Central America Discovery

Panama City - Antigua

28 days through Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador
FROM: $2680 USD + 750 USD Kitty
US Style School Bus, Flight, Boat
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Comfortable Hotel 13 nights
Camping 3 nights
Multishare Hostel 5 nights
Basic Hotel 6 nights
Breakfasts x 5, Lunches x 5, Dinners x 5
$260 USD per person
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On this four-week trip we'll really take the time to get under the skin of Central America. We'll travel overland through six of the Central American countries, taking in some incredible natural wonders. In Costa Rica we visit Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, and La Fortuna, where we can take part in many different adventure activities like zip-lining, white-water rafting, and canyoning in the surrounding volcanic landscape.

It also features some real hidden gems, such as a trek through Cerro Verde National Park in El Salvador, seeing the mighty Panama Canal, and a visit to Cap Suchitoto in El Salvador. This is a community project which helps to create cultural identity and unity within the community and teaches skills to support self-sufficiency.

On top of that we visit the incredible volcanic island of Ometepe where we might choose to trek to the summit of the Concepción volcano, and to the stunning Caribbean beaches of the island of Roatán, as well as the Mayan ruins of Copan and colonial towns like Leon, Granada and Antigua.

Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Antigua
Trek up Santa Ana volcano in Cerro Verde National Park
Overnight in a community project at Suchitoto
Guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Copan
3 nights on the Caribbean island of Roatan to swim and relax
Farm tour or canyoning in Somoto, Nicaragua
2 nights to get to grips with the politics of Leon
Enjoy the charm of the old colonial architecture in Granada
Explore Masaya National Park and its dramatic volcano crater rim
Overnight and explore Lake Nicaragua's volcanic island of Ometepe

​We'll be travelling on Betsy, a US-style school bus specially kitted out for overlanding and which we use on our tours in Central & North America. We only have a couple of long drive days throughout the four weeks, and we have plenty of time to linger and enjoy each stop along the journey. We'll be staying in a mix of local hostels and guesthouses, dorm rooms, with a little bit of camping. To get the most from this trip you'll want to take part in some of the adventure activities along the way, some of which can be physically demanding.

Visit the world-famous Panama Canal at the Miraflores Visitors' Centre, and learn all about the fascinating history of this controversial structure

Explore El Camino Real, the original route connecting the Pacific with the Carribean

Take a guided walk through the stunning trails of Manuel Antonio National Park finishing at the world-class tropical beaches where you can swim and relax

Take a guided trek to explore the stunning forest trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve learning all about the fascinating and beautiful ecosystem there

Visit the dramatic crater rim of the active Masaya volcano between León and Granada

Day 1 - Panama City (3rd April 2021)

Border information: if you are starting in Panama City, you will most likely enter Panama at Panama City Tocumen International Airport (IATA code: PTY).

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Until the meeting, the day is free to explore the busting Panamanian capital. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Panama City before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Panama City.

If you are continuing on from Cartagena today then your leader in Colombia will assist you with transport to the airport for your included flight to arrive in Panama in time for the joining meeting.

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

Visit Panama City's Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the best collections of works by local artists in Panama

Entrance: 5 USD

See the Panama Canal Museum in the city centre, featuring excellent exhibits about the famous waterway

Entrance and Audio tour: 10 USD

Visit the phenomenal Biodiversity Museum in Panama City, a striking and iconic building containing a wonderful celebration of the flora and fauna of Panama

Entrance: 22 USD

Day 2 - Camino Real (4th April 2021)
Day 3 - Boquete (5th April 2021)
Day 4 - Boquete (6th April 2021)
Day 5 - Manuel Antonio NP (7th April 2021)
Day 6 - Manuel Antonio NP (8th April 2021)
Day 7 - Monteverde (9th April 2021)
Day 8 - Monteverde (10th April 2021)
Day 9 - La Fortuna (11th April 2021)
Day 10 - La Fortuna (12th April 2021)
Day 11 - Isla de Ometepe (13th April 2021)
Day 12 - Isla de Ometepe (14th April 2021)
Day 13 - Granada (15th April 2021)
Day 14 - Granada (16th April 2021)
Day 15 - Leon (17th April 2021)
Day 16 - Leon (18th April 2021)
Day 17 - Somoto (19th April 2021)
Day 18 - Lake Yojoa (20th April 2021)
Day 19 - Roatan (21st April 2021)
Day 20 - Roatan (22nd April 2021)
Day 21 - Roatan (23rd April 2021)
Day 22 - Copan (24th April 2021)
Day 23 - Copan (25th April 2021)
Day 24 - Suchitoto (26th April 2021)
Day 25 - Suchitoto (27th April 2021)
Day 26 - Cerro Verde NP (28th April 2021)
Day 27 - Antigua (29th April 2021)
Day 28 - Antigua - End Date (30th April 2021)

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11 Oct 20 Antigua
07 Nov 20 Panama City

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30 Apr 21 Antigua

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