Central America & Colombia

46 nights from £4425

Start:Antigua
Finish:Quito
Duration:46 Nights
Group size:1 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Comfortable Hotel 17 nights. Camping 5 nights. Multishare Hostel 13 nights. Basic Hotel 9 nights. Hammocks 2 nights
Physical rating:Low
Meals:Breakfasts x 36, Lunches x 16, Dinners x 14
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English

Overview

This 47 day overland tour journeys from Antigua to Quito through Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador
Highlights
  • 2 nights in vibrant Cartagena
  • 2 Nights in the stunning Caribbean beach national park of Tayrona
  • 2 Nights to enjoy the colonial town of Santa Cruz de Lorica, home of the traditional Vueltiao hat
  • 3 nights to explore the infamous streets of Medellin
  • Explore the region of Salento and visit a coffee finca
  • Guided trek through spectacular Cocora Valley
  • 2 night stay in the historic colonial city of Popayan
  • Photograph the iconic church bridge of Ipiales
  • Visit the equator monument en-route to Quito
  • Full day coffee experience and plantation tour
  • Trek up Santa Ana volcano in Cerro Verde National Park
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Antigua
  • 3 nights on the Caribbean island of Roatan to swim and relax
  • Guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Copan
  • Overnight in a community project at Suchitoto
  • Farm tour or canyoning in Somoto, Nicaragua
  • Enjoy the charm of the old colonial architecture in Granada
  • 2 nights to get to grips with the politics of Leon
  • Explore Masaya National Park and its dramatic volcano crater rim
  • 2 nights in La Fortuna with optional excursions to the mighty Arenal volcano
  • Overnight and explore Lake Nicaragua's volcanic island of Ometepe
  • Boat trip to the cloud forests of Monteverde Forest Reserve
  • Visit the beaches and guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Cross the Panamanian Chiriqui Highlands
Transport
US Style School Bus, Flight, Boat, Taxi, Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep
Tour Staff
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary

Itinerary

Location: Antigua Guatemala

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.


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Location: Cerro Verde National Park

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.


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Location: Suchitoto

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.


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Location: Suchitoto

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.

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Location: Copan Ruinas

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.

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Location: Copan Ruinas

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.

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Location: Coxen Hole

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.


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Location: Coxen Hole

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!

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Location: Lake Yojoa

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.

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Location: Somoto

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

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Location: León

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

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Location: León

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.

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Location: Granada

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).

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Location: Granada

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.

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Location: Ometepe

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.

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Location: Ometepe

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.

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Location: La Fortuna

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.


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Location: La Fortuna

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.

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Location: Monteverde

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.

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Location: Monteverde

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.

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Location: Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

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.

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Location: Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

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.

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Location: Boquete

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.

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Location: Boquete

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.

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Location: Camino Real

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.

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Location: Panama City

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.

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Location: Isla Cartagena

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.

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Location: Isla Cartagena

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.

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Location: Isla Cartagena

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.

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Location: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

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.

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Location: Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Today we have an included walk in the National Park.

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Location: Santa Cruz de Lorica

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.

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Location: Santa Cruz de Lorica

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.

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Location: Medellín

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.


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Location: Medellín

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

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Location: Medellín

Free day to explore Medellin.

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Location: Manizales

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

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Location: Salento

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.

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Location: Salento

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.

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Location: Salento

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

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Location: Popayán

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.

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Location: Popayán

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.

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Location: Ipiales

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

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Location: Otavalo

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.

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Location: Quito

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.

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Location: Quito

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.

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What's Included

Included
  • Accommodation
    Comfortable Hotel 17 nights. Camping 5 nights. Multishare Hostel 13 nights. Basic Hotel 9 nights. Hammocks 2 nights
  • Visit the spectacular volcanic landscape of Cerro Verde National Park one of El Salvador's gems
  • Trek up to the summit of Santa Ana El Salvador's highest volcano in the heart of Cerro Verde National Park
  • 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
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent ancient Mayan ruins of Copán
  • Take a half day tour of the Somoto Canyon, which includes walking, sightseeing, rock scrambling, wading, floating, swimming, boating, and jumping!
  • Explore the traditional markets in Masaya village, famous for its local handicrafts
  • Visit the dramatic crater rim of the active Masaya volcano between León and Granada
  • See a fascinating workshop in the village of San Juan de Oriente demonstrating various local pottery-making techniques
  • 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
  • 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
  • Explore El Camino Real, the original route connecting the Pacific with the Carribean
  • Visit the world-famous Panama Canal at the Miraflores Visitors' Centre, and learn all about the fascinating history of this controversial structure
  • Panama City Flight
  • Explore Cartagena on a guided walking tour
  • 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
  • Head out on a fascinating guided tour of Medellin and learn all about it's tumultuous past
  • 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!
  • Learn about Colombia Coffee and wander the plantation
  • Visit the jaw dropping Santuario Las Lajas on the outskirts of Ipiales
  • Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo
  • Transport
    US Style School Bus, Flight, Boat, Taxi, Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep
  • Meals
    Breakfasts x 18, Lunches x 8, Dinners x 7

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • International Travel

Dates

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14-Mar-2022
46 Nights
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16-Oct-2022
46 Nights
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Start:Antigua
Finish:Quito
Duration:46 Nights
Group size:1 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Comfortable Hotel 17 nights. Camping 5 nights. Multishare Hostel 13 nights. Basic Hotel 9 nights. Hammocks 2 nights
Physical rating:Low
Meals:Breakfasts x 36, Lunches x 16, Dinners x 14
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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