17 DAYS ●
Explore the best bits of Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize. You'll explore rainforests, ancient civilisations and colonial towns on this incredible journey.
Fly to the cosmopolitan capital of Panama, Panama City, and transfer to your city centre hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the days is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Spend the morning at Miraflores locks on the Panama Canal and learn a little bit about the history of this engineering marvel. Head to the Calzada de Amador for a fantastic panoramic view over the waterway. This afternoon, explore the Biomuseo, a museum of biodiversity housed in a building by Frank Gehry before touring the Casco Viejo, the old, colonial area of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,L)
Travel deep into the Panamanian rainforest to visit a traditional village of the Embera people. Travelling by dugout canoe, you’ll pass through lush jungle, cruising on rivers and lakes, spotting the plentiful wildlife as you go. When you reach the village, you’ll be welcomed by the community and get to spend some time learning about their way of life, their history and their culture. You’ll also share lunch with the villagers and have the opportunity to purchase handicrafts made by them. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport to fly to Costa Rica’s capital city San Jose. Visit a coffee plantation planted in the rich soil around Poas Volcano, where you’ll take a coffee tour. Enjoy a presentation, learn ancient cultivation techniques and taste the produce of the plantation as part of a delicious breakfast. Return to San Jose and check in at the hotel. (B)
Spend the day exploring the natural wonders of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. This reserve covers 26,000 acres of virgin forest which a huge amount of Costa Rica’s native flora and fauna call home. The reserve shelters jaguars, pumas and over 450 species of bird, including the quetzal. Ride the Sky Tram and wander the hanging bridges through the forest canopy observing its incredible biodiversity. Check into your eco-lodge accommodation. (B)
Spend the morning strolling through Monteverde on easy, well-maintained trails, learning more about it and its flora and fauna as you go. This afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Transfer back to the airport and fly to El Salvador’s capital city, San Salvador, which is perched on the slopes of San Salvador Volcano. Embark on a tour of the city, visiting the historic centre and the magnificent Church of el Rosario, the National Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral. (B)
Take a day trip to Suchitoto, a charming town with spectacular views over Lake Suchitlan. Take a walk around the sights and soak up the vibrant atmosphere before heading to Joya de Cerén. This fascinating archaeological site was once a town buried under layers of ash from the eruption of the Caldera Volcano and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the night in the charming city of Ataco. (B)
Travel towards the border with Honduras, stopping at Casa Blanca to visit an indigo workshop. Pop over the border and travel on to the town of Copán Ruinas, a peaceful place of cobbled streets and adobe buildings, and the gateway to the Mayan ruins of Copán, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)
Set out on a walking tour of the Mayan ruins of Copán. An important city during the Classic period of the Mayan Empire, it was abandoned in 1200. The ruins, in a lush spot just outside of town, has plazas, temples, a ball court and a magnificent hieroglyphic staircase, and is a delight to explore. (B)
Transfer from Copán Ruinas over the border into Guatemala and onto the city of Antigua, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
A colonial city in the shadow of three volcanoes, Antigua is famous for its colonial Baroque architecture, which you will discover on a guided walking tour. As you wander, you’ll learn about Guatemala’s history and visit the cathedral, churches and a jade factory. This afternoon is at leisure with some optional tours, including a coffee tour or a hike on Pacaya volcano. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to the north of Guatemala to the town of Flores, which sits on an island on Peten Itza Lake. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover Flores for yourself. (B)
Rise early to visit the ancient city of Tikal, once the heart of a powerful Maya kingdom. Here, towering stepped temples peep through the dense canopy, which you can navigate on boardwalks between structures and plazas, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of the jungle as you go. Depart Tikal and travel over the border into Belize, heading to the bustling town of San Ignacio. (B)
Visit a ceramics workshop with San Antonio’s Women’s Group and enjoy a cooking class where you’ll make a typical dish of the Cayo region. Next, travel to the Xunantunich Archaeological Site for a guided tour. Set on a hilltop, this impressive Mayan site is reached by a cable ferry and contains some impressive sculpted friezes. (B)
Transfer to Belize City, stopping for a visit at Jaguar Paw Park en route, where you can try out some cave tubing if you’re feeling adventurous! Fly home to the UK, arriving home the following day. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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