Guatemala, El Salvador & Nicaragua
Immerse yourself in this Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua trip of 14 days and discover the wonders of these three brother countries. Explore Guatemalan culture and learn in escorted tours about Mayan history at impressive archaeological ruins. Enjoy the exuberant beauty of El Salvador waterfalls, hot springs, and the colorful “Flowers Route”, and walk through the beautiful Suchitoto cobblestone roads. The natural beauty of Nicaragua is one of the world’s best-kept secrets. The adventurous travelers looking for gorgeous and largely untouched jungle will have the chance to explore the rich Nicaraguan flora and fauna.
Tikal National Park
Suchitoto, El Salvador
Cathedral, Granada. Nicaragua
Boat Coffee and tour Lake Atitlan
City tour of Antigua Guatemala
Colonial towns Guatemala
Cooking Class Antigua Guatemala
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
Lake Peten Itza & Mayan site Tayazal
City tour of Suchitoto, El Salvador
City tour of León, Nicaragua
Tour of Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
Horse-drawn carriage Granada
Day 1. Guatemala arrival.
Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Antigua Guatemala, truly a jewel of colonial aThe first day on your Central America vacation package you will visit the beautiful lake that the famous novelist Aldous Huxley considers as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Atitlan. The volcanoes of Atitlán, Tolimán and San Pedro form a majestic backdrop. The Lake is surrounded by many villages where the Maya culture is still alive and traditional dresses are worn. The lake has a great variety of beaches, mountains and volcanoes.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to Jaibalito by boat. Jaibalito is only accessible by water and is one of the smallest villages at Lake Atitlán. Here you will enjoy the clean air and peace away from city traffic.
Day 2. Boat tour Lake Atitlan.
Today you will take a boat tour to explore Lake Atitlan. The tour will stop at several indigenous towns on the shores, a great way to experience the beauty and variety of the Maya living culture. In the town of San Juan your guide will take you to a coffee farm, learn all about Guatemalan coffee production and sample some of the best coffees of the world.
Day 3. Self-discovery.
San Marcos La Laguna is considered to be a fantastic place to relax and unwind. Take a massage or visit a natural sauna, practice yoga or visit one of the most famous meditation centers of the country.
Day 4. City tour of Antigua Guatemala.
Through this guided tour you will visit the jacaranda-wreathed central plaza and their cobblestone streets lined with brightly colored colonial buildings and 16th-century marvelous ruins that makes Antigua the most beautiful colonial city of the Americas.
Besides the beautiful architecture, the triple ascent of the volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango form a majestic background to this city. For those interested, we will organize a hike to the active volcano Pacaya. There are good chances to see running lava in volcano Pacaya.
Day 5. Colonial towns circuit.
Today you will visit the colonial towns of Santa Catarina Barahona, Ciudad Vieja and Santa María de Jesús. Here you will experience the local markets and the city centers. Afterwards and to get you closer to the local traditions, your Central America vacation package will take you to a cooking class with a Guatemalan family. Learn how to make a simple local dish.
Day 6. Flores Island and Tikal.
The trip begins with a flight from Guatemala City to the beautiful Flores Island. A local guide will be waiting for you for your tour to the magic Mayan City of Tikal. The path through the jungle, surrounded by the cacophony of birds and monkeys will take you to the spectacular view of the massive Mayan Ruins of almost a millennium of antiquity. Hike through the jungle to the highest temple to witness an incredible sight, An overwhelming sea of trees and as if they were rock boats, the tips of the Mayan temples of Tikal.
Day 7. Jungle, lake and ruins.
Boat tour to Lake Peten Itza, among the places you will visit is the Mayan site of Tayazal located in a peninsula on the lake. On the top of the pyramids you will have great views of Lake Peten Itza and Flores Island. For those who love birds and exotic animals, there is an animal conservation park for endangered and rare species and there is also the famous veterinary office. In the afternoon you will enjoy the sunset on another boat ride.
Day 8. Travel to El Salvador.
A driver will take you to the airport for your flight to El Salvador. Another driver will be waiting for you for the transfer from the international airport in El Salvador to Suchitoto.
Day 9. City tour to Suchitoto.
They know Suchitoto for its cobblestone roads and an excellent view of Lake Suchitlán. During the city tour you will be able to appreciate the local history and culture under the backdrop of the Guazapa volcano.
Day 10. Travel to Leon, Nicaragua.
Today you will leave El Salvador. Our driver will take you to the international airport to take a flight to Managua, Nicaragua, and then you will be driven to your hotel in León, the second-largest city in Nicaragua. It is home to a number of historic Spanish colonial homes and churches.
Day 11. Discover Leon.
León is considered to be the intellectual center of the country. Your guide will show you through the most beautiful places in the city including the cathedral, the murals of the revolution, Museum Ruben Dario and Gallery Ortiz. The collection of this gallery includes work from European masters (Picasso, Chagall) and a stunning assembly of Latin American art. In the afternoon you will go to the city of Granada.
Day 12. Island of Ometepe.
This morning your driver will take you to San Jorge where you will take the ferry to Ometepe Island to start your tour.
Ometepe Island. Ometepe is the largest island in the world found within a freshwater lake! It houses two majestic volcanoes connected through a very small trip of land. The island is currently one of the destinations admired by both local and international travelers for its beautiful landscapes, volcanoes, rich archaeological background and relaxing beaches.
Ojo de Agua. This is a natural spring of crystalline waters with medicinal properties that rejuvenate your skin. Rustic facilities have been built on this farm, including pools, thatch-roof huts and hiking trails.
Beach of Santo Domingo. Its a 4 kilometer long stretch of gray sand. The water of the lake is warm and shallow making it safe for bathing and swimming. On the beach you can relax in the constant onshore breeze or you can take a walk along the beach, framed by forest.
Charco Verde. It is an ecological reserve that covers 20 hectares of tropical forest. It is home to many species of animals. The lagoon of Charco Verde is known for its emerald green waters. This is a tranquil spot in an unspoiled area of old woodland where you can quietly enjoy the natural surroundings.
Day 13. Explore Granada.
Granada will surround you with unique colonial architecture, horse-drawn carriages and friendly people. The city of Granada is known for its rich history, dating back to the Spanish conquistadors. Visit the churches of San Francisco, La Merced and the neoclassical cathedral. Take a city tour by a horse-drawn carriage through colonial Granada and visit an ancient fortress and a cemetery with tombs over 400 years old.
Day 14. Transfer to Managua airport.
The 14 days of Central America vacation package adventure through these three wonderful countries comes to an end with a transfer to the international airport of Managua, Nicaragua for your departure flight.
14 days & 13 nights
$1,950 per guest
Private transportation, door to door service
Domestic flights: Guatemala City – Flores Island, one way
13 nights hotel accommodation: hoteles carefully selected
Local certified onsite guides
Entrance fees for the tours listed in the itinerary
Boat transfers in Lake Atitlan and Lake Peten
Not included: international flights, personal, travel and cancellation insurance and other expenses than indicated
Natural sauna in the woods
Hike in the woods, all the while you will be able to have the curative potential of forest bathing, foraging also tasty native herbs to add to the delicious after-sauna vegan refreshment. Have a wood-burning classic Finnish sauna (a one hour entire body Swedish massage is also possible on request) after that, you will have a small snack on a charming patio with a view of the imposing volcanoes surrounding Antigua. Our guides and guests contribute to the protection of the forest by picking up trash during our hike. It will be a good addition of the Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua trip. Duration: Approximately 3 hours. Price per guest from: $40
ATV and coffee tour in Antigua Guatemala
Taste the best coffee in the world going on one this adventure tour in Antigua. This excursion is sure to please a diversity of guests. Drive your own ATV and go to a resident plantation, where you will learn about the coffee making procedure from seed to your cup. Following a delicious hot cup of the local drink, drive to the lookout of the city, which has an astonishing view of the city and neighboring volcanoes and mountains. Duration: 3 hours. Price per guest from: $35
Fascinating giant Kite Festival
Come upon with the magic of Guatemala on this exceptional cultural excursion. Learn about the traditions behind the All Saints Day. The incredible giant kites of the town of Sumpango are believed to keep away hateful spirits and connect with the deceased, and they are jewel that take enormous skill and patience to finish. Together with our guide, learn about the history of this festival, personal chapel to the deceased, and the kite manufacturing observance. Fly a kite if you would really want to be a part of this authentic experience. See the cemetery of the town where families get together around the graves of family constituents. The family congregations are cheerful opportunities in which they commemorate those who have passed on from this earth. Duration: one day. Price per guest from: $80
The dawn over the amazing ruins of Tikal
Once you arrive at the entrance of Tikal, you will be off hiking over the darkened jungle canopy with just flashlights or headlamps to see the way. Other than our guide speaking occasionally, the jungle will be peaceful and dark. Turn your headlamps off and look up at the sky full of stars. It is very difficult to match the countless amount of stars you may be able to see in a clear night here. This was all ahead reaching the Temple where you would see the dawn over Tikal. Sit at the top of the temple quietly as the daylight appears. The jungle canopy will wake up, howler monkeys and birds will make a great symphony of natural sounds. Duration: 6 – 7 hours. Price per guest from: $80
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