Discover part of Central America with Lupine Travel, learn about the dark and dangerous history of El Salvador and exploring beautiful colonial towns of Honduras and Guatemala.

On this unique tour we will get to know about various aspects of gang issues affecting El Salvador by visiting prisons, criminologists and self defence communities. We will also visit the ancient Mayan site of Copan, the active volcano of Pacaya and more!

Please note that some sections of these tours travel to areas where the British FCO advises against all travel to.

We research the security of our destinations highly and safety is a priority for us, however, we advise ytou to do your own research too to ensure you are comfortable with your trip.

Please note these travel warnings may also affect travel insurance for these regions, please contact us for advice on this.

We run two trips per year to Central America.

Our tours are set to a maximum of 12 people per group.

The region is visa free for most nationalities.

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Our current upcoming group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.


2020 TOURS

Our current 2020 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.

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2021 TOURS

Our current 2021 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.

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2020 TOURS

Our current 2019 group tours can be seen below. They are all guaranteed departures.



You can find below our Central America highlights tour itinerary. For details of our Belize extension please email us.

Day 1 - Arrival into San Salvador

Arrival into San Salvador. Make your way to the hotel where we'll all meet up in the evening and head out for dinner and drinks.

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Day 2 - Tour of San Salvador

Today we take a full day tour of San Salvador. The first place we visit is the Cathedral of San Salvador where we'll learn about the 1980 assassination of Oscar Romero. Afterwards we go the the HQ of renowned forensic criminologist Israel Ticas, where we learn from the man himself about the work he has done. Known as the 'lawyer for the dead', Ticas has uncovered over 700 victims of gang warfare, whilst surviving three assasination attempts. Afterwards we will meet Mauricio Vilanova, the mayor of San José Guayabal. Vilanova has managed to go against the national trend by driving the gangs out of his town and locals can now live there without fear of extortion. We finish the day by going out on patrol with the police and learn about what work is being done in these areas to help fight against the gangs.

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Day 3 - Apanteos Prison

Today we visit Apanteos Prison with the chance to meet prisoners taking part in the Yo Cambio 'I change' programme. The prisoners we meet have renounced their gang affililiations and are working towards rehabilitation. The prison is mainly run by the prisoners themselves which gives them the opportunity to share their skills and teach each other painting, baking, carpentry and more.

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Day 4 - San Juan 'ghost prison'

In the morning we drive south and visit San Juan 'ghost prison' which up until 2016 was used to incarcerate members of the Barrio 18 gang. We'll have the chance to explore all corners of the prison. Afterwards we will visit the San José De La Montana self defence community. As well as meeting the community and hearing their stories we'll also go on boat patrol.

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Day 5 - Cross to Honduras

Today we depart San Salvador and cross to Honduras. We will first arrive in the town of Santa Rosa De Copan where we will stop for lunch and also take a tour of the local cigar factory. Afterwards we move onwards to Copan Ruinas where we will stay for the next two nights.

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Day 6 - Mayan site of Copan

After breakfast we travel to the ancient Mayan site of Copan. The UNESCO listed site was discovered in 1570 by Diego García de Palacio. Copan was one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilisation during the Classical period 250-900 AD. Rest of the day at leisure.

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Day 7 - Cross into Guatemala

After breakfast we depart Honduras to cross into Guatemala and drive west to the well preserved Spanish colonial city of Antigua.

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Day 8 - Pacaya Volcano

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Day 9 - Tour Ends



- Some breakfasts
- 3* accomodation throughout
- Local English speaking guides and transport 
- Security team in El Salvador
- Permits for visiting Apanteos Prison and San Juan 'ghost prison'.
- Entrance fees 
- Lupine tour leader accompanying



- Flights
- Entry and departure fees (payable on borders)
- Tips for guide
- Meals and some breakfasts