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Grand Tour of Central America and Mexico

PRIVATE TOUR - 25 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$13109+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Wandering along trails which lace their way through Palenque, an ancient Mayan ceremonial center in the heart of the lowland jungle.
  • Gazing up in wonder at the craggy rock faces of the towering Sumidero Canyon as you sail along the Grijalva River.
  • Savoring the enticing sights, sounds and smells of San Cristobal de las Casas, an exquisite colonial town in the highlands of Chiapas.
  • Looking out for the Slaty-tailed Trogon, Keel-billed Toucan, Thick-billed Mot-Mot, and many more birds on a hike through Soberania National Park.
  • Trekking the mossy, plant-lined trails of the beautiful La Paz Waterfall Gardens before venturing to the mighty Poas Volcano.
  • Walking the hanging bridges and canopy walkways of the Arenal National Park, gaining a unique perspective on the forests below.
  • Absorbing some of the most pristine wilderness and unforgettable landscapes of Nicaragua, during a visit to Ometepe Island.
  • Touring the ancient Maya Ruins of Copan, taking in the towering Hieroglyphic Stairways, expert stone masonry, manicured lawns and much more!
  • Strolling through the cobblestone colonial town of Antigua, with its many ruined churches, convents and cathedrals rubbing shoulders with brightly-colored facades.
  • Climbing to the summit of the Two-headed Serpent, a temple at Tikal which is 70m high and offers sublime views above the jungle canopy.
  • Picturing life as a Mayan noble while stepping through the regal ruins at Tulum, perched dramatically on the cliffs above the Caribbean Sea.
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Tour Overview

During The Grand Tour of Central America and Mexico visit the Panama Canal and stay at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. In San José, Costa Rica, see Poas and Arenal Volcanoes. We then go to Nicaragua where we will stop at Granada, Ometepe Island and the Masaya Volcano. Visit the Mayan ruins of Copán in Honduras, and in Guatemala we go to Antigua, Lake Atitlán and the mystical Maya city of Tikal. In Mexico, we explore Palenque, San Cristobal de las Casas and then the Mayan Pyramids at Uxmal and Chichen-Itza.

Inclusions
Price includes international airfare from San José de Costa Rica to Managua, Managua to San Pedro de Sula, domestic airfare from Guatemala City to Flores, Tuxtla Gutierrez to Mérida, hotel accommodation with daily continental breakfast, guided tours in English, meals where specified, entrance fees, transportation between hotels, transfers between airport and hotel, naturalist guides and taxes. Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

Please consult with a Yampu Tour Consultant for upcoming Panama Canal transit dates.
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Pricing Details
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Double £$12124 £$13109 £$14946 £$17805
Single £$19799 £$21631 £$25478 £$31197

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Panama City

Upon arrival in Panama City, transfer to the hotel.

Upon arrival in Panama City, transfer to the hotel.

Day
2

Mini-hiking and aerial tram ride

In the early morning trek up to the Soberania National Park. There, walk a part of the famous track Camino de Cruces that connects the Pacific to the Atlantic coast. This historical trail was once used by merchants, slaves, European explorers and gold seekers. In the morning enjoy a nice and fresh climate in the forest and have the opportunity to observe many different species of plants and animals. The Soberania National Park is part of a biological corridor that goes all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. There, observe many birds, mammals and reptiles. Return to the hotel and transfer to Gatun Lake. Upon arrival in Gatun Lake, take an aerial tram ride. The aerial tram ride traverses a mile long tract of Humid Forest that lies within the Gamboa Resort's boundaries. Observe the forest canopy in some areas and are likely to encounter birds and hear Howler monkeys. The tram ascends 280 feet over half a mile and ends atop a hill. From here walk two minutes to the observation tower (which is optional) and for those with some stamina involves a climb of a 100 feet up a mildly inclined ramp which is also wheelchair accessible. From the observation tower get great views of the Canal, the Chagres River as well as the surrounding forested areas of Soberania National Park and the town of Gamboa. The Tower is slightly less than 500 feet above sea level with most of this elevation attained by tram. On the return portion of the tram descend the final half-mile back to the starting point. After the aerial tram tour visit the self-guided exhibits at the Gamboa Resort. ...read less

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3

Partial Canal Transit

Board the cruise ship to start the water portion of the tour. Enter the canal at the north end of the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value.
The boat will travel the Cut's 13.7 kilometers on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. During the transit of the Cut one will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides. In this area one will be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project. Before reaching the Pedro Miguel Locks at the southern end of the Cut, be able to view the new Centennial Bridge which crosses over the Canal.
Next, the ship will enter Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel is lowered 9 meters in one step. Then enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks, the latter being the final set of locks before reaching the Pacific Ocean. At Miraflores Locks the vessel is lowered 16 meters in two distinct steps. Once in the Pacific Ocean the vessel will sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina where passengers disembark.
On the way to Flamenco, pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and later, be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's splendorous skyline. Upon arrival at Flamenco be transferred back to the Panama city hotel.

Note: Exact itinerary may vary, depending on where the transit starts. ...read less

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San Jose, Costa Rica

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to San José, Costa Rica. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to San José, Costa Rica. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

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5

La Paz Waterfalls, Poas Volcano and coffee plantation private tour

First stop is at a local cafe where travelers will enjoy an authentic Costa Rican-style breakfast. Then visit a third-generation coffee plantation and learn how coffee is picked, milled, ground and roasted. Continue to Poas Volcano. This crater volcano is one of four active volcanoes in Costa Rica. The crystal-blue sulfur pools will amaze along with the steam rising from the various volcanic vents. Last stop is La Paz Waterfall Gardens. While wandering the trails of La Paz Waterfall Gardens, senses will delight at the five waterfalls that line the trail. Originally, the only way one could view the falls was by literally hanging over the side of the mountain, looking through trees and ferns. With the construction of Waterfall Gardens, there are accessible and amazing views from platforms above, below and in front of the falls for great photo opportunities. The butterfly observatory is the largest in the world. Spanning the length of a football field and reaching heights of 50 feet, this enclosed structure allows butterflies to soar freely. A personal tour guide will take Yampu travelers through the butterfly observatory, the hummingbird garden and the waterfall trails. After the hike, enjoy a Costa Rican buffet lunch. Entrance fees, transportation and lunch are included. In the afternoon, transfer to the hotel in the Arenal area. ...read less

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6

Arenal Hanging Bridges

Embark on a tour of Arenal's greatest highlights! Start with a visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges for a 3 km hike. Continue from there to the La Fortuna Waterfall, where one can swim in an inviting pool at the base of the waterfall. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in La Fortuna and then hike in the Arenal Volcano rainforest, which includes a walk to the lava view point. Last, but not least, stop at Tabacon Hot Springs to soak in the natural pools and enjoy a buffet dinner.

Embark on a tour of Arenal's greatest highlights! Start with a visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges for a 3 km hike. Continue from there to the La Fortuna Waterfall, where one can swim in an inviting pool at the base of the waterfall. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in La Fortuna and then hike in the Arenal Volcano rainforest, which includes a walk to the lava view point. Last, but not least, stop at Tabacon Hot Springs to soak in the natural pools and enjoy a buffet dinner.

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7

San Jose- Managua

Transfer to San Jose to take the flight to Managua, Nicaragua. Upon arrival, transfer to Granada. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Transfer to San Jose to take the flight to Managua, Nicaragua. Upon arrival, transfer to Granada. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

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8

Excursion to Granada

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Granada, one of the oldest cities in the Americas, was founded in 1524 by Spanish captain Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba. Although Granada has been overwhelmed by pirates, destroyed during civil wars and set on fire by the American filibuster William Walker in 1856, it remains one of Nicaragua’s most beautiful cities. One can take a carriage to visit interesting places and appreciate the beautiful architecture of Granada. This trip will end with a boat ride on the beautiful islands of Lake Nicaragua. Lunch included. Overnight in Granada. ...read less

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9

Ometepe Island

Early departure and transfer to San Jorge port. Ferry and excursion on Ometepe Island, for an unforgettable journey to one of the most beautiful places of Nicaragua. The excursion starts by heading toward the southern part of the country, getting to San Jorge where there will be a ferry to Ometepe to enjoy a spectacular view. Travelers will visit places like the pre-Columbian Museum, the Green Puddles lagoon, Volcano Conception and the green Volcano Madera. Lunch will be taken in Santo Domingo beach. Back to the port to take the ferry and transfer to San Juan del Sur. ...read less

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10

Day at Leisure

Day of leisure to relax or visit, on one’s own, the small fishing town of San Juan del Sur or relax on the beach. Afternoon, transfer to Managua and then to the hotel.

Day of leisure to relax or visit, on one’s own, the small fishing town of San Juan del Sur or relax on the beach. Afternoon, transfer to Managua and then to the hotel.

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11

San Pedro Sula

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to San Pedro Sula. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to San Pedro Sula. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

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Day
12

Copan

Transfer to Copan, an artistic city during the Mayan age. Visit the Copan Ruins Archaeological Park, with its monumental Hieroglyphic Stairway; the Ball Court (the social center of the Mayan city); the Great Plaza, famous for its estelae and altars, and the tunnels. After the visit to the Museum of Mayan Sculpture, lunch will be served at Nia Lola’s Restaurant (included). Overnight in Copan.

Transfer to Copan, an artistic city during the Mayan age. Visit the Copan Ruins Archaeological Park, with its monumental Hieroglyphic Stairway; the Ball Court (the social center of the Mayan city); the Great Plaza, famous for its estelae and altars, and the tunnels. After the visit to the Museum of Mayan Sculpture, lunch will be served at Nia Lola’s Restaurant (included). Overnight in Copan.

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Day
13

Horseback ride

Guided by an authentic native cowboy, starting at the hotel you will ride heading south, by crossing the Copan River one will continue to a small but interesting archaeological site called Los Sapos (the toads). It is a common belief that the Mayan women used this place to come to give birth to their children. The ride continues to the Hacienda San Lucas, from this restored 100 year old farmhouse the traveler will relax enjoying some breathtaking lovely views of town and the valley while enjoying a refreshing cold beverage or a savory cup of Honduran coffee. Later on be taken back to the hotel in Copan. ...read less

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14

Transfer to Antigua Guatemala

Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon, private tour of Antigua Guatemala, known more commonly as La Antigua or just Antigua. It was the Spaniards’ military capital city of Central America for more than 200 years. Travelers will be met at their hotel by a private guide to begin a half-day walking tour of Antigua. It will cover the architectural and historical highlights of this colonial city with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the ruined churches, convents and cathedrals. Entrance fees to the Iglesia San Francisco, the Cathedral, Central Park, and La Merced Church are included. This tour is flexible, and if there are specific sites that one wishes to see please let Yampu know so it can be added onto the itinerary. ...read less

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15

Half-day tour to Santiago Atitlan

Be picked up from the hotel for a scenic boat ride across the lake, passing by the three impressive volcanoes of Toliman, Atitlan and San Pedro. Upon arrival in Santiago, walk with a guide to find the house where the Maya God Maximon resides. Each year, a different “brotherhood” has the privilege of taking care of their God, so his location changes. Once with Maximon, one may see a local shaman performing rituals for local people. If one wishes, ask the guide to help hire the services of a shaman to perform a personal ceremony. After visiting Maximon, visit the local church and learn about the history of this very traditional town. One will also see the market and learn about the distinctive textiles and primitive art for which the town is famous. Take a ride in a local “flete” (a pickup truck in which passengers stand in the bed) to get to Hotel Posada Santiago for lunch. After lunch, transfer to Antigua for overnight. ...read less

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Day
16

Guatemala City

Early morning, transfer to Guatemala City airport to take the flight to Flores. Upon arrival, visit the impressive and mystical Maya city of Tikal. One of its largest buildings is the Temple of the Two-headed Serpent, which measures up to 70 meters high. From its peak, listen to the sounds of the rain forest: more than 300 species of birds, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and toucans. Due to its immense value, Tikal was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. Overnight in Peten. Lunch included.

Early morning, transfer to Guatemala City airport to take the flight to Flores. Upon arrival, visit the impressive and mystical Maya city of Tikal. One of its largest buildings is the Temple of the Two-headed Serpent, which measures up to 70 meters high. From its peak, listen to the sounds of the rain forest: more than 300 species of birds, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and toucans. Due to its immense value, Tikal was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. Overnight in Peten. Lunch included.

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17

Day at leisure

Optional guided canopy tour to Ixpanpajul and sunset tour to Yaxha.

Optional guided canopy tour to Ixpanpajul and sunset tour to Yaxha.

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18

Flores- Palenque

Transfer to Palenque and overnight there. Ground transfer from Flores to Palenque takes about 8 to 9 hours.

Transfer to Palenque and overnight there. Ground transfer from Flores to Palenque takes about 8 to 9 hours.

Day
19

Palenque

Enjoy a visit to the archeological site of Palenque. Walk through the same paths as the great Mayan Lords, and feel the charm and mystery of this culture. The Mayan site of Palenque is located northwest of the Maya lowlands in Chiapas, Mexico. Surrounded by the jungle, it is considered one of the most important archeological sites of Mesoamerica, a ceremonial center and home to a number of Mayan Lords. There are religious temples, plazas, open courts and a ball court, but most of the structures are palaces. Artifacts discovered at this site tell us about the Mayan Lords and in particular of Pacal, one of the best-known Lords of the Mayan civilization. Overnight in Palenque. ...read less

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20

San Cristobal de las Casas

Get back on the road, winding along mountain lanes to San Cristobal de las Casas. On the way, visit the Agua Azul waterfalls.

Get back on the road, winding along mountain lanes to San Cristobal de las Casas. On the way, visit the Agua Azul waterfalls.

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Day
21

Native Villages

Today, enjoy a half-day tour of the Native villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Each village has its own distinctive highland dress as well as a weekly market and numerous festivals honoring patron saints and other special religious days. Afterwards, walk through the colonial streets of San Cristobal de las Casas, a jewel right in the heart of the Chiapas highlands. The indigenous soul of the town coexists harmoniously with its colonial charm, making it an enchanting place to visit.

Today, enjoy a half-day tour of the Native villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Each village has its own distinctive highland dress as well as a weekly market and numerous festivals honoring patron saints and other special religious days. Afterwards, walk through the colonial streets of San Cristobal de las Casas, a jewel right in the heart of the Chiapas highlands. The indigenous soul of the town coexists harmoniously with its colonial charm, making it an enchanting place to visit.

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22

Sumidero Canyon

Today, visit the enormous Sumidero Canyon and enjoy a boat ride. Live an unforgettable experience sailing throughout the Grijalva River all across a geological fault formed millions of years ago with dramatic cliffs of up to one-kilometer-high and the river's depth of up to 100 meters deep; the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon is located near San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas. Wild monkeys and iguanas inhabit the area, among other different wild animals. Continue to Tuxtla Gutierrez and transfer to the airport to take the flight to Merida. Upon arrival in Merida, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. ...read less

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23

Uxmal- Kabah

Enjoy today’s excursion to the wonderful archeological sites of Uxmal and Kabah. Uxmal was probably built around 700 A.D. The rich, green, fertile land provides a perfect setting for some of the most magnificent pyramids, buildings and temples of the ancient Mayan world. One can sense history here while walking around and gazing at the stunning architecture and layout of this old city. The Piramide del Adivino (the Oracle’s Pyramid) stands majestically above other buildings, and a climb to its summit will reward with spectacular views of the entire half-square-mile ancient city. Kabah is located south of Uxmal connecting both archeological sites by a grand 18-kilometer-long pedestrian causeway with monumental arches at each end. Kabah is the second largest ruin of the Puuc region, after Uxmal. The most famous structure at the Kabah ruins is the Palacio de las Mascaras (the Palace of the Masks), its facade decorated with hundreds of stone masks of the long-nosed rain god Chaac. The site also has a number of other palaces, low stone buildings, and step-pyramid temples one can discover and enjoy. ...read less

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24

Chichen-Itza

After breakfast, leave Merida on the way to the ancient archeological site of Chichen-Itza. The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichen-Itza are more than 1,500 years old. The site is divided into three sections. The north grouping of structures is distinctly Toltec in style. The central group appears to be from the early period. The southern group is known as “The Old Chichen.” Find a large ball court where Mayan men played a game called pok ta pok, full of symbolism and drama. Transfer to the hotel in Cancun.

After breakfast, leave Merida on the way to the ancient archeological site of Chichen-Itza. The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichen-Itza are more than 1,500 years old. The site is divided into three sections. The north grouping of structures is distinctly Toltec in style. The central group appears to be from the early period. The southern group is known as “The Old Chichen.” Find a large ball court where Mayan men played a game called pok ta pok, full of symbolism and drama. Transfer to the hotel in Cancun.

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25

Flight Home

Transfer to the Cancun airport for the flight back home or stay a few nights in a hotel in Cancun or the Riviera Maya.

Transfer to the Cancun airport for the flight back home or stay a few nights in a hotel in Cancun or the Riviera Maya.

Panama City, Panama

San Jose, Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Granada, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua

Managua, Nicaragua

San Pedro Sula, Cortés, Honduras

Copan Ruinas, Copan, Honduras

Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala

Tikal, Peten, Guatemala

Palenque, Mexico

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Merida, Mexico

Chichén Itzá, Tinum, Mexico

Places You'll See

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    Chichen-Itza

    Once one of the largest Mayan cities, the ruins of Chichen-Itza has much to offer. Visit the Kukulkan Pyramid, known as “El Castillo”. Visit at sunrise or sunset during either the spring or fall equinox, and see the shadow of Kukulkan, a feathered serpent god, as it appears to slither down the pyramid steps. Also visit the Temple of Warriors and the Great Ball Court.

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    Merida

    Take in the Colonial architecture while visiting the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan. Merida is a bustling city overflowing with culture and history. Explore the art scene with some stops at local museums including the MACAY Gallery. Find souvenirs and other fun things at the bustling and colorful Lucas de Galvez market, and learn about ancient Maya culture at The Great Museum of the Maya World.

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    Palenque

    Containing some of the finest architecture, Palenque was once a Maya city state that had been abandoned to be swallowed by the Mexican jungle. Now partially excavated, eight temples and other structures stand today. It is believed that this is only ten percent of the entire Maya City that is still mostly consumed by nature. Enjoy a guided tour and learn what there is of this ancient city.

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    Peten

    Dotted with many Mayan Archaeological sites the area of Peten, once the hub of Mayan civilization, is full of history and ancient mysteries. Deep in the rainforests of Peten is the ancient city of Tikal, among other lost Mayan cities that have begun restoration.

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    Antigua

    Founded by the Spanish in the 17th century, Antigua city follows traditional layout and Spanish Baroque Style architecture. Enjoy chocolate making classes as you learn about the culture of the area or, For the more adventurous, there is the option to hike up several active volcanos in the region. With a walking coffee tour, one can learn about the process of picking and roasting one’s own coffee.

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    Copan Ruinas

    Over one thousand years ago, Copan Ruinas was once the center of Mayan civilization. Here, one can witness some of the greatest Pre-Colombian artwork that is offered including ancient hieroglyphics. Nearby are many options for wildlife lovers including a bird sanctuary, butterfly house, as well as horseback riding and zip lining.

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    Managua

    The largest city of Nicaragua, and the capital of the country is the city of Managua. Learn about the city’s history from many different museums and cultural centers, then delve into the gastronomies created by the many different nationalities that have settled here including immigrants from the US, China, Germany, and Thailand.

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    Granada

    Granada is one of the oldest colonial towns in Nicaragua, where one can enjoy exploring a cloud forest atop Volcan Mombacho or see the smoke billowing from the active Volcan Masaya. Learn the history and the process of chocolate making at ChocoMuseo, or take a boat tour of the islets surrounding the area. Another top destination for Granada is Alhambra, an ancient Nasrid palace city.

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    San Juan del Sur

    The beautiful fishing village of San Juan del Sur offers an endless amount of entertainment. Enjoy surfing or fishing the beautiful blue waters or enjoy the legendary sunsets and nightlife with the variety of lovely bars and restaurants along the coast.

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    Ometepe Island

    Rising from the depths of the massive Lake Nicaragua are two majestic volcanos linked together by a flat isthmus, creating the hourglass shaped island of Ometepe. Whether arriving by air or sea, the imposing volcanos will be of central focus as clouds and mist heighten the drama of the impressive peaks. Dive in to crystal clear lagoons, seek out the diverse wildlife of the island, or scale the sides of these impressive active volcanoes.

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    Arenal

    Experience the excitement of visiting a 7,000 year old, active stratovolcano by visiting the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. Though it is now dormant, Arenal was the most active of Costa Rica’s seven active volcanoes until 2010. Its dense vegetation is also home to numerous species of wildlife.

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    Panama City

    The largest and most modern city in central America, as well as the capital of Panama, is Panama City. Within the city is the Panama Canal which links the Pacific and Atlantic oceans through a fifty-mile channel. Enjoy views of the canal via airplane or stay close to the ground and delight in a terrific view of Panama from Amador Causeway, connecting three islands to the mainland.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Panama City : TRYP by Wyndham Panama Centro

Panama City : Hotel Deville (Jr. Suite)

Panama City : Toscana Hotel

San Jose : El Rodeo Country Inn

San Jose : Presidente Hotel

San Jose : Fleur de Lys

Arenal : Arenal Manoa Hotel & Spa

Arenal : Lomas del Volcan

Granada : Colonial (standard)

Granada : Hotel La Mar Dulce

Granada : Hotel Con Corazon

Granada : Patio del Malinche (standard)

San Juan del Sur : Hacienda Iguana

San Juan del Sur : Hotel Colonial, San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur : El Pacifico

Managua : Hotel Camino Real

Managua : Hotel Casa Naranja

Managua : Hotel Los Robles

San Pedro Sula : San Pedro Sula Hotel: Casa del Arbol Galerias

San Pedro Sula : San Pedro Sula Hotel: Gran Hotel Sula

Copan Ruinas : La Casa Rosada

Copan Ruinas : Plaza Copan

Antigua : Posada de Don Rodrigo

Antigua : Hotel Meson de Maria

Antigua : D’Leyenda

Peten : Hotel Peten

Palenque : Mision Palenque

San Cristobal de las Casas : Ciudad Real Centro Historico

San Cristobal de las Casas : Diego de Mazariegos

Merida : Del Gobernador

Merida : Gamma by Fiesta Inn

Cancun : Beach Scape Kin Ha Villas & Spa

Cancun : Presidente Intercontinental

4 Star Properties

Panama City : The Bristol

Panama City : Grace Panama

Panama City : Westin Panama

San Jose : Wyndham Garden (Escazu)

San Jose : Tryp San Jose Sabana Hotel

Arenal : Arenal Manoa Hotel & Spa

Arenal : Arenal Observatory Lodge (standard Room)

Arenal : El Silencio del Campo

Arenal : Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

Granada : Hotel Plaza Colon (Superior)

Granada : Casa San Francisco (standard)

San Juan del Sur : Mango Rosa Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur : Buena Vista Club And Resort

San Juan del Sur : Posada Azul

Managua : Hilton Princess

Managua : Crowne Plaza (Junior Suite)

Managua : Intecontinental Metrocentro (standard)

San Pedro Sula : San Pedro Sula hotel: Hilton Princess

Copan Ruinas : Marina Copan (standard)

Antigua : El Convento Boutique Hotel

Antigua : Casa Encantada

Peten : Villa Maya

Peten : Camino Real Tikal

Palenque : Chan-kah Resort Village

Palenque : Villa Mercedes Palenque

San Cristobal de las Casas : Villa Mercedes San Cristobal

Merida : Mision de Fray Diego

Chichen-Itza : Hotel Mayaland & Bungalows (superior room)

Chichen-Itza : Villas Arqueologicas

Cancun : Krystal Grand Cancun

Cancun : Westin Resort & Spa

5 Star Properties

Panama City : Waldorf Astoria (Junior Suites)

Panama City : Las Clementinas

Panama City : Hotel Deville (Duplex Suite)

San Jose : Grano de Oro

San Jose : Hotel Real Intercontinental (Escazu)

Arenal : Lost Iguana Resort & Spa

Arenal : Royal Corin Thermal Water & Spa Resort

Arenal : Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens

Granada : Colonial (Junior Suite)

San Juan del Sur : Hotel Aqua Wellness Resort

San Juan del Sur : Punta Teonoste (Villa Familiar)

San Juan del Sur : Pelican Eyes (standard Room)

Managua : Crowne Plaza (Executive)

Managua : Holiday Inn (Executive)

Managua : Real Intercontinental Metrocentro (Executive)

San Pedro Sula : San Pedro Sula Hotel: Real Intercontinental

Copan Ruinas : Hacienda San Lucas

Antigua : Camino Real Antigua

Antigua : Meson Panza Verde

Antigua : Palacio de Dona Leonor

Peten : Camino Real Tikal (Club Room)

Peten : La Lancha (Rainforest Casita)

Palenque : Quinta Cha Nab Nal (standard)

San Cristobal de las Casas : Casa del Alma Boutique Hotel

San Cristobal de las Casas : Hotel Bo (deluxe room)

Merida : Hacienda Merida

Merida : Casa del Balam Hotel

Cancun : Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun

Cancun : Hotel Casa Turquesa

Cancun : Live Aqua (garden view)

Cancun : Ritz-Carlton

Luxury Properties

Panama City : American Trade Hotel (Super Cuarto Room)

Panama City : Ocean Club Intercontinental Hotel (Suite on the Curve)

San Jose : Xandari Resort & Spa (Alajuela)

San Jose : Finca Rosa Blanca (Santa Barbara)

Arenal : Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Arenal : The Springs Resort & Spa

Granada : Hotel Plaza Colon (Suite)

Granada : La Gran Francia (Suite El Duque)

Granada : Hotel Dario (Suite)

San Juan del Sur : Villas de Palermo (Villa Regular)

San Juan del Sur : Pelican Eyes (Ocean View Town House)

San Juan del Sur : Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge

Managua : Intecontinental Metrocentro (Junior Suite)

Managua : Holiday Inn (Jr. Suite)

Antigua : Posada del Angel

Peten : La Lancha (Lakeview Casitas)

Palenque : Quinta Cha Nab Nal (deluxe Suite)

San Cristobal de las Casas : Hotel Bo (Ik suite)

San Cristobal de las Casas : Parador San Juan de Dios (Master suite)

Merida : Casa Lecanda

Merida : Casa Azul Hotel

Tixkokob : Hacienda San Jose at Tixkokob

Cancun : Hyatt Zilara Cancun

Cancun : Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort

Testimonials

Peggy S, Canada

Traveled December, 2013

Just wanted to let you know that we have had a fabulous time

Just wanted to let you know that we have had a fabulous time and are very impressed with your choice of hotels and areas. Because of this we would like to book through you a trip to Nicaragua for Dec 26,2013 for one week. All hotels were able to accommodate my dietary needs. We especially loved Lake Attilan and the hotel there. The guides were excellent except for the guide we had in Tikal. His name was Roni and he didn’t consider our needs but had his own agenda. After repeated requests for lunch, he delayed serving us lunch both days until 3PM. The trip to the temples was excellent in spite of him. He went into too much detail and his English was very hard to understand. The first day when arriving in Flores airport, we felt that we could have gone directly to the nature park, instead of driving 45minutes to the hotel,then a 45minute boat ride back to almost where we started to begin the walk. Otherwise the vacation was perfectly organized and I would like to thank you for that, Look forward to your proposal for Niaragua with top hotels. Happy New Year

Greg B., United Kingdom

Traveled February, 2013

When a problem was encountered, Yampu worked with local tour operators to sort out the issue very quickly

After working with Yampu to provide me with my second holiday to the America’s, I am delighted to say it has been another success. We have now travelled to Peru, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras with routes dictated by my needs to see sites that may not be on other people standard routes. Yampu have twice worked with local providers to make my unique routes possible. When a problem was encountered, Yampu worked with local tour operators to sort out the issue very quickly. I am already thinking ahead to my next trip with Yampu.

Liz K

Traveled February, 2012

Thank you again for everything

The trip went off without a hitch due to your excellent planning, awesome tour guides and drivers and wonderful accommodations. I had an incredible time, the Mayan sites were indeed magic and the scenery in Honduras, Guatemala and Belize is something not to be missed. I wanted to mention my driver, Gustavo Morales, who drove me from the Lake Atitlan hotel to the Guatemala Airport (for my flight to Flores). Gustavo should as far as I am concerned be nominated for the Tourist Driver of the Year Award. If such an award doesn’t exist, one should be created for him. On the day he was to drive me to the airport, there was a massive two-large truck collision in the middle of the main highway to the Airport. In addition, the teachers had gone on strike and were blocking the roads. Gustavo thought that we would not make it to the airport in time, but said he would try his best. He backtracked almost as far as Antigua and took all the back roads through Guatemala City to circle the city and come back to the airport from the other direction. Not only did he give me the Drive of a Lifetime, but he did get me to the airport in plenty of time for the flight. It was nothing short of a miracle and I would like to pass along my thanks and also, my admiration for his driving skills. He is a wonderful guy and I wish him all the best of luck for the future. Thank you again for everything I will definitely recommend Yampu to anyone who wishes a fantastic, personally tailored vacation.

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