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ANTIGUA TO PANAMA CITY BOLT

29 days from ANTIGUA

DEPARTS ANTIGUA to PANAMA CITY

Five countries in just less than a month means a whole load to explore. Barter in local markets, train you binoculars on weird and wonderful wildlife, uncover ancient cultures and be stunned by immense natural beauty including volcanoes, jungles and Caribbean beaches. This is one Central American treat you're not likely to forget in a hurry!

 

Prices below are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote.

Jan-Dec from £1515

Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

If you require further information please fill in the Query form below, also detailing the dates you would like to depart.

You will meet your tour leader and group at 1800 hrs in the hotel lobby on day 1. Full details will be sent with your final documentation. If you would like to book additional nights before your tour please request at the time of booking.

 

Day 1: Antigua, Guatemala Tonight it's time to meet your group leader and check out the colonial cobbled streets of Antigua where you can soak absorb the Spanish architecture, explore vibrant markets and heritage museums and make sure to try tasty local treats like Tamales and Pepian. Arrive early and take the chance to hire a bike and explore the lush mountain slopes that form a permanent backdrop to this awesome city. Antigua is an intriguing place on so many different levels and having the chance to learn and discover through first-hand experiences is a pretty unique and unforgettable prospect. If you have the chance to try some of the optional activities then you'll really be able to get further under the skin of Central America with tours of nut plantations and chocolate museums always proving really popular. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 2-3: Copan, Honduras Travel through the wild, dry country of eastern Guatemala as you head to Copan in Honduras. Discover more about the mysterious Mayans with the chance to explore the ancient temples, pyramids and statues of Copan that are famed throughout the land. After a day of travelling there's no better way to relax and feel refreshed other than a dip in the Copan natural springs. Of course, after you've revived your senses then more adventure awaits and optional tours to the Copan ruins and the Macaw Mountain Reserve both provide an excellent means of finding out more about this fascinating area. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 4-6: Roatan Island, Honduras Now to head to the island paradise of Roatan Island and to soak up the laid back vibe., Here you can snorkel, dive, swim and jump into the gorgeous warm waters of the Caribbean or simply chill out on the white sands before cooling off with a cheeky beer in the evening as you get to sample the local night life. Roatan Island is all about the activities and the chance to hire equipment allows for just that extra bit of space in your backpack. Of course, you can also rent a scooter and a stand-up paddle board which are both great ways to spend the day just remember to be careful and always ensure safety first! Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 7: Comayagua, Honduras Return to the mainland by ferry and local bus and head for the beautiful colonial architecture of Comayagua in Honduras. If you're into your colonial architecture then you'll be spoiled for choice in Comayagua as there are some superb examples of Spanish influence as well as the oldest clock this side of the Atlantic. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 8-9: Granada, Nicaragua Travel across the border into Nicaragua, where you'll make your way to the ancient colonial city of Granada. Cobbled streets, bustling markets await you with plenty of opportunities to explore the incredible surrounding area of volcanoes and lakes either on foot or by boat. Hiking up the side of a volcano is an incredible experience no matter where you are and if you dare to take on this optional activity then prepare for a trek to remember. Of course, if you prefer to explore at a more leisurely pace then you'll be pleased to hear that you can hire bikes and kayaks without too much bother and the chances to check out Lake Nicaragua by boat is a truly sublime experience. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 10-11: Ometepe Island, Nicaragua Next stop is the agricultural island of Ometepe which sits in the largest lake in Central America - Lake Nicaragua. This is simply a breath-taking experience and will bring you closer to the wildlife, the people and the volcanic landscapes of this remarkable country. If you can't get enough of that volcanic stuff then there are more optional hikes available up the side of both Maderas and Concepcion however, after all that huffing and puffing a trip to the Ojo de Agua hot springs has got to be just what the doctored ordered. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 12-13: Monteverde, Costa Rica Wave farewell to the monkeys and beaches of Ometepe Island as you continue your travels south to the lush green cloud forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica. This is the home of hundreds of species of plants, birds and mammals which means that however you choose to explore, by foot, bike, horse or zip-line, you'll be in for a really wild time. There are so many additional ways to enjoy the gorgeous landscapes of Monteverde and from cloud forest walks to night time nature rambles, this is an exciting and captivating area of Costa Rica. Coffee and chocolates or butterflies and insects - you name it and you'll have the opportunity to find out more over this exciting 2 day stop-over. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 14-15: La Fortuna & Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica Monkeys, lakes and volcanoes - oh my! This is what it's all about and with a whole host of different activities to try, within the realm of the active Arenal Volcano, you'll never forget Costa Rica. This is pretty much an adventure play-ground for big kids and if you're interested in learning how to paddle board or maybe even canyoneering then where better to give it a go than here? Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 16-17: San Jose, Costa Rica Do you know the way to San Jose - you most certainly do! Take your time to relax and explore amongst the artisan markets and cultural museums of Costa Rica's capital city. Gold, handicrafts and seafood are all on offer. Accommodation: 2 nights hotel included

 

Day 18-20: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica Today is where your adventures start to really hot up as you travel overland by local bus to the coastal town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Over the next couple of days you'll be able to learn to surf, explore the area by bike and get up close and personal to the local animals of Cahuita National Park. Aside from the sloths, monkeys and raccoons at Cahuita NP, animal lovers will no doubt jump at the chance to visit the jaguar rescue centre to find out more about this intrinsically beautiful yet deadly natural born predator. Further animal action can be had at the Kekoldi Iguana Reserve which pretty much does exactly as it says on the tin so any lizard lovers out there - you know where to head for. As with many of the projects that you'll encounter, the chance to volunteer and help out is always an option for another trip and if you're hoping to find out more then check with your guide or ask in resort as it's never too late to make good things happen. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 21-23: Bocas del Toro, Panama Next stop are the legendary limits of Panama and once you've crossed the border you'll be free to explore an incredible array of white sand and lush green islands that have got exotic paradise stamped all over them. This is where your tour really starts to kick in and the chance to rest and relax amongst such an exceptional environment will no doubt bring home what an absolute pleasure it is to be alive. Touring the islands of Bocas del Toro and Bastimentos will bring you into contact with some incredible white sand beaches and picture postcard tropical views and the chance to see a red poison dart frog in its natural environment is an absolute treat. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 24-25: Boquete, Panama You maybe departing one tropical screen-saver but don't despair as you're heading for another where hot springs, volcano treks and some darn fine coffee are all ready and waiting to make your acquaintance. Boquete is pretty much regarded as one of the finest spots for lovers of nature anywhere on the planet and if haven't already fallen head-over-heels with Central America then you certainly will do now. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 26-27: Santa Catalina, Panama Head out to the Pacific coastline as you use local transport to take you to some of the most remote and undeveloped locations on the Central American trail. This is where those surf lessons in Puerto Viejo come in handy but if you just fancy kicking back and relaxing or visiting beautiful Coiba National Park then you've still got plenty of time left to do so. Although you're nearing the end of the tour there are still plenty of optional activities to try and even if you haven't learned to surf yet, don't worry, Santa Catalina's an ideal spot to get your water wings. Accommodation: Hotel included

 

Day 28-29: Panama City, Panama Your final couple of days will be spent amongst the world-famous sites of Panama City and from the UNESCO World Heritage old quarter of Casco Viejo to the thoroughly modern lanes and locks of the Panama Canal, this is your chance to really absorb every last drop of Central American culture. Tobaga Island, Soberania National Park and Isla Barro Colorado can all be visited on your penultimate day however, if you just want to write your postcards as you sup yet another cup of local coffee then who could blame you? Accommodation: 1 night hotel included

Activities

Visit Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

Travel through the heart of Central America

Tour through the ancient Mayan ruins at Copan

Frolic into warn Caribbean waters off Roatan Island

Spot wildlife on Ometepe Island including monkeys

Bargain hard in the markets in Granada and Costa Rica

Explore the steamy Monteverde cloud forest

Enjoy a laid back day sightseeing in Antigua and Granada

Admire the dramatic scenery surrounding San Jose

Splash about in the crystal clear Caribbean Sea

Enjoy beachside fun at Bocas del Toro

Explore the eclectic streets of Panama City

Soak up the Santa Catalina surf vibe

Dial the relaxation up a notch in Boquete

Chill out in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

 

Plus you get...

Services of a professional bilingual tour leader

All transport by BOLT (Buses or Local Transport)

All accommodation - 25 twin share & 3 multi-share hotel nights.

Maximum group size of 16

Various optional activities are available with a selection of the most popular listed below. All activities are arranged and paid locally with your tour leader. Please see the day by day itinerary for a full list of activities available each day.

> Macadamia Nut Plantation, Antigua US$20

> Snorkelling tour (half day) US$25

> Canopy tour, Roatan Island US$45-$65

> Granada City Tour US$15

> Maderas Volcano hike, Ometepe Island US$15

> Salsa lessons, Antigua US$7 per day

> Bicycle tour, Antigua US$30

> Copan Ruins US$15

> Natural Hot Springs, Copan US$20

> Macaw Mountain Reserve, Copan US$10

> Masaya Volcano crater lake boat tour, Granada US$40

> Kayaking tour, Granada US$15

> Bicycle rental, Granada US$10 per day

> Ojo de Agua natural spring, Ometepe Island US$7

> Scooter rental, Ometepe Island US$30

> Butterfly garden and insects farm, Monteverde US$10

> Coffee & Chocolate tour, Monteverde US$30

> Cloud Forest walking tour, Monteverde US$17

> Fortuna waterfall, La Fortuna US$10

> Hanging bridges, La Fortuna US$57

> Poas Volcano & La Paz waterfalls full day tour, San Jose US$96

> Irazu Volcano, Ososi Valley, Lankester garden full day tour, San Jose US$80

> Bicycle rental, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca US$5 per day

> Cahuita National Park, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca US$2

> Kekoldi Iguana Reserve, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca US$4

> Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca US$15

> Calderas hot springs, Boquete US$25

> Coffee Plantation tour, Boquete US$25

> Guided bicycle tour, Boquete US$55

> National Museum, San Jose US$7

You only need to pay a 10% deposit

Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure

Budget approximately US$23 for border-crossing fees (subject to change).

You will need adequate travel insurance to join this trip.

What is a BOLT tour?

BOLT (Buses or Local Transport) are a great, affordable way to travel in Central America. You'll stay in a mix of budget hotels and homestays, with most nights on a twin basis, and travel from A to B in buses, collectivos, taxis, ferries and overnight buses. BOLT trips offer plenty of free time, lots of exciting activities to choose from and the freedom to choose meals to suit your budget, all with the help and security of your local tour leader.

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