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Nicaragua to Belize Discovery

24 Days | An epic discovery of Mayan history, natural wonders and Central American culture

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Take a 24-day adventure into the heart and mind of Central America – hitting all the must-see spots, as well as hidden gems, in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize. See the lava flow in Masaya Volcano National Park, tour Maya ruins at Copan archaeological site and Tikal National Park, cruise on Lake Atitlan and learn all about the fascinating deity San Simon, head to colourful markets by the memorable transport of a chicken bus, walk around colonial cities that are famous for their melding of ancient history and modern religion, go birdwatching in nature reserves, explore optional activities in Antigua, learn some Spanish so you can chat to the diverse locals and then kick back in Caye Caulker, where you end the journey on white sands surrounded by snorkelling opportunities and lazy, beach lifestyles.

Trip overview

Map of Nicaragua To Belize Discovery including Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
Start
Granada, Nicaragua
Finish
Caye Caulker, Belize
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
QVSBC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • See the lava flow and crater at Masaya Volcano National Park – the first and largest national park in Nicaragua and a fascinating place to explore. 
  • Take a guided tour of the Copan ruins and archaeological site – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilisation.  
  • Take a scenic boat ride on Lake Atitlan to Santiago Atitlan, with 95% of the population of Mayan descent, and meet the shamanic keepers of Maximon and share a bottle of local spirits with them as they tell you stories of local life. 
  • Gaze in wonder at the jungle-shrouded limestone temples of Tikal National Park – one of Central America's most impressive Mayan sites, as howler monkeys call from the canopy. 
  • Relax and recharge on the white sands of Caye Caulker, a tiny Belizean island made for beach BBQs, snorkel trips and lazy afternoons spent swinging in a hammock.

Is this trip right for you?
  • As this trip covers destinations across multiple countries, you’ll cross several borders. While these are usually straightforward, please prepare to be patient while local authorities process papers.  
  • Central America is tropical, so expect a hot and humid climate. Protect yourself from the sun, wear comfortable, light clothing and stay hydrated – especially when out on walking tours. Air conditioning may not always be available in your rooms. Occasionally, properties may require an additional charge for air conditioning. 
  • While your leaders on this trip will bridge any language gaps you have, you'll find meeting locals easier the more Spanish words you know. Attempting to communicate in Spanish is an excellent way of showing you care.

Itinerary

Map of Nicaragua To Belize Discovery including Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua

Inclusions

Meals

13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Local bus, shared boat, ferry, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (21 nights), Lodge (2 nights)

Activities
  • Leon - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Monimbó - Indigenous artists village visit
  • Masaya Volcano National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Suchitoto - Salvadoran Pupusa cooking demonstration
  • Suchitoto - Leader led orientation walk
  • Copan - Guided visit to Archaeological site
  • Xela - Las Fuentes Georginas Hotsprings
  • San Andres Itzapa - San Simon shamanic ceremonies
  • Western Highlands - Almolonga vegetable market
  • Quetzaltenango - Chicken Bus Experience
  • Chichicastenango market visit
  • Santiago Atitlan - Shamanic Keepers of the Shrine of Maximon
  • Lake Atitlan - Boat to Santiago Atitlan
  • Antigua - Informal Spanish Lesson
  • Antigua - Leader-led Orientation Walk
  • Livingston - River boat trip to Garifuna town
  • Flores - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Santa Ana Vieja - Cooperativa Nuevo Horizonte visit
  • Flores - Tortilla Making Workshop
  • Tikal National Park - Archaeological site (Entrance fee, Guide & Transport)
Add on activities
  • Leon - Volcano Sand Boarding - USD53
  • Leon - Juan Venado Island Kayaking - USD90
  • Suchitoto - War historic walk at Cinquera Forest (requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD55
  • Suchitoto - Town tour (it requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD30
  • Suchitoto - Indigo Dyeing Demonstration - USD35
  • Copan - Macaw Mountain Bird Park (entrance fee) - HNL230
  • Copan - Natural Hot Springs & Dinner - USD53
  • Quetzaltenango - Chocolate Museum - USD5
  • Quetzaltenango - Mayan Cooking Class - USD55
  • Antigua - Salsa-dance Lesson (per hour) - GTQ105
  • Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop at ChocoMuseo - GTQ236
  • San Ignacio - Cave tubing (incl. entrance, guide & transport) - BZD190
  • San Ignacio - Iguana Conservation Project (entrance fee) - BZD23
  • San Ignacio - Xunantunich Ruins entry - BZD10
  • San Ignacio - Cahal Pech Ruins entry - BZD10
  • San Ignacio - Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves (Incl. entry, guide, transport & lunch) - BZD250
  • Caye Caulker - Sunset Sailing - BZD126
  • Caye Caulker - Stand-up paddleboard hire (per hour) - BZD44
  • Caye Caulker - Bicycle Rental (per day) - USD8
  • Caye Caulker - Full day Catamaran tour-(gear, guide and transport included) - BZD242
  • Caye Caulker - Full day speed boat-(gear, guide and transport included) - BZD242

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1 in Granada. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Please be careful when booking flights to Granada; make sure you fly to Managua - Augusto C. Sandino International Airport [MGA]. Managua’s Airport is the closest airport to Granada. Please do not book flights to Granada Airport [GRX] as this is in Spain.
4. As per updated Nicaragua entry requirements, customers are currently required to supply a copy of their passport front page to their booking agent no later than 15 days prior to departure.
5. Should you have any questions or need assistance with the Honduras pre-registration, your leader will be able to assist on Day 1 of your tour. For more information, visit the ‘Passports, visas and entry requirements’ section of the ‘Essential Trip Information.’
6. On your final day, you’ve got the power to choose where your adventure takes you. If you like, you can stay in Caye Caulker for another couple of nights relaxing beachside – we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). Otherwise, jump on an included water taxi transfer from the Caye Caulker ferry port back to Belize City where you can also book additional nights’ accommodation, or where your leader can assist you to catch a taxi from the port to the airport for an onward connection. You will need to make your own way from your hotel in Caye Caulker to the ferry port. To allow for transfer times, please book a flight after 12 pm (midday).

Essential Trip Information

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Nicaragua to Belize Discovery
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CAD $5,265