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Panama City to Anchorage Overview
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Cross the Americas on an epic overland adventure from Panama City, Panama, to Anchorage, Alaska
As far as ultimate American adventures go, this trip from Panama to Anchorage ticks all the boxes. Spanning Central and North Americas, all the way from the Panama Canal up to the wilds of Alaska, this 106-day adventure is nothing short of epic. Starting in Panama City, the tour ventures up through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, the USA, Canada and finally ends in Anchorage, Alaska. Loaded with culture, history, architecture and bountiful nature, this incredible American adventure will leave you breathless. This exciting itinerary may be full of trekking up volcanoes, exploring vibrant cities, kayaking down emerald rivers, snorkelling over reefs and taking part in all manor of outdoor and cultural activities, but there is also a great balance of down time too, with beaches, forests and unspoilt nature to be enjoyed and relaxed in. So if you’re after a life-affirming, awe-inspiring and never-to-be-forgotten adventure, then this epic trip is it.
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Visit the Panama Canal and then it's on to Panama City to explore colourful neighbourhoods and soak up the last of this vibrant region's atmosphere before this Central American adventure ends.
Staying in Santa Clara is the ideal opportunity to relax, swim in the lovely Pacific Ocean and camp by the beach.
Panama’s ‘wonderland’, Chiriqui, offers activities like rafting, hiking and volcano walks, as well as pristine beaches and lush tropical forests.
Sleep in cabins set within the jungle in Manuel Antonio National Park, embarking on jungle walks, relaxing on palm-lined beaches or swimming in cerulean waters.
Pay a visit to the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, and get to know its intriguing neighbourhoods, vibrant markets and lively nightlife.
Stay within the rainforest at Costa Rica’s Monteverde, and perhaps witness some of the diverse local flora and fauna during a visit to the Cloud Forest Reserve.
See Arenal Volcano’s glowing lava flow at night, and marvel at this beautiful area's majesty during the day.
Cross Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest lake, to Isla Ometepe, where two volcanoes, lush vegetation and a wide range of wildlife await.
Explore the oldest city of the ‘new world’, Granada, which is rich in colonial history and a beautiful place to visit.
Experience the wondrous crater and lava flows belonging to the active volcano in the heart of the Masaya National Park.
Head to the university town of Leon, peppered with derelict buildings and walls adorned with political murals and graffiti.
Visit Lake Yojoa, where an overnight lakeside camp is the ideal opportunity to take in the surroundings.
Relax in the blissful, crystal-clear waters of Roatan Island, home to gorgeous beaches, intriguing mangroves and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Get up close to the ancient ruins of Copan, one of Honduras’s most striking Mayan sites.
Wander the cobbled, colourful streets of Suchitoto, which are lined with beautiful whitewashed houses.
Experience amazing views of surrounding volcanoes and countryside in Cerro Verde National Park.
Discover the verdant forest and biological diversity of stunning El Imposible National Park, complete with pumas, tigrillos and black crested eagles.
Discover the cobbled streets of Antigua and perhaps head out of the city to climb up Pacaya, the area’s active volcano.
Soak up the atmosphere in Panajachel, situated on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan. Perhaps embark on an optional boat trip around the lake that takes in the surrounding villages.
Perhaps visit the Totonicapan market before travelling to San Andres Itzapa where we stay at a community centre helping victims of domestic abuse.
Travel along the Rio Dulce by boat and arrive in Livingston. Soak up the unique Caribbean character of the town and mingle with locals.
Spend a couple of nights on a working farm, and perhaps get an adrenaline fix while river-caving.
Be awestruck by the Mayan ruins of Tikal, with its temples hiding among the tropical jungle.
Head to Belize’s adventure activity centre – San Ignacio, a great spot to undertake some canoeing and mountain-biking.
Spend a few hours in Belize City before catching a boat to Caye Caulker. Relaxing to the maximum is compulsory on this idyllic Caribbean island.
Arrive in Mexico for two nights of blissful camping on a remote beach near Xpuha. On the second day, venture into the clifftop Maya-Toltec ruins of Tulum.
A short drive to Chichen Itza reveals one of the most spectacular Mayan sites in Central America, where the daily light and sound show is sure to impress.
The state capital of Yucatan, Merida boasts thriving markets (the ideal place to purchase a hammock!) and a bustling nightlife.
Encounter the waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol-Ha en route to Palenque. The incredible ruined Mayan city rising from the jungle is truly something to behold.
Pay a visit to the Mayan Ruins of Yaxchilan before hopping aboard a boat to see the impressive murals at Bonampak.
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What's included in this trip
About Belize , Canada , Costa Rica , El Salvador , Guatemala , Honduras , Mexico , Nicaragua , Panama , United States