The Way To San Jose - 15 days
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Uncover the delights of Honduras and Nicaragua, two Central American gems with spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches and ancient ruins. Travel from Antigua to San Jose in 15 exhilarating days. Discover the magnificent Mayan site of Copan and the idyllic Caribbean island of Roatan in Honduras, before spending time in scenic Granada and Leon, Nicaragua’s charming colonial cities. Then top off your adventure on the exquisite volcanic island of Ometepe.
Day 1: Antigua
Friday. Hola Guatemala! Make your own way our start hotel in Antigua. The remains of the day is free for you to explore this charming colonial town, with its colourful markets, cobbled streets and plazas, set against a spectacular backdrop of three volcanic peaks. Overnight - Antigua
Days 2 - 3: Copan ruins
Antigua - Copan. Leaving Guatemala on day 2 we cross the border into Honduras and travel to the picturesque town of Copan, set in the hills of Western Honduras. Within walking distance of the town is the country's most famous Maya site - the Unesco World Heritage Listed Copan ruins. The following morning we enjoy a guided tour of this ancient site, with its spectacular hieroglyphic staircase, enormous plaza, balls courts and intricately carved stelaes (carvings/statues) depicting the 16 rulers of this once powerful city. The afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure or choose from a range of optional activities. Take a relaxing dip in the nearby hot springs, horse-trek through the countryside or take tour of a local coffee plantation. Overnight - Copan
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Days 4 - 7: Roatan Island
Copan - Roatan Island. Departing Copan on day 4 we travel through coffee growing districts to the industrial city of San Pedro Sula, then continue our journey to the coastal town of Tela and on to La Ceiba to catch the ferry to Roatan Island.
Roatan is one of three islands which form the beautiful Caribbean Bay Islands archipelago, located 60 kilometres off the northern coast of Honduras. Roatan is the largest of these idyllic islands which are surrounded by crystal clear tropical waters with extensive coral reefs which are literally teeming with tropical fish. Here you can do as much or as little as you like. Soak up the sunshine on a palm-fringed deserted beach, lapped by warm Caribbean waters in the daytime and enjoy the lively bars a night. Take advantage of some of the cheapest diving and snorkelling in the world, Enjoy an optional sunset cruise or opt to swim with dolphins - a truly unforgettable experience!
After spending three blissful nights on Roatan Island we return by ferry to the mainland and travel back to San Pedro Sula where we spend the night. Overnight - Roatan Island (3) San Pedro Sula (1)
Days 8 - 9: Colonial Leon
San Pedro Sula - Leon. Crossing the border into Nicaragua on day 8 we travel to Leon, one of the oldest colonial cities in Central America.
We have plenty of free time here to take a relax in the shady gardens and plazas. Perhaps indulge in a spot of shopping, Leon is an excellent place to buy leather work souvenirs. There are also various museums, churches and the Plaza de la Constitution to explore and The Templo Expiatorio has a collection of catacombs which are worth seeing. Overnight - Leon
Days 10 - 11: Scenic Granada
Leon - Granada. We head to colourful Granada on day 10, passing through Nicaragua's capital, Managua and scenic tobacco growing regions. Founded in 1524 and located at the foot of the Mombacho Volcano on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, picturesque Granada is Central America's oldest and arguably most characterful colonial towns. Known as 'The Great Sultan,' Granada has a Moorish feel and bears similarities to its Spanish counterpart. We spend two days at leisure in this lovely city. Optional excursions include a visit to the spectacular Masaya National Park with its double-crested active volcano, a boat tour of the islands on the lake and/or an exhilarating zipline ride through Mombacho Volcano Cloud Forest. Given its close proximity to Granada, it's also very easy to visit Managua. Overnight - Granada
Days 12 - 13: Ometepe Island
Granada - Ometepe Island. Continuing our journey we take a boat out to the exquisite island of Ometepe in the middle of Lake Nicaragua - Central America's largest lake, which was once a large ocean bay until it was cut off from the sea by seismic activity. The name of the island means "between two hills" because it is formed by the two volcanic peaks which rise dramatically from the glistening lake. This tranquil island, with it's beautiful beaches and jungles, provides us with an idyllic respite from hustle and bustle of life on the mainland. Choose to simply relax in hammocks, enjoy the spectacular scenery and take a dip in the lake or those feeling adventurous can hire a guide to explore the island, go for volcano hikes or horse ride on the black sand beach. Overnight - Ometepe Island
Days 14 - 15: San Jose
Ometepe Island - San Jose. Bidding farewell to Nicaragua and lazy island life, we take a boat back to the mainland, cross the border into Costa Rica and journey south to San Jose, where we spend our final night. The capital city of Costa Rica, San Jose, is nestled in a fertile valley among coffee and sugar-cane farms.
Our Central America adventure sadly comes to an end on Friday (day 15) after hotel check out. Post tour accommodation is available for those wishing to explore San Jose. San Jose (1)