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Mexico, Central America & Colombia Quito - Mexico City

Trip Overview

This 74 day overland tour journeys from Quito to Mexico City through Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama
74 DAYS THROUGH Belize, Colombia (+ 8 more countries)
RATING:
of 2 reviews
PRICE FROM:
$6,750 (USD) + 2,110 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
74 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, US style school bus, 4x4, Boat, Ferry, Flight
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
20%
80%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
CMQ
DEPOSIT:
$700 USD

Highlights

  Journey to San Cristobal des casas, the heart of Mayan culture

  Head on a boat trip along the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon

  Take a boat trip to the remote Mayan ruins at Yaxchilan

  Guided tour around the famous Chichen Itza

  Explore the cliff top Toltec Ruins of Tulum

  3 nights on Belize island of Caye Caulker

  2 night stay in a forest eco lodge at San Ignacio for optional jungle activities

  Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Antigua

  Trek up Santa Ana volcano in Cerro Verde National Park

  3 nights on the Caribbean island of Roatan to swim and relax

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Quito ( 5th Mar 2020 )

Border Information: if joining in Quito, you will most likely enter Ecuador at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (IATA code: UIO).

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 Quito 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 Quito.

A note on altitude: If you are joining in Quito, we strongly recommend arriving at least 24 hours before the trip begins to allow additional time to acclimatise.

In Quito we will stay in a friendly local hotel in the 'New Town'.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit one of the countless art galleries in Quito, such as the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana or the Museo Guayasamín
USD 6

Take a trip on El Telerifiqo, the world's second highest cable car

USD 8.5
Visit the Museo Nacional del Banco Central, showcasing the country’s largest collection of Ecuadorian art and housing an impressive gold collection
USD 2
Day 2 - Quito, Otavalo ( 6th Mar 2020 )

Today our journey begins with a short drive to Mitad del Mundo, the monument that marks the Equator. After this we will continue north to the charming town of Otavlo.

In Otavalo we will camp in the grounds of lovely Guesthouse..

Estimated Drive Time - 3 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!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a short walk to the beautiful Peguche Waterfalls near Otavalo (if time allows)
Free

Village Tour Of Otavalo

Free
Day 3 - Ipiales ( 7th Mar 2020 )

Today we will leave Ecuador behind and travel into Colombia. We will have an included visit to the Santuario de las Lajas en route to our hotel in Ipiales.

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

Estimated drive time: 4 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty
Day 4-5 - Popayán, Ipiales ( 8th Mar 2020 to 9th Mar 2020 )

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

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

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.

In Popayán we stay in dormitory accommodation in a local hostel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Relax in the volcanic thermal springs near the village of Coconuco, dramatically set in a steep-sided valley

COP 60000

Trek to the 4,650m summit of the towering Puracé volcano near Popayán

COP 130000
Day 6-8 - Salento ( 10th Mar 2020 to 12th Mar 2020 )

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

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have 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.

In Salento we will stay at a local guesthouse in dorm rooms set within a coffee estancia.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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!

Included in Kitty

Learn all about the cultivation and production of Colombian Coffee on a guided tour

Included in Kitty
Day 9 - Manizales ( 13th Mar 2020 )

Today we have a short drive to our Hacienda in the heart of the coffee region.  

Estimated drive time: 1.5hrs

On arrival we will have some free time to enjoy the Hacienda or visit the thermal springs nearby.

We will stay in twin rooms in a comfortable hacienda.

Day 10-12 - Medellín ( 14th Mar 2020 to 16th Mar 2020 )

Today we will drive to the vibrant city of Medellín, where we will spend 3 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

On our first full day in Medellín we will have a guided walking tour of the city, and our second day will be free time to independently explore the town, its parks, churches, and museums.

In Medellín we will stay in dormitory accommodation in a centrally-located hostel, allowing you to enjoy the exciting nightlife of the city.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take the pioneering Metroline cable car up to Santo Domingo, to see a very different area of the city and the revitalising effect the Metroline has had on the communities there

COP 1750

Visit the colossal Catedral Metropolitana in the city centre, built using over a million bricks between 1875 and 1931

Free

Head out and discover some of Medellín's vibrant and unusual nightlife at the Dulce Jesus Mio club

COP 10000
Day 13-14 - Lorica ( 17th Mar 2020 to 18th Mar 2020 )

Today we have a drive north to the beautiful, colonial town of Santa Cruz de Lorica.

Estimated Drive Time - 10hours.

The following day we have a free day to explore the historic centre, learn about the traditional hates that are made in the region or head to the coast for a final beach sunset at San Bernardo del Viento.

In Santa Cruz de Lorica we stay in a lovely local hotel.

Day 15-16 - Tayrona National Park ( 19th Mar 2020 to 20th Mar 2020 )

Today we drive north to Tayrona, one of the most popular National Parks in Colombia. Leaving our main luggage stored on the truck, we take a day-pack/night-bag and go on a moderate walk in to the park to where we will stay. Mules to carry your luggage can be hired at an extra cost.

Estimated Drive Time - 7 hours.

The following day is a free day to explore this stunning coastal park. We have the opportunity to trek to El Pueblito, a pre-Hispanic settlement of the Tayrona people, do some snorkelling, or just relax on the beautiful beaches.  

In Tayrona National Park we will stay in rented hammocks. The hammocks are equipped with mosquito nets but please note that the nets are not treated with Permethrin or similar pesticides.

There is also an option to bring tents if you prefer to stay in a tent rather than a hammock, but please note that mules will have to ber hired to carry your tent, at an extra cost.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Relax and unwind on the unspoilt beaches in Tayrona National Park

Free

Time to explore the Cloud Forests of the Sierra Nevada foothills

Free
Day 17 - Cartagena ( 21st Mar 2020 )

We will have some more free time in Tayrona National Park in the morning, before we walk back to the park entrance and complete our epic journey with a drive to the beautiful coastal colonial city of Cartagena.

In Cartagena we will stay in a comfortable hotel just outside the historical centre.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 18 - Cartagena ( 22nd Mar 2020 )

Today 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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore Cartagena on a guided walking tour

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Discover the brutal history of the Spanish Inquisition at their former headquarters in Cartagena, the Palace of the Inquistion
COP 15000
Learn all about Cartagena's naval tradition and history at the Naval Museum of the Caribbean
COP 15000
Day 19 - Cartagena ( 23rd Mar 2020 )

Border information: if you are finishing in Cartagena, you will most likely exit Colombia at Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport (IATA code: CTG).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Cartagena. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team 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.

If you are continuing on to Panama then your leader will assist you with airport transfers for your included flight. You will stay tonight in a comfortable hotel in either Panama City or Cartagena (depending on the flight times and availability).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the historic Castillo San Fellipe

COP 17000

Visit the mudbaths at the Totumo Volcano

USD 25
Day 20 - Panama City ( 24th Mar 2020 )

Border information: if you are starting in Panama City, you will most likely enter Panama at Panama City Tocumen International Airport (IATA code: PTY).

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.

Until the meeting, the rest of the day is free to explore the busting Panamanian capital. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Panama City 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 Panama City.

If you are continuing on from Cartagena today then your leader in Colombia will assist you with transport to the airport for your included flight to arrive in Panama in time for the joining meeting.

In Panama City we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit Panama City's Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the best collections of works by local artists in Panama

USD 5

Freely explore the unrestored ruins of Panama Viejo, the original colonial settlement that was founded in 1519 and sacked by pirates in 1671

Free

Freely explore the streets and beautifully-restored colonial buildings of Casco Viejo, the old district of the modern city of Panama and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Free

See the Panama Canal Museum in the city centre, featuring excellent exhibits about the famous waterway

USD 5

Visit the phenomenal Biodiversity Museum in Panama City, a striking and iconic building containing a wonderful celebration of the flora and fauna of Panama

USD 22
Day 22 - Panama City, Camino Real ( 26th Mar 2020 )

Today we will drive to the Miraflores Visitor Centre at the world-famous Panama Canal, learning all about its controversial history and incredible role in shaping trade and world politics in the 20th century. 

We will then continue to Chagres National Park and explore the Grandfather of the Panama Canal: the Camino Real, a cobblestoned road from the Caribbean to the Pacific through the rainforests 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 the remains of the Camino Real at the lakeshore, before heading to our Community stay to enjoy a typical Panamanian lunch and see then a presentation of authentic folklore.   We will then hike some of the Camino Real, see the original cobblestone and be fascinated by stories of the mule trains, gold and pirates.

Approximate walking distance: 3km Estimated time: 2hrs 

(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!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

We will have an included hike on the Camino Real, and a community based overnight stay, with all meals included.

 

Included in Kitty

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

Included in Kitty
Day 23-24 - Boquete ( 27th Mar 2020 to 28th Mar 2020 )

After early morning coffee we can go for an optional birdwatching hike on a trail with plenty of tropical birds, followed by a hearty breakfast. Afterwards we will drive up into the Chiriqui highlands, arriving at the town of Boquete.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

On the following day 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.

In Boquete we will stay in a local hostel, with a mixture of private rooms and dormitories.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on an exhilarating white-water rafting expedition on the Chiriqui Viejo river near Boquete, one of the world's best rafting areas with 35 world-class runs to choose from

USD 65

Head out on a tour of some of the fascinating coffee plantations around the Chiriqui Highlands near Boquete

USD 30

Trek up to the summit of Volcán Barú, at 3,478m the highest point in Panama - please note this is a strenuous trek and usually takes approximately 8-12 hours, so you will need to be in decent physical condition to participate

USD 80

Take a dip in the excellent Caldera hot springs near Boquete

USD 3

Freely explore the beautiful gardens and parks around Boquete and its surroundings

Free

Take a day trip out to Boca Brava on the Pacific coast, where you can swim, kayak, snorkel and relax on some of the stunning beaches there

USD 75

Head out on a quad bike tour of the mountains, forests and coffee plantations near Boquete (driver's licence required)

USD 55

Go on a half-day rock climbing trip to the basalt cliffs near Boquete, one of Panama's best climbing destinations

USD 45

Take a fascinating bird-watching trip into the Chiriqui Highlands, one of the most abundant areas of birdlife in the Americas

USD 50

Enjoy a fantastic short canyoning trip through the gorges of Gualaca near Boquete

USD 25

Trek the famous Quetzal Trail through the cloud forests of the Chiriqui Highlands, or trek to various waterfalls in the rainforest

USD 35

Explore the spectacular Caldera Highlands around Boquete on horseback, riding through rainforests and local farms and coffee plantations

USD 35

Head on an excellent 12-line zip-lining course through the cloud forests near Boquete

USD 65
Day 25-26 - Manuel Antonio National Park ( 29th Mar 2020 to 30th Mar 2020 )

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

Today we will drive across the border into Costa Rica, and arrive at the spectacular beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided 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.

In Manuel Antonio we will stay in a hostel near the beach, with a mixture of private rooms and dormitories.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on a wonderful quad biking trip through the tropical countryside of Manuel Antonio and Quepos

USD 40

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

USD 16

Take an exhilirating trip to the rainforests near Quepos to enjoy an incredible zip lining course

USD 40

Explore the ocean on a catamaran sailing trip, heading out in search of dolphins, tropical fish and turtles and witnessing an unforgettable offshore sunset

USD 40

Explore the mangroves of Manuel Antonio by boat or by kayak, in search of rainbow boas, crocodiles and various water birds

USD 20

Head on an exhilarating guided jet ski trip on the Pacific Ocean near Manuel Antonio

USD 40

Explore the stunning cattle ranches, fruit plantations and palm trees of the countryside near Manuel Antonio on a horse riding trip

USD 30

Go on an incredible white-water rafting trip on the Naranjo and Savegre rivers near Manuel Antonio National Park

USD 40

Take a paddle-boarding lesson to explore the secluded beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park

USD 20

Explore the rainforest canopy and its incredible wildlife and landscapes on a wonderful canopy bridge course near Manuel Antonio

USD 30

Join a scuba diving trip to explore the reefs and underwater volcanic rock formations in the oceans near Manuel Antonio

USD 50

Try your hand at surfing on a short lesson in Manuel Antonio National Park

USD 10
Day 27-28 - Monteverde ( 31st Mar 2020 to 1st Apr 2020 )

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

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided 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.

In Monteverde we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

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

USD 20

Explore the stunning forests and banana plantations of Monteverde on a horse riding trip

USD 25

Fly above the cloud forests and valleys of Monteverde on an exhilarating zip-lining course

USD 50

Explore the incredible cloud forests of Monteverde at the tree-top level on a 3km canopy bridge circuit

USD 30

Learn all about the cultivation and processing of the world-renowned coffee of Costa Rica at one of the many incredible coffee plantations near Monteverde

USD 35

Head out to the cloud forests of the Santamarias Reserve to explore the area by night, when much of the elusive local wildlife comes out

USD 23

Take a spectacular canyoning tour near Monteverde, including abseiling down 6 different waterfalls!

USD 50

Visit the fantastic Butterfly Gardens of Monteverde, and learn all about the abundant bug-life of Costa Rica's cloud forests

USD 10

Learn about Costa Rica's spectacular amphibians at the Monteverde Frog Pond 

USD 13

Visit the Bat Jungle exhibition in Monteverde, learning all about the various bat species of the area from an expert guide

USD 10

Explore the magnificent Monteverde Orchid Gardens, home to over 400 species of orchids found in the region

USD 10

Take an exhilarating off-road quad biking trip around the stunning countryside of Monteverde (driving licence required)

USD 70
Day 29-30 - La Fortuna ( 2nd Apr 2020 to 3rd Apr 2020 )

Today we will continue by taxi and boat to La Fortuna, a stunning town under the shadow of the mighty Arenal volcano. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day 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.

In La Fortuna we will stay in excellent cabanas outside of town.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Witness incredible views of the famous Arenal volcano, looming high above the town of La Fortuna

Free

Take a fantastic white-water rafting trip on the Balsa or Sarapiqui rivers near La Fortuna, some of the best rafting areas in Costa Rica

USD 69

Take a kayaking trip on Lake Arenal, giving you the best views of the behemoth volcano of Arenal and an opportunity to spot many species of birds

USD 65

Head out for an evening at the spectacular volcanic hot springs complex of Baldi near La Fortuna

USD 34

Explore the breathtaking forests and volcanic landscapes of La Fortuna on several mountain biking trails in the area

USD 75

Take a intense canyoning trip into the rugged gorges of the jungles near Arenal, including several waterfall abseils

USD 100

Learn all about the intricacies of Costa Rican cuisine on a cooking class in La Fortuna

USD 45

Learn all about the plants, animals, traditions and agriculture of Costa Rica on a visit to the El Bosque Eco-Farm near La Fortuna

USD 45

Explore the stunning countryside and lush forests of the Arenal region by foot, where there many excellent guided trekking options

USD 55

Visit the hanging bridge courses through the rainforest canopies near La Fortuna

USD 67

Explore the magnificent countryside and waterfalls around the Arenal volcano by horseback

USD 65

Head out on an incredible zip lining course in the rainforests surrounding La Fortuna

USD 55
Day 31-32 - Ometepe Island ( 4th Apr 2020 to 5th Apr 2020 )

Border information: Exit Costa Rica at Peñas Blancas, enter Nicaragua at Peñas Blancas

This morning we drive across the Nicaraguan border and 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.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

On the following day 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.

On Ometepe we will stay in a small local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Climb to the summit of the Madera volcano on Ometepe Island (please note that although this is an easier trek than up Concepción volcano, it is still a very strenuous hike and you need to have a high level of fitness to complete it - the trek usually takes between 7-9 hours)

USD 42

Head on a guided walk around Ometepe, and see some of the natural springs, beaches, and small villages on the island

USD 30

Trek to the summit of the iconic Concepción volcano that dominates over the island of Ometepe (please note that this is a very strenuous trek that will only be possible for those with a high level of fitness and in good shape - the trek is over 1000m of ascent and descent on rugged terrain, and will take between 9-12 hours).

USD 40

Trek up to the stunning San Ramón waterfall in the forests near Madera volcano

USD 40

Learn about the fascinating history and geology of the island at the Ometepe Museum in Altagracia village

USD 3

Freely explore the mysterious pre-Columbian petroglyphs scattered around the island Ometepe

Free

Visit the mystical and serene emerald-green lagoon of Charco Verde

NIO 20
Day 33-34 - Granada ( 6th Apr 2020 to 7th Apr 2020 )

Today we will take the ferry back to San Jorge to rejoin our overland vehicle and take a short drive to Nicaraguas's oldest city of Granada, a beautiful town which oozes with colonial charm! We will have free time to explore the city upon arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

On the following day 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.  

In Granada we will stay in a centrally-located hostel, which has a mixture of private and dormitory rooms.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the incredible San Francisco Convent and Museum in Granada, the oldest building in Central America dating from 1585

USD 2

Freely explore the spectacular buildings and atmospheric streets of the old colonial city of Granada

Free

Trek up the beautiful dormant volcano of Mombacho near to Granada, exploring its rugged terrain and dwarf forests

USD 55

Learn about the cultivation of cocoa and its manufacture into chocolate at the Choco Museo in Granada

USD 13

Take a boat or kayak trip around the beautiful Isletas de Granada, in search of the local birdlife and the magnificent views of the surrounding volcanoes

USD 25
Day 35-36 - León, Masaya National Park ( 8th Apr 2020 to 9th Apr 2020 )

Today we drive to the university town of León. 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).

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

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

In León we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Freely explore the charming colonial city of León and its incredible old buildings including the Cathedral of the Assumption, the largest cathedral in Central America

Free

Visit León's many museums and galleries, such as the world-class Ortiz-Gurdián art museum, the Gallery of Heros and Martyrs, and the Museum of Legends and Traditions

NIO 20

Enjoy a fun and unique trip out to 'sand board' down the ash slopes of the Cerro Negro volcano

USD 30

See the bizarre volcanic mud pools of San Jacinto near León

USD 18

Trek up the impressive active Telica volcano near León (please note that this is a fairly strenuous trek and you will need to be in good physical shape to participate - the trek usually takes about 6-7 hours)

USD 50

Head to the fantastic modern visitor centre at the world-famous Flor de Caña rum factory

USD 35

Visit the ancient ruins of León Viejo, the original settlement built by the Spanish before the town was moved in 1610

USD 35

Explore the stunning mangroves and wild sandy beaches of the Juan Venado Natural Reserve on a kayaking trip out of León

USD 35

Head out on a horse riding trip in the stunning countryside near León, including views of the impossibly-circular crater of El Hoyo volcano and the beautiful Asososca lagoon

USD 40

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

Free

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

Free

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

Free
Day 37 - Somoto ( 10th Apr 2020 )

This morning we will drive to the Somoto Canyon, where we will have an included Canyon tour, or village tour if you prefer.

We will stay in dorm rooms within a small village.

Approximate Driving Time - 212km / 5hrs

Day 38 - Lake Yojoa ( 11th Apr 2020 )

Border information: Exit Nicaragua at Las Manos, enter Honduras at Las Manos.

Today we will have a a full day's drive across the border into Honduras and to the beautiful countryside of Lake Yojoa.

In Lake Yojoa we will camp for the night in the grounds of a lodge and brewery.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

Day 39-41 - Roatán ( 12th Apr 2020 to 14th Apr 2020 )

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. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following 2 days we will enjoy lots of 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!

In Roatán we will stay in a local hotel near the beach.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out scuba diving to the beautiful coral reefs off the coast of Roatán

USD 50

Head on an epic underwater expedition in a unique private submarine, exploring the dark depths hundreds of metres under the surface of the ocean

USD 500

Rent sea kayaks to explore the magnificent Caribbean waters surrounding Roatán island

Free

Go on a spectacular snorkelling trip around the highlights of Roatán, such as the Blue Channel and St. Anthony's Key

USD 30

Head out on a guided tour of Roatán, seeing some of the most beautiful spots on the island and learning all about its history

USD 65

Sail out on a deep sea fishing trip in the Caribbean waters near Roatán (price for the entire boat with a maximum occupancy of 4 passengers)

USD 90

Go out horse riding across the stunning island of Roatán, through its wonderful eco-system of cacti, palms and orchids

USD 40

Take an exciting zip lining course on Roatán island

USD 45
Day 42-43 - Copán ( 15th Apr 2020 to 16th Apr 2020 )

Today we will start early to transfer back to Roatán's airport and catch our flight back to the mainland, rejoining the bus! We will then continue our journey west through Honduras, arriving at the small village of Copán.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

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

Free

Visit the Macaw Mountain Bird Sanctuary in Copán, home to many rescued birds such as macaws, toucans and kingfishers

HNL 200

Visit the beautiful old Mayan stone carvings of Los Sapos, with fantastic views over the town of Copán

HNL 30

Visit the Copán Butterfly Gardens, a serene garden bursting with tropical plants and dozens of moths and butterflies flitting about!

HNL 115
Day 44-45 - Suchitoto ( 17th Apr 2020 to 18th Apr 2020 )

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

Today we will have a full day drive into Guatemala and then through to El Salvador, arriving at the beautiful town of Suchitoto.

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 - 8-10 hours.

On on second day we will have the chance to explore the town with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

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

Free
Day 46 - Cerro Verde National Park ( 19th Apr 2020 )

Today we will drive to the stunning Cerro Verde National Park, where we will be surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes and countryside. In the afternoon we will take a guided hike up the Santa Ana Volcano.

In Cerro Verde National Park we will camp with basic facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

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

Free
Day 47 - Antigua ( 20th Apr 2020 )

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

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Antigua. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team 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.

Day 48 - Antigua ( 21st Apr 2020 )

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a trek up to the famous active volcano of Pacaya near Antigua

USD 79

Visit the old Jesuit church of Santo Domingo, an iconic building in Antigua and home to six fascinating museums

GTQ 40

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

GTQ 30

Head out on an exciting exploration of the forests and farmlands surrounding Antigua on a mountain biking trip

USD 45

Participate in a local handicrafts workshop in a village near Antigua, learning traditional weaving, cooking, or woodworking skills

GTQ 200

Visit a traditional coffee plantation in the cool hills surrounding Antigua

GTQ 200
Day 49-50 - Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Chichicastenango ( 22nd Apr 2020 to 23rd Apr 2020 )

Today we will head off on a short drive to Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 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!).

On the following day we will have free time to enjoy some optional activities such as a boat on the lake out to some of the small local villages along the shoreline. If possible, we will include a visit to the famous Chichicastenango Market during these days, depending on the weekday. Please note that the market is only open on Thursdays and Sundays so you may not be able to visit during your trip.

In Panajachel we will stay in a nice local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the bewildering Mayan markets at Chichicastenango, taking in the incredible sights, smells, and atmosphere (provided it is running while we are in the area)

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on a boat trip to visit the traditional Mayan villages dotted along the coast of Lake Atitlan

USD 30

Take a tour through the spectacular highlands surrounding Lake Atitlan and Panajanchel, visiting picturesque villages and hot springs

USD 45
Day 51 - San Andres Itzapa ( 24th Apr 2020 )

Today we will drive day to San Andres Itzapa, a small village located in the mountains around Antigua. We will spend one night at the community centre of Manos Amigas, run by the Italian NGO 'Mani Amiche' in support of local women who have been abandoned and abused, and who are staying in the centre with their children.

In San Andres Itzapa we will stay in dormitories at the community centre (please note that there is no option to upgrade to private accommodation here).

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend a night at the Manos Amigas community project, a centre which has been set up to support local women and their children

Included in Kitty
Day 52-53 - Rio Dulce, Livingston ( 25th Apr 2020 to 26th Apr 2020 )

Today we will drive north to Rio Dulce in Guatemala's beautiful central region.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the following day we will have an included boat trip to the village of Livingston on the Caribbean coast, before returning to Rio Dulce. 

In Rio Dulce we will stay in an eco-lodge.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy a beautiful boat ride down the Rio Dulce to the Caribbean town of Livingston

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a kayak out to explore the beautiful waters around Rio Dulce at sunrise

GTQ 150

Explore deep into the Guatemalan rainforest on foot and trek on the canopy bridges near Rio Dulce

GTQ 135
Day 54-55 - Poptún ( 27th Apr 2020 to 28th Apr 2020 )

Today we have a free morning to enjoy some optional activities in Rio Dulce, before heading on a short drive to our fantastic eco-lodge near Poptún and have a free afternoon.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to take part in the many optional activities offered at our eco lodge.

In Poptún we will camp at an eco-lodge on a working Guatemalan ranch.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Stay at a wonderful eco-lodge on a working Guatemalan farm near Poptún

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Trek out to the incredible River Cave near Poptún, walking through the stunning Guatemalan rural landscape and exploring the underground rivers by candlelight

GTQ 115

Take a day tour out to the nearby Mayan ruins of Ixcun, the comprehensive museum of Dolores and the beautiful waterfall of Mopan

GTQ 150
Day 56 - Tikal ( 29th Apr 2020 )

Today we have a short drive to the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, where we have an included guided tour. We will likely stop briefly in the colonial town of Flores en route. 

In Tikal we will camp at a basic campsite close to the ruins.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy a guided tour of the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, one of the greatest ancient sites in the world

Included in Kitty
Day 57-59 - San Ignacio ( 30th Apr 2020 to 2nd May 2020 )

Border information: Exit Guatemala at Melchor de Mencos, enter Belize at Benque Viejo del Carmen.

Today we have a short drive across the border into Belize and on to the village of San Ignacio, home to the country's best archaeological sites and adventure activities!

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

We will have two full days to take part in the many optional activities available in San Ignacio, including trekking, caving, biking, and exploring the excellent Mayan ruins in the area.

In San Ignacio we will stay in a forest eco-lodge.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Actun Tunichil Mukwal Cave, a Mayan archaeological site that includes ceramics, stoneware, and skeletal remains such as the famous 'Crystal Maiden'

USD 95

Head on a horse riding trip around San Ignacio

USD 85

Take a full day tour to the remote ruins of the ancient Mayan capital of Caracol, once twice the size of the modern Belize City

USD 110

Learn about local herbs and plants on a medicinal jungle trail en route to a release program for Green Iguanas near San Ignacio

BZD 12

Explore the ancient ruins of Xunantunich, Belize's most-visited Mayan site and home to the mighty El Castillo pyramid

BZD 10

Visit the stunning ruins of Cahal Pech, atop a hill overlooking the southern outskirts of San Ignacio

BZD 30
Day 60-62 - Caye Caulker ( 3rd May 2020 to 5th May 2020 )

Today we will travel north to Belize City, where we board a speed boat to the island paradise of Caye Caulker.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

We will have two full days of free time to explore and enjoy the many optional activities available here, such as snorkelling, diving or taking a scenic flight over the phenomenal Great Blue Hole.

In Caye Caulker we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out to the stunning coral reefs off Caye Caulker on a snorkelling trip

USD 60

Take a scenic flight over the phenomenal natural Great Blue Hole off Caye Caulker

USD 260

Head out on a fantastic scuba diving trip through the colossal coral reefs off the Caribbean island of Caye Caulker (there are many different options and sites available)

USD 65 - 260

Hire sea kayaks to explore the deserted mangroves of Caye Caulker's North Island

USD 20

Go on a half-day fishing trip in the idyllic blue ocean near Caye Caulker

USD 250
Day 63 - Tulum ( 6th May 2020 )

Border information: Exit Belize at Santa Elena, enter Mexico at Subteniente López.

Today we will head back to the mainland and rejoin the bus in Belize City, before continuing our drive to the stunning coastal village of Tulum.

In Tulum we will camp in a basic campsite near to the Mayan ruins.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 64 - Tulum ( 7th May 2020 )

This morning we visit the Tulum ruins, one of the last cities built by the Maya and one of the best preserved coastal Maya sites. We will have a free afternoon to explore the beaches or take part in some optional activities.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the phenomenal clifftop Maya-Toltec ruins at Tulum, wonderfully located right on the Caribbean coast

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out to explore some of the incredible cenotes (natural water-filled sinkholes) near Tulum

MXN 100

Hire snorkel gear on the beautiful beaches of Tulum

USD 10

Go on a scuba diving trip through the ocean reefs near Tulum, or to some of the area's natural cenotes

USD 100
Day 65 - Chichen Itza, Mérida ( 8th May 2020 )

Today we will have an early start to drive to the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - we have an included guided tour around this spectacular site before continuing our drive to the beautiful and artistic colonial town of Mérida, the capital of the Yucatan state.

In Mérida we wil stay in a colonial hotel in the heart of the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the spectacular Chichen Itza Mayan ruins on a guided tour, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World centred around the world-famous pyramid of El Castillo

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a swim in the stunning natural cenote of Ik Kil near the ruins of Chichen Itza

USD 6
Day 66 - Palenque ( 9th May 2020 )

Today we will have a full day drive to the village of Palenque.

In Palenque we will camp in the grounds of a hotel located within the national park.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.

Day 67 - Palenque ( 10th May 2020 )

Today we will have an included guided visit to the incredible Mayan ruins of Palenque, which rise out of the thick jungle surrounding them. In the afternoon we will have free time to go on a jungle tour, visit the on site museum, or travel to the nearby waterfall of Misol Ha.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a fascinating guided tour around the magnificent ruined city of Palenque deep in the Mexican jungle, including time to freely explore the excellent on-site museum

Included in Kitty
Day 68 - Frontera Corozal, Yaxchilan ( 11th May 2020 )

Today we will have a drive to the remote town of Frontera Corozal, on the Guatemalan border. In the afternoon we will have an included guided visit to the remote ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilán, which is only accessible via a boat trip down the river.

In Frontera Corozal we will camp in the grounds of a hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a boat trip out for a guided tour of the stunning and remote Mayan ruins at Yaxchilán

Included in Kitty
Day 69-71 - San Cristóbal de las Casas ( 12th May 2020 to 14th May 2020 )

Today we have a full day drive to the stunning old colonial town of San Cristóbal de las Casas, one of Mexico's most beautiful towns. and well known as the heart of the indigenous Tzotzil Maya culture. En route, we may have time for an optional stop at the stunning waterfalls of Agua Azul.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day for exploration and to take part in some optional activities such as taking a tour to the fascinating Maya village of San Juan Chamula, or exploring the nearby Lagunas de Montebello National Park.

On the next day we will have an included boat trip down the phenomenal Sumidero Canyon, viewing its colossal cliffs from the base and searching for the resident wildlife.

In San Cristóbal de las Casas we will stay in a good hotel in the centre.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Head on a boat trip along the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out on a mountain biking tour through the cloud forests and highlands surrounding San Cristóbal de las Casas

MXN 450

Visit the atmospheric Tzotzil Mayan villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan

MXN 250

Learn all about the traditional medicines of the Mayan people at the award-winning Mayan Medicine Museum

MXN 55

Explore the wonderful botanical gardens of Orchideas Moxviquil, and discover its collection of over 400 species of native plants and orchids

MXN 50

See the incredbile showcase of handwoven fabrics from throughout Central America at the Mayan World Textiles Centre

MXN 52
Day 72-73 - Oaxaca ( 15th May 2020 to 16th May 2020 )

Today we have a full day drive to the wonderful laid-back colonial town of Oaxaca, famous for its cuisine and indigenous cultures.

Estimated Drive Time - 12-14 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided visit of the ruined Zapotec city of Monte Alban, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon we will have free time to further explore the area's highlights.

In Oaxaca we will stay in a good hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a guided tour around the ruined Zapotec capital of Monte Alban near Oaxaca

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the splendid Baroque Dominican church of Santo Domingo in Oaxaca's colonial centre

MXN 50

See the incredible Tree of Tule, which with a circumference of 42 metres hs the widest trunk in the world

Free

Visit the remarkably well-preserved Zapotec ruins of Mitla near to Oaxaca

MXN 64

Learn all about the history and cultures of Oaxaca at the incredible Museum of Cultures, one of the best regional museums in Mexico

MXN 64
Day 74 - Mexico City ( 17th May 2020 )

Today we will have a full day drive to Mexico's incredible bustling capital of Mexico City.

In Mexico City we will stay in a good hotel in the central district of Bellas Artes.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 75 - Mexico City ( 18th May 2020 )

Border information: if leaving in Mexico City, you will most likely exit Mexico at Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA code: MEX).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Mexico City. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team 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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

See Mexico City's famous traditional mariachi bands in the evening around Garibaldi Square

MXN 30

Explore the magnificent ancient Mesoamerican ruins of Teotihuacan near Mexico City

MXN 75

Visit the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes and see it's immense murals by world-famous Mexican artists such as Diego Riviera

MXN 70

Freely explore the huge area of the Zocalo in Mexico City's centre, along with its famous Metropolitan Cathedral and the Temple Mayor (the last remains of the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan)

MXN 75

Explore the vast system of waterways and flower gardens at Xochimilco, possibly including a visit to the creepy Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls)

Free

Freely explore the colossal Chapultepec Park, one of the world's largest urban green spaces and a cultural hotspot where you can often see the pole-swinging 'Volador' dancers

Free

Visit some of Mexico City's most important museums and galleries, such as the old house of the iconic artist Frida Kahlo, the former home of revolutionary Leon Trotsky, and the Museo Dolores Olmedo art gallery

MXN 250

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Departing: 5 Mar 2020
Returning: 17 May 2020
Duration: 74 days
Route: Quito - Mexico City
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

Thoroughly enjoyed my 11 weeks on the road through Central America and Colombia.
Acason M
Every country was an adventure. Enjoyed the culture of the old Mayan ruins as well as the biodiversity of Costa Rica and Colombia. Highlights were snorkeling in Caye Caulker, seeing the native frogs in Costa Rica, sleeping in hammocks and standing on the equator line in Ecuador.
Acason M