Grand Central America Tour

Belize, Guatamala, Honduras

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Grand Central America Tour

This Central American adventure showcases the most popular attractions in Honduras, Guatemala and Belize. Gain an in-depth insight into the ancient and modern Mayan culture, marvel at the mysterious Tikal pyramids and meet wizened Mayan elders. Explore Central America’s tropical jungles and see toucans, monkeys, volcanoes and secret cave systems. Visit Central America’s biggest outdoor markets, a fabulous display of local art & crafts, as well as local produce, visited by colourfully dressed locals.

This tour begins in San Pedro Sula, then fly to La Ceiba on the southern edge of the Caribbean Sea. Watch the wildlife on the Cacao Lagoon in the Nombre de Dios National Park. In the north, the tropical forest of Pico Bonito National Park is popular for birdwatching. In Guatemala, visit Antigua, a 16th century town, Lake Atitlan in Guatemalan highlands and Tikal National Park, known for its ancient structures. End tour in Belize’s Cayo District.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 15-DAY GRAND CENTRAL AMERICA TOUR…
And, experience nature trails with hidden waterfalls, birdlife and jaguars. 
 

What We Love
  • Visit the world-famous Mayan sites of Tikal & Copan
  • Explore the Baroque architecture of Antigua and discover Lake Atitlan, surrounded by breathtaking volcanoes and traditional Mayan villages. 
  • Experience Belize’s famous jungle caves.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
 
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Grand Central America Tour

Guatemala, Honduras & Belize
(15 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day  1 – Arrive
San Pedro Sula, Honduras Meet and greet at San Pedro Sula airport and assist in your onward internal flight to La Ceiba (20mins) where we’ll arrange a transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in La Ceiba area hotel

Day 2 – Wildlife Tour
Cuero Y Salado This morning we’re off to a wildlife refuge situated 33km from La Ceiba. This is home to the many endangered animal species found within the many mangrove canals proceeding from the rivers Cuero and Salado. There is a mixture both fresh and salt water, the reserve being right at the ocean’s edge. From La Union, we catch a ride on the old railway to reach this wildlife refuge, and then by boat or canoe we explore the mangrove lagoons. Manatees, monkeys, alligators and a variety of birds are all part of the highlights of this protected and diverse habitat run by the foundation FUCSA. Most frequently seen wildlife: Howler monkeys, more than 200 species birds (Herons, kingfishers, gallinules) and butterflies, manatee, alligators.
Overnight in La Ceiba area hotel (B, L)

Day 3 – Nature Tour
Pico Bonito An early start by 4x4 to the tropical forest of Pico Bonito. Here you can follow several trails deep into the lush vegetation - en route discover butterflies, birds and many other species of wildlife. Following the Rio Zacate trail, we’ll have a beautiful view of the Caribbean Coast. Hiking along the magnificent ‘Cordillera Gracias a Dios’, the highest peak in Pico Bonito, will leave you breathless at the natural and sweeping beauty of a park that has made Honduras famous as a destination for eco-tours.
Overnight in La Ceiba area hotel (B, L)

Day 4 – Coffee Farm Tour
Copan Today we’ll take you to La Ceiba for your flight to San Pedro Sula and onward to the pretty highland town of Copan Ruinas. (3hrs) Along the way you can stop to visit a local coffee farm to learn about the coffee process and enjoy lunch.
Overnight in Copan Ruinas hotel (B, L)

Day 5 – Archaeology Site
Copan Today we will take you to the world famous archaeology site at Copan. You will have a private guided tour of this beautiful site which is renowned for its intricately carved stelea & hieroglyphic stairway as well as its comprehensive museum.

After lunch at the Bird Park, you can enjoy a walk in the lush, shady river valley of the park and see and interact with a number of beautiful tropical birds that have been rescued from locales all over Honduras. Later transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Copan Ruinas hotel (B, L)

Day 6 – Transfer
Antigua, Guatemala Travel into Guatemala (5 hrs) and to the pretty colonial town of Antigua. Free afternoon to explore.
Overnight in Antigua hotel (B)

Day 7 – Architecture & History Tour
Antigua Join your guide for a half day walking tour of Antigua. (3-4hr). The city of Antigua, (not to be confused with the Caribbean island of the same name) is in the central highlands of Guatemala and is famous for its well-preserved Spanish Mudéjar-influenced  Baroque architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is free for you to do whatever you like.
Overnight in Antigua hotel (B)

Day 8 – The Highlands
Lake Atitlan Today you’ll travel through the highlands to Lake Atitlan (2.5hrs). Along the way you can stop and explore the wonderful authentic market at Solola.
Overnight in Atitlan hotel (B)

Day 9 – Lake & Local Villages Tour
Lake Atitlan Transfer through the highlands to the scenic Lake Atitlan where you’ll board a boat to ride across the lake to the village of San Juan La Laguna. Atitlan is recognized as both the deepest lake in Central America and one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. It is flanked by no less than three volcanoes and characterized by towns and villages of the Maya people. In San Juan La Laguna we’ll take you to visit a textile cooperative, medicinal plant center and local naïf painter workshops. Then we go on to Santiago to have lunch in a local hotel and tour the village. Here you’ll see the Maya God Maximon and learn about the textiles, spiritualism and beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya before we provide transport back to your hotel.
Overnight in Atitlan hotel (B, L)

Day 10 – Chichi Market Tour
Lake Atitlan Today you’ll be visiting the famous market at Chichi.  This is the biggest and most colourful market of Mesoamerica. You will have enough time for shopping in this fabulous craft market and an opportunity to see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church. Later transfer to Guatemala City for an evening flight to Flores and transfer to your jungle hotel.
Overnight in Tikal hotel (B, L)

Day 11 – Mayan Ruins
Tikal Today you will be guided on an extraordinary  tour to explore the amazing UNESCO protected Mayan Temple site of Tikal where huge Mayan temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest.  Visitors will regularly see agouti, coatis, gray foxes, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, harpy eagles, falcons, ocellated turkeys, guans, toucans, green parrots and leaf-cutting ants. Jaguars, jaguarundis, and cougars are also said to roam in the park. For centuries this city was completely covered under jungle. The most prominent surviving buildings include six very large Mesoamerican step pyramids, labeled Temples I - VI, each of which support a temple structure on their summits  After lunch we’ll run you back to your hotel to relax.
Overnight in Tikal hotel (B, L)

Day 12 – Transfer to Belize
Cayo District Transfer to the border by land into Belize, stopping along the way to visit the impressive Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. The partially-excavated and largest pyramid, El Castillo, rises 130 feet above the main plaza and offers an impressive panoramic view of the Belize's Cayo District and nearby Guatemala.
Overnight in Cayo District hotel (B)

Day 13 – Cave Adventure
Cayo District Enjoy an adventurous cave / river trip to see ancient Mayan ritual sites where artifacts remain. Choose between Barton Creek where you canoe through the cave or Actun Tunich Nukmal for a more strenuous & adventurous jungle & cave trip with a surprise at the end!
Overnight in Cayo District hotel (B, L)

Day 14 – Caracol & Mountain Pine Ridge
Cayo District Travel through the scenic Mountain Pine Ridge National Park on your way to the famous Mayan site at Caracol. At Caracol enjoy a private guided tour of this impressive site which is the largest Maya site in Belize. On the way back to the hotel stop to visit the Rio Frio Caves and Pools.
Overnight in Cayo District hotel (B, L)

Day 15 – Depart
Belize City Transfer to Belize International Airport in plenty of time for your flight out. (B)
 

 
Grand Central America Tour Belize, Guatamala, Honduras

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Getting There There are three main carriers to Honduras; each fly via Europe or the US: American Airlines fly daily via New York and Miami to Tegucigalpa. Continental Airlines operate daily flights from major UK airports through either Houston and Cleveland and on to Honduras. Iberia currently operates flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays via Madrid and Costa Rica. Taca operate flights onward to Honduras.

When to go Honduras has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures and rain throughout the year. The best time to go to Honduras is May through June when there are several town fairs and celebrations, including a weeklong carnival held in La Ceiba. On the Caribbean coast, the driest period is from February to June. The rainy season starts in May through mid-November though in much of the country it rains for only a few hours in the afternoon. It is best to avoid October and November which is in the middle of the hurricane season.