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An Adventure Through Central America

Central America
  • Duration: 20 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSLCAT

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

​​This tour, which takes you through a host of thrilling countries in Central America, is the adventure of a lifetime. Dense rainforests and smouldering volcanoes, exotic wildlife and iconic Mayan treasures – all are yours to discover as you head from Panama to Guatemala. 

​​This tour, which takes you through a host of thrilling countries in Central America, is the adventure of a lifetime. Dense rainforests and smouldering volcanoes, exotic wildlife and iconic Mayan treasures – all are yours to discover as you head from Panama to Guatemala.

PRICE FROM ? £5949 per person
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What's Included

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Avianca via Bogota
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 17 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 21 meals: 17 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • All excursions included 

PLUS…

  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Welcome drink
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports ​

​INCLUDED EXCURSIONS 

  • Scenic cruise on Gatun Lake
  • Visit the fortified city of Portobelo
  • A thrilling journey on the Panama Canal Railway
  • Tour of Panama City & Miraflores Locks
  • Visit Irazu Volcano National Park, the tallest volcano in Costa Rica
  • Lankester Gardens & Orosi Valley
  • Aerial tram ride over primary rainforest & visit to the Earth University 
  • Visit La Selva Biological Station
  • Tour of Cano Negro Wetlands & farm visit
  • Walking tour of Granada
  • Discover the Granada Islets and the White Villages
  • Tour of Managua
  • San Salvador tour
  • The archaeological site of Joya de Ceren
  • Visit the Maya ruins at Copan
  • Quirigua, famous for its stone carvings
  • Tour of the Caribbean town of Livingston
  • Boat trip to Cano Dulce & visit to San Felipe Fort
  • The incredible site of Tikal

Not Included

Itinerary

  • Day 1 UK to Panama City
  • Depart on your scheduled flight to Panama City today. 
  • Day 2 Panama City
  • ​You'll stay for two nights in Panama's cosmopolitan capital. Get to know your travelling companions over a welcome drink. ​
  • Day 3 Panama City
  • We'll start our explorations of Panama with a visit to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake which forms a major part of the Panama Canal. On a scenic cruise you'll sail past lush rainforest, so keep a lookout for thrilling wildlife including capuchin and howler monkeys, three-toed sloth and many species of tropical birds, including toucans. Our next stop is the fortified city of Portobelo, discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502 and once the only port of entry and exit for the whole of South America. 

    Our final highlight of the day is a ride on the Panama Canal Railway, an incredibly scenic route which takes us from the Pacific to the Atlantic following the banks of the famous canal​.

  • Day 4 Heredia, Costa Rica
  • ​This morning's guided tour will introduce you to both sides of Panama City. The modern district's skyline is dominated by towering skyscrapers, while the UNESCO-listed Old Town is home to architecture dating back to the days of the Spanish Conquest. We'll also see the Miraflores Locks, which form part of the Panama Canal, before we fly to Costa Rica​.
  • Day 5 Heredia, Costa Rica
  • ​We'll discover some of the incredible natural wonders of Costa Rica on today's included tour. First we'll head to Irazu Volcano National Park, to see the country's tallest volcano which resides in an area of primary, secondary and cloud forest. We'll then head to Lankester Botanical Garden, where more than 3,000 plants, including 1,000 species of orchid, offer a year-round display of colour. Our tour ends in the Orosi Valley where we'll visit a traditional village whose colonial church was built by Franciscan missionaries.
  • Day 6 ​Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
  • ​An exciting highlight today is an aerial tram ride through the rainforest. This trip takes us through the treetops of primary forest in the company of a naturalist guide. After this we'll visit the Earth University, where we'll learn about the country's biodiversity as we tour a banana plantation and a forest reserve. During a 1.2-mile trek, we'll see, hear and smell many species of native plants. The forest is also home to three of the four types of monkey found in Costa Rica, many types of insect and more than 150 species of birds. ​
  • Day 7 Caño Negro, Costa Rica
  • ​Today we head to Caño Negro. En route we'll stop at La Selva Biological Station, an ecology research facility where we'll see some of the country's most immaculate primary tropical rainforest. We'll enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.
  • Day 8 Caño Negro, Costa Rica
  • ​On this day of discovery we'll start with a boat tour of Caño Negro's wetlands. The area is home to more than 350 species of birds including the great blue heron, wood storks, black-bellied whistling duck and the endangered jabiru, as well as caimans, sloths and monkeys. We'll also visit a farm to learn about the growing and harvesting of medicinal plants. We'll gather again this evening for dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 9 Muelle de San Carlos, Costa Rica
  • This morning we make our way to Muelle de San Carlos. On the way we'll stop to explore Tenorio Volcano National Park. One of the country's youngest national parks, it was created to protect this still-active volcano and is considered one of Costa Rica's best-kept secrets. As well as the volcano, the Rio Celeste is one of the park's main highlights – a sky-blue river with a stunning waterfall. Keep a lookout too for an amazing array of flora and fauna, from palms and ferns to howler monkeys and pumas.
  • Day 10 San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Our highlight today is a visit to Arenal Volcano National Park, to view Costa Rica's most active volcano. Its perfect cone is an incredible sight and if you're lucky you may even see it spout steam and hear it rumble. We'll then continue to San Jose, where we'll spend the next two nights.   
  • Day 11 San Jose, Costa Rica
  • After a leisurely breakfast, let's head to the charming little village of Sarchi, known for its arts and crafts heritage. As you explore, you'll see many colourfully decorated ox carts, which are a national symbol of Costa Rica, used historically to transport coffee beans and other goods. Next, we head to the Doka Coffee Plantation, a working farm which has been producing coffee beans for more than a century. Still in use today is a watermill imported from England over 100 years ago.
  • Day 12 San Salvador, El Salvador
  • This morning we head to the airport for our flight to San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, Central America's smallest country. On arrival we'll head off on a tour of the city, including is historical centre, the majestic Metropolitan Cathedral and El Rosario Church.
  • Day 13 Copan, Honduras
  • A journey by road today will take us to Copan in Honduras. En route we'll stop to admire the colonial architecture and ancient cobbled streets of Suchitoto, a charming town considered El Salvador's cultural capital. Once in Honduras, we'll visit Joya de Ceren, an ancient Maya farming community which was buried by volcanic ash, leaving the remains in a wonderfully preserved state.
  • Day 14 Copan, Honduras
  • ​The archaeological site of Copan is the most studied Mayan site in the world, and we'll visit this morning. Among the incredible stone sculptures here we'll discover the Great Plaza and the huge pyramidal Acropolis. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure.​
  • Day 15 Livingston, Guatemala
  • ​Our day begins with a drive to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala's main Caribbean Sea port, where we board a boat for our journey to Livingston. En route to our hotel, where we'll stay for two nights, we'll visit the UNESCO-listed site of Quirigua. Here we'll admire its famous stelae, or stone carvings, the largest of which is 35 feet high, five feet wide and carved from a single piece of stone.
  • Day 16 Livingston, Guatemala
  • ​The enchanting Caribbean town of Livingston was founded by the Garifuna people in around 1795. Today their local traditions, customs, cuisine and music set the town apart from the rest of Guatemala and we'll discover it on an included tour. An afternoon at leisure gives you the chance to explore further with your travelling companions or to relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel, which enjoys a lovely position overlooking the Caribbean Sea.​
  • Day 17 Flores, Guatemala
  • ​After breakfast we embark on a boat trip on the Dulce River to the Ak'Tenamit co-operative, a social development organisation that supports local community projects. We'll also visit the San Felipe Fort, built to stop pirates entering the region from the Caribbean.
  • Day 18 Tikal & Guatemala City
  • ​UNESCO-listed Tikal is one of the most fascinating archaeological sites of the Americas and we will enjoy a guided tour here this morning. At its peak, the city was one of the most powerful Mayan kingdoms. The extensive ruins of temples, palaces and plazas lie among the tropical rainforests of northern Guatemala. This afternoon we'll fly to Guatemala City for an overnight stay.
  • Day 19 Guatemala City to UK
  • Today we fly back to the UK.
  • Day 20 UK
  • Arrive back in the UK today.​
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Accommodation

    • Torres de Alba Hotel & Suites
    • Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici
    • Selva Verde
    • The Selva Verde is located in the midst of the 500 acre Sarapiqui Rainforest Preservation Area. The rainforest is home to over 300 bird species and over 100 species of mammals. Hotel facilities include a bar and restaurant that sits alongside the Sarapiqui River, swimming pool and gift shop.
    • Natural Lodge Cano Negro
    • As per many of the lodges within Costa Rica, the hotel is surrounded with beautiful grounds, don’t be surprised if a monkey suddenly appears! Hotel facilities include a bar, restaurant and pool. The hotel has also been awarded an incredible 3 leaves award for their sustainability projects.
    • Paraiso Granada Hotel
    • Globales Camino Real
    • The Globale Camino Real is a relatively large hotel in Managua. Hotel facilities include; a large pool with poolside restaurant. Room facilities include; complimentary Wi-Fi, alarm clock, desk and safe deposit box.
    • Hotel Mirador Plaza
    • Located in El Salvador next to Torre Futura, World Trade Centre, restaurants and shopping centres. Hotels facilities include breakfast buffet, restaurant and bar.
    • Hotel Marina Copan
    • The 3-star Hotel Marina Copan is situated overlooking the Central Plaza of Copan. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.
    • Hotel Villa Caribe
    • The Villa Caribe is located in the beautiful Livingston, famed for its Garifuna culture in Guatemala. Hotel facilities include; a restaurant, pool, safety deposit box and also a lovely private beach
    • Villa Maya
    • Villa Maya is 45 minutes' drive from Tikal National Park, providing the perfect base for the area's exploration. Hotel facilities include private bathrooms, hot water and air conditioning. The hotel has numerous facilities, including two outdoor swimming pools, outdoor jacuzzi, sun beds and beautifully kept gardens
    • Barcelo Premium
    • The Barceló Guatemala City is a large modern hotel with elegantly furnished rooms. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool and fitness studio. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
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Optional Excursions

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Further Information

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