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.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Panama City, via the US, with United Airlines. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel for 3 nights. (N)
Morning city tour, including the ruins of old Panama and the historic colonial district. (B)
Take a shared partial transit and cruise through the various locks of the Panama Canal. (B, L)
Fly to Costa Rica’s capital and visit a coffee plantation on the slopes of the active Poás volcano. Overnight at the Hotel Presidente. (B, L)
Transfer to Monteverde and stay for 2 nights
at the Monteverde Country Lodge. Afternoon
visit to the Selvatura’s hummingbird garden
and hanging walkways. (B)
Morning visit to Monteverde cloud forest to
see its rare flora and fauna. In the evening
meet up with one of the early local pioneers
for a fascinating conversation. (B)
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)
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
Transfer to Managua and fly to San Salvador.
Continue to the charming town of Suchitoto for
1 night at Posada de Suchitlán. (B)
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
Misio´n de Angeles. (B, L)
This morning explore 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)
In the morning, tour the fascinating Mayan
ruins of Copán with its intricate and wellpreserved
sculptures. Optional afternoon tour
to a bird sanctuary. (B)
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)
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
Camino Real Tikal or Villa Maya. (B)
Morning tour of Tikal, one of the most
spectacular Mayan ruins, located in the heart
of the jungle. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Early morning flight to Guatemala City and
transfer to colonial Antigua for 2 nights at
Mesón de María. Afternoon walking tour. (B)
Day at leisure or optional excursions. (B)
Transfer to Guatemala City and fly to London
via the US, arriving the next day. (B) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each country by an experienced local tour guide.
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
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
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GCA2019: 17 Nights
From 1543 to 1773, Antigua was the capital city of the Kingdom of Guatemala, and its...
The site at Copan flourished from 5th century to 9th century AD and is widely regarded a...
Flores The colonial, red-roofed town of Flores is built on an island in Lake Peten...
Located on the Caribbean coast the town of Livingston is an anomaly in Guatemala, with a...
First designated in 1972, the cloud forest reserve of Monteverde is one of...
One of the first cities in the Americas, in the 1500s, Panama City was...
San Jose is located in a broad, fertile valley at an altitude of 1,150 metres and...