Nicaragua & Guatemala

  • days: 18
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Countries Visited:

  • Nicaragua
  • Guatemala

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2 countries

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3 UNESCO World 
Heritage-listed sites

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2 character accommodation properties

 

NEW TOUR!

Explore some of the lesser-known countries of Central America, from heritage-listed colonial cities and towns to steaming volcanoes and misty jungles. Discover the authentic way of life, meet the locals, wander through charming streets, visit ancient ruins and admire the beautiful scenery.

DRAMATIC VOLCANOES & COLONIAL CITIES

Step back in time in Nicaragua’s beautiful colonial cities, Leon and Granada. Learn about the country’s fascinating history from a revolutionary Sandinista guerrillero and tour the colourful and character-filled streets. Peer into a steaming crater of an active volcano, explore volcanic Omotepe Island and cruise through Granada’s stunning isletas, formed by an ancient volcanic explosion.

A GUATEMALAN ADVENTURE

Cross the border into Guatemala and discover the amazing ancient Mayan city of Tikal. Famous for its great stone monuments and temples, Tikal is set amidst lush tropical rainforest which hid the city for centuries, only to be rediscovered in 1848. Enjoy the serenity of scenic Lake Atitlan in Panajachel and discover the lake’s traditional villages and fascinating culture. Visit the largest and most vibrant market in Central America, Chichicastenango, then experience the baroque-influenced architecture of beautiful Antigua.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia - Arrive Managua

Bienvenido a Nicaragua! We arrive in the capital, Managua, also the cultural, commercial and political centre. Located on the shores of Lake Managua, the sprawling city is home to vibrant street art, neoclassical monuments and busy markets.

Day 2. Managua - León

This morning we depart for the stunning colonial city of León, one of Nicaragua's most culturally rich communities. The afternoon is at leisure for you to relax or begin exploring. Why not visit some of the many art galleries or several ancient churches? Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 3. León

Today we explore León’s city centre on a walking tour, including the largest church in Central America, Catedral de la Asunción, where we’ll visit the rooftop for panoramic views over the town and nearby volcanoes.

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Special Experience: Hear the incredible stories behind the city's many revolutionary street murals from a Sandinista guerrillero at the Museum of the Revolution.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. [B]

Day 4. León - Ometepe Island

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Special Experience: Peer into the steaming crater of one of Nicaragua’s most active volcanoes on a visit to Volcán Masaya National Park.

We'll then catch the ferry to beautiful Ometepe Island, in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, characterised by its two towering volcanoes, the active Concepción and the dormant Maderas. [B]

Day 5. Ometepe Island

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We’ll spend the day discovering the island’s best scenery, including the Devil’s Viewpoint, Charco Verde Reserve, Punta Jesus Maria and Ojo de Agua, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. [B,L]

Day 6. Ometepe Island - Granada

This morning we return to the mainland by ferry and travel to Granada, a photogenic Spanish colonial town, characterised by colourful buildings and streets. [B]

Day 7. Granada

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After breakfast, we depart for the Mombacho Volcano cloud forest, a misty oasis brimming with beautiful flora and fauna. This afternoon we cruise through Granada’s Isletas, a group of islands formed by an ancient volcanic explosion. Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner to farewell Nicaragua. [B,D]

Day 8. Granada - Managua - Guatemala City

Make the most of a morning at leisure in beautiful Granada before our flight to Guatemala later this afternoon. [B]

Day 9. Guatemala City - Flores

We’ll discover the city on a sightseeing tour this morning and visit the Ixchel and Popolvuh Museum, before lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon we fly to Flores, on Lake Petén Itzá. [B,L]

Day 10. Tikal National Park Excursion

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Special Experience: Visit the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal, nestled amidst lush rainforest. The largest of Mayan cities during the Classic period 1,000 years ago, it represents one of the most impressive achievements of the Mayan civilisation. [B,L]

Day 11. Flores - Guatemala City - Panajachel

Today we fly back to Guatemala City and make our way to the scenic lakeside town of Panajachel, stopping along the way at the archaeological site of Iximché. The afternoon is at leisure. [B]

Day 12. Panajachel

This morning we board a boat on stunning Lake Atitlán. This body of water sits in a massive volcanic crater ringed by steep, verdant hills and is known for its Mayan towns and villages, and its strikingly-pointed volcanoes. We'll stop to visit the villages of Santiago Atitlán and San Juan la Laguna. [B]

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Special Experience: Travel by tuk tuk to the home of the Mayan god, Maximón, and witness a traditional ceremony.

Day 13. Panajachel - Chichicastenango - Antigua

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Special Experience: An early start to visit the incredible, colourful market of Chichicastenango - the best in Central America. [B]

Day 14. Antigua

Known for its baroque-influenced architecture, we’ll tour the sights of colonial Antigua including the Ciudad Vieja, San Antonio Aguas Calientes and the Cerro de La Cruz. [B]

Day 15. Antigua

Today is at leisure to relax or explore. As Guatemala's former capital, Antigua is filled with beautifully renovated buildings, pastel facades and bustling plazas and markets, making it a great city to explore on foot. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner and folkloric show to farewell Guatemala. [B,D]

Day 16. Depart Antigua

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 17. In transit

Day 18. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to the USA. Taxes included.
  • Return economy-class flights from USA to Central America
  • 3 economy-class flights in Central America 
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $175pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 10 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in a former convent in Léon
  • 3 nights in a former convent in Antigua 
  • 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Step back in time in the colourful towns of volcanic Nicaragua

  • Discover the colonial city of Leon on a walking tour. Visit the Cathedral de la Asuncion, the largest church in Central America, and enjoy the view from the rooftop.
  • Learn about the revolutionary history of Nicaragua from a real Sandinista guerillero at the Museum of the Revolution.
  • Visit Masaya Volcano and peer down at the bubbling lava within the crater.
  • Take the local ferry to Omotepe Island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, characterised by its two towering volcanoes (Concepcion and Maderas).
  • Spend two nights in a lovingly restored, century-old colonial hacienda at Santo Domingo Beach on Omotepe Island with stunning volcano views.
  • Tour Omotepe Island and see the Devil's Viewpoint, Charco Verde Reserve, Punta Jesus Maria, the Pre Columbian and Numismatic El Ceibo museum and Ojo de Agua.
  • Enjoy a walking tour through the charming cobblestone streets of historic Granada including Casa de los Leones, San Francisco Convent, the colourful market and the numerous architecturally-significant churches and monuments.
  • Take an excursion to the Mombacho Volcano Cloud Forest to discover the flora and fauna of the area and admire the surrounding panoramic views.
  • Travel by boat around Granada's famous isletas, a unique archipelago formed by an ancient volcanic explosion, and view the prolific bird and animal life.

Delve into Guatemala's ancient history

  • Take a sightseeing tour to discover Guatemala City, including visits to the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Textiles and Clothing, the Popol Vuh Museum - home to one of the world's biggest collections of Maya art, and Historic Centre.
  • Spend 2 nights on quaint Flores Island in the middle of Lake Peten Itza, connected to the mainland by a 500 metre long causeway.
  • Visit the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal.
  • Enjoy a picturesque lunch inside Tikal National Park.
  • Stop at the archaeological ruins and former capital of the Maya kingdom, Iximche, en route to Panajachel.
  • Spend 2 nights in one of Guatemala's finest and most charming boutique hotels, surrounded by botanical gardens, right on the shore of scenic Lake Atitlan.
  • Take a boat trip on stunning Lake Atitlan to visit the picturesque lakeside villages of Santiago Atitlan and San Juan La Laguna.
  • Travel by tuk tuk to visit the home of the Mayan god, Maximon, and witness a traditional ceremony.
  • Visit the vibrant and buzzing market - the best in Central America - as well as the Church of Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango.
  • Spend 3 nights in a boutique hotel that was a former convent in Antigua.
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Antigua including visits to the Ciudad Vieja and Cerro de la Cruz. Then enjoy a walking tour of the Central Plaza, the Cathedral, Municipal Government building, Palace of the Captain's General and a jade factory.
  • Enjoy a dinner and Guatemalan folkloric dance show.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane
Other departure cities: Clients ex Adelaide & Perth add $90pp, ex Hobart add $180pp
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $175pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $1,075pp
Single supplement: from $1,650
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

Guatemala

Pacaya Volcano Hike – 7hrs – $90pp US
Get up close and personal with a Guatemalan volcano! Pacaya Volcano is one of the country’s most active. Hike through volcanic vegetation and surreal landscapes on your way to the top, enjoying impressive views of three nearby volcanic peaks, including Agua, Fuego and Acatenango at the summit. Your excursion from Antigua to the volcano includes round-trip private transportation from your hotel, an adventure guide and a local guide, entrance fees and a box lunch with soft drinks.

Please Note: All tours are based on minimum 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised are approximate only and can be booked on tour directly with your Tour Director. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Payment must be made to your Tour Director with cash.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Hotel Contempo, Managua

The air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Contempo feature stylish contemporary décor with plenty of natural light. Each one comes with flat-screen satellite TV, a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free wifi. The property also offers a spa and outdoor pool.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safety deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel El Convento, Leon

Located in the heart of León, one of the oldest cities in the Americas, Hotel El Convento combines the essence of a classic 17th century convent with modern comfort and elegance. This boutique hotel surrounds guests with abundant flowers in the central courtyard and Spanish-colonial antiques and artwork in the corridors. Each of its rooms features terra-cotta floors, exposed brick walls, and ornately carved wood furnishings.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Villa Paraiso, Ometepe Island

From the natural beauty of the enveloping scenery to the tranquility of rural country life, Villas Paraiso in an enchanting century-old colonial hacienda that has been lovingly restored to its original classic splendor. Dating back to the late 19th century, the home now serves as a comfortable lodge that boasts its gracefulness and an authentic island feeling, located lake-front on Santo Domingo Beach with stunning volcano views. Promoting conservation and sustainability, the resort was designed to blend in perfect harmony with its surroundings.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel La Gran Francia, Granada

This charming boutique hotel dates back to the 16th century, yet its interior design is fresh and bright. Just off of Granada's central park, the hotel provides easy access to everything. Each of the rooms provides authentic comfort and luxury, with high wood-beamed ceilings, subdued colours, handcrafted furnishings, and plush bedding. A tranquil garden, pool, and large balcony facing the cathedral make La Gran Francia an ideal place to unwind.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Isla de Flores, Flores

Situated in the heart of Isla de Flores, with the central park on its doorstep, Hotel Isla de Flores offers charming accommodation in a colonial style building. It features an outdoor pool and rooftop terrace, as well as a restaurant, and is located just a 3 minute drive from the main square.

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Atitlan, Panajachel

Hotel Atitlan is one of Guatemala’s finest and most charming boutique hotels surrounded by botanical gardens. The hotel is situated 10 minutes from the main town of Panajachel on what was once the estate of a family owned coffee plantation. It is wonderfully decorated with hand-carved wood furnishings and ornate ceramic tiles. The design and décor reflect the elegant Spanish colonial style of an 18th century Guatemalan plantation. Outside, the gardens are abundant with roses, orchids, bougainvillea and azaleas. An infinity pool gazes onto Lake Atitlán and over to the majestic Atitlán, Toliman and San Pedro volcanoes in the distance.

Facilities: wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities (public area)

Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua

This luxurious hotel is located only a few minutes walk from the centre of Antigua. Housed in a former convent, it offers an outdoor pool, spa and gym, as well as several museums and galleries. Set within pretty gardens, the spacious rooms at Hotel Museo Casa Santo Domingo feature elegant décor, a fireplace and scenic views. The gourmet El Tenedor restaurant serves breakfast and traditional cuisine and guests can enjoy snacks and refreshments on the terrace from the El Cabido bar.

Facilities: wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Weather

Weather

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Currency

Currency

Nicaraguan Cordoba

The local currency in Nicaragua is the Nicaraguan Cordoba (C$).

  • Cordoba (NIO; symbol C$) = 100 centavos
  • Cordoba notes are in denominations of C$500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10
  • Coins are in denominations of C$1, 5, 10, 5, 10 ,25 and 50 centavos

Quetzal

The official currency in Guatemala is the Quetzal (Q)

  • 1/100 = Centavo
  • Notes are in denominations of Q200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1
  • Coins are in denominations of Q50, 25, 10, 5, and 1

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Special Experiences!

  • Hear the incredible stories behind the city's many revolutionary street murals from a Sandinista guerrillero at the Museum of the Revolution.
  • Peer into the steaming crater of one of Nicaragua’s most active volcanoes on a visit to Volcán Masaya National Park.
  • Visit the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal, nestled amidst lush rainforest. The largest of Mayan cities during the Classic period 1,000 years ago, it represents one of the most impressive achievements of the Mayan civilisation.
  • Travel by tuk tuk to the home of the Mayan god, Maximón, and witness a traditional ceremony.
  • An early start to visit the incredible, colourful market of Chichicastenango - the best in Central America.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 6 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, ferry, 4WD, boat, plane & tuk tuk

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $175pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

Discover the colonial city of Leon on a walking tour. Visit the Cathedral de la Asuncion, the largest church in Central America, and enjoy the view from the rooftop • Take the local ferry to Omotepe Island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, characterised by its two towering volcanoes (Concepcion and Maderas) • Enjoy a walking tour through the charming cobblestone streets of historic Granada including Casa de los Leones, San Francisco Convent, the colourful market and the numerous architecturally-significant churches and monuments • Travel by boat around Granada's famous isletas, a unique archipelago formed by an ancient volcanic explosion, and view the prolific bird and animal life • Enjoy a picturesque lunch inside Tikal National Park • Visit the vibrant and buzzing market - the best in Central America - as well as the Church of Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Antigua including visits to the Ciudad Vieja and Cerro de la Cruz

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