• Länderinformationen
  • Unsere Touren
  • Inselurlaub
  • Travel Blog
  • DE
  • Country information
  • Our tours
  • Island vacation
  • Travel Blog
  • EN

MAINLAND TOUR «THE BEST OF GUATEMALA, EL SALVADOR & NICARAGUA» - 15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

Experience the best of these three Central American countries! On the tour, you will visit and experience impressive colonial towns, beautiful lakes with countless bird species, mysterious Mayan ruins and pure nature in untouched rainforests.

You will spend 14 nights in various mid-range hotels in picturesque colonial towns, on a lake and in a lodge in the middle of a beautiful rainforest and cloud forest.

Discover the three countries over 15 days in an air-conditioned vehicle including a tour guide.

PROGRAM OF THE MAINLAND TOUR «THE BEST OF GUATEMALA, EL SALVADOR & NICARAGUA»

DAY 1, GUATEMALA-STADT

Arrival in Guatemala City. Then transfer to the city hotel and overnight stay.

DAY 2, GUATEMALA-STADT - FLORES

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and flight to Flores. Then we take plenty of time to visit the Mayan site of Tikal: in its heyday from 250 to 900 AD, it was one of the most magnificent places and has retained its unmistakable charm to this day. The huge pyramids towering above the rainforest canopy are so elegant and mystical that you will never forget them. Later in the afternoon, take another stroll through the pleasant island town of Flores.

DAY 3, FLORES - NATIONALPARK SEMUC CHAMPEY

After breakfast, we head through sparsely populated areas from Lago Peten Itza towards Semuc Champey.  The "Monumento Nacional" Semuc Champey is a nature reserve with many turquoise-green pools of water between one and three meters deep, which are fed by the Rio Cahabon. Here you can swim extensively in the wildest nature or enjoy the breathtaking view of the natural pools from above. Overnight stay in Semuc Champey (basic accommodation).

DAY 4, NATIONALPARK SEMUC CHAMPEY - COBÁN

We continue our journey from the nature reserve to Cobán to Posada Montaña de Quetzal. On arrival we enjoy the beautiful surroundings around Cobán and try to find one or two quetzals in the Posada's own park during a hike. One overnight stay in Cobán.

DAY 5, COBÁN - ANTIGUA

After breakfast, we make our way to the colonial gem of Antigua. The former capital with its countless ruins was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. There are plenty of breaks for photo stops on the long journey. On arrival, we visit one or two sights, such as the main square and the Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the surrounding volcanoes and the small town of Antigua. Overnight stay in Antigua.

DAY 6, ANTIGUA - CHICHICASTENANGO - PANAJACHEL

Today, after breakfast, we make our way to Chichicastenango, where we visit the colorful Indian market (Thursday and Sunday only). Different colored textiles, carved wooden masks, fruits, vegetables, meat - a real blaze of color. In the church of Santo Tomás we can see the fusion of Christian and Mayan beliefs. In the afternoon we continue to the most beautiful lake in the world (according to Alexander v. Humboldt) - Lago de Atitlán. Two nights in Panajachel by the lake.

DAY 7, PANAJACHEL - SANTIAGO ATITLÁN - PANAJACHEL

Today's destination is the Tzutuhi village of Santiago Atitlán. On an entertaining boat trip across the lake, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape with its imposing volcanoes up close. In Santiago we experience another colorful indigenous market and have a wonderful opportunity to buy small souvenirs. Many of the old Mayarite customs are still practised here, as we can clearly see in the church. If possible, we attend a ceremony with Maximón, a Mayan deity and saint. Later in the afternoon, the boat takes us back to the other side of the lake.

DAY 8, PANAJACHEL - APANECA (EL SALVADOR)

On a varied journey, we reach the border with El Salvador in the early morning. If possible, drive to Tazumal and visit the pre-Columbian Mayan site. The highlight of the excavation site is a life-size figure of the Nahua god carved in stone. The Mayan site of Tazumal is considered to be the best preserved in El Salvador. Alternatively, it would also be possible to stop and visit the artists' village of Atoca on the way to the hotel in Apaneca. One overnight stay in Apaneca.

DAY 9, APANECA - NATIONALPARK CERRO VERDE - SUCHITOTO

After breakfast, drive to the Cerro Verde National Park. Enjoy nature and the views of the surrounding volcanoes Ilamatepec, Izalco and Lago de Coatepeque. Then continue to Suchitoto, a town located directly on Lake Suchitlan, the last remaining colonial town in the country. Its name means "bird flower". Because of its deep roots in art and culture, it is known as the cultural capital of El Salvador, and the colonial style throughout the city, with its cobbled streets, is very well preserved, allowing the locals to decorate the picturesque hostels, restaurants and cafés in such a way that they give you the feeling of being right in the Hispanic colonial era. The impressive artificial Lake Suchitlán was created by the construction of a reservoir in 1973. One overnight stay in Suchitoto.

DAY 10, SUCHITOTO - SAN MIGUEL

In the morning we take one of the attractions - a boat tour on the lake. The tour takes you around small islands, one of which is a paradise for birdwatchers. Alternatively, visit the idyllic little town. Afterwards, continue to the region around San Miguel and El Cuco beach on the Pacific Ocean. Drive to the hotel and overnight stay in San Miguel.

Optional: On the way, visit the Turicentro El Capulín with the Moncagua caves. Bathe in the hot spring in caves with crystal-clear water. Hammocks, chairs and tables are available. In addition to bringing your own food, there is a food stall with the famous pupusas from San Miguel.

DAY 11, SAN MIGUEL - LEÓN (NICARAGUA)

After breakfast, we continue across the border through Honduras directly to Nicaragua. Shortly after the border, we make a stop in Chichigalpa, where the Flor de Caña rum distillery has been based since 1890. Its products are among the best rums in Latin America, with over 120 different awards worldwide since 2000 alone. After a detailed tour of the production facilities and a small tasting session, we continue to León, the former capital of Nicaragua, with the largest cathedral in Central America, among other things. Two overnight stays in León.

DAY 12, LEÓN - LEÓN VIJEO - PLAYA CHINANDEGA - LEÓN

In the morning we visit the monuments of León and then the ruins of León Viejo, the old León. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are located outside the current city center on Lake Managua. Together with your tour guide, you will follow in the footsteps of the city's founders. Founded at the beginning of the 16th century, it was one of the oldest Spanish colonial settlements in America. After an earthquake in 1610, the city was abandoned less than 100 years after it was founded. The ruins of the town have therefore been preserved without any subsequent rebuilding and are a unique example of the form and nature of early Spanish settlements in America. In the late afternoon, drive towards Las Peñitas. Depending on the weather, you can experience a beautiful sunset here on the beach directly on the Pacific. Then return to the hotel in León.

DAY 13, LEÓN - MANAGUA - MASAYA - GRANADA

After breakfast, we continue in the direction of Granada. On the way, we make a stop in Managua. During a short tour of the city, we will get to know Nicaragua's current capital. From the Mirador de Caterina viewpoint you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Apoyo lagoon, Lake Nicaragua and the city of Granada, weather permitting. In the evening, we take an excursion to the viewpoint at the crater of the Masaya volcano. The area of the national park comprises two volcanoes and five craters. Due to various eruptions, the Spaniards feared the volcanoes, christened the active volcano "The Mouth of Hell" and placed a cross on the lip of the crater to exorcize the devil. In the evening, you can experience the beauty of the volcano in the light of the night sky and in front of the glowing lava. A short stop at the park's visitor center with historical and cultural information about the volcano and its inhabitants rounds off our excursion. Two nights in Granada.

DAY 14, GRANADA

Granada offers many sights from the colonial era and is considered one of the most beautiful Central American cities. Stroll through the main square and let yourself be carried away by the lively hustle and bustle. On a tour of the historic center, you will pass colonial houses and important buildings such as the San Francisco Monastery and the Guadeloupe Church. The cathedral with its yellow façade is one of the highlights of the city tour. On request, we can take a boat trip to the Isletas on Lake Nicaragua. The Isletas are a group of over 360 small islands that were formed thousands of years ago by an eruption of the nearby Mumbacho volcano. During the trip, picturesque islands appear again and again, almost all of which are privately owned. Whether small estates, ostentatious buildings or Asian-style villas - all the islands are highly individual and it is exciting to discover what the next island has in store. One of them is inhabited by a colony of monkeys, which you can see up close.

DAY 15, GRANADA - MANAGUA

Depending on the departure time, a night or morning transfer to Managua airport followed by a return flight to Europe.

Contact us now for a personal offer

You may also like

About us

Contact

TsCs

Privacy Policy

Legal Notice

 

©2023 Mesoamerica Tours, all rights reserved

sales@mesoamericatours.com

International +504 8765 0194

*Europa 00800 2200 1100

 

*Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands & United Kingdom (toll-free)

Crafted with

by Swiss Digital Solutions

Mesoamerica Tours

San Pedro Sula, 21104

Honduras

sales@mesoamericatours.com

International +504 8765 0194

*Europe 00800 2200 1100

 

*Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands & United Kingdom (toll-free)

©2023 Mesoamerica Tours,

all rights reserved

Crafted with

by Swiss Digital Solutions