11 Days Voyage to Central America

Price: $4499

1. Home City - Guatemala City

Hotel : Soleil Antigua Hotel or similar 

Upon arrival in Guatemala City, meet and greet at the airport with a friendly representative and then transfer to your hotel in Antigua. Antigua is located 30 miles southwest of Guatemala City. Enjoy the views. Upon reaching your hotel, the rest of the day is yours for leisure or rest. Overnight in Antigua.

2. Antigua (B/L/D)

Hotel : Courtyard Hotel or similar

Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers visitors a spectacular glimpse of how life may have been during the Spanish Colonial Days. Today’s tour will take you throughout the city. See all the beautiful Palaces, Churches, Convents, Monasteries and Plazas as you go for a picturesque walk over cobbled stones. Volcanoes loom over the city making for a stunning backdrop. In the afternoon, we will plan one of the following depending on the season: Co.ee Tour, Avocado Tour or Chocolate Tour.                                                                             

 

3. Antigua - Lake Atitlan Region (B/L/D)

Hotel : Atitlan Hotel or similar

This morning we transfer from Antigua towards Lake Atitlan passing through a beautiful landscape of Mayan villages and their vegetable plantations. We make our .rst stop to visit Iximche Archaeological Site, theold Capital of the Cackchiquel Kingdom. It is still a sacred place for the Cackchiquels. The second stop will be at Xetonox, a small village located nearby. Here a local family will be waiting for us to gladly show us their way of life, the crops they are harvesting and their weavings. Lunch will be served at their home. Then, we will visit the village’s Grade School to learn more about the local life. Our day ends with a ride to Lake Atitlan, also at 5,000 feet above sea level.      

4. Lake Atitlan Region - Antigua (B/L/D)

Hotel : Soleil Antigua Hotel or similar

Today sightseeing around Lake Atitlan, a “caldera” lake formed by an explosion of a volcano happened 80,000 years ago. The lake is almost circular, 10 miles in diameter, 1,000 feet deep and surrounded by 3 imposing volcanoes. We will enjoy a scenic boat ride to San Juan and there we will bring you to visit the Maya Tzutuhil People. We will stop in a natural dye workshop, learn about the local people’s organic co.ee production and take a little hike to a nearby lookout point with fine views of the lake. We will also see handwoven textiles being made―the Tzutuhil women embroider their tops with colorful birds and .owers. In the afternoon, we transfer back to Antigua.

5. Antigua - Guatemala City - San Jose, Costa Rica - Monteverde (B/D)

Hotel : Montana Verde Hotel or similar

This morning transfer to San Jose, Costa Rica. Upon arrival, we will make our way to Monteverde. Due to its high altitude, Monteverde is lucky to have a steady supply of clouds. Later on, a guide will pick you up at the hotel for a fascinating “night-walk” tour, which is designed for those who want to observe the forest and its creatures at night.  It is the perfect opportunity to observe di.erent species of animals such as sloths, armadillos, porcupines, possums, coatis, bassaricyon (olingos) y kinkajous (martillas). We may also encounter a variety of insects, birds, amphibians and reptiles during our lovely walk.                            

6. Monteverde - Arenal (La Fortuna) (B/D)

Hotel : Los Iguana Resort and Spa or similar

We check out of the hotel in Monteverde this morning and transfer, both by land and boat, to Arenal. The Arenal region was once a quiet, sleepy place, when suddenly the Arenal Volcano erupted violently after almost 400 years of dormancy and the local town of La Fortuna became a popular jumping off point for people in search of fiery night skies and views of creeping lava. Upon arrival in La Fortuna, we will check into the hotel. There will be some free time for you to have lunch or take a stroll and check out a bit of the now buzzing town of La Fortuna. This afternoon you will enjoy an Arenal Volcano Tour that includes a visit to local hot springs.                                                                  

 

7. Arenal - Manuel Antonio (B/D)

Hotel : Shana Hotel or similar

Today we set out to the magical Central Paci.c region of Costa Rica where we will visit Manuel Antonio National Park. This park was recently ranked among the world`s top 12 most beautiful national parks. Manuel Antonio National Park protects a group of extremely beautiful white sand beaches, coral reefs, tropical rainforests and rivers. We have arranged a leisurely hike through the exotic, biodiverse tropical rainforest area of the park. We will observe and learn about a great abundance of wildlife in its natural and breathtaking habitatWith luck, we might spot one of the few remaining endangered “Mono Titi” (or Squirrel Monkeys), which can only be found right here in Manuel Antonio National Park.

8. Manuel Antonio - San Jose - Panama City, Panama (B/D)

Wyndham Garden Hotel or similar

This morning we transfer to the airport in San Jose for the .ight to Panama City, Panama. Upon arrival in Panama City, we will transfer to have dinner at a local restaurant and then head to the hotel for check in.                               

9. Panama City (B/L/D)

Wyndham Garden Hotel or similar
Our day begins with a tour of the ruins of “Old Panama,” the first city founded on the Isthmus of Panama by the Spanish and later attacked by the British pirate Henry Morgan in 1671. After the tour of “Old Panama”, we will travel through a scenic and modern part of the city en route to the “Casco Antiguo”, built in 1673 after “Old Panama” was sacked and burnt. The predominant architectural style of the “Casco Antiguo” is French-Spanish Colonial. Later, we will continue to Flamenco Island, one the three islands which form a causeway at the entrance of the Panama Canal. Here we will have lunch before we proceed to the MirafloresLocks. Of the three sets of locks in the Panama Canal, Miraflores is the closest to Panama City. Here you will observe the magnitude of this engineering marvel. It is amazing that the canal is still operating a century later using the same hydraulic system since its inception. Overnight in Panama City.         

10. Panama City - Chagres - Portobelo - Panama City (B/L/D)

Wyndham Garden Hotel or similar
After breakfast, we will take a bus ride to Chagres National Park and then embark on a fascinating cultural trip. We will enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the rainforest while aboard small, motorized canoes that take us through Lake Alajuela and the Chagres River until we reach the friendly people of the Embera Community. Enjoy learning about their culture and traditions and have lunch in their thatched huts. Later, transfer to Portobelo. Portobelo was a safe haven for the Conquistadors and a juicy target for the pirates trying to get their hands on the fine treasures of the New World. We will enjoy this important historical site and pay a visit to the “Church of the Black Christ” to learn about its interesting legend. Later, on the way back to Panama City, we will make a stop at the Gatun Locks, another part of the Panama Canal. Overnight in Panama City.                                          

11. Panama City - Home City (B)

At time specified, transfer to airport for a home ward flight.

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