off-the-beaten track experience
  • Pre-Columbian ruins & colonial heritage
  • Beautiful landscapes & civil war history
  • Boat trip across Gulf of Fonseca
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to San Pedro Sula via the US

Overnight in the US or San Pedro Sula. (N)

Days 2-4: Copán

Transfer to Copán and take a guided tour of the Mayan ruins and visit Finca el Cisne, a family-run coffee and cardamom plantation and working cattle ranch. (B)

Days 5-6: El Salvador

Transfer by road to Concepcioìn de Ataco in El Salvador. Explore the lakes and volcanoes of the scenic Route of the Flowers. (B)

Day 7: Suchitoto

Visit Joya de Cerén archaeological site and on to charming Suchitoto to explore the town. (B)

Day 8: Perquín • La Union

Travel to the mountain town of Perquín. Visit the Museum of the Revolution and the village of El Mozote to learn about the civil war history. Overnight in La Union port. (B, L, D)

Days 9-10: León

Travel by private boat across the Gulf of Fonseca to Nicaragua. Continue to the artistic colonial city of León and take a city tour, visiting the ruins of old León and the San Jacinto geothermal springs. (B)

Days 11-13: Juan Venado • Granada

Explore the mangroves of the Juan Venado Nature Reserve and continue to Granada. Morning nature hike around Mombacho volcano. Optional excursions include a visit to the Masaya volcano or a full-day trip to Ometepe island. (B)

Days 14-15: Fly home via the US

Transfer to Managua for a flight home via the US, arriving the next day. Alternatively, extend the trip with a stay on the Pacific coast. (B) (N)

Meal basis:

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

Important information Standard tour

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

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 private tour accommodation

  • Los Almendros de San Lorenzo
    Los Almendros de San Lorenzo

  • 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.Features: 20 rooms, restaurant/bar.<br>Room amenities: Television, air conditioning.

  • 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.

  • Hotel El Convento
    Hotel El Convento

    Hotel El Convento Leon is a colonial style property centrally located next to the San Francisco convent. It features 31 comfortable rooms with modern amenities, a restaurant 'El Victoriano' serving local and international cuisine and a cafe 'El Patio

  • Hotel Casa del Arbol Galerias
    Hotel Casa del Arbol Galerias

    Hotel Casa del Arbol Centro is situated in the heart of San Pedro Sula, in the Guamilito neighbourhood. The hotel is located in a renovated historical family home, part of which is built around a courtyard with a large mango tree. There are 13 comfortable rooms and the hotel offers a breakfast service.

  • 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 private tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3295 per person

High season from £3395 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

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

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

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.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Copan

    The site at Copan flourished from 5th century to 9th century AD and is widely regarded a...

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  • San Pedro Sula

    San Pedro Sula lies in the north-west of the country, in the Valley of Sula, close to th...

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