Sunday. Hola Guatemala! Upon arrival into Guatemala City airport you'll be met and transferred to our joining 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.
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.
Copan - Roatan Island. From Copán we take a bus through coffee growing districts for the coastal town of Tela before moving on to La Ceiba for the trip by ferry across to Roatán. This is the largest of the beautiful sun-soaked Caribbean Bay Islands. Development on the island means there is plenty to do, but it is also easy to find a deserted beach lapped by warm Caribbean waters. Here you will find palm-fringed lagoons, turquoise water, friendly locals, lively nightlife and stunning underwater scenery, with some of the cheapest diving and snorkelling in the world! You can elect to swim with dolphins, a truly unforgettable experience, or get into the true Caribbean sprit with a sunset cruise (optional).
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!
Overnight: Roatan Island
Roatan Island - Leon. After spending three blissful nights on Roatan Island we fly to Tegucigalpa and drive on to the charming city of Leon in Nicaragua. Leon is one of the oldest colonial cities in Central America and we have plenty of free time to explore. This is an especially good place to buy leather work souvenirs. There are various museums, churches the cathedral and the Plaza de la Constitution to explore. The Templo Expiatorio also has a collection of catacombs which are worth seeing.
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.
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
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.
Overnight: San Jose
Our Central America adventure sadly comes to an end on today after hotel check out. Post tour accommodation is available for those wishing to explore San Jose.
Tour was good. Group was very international and good
Not so good: Only one excursion included. ”