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Explore the colonial towns in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Uncover local markets in Guatemala and search for wildlife in Costa Rica. Be surrounded by Maya culture and uncover the ancient site of Copan in Honduras.
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14 nights hotel accommodation, one night camping, meals as indicated, transportation and activities as specified, services of an Explore tour leader throughout.
Selected dates, Nov - Apr
On this adventure through Central America, discover four distinct countries in two weeks. Wander through lively local markets in the Guatemalan highlands, search for wildlife in Costa Rica and explore colonial cities in El Salvador. Be surrounded by Maya culture and uncover the rich history of this ancient kingdom at the ancient site of Copan in Honduras, bringing this into the present day through visits to the local villages on the banks of Lake Atitlan, and the wonderful indigenous market of Chichicastenango.
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Experience five distinct central American countries in two weeks
Enjoy the charms of pretty colonial towns
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Arrive in San Jose and check-in to the hotel.
Drive through the Braulio Carillo National Park to Sarapiquí. A magnet for adventure-seekers, the Sarapiquí region is famed for its rich natural diversity. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Head to the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, where we will enjoy a nature walk.
Take a morning boat trip in search of monkeys, sloths, iguanas and caimans. Continue across northern Costa Rica. Cross the border into Nicaragua and head for the Pacific coast for a chance to relax at San Juan fishing village.
Enjoy some free time to relax by the beach. Continue to one of Nicaragua’s most exquisite colonial gems. Atmospheric Granada is situated at the foot of Mombacho Volcano on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. (B)
Explore the city at leisure or enjoy optional sea kayaking.
We head for Nicaragua’s former capital, León. En route, we pass the volcanic landscapes of the Masaya Volcano National Par. Stop at Nicaragua’s capital, Managua, for a short tour and views over Lake Managua. Continue to the striking colonial town of Leon.
Today is at leisure to explore this colonial gem at your own pace.
Drive to El Salvador, approximately 13 hours, including all of our stops for visits and border crossings. Setting out through the Pacific lowlands, we cross into Honduras for a short time before reaching the border of El Salvador.
Nestled between the mountains and Suchitlan Lake, is the charming colonial town of Suchitoto, with its cobblestone streets and pretty houses. You may choose an optional boat trip on the lake. (B)
Travelling by way of the handicraft markets of Las Palmas, pass through a landscape of lush vegetation and mountainous valleys until we reach Copan. (B)
Today our local guide will escort us around the spectacular ruins of Copan - one of the richest archaeological sites in Central America. This afternoon, drive to Guatemala City.
Visit Guatemala City. Continue to the town of Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan, considered to be one of the most spectacular lakes in the Americas. This afternoon, explore the lake by boat.
Our journey continues to the bustling town of Chichcastenango. Steeped in Mayan culture, the town is famed for its market, where you can buy everything, from chickens and copal, to pigs and pottery.
Walking tour of elegant colonial city of Antigua, visiting the churches of San Francisco, Santa Clara, La Merced and Las Capuchinas. (B)
Our tour ends this morning. (B)
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