Discover tropical paradise and ancient wonders on this ‘Greatest Hits’ tour of Central America, featuring Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Arrive in Antigua and make the most of an orientation walk in the evening. Arrive at any time before the orientation meeting at 6pm. Go on a walking tour of Antigua’s highlights with team leader. Travel by local bus to Copan, Honduras. Go on an optional trip to the Mayan ruins of Copan. Head to San Pedro Sula by local bus (approx. 3 hours), then continue to La Cieba (approx. 3 hours) before taking a ferry to Roatan (approx. 2 hours). Spend the following two days relaxing and taking part in the many water based optional activities. Say goodbye to Roatan and hello to Comayagua, which is, according to some travel sources, “a great place to witness colonial architecture meeting modern day life”.
Spend one whole day travelling across the border into Nicaragua, then one whole day in Granada exploring as you please. Grabbing a boat and heading out to Lake Nicaragua is a great shout – as is visiting the Mombacho or Masaya Volcano National Parks. From Granada travel by local bus and boat (approx 6-7 hours) to the island of Ometepe on Lake Nicaragua. Lake Nicaragua is the largest in Central America and the tenth largest freshwater lake in the world. Climb up the mountains to the village of Monteverde
Horse riding, whitewater rafting, riding the sky tram, zip-lining, mountain biking, kayaking, paddleboarding, bungee jumping and swimming. If you get home and say you sat on your bum in La Fortuna you should be very ashamed. A local bus ride takes us to San Jose. A good place to start exploring is the main plaza, get comfy and do some people watching, artisan booths are common here there could be a spontaneous art fair. Spend three nights in Puerto Viejo, located on the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy optional activities including hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, diving and snorkelling. Cross on foot into Panama over an old train bridge (which serves as the border).
Journey on a public bus to Boquete. Perhaps visit the Paradise Gardens Wildlife Rescue Center, climb the rim of the Baru Volcano, take a dip in the Caldera Hot Springs or go whitewater rafting or kayaking. One of the best sites for surfing in Central America, Santa Catalina is a good place to learn how to surf or flex your skills. Or, you can go fishing, diving and visit Coiba National Park, and not get critical at all. Travel by local bus to Santa Catalina, on the Pacific side of Panama (approx 8 hrs). See the mad engineering feat of the Panama Canal. Finish things up with a Balboa beer and a final plate of yuca frita and sancocha.
Get ready for a fast-paced adventure through the best of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. From oceans teeming with marine life to cloud forests alive with jungle melodies, this pocket of Central America is something of a natural paradise. Whether you’re shopping in colonial Antigua, exploring the intricately carved Copan ruins, diving into the crystal blue waters of Honduras’ Roatan Islands or taking a night tour of Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna, you’ll get a wonderful insight into Central America during this incredible adventure.