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El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras Tour Full Itinerary

Tour Code: CEN002
Guide: B= Breakfast/L=Lunch/D=Dinner

Welcome to El Salvador! 
You’ll be transferred from the airport to your hotel for your overnight stay in either a standard or superior level hotel.

 

Today the adventure begins! After breakfast, you will start your trip towards Volcanoes National Park, where 3 volcanoes come together: Izalco Volcano, Santa Ana Volcano (both of which are active but not erupting) and Cerro Verde, an extinct volcano. The volcanoes are located within beautiful scenery and have a wide biodiversity. There are many species of animals living inside the park; among them are many types of hummingbirds and the black birds known as ‘chara’ which feed other birds such as toucans during their mating season. At 11 am, you will hike up Volcano Ilamatepec (Santa Ana) at 2,381 meters above sea level which makes it the tallest volcano in El Salvador. The volcano has 4 craters and one of them held a sulfur lagoon. Its most recent eruption was in October 2005. The volcano is located within the hills of Apaneca, surrounded by cloud forests in a region full of coffee plantations. You will have a great view of Lake Coatepeque, a beautiful sparkling blue crater-shaped lake.
Overnight accommodation in either standard or superior level hotel.

After breakfast, you will visit Imposible National Park which is a tropical  mountain forest and has an extraordinary variety of plants and animal life. It is the last refuge of many endangered animal and plant species which are in danger of extinction in El Salvador. With more than 1,000 species of plants, 500 of diurnal butterflies, 282 of birds, 103 of mammals and 53 species of amphibians and reptiles, El Imposible boasts the largest biodiversity in the country. The park is home to species which are only found in El Salvador such as the ‘guaquito de tierra’. You can hike in to the middle of the park to a bridge with spectacular views, swim in a river and its many cascades or visit the Ruta del Cerro Leon; the farm and museum of SALVANATURA of San Miguelito and the Anganches Rivers. Route depends on your abilities.
Overnight accommodation in either standard or superior level hotel.

After breakfast, you will go on a morning hike to Chorros de Calera which is a series of impressive waterfalls. Underground river pours off hundreds of fractures in the 3 long cliffs which are each about 10 meters high and range from 30-70 meters long. If you are up for it, hike the route of the 7 waterfalls which ends at the Chorros de Calera and you will walk in and along the river. In the afternoon, you will seek adventure around the Green Lagoon (Laguna Verde) with the serene sounds of the cloud forest. There are two activity options for this tour which are mountain biking or hiking. The bike tour starts up the mountains of Apaneca and visits the Laguna Verde Crater Lake whilst the hike takes you around the lagoon and through the coffee plantations.
Overnight accommodation in either standard or superior level hotel.

After breakfast, you will be transferred from Ataco, El Salvador to Antigua in Guatemala. Upon arrival in Antigua, you’ll meet with your guide for your guided walking tour. You will visit breathtaking colonial monuments and find out why this city was the bustling centre of the region for the Spaniards. This walking tour will take in the main highlights of this ancient city from the hustle and bustle of the atmospheric Central Park to the secret passageways of the many crumbling colonial convents and churches.
Overnight accommodation in either standard or superior level hotel.

After an early breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Pacaya Volcano on the outskirts of Guatemala City. The hike to the viewpoint overlooking the flowing lava fields takes around 1.5 – 2 hours and is very gentle with a wide trail. From the viewpoint, we’ll enjoy beautiful views of the volcanoes around Antigua and Lake Atitlan, looking back over our journey in the highlands. Picnic lunch included. After the hike, you’ll be transferred back to Antigua. 
Overnight accommodation in either standard or superior level hotel.

After breakfast, you’ll  meet with your guide for your transfer to Lake Atitlan. On the way, you will stop in Iximche for a guided tour. Iximche is a Pre-Colombian Mayan site in the western highlands of Guatemala. It is not a major archaeological site but is noteworthy for being founded by the Kaqchikel Maya in 1470 after a prolonged conflict with the Kiche. It was the capital of the late Post-Classic Kaqchikel Kingdom from 1470 until its abandonment in 1524 due to the Spaniards arrival. Lunch at a local venue and then you’ll continue your transfer to Lake Atitlan. 
Overnight accommodation in either standard or superior level hotel.

After breakfast, you will meet with your guide for your boat transfer to San Juan and Santiago. Along the shores of Lake Atitlan, you may find different towns with each of the villages named after the twelve apostles. Santiago (St. James) is a village located on the south end and is home to Maximon, a pagan saint who drinks moonshine and smokes cigars. Maximon is visited every day by locals, healers and tourists asking for favours. San Juan la Laguna is famous for its naïf art galleries, town murals and natural dyes textiles. This town is set as an example of organisation and a tourism destination among the highlands. Its beauty and cooperatives have made it the perfect village. Lunch at a local venue before you return to your hotel.
Overnight accommodation in either standard or superior level hotel.

After breakfast, you’ll take a boat transfer to Santa Cruz for kayak gear pick up. You will paddle for approximately 45 minutes along delightful peninsulas admiring the shores’ beautiful gardens. The views are spectacular with three stunning volcanoes; Atitlan, San Pedro and Toliman. After kayaking, you will start the hike to Tzununa. The north shore of Lake Atitlan has no true road access so you will hike along ancient paths that have been used by the Kaqchikel Maya for centuries. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to Guatemala City.
Overnight accommodation in either standard or superior level hotel.

After breakfast, you’ll meet with your guide for your transfer to Copán in Honduras. Copán is located close to the Guatemalan border and is the main highlight of our cultural offering with the most elaborate high relief sculptures in the Mayan Worlds and two world-class archaeological museums. The time-tested skills of Mayan ancestors still exist today with specially honed skills for working with wood, leather and stone carving. The city of Copán has narrow streets along with brightly coloured buildings and a friendly intimacy that creates a warm and inviting tourism center. The site of Copán itself is the most studied archaeological site in the Maya world and through the city and the site, you can truly understand the balance of life of the Maya ancestors and how they have influenced life in the country today. You’ll then take a tour to the mystical Mayan ruins where you’ll be able to witness the ancient Mayan culture. The ruined citadel and imposing public squares reveal the three main stages of development before the city was abandoned in the early 10th century. Copán with its temples, plazas and terraces comprises a type of architectural complex among the most characteristic of the Mayan civilisation. The lengthy inscription on the Hieroglyphic Stairway Plaza is of considerable historical significance.
Overnight accommodation in either standard or superior level hotel.

After breakfast, you’ll start the day with a thrilling activity! Praised as one of the best in Central America, Copán Canopy Tour includes 14 zip-lines through the hilltops of Copán on the way to Macaw Mountain Bird Park. Starting at your hotel, you’ll be transferred up to the mountains to the beginning of this system of trails, 14 suspension platforms and zip-lines that will offer you the opportunity to observe and appreciate tropical vegetation from different vantage points above the rainforest canopy. The Copán Canopy Tour zip-lines require no special athletic abilities as all you need to do is sit down and gravity will do the rest for you. The guides will gear you up and get you started from each platform.
Around 2.5 km outside Copán Ruinas is an extensive private reserve aimed at saving Central American Macaws. There are plenty of them here along with toucans, motmots, parrots, kingfishers and orioles all flying around in spacious humanely constructed cages. In the ‘Encounter Center’, uncaged birds fly onto your shoulders or hands and you can pose for photos with them. Macaw Mountain Bird Park and Reserve offers a first-class experience in an unspoiled part of the world. You’ll learn about and interact with the intelligent and colourful birds of Central America here. 
Overnight accommodation in either standard or superior level hotel.

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the Caribbean city of Tela (approximately 4.5 hour journey). A little slice of heaven on the north shore, this is so much more than the sleepy town often described. This is where to go on the Honduras Caribbean coast if you want to relax, go to some of the best beaches and swim in the sea. Tela is located halfway between the cities of San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba. Originally the headquarters for the United Fruit Company in Honduras, Tela has the largest concentration of Garifuna villages in the world. The villages of Triunfo de La Cruz, Tornabe, San Juan and Miami are only some of the many Garifuna communities around the lovely Bay of Tela. 
On the way to Tela, you’ll visit Pulhapanzak Waterfalls. You’ll see the 43 metre waterfall of Rio Lindo and witness the cultural importance of the prehistoric settlement traces found in its surroundings. The trails go very near to the Pulhapanzak waterfall and you will get into the waterfall and behind the falling water. 
Overnight accommodation in either standard or superior level hotel (dinner included with superior level).

After breakfast, you’ll have an early morning boat transfer from Tela to Punta Sal. Jeannette Kawas National Park (also known as Punta Sal) is accessible only by water and is a great opportunity to enjoy and unspoiled beach, snorkeling, hiking, wildlife and a delicious local style lunch.
Offering you the very best of both coastal marine and tropical forest ecosystems, Punta Sal is an excursion of diversity. Traversing the peninsula on foot going through mangrove and tropical forest, you will walk around the National Park and have the opportunity to see monkeys, spiders and butterflies. Following a period of snorkelling in the turquoise waters of a coral reef, you can kick back and relax in true Caribbean style on the beach of Cocalito and enjoy a typical Garifuna lunch.
Overnight accommodation in either standard or superior level hotel (lunch and dinner included with superior level).

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to La Ceiba city in the Cangrejal area. This is a unique opportunity for adventure, intense hiking activity and birdwatching. The adventure begins in the tropical forest of Pico Bonito and several trails trek deep into the lush vegetation letting you discover butterflies, birds and many other species of wildlife en-route. Following the Rio Zacate Trail, we’ll have a beautiful view of the Caribbean coast and then reach the magnificent Zacate Waterfall. Hiking along the beautiful ‘Cordillera Gracias a Dios’ which has its highest peak in Pico Bonito will leave you breathless at the natural and sweeping beauty of a park that has made Honduras famous as a destination for eco-tours.
Overnight accommodation in either standard or superior level hotel (lunch and dinner included with superior level).

Sadly today your tour ends and after breakfast, you will be transferred to San Pedro Sula International Airport for your departure.