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Back Roads of Central America

Private Travel | General interest 15 Days & 13 Nights Lead-in price: £3295 Current prices from: £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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Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2679 2984 3086 3086 2984 2781 2882 2882 2679 2577 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1661 1763 1864 1966 1864 1966 1864 1864 1763 1661
Sunshine hours 6 6 8 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 5 6
Daylight hours 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 432 291 281 422 1496 28611 25010 2158 28011 1646 763 602
Rainy Days 13 9 7 7 14 23 23 23 23 20 16 14
Humidity L M H H H M M M M M L L
UV 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 9/VH
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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

    Los Almendros de Suchitoto is a delightful boutique hotel located in the heart of Suchitoto. This carefully restored colonial house has a central patio featuring a fountain and surrounded by covered seating areas and a bar. There are seven individually decorated rooms and four suites, as well as a French-style restaurant that overlooks the attractive outdoor pool with its sun terrace and verdant flower-filled surroundings.

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  • 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.

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  • Hotel Marina Copan
    Hotel Marina Copan

    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 a comfortable and convenient base for exploring the region's Mayan heritage and diverse natural landscape. Features: 50 rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, air-conditioning, hairdryer.

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  • Hotel El Convento Leon
    Hotel El Convento Leon

    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.

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  • Hotel Casa del Arbol Centro
    Hotel Casa del Arbol Centro

    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.

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  • Dario Hotel
    Dario Hotel

    Dario Hotel is a charming colonial property, located in Granada's historic centre, close to Lake Nicaragua and with views of the cathedral and the Mombacho volcano. The neo-classical building, with a pale green and white facade originating from the early 19th century, has been completely refurbished and features lush, plant-filled courtyards. There are 22 rooms and the hotel facilities include a restaurant, coffee shop, swimming pool and gym.

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Standard private tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3295 per person

High season from £3395 per person


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.

  • • 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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