Panama City, Panama: our starting point. The capital of Panama, it is located on the Panama Bay, facing the Pacific Ocean. It is a great cosmopolitan city, with wonderful museums, plazas, parks and markets, fine restaurants, as well as ancient ruins of the first Panama City built in the early 1500s, and of course the Panama Canal.
Boquete: this tiny town is nestled in the mountains, with the river Caldera running through it, and is an ideal spot for enjoying the cool, fresh air and the beautiful natural surroundings.
Bocas del Toro: this island town is very relaxing and friendly, with beautiful beaches. It is also a great base for visiting the numerous other beaches on the island, as well as those on nearby islands. A boat trip to visit Parque Nacional Bastimentos is a must.
Parque Internacional La Amistad, Costa Rica: shared by both Costa Rica and Panama, this large park offers numerous hiking trails, a great variety of animal and plant species, and beautiful sights.
Dominical: this small coastal village offers quiet strolls along its beautiful beach, and is close to a national park and a biological reserve.
San Jose: the capital of Costa Rica. A beautiful, modern city with a temperate highland climate, it offers all the amenities and conveniences one would expect, including great museums and fine restaurants, as well as proximity to several national parks.
Jaco beach: a beautiful long beach offers plenty of relaxation and watersports. It is also close to the Carara Biological Reserve, a tropical rainforest with an abundant variety of wildlife.
Playa Tamarindo: a very long, peaceful beach,with many amenities and activities to offer, as well as rest and relaxation.
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua: a quaint fishing town set on a beautiful cove on the Pacific Ocean, it is surrounded by stunning beaches.
Granada: Nicaragua's oldest colonial city, its charming quiet streets are lined with Spanish-style houses, boasting intricately carved wooded doors and peaceful interior patios. Located on the Lago de Nicaragua, it also has a lakefront park and beaches, boat service to nearby towns and day cruises.
Tegucigalpa, Honduras: the capital of Honduras, it has plenty to offer, including the main cathedral, central plaza, museums, parks, shopping districts and fine restaurants.
Valle de Angeles, Ojojona, Santa Lucia: three small, quiet towns located in the hills surrounding Tegucigalpa, each with peaceful plazas, narrow streets, and plenty of local crafts, such as woodwork, basketry, ceramics, leatherwork and paintings.
Tela: a small and peaceful Honduran Caribbean beach town, with great beaches, seafood and a relaxing atmosphere.
Roatan Island: the largest and most popular of the Bay Islands, it offers spectacular snorkeling and diving, pristine and secluded white-sand beaches, and unspoiled natural beauty. It is a 1.5 - 2 hour ferry ride from the mainland.
Trujillo: a very attractive coastal town, it has beautiful beaches and a quiet, relaxing environment.
Tikal, Guatemala: spectacular Mayan ruins rise out of the jungle. Amazing temples break through the jungle canopy, offering beautiful vistas, while howler monkeys and a multitude of birds play a background concert.
Guatemala City: Guatemala's capital and the largest city in Central America, it has all the modern conveniences of an urban metropolis, as well as the main cathedral and central plaza, parks, markets, shopping districts and many fine restaurants.
Antigua: one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Central America, it is surrounded by three volcanoes, offering spectacular views. It is a very well-preserved colonial town, with cobblestone streets, terracotta roofs, charming colonial buildings, ruins and churches, with a charm all its own.
Lake Atitlan: located in the highlands, this beautiful lake is formed from a collapsed volcanic cone. It is surrounded by quaint towns and verdant hills, while three volcanoes stand sentinel to the south.
San Cristobal De Las Casas, Mexico: a beautiful colonial city in the Chiapas mountains, with narrow streets, Spanish-style colonial buildings, it is a national historic monument.
Palenque: impressively well-preserved Mayan ruins at the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains, cradled in a dense jungle.
Tulum: dramatic ruins of a Mayan fortress city overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
Cancun: lovely beaches, lively nightlife, fine restaurants, shopping and plenty of side trips make this an unforgettable destination.
Merida: a popular colonial city with a European flavor. Enjoy museums, plazas, markets, and folkloric shows.
Veracruz: a nice town on the Gulf of Mexico with plenty to see and do.
Mexico City: the capital of Mexico, it is one of the largest and most populated metropolitan areas in the world. There is so much to see that the entire city has been designated a national historic monument. Its impressive and enormous main square, the Zocalo, is a sight to behold, and is surrounded by the beautiful main cathedral and government buildings. There are a multitude of monuments and museums, churches, historical buildings, parks and cultural attractions to visit.
Morelia: a very beautiful and well-preserved colonial town, with a stupendous cathedral and a historical district perfect for leisurely strolls or sitting at one of its sidewalk cafes. Take a trolley tour and see many of its twentyone churches, the impressive aqueduct, and its many attractive squares, monuments, fountains and parks.
Guanajuato: a wonderfully preserved colonial silver mining town, it sits in a beautiful canyon. Its colorful buildings climb the surrounding hills, and the best way to see its many splendid sights is on foot, with parts of its historical district open only to pedestrians. Designated a national historic monument, it has numerous churches, historical buildings and monuments, quaint plazas, gardens and courtyards, alleyways and steep streets, as well as museums, theaters, and cafes. A series of tunnels lie under the city (to accommodate vehicular traffic), which only add to its charm.
Patzcuaro: this quaint colonial town is built on the hills surrounding Lake Patzcuaro, and most of its buildings are painted in red and white. A beautiful central plaza is surrounded by archways and colonial buildings containing hotels, restaurants, cafes and artisan shops. We will be staying in one of these hotels, which used to be a 17th century monastery.
Puebla: beautiful colonial buildings and churches, narrow cobblestone streets, charming wrought-iron balconies, and walls decorated with Talavera tiles, for which this city is known, make this an unforgettable destination. A great place to stroll and see the many sights.
Guadalajara: Mexico's second largest city, it is the birthplace of the Mexican hat dance and mariachi players. Its beautiful historic district encompasses the main cathedral, splendid colonial buildings housing the Government Palace and museums, plazas, parks and monuments. It is perfect for strolling and people-watching, or for sitting at a sidewalk cafe or restaurant. It also offers many cultural sights and activities, as well as great local handicrafts.
Tequila: birthplace of the famous alcoholic beverage, it is surrounded by blue-gray agave fields, from which the tequila is made. Enjoy touring various distilleries and tasting different samples.
Puerto Vallarta: this is our ending point. A beautiful city located on the bay of Banderas, it has a small-town feel. One can walk along the beach on the malecon, or boardwalk, explore its narrow, cobblestone streets, admire its historic buildings, stroll along its river, shop at the many handicraft stores and stalls, relax on the beach, enjoy watersports, revel in the nightlife or eat at one of its many fine restaurants. A truly unforgettable place.
42 day tour, US$ 4,200.00 per person, includes
- continental style breakfast on board
- travel and sleep on the bus
- some 3-star hotel stays that are also included