Amazing Central America

Get ready for a fast-paced adventure through the best of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. From oceans teeming with marine life to tropical forests alive with jungle melodies, this pocket of Central America is something of a natural paradise. Whether you're shopping in colonial Antigua, exploring the intricately carved structures at Copan, diving into the crystal blue waters off the coast of Honduras or taking a night hike up an active volcano at La Fortuna, you'll get a wonderful insight into Central America during this incredible adventure.

Itinerary

Day 1 Antigua

Walk through cobblestone streets, past heavy carved-wood entrances on an orientation tour of Antigua. Be sure to browse the markets and street stalls in the early evening for some cheap and tasty Guatemalan food.

Days 2-3 Copan

Traverse wild, dry countryside and cross the border to Copan in Honduras where you can opt to see intricately carved and decorated Mayan ruins.

Days 4-6 Roatan Island

Take a ferry from La Ceiba to Roatan and spend two days diving the crystal waters or simply melting into the white powdery sand under the shade of a coconut palm.

Day 7 Comayagua

Mingle with locals in the lush surrounds of Comayagua's Parque Central.

Days 8-9 Granada

Cross the border and arrive at Nicaragua's oldest city. Cruise the lake or explore markets and museums. In the evenings, stroll the streets and talk with locals who chat to each other across the street from their open-front living rooms.

Days 10-11 Ometepe Island

Spot the world's only freshwater sharks in Lake Nicaragua. On Ometepe, take an optional hike to a towering volcano or wind down at one of the beaches or jungle swimming holes.

Days 12-13 Monteverde

Continue south to Costa Rica and choose to explore Monteverde by foot, horse, mountain bike or zip line over the rainforest canopy.

Days 14-15 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park

From La Fortuna discover Arenal Volcano - thrill-seekers may opt to explore after dark for up close views of glowing lava. Perhaps spend a full day whitewater rafting, visiting the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge or relaxing in hot springs.

Days 16-17 San Jose

Join locals milling around Mercado Central for some super-cheap Costa Rican food or head out for a spot of shopping.

Days 18-20 Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Catch a local bus to exotic Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui. Join an optional visit to Cahuita National Park to view weird and wonderful wildlife. Sloths, toucans, kingfishers, snakes and howler monkeys all co-exist in this protected area.

Days 21-23 Bocas del Toro

Cross the border into Panama. Enjoy the slow pace of laidback Bocas del Toro - a haven that has resisted over-development to retain its small-town charm. This tropical jungle region is gifted with coral islands and beautiful beaches, so use free time to snorkel or swim clear, blue waters. Divers will appreciate the underwater beauty on offer and surfers can take advantage of the waves.

Days 24-25 Boquete

Journey to Boquete to soak up the fresh air and pristine beauty of this peaceful mountain town. Why not visit a local coffee plantation for an insight into coffee production?

Days 26-27 Santa Catalina

Travel to the remote fishing village of Santa Catalina. This unspoilt paradise is known for its world-class surfing, scuba diving, and fishing - all great ways to make the most of this idyllic area.

Days 28-29 Panama City

Ride to Panama City on a local bus. Enjoy free time exploring this fascinating city, or join an optional excursion to view one of the world's greatest engineering marvels, the iconic Panama Canal.

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