Central America Journey
Lake Atitlan  
Antigua  
Arenal Volcano  
Monteverde  
Montevarde Cloud Forest  
Panama Canal  
13 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£3270

Tour Highlights

  • Exotic Panama City
  • Charming Antigua
  • Imposing Arenal Volcano
  • Spectacular Lake Atitlán
  • Natural beauty of Monteverde
  • Colourful Chichicastenango
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Central America Journey

Panama      Costa Rica      Guatemala

This exciting itinerary highlights the best of Panama, Costa Rica and Guatemala all in one trip. It's a great introduction to the variety that each of these Central American countries has to offer. You visit Panama City and the canal, Costa Rica's  Arenal National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Guatemala's Antigua, Lake Atitlan and the famous market town of Chichicastenango.


Day 1
Day 1
UK - Panama City
Daytime flight to Panama City and transfer to your hotel. You will spend three nights in the Las Clementinas located in the Casco Viejo (Old Quarter) of Panama City. The hotel is a small boutique hotel with only 6 rooms, and from the rooftop terrace you can enjoy stunning views of the modern Panama City skyline.
Accommodation: Las Clementinas
     
Day 2
Day 2
Panama City
Free day to explore Panama City; one of the most modern cities in all of Central America. Discover “Casco Viejo” (Old Quarter), home to Panama City’s small but charming colonial district, afterwards visit the nearby fish market where you can try some fresh ceviche. Alternatively take a walk along the sea boardwalk to view Panama’s modern skyline at sunset.
Day 3
Day 3
Panama City
Take a half day Panama Canal cruise. Arrive at Gamboa for the start of your canal transit. You will travel nearly 14 kilometers down to the Pedro Miguel locks, as you journey you will be able to observe the expansion project for the Panama canal. Before reaching the Pedro Miguel locks, you will be able to view the new centennial bridge which crosses over the canal, before descending to Miraflores Lake via a set of locks descending a total of 18 metres.
Day 4
Day 4
Panama City - San Jose - Arenal
Fly to San Jose, Costa Rica, before continuing on by road to your hotel in Arenal. You will spend two nights at hotel Kioro, which is located close to the Arenal volcano, and there are beautiful views of the volcano from the hotel. The hotel also has its own private thermal springs.
Accommodation: Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
     
Day 5
Day 5
Arenal
Explore the Arenal Volcano National Park, perhaps visit the nearby waterfalls, or take a walk along the trails in the national park. For the more adventurous experience the thrill of white water rafting, zipline through the forest canopy or rapel down a waterfall. In the evening relax in one of the many hot springs with magnificent views of the volcano.
Day 6
Day 6
Arenal - Monteverde
Transfer to the Monteverde region by road and lake crossing. There is also the opportunity to transfer by horse. The Trapp Family Hotel is located just 15 minutes walk from the Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve, a birdwatchers paradise.
Accommodation: Trapp Family Hotel
       
Day 7
Day 7
Monteverde
Here you have the opportunity to take one of the exhilarating canopy zip lines, or alternatively take one of the high canopy walkways to see the cloud forest from a different perspective. Monteverde is also one of the best places in Central America to spot the rare and very colourful quetzal bird.

Day 8
Day 8
San Jose - Guatemala City
Return to San Jose for the short flight to Guatemala City and transfer to the colonial town of Antigua. El Convento hotel is located in the heart of the town, with an excellent restaurant cooking traditional Guatemalan dishes.
Accommodation: El Convento
         
Day 9
Day 9
Guatemala - Antigua
Enjoy a free day in Antigua. Surrounded by 3 volcanoes, the cobbled streets of Antigua have a truly picturesque setting. Visit some of the numerous churches including the La Merced, close to the Arco de Santa Catalina, or enjoy some Guatemalan coffee in the central square.
Day 10
Day 10
Antigua - Lake Atitlan
Take a beautiful journey through the Guatemalan highlands to your hotel at Lake Atitlan. Hotel Atitlan is located close to the lake shore, and there are excellent views of the lake and volcanoes in the distance. The hotel also has a lovely garden and a good sized pool.
Accommodation: Hotel Atitlan
                 
Day 11
Day 11
Lake Atitlan
Enjoy a free day around the lake, either relax and soak up the beautiful views, or visit some of the indigenous communities scattered around the lake. One of the villages, Santiago is home to Maximon, a local folk saint who is looked after by a different family each year. It is usual possible to a pay a visit to Maximon’s house for a small fee.
Day 12
Day 12
Chichicastenango
Visit one of the most colourful markets in all of Latin America, Chichicastenango (market days are Thursday & Sunday). Explore the local food market, and the Santo Tomas church where it is common to see rituals on the steps outside. Afterwards continue onto Guatemala City and overnight at Westin Camino Real.
Accommodation: Westin Camino Real
         
Day 13
Guatemala City - UK
Transfer to the airport for your flight returning to the UK.

Pricing Information & Dates

13 day tour, from £3270 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
Price Notes
Prices are per person sharing and include accommodation, daily breakfast, transfers and international flights.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Panama City & Surrounds
  2.   San Jose
  3.   Arenal National Park
  4.   Monteverde Cloudforest
  5.   San Jose
  6.   Guatemala City
  7.   Antigua
  8.   Lake Atitlan
  9.   Guatemala City

Accommodation on this Tour

Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa
Arenal National Park, Costa Rica
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa This is a luxury mountain hotel located ten kilometres northwest of La Fortuna in San Carlos, with a natural viewpoint towards the Arenal Volcano. The hotel is set on 11......
     
El Convento
El Convento
Antigua, Guatemala
El Convento Located on one of Antigua’s historic cobbled streets opposite the 18th century Capuchin Convent, El Convento is an all-suite boutique hotel. The hotel bends traditional, colonial......
         
Hotel Atitlan
Hotel Atitlan
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Hotel Atitlan Situated on the northern shores of Lake Atitlan, this hotel was built in 1970 by a husband and wife duo, and was last expanded in 1992. It has 60 rooms, all with private balconies, and......
                 
Las Clementinas
Las Clementinas
Panama City & Surrounds, Panama
Las Clementinas Las Clementinas is a small boutique hotel located in the historic Casco Viejo district of Panama City. Originally an apartment building in the 1930’s, the property was......
     
Trapp Family Hotel
Trapp Family Hotel
Monteverde Cloudforest, Costa Rica
Trapp Family Hotel The Trapp Family Hotel is the closet lodge to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve which is just a 15 minute walk away. This cozy 20-room inn pays tribute to its setting with......
       
Westin Camino Real
Westin Camino Real
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Westin Camino Real Westin Camino Real is situated in the Zona Viva area of Guatemala City. There are 274 comfortable rooms in this Starwood group property including 176 deluxe rooms which are......
         

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