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Central America Explorer

Private Travel | General interest 19 Days & 17 Nights Lead-in price: £4595

Travel across Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador to discover a bounty of natural highlights, beautiful scenery and colonial towns, rounding off the journey in Antigua, the picturesque former capital of Guatemala.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Mayan ruins & small towns
  • Rainforest, rivers & waterfalls
  • Wildlife & Caribbean beaches
  • Less-visited areas
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Days 1-2: Fly to Panama City

Fly to Panama City for a 2-night stay. Tour the colonial old town and transit the canal. (B)

Days 3-4: Bocas del Toro

Fly to Bocas del Toro for 2 nights on the lush Caribbean coast. (B)

Day 5: Puerto Viejo

Cross the border into Costa Rica and transfer to the coastal town of Puerto Viejo. (B)

Days 6-7: Arenal

Transfer to Arenal and take optional tours to the hanging bridges or the hot springs. (B)

Days 8-9: El Castillo

Travel by road and boat across the border into Nicaragua and continue down San Juan river to El Castillo. Take an evening caiman tour or hike in the pristine Indio Maíz Reserve. (B, L, D)

Days 10-11: Fly to Ometepe island

Boat transfer to San Carlos and fly to the volcanic island of Ometepe, located in Lake Nicaragua, for a stay of 2 nights. (B)

Days 12-13: Granada

Travel by ferry and road to Granada for 2 nights. City tour and boat ride on Lake Nicaragua. (B)

Days 14-15: Fly to San Salvador • Route ofthe Flowers

Transfer to Managua and fly to San Salvador, then continue to the Route of the Flowers via Joya de Ceren and Volcanoes National Park. (B, L)

Days 16-17: Antigua

Travel by road to Antigua in Guatemala for a 2-night stay. Tour the historic town or optional visit to beautiful Lake Atitlán. (B)

Days 18-19: Fly home from Guatemala Cityvia the US

(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

  • Hotel Victoria
    Hotel Victoria

  • San Juan de la Isla
    San Juan de la Isla

    San Juan de la Isla is located on Ometepe island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua with stunning views of the nearby volcanoes This rustic but charming restored hacienda is a great spot for relaxation and exploration of the island. Located on a large private plantation with a lakefront beach perfect for swimming, this well-maintained property is surrounded by tropical greenery and fruit trees which attract wildlife such as butterflies, birds and howler monkeys. There are simple but comfortable rooms and cabins with large bathrooms, and all feature verandas with seating areas and hammocks. The main house offers an outdoor terrace, relaxed dining area, small bar and sitting room.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Crowne Plaza Panama
    Crowne Plaza Panama

    The Crowne Plaza Panama City Hotel is a modern hotel located just 10 minutes by car from the city centre and 35 minutes from the airport. There are 186 guestrooms and suites, while facilities include a restaurant serving a variety of national and international cuisine, a bar, outdoor pool and gym.

  • Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
    Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

    The Arenal Springs Resort & Spa lies amidst lush tropical gardens with wonderful views of the Arenal Volcano. Each of the 46 comfortable colonial bungalow style rooms has a private bathroom, air conditioning, refrigerator, cable television and a terrace. Other services include an open air restaurant, a fresh water swimming pool, a wet bar, and a games room.

Standard private tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4595 per person

High season from £4695 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

  • Panama City

    Panama City One of the first cities in the Americas, in the 1500s, Panama City was...

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  • Bocas del Toro

    Bocas del Toro Bocas del Toro is an archipelago of six densely forested islands,...

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  • Arenal

    The Arenal volcano, until recently one of the world's most active, is surrounded by beautiful scenery...

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