Central America tours

“A three-week overland tour of Central America by bus, staying in small hotels. Start in Panama and end in Antigua, Guatemala. ”


Panama: Panama City | Panama Canal | Boquete | Pan-American Highway | Colón Island | Bocas del Toro | Costa Rica: San José | Caribbean coast | Braulio Carrillo National Park | Option for white water rafting | Monteverde National Park Cloud Forest | Nicaragua: San Jorge | Lake Nicaragua | Ometepe Island | Granada | Masaya National Park | Momotombo Volcano | León El Salvador: Suchitoto | Lake Suchitlán | Honduras: Mayan ruins of Copán | Guatemala: Antigua

Description of Central America tours

This three-week Central America tour starts in Panama and ends in Guatemala, an overland tour that takes in six countries in total. Travelling by bus and staying in small, locally owned accommodation along the way, this journey of discovery takes you through the magnificent volcanic terrain of Central America, particularly in Nicaragua, but also along the glistening Caribbean coast in places that are well off the beaten path.

The Pan-American Highway that takes you through Panama is, in contrast, a very well beaten path but an historic route along this idyllic isthmus. Going much further back in history is the Ruta Maya, and the ancient archaeology that is dotted around Central America is also something we will get a chance to visit on this tour, such as at Copán in Honduras.

From traditional, indigenous communities to elegant colonial towns, you will dip in and out of many different lifestyles and traditions on this trip, as well as the many biodiverse landscapes which influence these lifestyles. These landscapes also proffer the chance for outdoor adventures, from white water rafting along the Pacuare River in Costa Rica to snorkelling in Bastimentos National Marine Park in Panama. On this trip every day is different and, on many days, even presents you with another country.

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17 Oct 2020
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Holiday type

Small group adventure holiday

This trip is run by a company which specialises in only Central and South America holidays. Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip and how many others are booked on it) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone, with your partner or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places, whilst being led by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic leader.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

On our Central America overland tours we visit a number of national parks, including the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Bastimentos National marine park in Bocas del Toro. We support their work in conservation and the protection of the species found in this part of the Americas. With thousands of visitors each year, good administration and management of parks is essential in order to preserve these delicate eco-systems and fragile environments. We actively encourage clients to carry all waste out of parks, walk only on designated paths, and not to pick flowers or disturb the natural resources. When staying within these parks we use lodges which work towards sustainable tourism, minimising the negative impact of tourism on the surrounding area.

The Impacts of this Trip

On our Central America overland tours we work with small privately owned ground agents who live in the area, have established RT policies in place, and employ local guides and staff. A number of journeys on this Central America overland tour use public transport, the hotels are small, individual properties often run by the owners and their families, we eat in local restaurants serving locally grown produce – our style of travel ensures that as many local people as possible benefit by our being there. This Central America overland tour runs with a maximum of 16 people which helps to minimise the impact on delicate environments.


1 Reviews of Central America tours

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 05 Mar 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Fantastic insight into many different cultures. Stunning and varied scenery in wonderful hot weather from the might of the Panama Canal to the jaw dropping beauty of the rain and cloud forests to the awesome splendour of the region's volcanoes and craters

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do as much research as possible before your trip - I wished I had done more!
Try and learn some basic conversational Spanish - I wish I had learnt more!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Tourism is an infant business in many parts of Central America so the income is of great benefit to local economies, provided that said income is correctly directed to the good of the people of that area and not misdirected into other things that will not benefit either the local people or the environment

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was an absolutely stunning experience, greatly helped by the small group I travelled and very well organised and let by this travel company.

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