Leg 5, November 2020: Cancun to Panama City
Leg 5, November 2020: Cancun to Panama City

Leg 5, November 2020: Cancun to Panama City

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This is the end of one leg and beginning of another. 
Border information: If you are starting your journey with this leg you can fly in to Cancun International Airport and we will pick you up from there.

1NOV: The Day of the Dead celebrations in Xcaret.

2NOV: The last day of celebrations Xcaret before we get ready to cross into our next country; Belize.

3NOV: Today we will travel south across the border to Belize City, and to be honest it’s a bit of a dump, but I will stay behind and watch the car and do some servicing while you can head over to the more relaxed Caye Caulker.

Border information: Exit Mexico at Subteniente López, enter Belize at Santa Elena. 

4NOV: Spend the day at Caye Caulker by bike or do a day trip to the famous blue hole for a dive or snorkel.

5NOV: Enjoy a second full day of relaxing and exploring this chilled and beautiful island. 

6NOV: Head back to the mainland in the morning and have a short drive to the village of San Ignacio, home to Belize's best archaeological sites and adventure activities!

7NOV: We will have a full day to take part in the many optional activities available in San Ignacio, including trekking, caving, biking, and exploring the excellent Mayan ruins in the area.

8NOV: Today we will have a short drive across the Guatemalan border to the phenomenal Mayan ruins of Tikal, where we have an included guided tour.

Border information: Exit Belize at Benque Viejo del Carmen, enter Guatemala at Melchor de Mencos.

9NOV: Today we have a short drive to the small town of Poptún, stopping in the colonial town of Flores en route. We will arrive at our fantastic eco-lodge which allows camping near Poptún and have a free afternoon.

10NOV: Today we will have free time to take part in the many optional activities offered at our eco lodge.

11NOV: Today we will drove to Lanquin and stay at a hostel situated in a beautiful setting. Be prepared for a party- since at midnight it will be my 32nd birtday!

12NOV: This will be an awesome day. In the morning you will have the chance to go river tubing with breakfast beer and afterwards you can explore some truly fascinating caves where you have to bring your own candle for light. It’s my favorite place in all of Central America!

13NOV: Today we will have drive to the magnificent city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 60 kms from Guatemala City.

14NOV: Antigua- you will have a free day to explore

15NOV: Feel free to do a day trip to one of the volcanoes, markets or villages around. Antigua is a really beautiful place where it’s worth spending two full days.

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

16NOV: Today we will cross the border into El Salvador and drive to the beautiful town of Suchitoto where we will have the afternoon to explore.

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

17NOV: Today we will have a full day drive (Approx 8hrs) to Leon in Nicaragua. 

Border information: Exit El Salvador at Santa Clarita, enter Honduras at El Almatillo. Then we will exit Honduras at El Guasaule, enter Nicaragua at El Guasaule.

18NOV: We will spend a day in the colorful student town of Leon where you will have the opportunity to go volcano boarding on a day trip.

19NOV: Today we will take a short drive to Nicaragua'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).

20NOV: Today 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.

21NOV: 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.

22NOV: Today 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.

23NOV: 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.

Border information: Exit Nicaragua at Penas Blancas, enter Costa Rica at Penas Blancas

24NOV: Today 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.

25NOV: Today we will drive across the Panama border into the Chiriqui highlands, arriving at the town of Boquete.

26NOV: On Today 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.

27NOV: After a relaxing start of the day in we will drive towards Panama City, probably finding a place to bush camp close to Santiago.

28NOV: After packing up our tents in the morning we will have our final drive for this trip leg ending in Panama City.

30NOV: Even though the trip leg is over you will have plenty of time to explore more of Panama and Costa which is considered more developed, safe and easy to get around than most other Latin American countries.

December 1st: if you are leaving the trip here, then we will take you to Panama City international Airport, and if not you will have lots of options for things to do. Stay behind a few days to soak up some sun at the beach in Panama or join us with a boat to Cartagena in Colombia which is full of adventurous things to do (nearby).