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Central American Journey

From £1240 for 17 days
Trip Overview
From tropical cloud forests alive with jungle melodies to vast freshwater lakes and active volcanoes, this pocket of Central America is a pure, unrefined paradise. Relaxing beneath shaggy palms on a dark-sand beach in El Cuco, or spotting colourful birds perched on the colonial facades of Suchitoto. Standing in the shadow of mighty Arenal Volcano or spotting sloths among the canopy of Monteverde, this 17-day Central American journey through Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica is perfect for those who like their Lonely Planet Experience 'la forma natural' (the natural way).
Essential Info
Starts: Antigua
Ends: San Jose
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IQVRJ
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
What's Included


1 Lunches included


Private vehicle,Public bus,Local bus,Taxi,Shared boat,Ferry


Hotel (14 nights),Lodge (2 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   The stars of this trip are the dramatic landscapes of Central America. Think active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles

•   Quaint Suchitoto is a contemporary arts hub with a colonial facade. Flower-studded balconies, galleries housed in 19th-century buildings and a lake frequented by thousands of local birds – this little town is a real heart-snatcher

•   Stray off the beaten track in El Cuco, where the dark-sand beaches are secluded and the surf breaks are gentle and reliable

•   Nicaragua is often neglected by travellers in favour of its neighbours, but their loss is your gain! Travel through Central America’s largest country (and one of our favourites) and discover towns untouched by tourism

•   Hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde

•   Encounter Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna. Whether it's reflected in the serene waters of the lake or heating the thermal pools you're soaking in, the magnificent volcano always makes its presence felt

•   The colourful murals and baroque buildings of lesser-known Leon make it a joy to explore on foot

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Departing: 5th Apr 2021
Returning: 21st Apr 2021
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Itinerary & Notes
Welcome to Antigua, Guatemala. With crumbling churches, vibrant markets and bohemian cafes set against the backdrop of monumental volcanoes, Antigua is the perfect place to ease into your Central American adventure. Speaking of adventure, yours officially kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today at the hotel. If you do decide to arrive in the city a little early (smart move!), there's plenty to do. Maybe satisfy your cravings and learn the art of old-world chocolate production at the ChocoMuseo, or sit by the fountain and people watch in Central Park. After the welcome meeting, the night is yours, so perhaps head out with some of your fellow travellers for a tamale: a classic staple of Mesoamerica that sees dough, meat and sauces steamed and served in a corn husk.
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