Cover four different countries on this epic Latin adventure. Stroll along striking black-sand beaches, verdant rainforests and ancient ruins as you make your way around Central America. This is a trip full of outdoor experiences and local know-how. Whether you're shopping in colonial Antigua, exploring the intricately carved structures at Copan or relaxing by the sea in El Salvador, get local insight with likeminded travellers during this incredible nine-day adventure.
- Absorb the nonstop buzz of Leon – a Nicaraguan centre of vibrant mural-lined streets, fiery debate in the plazas, eclectic art galleries and a pulsating nightlife.
- Discover Central America – a land of mysterious Maya ruins, active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles – with plenty of independence and the freedom to choose your own adventure.
- Don your chef hat and get a taste for the local cuisine with a traditional pupusa making session in a local home in Copan, Honduras.
- Experience an El Salvador of the past in the colonial town of Suchitoto, before hitting the waves and savouring the present on the black-sand beaches of El Cuco.
- Support the deaf community in Granada while enjoying a special breakfast in a local café that’s ran entirely by deaf people.
Private vehicle , Local bus , Taxi
Hotel (8 nights)
- Copan - Archeological site (entrance fee and transport, no guide)
- Granada - Breakfast at El Cafe de las Sonrisas
- Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson
- Leon - Leader-led orientation walk
- Suchitoto - Leader led orientation walk
- Suchitoto - Salvadoran Pupusa cooking demonstration
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Day - 1
Location: Antigua - Welcome to Antigua, Guatemala. With crumbling churches, vibrant markets and bohemian cafes set against the backdrop of monumental volcanoes, Antigua is the perfect place to kick off your Central American adventure. Speaking of adventure, yours officially begins with a 6 pm welcome meeting at the hotel today. If you do decide to arrive in the city a little early (smart move), there's plenty to do. Maybe satisfy your cravings and learn the art of old-world chocolate production at the ChocoMuseo, or sit by the fountain and people-watch in Central Park. After the welcome meeting, the night is yours, so perhaps head out with some of your fellow travellers for a tamale: a classic staple of Mesoamerica that sees dough, meat and sauces steamed and served in a corn husk.
Day - 2
Location: Copan - Rise and shine for a day of travel, leaving at around 4 am to beat the rush-hour traffic around Antigua. We’ll drive to Copan by private vehicle, with breathtaking scenery in sections, it's still a good idea to pack a book or have some snacks ready to make the journey more comfortable. During the drive, your group leader will run an informal Spanish lesson, providing some useful phrases to break the ice with the locals. Head into Honduras through the wild countryside of eastern Guatemala, arriving in the charming town of Copan in the early afternoon. While most people use Copan as a base to explore the nearby ruins, there are plenty of other points of interest, both along the cobblestone streets and set into the lush surrounds. Maybe get started in the Central Plaza and follow your nose to a cafe, or perhaps head to the nearby natural hot springs. This optional tour gives you hours of soak time in mud, steaming natural baths and refreshing pools in the lush jungle, with an included dinner.
Day - 3
Location: Suchitoto - This morning, join your leader and explore the World Heritage-listed ruins of Copan, the remnants of the southernmost of the great Maya sites for which Central America is famous. It's unique because of the numerous elaborate stelae – carved columns – still intact on site, and there are also temples, excavated vaults and walls inscribed with ancient faces. You’ll wave goodbye to Copan early in the afternoon and head across the border to El Salvador by private vehicle. Depending on traffic and conditions, you’ll reach the colonial town of Suchitoto in the evening. Then get your chef’s hat on with a pupusa making cooking class in a private home. Pupusa, thick cornmeal flatbreads, are a classic Salvadorian recipe from the Pipil culture and are stuffed with some delicious ingredients, like cheese or chicharron (fried pork).
Day - 4
Location: Suchitoto - Begin the day with a guided orientation walk of Suchitoto – widely considered the cultural capital of El Salvador. Stroll past gorgeous colonial facades and get your bearings. Birders will want to crane their necks; Suchitoto lies on a bird migration path so provides the perfect opportunity for spotting feathered friends. The rest of the day is yours to explore the optional activities on offer. Suchitoto overlooks the Embalse Cerron Grande, also known as Lago Suchitlan, this freshwater lake is a haven for the aforementioned migrating birds, particularly falcons and hawks. Perhaps grab a historically-minded quartet for a guided walk through Cinquera Forest, where guerrilla fighters used the forest as cover during the civil war.
Day - 5
Location: El Cuco - Today we head to the coastal town of El Cuco. There are some great dark-sand beaches close to town, including the beautiful Playa El Esteron and Playa Las Flores – one of the best surf spots in the country. Once we arrive, the afternoon is yours to explore. Maybe head to a beach for a swim or a relax under the palms with a beer while you wait for sunset. As night falls, you could enjoy a seafood dinner along the water – the local crab are some of the tastiest in the country.
Day - 6
Location: El Cuco - Today you're free as a bird to explore the beautiful coast around El Cuco at your own pace. Surf culture is big on the pacific coast of El Salvador so you might like to make like the locals and hit the waves with a surf lesson. Alternately, simply sit back and relax in a hammock on the beach and soak up the sunshine with a drink in hand. Life’s good.
Day - 7
Location: Leon - Rise early for a full day of travel by private vehicle to Leon. Leave El Cuco at around 8 am and drive to the El Amatillo border crossing before driving through Honduras (with a stop for lunch) to the next border crossing Guasaule, before finally reaching Leon. Upon arrival your leader will take you on a walking tour of this charming city. Though it's the second largest in the country, Leon is relatively free of tourists, making strolling the mural-lined streets a real pleasure.
Day - 8
Location: Granada - Make the most of Leon in the morning by exploring the city at your leisure. The street food behind the Lady of Grace Cathedral is some of the best in town, so why not grab a 'Nica taco'. Made with maize, rolled and then deep fried, these beauties are usually served with shredded cabbage and smothered in cream. Otherwise, a thrilling volcano sand boarding adventure could be just the thing for the adventure seekers out there. In the afternoon, get ready for a journey to the oldest city in the 'New World'. Featuring Moorish and Andalusian architecture and oozing colonial charm, Granada is set on the banks of Lake Nicaragua and is surrounded by active volcanoes. To get there, first, take a taxi from the hotel to the bus station, next board a local bus bound for Managua that will depart when it's full. There will be a transit in Managua before taking the next public bus to Granada, and finally taking a taxi ride to the hotel. Upon arrival, your leader will take you through the leafy Parque Central and 'La Calzada': a lively pedestrian street with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Day - 9
Location: Granada - Our Central American adventure comes to an end this morning but not before one final meal with your newfound travel companions. We’ll enjoy a breakfast together at Cafe de las Sonrisas, a café run entirely by deaf people. The café's owner is aiming to bridge the gap and inspire other business owners to employ local people living with disabilities. After breakfast we part ways and bid our Central American adventure goodbye. If you'd like to stay in Granada, our travel specialists can help arrange additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).