Cycle Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador

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Cycling
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Moderate / Challenging
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Trip code: 
MUH
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling
Group size:
5–16
Min age:
16

Challenging rides through tropical scenery in three Central American countries 

This adventure into Central America showcases the best of the region, from the Pacific to the Caribbean coast. In Guatemala, we cycle around Lago Atitlan - a lake in an ancient crater where mountains and verdant hills circle the water. In San Juan, on the south shore of the lake, we meet and support the indigenous ladies that live here weaving vibrant fabrics. We also visit Antigua, one of Guatemala's oldest cities, home to colonial architecture and history. Delve into Honduras' history, learning of its Mayan past at the Copan ruins. Whilst in El Salvador we take La Ruta de las Flores - named for its flowers - through colourful villages and coffee plantations up to Apaneca. As well as challenging rides through tropical scenery there is time to discover other attractions of the countries we visit! 

Highlights

  • Three varied destinations and a unique mix of Spanish and Mayan cultures 
  • Lakes and Volcanoes 
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO Copan Ruins
  • Cycle La Ruta de las Flores - named for its spectacular flowers 
  • Visit both the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts

Key information

  • 14 nights hotels, all en suite
  • 11 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and staff. Min age 16 yrs.
  • 95% tarmac roads, 5% unpaved tracks 
  • Countries visited: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Cycling leader and support team
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation only (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3944
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Days of Cycling
Day by day breakdown
Day 345.0km/28.0miles
Day 439.0km/24.0miles
Day 518.0km/11.0miles
Day 634.0km/21.0miles
Day 715.0km/9.0miles
Day 944.0km/27.0miles
Day 1163.0km/39.0miles
Day 1220.0km/12.0miles
Day 1344.0km/27.0miles
Day 1455.0km/34.0miles
Day 1542.0km/26.0miles

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Guatemala

    Depart London on an overnight flight to Guatemala. 

  • Day 2

    Arrive Guatemala; transfer to Antigua

    Those on the group flight arrive into Guatemala City this morning, and will be transferred to Antigua, the old Colonial capital of Guatemala. Antigua has a spectacular setting surrounded by volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango all overlook the town. Our accommodation has a great vantage point to observe the activity of Fuego Volcano, as well as a lush garden and pool. It is also close to the central plaza and within walking distance of some excellent restaurants. There maybe some time today to do our bike fitting and take a short ride around town. Otherwise, you’ll have the chance to freshen up and catch up on sleep in preparation for our adventure tomorrow.

    Accommodation: Hotel Casa del Parque or similar

  • Day 3

    Cycle around Antigua; coffee tour and free afternoon

    Begin the day with breakfast on the open-air patio, surrounded by lush tropical plants! Our tour briefing is next, to familiarize ourselves with the route we’ll be taking. Once on our bikes, we’ll have an initial warm up ride in the area surrounding Antigua, the Panchoy Valley and the lower slopes of the volcanoes. Stopping for lunch at a coffee plantation gives us time to have a look at the harvesting, sorting and roasting process of this important crop. Our ride passes through several Indigenous villages including San Pedro las Huertas, San Juan del Obispo and San Antonio Aguas Calientes, which is noted for indigenous handicrafts. Upon our return to Antigua, you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore the town before we go for a group meal this evening.

    Accommodation: Hotel Casa del Parque or similar

    Terrain: Mostly level within the Panchoy valley, with several short/steep climbs along lower slopes of the volcanoes. 85% paved/15% dirt

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Transfer to San Jose de Caldera; ride around Acatenango Volcano, finish in San Lucas Toliman.

    Following an early breakfast, we set off on a short transfer to Pastores, a small town noted for leather work. Our biking begins near San Jose de Caldera, where our first challenging ascent will take us around the north face of Acatenango Volcano. There are spectacular views looking down onto the rugged territory below, which includes many ‘milpas’ – small farms devoted to corn that provides the staple diet of the Mayan peoples. After the final ridge on Acatenango comes a very fast descent, with many curves in the road. Upon reaching the busy indigenous centre of Yepocapa we’ll take a short break, before continuing west to the hot and humid Pacific coastal plain. This area is dominated by sugar cane plantations. From Santa Lucia we transfer by coach towards Lake Atitlan and the eco-system quickly changes again as we re-enter the cool, green hills of Highland Guatemala. There is a final descent just before reaching the lake and our destination: San Lucas Toliman. Our hotel overlooks Lake Atitlan, has lovely rooms, gardens and a swimming pool, making it a great base for the next two nights.

    Accommodation: Hotel Toliman or similar

    Terrain: Gradual climb departing San Jose de Caldera, followed by rugged terrain with climbs around Acatenango volcano, with steep descent to Yepocapa, then more gradual descent to Santa Lucia. 95% paved / 5% dirt

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Cycle around Lake Atitlan; boat trip to explore villages, visit Maximon shrine.

    Today we’ll have a great ride around the southeast part of Lake Atitlan. Given that the road does not follow the lakeshore, be prepared for some climbing and a fast descent. This is rewarded by multiple opportunities to enjoy views over the lake and the surrounding volcanos of Toliman, Atitlan and San Pedro. With a short transfer to Godinez, we avoid the bulk of the steep climbs and start the stage with a winding descent down to lake level and the town of Panajachel, our lunch stop. We recommend trying the fresh fish, caught straight out of the lake. This afternoon a boat takes us to the west side of the lake to visit some of the more traditional villages such as San Juan, San Pablo or San Marcos. Whilst in this area we hope to see an indigenous public market and a local women’s co-operative known for its textile weaving. There will also be the chance to visit the shrine of a highland Indian deity called Maximon, clad in colourful clothing, wearing a Stetson hat and smoking a cigar.

    The rest of the afternoon is free to relax, borrow the hotel kayaks to discover the lake or just enjoy soaking up your new surroundings. For those who wish, an optional ride of around 10 miles can be added on. 

    Accommodation: Hotel Toliman or similar

    Terrain: Rolling hills, several climbs / steep descents. 100% paved

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Morning ride to Cocales; transfer to Pacaya; volcano hike.

    Our bike ride begins from the hotel, with a short but steep ride out of town to reach the road that leads back down towards the Pacific coast. This ride enjoys some beautiful scenery, from the cool highlands to the sweltering heat of the Pacific lowlands at Cocales. Here we load up the bikes for our transfer towards Guatemala City. On the way we’ll visit Pacaya Volcano, one of the country’s most active volcanos, for a guided hike to the crater. This is a challenging hike, due to the steep terrain and high altitude, and will probably take around 2-3 hours to complete. Observing an eruption is a once in a lifetime experience and Pacaya Volcano is one of the few places in the world where you can get up close and personal with relative ease. In Guatemala City we stay in a boutique hotel in Zone 10, an area with some good restaurants nearby.

    Accommodation: Hotel San Carlos or similar

    Terrain: Steep climb departing San Lucas, then mostly fast descent to Cocales. 100% paved

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Transfer, then short ride to Mariscos; boat transfer to Rio Dulce.

    We transfer to the lowland province of Izabal, a jungle coastland with tropical rainforest, Caribbean beaches and a very distinct culture to that of the highlands. Our bike ride begins at the Mariscos intersection, this small town is set on the south shore of Lago Izabal which is Guatemala’s largest lake. We pedal past sections of lowland rainforest and plantations of banana, plantain and African oil palm, passing a few small villages along the way. Whilst our ride is quite short, there is a bit of climbing involved as we surmount the large ridge separating Lago Izabal from the Motagua River Valley. From Mariscos we board a boat for a 1.5-hour voyage to our next destination, Rio Dulce.

    Our tranquil accommodation has a lake front position and we’ll stay in thatched roof cabins, most of which have sun decks and hammocks. There is free use of the kayaks and easy access to the lake via a swimming dock.

    Accommodation: Tortugal Lodge or similar

    Terrain: Mariscos ride is undulating, 80% paved / 20% rough-broken paved

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Boat trip to Livingston and Caribbean coast.

    Today is a non-cycling day to rest and relax and our accommodation is fantastic for this with several shaded spots on the dock to enjoy whilst watching the boats come and go. If you want to look around town boat trips into Rio Dulce are available from the hotel. There is an interesting Spanish fortress to discover, or you could borrow one of the kayaks to get there under your own steam. For an adventure further afield, join a full day boat trip to the Rio Dulce National Park and a white-sand Caribbean beach called Playa Blanca. This tour travels through a jungle clad canyon with a hundred metre rock face before reaching the town of Livingston. With its Garifuna culture, Livingston has the true feel of a West Indian Island town. On the return you can swim in the river or soak in the thermal waters, and keep a look out because occasionally manatees are spotted in this area. This tour is included, but optional if you prefer to rest at the hotel. 

    Accommodation: Tortugal Lodge or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Transfer to Rio Hondo; cycle to Honduras and to the Copan Mayan site.

    After breakfast we checkout and travel by boat to Rio Dulce town, to re-join our bus and the bikes for today’s journey into Honduras. At Rio Hondo, we get in the saddle for a ride through rolling terrain. This area is generally hot and dry, with little shade, so on a particularly hot day this could make the biking feel more challenging. Near San Juan Ermita we begin a fast descent into the Rio Camotan Valley, which we follow most of the way up to the border with Honduras. This is a relatively easy border crossing which means we can continue biking towards pretty Copan. It’s a short, steep climb, then a fast descent to arrive at our hotel. We’ll be located on a quiet street outside town with the Parque Central just a five-minute walk away. If you need a massage, this is your opportunity!

    Often in Copan the central plaza is full of food stalls offering a wide variety of Honduran, Guatemalan and Salvadoran specialties in a vibrant setting.

    Accommodation: Casa de Café or similar

    Terrain: From San Juan Ermita it’s a nice descent down to Camotan, with a more gradual ascent up to the border. A short but steep section of climbing within Honduras, followed by a good descent down to Copan. 100% paved

  • Day 10

    Tour of the Copan ruins; optional afternoon cycling or other activities.

    Today we have a guided visit of Copan, the world-famous Mayan site which is sure to be one of the highlights of your itinerary. Although not the largest of Mayan cities (25,000 population as opposed to Tikal’s 100,000+), for more than 400 years Copan was the Mayan cultural centre and by far the most advanced in terms of sculpture, astronomy and hieroglyphic writing. Local guides are excellent and will regale you with information about the current society of Copan, complete with local gossip and legends. Bikes will be available for an optional bike ride in the area surrounding Copan this afternoon. Locally there are also zip lines, thermal waters, a rescue centre for Macaws and coffee plantations to discover.

    Accommodation: Casa de Café or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Cycle from Honduras to Guatemala to El Salvador in one day!

    Today we cycle in three countries on the same day – how many people can say they’ve done that!? Starting in Honduras, we re-trace our route to the border crossing into Guatemala. From here we continue down the Rio Camotan Valley, have a short vehicle transfer and then bike to the El Salvador border. Entering El Salvador can take a little longer than the other border crossings, and this may affect today's overall mileage. Once we have cleared customs our ride continues to the pleasant highland town of Metapan. If there is time, we may even bike as far as Santa Rosa Guachipilin, from where we’ll jump in the vehicle for the last stage to Suchitoto. This beautiful town is El Salvador’s Spanish Colonial gem, one of the few to escape major damage during the revolutionary war in the 70’s and 80’s. We have two nights here to discover the area.

    Accommodation: Hotel La Posada de Suchitlan or similar

    Terrain: Honduras: initial climb, then fast descent to border. Guatemala: fast, then mild descent to Camotan; Esquipulas to Anguiatu rolling hills, some climbing. El Salvador: Anguiatu to Metapan fast descent; Metapan-Santa Rosa Rolling terrain, moderate ascents. 100% paved

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Morning ride to Cinquera; explore town and transfer back to Suchitoto.

    Enjoy lake views at breakfast, and then it’s back on our bikes for a ride to the little town of Cinquera. This town was substantially damaged during the revolutionary movement, and there are various monuments to commemorate the efforts of the local population as well as murals depicting Salvadoran heroes. We’ll stop in an excellent small restaurant for a chance to try a “comida tipica” and then it’s a choice of transferring back to Suchitoto in the coach or biking, if you wish.

    The rest of afternoon is free to discover Suchitoto, a very attractive colonial town with cobble stone streets, well preserved colonial homes, an active artistic scene with galleries and museums dedicated to famous Salvadoran artists and a thriving street life. Alternatively, an optional biking stage is available which involves a lake crossing and a challenging climb to Chalatenango. There is lovely scenery throughout with views down to the lake, surrounding hills and volcanos.

    Accommodation: La Posada de Suchitlan or similar

    Terrain: Well paved road out to Cinquera, with good shade throughout, rolling hills. 100% paved. Optional afternoon stage is challenging, with lots of climbing running through hilly region north of Lago Suchitlan. 100% paved. Today's mileage is broken down as follows: 12 miles from Suchitoto to Cinquera, plus an optional 12 miles if you do the return journey by bike and then an optional afternoon ride of 10 miles.  

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Cycle to Aguilares; transfer to Ahuachapan; cycle on the famous Ruta de las Flores.

    Our morning begins with a short biking stage to Aguilares, before we transfer to the western side of El Salvador and head up into the cool, green mountain climate of the northwest. This area is known as the ‘Ruta de las Flores’, a verdant and serene cluster of villages along a route that’s lined with flowers during the right season. Our destination is Apaneca, known as ‘rivers of wind’ in the indigenous language. This is the highest town in El Salvador (1,450 metres) and as you might have guessed it has a cool, windy climate. As with all of the towns in the region, coffee is the prime crop grown here and the area is a hive of activity during harvest season.

    Our afternoon ride begins at Ahuachapan and follows a very winding road that takes us to Concepcion de Ataco. This town has popular weekend arts, crafts and cuisine market and is a great spot for lunch, set in exotic gardens surrounded by birds. After a short final section, we arrive at Hotel Santa Leticia, a tranquil mountain resort set inside a coffee finca with beautiful views and a pool.

    Accommodation: Hotel Santa Leticia or similar

    Terrain: Mostly level morning stage; afternoon stage consistent climbs, then fast descent to the hotel. 100% paved.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Downhill ride to Zunzan; transfer to Guatemala; ride to ferry for Monterrico.

    Today involves a long downhill ride from the cool, lush green heights of the Ruta de las Flores to the hot, dry Pacific plains. The variety of eco-systems we pass through is amazing, from border-line cloud forest, to rainforest and then dry-tropical forest. There is fantastic scenery as we descend, full of dense coffee plantations fed by small streams, with large trees providing shade. At Zunzan we load up the bikes for a short transfer, crossing the El Salvador-Guatemala border and ending up at Taxisco, where our ride begins towards the Pacific coast. Our first stop is La Avellana, where we take a boat trip through the mangrove estuary which separates the mainland from our destination on the Pacific shore, Monterrico. Hopefully we’ll see water and shore birds, fresh-water turtles, fish and even otters.

    Our hotel has beautiful rooms, perfectly manicured grounds, welcoming staff, a large infinity pool and excellent Italian food! The beaches have volcanic black sand, which makes them very hot, and there are often large waves and tidal rips so unfortunately this isn’t a great spot for swimming. However, this section of the Pacific coast is noted for nesting sea-turtles between June and December (Leatherback and Olive Ridley). This excursion can be arranged locally.

    Accommodation: Hotel Dos Mundos or similar

    Terrain:  Well paved, fast downhill on the morning stage. Rough, paved mild downhill on the afternoon stage. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Cycle to Iztapa; transfer to Antigua

    For our final biking stage we’ll follow the Pacific coast as we head to Iztapa. This is an easy ride and relatively flat, though there is likely to be some traffic on this route. At Iztapa we’ll load up the bikes and transfer back to the lovely Antigua, where we started two-weeks ago. Enjoy some free time in Antigua to do some last minute souvenir shopping, wander around town or enjoy the hotel facilities as you reflect on the adventure!

    Accommodation: Hotel Casa del Parque or similar

    Terrain: Easy, level ride, 100% paved. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    End Antigua

    Our adventure comes to an end after breakfast today, and those on the group flights will be transferred back to the airport in time for the group flight. Land Only clients are free to make their own arrangements any time today.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 17

    Arrive London

    Those on the group flights arrive into London today.

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Guatemala

Holders of British, Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian and most EU passports do not require visas for Guatemala for up to 90 days.

Honduras

British nationals can get a 30-day visit entry stamp on arrival, which may be extended by 30 days on two further occasions (to a maximum of 90 days in total) if you apply to an Immigration Office. There is no fee payable for the initial arrival visa, nor for the extensions. The same process applies to holders of Australian, US, Canadian and most EU passports.

El Salvador

British passport holders can enter El Salvador for tourism or business for up to 90 days without a visa. For further information on entry regulations contact the nearest Embassy of El Salvador.

 

 

Vaccinations

Guatemala

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

Honduras

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus and Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

There is no risk of yellow fever in this country, however, there is a certificate requirement. Under International Health Regulations, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

El Salvador

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid Fever. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. There is no risk of yellow fever in this country, however, there is a certificate requirement. Under International Health Regulations, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included throughout the trip. Restaurant stops for lunch and dinner are selected throughout the itinerary to allow you to try out good quality local cuisine. In Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, expect to see rice and beans as one of the main staples on the menu! 

For Guatemala, the hand-made tortilla is ubiquitous and delicious. Due to the proximity with Mexico, food can be spicy, and choices such as chiles rellenos, tamales, tacos, burritos etc are often found on menus. Indigenous regions feature many dishes with turkey, such as “kakik”, a turkey stew. The Caribbean region has “tapado” - a seafood stew cooked with coconut milk. Antigua is very cosmopolitan - Italian, French, Mexican, Thai, Indian and Chinese restaurants are all on hand.

For Honduras, our stop in Copan offers a wide variety of restaurants (similar to Antigua in Guatemala). The typical Honduran plate is the “Plato Tipico”, a combination of beef, fried plantain, beans, rice, cabbage salad and a piece of salty local cheese, The “baleada” is a common snack: a flour tortilla filled with beans, cheese and sour cream.

For El Salvador, definitely try the famous “pupusas”, thick hand formed tortillas with the centre filled with beans, cheese or a combinaton of the two, always accompanied by “curtido”, a spicy  salsa to add on top. Again, the “Plato Tipico” is always on hand.

There are plenty of local beers to try in all three countries, with prices ranging from USD 1 to USD 3. Gallo in Guatemala, Salvavidas in Honduras and Pilsener in El Salvador are all great lager beers perfect for the tropical climate.

Weather

In Guatemala, the coastal regions and the northeast are hot throughout the year with an average temperature of 20°C (68°F) sometimes rising to as much as 37°C (99°F), although the Caribbean coast has more unpredictable weather and rain is possible year round.

In Honduras, we visit the area of Copan which is typically warmest in April and May. The rainy season here is between May – September, with September being the wettest month generally. Temperatures are usually quite pleasant and fall between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F).

In El Salvador, the climate is tropical with two distinct seasons (wet and dry). Generally the dry season runs from November to April and the wet season from May to October. The temperature is highest at the coast with averages of around 30 degrees (86°F), and much lower in the higher mountain areas.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road 
Activity Level: 4 (Moderate/Challenging) 

Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.
Average daily distance: 24 miles / 39 km 
Number of days cycling: 11
Vehicle Support: 100%
Terrain and route: surface 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved track, several hills and generally rolling terrain.

Our routes follow quiet back roads where possible, and also some more remote parts of the region. Though many of the roads are in good condition, there can be potholes and poor road conditions in some sections. The roads are generally free of heavy traffic until we reach towns. In the harder areas there are some longish climbs, requiring good fitness, (particularly as the region is invariably hot and humid) and also some steep descents.

Occasionally it may not be possible to follow the itinerary exactly as planned. Leaders will always watch for hazardous traffic situations, road closures etc. and look for alternate routes/solutions whenever required. In all such cases that involve shortening a cycling stage, every effort will be made to recover lost mileage (or missed visits) later in the trip. 

Please note, this trip includes water-based transport where local safety standards may differ from those you are used to. There are unlikely to be personal flotation devices (i.e. lifejackets or buoyancy aids) available for you to use on the transport. You must decide if you are comfortable with this, and we do not recommend this excursion for non-swimmers. If you are concerned about using this transport, please discuss with your leader at the start of the tour so they can make alternative arrangements.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3944
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

In Antigua we stay at the Hotel Casa del Parque, a lovely hotel close to the central plaza and within walking distance of some excellent restaurants. This accommodation offers a great vantage point to observe the activity of Fuego Volcano, as well as a lush garden and pool. This is our start and end point of the tour. 

The Hotel Toliman is our accommodation overlooking Lake Atitlan. The rooms are lovely, as are the gardens, and there is a swimming pool. Free kayaks are available to use on the lake, and the restaurant has wonderful views overlooking the lake. 

Hotel San Carlos in Zone 10 of Guatemala City is our overnight accommodation, with comfortable rooms, a bar and swimming pool. This hotel is in a good location within a safe neighbourhood with upscale shops and restaurants nearby. 

We'll stay at Tortugal Lodge in Rio Dulce, set on the Lago Izabal. Most of the comfortable thatched roof cabins have sun decks and hammocks, and there are also free kayaks for us on the lake. 

Casa de Cafe is our accommodation in Copan, located on a quiet street outside the centre of town, with the Parque Central just a five minute walk away. This is a lovely spot with welcoming staff, a nice view and great breakfasts, served at tables set in the garden area, which overlooks the Rio Copan valley.  

Hotel La Posada de Suchitlan is our accommodation in a quiet area of Suchitoto in El Salvador. This property is set in a quiet part of town with great rooms, lush grounds, a nice pool and a superb view. 

Also in El Salvador we'll stay at Hotel Santa Leticia, one of the nicest hotels on the Ruta de las Flores. This is a tranquil mountain resort set inside a coffee finca with beautiful views and a pool.

Back in Guatemala, the Hotel Dos Mundos is a great Italian owned beach resort in Monterrico with perfectly manicured grounds, welcoming staff and a large infinity pool. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3944
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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