Central America Gems - 15 days, 14 nights

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  • Aerial view of San Salvador
  • Maya pyramids at Tazumal, El Salvador
  • Arco de Santa Catalina at Antigua, Guatemala
  • Indigenous women at Chichicastenango Market, Guatemala
  • Main archaeological site at Tikal, Guatemala
  • Stelas at Qurigua, Guatemala
  • Main archaeological site at Copan, Honduras
  • Pulhapanzak waterfall in Honduras
  • Basilica de Suyapa at Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • Masaya volcano crater at Nicaragua
  • Panoramic view of Granada, Nicaragua
  • Old cathedral at Managua, Nicaragua

itinerary

Day 01
Arrive at San Salvador, our representative will be waiting for you at the airport, transfer to your hotel, overnight at San Salvador.

Day 02
Today we will explore the capital city of El Salvador, San Salvador, driving through the streets and avenues of residential and historical districts, we will first visit the David Guzman Museum of anthropology, we will pass Zona Rosa on our way to the Divino Salvador del Mundo monument at Plaza Las Americas, then, we will drive up to a viewpoint located in Planes de Renderos, allowing for a sweeping view of the city and surroundings. In the afternoon, we will visit El Tazumal, which is the biggest Maya pyramid that has been discovered in the country, later, we will cIontinue to Joya de Ceren, declared world heritage by UNESCO in 1993 for being the only maya archaeological site where one can appreciate the day to day life style of the pre-Columbian inhabitants, due to the fact that all remains were well preserved, buried under the ashes of the volcanic eruption. We will return to the city through the Pan-American Highway through the mountain range of El Balsamo. Evening free and overnight.

Day 03
Today we will enter Guatemalan territory, heading up north to Antigua Guatemala, a city founded in the early 16th century. Built 1,500 meters above sea-level, in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773, but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. Overnight at Antigua.

Day 04
In the morning, we will discover the timeless colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, nestled in a valley surrounded by the peaks of three towering volcanoes. Over time it became the most important city in Central America, adorned with monasteries, churches and other monuments built in the Spanish Colonial architectural style. While in Antigua you will explore both the restored colonial buildings as well as those left as ruins throughout the city. Among the intricate colonial buildings and interesting museums you will visit on our tour, you will explore the ornate La Merced church, the ruins of the Capuchinas convent and the San Francisco Cathedral, Midafternoon you will be transferred to the community of Chichicastenango for overnight.

Day 05
Today, we will visit the Chichicastenango Indian market, reputedly the largest outdoor market in Central America, which attracts buyers and sellers from near and far every Thursday and Sunday. Many great souvenirs can be found here, from colorful Mayan fabrics and ceremonial masks to genuine leather goods, jewelry and accessories. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Guatemala City for overnight.

Day 06
Today we will we will catch an early domestic flight to Flores. The tour continues with a one-hour drive until you reach Tikal. Tikal in its heyday 700 AD, was the capital of a vast Mayan empire. Today, the site is one of Guatemala's premier tourist attractions. Its unspoiled jungle setting makes it special for discerning travelers, particularly Archaeologists, Naturalists and bird watchers. Midafternoon we will head back to Flores for overnight.

Day 07
Early morning we will start our journey to Copan Ruins, in route we will visit Rio Dulce and Quirigua Ruins, a small Mayan site located in the Motagua River that was apparently ruled by an offshoot of Copan's ruling dynasty during most of its history and served to secure Copan's access to the Motagua river and the trade routes to the cities further north. Quirigua features the tallest stela in the entire Mayan world. We will be reaching Honduran territory in Copan Ruinas late afternoon for overnight.

Day 08
In the morning, we will have a guided tour of the main archaeological site that features the hieroglyphic staircase, the ball court and the famous stelas, in the afternoon, discover the various artifacts and art work carved in stone at the museum of Maya sculpture and the museum of archaeology, evening is at your disposal to stroll around the cobble stone streets of the town of Copan and visit its numerous restaurants, coffee and souvenir shops.

Day 09
Discover Honduras through mountainous scenery while we head to the capital city of Tegucigalpa, in route we will visit our famous Pulhapanzak waterfall, we will have lunch at beautiful Lake Yojoa and also visit colonial former capital city Comayagua, where we have the oldest functioning clock in the Americas. We will arrive in Tegucigalpa late afternoon.

Day 10
Tegucigalpa is not only the capital city of Honduras but further a colonial town of abundant history, we will enjoy a morning tour of both modern and colonial districts, the Basilica of Suyapa and a sweeping view of the metropolitan area at the foot of the giant figure of Christ located at Picacho hill. We will finish our Honduras mainland tour visiting two charming old mining colonial towns, Santa Lucia and Valle de Angeles that are home to the local artisans school and many souvenir shops, evening is free.

Day 11
Today we are heading south to the Fonseca Gulf on the Pacific, which is shared by El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, before entering Nicaragua territory we will visit the old town of Choluteca, we shall arrive at the city of Leon midafternoon, we will have a city tour of Leon Viejo including the Art Museum and the magnificent Leon Cathedral were we will have a chance to go on the roof top and observe the volcanic chain in the far ground, overnight at Leon.

Day 12
Early morning depart for Granada, in route touring of Masaya Volcano National Park, arriving at Granada at noon, in the afternoon enjoy a carriage / walking tour of Granada including a guided visit to Museum San Francisco, evening free, overnight at Granada.

Day 13
We will have a tour of Las Isletas in the morning, exploring this peninsula en its main isles formed by a massive volcanic explosion, we will also visit a Spanish fortress in the area, returning to Granada before lunch time, afternoon is free to enjoy the colonial town, overnight at Granada.

Day 14
Today we will head to the capital city of Nicaragua, Managua, with visits to key political and cultural sites, including its historic center and to see the incredible footprints left by the Managua residents of 4,000 BC, evening free, overnight at Managua.

Day 15
At the appropriate time, we will take you to the airport for your international departure flight.

servicesincluded

- Accommodations in double occupancy
- Breakfast daily
- Five lunches (San Salvador, Tikal, Rio Dulce, Lake Yojoa and Tegucigalpa)
- Domestic flight Guatemala City – Flores
- Ground transportation
- English speaking guide
- Airport transfers
- Sightseeing tours listed
- Admissions
- Local guides
- Hotel taxes.

Not included: any meals not mentioned as included, airport taxes, gratuities to guides, drivers, porters or waiters and expenses of personal nature.

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Superior accommodations

San Salvador, El Salvador – Real Intercontinental
Antigua, Guatemala – Camino Real Antigua
Chichicastenango, Guatemala – Hotel Santo Tomas
Guatemala City, Guatemala – Westin Camino Real
Flores, Guatemala – Camino Real Tikal
Copan, Honduras – Hotel Marina Copan (Premium)
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Hotel Marriott
Leon, Nicaragua – Hotel El Convento
Managua, Nicaragua – Hotel Real Intercontinental
Granada, Nicaragua – Hotel Plaza Colon

Moderate accommodations

San Salvador, El Salvador – Holiday Inn
Antigua, Guatemala – Hotel Las Farolas
Chichicastenango, Guatemala – Hotel Santo Tomas
Guatemala City, Guatemala – Holiday Inn
Flores, Guatemala – Hotel Peten Esplendido
Copan, Honduras – Hotel Marina Copan (standard)
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Holiday Inn
Leon, Nicaragua – Hotel La Perla
Granada, Nicaragua – Hotel Colonial
Managua, Nicaragua – Holiday Inn

Economy accommodations

San Salvador, El Salvador – Hotel Mirador Plaza
Antigua, Guatemala – Hotel Casa Antigua
Chichicastenango, Guatemala – Hotel Santo Tomas
Guatemala City, Guatemala – Howard Johnson Inn
Flores, Guatemala – Hotel del Patio
Copan, Honduras – Hotel Camino Maya
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Hotel Alameda
Leon, Nicaragua – Hotel Los Balcones
Granada, Nicaragua – Hotel Terrasol
Managua, Nicaragua – Hotel D’Lido

Budget accommodations

San Salvador, El Salvador – Hotel Mediterraneo Plaza
Antigua, Guatemala – Hotel Meson del Valle
Chichicastenango, Guatemala – Hotel Santo Tomas
Guatemala City, Guatemala – Pan American Hotel
Flores, Guatemala – Hotel Peten
Copan, Honduras – Lauros Hotel
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Hotel Mac Arthur
Leon, Nicaragua – Hotel Los Balcones
Granada, Nicaragua – Hotel Terrasol
Managua, Nicaragua – Hotel D’Lido


This tour is also available on a private basis, for rates and details please inquire.

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