Overview & Highlights
Starting in Nicaragua this escorted group tour visits the colonial cities of Granada, León, Suchitoto and Antigua, before continuing to the Mayan ruins of Tikal and onto the jungles of Belize.
- Granada: Las Isletas, Lake Nicaragua
- Granada: Masaya market and volcano
- Granada: city tour
- León: walking tour
- Antigua: walking tour
- Atitlán: boat excursion to villages on Lake Atitlán
- Tikal: tour of Tikal and Yaxha ruins
- Chaa Creek: selected excursions at Chaa Creek
This journey brings together some of the cultural, architectural and geographical highlights of Central America including Granada, León, Suchitoto and Antigua – among the most beautiful colonial cities in the New World.
Travel to the little explored country of El Salvador and onto the Guatemalan highlands where, encircled by a ring of giant volcanoes, is Lake Atitlán, with indigenous market villages clustered along its shore. Finish your trip deep in the jungle at the abandoned Mayan city of Tikal. It’s an awesome archaeological site, the temples of which penetrate the wooded canopy, and further explore this magical rainforest from a lodge in the heart of Belize. You can expect to get the most from these fascinating countries at a relaxed pace, and enjoy a high standard of accommodation on this comfortable and engrossing journey.
UK clients depart arriving Managua, Nicaragua, the same day.
Transfer to Granada and overnight.
City tour and excursion to Las Isletas.
Excursion to the Masaya volcano and market.
Drive to León. Walking tour.
Optional excursions in and around the city.
Travel back to Managua from León. Fly to San Salvador and continue by land to Suchitoto.
By road to Antigua in Guatemala.
Optional excursions in and around Antigua.
Travel to Lake Atitlán stopping at the market at Chichicastenango.
Explore the surrounding area and the lakeside towns and villages.
Flight to Flores. Guided tour of the amazing ruins at Tikal.
Travel across the border to your rainforest lodge in Belize.
Depart for an international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
Things to do
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What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Most memorable experience - Difficult to select just one, but the visit to Iximche Mayan Site in Guatemala, was fascinating – great guide, and we saw a shaman performing a pre wedding ceremony.JB, North Walsham
Most memorable experience? - Seeing the eruption of volcano El Fuego at Antigua - though from a distance - but we still saw the red lava. The unspoilt Pacific Coast near Leon with the turtle conservation centre and sunset beach. The jungle Chaa Creek resort with the toucans. The wonderful city of Leon.CB, Beckenham
This trip was an unqualified success. The hotels were charming , the itinerary sensible , the excursions interesting , and the guide was the best possible person to ensure an efficient and happy holiday.PK, London
Tour was very well planned with excellent local Guides and the tour leader was brilliant.MBG, Malta
I will continue to recommend JLA as one of the best company I have used. The detailed planning of their tour was outstanding, their choice of local guides was excellent.MR, Greenford
Most memorable experience - Sitting in the bar in Leon as the thunderstorm and wind developed and listening to the wild hand ringing of the church bell. Interesting and well informed guides talking about revolutions in Nicaragua. Trip around Lake Atitlan also made more interesting by knowledgeable guide.
A well balanced and organised trip, It gave an interesting insight into the historical, cultural, political and natural elements of the countries visited. Plus you got to stay in some great hotels.WA, Kingston
If anything, Tropicbird was undersold: it is a vibrant, colourful & exhilarating tour. It would appeal to those who visited and loved countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos, as well as South America, for their people's capacity for optimism, looking forward, valuing their heritage and welcoming curious travellers, regardless of the ravages of recent wars or current poverty. Just go!!FP, Edinburgh
It was, in short, an unqualified success in all important ways. The local guides set a remarkably high standard in being knowledgeable, articulate and generally helpful, two or three of them outstandingly so. None of the hotels was less than comfortable and/or notable for its outlook and general amenities; those in Nicaragua and El Salvador were probably the best, while the Guatemalan and Belizean accommodation was betrayed only at times, mainly by the food it served. We took away an enormous variety of impressions, ranging from the sense of insecurity and awe created by all those volcanoes; through the surprise at the comparative sophistication and well-being superficially apparent in El Salvador and the interest in seeing potters, weavers, farmers and conservationists at work; to the ultimate satisfaction experienced through that artful blend of the natural with the man-made worlds characterising the Mayan sites of Guatemala and Honduras, most notably at Copán and Tikal which were the obvious highlights of the tour.TD, Oxford
The trip exceeded our expectations by furnishing us with an amazing variety of experiences and insights into these fascinating countries and cultures. We learned about ancient and modern history, landscape, wildlife, lifestyles, food and culture and had a lot of fun in good company.HB, Altrincham
This is a great tour for exploring the most beautiful cities in Central America, the colonial chain of Granada, Leon, Suchitoto and Antigua. The colourful buildings, grand churches and distant volcanoes showcase the individual beauty and differences, of each iconic city.
César Pineda - Tour Leader
Born and raised in Guatemala, César’s passion for travel inspired his journeys across the globe and eventually a career in tour leading.
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Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
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A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
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It's hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.
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Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.
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Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.