Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua offer a vibrant mix of wild volcanic landscapes, solitary beaches and pristine rainforest as well historic colonial towns, native markets and impressive archaeological sites.
Some regions remain utterly wild and free while others were tamed by Mayans and pre-Colombian societies as far back as 400 BC. They left behind dramatic, inspiring and important archaeological sites such as Honduras’ glorious city of Copán and Guatemala’s Mayan temple city of Tikal, which rivals the world’s other grand pyramid sites. Nicaragua is arguably the region’s least understood country in terms of archaeology; however, new discoveries are emerging there that suggest that complex societies were developing in Mesoamerica earlier than researchers had previously believed. It is only a matter of time before Nicaragua’s archaeological treasures are uncovered.
Each of these countries also boasts an abundance of natural attractions. Indeed, as part of the Mesoamerican Biodiversity Hotspot, Central America contains seven percent of the world’s biodiversity. That means travelers can expect stellar nature adventures in fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking volcanoes and jungle treks.
Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua are emerging with a rich menu of options to consider for your next Latin American adventure.
President’s Pick: Colombia & Guatemala 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
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“I am a self-admitted history buff, and can’t get enough of it. In much of Latin America, the Incas and Mayans occupied so much of the space, it was difficult to see beyond. I wanted to examine the empires that came before, after, and in between these groups. Enter Colombia, a destination we helped launch in North America almost 10 years ago. Being a pioneer to this area is one my proudest moments. With Guatemala as one of our core products for so long, we were constantly looking for ways to combine Colombia with Guatemala as a way to complete the bridge between the Mayans and early Colombian empires before the Incas came to power. We had access to glamping equipment in Guatemala, which allowed us to offer our guests something more. This allowed them to stay overnight at an ancient site to really feel the Mayan spirit that is imbedded in the ruins, making this a much more compelling experience. I am proud to say Big Five was one off the first combine these two countries, and now I invite you to join us in being a part of history.” Ashish Sanghrajka
Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter 8 Days Precious Journeys Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $4,370
From making chocolate and peanut butter, to climbing a volcano, to ziplining in the rainforest, this amazing family adventure encompasses some of the best experiences Guatemala has to offer. Go on a jaguar footprint scavenger hunt, and wander the stone monuments of the Mayan city of Tikal. This is a journey your family will long remember.
Volcanoes of Latin America 19 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $14,790
Born of volcanoes, Guatemala, Ecuador and Colombia feature fascinating landscapes and flourishing cultures to discover. Board a helicopter for an overflight of six different volcanoes en route to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Savor a rare experience… glamping at Uaxactun Mayan ruins - an overnight stay in the ruins in the comfort of your own private camp with candle-lit dinner. Explore Colombia's Popayan, known for its beautiful colonial architecture and nearby Purace National Park. Visit the Totumo Mud Volcano, northeast of Cartagena, for a thermal mud bath, both restoring and fun. Take in Ecuador's fabled volcanoes, escorted by a volcanologist, who will help you explore the geology, history and legends of these ancient landscapes
Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $4,820
Explore this dynamic trio of Central American countries with their range of outdoor adventures, from whitewater rafting to treetop adventures, as well as distinctive cultural encounters.
Gems of Nicaragua 8 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $4,340
Discover Nicaragua's charming colonial cities, hike trails along the top of Mombacho Volcano with its breathtaking views, and relish a stay at one of the most exclusive boutique resorts in the world – a luxurious yet relaxed private estate by the ocean.
Guatemala & Colombia 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s):
Starting Price: $10,360
Delve into the ancient cultures of these two countries, from staying overnight at Guatemala's Maya Uaxactun Archeological Site, to exploring the pyramids of Tikal, to examining some of the 500 millennia-old stone statues of Colombia's Pre-Inca San Agustin Archeological Site.
Guatemala 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $3,637
Trace the fall of the Mayan Empire as you explore Guatemala's past and present.
Ancestor Volcanoes of Guatemala & Galapagos Islands 11 Days Inspired Expeditions Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,650
Explore the dramatic volcanic landscapes of these two dynamic destinations and the people and wildlife that inhabit them.
Custom Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $3,300
Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua offer a vibrant mix of wild volcanic, jungle and beach landscapes as well as historic colonial towns and staggering archaeological sites.