By exploring Mayan ruins, trekking through lush rainforests, kicking back on postcard-worthy beaches, and wandering through charming colonial cities, you’ll get a good feel of the enticing Central America region on this 21-day/20-night tour. This journey promises to introduce you to the very best of Central America through amazing outdoor adventures and guided cultural visits in four countries of this fascinating region – Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Staying in 3-star accommodations and enjoying plenty of interaction with the locals, this tour ensures that you will have a truly authentic travel experience. In Guatemala, you will walk the cobblestone streets of Antigua, discover ancient archeological ruins, explore the pristine shores of the Caribbean coast and find yourself enchanted by Guatemala's highlands. Traveling on to the compact nation of El Salvador, you will find it the perfect setting for rafting, surfing, hiking, mountain biking, diving and more. From there, we will head for Nicaragua, one of Central America’s rising stars for adventure sports and eco-tourism. With a history peppered with pirate raids, civil war and invasions, this fragile yet enduring nation is now opening its arms to genuine and willing travelers. As Central America’s largest and least populated country, Nicaragua will provide you have plenty of space and time to enjoy all the bio-diversity has to offer. Concluding this travel adventure, we will head for Costa Rica – a nature lover’s dream. Here you will experience how adventure blends seamlessly into nature's harmony and the array of wonders of this spellbinding nation. It is the consummate destination for exploring ecosystems and connecting with a peaceful culture. Whether discovering fascinating species in any of these four Central American nations, zipping across the rainforest canopy, or relaxing in a volcano-heated hot spring, this 3-week travel experience promises to thoroughly engage you as a world traveler.

Highlights

Central America, Antigua Guatemala Walking Tour, Lake Village Tour, El Salvador, Los Volcanes National Park, Nicaragua, Leon City Tour, Granada City Tour, Costa Rica

Detailed Itineraries

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Arrival in Central America: Guatemala

AM: Upon your arrival in Guatemala City (Guatemala), you will be welcomed at the airport in Guatemala City, and driven to Antigua Guatemala, a charming colonial city. You will spend the night in Antigua.

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AM: After breakfast, we will go on a guided walking tour through the romantic cobblestone streets of this beautiful colonial city.

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AM: Following breakfast, you will be driven to Iximche, a pre-Columbian Mayan site in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Iximche was the capital of the former pre-classic Kaqchikel kingdom, which endured from 1470 until it was abandoned in 1524 with the arrival of the Spanish. After this tour, you will be driven to Lake Atitlan, where you will spend the night in the lakeside village of Panajachel.

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AM: This morning, you will be driven to the village of Chichicastenango to visit the wonderful market there (open on Thursdays and Sundays only). In the late afternoon, you will be driven back to Lake Atitlan and again spend the night in Panajachel.

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AM: Breakfast. Boat transfer to one of the villages on the shores of the lake. Lunch at a local restaurant. Guided walk in the village and transfer back to Panajachel. Land transfer to Antigua, Guatemala, where you will spend the night.

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AM: Breakfast. Day of leisure in Antigua, Guatemala.

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AM: After breakfast, you will be driven to the border with El Salvador, and then continue to the scenic mountain town of Apaneca for a Coffee Tour at the El Carmen finca (farm). Here, you will have the chance to learn about coffee plants, coffee growing, coffee production and agro-forestry at the El Carmen Finca. Your guide will describe each stage of the coffee production process. You will spend the night in an area hotel.

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AM: Breakfast. Today we will visit Los Volcanes National Park, which is comprised of three volcanoes: Izalco, Santa Ana and Cerro Verde. You will have a chance to walk inside of Cerro Verde, an extinct volcano now covered with dense forest. You will be taken to viewpoints where you will be able to see the impressive nearby volcanoes and landscapes. From there we will continue on to Joya de Ceren (“the Ceren Jewel”), a unique Mayan archaeological site that earned the designation of a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site. In the late afternoon, you will be driven to the town of Suchitoto, where you will spend the night.

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AM: After breakfast, we will go on a guided walking tour of the town of Suchitoto, visiting the church, the market and corn mill. The afternoon will be at your leisure.

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AM: Box breakfast. Early in the morning, you will be driven to La Union, a port city in eastern El Salvador. Here, you take a boat to Potosi, a small port in Nicaragua, and from there you will be driven to the colorful city of Leon. A cultural-historical attraction with an authentic atmosphere, Leon gives visitors an opportunity to easily connect with the locals. You will spend the night there in Leon.

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AM: Breakfast. Explore the rich cultural and political history of one of Nicaragua’s oldest and most influential cities. Defined by its graceful Spanish colonial architecture and fascinating political history, you will soon discover why Leon is considered to be Nicaragua’s historical, cultural, educational and religious capital

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AM: This morning we will head out for the city of Granada, en route visiting the Masaya Volcano, which is actually a volcanic complex composed of a nested set of calderas and craters. After visiting the volcanic complex, you will visit the famous Masaya Market, the very heart of Nicaraguan handicrafts. In this diverse marketplace, you will find unique Nicaraguan products such as hand woven hammocks, embroidered blouses, wood carvings, leather goods, ceramics, paintings and hemp weavings. We will then continue to the beautiful city of Granada, where you will spend the night.

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AM: Breakfast. Today we will go on a guided walk tour of Granada, one of the oldest cities in the western hemisphere. The cobblestone streets will take you to the old churches, the convent, and many other old buildings in this charming colonial city. After lunch, you will be picked up at your hotel driven to the harbor, where a private motor boat will take us to the Granada Islets, which is a great way to explore Lake Cocibolca (also known as “Lake Nicaragua”). You will later spend the night in Granada.

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AM: Breakfast. Today you will be driven to the predominantly indigenous island of Ometepe, which is situated in one of the world’s largest fresh water lakes, Lake Nicaragua. We will take the ferry to Moyogalpa and then transfer to your hotel on the island. Ometepe has served as home to indigenous tribes and cultures for many centuries, which is why you can see many pre-Columbian petroglyphs here. Later, you will spend the night in Ometepe.

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AM: Breakfast. Day at leisure. Overnight in Ometepe.

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AM: Breakfast. Transfer to Peñas Blancas, on the border with Costa Rica. Upon arrival and crossing, you will be driven to Rincon de la Vieja, one of Costa Rica’s most diverse ecological parks. Known for its stunning diversity of flora and fauna, this national park is home to two volcanoes: the Rincon de la Vieja and the Santa Maria, as well as six different volcanic peaks and 32 two rivers and streams.

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AM: Breakfast. Day at leisure. Overnight in Rincon de la Vieja.

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AM: Breakfast. Transfer to Guanacaste, a province in northeastern Costa Rica, along the Pacific Ocean. Afternoon at leisure in Guanacaste. Overnight at Tamarindo Beach.

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AM: Breakfast. Day at leisure. Overnight in Tamarindo Beach.

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AM: Breakfast. Morning at leisure. Transfer to San Jose (about 4-1/2 hours)

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AM: Breakfast. Transfer to Airport in time for your flight.

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Tripadvisor Reviews

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Jen L

May 2024 • Family

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We went to Quito, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands in the Galapagos. Jorge planned an amazing trip - all details were taken care of and the trip was seamless. We stayed at Patio Andaluz Hotel in Quito, Casita de la Playa in Isabela, and Ikala Galapagos in Santa Cruz - all were great. The tours and guides were all fantastic! Evelyn and the team at Surtrek ensured that the trip went smoothly. It was a trip of a lifetime. I would highly recommend!
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An S

Feb 2024 • Solo

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Sutrek - Juan Pablo - helped me plan a 2 week solo trip to Chile (the entire length frim North to South) with arrival in Santiago. It was really well planned, even though it was a last minute request. The communications were prompt and clear. Throughout the trip - i had full detailz and felt safe & well taken care off. Even when I wanted to change anything / or wanted improvements during the trip - it was addressed. I highly recommend Surtrek.
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cubigon

Jul 2023 • Family

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We used Surtrek for our Galapagos trip. It was the best decision we made. Karla Leon created our itinerary and was amazing. She was always available and communicated with our group all the time while in the Islands. We will be using them again in the future. I recommend them 100%

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Nic

Feb 2024 • Friends

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And amazing trip and great organisation. Everything went smoothly which made the trip a pleasure. All guides and tours were excellent and I recommend highly. Booking was a pleasure with Juan helping us to build a customised trip to see everything we wanted to in Brazil, Bolivia and Chile.
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Exploration137916

Nov 2023 • Solo

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I traveled with Surtrek and the team made everything orgnized and meanwhile I had a wonderful time with local people. The guides were very friendly and answered my questions about local nature and history. The operation team made every aspect smooth and I didn't have to worry about anything. recommend highly.

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