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19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

A Pack Free guided 19-day highlights walk with Wow-mazing inclusions

Embark on a captivating 19-day adventure through Central America, showcasing all its beauty. Start on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, and make your way down to Belize, following the turquoise waters. From rustling palms, you will move to towering ancient Mayan structures, breathtaking highland landscapes, and charming colonial towns filled with rich cultures. Explore vibrant markets, conquer volcanoes, and immerse yourself in Central American history. Unwind each day at exquisite boutique hotels and savor the continent’s finest cuisine at local restaurants. This journey is more than just a walking tour; it is specifically designed to provide you with an unforgettable full Central American experience.

 

A Pack-Free Walk

Carry as little as your water, camera and lunch

This walk is designed as a Pack-Free walking experience, allowing our guests to fully enjoy the landscapes they traverse without the burden of carrying a heavy pack. After all, walks should be enjoyed, not endured. Each day, our guests will walk with a small day pack, big enough to carry essentials such as lunch, water, and a camera. Meanwhile, your larger bags will be conveniently transported to your accommodation each day.

Snorkel in Cenote Sac Actun

Wow-mazing Inclusion

On the first day of the tour, you will get to snorkel in one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world at the Sac Actun Cenote. A Cenote is a blue water hole found in the Yucatan Peninsula and are known for the Crystal-Clear water.

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Snorkeling on Belize's Barrier Reef

Wow-mazing Inclusion

Belize has the largest Barrier Reef in the Northern Hemisphere. During our visit to Caye Caulker Snorkel at the Barrier reef in Caye Caulker. You will get to see colourful coral and fish, and you will get the chance to swim with nursing sharks and rays.

Canoe Through Barton Creek

Wow-mazing Inclusion

Barton Creek is a stunning river cave, with turquoise blue waters. You will get to take a canoe through the cave for a gentle ride surrounded by beautiful cave formations. It is also known for the archaeological finds, from ancient Mayan pottery to human skeletons. The Local guide will tell you all about the natural and Mayan history in cave while you journey through.

Visit Ancient Mayan Cities

Wow-mazing Inclusion

On this tour you visit both Tikal and Copan, each offering a unique glimpse into the ancient Mayan life. Tikal is the largest recovered Mayan City covering over 130 square kilometres, while Copan, a smaller city, offers amazing, preserved art and structures.

Exclusive Chichicastenango Market Tour

Wow-mazing Inclusion

A local shaman guide will take you around the Chichicastenango market showing you all it has to offer. it is not only known for the endless supply of unique artisanal Guatemalan items, but there are also immersive cultural experiences that are a must do. Your Shaman guide will tell you all about rituals, and produce found on the market, making it extra memorable.

Visit and Summit active Volcanoes

Wow-mazing Inclusion

Central America has an almost uncountable number of volcanoes, and you will visit and summit some of the best. Expert guides accompany you on every walk and will show you the best views of the continent.

Colonial Towns Tours

Wow-mazing Inclusion

Central America is littered with beautiful colonial towns. You will get to visit, explore, and be guided through the most charming villages and cities the continent has to offer.

Stay in stunning Boutique Hotels

A highlight of your journey will be our handpicked unique accommodations. We choose only the best accommodations in the area, in the most stunning locations.

Flexible walks

Most walks on this tour are of easy or moderate difficulty. We take into account all walking paces and skill levels, the walks offer natural enjoyment and cultural enrichment, while challenging you the right amount. With some of the more difficult walks you can always opt for easier options.

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Superb Guides and Support

Guides are essential in delivering the ultimate walking experience. You’ll be accompanied by local expert guides with passion and enthusiasm for the area and a second host guide one of our experienced Senior Guides from Australia who will accompany you for the entire trip ensuring we deliver a world-class walk up to our high standards.

Fabulous meals featuring local produce

On this walk you will indulge in superb dining with perfectly matched wines. We visit local’s favourite restaurants, and you will get to experience a variety of cuisines as you traverse the continent. All hotels where we dine have expert chefs allowing you to enjoy fabulous dinners from the comfort of your hotel. Join local chefs in Suchitoto, and make your own Pupusas, a local delicacy filled with cheese.

Personalised Tours

All tours are small and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.

 

 

 

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Why Choose Us

Tour Itinerary

Inclusions
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Your 19-day walking holiday includes:

  • Pack-Free fully supported walk with no heavy packs to carry
  • Flexible walking options and activities each day
  • Professional and passionate guides
  • Knowledgeable local experts during every tour
  • All transfers including private boats, ferries, and a domestic flight
  • Access to all National Parks
  • All tours are private for our group

Superb Boutique hotels 

  • 1 night in Mexico
  • 2 nights in Belize
  • 7 nights in Guatemala
  • 1 night in Honduras
  • 3 nights in El Salvador
  • 4 nights in Nicaragua

Wow-mazing Experiences

  • Guided Snorkeling at Sac Actun Cenote
  • Kayak on Bacalar 7 colored Lagoon
  • Guided snorkeling at barrier reef Caye Caulker (multiple locations)
  • Guided canoe cave tour Barton Creek
  • Tour of the ancient Mayan city of Tikal and Copan
  • Short weaving class San Juan
  • Visit active volcanoes
  • Colonial towns and city tour around the continent
  • Historic civil war guerilla tour El Salvador
  • Pupusa cooking class in Suchitoto
  • Visit famous Chichicastenango and Masaya Markets
  • Kayak tour islets Granada, Nicaragua

Local produce & wine

  • Complimentary wines with evening meals
  • 18 x superb dinners every evening featuring local produce
  • 18 x delicious lunches
  • 18 x breakfasts
Day 1: Cancun - Cenote Sac Actun - Bacalar
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Guests will need to organise their own flights to Cancun Mexico (a major international airport) the day prior to the tour. 

RECOMMENDED PRE-NIGHT: We suggest staying at the Westin Resort in Cancun, where our pick-up will be arranged. Other hotels in Cancun are also convenient, but ensure you leave in time for our departure.

MEETING DETAILS: Meet your guides at 7.45 am in the foyer of the Westin Resort & Spa in Cancun. The resort is located close to the airport on the main beach of Cancun. Make sure you arrive at the hotel before 7.45 am, to ensure no delays take place.

WALK: No scheduled walks today, enjoy the beauty of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, with only small walking sections to and from the blue water cenote, Sac Actun.

ITINERARY: Meet your guides in the lobby of The Westin Resort & Spa in Cancun at 7:45 am for your first transfer of the day to the El Sueño Cenote. After an approximately 2-hour drive, you will arrive at this stunning blue-hole cenote. At Sac Actun, marvel at the cave formations and crystal-clear blue water that makes you feel as if you’re floating through space. The Sac Actun Cenote is part of an underwater cave system that stretches nearly 400 kilometres. After this magical swim and snorkel, head to Tulum for a traditional, high-quality Mexican lunch. After your belly is filled, transfer to Bacalar’s lagoon of 7 colours, where you’ll stay at Rancho Encantado, a beautiful boutique hotel with a touch of luxury overlooking the turquoise waters of the lake. Canoes are available at the hotel for stunning views of the lagoon and the sunset. A fine Mexican dinner will be served at the hotel, ensuring you are satisfied and ready for a good night’s rest.

Day 2: Travel to Caye Caulker, Belize
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WALK: Short orientation walk of Caye Caulker, easy, 2 kms, 1 hour

ITINERARY: This morning, we enjoy an early breakfast before embarking on a short transfer to Chetumal. From there, we journey by water to the Caribbean Island of Caye Caulker in Belize, with a brief stop en route at San Pedro. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be charmed by the islanders’ friendly and laid-back nature. Caye Caulker is a picturesque small island fringed with white sand beaches and palm trees, where bikes and golf carts are the only mode of transportation.

Upon arrival, you’ll head to Island Magic Beach Resort, a charming Caribbean hotel that will put you in the island spirit. Embrace the laid-back local vibe and take it easy today. Your guide will give you a short orientation tour of the island, highlighting the best places to relax. In the evening, enjoy local cuisine for dinner and continue to unwind and soak in the lively island atmosphere.

Day 3: Caye Caulker - Snorkel Belize Barrier Reef
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

WALK: No scheduled walks today, enjoy the island life, and snorkel among the beautiful marine life and coral reefs

ITINERARY: In true island style, we’ll indulge in a late breakfast before embarking on a boat excursion to explore Belize’s renowned Barrier Reef, the largest in the Northern Hemisphere. Equipped with snorkelling gear, you’ll join our boat for a half-day subaquatic adventure. Prepare to explore coral reefs teeming with vibrant fish, with the possibility of encountering seahorses, turtles, and even manatees if you’re lucky. We’ll also make a brief stop at a shallow spot known as Shark Alley, where toothless gummy fish like to visit. Throughout the tour, fresh local fruits and water will be readily available.

Afterwards, we’ll return to land for a delicious lunch, offering the perfect opportunity to savour more of the local cuisine. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the island further, take a dip in the hotel pool, or browse the local island shops. In the evening, we come together as a group to relish another dinner featuring island delights such as crayfish or Creole cuisine, all accompanied by fine wine.

Day 4: Barton Creek Cave and Lake Flores - Tikal
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WALK: Today you will walk short sections around Barton Creek Cave, most will be explored by canoe, easy grade.

ITINERARY: Today, after an early hotel breakfast, you’ll board the ferry at 7:30 am to Belize City on your way to Guatemala. Before crossing into “The Land of Eternal Spring,” you’ll explore some of Belize’s most impressive jungles. After a 1 hour and 50-minute transfer, a gentle canoe ride through a magical cave system with blue water and ancient Mayan artifacts awaits you. Your guides will provide a history lesson in this beautiful setting, followed by a traditional Belizean barbecue for lunch. Just over an hour away lies the Guatemalan border, where you’ll arrive at your luxury lakeside accommodation near the famous ancient city of Tikal. A locally sourced dinner at the hotel will conclude your journey to the beautifully diverse country of Guatemala, where you’ll spend the coming days.

Day 5: Walk the Ancient Mayan City Tikal
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

WALK: Walk the massive ancient city of Tikal, easy grade, 5 km, 6 hours

ITINERARY: Wake-up call will be around 4 am today, and yes, it’s for a good reason. If your stomach isn’t ready for breakfast at this early hour, you can bring it with you on the way to the ancient Mayan capital of Tikal. At 6 am, you will set foot on the national park’s land, where an expert guide will lead you through this impressive site. The city of Tikal once spread over 130 square kilometers and housed at least 50,000 Mayans. The remains of the city center make for a wonderful 5-6 kilometer walk, offering views from several of the massive structures, some towering up to 65 meters high. As you explore, you’ll be captivated not only by the impressive architecture but also by the fascinating stories shared by your guide.

After immersing yourself in Mayan culture, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Tikal. The afternoon is free for you to take a much-needed rest, bathe in the lake, or participate in some of the hotel’s activities, such as canoeing and experiencing the Temascal. In the evening, a lovely dinner will be prepared before you can cover yourself in linen and fall asleep, ready for another early morning rise.

Day 6: Journey to Guatemalan Highlands - Lake Atitlán
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

WALK: No scheduled walks today, relax and unwind from your travels today.

ITINERARY: Boarding time is 7:00 am for your flight to Guatemala City. We will leave the hotel at 5 am, bringing your breakfast along to enjoy at your convenience either at the airport or en route. After a short 1-hour flight to Guatemala City, you’ll be driven straight to Lake Atitlán, arriving in just over two and a half hours, right in time for lunch.

Lunch is served at Hotel Atitlán, which will be your home for the next three nights. After the early wake-up and travel, you’ve earned a rest, and the hotel offers all the amenities and views needed for a wonderfully relaxing afternoon. There’s no need to go anywhere for dinner; simply choose a seat and let the chefs at Atitlán take your taste buds on a delightful journey. In the evening, you can sit on the terrace and enjoy a few drinks while overlooking the lake before calling it a night.

Day 7: Walk Lake Atitlán and Explore Santiago
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

WALK: Morning walk: 6 km, easy grade, 3 hours. Afternoon walk: leisurely walking tour of Santiago, 2-3 km, easy, 3 hours.

ITINERARY: Rise and shine with the sun’s reflection on the lake as you get ready for breakfast with a paradisiacal view around 7 am. After a hearty meal, you’ll take a short boat ride to your morning hike. You’ll walk from Santa Cruz to Jaibalito along the shores of Lake Atitlán, passing through small rural villages, grassy hills, cliffs, and diverse plant life. Lake Atitlán lies in the land of eternal spring, making the weather perfect for walking.

After your hike, you will cross the lake to Santiago, a colourful village that will immerse you in local culture and communities. Santiago, the largest town on Lake Atitlán, is known for its vibrant markets, scenic parks, picturesque churches, and welcoming people. Enjoy a lovely lunch at a local restaurant before continuing your exploration of the town with our local guide, learning more about what makes this area special. The final boat of the day will take you back to the hotel, where another delightful dinner awaits.

Day 8: Lake Atitlán Indian Nose Hike - San Juan
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

WALK: Morning walk: 6.1 km, medium grade, 4 hours. Afternoon walk: San Juan La Laguna, 2-3 km, easy grade, 3 hours.

ITINERARY: After breakfast, you leave by boat at 8 am to the start of the Indian Nose hike. The walk is challenging and requires a decent level of fitness, but the breathtaking views at the top will be a truly fitting reward. After marveling at the views of the lake and surrounding mountains, you will make your way back down the same path, beating the afternoon sun.

At the bottom, a boat will be waiting to take you to San Juan La Laguna. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a well-deserved lunch at another fantastic local establishment. After lunch, delve into the rich culture of this charming village, known for its vibrant art scene and traditional weaving techniques. Immerse yourself in the indigenous culture, visit local cooperatives, and admire stunning murals depicting Mayan heritage. Experience the beauty and cultural richness of Guatemala on this captivating journey through nature and tradition.

After the tour, you’ll return across the lake to Hotel Atitlán. Enjoy the pool, the cuisine, and drinks until you’re ready for bed, then retire to your room for a restful night’s sleep.

Day 9: Journey to Antigua via Chichicastenango Markets
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

WALK: Walking tour of markets, easy grade, 2-3 km, 4-5 hours with breaks

ITINERARY: After breakfast, you’ll enjoy an hour and 20-minute transfer to the Chichicastenango market, a must-visit destination in Guatemala and the largest craft market in Central America. Nestled in a small, colourful Mayan town, this vibrant market immerses you in local culture and offers the perfect opportunity to find unique souvenirs. Navigating this bustling market on your own wouldn’t do it justice, so another expert guide will accompany you, revealing all its hidden gems. Traditional Guatemalan cuisine awaits you for lunch, satisfying your taste buds with authentic flavours. The Shaman guide will show you some of the incredible rituals and cultural events that make the markets extra special.

Afterwards, we transfer to the world-famous colonial town of Antigua, where you’ll be welcomed to El Convento hotel for the next two nights. Indulge in another freshly made dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, setting the perfect scene for a memorable evening.

Day 10: Pacaya Volcano Hike and Antigua City Tour
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

WALK: 5 km, moderate difficulty, 4 hours with breaks

ITINERARY: Today, after a communal breakfast, you’ll embark on the exhilarating challenge of climbing the active Pacaya volcano. Despite being only a 2.5 kilometre hike, Pacaya presents a challenging hike due to its steep incline and rugged terrain. As you ascend 500 meters from the starting point, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, adorned with towering volcanoes, green hills, valleys, and farmlands. After soaking in the panoramic views from the summit, you’ll head to a very special pizzeria. What sets this dining experience apart is the use of a pizza oven made of volcanic rock and magma. If you’ve never tried a pizza baked with lava before, you’re in for a treat, not to mention the views surrounding you while you enjoy your one-of-a-kind lunch.

The afternoon holds more adventures as you embark on a guided tour through Antigua, often referred to as a living museum of Spanish colonial history. The city’s colourful streets provide a delightful backdrop as your knowledgeable local guide narrates its incredibly interesting history. Enveloped by volcanic peaks and lush hills, the urban landscape offers endless captivating vistas to admire. Situated in a renowned coffee region, Antigua has much more to offer, and your guide will ensure you experience its highlights.

In the evening, you’ll return to your beautiful retreat for a delightful dinner, rounding off another memorable day of exploration and discovery.

Day 11: Journey to Honduras - Explore the Copan Ruins
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

WALK: There are no long walks today, explore Copan at a leisurely pace with your guide, 2-3 km, 3 hours with breaks.

ITINERARY: Whether you’re continuing your journey from Guatemala or joining us here, today offers the chance to experience one of the best-preserved ancient Mayan cities. At 7:00 am, the bus departs from Antigua, providing an opportunity to admire the views or catch up on rest. En route, we make a stop in Guatemala City before arriving at Copan.

We will arrive at Copan at lunchtime and enjoy a hearty meal. After the long journey and a satisfying lunch, you’ll be rewarded with the sight of impressive carved rock and Mayan statues, unlike any other site. The art at Copan truly distinguishes it from other sites in Central America. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to walk through the tunnels of the ancient city, giving you a new perspective on the structures.

Afterwards, a short ride will take you to Hacienda San Lucas, your beautiful accommodation for the night, surrounded by nature. Here, you’ll enjoy a special dinner with stunning views of the jungle-covered valley below.

Day 12: Santa Ana and Lake Coatepeque - El Salvador
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

WALK: No walking today, unwind and prepare yourself for the adventure filled days to come.

ITINERARY: Today, after breakfast, you head off to El Salvador, a country often overlooked when travelling to Central America. El Salvador has much to offer, including its famous black sand beaches and is known as the “Land of Volcanoes.” After crossing the border, you will arrive in the town of Santa Ana, where your first Salvadorian meal awaits at a local restaurant.

From there, you will be taken to the magnificent Lake Coatepeque. Spend the afternoon unwinding, taking in the views, swimming in the pool or lake, and enjoying a drink if you please. From the modern hotel, you can gaze over the lake with a backdrop of not one, but four volcanoes. This area will be explored further tomorrow, giving you the chance to summit one.

Tonight, enjoy a dinner overlooking the calm waters before heading to bed, preparing yourself for a busy day of adventuring to come.

Day 13: Cerro Verde walk - Suchitoto
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

WALK: Elevation gain 1000 metres, distance 8 km, hard. Easier walking option at bird sanctuary, leisurely pace, 2 kilometres.

ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast, you will be transferred from Lake Coatepeque to the National Park of Cerro Verde, an ancient volcano surrounded by the Izalco and Santa Ana volcanoes. Starting at 9 am, you’ll embark on a hike from Cerro Verde to climb the Llamatepec volcano up to its crater with a local expert guide. At the summit, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the crater and the stunning surroundings. This hike requires a decent level of fitness.

If the hike is too ambitious, you can explore the National Park’s bird sanctuary, home to emerald toucanets, magpies, woodpeckers, motmots, and 17 different hummingbird species, which you can spot around the top of the Cerro Verde Volcano.

In the afternoon, we will transfer to the colonial town of Suchitoto, where we’ll explore several local art galleries during a walking tour of the town. Various locations offer great views over Lake Suchitlan, a former river that was dammed and now supports an ecosystem rich with bird species, including pelicans, herons, and storks.

We will end the day with dinner at a local pupusa restaurant, where you’ll participate in a short workshop to make your own stuffed pupusas by hand. You can fill them with cheese, beans, loroco, and pork. After dinner, you will be taken to your boutique hotel, where you can unwind by the pool before heading to bed.

Day 14: Suchitoto to Black Sand Beaches
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

WALK: Historic civil war walk, 4.5 km, 3 hours, easy grade

ITINERARY: The morning in Suchitoto begins with a delightful breakfast before a guided city tour reveals its rich history and cultural treasures. You’ll delve into El Salvador’s civil war history, as a local guide showcases guerrilla hideouts and recounts stories from the war times. You’ll trek through small sections of lush jungle in a nature reserve recently established by local communities.

After your morning guerrilla tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before saying goodbye to the colonial town and heading to the coast. During the drive, you’ll be treated to views of El Salvador’s beautiful landscape, including volcanoes, jungles, valleys, farmland, and quaint towns.

Your travels are rewarded with stunning views of the ocean crashing on El Salvador’s famous black sand beaches. Take a dip if you wish — both the ocean and the pool will provide a refreshing break after your journey. As the sky turns orange and the sun sets over the horizon, you’ll catch the lovely aromas wafting from the kitchen as your dinner is being prepared. Another day is gone, and Nicaragua awaits, ready to unveil its wonders next.

Day 15: El Salvador to Léon - Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

WALK: Walking tour in Léon, 3-4 km, easy grade, 2-3 hours

ITINERARY: After your hotel breakfast, you will depart to La Union Harbour for a scenic boat ride to Nicaragua. Following this seafaring transfer, you’ll continue your journey to León. After enjoying a nice lunch en route, you’ll arrive in this scenic colonial town.

In León, a guided tour will showcase the town’s beauty and historical significance. You’ll explore the colourful streets, making your way to the main plaza where you’ll find the León Cathedral. Not only will you get to go inside, but you’ll also explore the top, offering views overlooking the town.

Finishing your tour in the late afternoon, you’ll retreat to your hotel, where a lovely dinner will be prepared for you to enjoy.

Day 16: Walk Cerro Negro - Explore Granada
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WALK: Walk up Cerro Negro, 3 km, moderate grade, 2 hours

ITINERARY: Living up to its name, the black-as-coal Cerro Negro volcano will be your first destination of the day after a hearty breakfast in León. Cerro Negro offers a short, unique hike up its dark mass, rewarding you with panoramic views of farmland, jungle, and distant towering volcanoes. The walk might dirty your shoes, but the stunning vistas along the trail make it well worth it. For the adventurous, there will be an option to go volcano boarding or sledding — a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as volcanic sand proves just as exhilarating as snow.

The day is just beginning as the journey continues to Granada. Your first stop will be lunch at a local restaurant in the nation’s capital, Managua. Next, you’ll head to the Masaya volcano, where a short walk leads to a breathtaking view of the crater. Following this, you’ll visit the Masaya markets to immerse yourself in local culture and perhaps pick up a souvenir.

Finally, you will reach Granada, where dinner awaits at your hotel, finishing off a day filled with adventure and unforgettable experiences.

Day 17: Lake Nicaragua journey to Ometepe
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

WALK: No walks today, kayak lake exploration, moderate, 2 hours

ITINERARY: Begin your day with a delightful Nicaraguan breakfast, setting the stage for a morning kayak tour of the enchanting islets of Lake Nicaragua. Glide through pristine waters surrounded by lush greenery, offering a perfect vantage point to observe vibrant birdlife and wildlife, such as monkeys dangling from the trees. Following the invigorating kayak tour, venture into Granada, a town adorned with colonial architecture. Enjoy a leisurely lunch, savouring local flavours that reflect the rich culinary heritage of Nicaragua.

After lunch, set sail on a scenic boat journey to the mystical Ometepe Island, known for its twin volcanoes and stunning landscapes. Upon arrival, relax by the beach, take in the serene beauty, and unwind by the pool at your island retreat. As the day transitions into evening, savour a delectable dinner at the lodge on Ometepe Island, letting the flavours of Nicaragua tantalise your taste buds in the tranquillity of this idyllic setting.

Day 18: Ometepe Island - Walk Maderas Volcano
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WALK: Madras Volcano 12.5 km, hard grade, elevation gain 1281 m, 8 hours with breaks

ITINERARY: Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. The day unfolds with a challenging yet rewarding trek to Maderas Volcano, a breathtaking eight-hour journey. As you ascend through lush jungles, catch glimpses of stunning lake views until you finally reach the majestic crater. Maderas is completely covered in dense jungle forest, making it the perfect place to completely immerse yourself in nature. At the top, enjoy a well-earned lunch in the tranquillity of the forested crater.

For those seeking a more relaxed alternative, indulge in a serene day at El Ojo de Agua. Immerse yourself in crystal-clear waters, surrounded by picturesque scenery. Revel in the tranquillity and pamper yourself with chocolate treats at El Pital, a delightful addition to your leisurely day.

As the groups reconvene, join together for a delightful dinner back at the hotel. Share stories of the day’s adventures and savour the flavours of Nicaraguan cuisine.

Day 19: Return to Managua - End tour
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

ITINERARY: Today, your journey through the heart of Central America ends. We’ll begin with an early breakfast on the picturesque island of Ometepe, followed by a ferry ride back to the mainland. From there, you’ll be transferred to the airport in Managua. At this point, you can either return home or continue your travels through this incredible continent, at your own expense.

END: Your tour will end around 11 am in Managua, Nicaragua, where you’ll be dropped off at the airport.

*If you wish to continue exploring, you can extend this tour to a 31-day adventure, including Costa Rica and Panama, for a complete Central America experience. – CLICK HERE

Tour Accommodation

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Rancho Encantado

Bacalar, Mexico

Stay in the beautiful Bacalar in Rancho Encantado on the 7 coloured lagoon. Rancho Encantado is a modern 4-star boutique resort, built in a local architectural style mixing Spanish colonial architecture and Mayan styles. You are located right on neon blue waters of the lake; kayaks are included allowing you to take in a breathtaking sunset on water. The expert chefs will take care of your dinner, and breakfast in the morning.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Island Magic Beach Resort

Belize, Caye Caulker

Island Magic Beach Resort is located in the heart of the small bustling tropical Island of Caye Caulker. Close to turquoise water beaches, little shops to buy souvenirs, and within walking distance of all else the island has to offer. You will of course have a pool to cool off from the Belizean heat, where umbrellas will keep you safe from the UVs.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

El Camino Real Tikal

Guatemala, Péten

El Camino Real Tikal is a beautiful 4-star lodge nestled at the bottom of a jungle filled hill, with views and direct access to lake flores. Here you spend two nights, allowing you time to make use of all the amenities offered: the lovely pool, Kayaks to explore the lake, woodshop, and more. Food and drinks will of course be included here again and will be of utmost quality.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Hotel Atitlan

Guatemala, Atitlan

This lovely boutique hotel will be home for the coming nights, nestled on the hillsides of Lake Atitlán. Besides the stunning views on the lakes and mountainous landscape surrounding it, you will be able to enjoy all the hotel’s amenities, including a pool overlooking the botanical gardens and of course the lake. The hotel is built in a mixture of native and Spanish colonial architecture creating a truly unique Guatemalan style immersing you into the environment.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

El Convento

Guatemala, Antigua

Another beautiful boutique hotel, with traditional Spanish architecture will be your home for the coming nights. El Convento has a circular layout with all rooms surrounding a beautiful garden with serene water features that create a calm oasis in the heart of the lively town of Antigua.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Hacienda San Lucas

Honduras, Copan

Nestled in the lush jungle just outside of Copan lies your beautiful luxury lodge. Built in traditional style, providing beautiful views on green valleys and local birds, offering botanical gardens, and a pool to cool down, this paradise will help make your short stay in Honduras absolutely unforgettable.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Cardedeu

El Salvador, Coatepeque

A break from the traditional architecture, you are now welcomed to the luxury modern Cardedeu Hotel. You can end your night at the infinity pool overlooking magnificent lake Coatepeque, with views on not one but 4 volcanoes. Here again only the best regional food will be served for you to enjoy before diving into your comfortable bed.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Los Almendros de San Lorenzo

El Salvador, Suchitoto

Stunning views on the lake, a refreshing pool, close to the heart of the colonial town, and equipped with a lovely kitchen with passionate chefs, what more could you ask for at your second Salvadorian stay. Los Almendros de San Lorenzo is a lovely boutique hotel, up for the task of making your stay comfortable and memorable.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Los Mangos

El Salvador

Hotel Los Mangos is your paradise lodge for the night. You can almost taste the ocean’s salt as you walk into the lobby, with the black sand beaches reaching right up to your doorstep. The sun is setting, waves are gently breaking, and a cool breeze comes through making the palms rustle gently, as you get ready for dinner at this beautiful beach resort.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

El Convento

Nicaragua, Léon

If you joined the tour from Guatemala, you might think you are seeing double, but we are staying in another Convento. Convento’s are old monasteries of sorts and are often beautiful pieces of architecture. El Convento in Leon is no different, and is now a cosy boutique hotel, with a central courtyard and pool. It will be the perfect place for you to unwind in the heart of the lovely town of Léon.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Plaza Colón

Nicaragua, Granada

Hotel Plaza Colon is a beautifully refurbished colonial house overlooking Granada’s Central Park, combining modern amenities with old world style and high standards of sustainability. All rooms are air-conditioned and set around a beautiful central courtyard and swimming pool, whilst some have a large terrace which offers great views of the park and the colourful cathedral. The city’s highlights are on your doorstep, and there’s a cosy bar where you can enjoy a nightcap after a long day of exploring.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Villa Paraíso

Located on Santo Domingo Beach, often considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on Ometepe Island, with 7 km of white sand and imposing natural beauty. The rustic boutique resort consists of private cabins overlooking the beach, they are richly decorated and well-maintained. All cabins come equipped with air-conditioning, warm water, and satellite TV. Also enjoy the swimming pool located next to the beach. The hotel’s restaurant specialises in seafood and Lake Nicaragua fish.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Tenorio Lodge Rio Celeste

Costa Rica

Luxury awaits at your jungle Hideaway just a stone’s throw away from the blue river. Be welcomed by the lovely staff to drinks, delectable food, and hop in the pool surrounded by the rainforest. You will be impressed by the intricate architecture, botanical gardens, and jungle integration. you won’t be able to marvel at it for too long, as the beds will put you right to slumber, after your busy day.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Arenal Manoa Resort & Hot Springs

Costa Rica

Located on the foot of the impressive Volcano Arenal, lies a boutique resort, with private hot springs heated by that very Volcano. After a jam-packed day this will be the perfect place to come to complete relaxation. You won’t want to close your eyes however, as the views are absolutely stunning on all sides, lush jungle, waterfalls, lava fields, and the towering mount Arenal set the scene.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Hotel Belmar

Costa Rica, Monteverde

Hotel Belmar is located on the edge of the famous Monteverde cloud forest. The hotel is built in a unique style with a mixture of white stone and intricate wooden accent lining the place. Due to its proximity to the national park you feel completely enveloped in nature while being treated to total luxury. The food is an experience, gathered from their own gardens, and served with stunning views to make your stay complete.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Costa Verde

Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio

Located just uphill from Espadilla beach, Costa Verde delivers views of deep blue oceans surrounded by another sea of green jungle. This boutique hotel has some of the most unique rooms of your journey, with a literal cut in half aeroplane being one, which is a recurring theme, as your dinner at El Avion promises more uniquely integrated planes. Also look out for the local Squirrel Monkeys swinging and running around the place, and of course the plentiful birdlife.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Drake Bay Wilderness Resort

Costa Rica

You are located on the doorstep of the most densely biodiverse place in the world, Corcovado National Park. Drake Bay Wilderness Lodge will be your home for the coming nights, providing a touch of luxury with dense jungle surrounding you, opening up to stunning views of the coast. Dinners will be expertly prepared here and to be enjoyed while overlooking the ocean, and if you’re lucky you will get to see a whale leaping out of the water.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Finca Lerida

Panama, Boquete

Finca Lerida will immerse you into the Boquete countryside, famous for high quality coffee farms, and lush cloud forests. You can relax in this lovely boutique hotel, providing forested valley views, with only the calming song of local birds interrupting the silence. All this combined with delectable food, made with local produce, make this the perfect place to unwind from your walks.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

The Golden Frog Inn

Panama, Anton Valley

The Golden Frog Inn is a cosy and charming b&b where you can live amongst nature in a volcano crater. The lush and tropical landscape, the beautiful mountain views, and the open air terrace create the perfect setting to unwind. The hotel’s restaurant Volcancito brings an unexpected twist to traditional Mexican flavours, influenced by the jungle setting, made with Seasonal, sustainably farmed, local ingredients.

19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua
19 day Central America Highlights – Mexico to Nicaragua

Central Hotel Panama

Panama, Casco Viejo

The last but not least Boutique hotel we have picked for you is Central Hotel Panama. You will stay right in the heart of Panama’s old city: Casco Viejo. The rooftop bar and restaurant will set the stage for your final feast to celebrate your journey, as you look over the old city, with large skyscrapers, marking your final destination in the background.

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Tour Availability

DEPARTURE DATES:
We will run a departure once a year during the months of January to February. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

2025 DATES:

  • 4 – 22 January 2025

(Please note if you are booking 3 months or less before departure – we will need to confirm accommodation with our suppliers is still available and an alternative of similar standard may be offered instead).

PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 8 people or more. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10 - 12 people can choose the date of their choice. Subject to availability.
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INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
Please note your tour price does not include flights to / from the countries visited.  We are offering our clients a service to book their international flights and any other travel plans during their holiday. If you would like our Flights Specialist to organise these requirements please email us at flights@lifesanadventure.com.au with your requirements.


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If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room, we will attempt to match you with another solo traveller of the same gender. If we can’t find you a match of the same gender by around 12 weeks prior to the tour, you will be charged the single supplement cost.

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For those wanting to guarantee their own room, a single supplement cost will be charged at the time of booking
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TRAVEL INSURANCE
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all international bookings.  Travel Insurance covers items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

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Discount Information

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. This discount will automatically be deducted from future bookings when you book online using the same email address used for past bookings.

EARLYBIRD CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 12 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all international bookings.  Travel Insurance covers items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Cancellation Policy and Conditions of Travel

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