Northern Central America - 16 days, 15 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 Belize City, transfer to hotel, evening free, overnight at Belize City.

Day 02
Tour Belize City, which today remains the commercial capital of the country, In addition to other historic buildings, you will see the Supreme Court buildings flanked by cannons used in the Battle of St. George's Caye in 1798.Then you'll be driven 40 minutes up the Western Highway to Belize's wonderful natural wildlife habitat, the Belize Zoo, which gives you the unique opportunity of viewing Belize's prolific wildlife in one location. In the afternoon, we will be driven to San Ignacio for overnight.

Day 03
Today we will visit the Barton Creek Cave.  Glide through a remote underground water cave system in a canoe equipped with powerful spotlights. It is believed that the Maya once used this cave for ritual ceremonies. While canoeing by a local guide through the cave see large and colorful formations, skeletal remains and other cultural artifacts left behind by the Maya centuries ago.  Barton Creek is a large river cave over 4 miles long. The cave consists of giant passages covered with numerous large stalactites and stalagmites. These cave features have made it a popular Belize travel destination.  Artifacts found at Barton Creek Cave suggest that the cave was used for a variety of purposes by the Maya people including agricultural rituals, fertility rites, ritual bloodletting, and even human sacrifice. Archaeological excavations are ongoing.  After exploring the cave, visit the nearby Green Hills Butterfly Ranch where you will experience Belize’s biggest and best butterfly exhibit. The knowledgeable staff will present an excellent synopsis of the butterfly life cycle, but the main attraction is the enclosed flight area where scores of gorgeous tropical butterflies flutter around you; later we should return to san Ignacio for overnight.

Day 04
After breakfast, we are on our way to Guatemala, in route, we will tour Xunantunich Maya site, we will cross the Mopan River on a hand cranked ferry and proceed up a steep incline to the site. The excavated temple, El Castillo, is one of the highest structures in all of Belize and boasts an awe-inspiring view, a reconstructed frieze, a number of stele, and a ball court, Later, we continue onto Flores in Guatemala arriving late afternoon. Evening free and overnight.

Day 05
After breakfast, the tour continues with a one-hour drive until you reach Tikal, in its heyday 700 AD, Tikal 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 a special destination for discerning travelers, particularly archaeology enthusiast, naturalists and bird watchers; we will tour the ceremonial plazas and see the pyramids that rise above the forest canopy. Mid-afternoon we will head back to Flores, then, transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Guatemala City, departing at 8:00 PM arriving at 9:00 PM (time may vary on actual dates), upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, evening free, overnight at Guatemala City.

Day 06
In the morning we will have a brief city tour of Guatemala including the historic district and the center of government, in the afternoon, we will drive to Antigua Guatemala, the 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 main monuments are still preserved. Evening free, overnight at Antigua.

Day 07
In the morning, we will explore this beautiful colonial town, nestled in a valley surrounded by the peaks of three towering volcanoes. Over time, Antigua Guatemala became the most important city in Central America, adorned with monasteries, churches and other monuments built in the Spanish Colonial architectural style; we will have a chance to see both the restored buildings as well as those left as ruins, among the intricate buildings and interesting museums to be visited on the tour are the ornate La Merced church, the ruins of the Capuchinas convent and the San Francisco Cathedral, In the afternoon; rest of the day free to explore on your own or just relax. Overnight at Antigua

Day 08
Today we are driving to Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, known as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, here we will have a boat tour on Lake Atitlan and visit the communities along the shore like Santiago de Atitlan and San Juan Laguna, were we will find a Quiche Indian population that descend from the Mayas and walk around this colonial villages Evening at leisure and overnight at Panajachel.

Day 09
At 7:00 AM, drive to Chichicastenango, where we will enjoy the Indian market day, reputedly the largest outdoor market in Central America, it attracts buyers and sellers from near and far every Thursday and Sunday. A great variety of handicraft and souvenirs are for sale here, from colorful Mayan fabrics and ceremonial masks to genuine leather goods, jewelry and accessories; Also, we will have a chance to observe the Maya/catholic rituals that take place at the Santo Tomas church. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Sonsonate, El Salvador, arriving before sunset, here we will spend a couple of night to get some rest and gather our strength at an all-inclusive seaside resort.

Day 10
Day at leisure at Sonsonate.

Day 11
At 7:00 AM we drive to San Salvador, in route, visit 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; then, 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 our heading to the Maya ruins of Copan in Honduras, we drive back into Guatemala briefly to enter Honduras via El Florido border station, arriving at Copan before sunset.

Day 12
In the morning, we will have a guided tour of the main archaeological site located just one mile away from town, here we will see the hieroglyphic staircase, the ball court, the main ceremonial plaza and its famous high relief carved stelas among many other structures; We will also visit the Museum of Maya Sculpture and museum of archaeology. Evening free and overnight at Copan

Day 13
No visit to Copan can be complete without a close encounter with the quarters of the royal families at “Las Sepulturas” site, we will end our Copan visit with a tour of the Macaw Mountain Bird park, afternoon drive to San Pedro Sula arriving around 6:00 PM.

Day 14
At 8:00 A.M.  We are on our way to central Honduras, admiring the green and mountainous scenery while we head to the capital city Tegucigalpa, in route, we will visit the impressive Pulhapanzakwaterfall, we will have lunch at beautiful Lake Yojoa and also visit colonial former capital city Comayagua, where we will see the oldest functioning clock in the Americas. We will arrive in Tegucigalpa late afternoon, evening free and overnight.

Day 15
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 tour visiting two charming old mining colonial towns, Santa Lucia and Valle de Angeles that are home to the local artisan’s school and many souvenir shops, Evening free and overnight at Tegucigalpa

Day 16
At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport.

For the above plan, you will need to acquire your international flights as follows:

Day 01:                  Arrive at Phillip Goldson International, Belize City, Belize (BZE)
Day 16:                  Depart out of Toncontin International, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU)

servicesincluded

- Accommodations in double occupancy
- Breakfast daily
- Two lunches (Tikal and Lake Yojoa)
- All meals and local drinks at Sonsonate
- Domestic flight Flores (FRS) - Guatemala (GUA)
- Ground transportation
- English speaking guide
- Airport transfers
- Sightseeing tours listed
- Admissions
- Local guides
- Hotel taxes.

Not included: International flights, 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

Belize City, Belize – Best Western Biltmore Plaza
San Ignacio, Belize – Mahogany Hall Boutique Hotel
Flores, Guatemala – Camino Real Tikal
Guatemala City, Guatemala – Westin Camino Real
Antigua, Guatemala – Camino Real Antigua
Panajachel, Guatemala – Hotel Atitlan
Sonsonate, El Salvador – Royal Decameron Salinitas
Copan, Honduras – Hotel Marina Copan (Premium)
San Pedro Sula, Honduras – Real InterContinental
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Hotel Marriott

Moderate accommodations

Belize City, Belize – Princess Hotel & Casino
San Ignacio, Belize – Midas Resort
Flores, Guatemala – Hotel Peten Esplendido
Guatemala City, Guatemala – Holiday Inn
Antigua, Guatemala – Hotel Las Farolas
Panajachel, Guatemala – Porta del Lago
Sonsonate, El Salvador – Royal Decameron Salinitas
Copan, Honduras – Hotel Marina Copan (standard)
San Pedro Sula, Honduras – Holiday Inn
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Holiday Inn

departuredates
2017
- September 2nd
- October 7th
- November 4th
- December 2nd
2018
- January 6th
- February 3rd
- March 3rd
- April 7th
- May 5th
- June 2nd
- July 7th
- August 4th
- September 1st
- October 6th
- November 3rd
- December 1st

*Guaranteed departures on the first Saturday of every month, throughout the year.
**This tour is also available on a private basis, for rates and details please inquire.

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