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Pan American between Antigua and Panama City

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This adventure takes us through the heartland of the vibrant string of countries between Guatemala and Panama. We start in the beautiful colonial town of Antigua, and journey into the rarely-visited country of El Salvador. We'll visit the spectacular Mayan ruins of Copan in Honduras, and then head over to the tropical island paradise of Roatan where we have the chance to go snorkelling in crystal clear waters.We then overland into Nicaragua, where we explore the cultural hubs of Leon and Granada before seeing the breathtaking sight of the Masaya Volcano.We then journey to Costa Rica, where we have the chance to go rafting of visiting the thermal springs at La Fortuna before moving onto the dense cloud forests of Monteverde and the jungle and beach paradise of Manuel Antonio National Park.Finally, we cross into Panama and explore the outdoor activitiy hub of Boquete before finishing in Panama City.

  • Day 1 Antigua

    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. In Antigua we will stay in a delightful colonial hotel.

    Activities(Optional)
    Head on a challenging trek up the Fuego or Acatenango volcanoes near Antigua (please note that both these treks are very strenuous and only those in excellent physical shape will be able to participate) - Cost: USD 65
    Take a tour of the nearby small village community of San Lorenzo, and visit its schools and traditional handicrafts (only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays) - Cost: GTQ 250
    Learn all about the culture and history of Antigua at some of its museums, such as the Museum of Ancient Books and the Museum of Colonial Art - Cost: GTQ 30
    Walk up to the Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint to get unrivalled vistas over the town of Antigua - Cost: USD
    Visit the Choco Museum of Antigua, learning all about the history of the culinary use of cocoa ever since the Mayan period - Cost: GTQ 120
    Take a trek up to the famous active volcano of Pacaya near Antigua - Cost: USD 59
    Visit the old Jesuit church of Santo Domingo, an iconic building in Antigua and home to six fascinating museums - Cost: GTQ 40

  • Day 2 to 3 Los Cobanos

    Border information: Exit Guatemala at Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado, enter El Salvador at La Hachadura. Today we will drive across the border into El Salvador and head to the Pacific coast and the small fishing village of Los Cobanos. On arrival we will enjoy some free time in this charming town well off the tourist trail. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). On the following day we will have a free day to relax on the coast and take part in optional activities such as boating trips through the mangroves and walks along the beach in search of nesting turtles! In Los Cobanos we will stay in a hotel on the beach.

    Activities(Optional)
    Take a walking tour around the stunning mangroves near Los Cobanos, in search of wildlife - Cost: USD 10
    Observe the traditional methods of fishing in the mangroves of Los Cobanos, on the Pacific coast - Cost: USD 45
    Head out for a night walk along the beaches of Los Cobanos in search of turtles (not always available, and wildlife sightings are certainly not guaranteed) - Cost: USD 15
    Take a day trip out to the village of Ataco, famous for its coffee growing and traditional loom-based weaving production - Cost: USD 70
    Go out on a snorkelling trip in the waters near Los Cobanos - Cost: USD 30

  • Day 4 Cerro Verde National Park

    Today we will drive to the stunning Cerro Verde National Park, where we will be surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes and countryside. We will take a guided trek up the nearby Santa Ana volcano (approximately 4 hours). In Cerro Verde National Park we will camp with basic facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).  

    Activities(Optional)
    Visit the spectacular volcanic landscape of Cerro Verde National Park, one of El Salvador's gems - Cost: USD
    Trek up to the summit of Santa Ana, El Salvador's highest volcano in the heart of Cerro Verde National Park - Cost: USD

  • Day 5 Suchitoto

    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 Dragoman-supported 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. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.  

    Activities(Optional)
    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 - Cost: USD

  • Day 6 to 7 Copan

    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. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. On the following day 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. In Copán we will stay in a local hotel.

    Activities(Included)
    Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent ancient Mayan ruins of Copán

    Activities(Optional)
    Visit the Macaw Mountain Bird Sanctuary in Copán, home to many rescued birds such as macaws, toucans and kingfishers - Cost: HNL 200
    Visit the beautiful old Mayan stone carvings of Los Sapos, with fantastic views over the town of Copán - Cost: HNL 30
    Visit the Copán Butterfly Gardens, a serene garden bursting with tropical plants and dozens of moths and butterflies flitting about! - Cost: HNL 115

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Transport

Dragoman overland-style vehicle (coverted US school bus!), boats