9 Days: Guatemala, Copan Honduras, El Salvador
Explore the worlds of today and yesterday in Central America. This tour balances the adventure of visiting ancient remains of the Mayan civilization with opportunities to enjoy the pristine beaches, flourishing markets and vibrant lifestyle many find so compelling in modern Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Day 1 - Arrive Guatemala - Antigua
Arrive at Guatemala and transfer to Antigua, once the capital of all Central America. This is one of the best preserved colonial towns in the American Continent and is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 2 - Antigua
Enjoy a full day at leisure to pursue independent activities and explore this colonial city; do not forget to visit the first University, the Cathedral, Las Capucinas Convent and The Jade Museum. (B)
Optional: Tour to Tikal National Park available upon request
Day 3 - Chichicastenango & Lake Atitlan
Visit the Chichicastenango Market, the most important and impressive open air market in Central America and its church Santo Tomás. Continue on your tour to Lake ATITLAN, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world according to experts. Take a glimpse of the spectacular beauty of the lake and walk through the streets of Panajachel and its lakeside market. (B)
Day 4 - Copan Ruins
Early Morning depart to the ancient city of COPAN. Copan's sprawling ruins provide insight into how this fascinating culture once lived. Its massive structures and skillfully carved stonework are impressive reminders of the remarkable and advanced Maya civilization. Today you will visit the ruins to discover Copan's enormous temples, plazas and monuments. Ornate stalaes divulge the astronomical and mathematical wisdom of the Maya. Enjoy the peaceful nature trails and wildlife that inhabit the area. (B)
Day 5 - Copan Ruins / San Salvador Joya de Ceren
After breakfast, depart to El Salvador, on route you will stop at Santa Ana City, with its impressive theater built during the gold era of coffee exports. Also see Joya de Cerén a World Heritage Site, that shows you the daily life of the Mayas interrupted by the explosion of a nearby volcano. (B)
Day 6 - Ruta de Las Flores
Today you will visit The Coffee Process Plantation and The Flowers route, where some of the best coffee of El Salvador is produced, also the colorful towns of Ataco, Juayua and Izalco.
Day 7 - San Salvador City tour
Start the day with a city tour of San Salvador where you will visit The Devil’s Door, National Palace, Residential Neighborhoods and more. After lunch you will stop at the handcraft market before visiting Boqueron National Park. There you will have a spectacular view of the inside crater of San Salvador’s volcano. At night, transfer to the new entertainment districts of Multiplaza and La Gran Via, where you can eat, go shopping and dance. Return to hotel on own. Overnight at San Salvador. (B)
Day 8 - Costa del Sol
No visit to Central America would be complete without swimming at some of the best beaches in the region. Today we will take you to Costa del Sol, one of the most beautiful beaches in El Salvador. (B)
Day 9 - Depart San Salvador
Transfer to the airport for your flight to your onward destination. (B)