Journey to Central America

Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama

Starting From $3,005.00 Land Only

Duration 11 Days


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Charming Travel Destinations, Travel Agencies & Bureaus, El Monte, CA

In Antigua, Guatemala, you can see many Spanish colonial buildings. Moreover, you will have a chance to visit Mayan villages with its beautiful landscapes, hot springs, valleys, and strong cultural traditions. In Costa Rica, unleash your adventurous side today and prepare yourself for a day filled with exhilaration. Keep your eyes sharp as you absorb the breathtaking flora and fauna of your nature walk.Panama city is a modern city, known for the Panama Canal, which is an astonishing man-made architecture connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean.  Enjoy a Journey to Central America Tour today!

This Tour Package Includes:

  • Land Only
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals per itinerary
  • All transfers
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Tour Highlights:

  • Antigua 
  • Lake Atitlan Region
  • Natural Dye workshop
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Manuel Antonio
  • Old Panama
  • Panama Canal
  • Chagres National Park

Package Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees, passport fees, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal purchases
  • Meals/admission not in itinerary
  • Optional Tours (If applicable)

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Meals: B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

  • Day 1: Guatemala City ~ Antigua
    Upon arrival in Guatemala City, meet and greet at the airport with a friendly representative and then transfer to your hotel in Antigua. Antigua is located 30 miles southwest of Guatemala City. Enjoy the views. Upon reaching your hotel, the rest of the day is yours for leisure or rest. Overnight in Antigua.
  • Day 2: Antigua
    Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers visitors a spectacular glimpse of how life may have been during the Spanish Colonial Days. Today’s tour will take you throughout the city. See all the beautiful Palaces, Churches, Convents, Monasteries and Plazas as you go for a picturesque walk over cobbled stones. Volcanoes loom over the city making for a stunning backdrop. In the afternoon, we will plan one of the following depending on the season: Coffee Tour, Avocado Tour or Chocolate Tour. (B, L, D)
  • Day 3: Antigua ~ Lake Atitlan Region (Iximche and Xetonox)
    This morning we transfer from Antigua towards Lake Atitlan passing through a beautiful landscape of Mayan villages and their vegetable plantations. We make our .rst stop to visit Iximche Archaeological Site, the old Capital of the Cackchiquel Kingdom. It is still a sacred place for the Cackchiquels. The second stop will be at Xetonox, a small village located nearby. Here a local family will be waiting for us to gladly show us their way of life, the crops they are harvesting and their weavings. Lunch will be served at their home. Then, we will visit the village’s Grade School to learn more about the local life. Our day ends with a ride to Lake Atitlan, also at 5,000 feet above sea level. (B, L, D)
  • Day 4: Lake Atitlan Region ~ Antigua
    Today sightseeing around Lake Atitlan, a “caldera” lake formed by an explosion of a volcano happened 80,000 years ago. The lake is almost circular, 10 miles in diameter, 1,000 feet deep and surrounded by 3 imposing volcanoes. We will enjoy a scenic boat ride to San Juan and there we will bring you to visit the Maya Tzutuhil People. We will stop in a natural dye workshop, learn about the local people’s organic coffee production and take a little hike to a nearby lookout point with fine views of the lake. We will also see handwoven textiles being made―the Tzutuhil women embroider their tops with colorful birds and flowers. In the afternoon, we transfer back to Antigua. (B, L, D)
  • Day 5: Antigua ~ Guatemala City ~ San Jose, Costa Rica ~ Monteverde
    This morning fly to San Jose, Costa Rica. Upon arrival, we will make our way to Monteverde. Due to its high altitude, Monteverde is lucky to have a steady supply of clouds. Later on, a guide will pick you up at the hotel for a fascinating “night-walk” tour, which is designed for those who want to observe the forest and its creatures at night. It is the perfect opportunity to observe different species of animals such as sloths, armadillos, porcupines, possums, coatis, bassaricyon (olingos) y kinkajous (martillas). We may also encounter a variety of insects, birds, amphibians and reptiles during our lovely walk. (B, D)
  • Day 6: Monteverde ~ Arenal (La Fortuna)
    We check out of the hotel in Monteverde this morning and transfer, both by land and boat, to Arenal. The Arenal region was once a quiet, sleepy place when suddenly the Arenal Volcano erupted violently after almost 400 years of dormancy and the local town of La Fortuna became a popular jumping off point for people in search of fiery night skies and views of creeping lava. Upon arrival in La Fortuna, we will check into the hotel. There will be some free time for you to have lunch or take a stroll and check out a bit of the now buzzing town of La Fortuna. This afternoon you will enjoy an Arenal Volcano Tour that includes a visit to local hot springs. (B, D)
  • Day 7: Arenal ~ Manuel Antonio
    Today we set out to the magical Central Pacific region of Costa Rica where we will visit Manuel Antonio, National Park. This park was recently ranked among the world`s top 12 most beautiful national parks. Manuel Antonio National Park protects a group of extremely beautiful white sand beaches, coral reefs, tropical rainforests and rivers. We have arranged a leisurely hike through the exotic, biodiverse tropical rainforest area of the park. We will observe and learn about a great abundance of wildlife in its natural and breathtaking habitatWith luck, we might spot one of the few remaining endangered “Mono Titi” (or Squirrel Monkeys), which can only be found right here in Manuel Antonio National Park. (B, L, D)
  • Day 8: Manuel Antonio ~ San Jose ~ Panama City, Panama
    This morning we transfer to the airport in San Jose for the Flight to Panama City, Panama. Upon arrival in Panama City, we will transfer to have dinner at a local restaurant and then head to the hotel for check in. (B, D)
  • Day 9: Panama City
    Our day begins with a tour of the ruins of “Old Panama,” the first city founded on the Isthmus of Panama by the Spanish and later attacked by the British pirate Henry Morgan in 1671. After the tour of “Old Panama”, we will travel through a scenic and modern part of the city en route to the “Casco Antiguo”, built in 1673 after “Old Panama” was sacked and burnt. The predominant architectural style of the “Casco Antiguo” is French-Spanish Colonial. Later, we will continue to Flamenco Island, one the three islands which form a causeway at the entrance of the Panama Canal. Here we will have lunch before we proceed to the Miraflores locks. Of the three sets of locks in the Panama Canal, Miraflores is the closest to Panama City. Here you will observe the magnitude of this engineering marvel. It is amazing that the canal is still operating a century later using the same hydraulic system since its inception. Overnight in Panama City. (B, L, D)
  • Day 10: Panama City ~ Chagres / EmberaCommunity ~ Portobelo ~ Panama City
    After breakfast, we will take a bus ride to Chagres National Park and then embark on a fascinating cultural trip. We will enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the rainforest while aboard small, motorized canoes that take us through Lake Alajuela and the Chagres River until we reach the friendly people of the Embera Community. Enjoy learning about their culture and traditions and have lunch in their thatched huts. Later, transfer to Portobelo. Portobelo was a safe haven for the Conquistadors and a juicy target for the pirates trying to get their hands on the fine treasures of the New World. We will enjoy this important historical site and pay a visit to the “Church of the Black Christ” to learn about its interesting legend. Later, on the way back to Panama City, we will make a stop at the Gatun Locks, another part of the Panama Canal. Overnight in Panama City. (B, L, D)
  • Day 11: Panama City ~ Home
    The fantastic journey has come to an end. Transfer to the airport this morning for the flight home. (B)
  • Soleil Antigua Hotel- Antigua, Guatemala * or similar
    9 Calle Poniente, Carretera a Ciudada Vieja,

    Hotel Soleil La Antigua offers 180 guest rooms and suites in six arrangements. Each is individually decorated and furnished in the style of a colonial-era Guatemalan estancia, with carefully chosen antique furniture and locally inspired colors, textures, and fabrics.

    All accommodation includes modern comforts like Wi-Fi Internet and flatscreen televisions, yet they’re seamlessly incorporated into the design, making it easy to remember a simpler, more relaxing time when such things weren’t important. And when the weather turns chilly, a glass of wine and a comfortable chair near the wood-burning fireplace might be all the comfort you need. 

    Check-In Time: 03:00pm
    Check Out Time: 12:00pm

  • Atitlan Hotel – Panajachel, Guatemala * or similar
    Calle de Finca San Buena Aventura

    This relaxed hotel, set on a former coffee plantation next to Lake Atitlán, is 1 km from the main Panajachel water taxi terminal and 2 km from the Museo Lacustre Atitlán. 

    Featuring local art and terracotta tile floors, the refined, eclectic rooms include free Wi-Fi, cable TV and balconies with lake or garden views. Suites add fireplaces and room service. 
    Breakfast is served in a casual restaurant with colorful, Mayan-style tablecloths and a striking mahogany bar. The grounds feature botanical gardens, along with an infinity pool, a hot tub and private beach access. Other amenities include a fitness center and free outdoor parking.

    Check-In Time: 03:00pm
    Check Out Time: 11:00am

  • Montana Verde Hotel – Monteverde Puntarenas, Costa Rica * or similar
    Santa Elena, Monteverde Puntarenas

    Located in the Pacific Province of Puntarenas at 4.500 feet above the sea level, Hotel de Montaña Monteverde offers 42 comfortable rooms as well as a Jacuzzi, Sauna, Conference Room, Bar, and Restaurant which offers the special flavor and charm of home cooked Costa Rican cuisine. Adjacent to the hotel is a 15-acre private forest, offering excellent view and trails, including a small pond for the guest's enjoyment.

    In addition, Hotel de Montaña Monteverde offers guided tours through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and horseback riding tours, as well as laundry service, a gift shop and free parking space. The hotel has been awarded a Cultural Star from the Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Sports and with the XVIII Trofeo Internacional de Turismo, Hotelería y Gastronomía.

    Check-In Time: 03:00pm
    Check Out Time: 11:00am

  • Los Iguana Resort and Spa – Costa Rica, Costa Rica * or similar
    1.5 km northwest from Arenal Dam La Fortuna

    Nested in the Costa Rican jungle, Lost Iguana Resort and Spa is a STUNNING nature inspired hotel located in 120 acres of preserved rainforest and home to the most fascinating biodiversity. The hotel has 42 hillside rooms, each with a stunning private view of Arenal Volcano and doorstep access to the jungle from every area. There´s a river that crosses the property and we have one private trail that take you deep into the rain-forest for a 1:30 hour hike. When wandering around you can see the flowering EXOTIC plants, the most unusual species of birds, the playful creatures, and listen to the soothing sounds of nature. Nighttime brings jungle sounds, lightning bugs, and quiet, RELAXING SOLITUDE. Whether you´re an adventurer, or just want to chill-out and relax in the middle of paradise, this is the perfect place for you.

    Check-In Time: 02:00pm
    Check Out Time: 12:00pm

  • Wyndham Garden Hotel – Panama City, Panama * or similar
    10 58th Street

    Discover an urban escape in the heart of downtown Panama City at our Wyndham Garden Panama City hotel. Like the city itself, we welcome guests with old world charm and modern conveniences, and our multilingual staff delivers sterling service to each of our guests. An oasis amidst the bustling city, our soothing interiors and convenient downtown location allows both business and pleasure travelers to relax after taking in all Panama City has to offer.

    Start your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or a healthy workout at our 24-hour fitness center outfitted with state-of-the-art cardio machines and weights. The entire hotel conveniently runs on 120-volt electricity and offers international travelers currency exchange, car rental service, and on-site dry cleaning. Our 24-hour business center provides copy, fax, and print services and free WiFi is also offered throughout the hotel, keeping you connected.

    Check-In Time: 03:00pm
    Check Out Time: 01:00pm

Arrival Land Availability

Prices are based on per person, double occupancy.  Land Only rates do not include international air tickets. Charming Travel Destination guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum 2 passengers to guarantee departure. All hotels are subject to availability. Hotels may be substituted with another of similar category. Prices and availability are subject to change at any time and prices are not guaranteed until we receive your final payment. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary to ensure a smooth and safe trip. No visa is required for all US passport holders.

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