An Adventure through Central America

From $8,849
Duration 18 Days
Departures from Nov 2021 - Nov 2021
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From $8,849
Duration 18 Days
Departures from Nov 2021 - Nov 2021
Tour Overview

The Atacama Desert, lakes and lagoons, mountains, volcanoes and wildlife – this full-on tour of Chile doesn’t miss out a thing! 

  • Classic Touring
  • Active
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Highlights Included
  • Max Group Size 20

Your Holiday Includes

  • ​​Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide 
  • 17 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 
  • 23 meals: 17 breakfast, 2 lunches, 4 dinners including welcome drink and dinner 
  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport * & porterage 
  • All highlights included​

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Scenic cruise on Gatun Lake
  • Visit the fortified city of Portobelo
  • A thrilling journey on the Panama Canal Railway
  • Tour of Panama City & Miraflores Locks
  • Try a Casado in San Jose - a Costa Rican Staple​
  • Visit Irazu Volcano National Park, the tallest volcano in Costa Rica
  • Lankester Gardens & Orosi Valley
  • Aerial tram ride over primary rainforest & visit to the Earth University
  • Visit La Selva Biological Station
  • Tour of Cano Negro Wetlands & farm visit
  • Walking tour of Granada
  • Discover the Granada Islets and the White Villages
  • Tour of Managua
  • San Salvador tour
  • The archaeological site of Joya de Ceren
  • Visit the Maya ruins at Copan
  • Quirigua, famous for its stone carvings
  • Tour of the Caribbean town of Livingston
  • Boat trip to Cano Dulce & visit to San Felipe Fort
  • The incredible site of Tikal​

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Lima

Make your own way to Lima, where you can pay to join a scheduled group airport transfer. Alternatively we can book you a private transfer or you can make your own arrangements. Your Tour Manager will meet you at your hotel for your welcome meeting that evening.

Day 2 Panama City

We'll start our explorations of Panama with a visit to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake which forms a major part of the Panama Canal. On a scenic cruise you'll sail past lush rainforest, so keep a lookout for thrilling wildlife including capuchin and howler monkeys, three-toed sloth and many species of tropical birds, including toucans. Our next stop is the fortified city of Portobelo, discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502 and once the only port of entry and exit for the whole of South America. 

Our final highlight of the day is a ride on the Panama Canal Railway, an incredibly scenic route which takes us from the Pacific to the Atlantic following the banks of the famous canal​.

Meals included: B

Day 3 Panama City - San José

​This morning's guided tour will introduce you to both sides of Panama City. The modern district's skyline is dominated by towering skyscrapers, while the UNESCO-listed Old Town is home to architecture dating back to the days of the Spanish Conquest. We'll also see the Miraflores Locks, which form part of the Panama Canal, before we fly to Costa Rica​. 
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Meals included: B,D

Day 4 San José

​We'll discover some of the incredible natural wonders of Costa Rica on today's included tour. First we'll head to Irazu Volcano National Park, to see the country's tallest volcano which resides in an area of primary, secondary and cloud forest. We'll then head to Lankester Botanical Garden, where more than 3,000 plants, including 1,000 species of orchid, offer a year-round display of colour. Our tour ends in the Orosi Valley where we'll visit a traditional village whose colonial church was built by Franciscan missionaries.

Meals included: B

Day 5 ​San José - Sarapiqui

​An exciting highlight today is an aerial tram ride through the rainforest. This trip takes us through the treetops of primary forest in the company of a naturalist guide. After this we'll visit the Earth University, where we'll learn about the country's biodiversity as we tour a banana plantation and a forest reserve. During a 1.2-mile trek, we'll see, hear and smell many species of native plants. The forest is also home to three of the four types of monkey found in Costa Rica, many types of insect and more than 150 species of birds. ​

Meals included: B

Day 6 Sarapiqui - Caño Negro

​Today we head to Caño Negro, where we'll stay for two nights. En route we'll stop at La Selva Biological Station, an ecology research facility where we'll see some of the country's most immaculate primary tropical rainforest. We'll enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Caño Negro

​On this day of discovery we'll start with a boat tour of Caño Negro's wetlands. The area is home to more than 350 species of birds including the great blue heron, wood storks, black-bellied whistling duck and the endangered jabiru, as well as caimans, sloths and monkeys. We'll also visit a farm to learn about the growing and harvesting of medicinal plants. We'll gather again this evening for dinner at the hotel.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Caño Negro - Granada

​Today we'll journey by road into Nicaragua, where we'll stay in Granada for two nights. En route to our hotel we'll have a guided tour of the city, which is the oldest in the country, We'll see the striking blue San Francisco Church and its convent, which is home to a fascinating museum.

Meals included: B

Day 9 Granada

Thousands of years ago the Mombacho Volcano erupted, throwing huge rocks into Lake Nicaragua. These are now known as the Granada Islets and we'll enjoy a cruise here today. Some of the islets are uninhabited and some feature grand houses. Birdlife is plentiful here, so look out for cormorants, herons, parrots, vultures and many more species. 

Our tour concludes as we head to the White Villages – picturesque rural communities scattered amongst the hillsides whose buildings were constructed using volcanic rock and limestone. Each village specialises in a different traditional craft, and, with an average elevation of around 1,600 feet, the view from each is spectacular.

Meals included: B

Day 10 Granada - Managua

​After breakfast our tour continues as we head to Nicaragua's capital Managua, where we stay tonight. Badly damaged by earthquakes in 1931 and 1972, much of the city centre has never been rebuilt, so the dilapidated buildings we'll see here are a haunting reminder of nature's power. Perhaps pick up a locally crafted souvenir in Roberto Huembes Market.

Meals included: B

Day 11 Managua - San Salvador

We've a morning at leisure before we transfer to the airport for our flight to San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, Central America's smallest country. On arrival we'll head off on a tour of the city, including is historical centre, the majestic Metropolitan Cathedral and El Rosario Church.

Meals included: B

Days 12 - 18 Leave Cuzco

At the end of your tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a scheduled transfer to the airport for a charge. Alternatively, we can book you a private transfer or you can make your own arrangements.​
Meals included: B

Additional Information

​Please note: This tour requires a good degree of physical fitness and is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility. You will be required to board boats and walk in a variety of terrain. Most walks take place on paths and tracks, but some will be slightly more strenuous​ and may involve moderate slopes, tracks, hills and foot bridges, which may be rough underfoot at times. Sturdy shoes are essential.​

Accommodation

Torres de Alba Hotel & Suites

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San Jose

4-star Double Tree Cariari Hotel by Hilton, located in typical colonial hacienda is a sustainable hotel and offers spacious and comfortable guest rooms with en-suite facilities. Guests can enjoy various drinks at Bar Chiquiri or some local Costa-Rican meals at Las Tejas Restaurant. At the same time, breakfast can be enjoyed in the many poolside shaded areas. In addition to all luxurious facilities featured in the hotel, Double Tree Cariari also offers a casino and a beauty salon.

Selva Verde

The Selva Verde is located in the midst of the 500 acre Sarapiqui Rainforest Preservation Area. The rainforest is home to over 300 bird species and over 100 species of mammals. Hotel facilities include a bar and restaurant that sits alongside the Sarapiqui River, swimming pool and gift shop.

Natural Lodge Cano Negro

As per many of the lodges within Costa Rica, the hotel is surrounded with beautiful grounds, don’t be surprised if a monkey suddenly appears! Hotel facilities include a bar, restaurant and pool. The hotel has also been awarded an incredible 3 leaves award for their sustainability projects.

Paraiso Granada Hotel

Globales Camino Real

The Globale Camino Real is a relatively large hotel in Managua. Hotel facilities include; a large pool with poolside restaurant. Room facilities include; complimentary Wi-Fi, alarm clock, desk and safe deposit box.

Hotel Mirador Plaza

Located in El Salvador next to Torre Futura, World Trade Centre, restaurants and shopping centres. Hotels facilities include breakfast buffet, restaurant and bar.