Zentralamerika Roadtrip - von Mexiko nach Panama

Reise durch acht mittelamerikanische Länder und erlebe vielfältige Natur und Kultur

  • Surfspot Santa Catalina in Panama
  • Ein Meer aus Farben und Geräuschen auf dem Chichi Markt
  • Geschichte der alten Tikal Pyramiden
  • Maya Ruinen in Tulum
  • Koste Tamales in Antigua
  • Finde tropische Paradiese auf Caye Caulker
  • Beeindruckender Arenal Vulkan in La Fortuna
  • Natur des Monteverde Nebelwaldes
  • Überblick
  • Leistungen
  • Reiseverlauf
  • Termine & Preise
  • Zusatzinformationen

45 Tage Mexiko · Belize · Guatemala · Honduras · Nicaragua · Costa Rica · El Salvador · Panama

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Reise in das Herz einiger der aufregendsten Länder Mittelamerikas. Entdecke den eindrucksvollen Nicaragua See, erlebe die Vulkanwelt von Costa Rica und genieße die landschaftlichen Schönheiten der üppigen Küsten in Honduras und Belize. Diese spannende Abenteuerreise beginnt an den magischen Stränden von Yucatan in Mexiko und endet auf den mit Rumba erfüllten Straßen Panamas! Bei dieser Zentralamerika Rundreise wirst du einige zauberhafte Orte besuchen, deren Charme bislang ziemlich unbekannt ist!

1. Tag: Playa del Carmen
2. Tag: Tulum
3. Tag: Tulum
4. Tag: Caye Caulker
5-6. Tag: Caye Caulker
7-8. Tag: San Ignacio
9. Tag: Tikal
10-11. Tag: Rio Dulce
12. Tag: Antigua
13. Tag: Chichicastenango/San Jorge La Laguna
14. Tag: Lake Atitlan - Panajachel
15-17. Tag: Antigua
18. Tag: Copan
19. Tag: Suchitoto
20. Tag: Suchitoto
21-22. Tag: El Cuco
23. Tag: Leon
24-25. Tag: Granada
26-27. Tag: Ometepe Island
28-29. Tag: Monteverde
30-31. Tag: La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park
32-33. Tag: San Jose
34-35. Tag: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
36. Tag: Bocas del Toro/Isla Colon
37-38. Tag: Bocas del Toro
39-40. Tag: Boquete
41-42. Tag: Santa Catalina
43-44. Tag: Panama City
45. Tag: Panama City

Leistungen enthalten

  • Rundreise gemäß Programm
  • Transporte, Unterbringung und Verpflegung gemäß Programm
  • Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen gemäß Reiseverlauf
  • Orientierungsspaziergang in Tulum, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio und Antigua
  • Eintrittsgebühr Tikal Nationalpark
  • Informelle Spanischstunde
  • Besuch des Chichicastenango Marktes
  • Gastfamilienaufenthalt in San Jorge La Laguna
  • Orientierungs-Spaziergang in Panajachel
  • Stadtrundgang in Suchitoto, Leon, Granada, Monteverde, La Fortuna und San José
  • Orientierungstour mit dem Fahrrad in Puerto Viejo
  • Orientierungs-Spaziergang durch Boquete
  • Geführter Spaziergang in Panama City entlang eines Teils der Cinta Costera mit Besuch des Fischmarktes

Leistungen nicht enthalten

  • Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
  • Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten
  • Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder

Unterbringung

36x Standard-Hotel
1x Campingplatz
2x Standard-Lodge
1x Gastfamilie
4x Hostel
Die Unterbringung erfolgt in Doppelzimmern und ggf. Mehrbettunterkünften. Alleinreisende teilen sich das Zimmer mit Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts. Die Unterbringung im Einzelzimmer ist mit Aufpreis und vorbehaltlich Verfügbarkeit auf dieser Tour möglich mit Ausnahme der Nächte 10-11, 39-40, 43-44.
Bitte frage den Einzelzimmer-Zuschlag bei uns an.

Verpflegung

1x Frühstück, 1x Abendessen
Es sind keine weiteren Mahlzeiten enthalten. Dies soll dir die größtmögliche Flexibilität bei der Wahl der Mahlzeiten und die Möglichkeit geben, die einheimische Küche des bereisten Landes kennenzulernen. Bitte plane ca. USD750 für zusätzliche Mahlzeiten und Getränke mit ein.

Tourbegleitung

Englischsprachige Reiseleitung und Fahrer und örtliche Guides.

Hinter jeder Reise steht ein großartiger Reiseleiter. Der Enthusiasmus und das fast unschlagbare Wissen unserer einheimischen und englischsprachigen Reiseleiter werden deine Reise unvergesslich machen. Mit Rat und Tat stehen sie den Reisenden zur Seite. Vom Anfang bis zum Ende der Tour sind sie vor Ort für die Gruppe da, wissen nicht nur, in welchen Restaurants man gut isst und wo die besten Shops zu finden sind, sondern zeigen den Reisenden mit Kompetenz und voller Begeisterung ihre Heimat.

Transportarten

öffentlicher Bus, Boot

Zusätzliche Übernachtungen

Bitte kontaktiere uns - wir beraten dich gerne!

Flughafentransfer

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Optionale Ausflüge / Zusatzleistungen

Bitte kontaktiere uns für die vollständige Liste der zahlreichen optionalen Aktivitäten.

1. Tag: Playa del Carmen

Hola! Welcome to Mexico! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be checking your passport details, insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so it’s important that you arrange a flight that will get you there in time. If you want to fly in a few days early so you can spend some more time in Playa we may be able to assist with securing extra accommodation, so ask your booking agent. If you are lucky enough to have extra time this beachside playground, why not use your time snorkelling in fresh water rock pools (called Cenotes), strolling along the white sands or reef diving on Cozumel. Check out the full range of recommended optional activities below for more inspiration. After the welcome meeting tonight, why not head out for a cocktail and a meal with your new travel buddies.

Optional Activities:
Playa del Carmen - Mayan Underworld Explorer - Urban Adventures - USD77
Playa del Carmen - Ferry to Cozumel (Round-trip) - MXN326

Special Information
This trip is part of longer Central America combination trips. As such, some of your fellow travellers may have commenced their trip in Mexico City. For more information on this longer trips see: Ultimate Central America (58 days) or Complete Central America (65 days)

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

2. Tag: Tulum

Leave behind one paradise for another, quieter version. Travel south by local bus to Tulum, where white sand beaches and Maya ruins await after a mere one-and-a-half-hour journey. Take an orientation walk with your leader around the small town when you arrive, then head to the cliffs or the shore to enjoy the sunshine at your own pace. The famous ruins that hug the cliff edge are no longer a well-kept secret, so if crowds aren’t your thing it’s best to get up early tomorrow to beat them. Maybe grab a snack and a beer at a beach shack, then hit the sand and the water (rinse and repeat). In the evening, maybe grab a few of your fellow travellers and find a spot to watch the sunset with a margarita in hand.

Optional Activities:
Tulum - Archaeological Site (Entrance fee) - MXN65

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Tulum - Leader-led orientation walk

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

3. Tag: Tulum

Leave behind one paradise for another, quieter version. Travel south by local bus to Tulum, where white sand beaches and Maya ruins await after a mere one-and-a-half-hour journey. Take an orientation walk with your leader around the small town when you arrive, then head to the cliffs or the shore to enjoy the sunshine at your own pace. The famous ruins that hug the cliff edge are no longer a well-kept secret, so if crowds aren’t your thing it’s best to get up early tomorrow to beat them. Maybe grab a snack and a beer at a beach shack, then hit the sand and the water (rinse and repeat). In the evening, maybe grab a few of your fellow travellers and find a spot to watch the sunset with a margarita in hand.

Optional Activities:
Dos Ojos Cenote - Fresh water rock pool (Entrance fee with snorkelling gear included) - MXN350
Cenote Cristalino - Entrance fee (snorkelling gear included) - MXN150
Tulum - Bicycle rental (per day) - MXN185
Chichen Itza Ruins - Entrance Fee - MXN481

Special Information
MEALS:
We do recommend you use some time today to buy something to take for lunch on the bus tomorrow. There isn't much on offer to buy to eat along the way to Belize and it is a long day!

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

4. Tag: Caye Caulker

Bid adios to Mexico early this morning and head south to Belize. Be prepared for a long day of travel on the road without a chance to stop for lunch, as the total driving time including the border crossing will take around eight or nine hours. First, travel to the town of Chetumal by public bus (3.5 hours approximately). Then jump on a local bus the border (20 minutes), undertake border formalities, then board the same bus to Belize City (3 hours approximately). Once in Belize City take a water taxi to Caye Caulker (1 hour). Expect to arrive on Caye Caulker by 6 pm. Phew! What a day, but trust us, it’s worth it. Perhaps go for an evening stroll to get your bearings on the island, then if you have the energy why not hit a beach bar and unwind. Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America, which will make chatting with locals much easier.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Caye Caulker - Leader-led orientation walk

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

5-6. Tag: Caye Caulker

Good morning and welcome to heaven! Today is free for you to explore the island and surrounds or simply relax. Whatever you choose to do, it’s bound to be impossible to keep the smile off your face. If you feel like snorkelling, ask your leader about organising a trip to the colourful coral reef nearby, or perhaps head further afield to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, home to the world’s second-longest coral reef. Manatee spotting is one option nature lovers should consider, as the opportunity to encounter these gentle giants is a special one. Of course, you could always take a stroll and find a swaying palm tree with your name on it. They make the perfect place to nap, read a book and soak up the island vibes.

Optional Activities:
Caye Caulker - Snorkelling trip (half day) - USD35
Caye Caulker - Guided snorkelling trip (full day) - USD75
Caye Caulker - Manatee tour - USD85
Caye Caulker - Sea kayaking (half day) - USD25

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

7-8. Tag: San Ignacio

From the islands to the highlands, today you’ll bid farewell to Caye Caulker and catch a ferry to Belize City (one hour) and then take a local bus to San Ignacio (three and a half hours). Local buses in Belize are a little more basic and crowded than you may have experienced elsewhere in Central America. Get ready for a stop-and-go experience on the journey; there are very few official bus stops in Belize, so the bus will stop as required by roadside passengers. On arrival, your leader will take you walking tour of San Ignacio and its twin sister Santa Elena, which will give you a sense of how vibrant the local Garifuna and Maya communities are. Perhaps tonight head out in search of a Maya-style dish like cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork marinated in citrus).
Day 8 is a full day at your leisure to discover San Ignacio.

Optional Activities:
San Ignacio - (ATM Caves) Actun Tunichil Muknal (Entrance fee, Guide, Transport & Lunch) - USD95
San Ignacio - Cave tubing - USD95
San Ignacio - Butterfly Farm - USD40
San Ignacio - Barton Creek canoe trip - USD80
San Ignacio - Iguana Conservation Project (Entrance fee) - USD9
San Ignacio - Yaxha ruins complex (Transport, lunch and guide) - USD135
San Ignacio - Xunantunich Ruins (Entrance fee) - USD10
San Ignacio - Mountain Pine Ridge day trip (Guide & Transport) - USD85

Special Information
All guests at our hotel in San Ignacio are required to pay an additional charge of USD20 per night if they choose to use the air conditioner in their room. Electricity in Belize is incredibly expensive so most hotels charge an extra rate to use the air conditioning and USD20 per night is pretty standard. We could include this extra charge in the trip price but then all of our travellers would have to pay whether they want to use it or not. We believe giving our travellers the option is a fairer way to manage this situation.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
San Ignacio - Leader led walking tour

Fahrzeit: ca. 4.5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

9. Tag: Tikal

Rise and shine for an 8 am taxi ride to the Belize-Guatemala border. Once you've crossed over, board a bus to Tikal National Park (approximately 2.5 hours). In Tikal there will be time to buy lunch before visiting the impressive archaeological site. Towering above the jungle, the five granite temples of Tikal are an imposing sight and one of the most magnificent Maya ruins. Hidden in the evergreen forest are a maze of smaller structures waiting to be explored. The energetic can climb to the top of the ruins for spectacular views over the canopy and the chance to spot toucans, macaws and other colourful birds. Choose to explore on your own or pay a little more for a guided tour (or maybe see the site from above on an optional zip-line ride). Tonight, set up the tents and mattresses and spend some time under the stars. The weather is always warm in this part of the world but a thin blanket is provided for extra comfort. There are also basic shared bathrooms and showers at the camp.

Optional Activities:
Tikal National Park - Private guide for Ruins - USD45
Tikal - Zipline - USD45

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Tikal National Park - Entrance fee

Unterkunft: Campingplatz

10-11. Tag: Rio Dulce

If you can't get enough of Tikal, you have the option to visit the site again in the (very) early morning at your own cost before departing at 8 am to Flores. It's just a one-hour ride away, and on arrival your leader will take you on a walking tour of the island of Flores. Continue by private minivan to Rio Dulce (approximately 4 hours). On arrival in Rio Dulce, transfer to the hotel by boat. The easiest way to get back into town is also on the water, a journey which can be organised through the hotel. Alternatively, a 40-minute jungle walk will get you there. The hotel is a great place to relax and look over the water, with reasonably priced meals and drinks served in the hotel restaurant. Now that you are back in a Spanish-speaking nation, why not join an informal Spanish lesson put on by your leader? Muy bien!
Day 11 is your free day to explore Rio Dulce.

Optional Activities:
Rio Dulce - Boat trip to Livingston (Price dependent on boat available & passengers) - USD30
Rio Dulce - Natural Hot Springs (Entrance fee & Transport) - USD25
Rio Dulce - San Felipe Fort (Entrance fee) - USD4
Rio Dulce - Quirigua Ruins (Entrance fee) - USD41

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson

Unterkunft: Standard-Lodge

12. Tag: Antigua

Leave the 'Sweet River' behind and travel by private minibus to the city of Antigua, a journey which should take around eight or nine hours, allowing time for lunch. The road between Rio Dulce and Guatemala City is one of the busiest in the country. Traffic is slow, there are frequent road works and many, many, many (seriously) slow trucks. Be armed with patience, music and a good book and the journey will be easier to handle. Spend the night in Antigua before heading to Lake Atitlan tomorrow. Though there's not much tie in Antigua today, you owe it to yourself to reward you patience with a tamale – meat and dough steamed in a corn leaf. You could also give the pepian a try, which consists of a rich dark sauce served with vegetables and meat (usually chicken). You may also want to take this time to purchase a few snacks for your time at the homestay on Lake Atitlan as the meals there can be very basic.

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

13. Tag: Chichicastenango/San Jorge La Laguna

Be up early and ready for an 8 am departure. Travel by private transport for two and a half hours on winding roads to Chichicastenango. Home to perhaps the most colourful market in the country, on Thursdays and Sundays locals come from the surrounding villages to sell their wares and the streets are lined with stalls offering multi-coloured textiles and fresh produce. After doing a little shopping at the market, head to San Jorge La Laguna, a small Maya village overlooking Lake Atitlan (about 1.5 hours). Arrive in San Jorge La Laguna, meet your host family and start getting to know each other. The group may be split in twos or threes, depending on how large it is. Locals in San Jorge La Laguna are both very friendly and very shy. In order to make the most of this experience, it may take a bit of effort from your side to break the ice first. Draw on your newly learnt Spanish and get ready for some serious hand signals. Houses in San Jorge La Laguna are very basic. Your room may only consist of a couple of beds with clean bedding, and the bathroom will most likely be outside your room and shared with the rest of the family. The mother of the family will cook dinner and breakfast for you and the meals can be very basic but filling, consisting of corn, rice and beans.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Chichicastenango Market
San Jorge La Laguna - Traditional Maya Homestay

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Gastfamilie

Verpflegung: 1x Abendessen

14. Tag: Lake Atitlan - Panajachel

Say goodbye to your host family this morning and move on to the neighbouring town of Panajachel. Located on Lake Atitlan with distant volcanoes looming in the background, Panajachel has a thriving market, good eateries and many water-based activities to enjoy. Once you arrive in 'Pana' your leader will take you on a brief walking tour of town so you can get your bearings. The rest of the time is free for you to explore. Why not go for a swim, hike to San Pedro volcano or kayak on the lake, there aren't many places in the world that serve up active adventure in such a beautiful locale. The surrounding area is also dotted with villages which can be reached on foot or by boat. Watch women weaving at Santa Catarina Palopo or explore the colourful markets of Santiago Atitlan.

Optional Activities:
Panajachel - San Pedro Volcano hike - USD75
Panajachel - Guided lake and villages tour - USD36
Panajachel - Kayak rental (per hour) - USD8
Panajachel - Bicycle rental (per day) - USD10
Panajachel - Water taxi to Santiago, San Pedro or San Juan - USD8

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Panajachel - Leader-led orientation walk

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

15-17. Tag: Antigua

Morning! Hit the road again at 9 am and make the three-hour journey back to Antigua by private vehicle. In 1773 the city was destroyed by an earthquake, but many of the colonial buildings have been carefully restored and the architecture from its glory days can still be seen. Your leader will take you on a walking tour of Antigua including Cerro de la Cruz lookout, the local market and the chicken bus station next door, where the colourfully-decorated American school buses park. The rest of your time in Antigua is free for you to explore at your own pace. If you fancy a spin on the dance floor and want to learn some moves, Antigua is the place to be. Many dancing schools offer hourly lessons so you'll be able to perfect your moves. As always, ask your leader for details.
Day 16 and 17 are free days to explore Antigua.

Optional Activities:
Antigua - Salsa lesson (per hour) - USD7
Antigua - Coffee/Macadamia nut plantation tour - USD45
Antigua - Antigua by the Bean - Urban Adventures - USD77
Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop - USD25

Special Information
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group will change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Antigua - Leader-led walking tour

Fahrzeit: ca. 3 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

18. Tag: Copan

Rise and shine for a long day of travel, leaving at around 4 am to beat the rush-hour traffic around Guatemala City. All up you'll be spending eight hours driving to Copan by private vehicle, and while the scenery is breathtaking in sections, it's a good idea to pack a book or download a few podcasts in case you find you need to break up the journey. Head into Honduras through the wild countryside of eastern Guatemala, arriving in the charming town of Copan in the early afternoon. While most people use Copan as a base to explore the nearby ruins, there are plenty of other points of interest, both along the cobblestone streets and set into the lush surrounds. Maybe get started in the Central Plaza and follow your nose to cafe. Or perhaps head to the nearby hot springs on an optional tour. Less than USD 50 gets you hours of soak time in mud baths, steaming natural baths and refreshing pools plus dinner, all among winding jungle paths.

Optional Activities:
Copan - Natural Hot Springs & Dinner - USD45

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

19. Tag: Suchitoto

This morning is free for you to continue explore Copan and its surrounds. Perhaps make an optional visit to the World Heritage-listed ruins of Copan, the remnants of the southernmost of the great Maya sites for which Central America is famous. Unique because of the numerous elaborate stelae – carved columns – still intact on site, there are also temples, excavated vaults and walls inscribed with ancient faces. A stroll through this old-world capital is bound to leave you pondering the adbrupt collapse of such a creative civilisation. Alternatively, nature lovers may wish to travel two kilometres out of town to the Macaw Mountain Bird Park and Nature Reserve. Dedicated to the conservation of the Central American macaw, the reserve also houses toucans, motmots, parrots, kingfishers and orioles. At approximately 1 pm, wave goodbye to Copan and head across the border to El Salvador by private vehicle. There's another substantial amount of time spent on the road this afternoon, so have that book (or your most sparkling conversation) handy to pass the time. All up the drive should take about seven hours, depending on conditions, and you are expected to reach the colonial town of Suchitoto in the evening.

Optional Activities:
Copan - Archeological Museum (Entrance fee) - USD7
Copan - Archeological site (Transport & Entrance fee) - USD17
Copan - Macaw Mountain Bird Park (Entrance fee) - HNL230

Fahrzeit: ca. 7 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

20. Tag: Suchitoto

Begin the day with a guided orientation walk of Suchitoto, widely considered the cultural capital of El Salvador. Stroll past gorgeous colonial facades and get your bearings. Birders will want to crane their necks – Suchitoto lies on a bird migration path. The rest of the day is all yours to get among the optional activities on offer. Suchitoto overlooks the Embalse Cerron Grande. Also known as Lago Suchitlan, this freshwater lake is a haven for the aforementioned migrating birds, particularly falcons and hawks. Maybe hustle a crew of four or more together and take a boat trip to Bird Island, or perhaps grab a historically-minded quartet for a guided walk through Cinquera Forest, where guerrilla fighters used the forest as cover during the civil war.

Optional Activities:
Suchitoto - Boat trip to Bird Island in Lake Suchitlan (it requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD25
Suchitoto - War historic walk at Cinquera Forest (requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD40
Suchitoto - Morning kayak bird watching (requires a minimum of 3 travellers to run) - USD40
Suchitoto - Town tour (it requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD30
Suchitoto - Birdwatching Walk (requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD25

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Suchitoto - Leader led walking tour

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

21-22. Tag: El Cuco

Enjoy a sleep in today and head south-east at about 10 am by private minibus to coastal El Cuco (approximately 5 hours). There are some great dark-sand beaches close to town, including the beautiful Playa El Esteron and Playa Las Flores, one of the best surf spots in the country. Maybe head to a beach for a few beers under shaggy palms and relax while you wait for the sunset. As night falls, perhaps enjoy a seafood dinner along the water – the local crab are some of the best in the country.
Day 22 is a free day to explore El Cuco.

Optional Activities:
El Cuco - Volcan de Conchagua lookout (it requires a minimum of 5 travellers to operate) - USD35
El Cuco - Yoga Class (Subject to teacher availability) - Free

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

23. Tag: Leon

Rise early for a full day of travel across the Gulf of Fonseca to Nicaragua. Leave El Cuco at 5 am and drive to La Union (approximately 1 hour) before a 3–4 hour boat trip through the Gulf of Fonseca to the Nicaraguan town of Potosi. The boat crossing through the Gulf of Fonseca can get choppy and the boat may take some water. If your pack is not waterproof, please be sure to wrap your valuables and electronics in a plastic bag. Once in Potosi, passports are checked before continuing by private vehicle to Leon (approximately 4 hours). Upon arrival your leader will take you on a walking tour of this charming city. Though it's the second-largest in the country, Leon is relatively free of tourists, making strolling the mural-lined streets a real pleasure.

Special Information
The Nicaraguan border crossing can be confusing and disorderly so please pay close attention to your leader instructions. At this border crossing you will need to pay USD12 fee payble in cash.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Leon - Leader led walking tour

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

24-25. Tag: Granada

Make the most of Leon in the morning. The street food behind the Lady of Grace Cathedral is some of the best in town, so why not grab a 'Nica taco'. Made with maize, rolled and then deep fried, these beauties are usually served with shredded cabbage and smothered in cream in Leon. Board a local bus bound for Granada at 2 pm, making the three-hour journey to the oldest city in the 'New World'. Featuring Moorish and Andalusian architecture and oozing colonial charm, the city is set on the banks of Lake Nicaragua and is surrounded by active volcanoes. Set out on a walking tour with your leader on arrival. Visit busy markets, the leafy Parque Central and 'La Calzada', a lively pedestrian street with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Day 25 is a free day to explore Granada.

Optional Activities:
Leon - Volcano Sand Boarding - USD55
Granada - Mombacho Volcano hike - USD40
Granada - Masaya Volcano at night (Viewpoint for the Lava Lake at Santiago Crater) - USD50
Granada - Laguna Apoyo kayaking tour - USD45
Granada - Kayak rental (per day) - USD30
Granada - Mi Museo - USD5

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
- Leader led walking tour in Granada (Payment has to be done locally: NOI 1.480 / ca. 40 Euro)

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

26-27. Tag: Ometepe Island

Spend a morning at leisure in Granada. Perhaps start the day with a classic Nicaraguan breakfast of eggs, rice and beans, soft cheese, plantains and strong coffee. Then maybe hit the Convento y Museo San Francisco and view the collection of indigenous stone statues. At 2 pm take a local bus to Rivas (approximately 1.5 hours) and transfer to the port of San Jorge to catch a one-hour ferry across the seemingly endless waters of Lake Nicaragua to Ometepe Island. Hourglass-shaped Ometepe is formed by two volcanoes rising out of Lake Nicaragua, one active and one extinct. The island is home to fruit plantations, deep jungle and exotic wildlife such as howler monkeys, caiman and parrots. Spend the evening on the island, and maybe head out for a beer at one of the waterfront bars.
Day 27 is a free day to explore Ometepe Island.

Optional Activities:
Ometepe - Concepcion Volcano hike - USD45
Ometepe - Maderas Volcano hike - USD45
Ometepe - Ojo de Agua natural spring - USD25
Ometepe - Petroglyphs - USD20
Ometepe - Charco Verde tour (includes lunch, Ojo de Agua and Mirador lookout) - USD25
Ometepe - Charco Verde Reserve entrance fee - USD3

Fahrzeit: ca. 2.5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

28-29. Tag: Monteverde

Today is another early start in order to grab a 7 am ferry to the mainland (1.5 hours) and a one-and-a-half-hour transfer to Penas Blancas before crossing the border into Costa Rica. A USD 3 fee is required when exiting Nicaragua. Reaching the Costa Rican border also requires a one-km walk, during which you must carry your luggage. Proof of onward travel is normally required to enter Costa Rica, so if you're flying out of San Jose, bring a printed copy of your flight details in case the border officials ask to see them. Once in Costa Rica, travel by private minibus for five hours to Monteverde. Phew. Long day, but you made it! Welcome to beautiful Monteverde, which you can begin exploring straight away on a walking tour with your leader. Monteverde was founded as an agricultural community in 1951 by a group of North American Quakers. These environmentally-aware settlers also established a small wildlife sanctuary, which has since grown into the internationally-renowned Monteverde Cloudforest Biological Preserve. Cloud forests are similar to rainforests, but instead draw their water from a semi-permanent cloud covering the region. This is truly a nature lover's paradise. More than 2000 plant species, 320 bird species and 100 mammal species call Montverde home. Be sure to keep an eye out for the resplendent quetzal, one of the most elusive birds in the world, on your walk.
Day 29 is a free day to explore Monteverde.

Optional Activities:
Monteverde - Cloud Forest (Entrance fee & Transport) - USD40
Monteverde - Suspension bridges tour - USD47
Monteverde - Zip lining - USD90
Monteverde - Coffee & Chocolate tour - USD35
Monteverde - Night walk through Cloud Forest - USD52
Monteverde - Cloud Forest Train - USD60
Monteverde - Serpentarium - USD15
Monteverde - Butterfly garden and insects farm - USD15
Monteverde - Frog pond - USD15
Monteverde - Orchid gardens - USD12

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Monteverde - Leader led walking tour

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

30-31. Tag: La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park

Spend a final morning in the thickets of the jungle, perhaps taking one last walk to search for wildlife. Depart by shared minibus at 2 pm and head to La Fortuna. It takes about one-and-a-half-hours to reach the shores of Lake Arenal, followed by a further one-and-a-half-hour journey across the lake to the little town of La Fortuna. On a clear day you'll have fantastic views of the surrounding area, and watching the massive Arenal Volcano loom larger and larger as you approach is a spectacular sight. Once you reach La Fortuna hop on another minibus to the hotel, then freshen up and head out on a walking tour. La Fortuna is a favourite among travel writers for a reason – words like picturesque and breathtaking spring to mind when trying to describe the town in the shadow of the volcano.
Day 31 is a free day to explore.

Optional Activities:
La Fortuna - Hot springs - USD45
La Fortuna - Arenal hanging bridges - USD56
La Fortuna - La Fortuna Waterfall - USD15
La Fortuna - Nature hike around Arenal Volcano - USD50
La Fortuna - Cano Negro boat tour - USD67
La Fortuna - Stand up paddle board - USD65

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
La Fortuna - Leader led walking tour

Fahrzeit: ca. 3 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

32-33. Tag: San Jose

Watch the volcano fade into the distance as you begin the five-hour local bus ride to Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. Head out on a walking tour with your leader on arrival to see the main highlights. Later, perhaps visit the Gold Museum, which has an amazing collection of pre-Spanish gold art. If you're in the mood for a bit of shopping, head to the outdoor market in the Plaza de la Cultura or the city's Central Market, where you can buy anything from handicrafts to seafood. Prefer to have someone else do the organising for you? Check out the Urban Adventures offered in San Jose, from craft beer tours to day-trips to the countryside. Fin out more at urbanadventures.com/destination/San-Jose-tours
Day 33 is a free day to explore San Jose.

Optional Activities:
San Jose - Cartago Bike & Train Tour - Urban Adventures - USD63
San Jose - The Art of Craft Beer in San Jose - Urban Adventures - USD74
San Jose - San Jose By Night: Food and Culture - Urban Adventures - USD79
San Jose - Pura Vida Experience: Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visite - Urban Adventures - USD65
San Jose - Tropical Rainforest and Chocolate Adventure - Urban Adventures - USD150
San Jose - San Jose Bites and Sights Tour - Urban Adventures - USD36
San Jose - National Museum - USD12

Special Information
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group will change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
San Jose - Leader-led walking tour

Fahrzeit: ca. 4 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

34-35. Tag: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Today take a five-hour local bus to Puerto Viejo. A small town on the beautiful Caribbean coast, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca has two sides to it. The main street has a party vibe, featuring dancehalls, reggaeton bars and modern restaurants, while further out you'll find great surf beaches, rainforest fruit farms and family homes. Get to know this laid-back jungle town on a leader-led orientation bike ride, then the rest of the day is yours to explore.
Day 35 is a free day to explore Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Optional Activities:
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - Cahuita National Park - USD5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - Jaguar Rescue Centre - USD15
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - Surf lesson (1 hr) - USD30

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Puerto Viejo - Leader-led orientation bicycle ride
Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

36. Tag: Bocas del Toro/Isla Colon

Take a one-hour local bus to the border, then walk across an old railway bridge into Panama. Continue by taxi or collective minivan to Almirante, where you'll take a short boat ride to Isla Colon in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Rapidly becoming a Caribbean favourite, Bocas del Toro has it all - palm-shaded beaches with crystal-clear water, spectacular snorkelling and lots of wildlife. Culturally, Bocas is a melting pot of West Indians, Latinos and expats, resulting in diverse music, nightlife and food scenes. For the next three nights, you'll stay on Isla Colon, the main town in Bocas del Toro. It's a great spot to start your exploration of the archipelago from, with most bars, restaurants and local operators located on 1st, 2nd and 3rd street – meters from your hotel.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

37-38. Tag: Bocas del Toro

Today is the first of two free days to explore this tropical archipelago. There are several beaches within reach from town – between 8 and 14 km from your hotel. With azure waters, pristine coral reefs and a rollicking nightlife, it’s easy to see why these islands are a favourite haunt for so many travellers. However, be aware, apart from Starfish, Sandfly and Big Creek beaches, the rest can have very strong riptides. When the sun goes down, head into town and check out the local bar and restaurant scene. There's no place better to live la vida loca than the Caribbean.
Day 38 is also a day to explore.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

39-40. Tag: Boquete

Travel by boat and local bus to Boquete, keeping in mind that total journey should take eight to nine hours. Boquete is a picturesque town located in the highlands of Panama, surrounded by mountains, crystal-clear creeks and rivers, forest reserves, and colourful wildflowers, as well as coffee plantations and orange groves. This postcard-perfect town is also home to a variety of fauna such as howler monkeys and the resplendent quetzal. Tomorrow will be a free day for you to explore. Most optional activities can be organised directly from the hostel, though it’s a good idea to choose your activities and book them today.
Day 40 is a free day to explore Boquete.

Optional Activities:
Boquete - Guided tour of hidden waterfalls - USD50
Boquete - Mini canyons - USD30
Boquete - Guided bike tour - USD55
Boquete - Calderas hot springs - USD35
Boquete - Zipline - USD65
Boquete - Coffee Plantation tour - USD35

Special Information
Multishare typically includes triple and quad rooms. You may be required to share with group members of the opposite sex and couples or people travelling together may occasionally be separated due to rooming configurations. Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning.

Unterkunft: Hostel

41-42. Tag: Santa Catalina

Catch an eight-hour bus to Santa Catalina, situated on the Pacific coast of Panama.Remote and somewhat undeveloped, this region offers some of the best surfing in Central America. Enjoy free time upon arrival. Perhaps find a spot to share a drink with fellow travellers, or head to the beach for a swim.
Day 42 is a free day to explore Santa Catalina.

Optional Activities:
Santa Catalina - Surf lesson (2 hrs) - USD35
Santa Catalina - Coiba Island & Grano de Oro snorkelling trip - USD100
Santa Catalina - Fishing trip (half day) - USD100
Santa Catalina - Surfboard rental (per day) - USD15


Special Information
As there is limited accommodation available close to the beach in Santa Catalina, sometimes large multi-share rooms with up to six beds (not bunks) are used.

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

43-44. Tag: Panama City

Trade in the beach for the city and travel to Panama City, Central America's glitziest capital. (about 6 hours). Arrive late afternoon and head to the city’s gorgeous waterfront promenade, the Cinta Costera, for a walking tour with your leader. Take in great views historic Casco Viejo (old town) and the Panama City skyline as you stroll past crowded waterfront soccer fields, running paths and food carts. Stop at the nearby Fish Market, and perhaps grab some fresh ceviche. Afterwards, enjoy free time to sample Panama City’s thriving nightlife.
Day 44 is a free day to explore Panama City.

Optional Activities:
Panama City - Panama Canal (Miraflores Locks) - USD15


Special Information
Multishare typically includes triple and quad rooms. You may be required to share with group members of the opposite sex and couples or people travelling together may occasionally be separated due to rooming configurations. Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Panama City - Leader-led walk along part of the Cinta Costera (Causeway) including a visit to the Fish Market

Fahrzeit: ca. 6 Std.

Unterkunft: Hostel

45. Tag: Panama City

Your adventure ends today, there are no activities planned for the final day.

Special Information
We recommend staying a few extra days to make the most of this exciting city. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be happy to assist.

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Tourstil
Echtes Abenteuer zum super Preis für budgetbewusste Reisende! Ohne Extras, die du nicht haben möchtest! Einfache Unterkünfte und viel Zeit für individuelle bzw. optionale Aktivitäten. Dieser Reisestil ist gerade unter jüngeren Reisenden sehr beliebt. Bereise die entlegensten Orte dieser Welt sicher und unbeschwert in einer kleinen Gruppe und mit einem erfahrenen, einheimischen Guide. Das Reiseprogramm lässt viel Raum zur eigenen Gestaltung. So hast du unterwegs die Möglichkeit dir aus zahlreichen optionalen Aktivitäten je nach Interessen, Reisebudget und Schwierigkeitsgrad dein persönliches Programm zusammenstellen. Wer auf sein Budget achten muss, sich in einer einfachen Unterkunft wohlfühlt und auf Extras verzichten kann, ist mit diesem Tourstil bestens beraten. Weniger Inklusivleistungen, dafür mehr Zeit für eigene Interessen - und das zu einem unschlagbar günstigen Preis.

Als Transportmittel werden überwiegend öffentliche Verkehrsmittel, wie Regional- und Überlandbusse genutzt. Das schont nicht nur die Umwelt, sondern garantiert auch jede Menge Spaß und Kontakt mit den Einheimischen. Übernachtet wird in einfachen, sauberen Unterkünften wie Bed & Breakfast, Bungalows oder auch mal Hostels, auf vielen Touren auch bei einer Gastfamilie – eine Erfahrung, die unsere Reisenden besonderes schätzen. Die Unterkünfte sind einfach, aber sauber und zentral gelegen. Meistens wird in landestypischen Gästehäusern und günstigen Hotels übernachtet, die zentral gelegen sind. Manchmal haben die Unterkünfte Gemeinschaftsbäder oder es wird in einem Schlafsaal mit mehreren, anderen Mitreisenden geschlafen. Ein besonderes Erlebnis ist der Aufenthalt in einer Gastfamilie. Mit den Einheimischen kochen, essen, spielen oder einfach das Leben vor Ort kennenzulernen - während unserer Homestays erhältst du einen authentischen Blick hinter die Kulissen. In vielen Regionen leben die Menschen noch in sehr traditionellen Behausungen und dies greifen wir auch bei unseren Reisen auf. Auf einigen Touren wird auch in malerischer Umgebung gecampt.

Kombireise
Diese Reise setzt sich aus verschiedenen Tourabschnitten zusammen, daher können sich die Gruppenzusammensetzung sowie Reiseleitung während der Tour ändern.