Central America & Colombia

Start: Antigua Finish: Quito

Visiting: Antigua Guatemala, Cerro Verde National Park, Suchitoto, Copan Ruinas, Coxen Hole, Lake Yojoa, Somoto, León, Granada, Ometepe, La Fortuna, Monteverde, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Boquete, Camino Real, Panama City, Isla Cartagena, Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, Santa Cruz de Lorica, Medellín, Manizales, Salento, Popayán, Ipiales, Otavalo, Quito


Duration: 46 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements

Tour code: CGQ

Tour operator: Dragoman

Group size: 1 - 22

Age range: 18 plus

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $5918

Tour Overview

This 47 day overland tour journeys from Antigua to Quito through Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador

Highlights

  • icon2 nights to get to grips with the politics of Leon
  • iconCross the Panamanian Chiriqui Highlands
  • iconEnjoy the charm of the old colonial architecture in Granada
  • iconVisit the UNESCO world heritage site of Antigua
  • iconExplore the region of Salento and visit a coffee finca
  • iconPhotograph the iconic church bridge of Ipiales
  • icon3 nights on the Caribbean island of Roatan to swim and relax
  • iconVisit the beaches and guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • iconGuided trek through spectacular Cocora Valley
  • iconExplore Masaya National Park and its dramatic volcano crater rim
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Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Antigua

Location: Antigua Guatemala

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Border information: if joining in Antigua, you will most likely enter Guatemala at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (IATA code: GUA).

There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings, and to take part in some optional activities. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Antigua before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Antigua.


icon Day 2 : Cerro Verde NP

Location: Cerro Verde National Park

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Today we will cross the border into El Salvador and drive to the stunning Cerro Verde National Park, where we will be surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes and countryside. In the morning we will have will take a guided trek up the nearby Santa Ana volcano (approximately 4 hours).

Border information: Exit Guatemala at Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado, enter El Salvador at La Hachadura.


icon Day 3 : Suchitoto

Location: Suchitoto

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After our trek up the volcano, we will take a short drive to the beautiful town of Suchitoto, where we will have a free afternoon to explore the town, with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, and to learn about the incredible work of the community centre in which we stay.

In Suchitoto we will stay in dormitory rooms at the Centro Arte Para La Paz community centre, which runs many programs for the local communities to build cultural identity, unity, teaching skills, self-sufficiency, environmental equality and a culture of peace.


icon Day 4 : Suchitoto

Location: Suchitoto

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will have a day to explore Suchitoto, have a guided walking tour of the town, head out on a sunset boat trip or take a day trip to San Salvador.

icon Day 5 : Copan

Location: Copan Ruinas

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Border information: Exit El Salvador at Anguiatú, enter Guatemala at Anguiatú. Exit Guatemala at El Florido, enter Honduras at El Florido.

Today we will have a full day drive to return to Guatemala and then onwards to Honduras, arriving at the small village of Copán.

icon Day 6 : Copan

Location: Copan Ruinas

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today we will have an included guided visit to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Copán, followed by a free afternoon to explore some of the other highlights in the area.

icon Day 7 : Roatan

Location: Coxen Hole

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today we will take a short drive to the town of San Pedro Sula and board a short local flight to Roatán, the largest of the famous tropical Bay Islands. On arrival we will transfer to the area of the West End Bay, where we base ourselves for our stay.


icon Day 8 : Roatan

Location: Coxen Hole

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today we will enjoy some free time to take part in the wealth of optional activities available on Roatán, and of course to relax and swim on the stunning Caribbean beaches here!

icon Day 9 : Roatan

Location: Coxen Hole

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Relax on the beach or head out on some activities

icon Day 10 : Lake Yojoa

Location: Lake Yojoa

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Today we will start early to transfer back to Roatán's airport and catch our flight back to the mainland, rejoining our overland bus! We will then continue our journey east through Honduras to the beautiful countryside of Lake Yojoa.

icon Day 11 : Somoto

Location: Somoto

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast

Today we will cross the border into Nicaragua, we will the head to the Somoto Canyon and stay in cabins near a village community.

icon Day 12 : Leon

Location: León

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

This morning we will enjoy our canyon tour and then drive to the university town of León.

icon Day 13 : Leon

Location: León

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today we will have free time to explore the town's wonderful colonial architecture or to take part in the many optional activities available here.

icon Day 14 : Granada

Location: Granada

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today we will take a short drive to Nicaragua's oldest city of Granada, a beautiful town which oozes with colonial charm! En route we will have an included visit to the traditional markets in the small town of Masaya, and witness the incredible active caldera of the nearby Masaya volcano (if its volcanic activity isn't too high).

icon Day 15 : Granada

Location: Granada

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today we will have free time to explore the historic streets of Granada's old town, or take part in some of the myriad of optional activities that are available here.

icon Day 16 : Isla de Ometepe

Location: Ometepe

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

This morning we drive to the small town of San Jorge on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Central America's largest lake. Here we will board a ferry to the stunning volcanic island of Ometepe, where we base ourselves in the port village of Moyogalpa and enjoy free time to explore on arrival.

icon Day 17 : Isla de Ometepe

Location: Ometepe

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today we will have free time to explore and take part in optional activities such as the challenging trek to the summit of the Concepción volcano that dominates the island, or seeing some of the mysterious ancient petroglyphs that are dotted through the landscape.

icon Day 18 : La Fortuna

Location: La Fortuna

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Border information: Exit Nicaragua at Penas Blancas, enter Costa Rica at Penas Blancas.

Today we will take an early morning ferry back to San Jorge and drive to La Fortuna in Costa Rica, a stunning town under the shadow of the mighty Arenal volcano.


icon Day 19 : La Fortuna

Location: La Fortuna

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today we will have a free day to take optional treks through the incredible surrounding volcanic landscapes or forest canopies, or get involved in many different adventure activities such as zip-lining, white-water rafting, and canyoning. La Fortuna is also famous for its outstanding hot springs, which we will have the opportunity to visit.

icon Day 20 : Monteverde

Location: Monteverde

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today we will leave our overland vehicle behind and transfer by taxi and boat into the dense cloud forests and coffee plantations of Monteverde, a stunning area offering an incredible diversity of flora and fauna.

icon Day 21 : Monteverde

Location: Monteverde

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today we will have an included walk on the trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest National Reserve, followed by a free afternoon to visit some of the town's highlights or enjoy some adventurous activities such as canyoning or horse riding.

icon Day 22 : Manuel Antonio NP

Location: Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today we will continue by taxi to the small town of Tilaran, where we will rejoin our overland vehicle and drive to the spectacular beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast.

icon Day 23 : Manuel Antonio NP

Location: Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today we will have an included walk through some of the beautiful trails within park, learning all about its flora and fauna and immersing ourselves in the idyllic landscape. We will have free time in the afternoon to take part in some optional activities or relax on the wonderful beaches.

icon Day 24 : Boquete

Location: Boquete

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: No Meals

Border information: Exit Costa Rica at Paso Canoas, enter Panama at Paso Canoas.

Today we will drive across the Panama border into the Chiriqui highlands, arriving at the town of Boquete.

icon Day 25 : Boquete

Location: Boquete

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: No Meals

On Today we will have a free day to take part in some of the many optional outdoor activities which the town is famous for, including the opportunity to take the strenuous trek to the 3,478m summit of Volcán Barú, the highest point in Panama.

icon Day 26 : Camino Real

Location: Camino Real

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Today we will continue to Chagres National Park and explore the Grandfather of the Panama Canal: the Camino Real, a cobble stoned road from the Caribbean to the Pacific through the rain forests of Panama, established as the transport route of gold and silver by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th Century. The Camino Real was rediscovered only recently, and we will visit and stay overnight at a community, which worked together with researcher Christian Strassnig to identify the original route of the Camino Real in the jungle.

At Alajuela Lake we take a dugout boat to observe remains of the Camino Real at the lakeshore, then we arrive at the community and we are warmly welcomed by the people who are inspired with perspective of sustainable development through community tourism. We have a typical Panamanian lunch and see then a presentation of authentic Panamanian folklore. In the morning we will undertake a hike on the Camino Real, see the original cobblestone and be fascinated by stories of the mule trains, gold and pirates.

icon Day 27 : Panama City

Location: Panama City

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

After early morning coffee we can go for an optional bird-watching hike on a trail with plenty of tropical birds (free with local guides). At our return to the community we have a hearty breakfast. We will then take a hike on the trail. Afterwards it is time to say good-bye and we return by boat to our overland bus.

We will then drive to the Miraflores Visitor Centre at the world-famous Panama Canal, learning about its incredible role in shaping trade and world politics in the 20th century. After our included visit we will complete the drive to the capital, Panama City.

icon Day 28 : Cartagena

Location: Isla Cartagena

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Today there will be a flight from Panama City to Cartagena which will have been booked for you.

Upon arrival in Cartagena you will be taken to the joining hotel for the next leg of the trip.

icon Day 29 : Cartagena

Location: Isla Cartagena

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Border Information: if joining in Cartagena, you will most likely enter Colombia at Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport (IATA code: CTG).

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cartagena before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Cartagena.

If you are continuing on from Panama, then your leader will have assisted you with airport transfers for your included flight to arrive in time for the joining meeting.

icon Day 30 : Cartagena

Location: Isla Cartagena

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Today we will have a full day in the beautiful coastal colonial city of Cartagena.

In the morning we will have an included walking tour of the city, and then the afternoon will be free to explore the city further, enjoy the many optional activities on offer, or simply relax on the beach.

icon Day 31 : Tayrona NP

Location: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Meals: No Meals

Today we have a short drive to the stunning Tayrona National Park.

In Tayrona we will sleep in Hammocks, no food is provided, but there are restaurants and cafes nearby by. There is an hour walk from where we park our truck to our campsite.

icon Day 32 : Tayrona NP

Location: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Meals: No Meals

Today we have an included walk in the National Park.

icon Day 33 : Lorica

Location: Santa Cruz de Lorica

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

This morning we will walk back to our truck and leave Tayrona National park. We will head south for the pretty colonial town of Santa Cruz de Lorica on the Sinu River.

We will have a free day to relax and discover the historic centre, learn about the traditional Vueltiao hat or head to the coast and soak up the sun in San Bernardo del Viento.

icon Day 34 : Lorica

Location: Santa Cruz de Lorica

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

We will have a free day to relax and discover the historic centre, learn about the traditional Vueltiao hat or head to the coast and soak up the sun in San Bernardo del Viento.

icon Day 35 : Medellin

Location: Medellín

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: No Meals

Today we have a full days drive to vibrant city of Medellin. the following morning we will have a guided walking tour of the city. We then have plenty of time to relax or take park in some of activities available here.


icon Day 36 : Medellin

Location: Medellín

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we have an included half-day city tour of Medellin using our overlanding truck.

icon Day 37 : Medellin

Location: Medellín

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast

Free day to explore Medellin.

icon Day 38 : Manizales

Location: Manizales

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will head into the heart of the coffee region to stay at a Hacienda near the town of Manizales.

icon Day 39 : Salento

Location: Salento

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will continue our journey south to the small town of Salento, the gateway to the spectacular Valle de Cocora.

Salento will be our base to take a guided trek through the Cocora Valley to see the Quindio wax palm trees, the largest palms in the world and the national tree of Colombia and also to do a coffee plantation tour.

icon Day 40 : Salento

Location: Salento

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast

Today we will take a guided trek through the Cocora Valley to see the Quindio wax palm trees, the largest palms in the world and the national tree of Colombia.

icon Day 41 : Salento

Location: Salento

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we have time to explore the coffee plantation and learn about coffee.

icon Day 42 : Popayan

Location: Popayán

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast

Today we will drive to the beautiful town and former colonial capital of Popayán.

On the following day we will have a free day to explore Popayán or take part in some excellent treks or other optional activities in the surrounding area.

icon Day 43 : Popayan

Location: Popayán

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals: Breakfast

Today we will have a free day to explore Popayán or take part in some excellent treks or other optional activities in the surrounding area.

icon Day 44 : Ipiales

Location: Ipiales

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Today we will have a full day drive to the border town of Ipiales.

icon Day 45 : Otavalo

Location: Otavalo

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will leave Colombia behind today and cross the border into Ecuador, we will have time for an included visit to the beautiful Santurio de las Lajas, before heading to Otavalo.

Border information: Exit Colombia at Ipiales, enter Ecuador at Ipiales.

icon Day 46 : Quito

Location: Quito

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

We will head south for the final leg of our journey to the bustling captial, Quito. En route into the city we will have an included visit to Mitad del Mundo, the monument that marks the Equator.

icon Day 47 : Quito

Location: Quito

Meals: Breakfast

Border information: if you are finishing in Quito, you will most likely exit Ecuador at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA code: UIO).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Quito. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your sales agent if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

What's Included

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    Transport

    US Style School Bus, Flight, Boat, Taxi, Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep

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    Spend the night at the wonderful community centre of Centro Arte Para La Paz in Suchitoto which runs many workshops and projects for the locals in the area

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    Panama City Flight

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    Explore Cartagena on a guided walking tour

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    Visit the jaw dropping Santuario Las Lajas on the outskirts of Ipiales

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    Visit the world-famous Panama Canal at the Miraflores Visitors' Centre, and learn all about the fascinating history of this controversial structure

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    Meals

    Breakfasts x 18, Lunches x 8, Dinners x 7

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    Visit the dramatic crater rim of the active Masaya volcano between León and Granada

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    Explore El Camino Real, the original route connecting the Pacific with the Carribean

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    Learn about Colombia Coffee and wander the plantation

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    Visit the spectacular volcanic landscape of Cerro Verde National Park one of El Salvador's gems

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    Trek up to the summit of Santa Ana El Salvador's highest volcano in the heart of Cerro Verde National Park

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    Head out on a half-day guided trek through the spectacular Cocora Valley and see the incredible 50m-tall Quindio wax palms the tallest plam trees in the world!

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    Explore the traditional markets in Masaya village, famous for its local handicrafts

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    Take a guided trek to explore the stunning forest trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve learning all about the fascinating and beautiful ecosystem there

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    Take a half day tour of the Somoto Canyon, which includes walking, sightseeing, rock scrambling, wading, floating, swimming, boating, and jumping!

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    Take a guided walk through the stunning trails of Manuel Antonio National Park finishing at the world-class tropical beaches where you can swim and relax

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    Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo

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    Head out on a fascinating guided tour of Medellin and learn all about it's tumultuous past

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    See a fascinating workshop in the village of San Juan de Oriente demonstrating various local pottery-making techniques

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    Accommodation

    Comfortable Hotel 17 nights. Camping 5 nights. Multishare Hostel 13 nights. Basic Hotel 9 nights. Hammocks 2 nights

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    Explore some of Tayrona National Park's scenic walking trails including a hike to the mysterious ancient ruins of Pueblito hidden in the jungles high above the coastline

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    Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent ancient Mayan ruins of Copán

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    International Travel

Tour Staff

Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary

Transport

US Style School Bus, Flight, Boat, Taxi, Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Dragoman requires a deposit of 300 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 56 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Dates & Availability

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Sunday Oct 24, 2021

Nights

46

Available

18

$5918.23

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Monday Mar 14, 2022

Nights

46

Available

19

$6111.59

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Sunday Oct 16, 2022

Nights

46

Available

22

$6125.40