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Antigua to Panama City

  • 28Day(s)
  • Trip Code: DRZGP1

An adventurous overlanding journey is a fantastic way to explore the traveller's paradise of Central America! This incredible trip will take you some of the continent's best highlights, as well as taking in plenty of hidden gems and unique experiences! This adventure takes us through the heartland of the vibrant string of countries between Guatemala and Panama. We start in the beautiful colonial town of Antigua, and journey into the rarely-visited country of El Salvador, with its diverse plant and animal life and a landscape shaped by volcanic activity. We'll visit the spectacular Mayan ruins of Copán in Honduras, and then head over to the tropical island paradise of Roatán where we have the chance to go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters! We then overland into the magnificent country of Nicaragua, where we explore the cultural hubs of Léon and Granada before seeing the breathtaking sight of the Masaya Volcano and have the opportunity to trek around the stunning island of Ometepe. We then journey to Costa Rica, where we have the chance to go rafting of visiting the thermal springs at La Fortuna before moving onto the dense cloud forests of Monteverde and the jungle and beach paradise of Manuel Antonio National Park. Finally, we cross into Panama and explore the outdoor activitiy hub of Boquete before finishing this epic trip in the buzzing capital of Panama City.

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DAY 1 Antigua

Border information: if joining in Antigua, you will most likely enter Guatemala at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (IATA code: GUA).

Border information: if joining in Antigua, you will most likely enter Guatemala at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (IATA code: GUA). There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings, and to take part in some optional activities. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Antigua before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Antigua. In Antigua we will stay in a delightful colonial hotel.

DAY 2-3 Los Cobanos

Border information: Exit Guatemala at Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado, enter El Salvador at La Hachadura.

Border information: Exit Guatemala at Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado, enter El Salvador at La Hachadura. Today we will drive across the border into El Salvador and head to the Pacific coast and the small fishing village of Los Cobanos. On arrival we will enjoy some free time in this charming town well off the tourist trail. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). On the following day we will have a free day to relax on the coast and take part in optional activities such as boating trips through the mangroves and walks along the beach in search of nesting turtles! In Los Cobanos we will stay in a hotel on the beach.

DAY 4 Cerro Verde National Park

Today we will drive to the stunning Cerro Verde National Park, where we will be surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes and countryside. On arrival we will have the opportunity to take an optional guided trek up the nearby Santa Ana volcano (approximately 4 hours).

Today we will drive to the stunning Cerro Verde National Park, where we will be surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes and countryside. On arrival we will have the opportunity to take an optional guided trek up the nearby Santa Ana volcano (approximately 4 hours). In Cerro Verde National Park we will camp with basic facilities. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

DAY 5 Suchitoto

Today we will take a short drive to the beautiful town of Suchitoto, where we will have a free afternoon to explore the town with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, and to learn about the incredible work of the Dragoman-supported community centre in which we stay.

Today we will take a short drive to the beautiful town of Suchitoto, where we will have a free afternoon to explore the town with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, and to learn about the incredible work of the Dragoman-supported community centre in which we stay. In Suchitoto we will stay in dormitory rooms at the Centro Arte Para La Paz community centre, which runs many programs for the local communities to build cultural identity, unity, teaching skills, self-sufficiency, environmental equality and a culture of peace. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

DAY 6-7 Copán

Border information: Exit El Salvador at Anguiatú, enter Guatemala at Anguiatú. Exit Guatemala at El Florido, enter Honduras at El Florido.

Border information: Exit El Salvador at Anguiatú, enter Guatemala at Anguiatú. Exit Guatemala at El Florido, enter Honduras at El Florido. Today we will have a full day drive to return to Guatemala and then onwards to Honduras, arriving at the small village of Copán. Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours. On the following day we will have an included guided visit to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Copán, followed by a free afternoon to explore some of the other highlights in the area. In Copán we will stay in a local hotel.

DAY 8-10 Roatán

Today we will take a short drive to the town of San Pedro Sula and board a short local flight to Roatán, the largest of the famous tropical Bay Islands. On arrival we will transfer to the area of the West End Bay, where we base ourselves for our stay. 

Today we will take a short drive to the town of San Pedro Sula and board a short local flight to Roatán, the largest of the famous tropical Bay Islands. On arrival we will transfer to the area of the West End Bay, where we base ourselves for our stay.  Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. On the following 2 days we will enjoy lots of free time to take part in the wealth of optional activities available on Roatán, and of course to relax and swim on the stunning Caribbean beaches here! In Roatán we will stay in a local hotel near the beach.

DAY 11 Lake Yojoa

Today we will start early to transfer back to Roatán's airport and catch our flight back to the mainland, rejoining the Dragoman Bus! We will then continue our journey east through Honduras to the beautiful countryside of Lake Yojoa

Today we will start early to transfer back to Roatán's airport and catch our flight back to the mainland, rejoining the Dragoman Bus! We will then continue our journey east through Honduras to the beautiful countryside of Lake Yojoa In Lake Yojoa we will camp for the night in the grounds of a lodge and brewery. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

DAY 12-13 León

Border information: Exit Honduras at Las Manos, enter Nicaragua at Las Manos.

Border information: Exit Honduras at Las Manos, enter Nicaragua at Las Manos. Today we will have a a full day's drive across the border into Nicaragua and to the university town of León. Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours. On the following day we will have free time to explore the town's wonderful colonial architecture or to take part in the many optional activities available here. In León we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

DAY 14-15 Masaya National Park, Granada

Today we will take a short drive to Nicaraguas's oldest city of Granada, a beautiful town which oozes with colonial charm! En route we will have an included visit to the traditional markets in the small town of Masaya, and witness the incredible active caldera of the nearby Masaya volcano (if its volcanic activity isn't too high).

Today we will take a short drive to Nicaraguas's oldest city of Granada, a beautiful town which oozes with colonial charm! En route we will have an included visit to the traditional markets in the small town of Masaya, and witness the incredible active caldera of the nearby Masaya volcano (if its volcanic activity isn't too high). Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. On the following day we will have free time to explore the historic streets of Granada's old town, or take part in some of the myriad of optional activities that are available here.   In Granada we will stay in a centrally-located hostel, which has a mixture of private and dormitory rooms.

DAY 16-17 Ometepe Island

This morning we drive to the small town of San Jorge on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Central America's largest lake. Here we will board a ferry to the stunning volcanic island of Ometepe, where we base ourselves in the port village of Moyogalpa and enjoy free time to explore on arrival.

This morning we drive to the small town of San Jorge on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Central America's largest lake. Here we will board a ferry to the stunning volcanic island of Ometepe, where we base ourselves in the port village of Moyogalpa and enjoy free time to explore on arrival. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours. On the following day we will have free time to explore and take part in optional activities such as the challenging trek to the summit of the Concepción volcano that dominates the island, or seeing some of the mysterious ancient petroglyphs that are dotted through the landscape. On Ometepe we will stay in a small local hotel.

DAY 18-19 La Fortuna

Border information: Exit Nicaragua at Peñas Blancas, enter Costa Rica at Peñas Blancas.

Border information: Exit Nicaragua at Peñas Blancas, enter Costa Rica at Peñas Blancas. Today we will take an early morning ferry back to San Jorge and drive to La Fortuna in Costa Rica, a stunning town under the shadow of the mighty Arenal volcano.  Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours. On the following day we will have a free day to take optional treks through the incredible surrounding volcanic landscapes or forest canopies, or get involved in many different adventure activities such as zip-lining, white-water rafting, and canyoning. La Fortuna is also famous for its outstanding hot springs, which we will have the opportunity to visit. In La Fortuna we will stay in excellent cabanas outside of town.

DAY 20-21 Monteverde

Today we will leave our overland vehicle behind and transfer by taxi and boat into the dense cloud forests and coffee plantations of Monteverde, a stunning area offering an incredible diversity of flora and fauna.

Today we will leave our overland vehicle behind and transfer by taxi and boat into the dense cloud forests and coffee plantations of Monteverde, a stunning area offering an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours. On the following day we will have an included guided walk on the trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest National Reserve, followed by a free afternoon to visit some of the town's highlights or enjoy some adventurous activities such as canyoning or horse riding. In Monteverde we will stay in a local hotel.

DAY 22-23 Manuel Antonio National Park

Today we will continue by taxi to the small town of Tilarán, where we will rejoin our overland vehicle and drive to the spectacular beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast.

Today we will continue by taxi to the small town of Tilarán, where we will rejoin our overland vehicle and drive to the spectacular beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast. Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours. On the following day we will have an included guided walk through some of the beautiful trails within park, learning all about its flora and fauna and immersing ourselves in the idyllic landscape. We will have free time in the afternoon to take part in some optional activities or relax on the wonderful beaches. In Manuel Antonio we will stay in a hostel near the beach, with a mixture of private rooms and dormitories.

DAY 24-25 Boquete

Border information: Exit Costa Rica at Paso Canoas, enter Panama at Paso Canoas.

Border information: Exit Costa Rica at Paso Canoas, enter Panama at Paso Canoas. Today we will drive across the Panama border into the Chiriqui highlands, arriving at the town of Boquete. Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours. On the following day we will have a free day to take part in some of the many optional outdoor activities which the town is famous for, including the opportunity to take the strenuous trek to the 3,478m summit of Volcán Barú, the highest point in Panama. In Boquete we will stay in a local hostel, with a mixture of private rooms and dormitories.

DAY 26 Santa Clara

Today we will drive to the small coastal town of Santa Clara on our way towards Panama City.

Today we will drive to the small coastal town of Santa Clara on our way towards Panama City. In Santa Clara we will camp in the grounds of a guesthouse, about 10 minutes' walk from the beach. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

DAY 27 Panama City

Today we will drive to the Miraflores Visitor Centre at the world-famous Panama Canal, learning all about its controversial history and incredible role in shaping trade and world politics in the 20th century. After our included visit we will complete the drive to the capital, Panama City.

Today we will drive to the Miraflores Visitor Centre at the world-famous Panama Canal, learning all about its controversial history and incredible role in shaping trade and world politics in the 20th century. After our included visit we will complete the drive to the capital, Panama City. In Panama City we will stay in a local hotel in the Bella Vista district. Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

DAY 28 Panama City

Border information: if you are finishing in Panama City, you will most likely exit Panama at Panama City Tocumen International Airport (IATA code: PTY).

Border information: if you are finishing in Panama City, you will most likely exit Panama at Panama City Tocumen International Airport (IATA code: PTY). Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Panama City. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below. If you are continuing on to Cartagena with Dragoman, then your leader will assist you with airport transfers for your included flight - you will spend this night in a hotel in either Panama City or Cartagena (depending on the flight times and availability).

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  • TRIP NAME: ANTIGUA TO PANAMA CITY
  • DURATION: 28 DAYS
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  • TRIP CODE: DRZGP1
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You will visit

  • Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama

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  • Trip Style: Overland Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Basic

What's included?

10% Camping – 90% Hotels

Departure Month

  • Oct 2017 Oct 2017 FROM POA
  • Oct 2018 FROM POA