Central American Explorer

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5 Based on 2 Reviews
  • duration 25 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-17121
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Panama City, Panama
  • Ends Antigua, Guatemala
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Journey through six contrasting Central American countries on this epic adventure
  • Explore colourful colonial towns & sacred Mayan sites
  • Unwind on the Caribbean beaches of Bocas del Toro
Starting in Panama City and ending in Antigua, the "Central American Explorer" trip is a guided active and outdoor trip that takes 25 days. You will visit Ometepe, Copán Ruinas, Granada and 6 other destinations in 5 different countries. "Central American Explorer" is a small group trip which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. See below for further details.

Discover the diversity of Central America in this epic 25-day adventure. From the lush rainforests of Costa Rica to the smouldering Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua and the paradise beaches of Panama - this really is a trip of contrasts. Learn about the ancient Mayan civilization in Copan, Honduras and fall in love with the cobbled streets of Antigua, Guatemala's most beautiful city.

Caribbean - Unwind on the beautiful island of Bocas del Toro, snorkelling in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea

Copan - Discover the ancient Maya at this impeccable UNESCO World Heritage site

Wildlife - Search for the elusive quetzal in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
  • Day 1 : Join tour in Panama City (Panama)
  • Day 2 : Panama Canal visit; afternoon free to explore the city
  • Day 3 : Public bus to David then head to Boquete
  • Day 4 : Drive and boat to the Bocas del Toro Archipelago
  • Day 5 : In Bocas del Toro, optional boat trip around the islands
  • Day 6 : Journey to Sarapiqui (Costa Rica)
  • Day 7 : Travel to Arenal; optional evening bathe in hot springs
  • Day 8 : Drive to Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve via Arenal Volcano
  • Day 9 : Guided reserve walk; optional canopy tour and night walk
  • Day 10 : Transfer to Rincon de la Vieja and free afternoon for optional hiking
  • Day 11 : Visit the Rincon de la Vieja National park
  • Day 12 : Travel to Ometepe (Nicaragua); optional walks
  • Day 13 : Free day to discover Ometepe Island
  • Day 14 : Journey to the mainland and head to Granada
  • Day 15 : Free time in Granada. Evening trip to Masaya Volcano to view the lava glow
  • Day 16 : Drive to Leon; city tour and optional Cerro Negro Volcano hike
  • Day 17 : Journey to El Salvador
  • Day 18 : Boat trip and lunch on Zacatillo Island; drive to Suchitoto
  • Day 19 : Free day in Suchitoto; Optional boat trip on Lake Suchitlan or Indigo workshop
  • Day 20 : Transfer to Copan, Honduras
  • Day 21 : Visit the UNESCO Site of Copan, free afternoon
  • Day 22 : Drive to Antigua (Guatemala); walking tour of the town
  • Day 23 : Free day to explore Antigua or optional trip to Chichicastenango Market
  • Day 24 : Free day to spend in Antigua or choose to visit Lake Atitlan
  • Day 25 : Tour ends Antigua
  • 17 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
  • Urban Riande Granada (2 nights)
  • Hotel Oasis (1 night)
  • Hotel Bocas Town (2 nights)
  • Sarapiquí Rainforest Lodge (1 night)
  • Destinos Arenal (1 night)
  • Jardines de Monteverde (2 nights)
  • Cañon de la Vieja (2 nights)
  • Hotel Villa Paraiso (2 nights)
  • Hotel Patio del Malinche (2 nights)
  • Hotel Austria (1 night)
  • Comfort Inn La Union (1 night)
  • La Posada De Suchitlan (2 nights)
  • Hotel Plaza Copan (2 nights)
  • Villa Colonial (3 nights)
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • Ferry
  • Flight
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Boat Crew
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Any international flights to Panama City 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 Explorer tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. World Nomads' travel insurance has been designed by travelers for travelers.
5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Anthony
  • On Dec 03 2020
5 - Excellent
Tomas, the guide was first class
  • Ian
  • On Apr 03 2020
5 - Excellent
| enjoyed the trip vey much...very diverse..Only one moan..the optional trips were a little expensive.Apart from that it was great!
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Central American Explorer 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 18 September 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 18 September 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 Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Central American Explorer 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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