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Central America: adventure calls

A three-week itinerary from Honduras to Costa Rica

Central America is perfect for a multi-centre adventure. In a relatively small area, you’ll find a myriad of wildlife, a treasure trove of sights and pristine Caribbean beaches. This itinerary takes you from the eco-idyll of Atlantida, Honduras to some of the best luxury hotels in Costa Rica, finishing at Little Corn Island, Nicaragua. Three countries in three weeks may sound a little daunting, but our experienced Travel Advisors make everything easy.

AT A GLANCE

  • Three-week independent itinerary for Central America based on flying into San Pedro Sula, Honduras and out of San José, Costa Rica
  • Embark on mini-adventures discovering waterfalls and exploring volcanoes – all while staying in Central America’s best luxury hotels
  • Highlights include delving into the wild Honduran rainforest, snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of Little Corn Island, watching hummingbirds flit through the Costa Rican cloud forest

A FLYING START: ATLANTIDA, HONDURAS

Your adventure starts here: on the unspoilt (and largely undiscovered) north coast of Honduras. Just a short transfer from San Pedro Sula airport brings you to The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito, a contemporary eco-lodge with its own butterfly farm, surrounded by rainforest.

After a relaxing day or two sampling delights such as the pool and spa, join one of the experienced guides for an Indiana-Jones-esque trek into the jungle. While there are plenty of trails to choose from, our pick is the 5-hour hike to ‘Unbelievable Falls’. As the name suggests, your ultimate destination is a spectacular double waterfall complete with inviting swimming hole.

At Pico Bonito, you’re also just moments from the sparkling waters of the Caribbean, if you want to swap butterfly and bird spotting for snorkelling, diving and deep-sea fishing. Or for more sensational diving – including the chance to swim with gentle Whale Sharks – make for the nearby Bay Islands, just a short ferry ride away.
Suggested stay 5-7 nights.

NEXT UP: COSTA RICA

From San Pedro Sula it’s a 3-hour flight to San José, Costa Rica… Just time to pen a few postcards and catch a movie before the next leg of your adventure begins.

As you make for your first luxury hideaway along the South Pacific coast, don’t miss the breath-taking Nauyaca Waterfalls. Tucked away in dense jungle, these falls are a 2.5-mile hike, horseback ride or 4×4 adventure from the 243 road – as you head west from San Isidro de El General towards Uvita. Make the effort and you’ll be rewarded with 200-ft falls, crystal-clear swimming pools and (if you’re lucky) hummingbirds and monkeys.

LIVE THE HIGH LIFE

From Nauyaca, it’s an easy drive to your first stop: Hotel Three Sixty. Perched 300-metres above the ocean in Ojochal de Osa, the views are awe-inspiring. Take a dip in the curved infinity pool, indulge in some pampering, and dine on fresh-from-the-ocean fish.
Suggested stay 5-7 nights.

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: ARENAL, COSTA RICA

After a week exploring Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, it’s time to take the road north past San José to seek out some of the country’s ‘must sees’. Don’t miss the conical perfection of Arenal Volcano and the chance to take a legendary zip-wire tour through the cloud forest. To get off the beaten track join a private night hike into the jungle or a rafting cruise down the peaceful Penas Blancas.

LAST STOP: CALALA ISLAND, NICARAGUA

Calala is the epitome of island life. Sip a morning mimosa in your hammock and stretch out on deserted beaches. Wiggle your toes in the warm, crystal sea and watch the wildlife dart about your feet. With breath-taking sea life and tropical temperatures, snorkels and masks (as well as sunglasses and floppy hats) are a must-have for Calala. Because just away from the shoreline, you’re likely to meet sea turtles, otters, lobsters and dolphins.

If you don’t spot them from the shore, take a boat trip around Pearl Keys to see dolphins playing in the wild. And be sure to look up too – these islets are known for their diverse birdlife. The Pearl Keys Wildlife Refuge is a haven for critically endangered wildlife, including the Hawksbill Sea Turtle and manatees – and is made up of mangroves, rivers, ocean and shores.

Fishing is a mainstay for locals on the Nicaraguan islands. Local fishermen can advise on the best, approved places for pole-and-line fishing, and you can take deep-sea fishing trips from Calala. Or for the true desert island experience, try your hand at spear fishing. Suggested stay 2-3 nights.

TRAVEL TIPS

While you could make this journey into a truly epic road trip, if time is short it’s best to arrange internal flights and collect a rental car at the airport. In Honduras, we’d recommend arranging a transfer directly with The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito  – that way, you’ll arrive relaxed and ready to explore. As always, just talk to our Voice Reservation Team about the travel options offered by individual hotels.

BOOK YOUR BOUTIQUE HOTELS

To book the hotels on this independent itinerary, get in touch with our Voice Reservation Team on 0800 0482 314 (UK) & 1-877-234-7033 (US). You can find a full list of our dedicated toll-free numbers here. We’re ready and waiting to plan luxury adventures 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So whenever inspiration strikes, just get in touch.