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Central America in 19 Days - 18 Nights Itinerary

Thumbnail Tour Description: This 19-day/18-night tours offers amazing outdoor adventure and cultural visits through guided tours and private itineraries to the very best of Central America. Traveling to Mayan ruins, lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, charming colonial cities and exotic wildlife reserves, you will get a good feel of this enticing region as you are introduced to the three countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. With stays in 3-star accommodations and enjoying plenty of interaction with the locals, this tour ensures that you will have a truly authentic travel experience. Your trip begins in the compact nation of El Salvador, which is the perfect setting for rafting, surfing, hiking, mountain biking, diving and more – and all of this within a maximum of a 3-hours from this country’s black-sand beaches, two dozen volcanoes, vast green lush valleys and panoramic vistas. From there we will travel to Honduras, where you will be introduced to the charming town of Copan and its famed Mayan ruins within easy walking distance. In Honduras, you will discover this intriguing ancient Maya site before traveling to the Punta Izopo Wildlife Reserve and later the Pico Bonito National Park. In fact, you will discover a string of attractions while in Honduras: from miles of dense rainforest and majestic volcanoes, to beautiful lakes and the charming Spanish colonial towns. Finally, we will head for Nicaragua, one of Central America’s rising stars for adventure sports and eco-tourism. With a history peppered with pirate raids, civil war and invasions, this fragile yet enduring nation is now opening its arms to genuine and willing travelers. As Central America’s largest and least populated country, Nicaragua will provide you have plenty of space and time to enjoy all the bio-diversity has to offer. You’ll have a chance to explore a coffee plantation in Matagalpa, hike up a volcano on Ometepe Island, watch fisherman haul in their catch on Lake Nicaragua, and wander about Moorish buildings in the city of Granada. In short, this almost 3-week immersive tour experience will take you to such breathtaking scenery, Mayan ruins and the chance to meet locals in a way that few travelers get to know.

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Highlights
El Salvador, Suchitoto Town Tour, Lake Suchitlan Boat Ride, Cerro Verde Volcano, “The Flower Route”, Don Juan’s Waterfalls, Copan (Honduras) Town Tour, Pico Bonito National Park, Tegucigalpa, Matagalpa Coffee Tour, Ometepe Island.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Arrival in San Salvador (El Salvador)
Day 2: Suchitoto Town Tour – Lake Suchitlan Boat Ride
Day 3: Joya de Ceren Archeological Site – Cerro Verde Volcano – “The Flower Route”
Day 4: Don Juan’s Waterfalls – Nahuizalco Handicarafts
Day 5: Barra de Santiago Mangrove Forest – El Cajete Island
Day 6: Copan (Honduras) Town Tour
Day 7: Copan Archeological Site – Tela
Day 8: Punta Izopo Wildlife Refuge
Day 9: Tela (Free Day)
Day 10: Pico Bonito National Park
Day 11: Lake Yojoa – Tegucigalpa
Day 12: Tegucigalpa – Matagalpa (Nicaragua)
Day 13: Matagalpa Coffee Tour
Day 14: Masaya Volcano & Market – Granada
Day 15: Granada City Tour – Lake Nicaragua Boat Ride
Day 16: Ometepe Island
Day 17: Ometepe (Free Day)
Day 18: Managua (Free Day)
Day 19: Departure
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1
Arrival in San Salvador (El Salvador)

Upon your arrival in San Salvador (the capital of El Salvador), you will be welcomed at the airport and driven to your hotel, where you will spend the night.

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Day 2
Suchitoto Town Tour – Lake Suchitlan Boat Ride

Following breakfast, you will be driven to Suchitoto, a charming town north of San Salvador. Once there, you will go on a guided walking tour through the cobblestone streets of this tranquil village, visiting some of the old buildings, the market, the corn mill and the local church. After lunch, we will go on a boat trip on Lake Suchitlan, which was formed after a river was dammed and produced an ecosystem that offers a great deal of ornithological interest, as the lake is abundant in species such as pelicans, herons and storks. You will spend the night there in Suchitoto.

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Breakfast
Day 3
Joya de Ceren Archeological Site – Cerro Verde Volcano – “The Flower Route”

Breakfast. Today we will visit the Joya de Ceren (“the Ceren Jewel”), a unique Mayan archaeological site that earned the designation of a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site. From there, we will continue on to Los Volcanes National Park, which is comprised of three volcanoes: Izalco, Santa Ana and Cerro Verde. You will have a chance to walk inside of Cerro Verde, an extinct volcano now covered with dense forest. You will be taken to viewpoints where you will be able to see the impressive nearby volcanoes and landscapes. Next, we will visit the mountains on the Ruta de las Flores (“the Flower Route”), a series of colorful towns surrounded by coffee plantations. You will spend the night at a local hotel on the Ruta de las Flores.

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Day 4
Don Juan’s Waterfalls – Nahuizalco Handicarafts

Breakfast. Today we visit the Cascadas de Don Juan, a 35-meter-high waterfall hidden in the dense Apaneca jungle. From there, we continue to Nahuizalco, a charming town of the ethnic Nahuat Pipil people. There, you will find many handicraft shops where artisans work with wood and wicker to produce colorful handicrafts and souvenirs.

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Day 5
Barra de Santiago Mangrove Forest – El Cajete Island

Breakfast. Transfer to Barra de Santiago for a morning of boating or kayaking through the mangroves, where you will see all kinds of birds, iguanas, lizards, marine mammals, shellfish, sea turtles, crocodiles and blue crabs. Later in the day, we will walk around El Cajete Island, home to archaeological ruins and the famous Barra de Santiago legend of Chasca and Acayetl (the Romeo and Juliette of El Salvador). Transfer back to the hotel, where you will spend the night in the Ruta de las Flores.

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Day 6
Copan (Honduras) Town Tour

After breakfast, you will be driven to the town of Copan, in Honduras. Upon arrival, we will go on a guided tour of the village. Later, you will spend the night in Copan.

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Day 7
Copan Archeological Site – Tela

Following breakfast, we will go on a morning tour of the Copan Ruins archaeological site. From there, we will head to the town of Tela, where you will have free time the rest of the day and later spend the night.

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Day 8
Punta Izopo Wildlife Refuge

Breakfast. Tour of the impressive Punta Izopo Wildlife Refuge. Overnight in Tela.

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Day 9
Tela (Free Day)

Breakfast. Day at leisure in Tela. Overnight in Tela.

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Day 10
Pico Bonito National Park

Breakfast. Tour to Pico Bonito National Park, which offers great opportunities for hiking, birdwatching and other optional tours, such as kayaking. Overnight in Tela.

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Day 11
Lake Yojoa – Tegucigalpa

Breakfast. Transfer to Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. En route, we will visit to Lake Yojoa. Overnight in Tegucigalpa.

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Day 12
Tegucigalpa – Matagalpa (Nicaragua)

Breakfast. Transfer to Las Manos on the border with Nicaragua. We will then continue to Matagalpa, a city located in northern Nicaragua and is referred to as “the pearl of the North.” Overnight in Matagalpa.

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Day 13
Matagalpa Coffee Tour

Following breakfast, we will go on a coffee tour in Matagalpa.

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Day 14
Masaya Volcano & Market – Granada

Breakfast. Transfer to Granada. En route, we will visit the Masaya Volcano, which is actually a volcanic complex composed of a nested set of calderas and craters. After visiting this volcanic complex, you will visit the famous Masaya Market, the very heart of Nicaraguan handicrafts. In this diverse marketplace, you will find unique Nicaraguan products such as hand woven hammocks, embroidered blouses, wood carvings, leather goods, ceramics, paintings and hemp weavings. We will then continue to the beautiful city of Granada, where you will spend the night.

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Day 15
Granada City Tour – Lake Nicaragua Boat Ride

Breakfast. Today we will go on a guided walk tour of Granada, one of the oldest cities in the western hemisphere. The cobblestone streets will take you to the old churches, the convent, and many other old buildings in this charming colonial city. After lunch, you will be picked up at your hotel driven to the harbor, where a private motor boat will take us to the Granada Islets, which is a great way to explore Lake Cocibolca (also known as “Lake Nicaragua”). You will later spend the night in Granada.

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Day 16
Ometepe Island

Breakfast. Today you will be driven to the predominantly indigenous island of Ometepe, which is situated in one of the world’s largest fresh water lakes, Lake Nicaragua. We will take the ferry to Moyogalpa and then transfer to your hotel on the island. Ometepe has served as home to indigenous tribes and cultures for many centuries, which is why you can see many pre-Columbian petroglyphs here. Later, you will spend the night in Ometepe.

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Day 17
Ometepe (Free Day)

Breakfast. Day at leisure. Overnight in Ometepe.

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Day 18
Managua (Free Day)

Breakfast. Transfer to Managua. Day at leisure in the capital city. Overnight in Managua.

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Day 19
Departure

Breakfast. Transfer to the international airport.

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2017 - Price per person
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Included in the price:
  • Daily breakfasts
  • English-speaking guides (in Nicaragua, there are local guides only for the tours)
  • Land transfers and tours as  indicated in the itinerary (Please note the vehicles might change in some destinations, due to road conditions or access needs)
  • Accommodations in  indicated hotels (or similar) in double occupancy
  • Hotel taxes
Not included in the price:
  • Extras at hotels (telephone calls, room service, porterage, laundry, alcoholic drinks, etc.)
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks
  • Any additional/extra tours or park fees
  • Tips & gratuities for guide, driver, local guides and service providers
  • Personal and/or medical expenses
  • Any incidental out-of-pocket or medical expenses. Please ensure you carry appropriate insurance that covers all the activities in this itinerary, inherited risks, luggage protection and holiday cancellation
  • Late check-out or early check-in
  • International flights
  • Departure taxes or immigration fees (to be paid at some airports or land border crossings)
  • Any other service not  indicated in the “included” list or the itinerary
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