Group - Discovery
Alcion: Central America Discovery
(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)
Overview & Highlights
Highlights of this three week overland escorted tour in Central America include the Mayan ruins of Copán, the Panama Canal, the archipelago of Bocas del Toro and Ometepe Island, as well as the colonial cities of Granada, León, Suchitoto and Antigua.
Jumping off from the Panama Canal, this really is a journey of discovery, revealing the highlights of 6 countries crammed into the isthmus linking Mexico with South America. Crowned by a chain of volcanoes, dotted with twinkling lakes, defined with coral beaches, blessed with a balmy mix of tropical and temperate climate, and punctuated with lively indigenous villages, Mayan ruins and impressive colonial towns, these lands offer a breathtaking experience for visitors.
The area is especially rich in its biodiversity, and extensive national parks have been established in the sultry rainforests, along the sparkling coastline and across the rocky mountain slopes, where profuse wildlife can be observed in its natural habitat. Explore some delightful towns, hike, ride, raft, shop, snorkel; there is something here to indulge every enthusiasm.
- Panama City: tour of old town and the Panama Canal
- Monteverde: guided tour of one of the nature reserves
- Ometepe: tour of island
- Granada: Masaya Volcano National Park and market
- Granada: walking tour of Granada
- Suchitoto: town tour
- Copán: guided tour of the ruins
- Antigua: guided tour
THE UK’S NO. 1 SPECIALIST IN TRAVEL TO LATIN AMERICA
Jessica de Gier
UK clients depart, arriving Panama City the same evening.
Overnight in the capital.
Explore Panama City and the Canal.
Head west to the highland town of Boquete.
Travel to Colón Island.
Bocas del Toro
Cross into Costa Rica and continue to Sarapiqui.
Explore National Parks, bird watch, white-water raft or just relax.
Visit the Monteverde cloud forest.
Cross into Nicaragua.
Explore Ometepe Island
By boat and road to colonial Granada.
Visit Masaya National Park
Travel to the former political hothouse of León.
Bus through Honduras and into El Salvador to historic Suchitoto.
Visit the Mayan ruins of Copán.
Cross into Guatemala and continue to colonial Antigua.
Depart for international flight or extension.
UK clients arrive home the following day.
Things to do
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If there's somewhere you particularly want to go that isn't included in this tour, we can add on an extension to take you there.
What our clients say
An exceptional trip which really gave us a feel for the countries we visited. A special mention should go to our tour leader - he was outstanding.EJ, Chorley
So many things - wonderful birds, Leon was very interesting, Copan was fascinating. This is our 4th trip with JLA and we have never been disappointed.LP, Honiton
This was our third trip with JLA - all of them excellent. Alcion is a fantastic tour - to experience 6 countries in 3 weeks was something we could never do on our own. Our guide was outstanding, the itinerary was superb - the whole trip was something we will always remember.AT, London
The Central American trip was excellent - really interesting to see the contrast in the countries. Could have spent longer in each country, but then that would have made the trip much longer!PG, Winchester
Crossing the first border from Panama to Costa Rica felt like being part of a film set as we trudged across an ancient bridge. Also in Ometepe we were swimming in the fresh water lake when a group of horses came cantering onto the beach and into the water for a drunk and swim!LR, Carteton
The tour leader was excellent as was the whole experience, especially the exciting optional excursions, kayaking, horse riding, zip linings, snorkelling and many interesting walks.MG, Glasgow
Our expert's view
Jessica de Gier - Tour Leader
Our qualified tour leaders are Latin American specialists all of whom have travelled widely in the region. Book with Journey Latin America.
The Alcion 3-week road journey combines the highlights of six Central American countries. A colourful medley of dramatic landscapes where active volcanoes tower over farmlands, lakes and steamy jungles. The stories about Mayan Empires, pirates and banana republics continue to fascinate me.
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Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
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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.
Sally Dodge - Travel Expert
A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.
Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert
After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!
Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert
Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert
Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.