Central American Highlights

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5 Based on 4 Reviews
  • duration 16 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 9
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-17123
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Ends Antigua, Guatemala
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Take in the highlights of five fascinating Central American countries in just two weeks
  • Discover rich wildlife, rainforests and volcanoes
  • Explore colourful colonial towns and sacred Mayan sites
The "Central American Highlights" tour starts from San Jose and ends in Antigua. The "Central American Highlights" tour is an active and outdoor tour that takes 16 days. You will travel through Granada, Panajachel, Leon and 8 other destinations visiting Guatemala, Nicaragua and 2 more countries. This is a guided small group tour. The tour includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Discover five diverse countries in this fast paced two-week adventure through Central America. Search for wildlife in Costa Rica, learn about the history of the Maya in Copan, Honduras, and get an insight into local Guatemalan life at Lake Atitlan. This region has everything to offer with fascinating history, rich culture, incredible volcanic landscapes and abundant wildlife.

Volcanoes - Active and dormant volcanoes pepper this region. Discover the impressive cones overlooking the picture perfect city of Antigua, Guatemala, and see lava bubbling in Nicaragua's Masaya volcano

Land of the Maya - Take in the sights and smells of the indigenous market at Chichicastenango and the villages around Lake Atitlan, where the modern day Maya culture still thrives

Suchitoto - Enjoy the charms of this pretty colonial town beside the shores of Lake Suchitlan, and take the opportunity to learn the art of pupusa-making - an El Salvadorean speciality
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  • Day 1 : Join tour in San Jose (Costa Rica)
  • Day 2 : Travel to Rincon de la Vieja. Night walk in search of wildlife
  • Day 3 : Guided morning walk in the National Park. Free afternoon
  • Day 4 : Journey to Bahia Salinas. Free afternoon on the beach
  • Day 5 : Travel to Granada, Nicaragua. City tour and free afternoon
  • Day 6 : Free morning for optional activities; afternoon trip to Masaya Market and Masaya Volcano
  • Day 7 : Travel to Leon. City tour on arrival
  • Day 8 : Free Day; optional hike to Cerro Negro Volcano
  • Day 9 : Journey to the colonial town of Suchitoto (El Salvador)
  • Day 10 : In Suchitoto, optional boat trip on the lake
  • Day 11 : Drive to Copan (Honduras) via La Palma
  • Day 12 : Visit the UNESCO Site of Copan, drive to Guatemala City
  • Day 13 : Travel to Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan; boat trip to lakeside villages
  • Day 14 : Drive to Antigua via Chichicastenango Market
  • Day 15 : Walking tour of Antigua, free afternoon to explore
  • Day 16 : Tour ends Antigua (Guatemala)
  • 15 Breakfasts
  • Sleep Inn Hotel (1 night)
  • Buena Vista del Rincon (2 nights)
  • Nandel Beachfront (1 night)
  • Hotel Patio del Malinche (2 nights)
  • Hotel Austria (2 nights)
  • Hotel Almendros de San Lorenzo (2 nights)
  • Hotel Plaza Copan (1 night)
  • Hotel Best Western Stofella (1 night)
  • Villa Santa Catarina (1 night)
  • Villa Colonial (2 nights)
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • Boat
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Boat Crew
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Any international flights to San Jose and from Antigua are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Central American Highlights tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
5 - Excellent
Based on 4 reviews
  • Andrew
  • On Jun 03 2020
5 - Excellent
Loved the trip and would strongly recommend!
  • Philip
  • On Feb 25 2020
5 - Excellent
Miguel Vasquez was the star of this tour.He made the numerous border crossings trouble free, always assisted anyone wishing to change money whilst keeping the safety of the whole group paramount.
  • Rachel
  • On Feb 24 2020
5 - Excellent
The trip is a superb mix of culture, history and viewing natural wonders including the volcanoes and wildlife.
  • Catherine
  • On Jan 03 2020
5 - Excellent
Good introduction to these five countries.
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Central American Highlights tour. You can cancel the tour up to 63 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 62 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 23 April 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 23 April 2024, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 62 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Central American Highlights tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Central American Highlights tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be either fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure or have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR)  within 72 hours of departure.
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