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Travel to Central and South America

Ride the wave to Central and South America, where an ocean of vacation possibilities awaits you, from a huge variety of exciting sports and excursions to incredible landscapes, intriguing colonial towns, warm local hospitality and a great climate. Find out more about our 7 destinations featured below and their corresponding gateways. Check out the special offers to the right, or use our search engine for a complete list of Transat vacation packages.

Central & South America Destinations

 
 
 

El Salvador

Adventurers and ecotourists, travel off the beaten path to El Salvador! Zipline through its lush jungles, surf its gnarly waves, climb up its volcanoes, hike through its glorious national parks or explore the many routes – the Coffee Route, the Flower Route, the Artisan Route – that will immerse you into the heart of its warm hospitality and colourful culture.

  • Top Things to See and Do

    1. Visit San Salvador
    2. Explore the Joya de Cerén archaeological site
    3. Climb the Boquerón  and the Picacho peaks of San Salvador Volcano
    4. Trek through the coffee plantations on Lake Coatepeque
    5. Escape the city bustle at the peaceful La Laguna Botanical Garden 
    6. Surf the waves at Punta Roca Beach or Playa El Tunco
    7. Zipline through the treetops in the rainforest of Apaneca
    8. Soak up the culture and sizzling nightlife at Paseo El Carmen

  • About El Salvador

    Population 6,156,670
    Official language Spanish
    Popular music Salvadoran cumbia, Salvadoran hip hop
    Currency US dollars
    Local dishes Tamale (traditional dish made from corn); pupusa (corn tortilla filled with different ingredients); rigua (also corn-based, served with a banana leaf)
    Local drink Atol (typical drink that can be made with cashew nuts, pineapple or corn)

  • Recommended For

    Surf, ecotourism
     

    Good to Know

    Joya de Cerén, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was buried by a volcanic eruption and is considered the Pompeii of the Americas.
     

 

Honduras

Crystal-clear waters and spectacular coral reefs teeming with marine life make Roatan a dream destination for scuba divers and snorkellers alike!
  • Things to See and Do

    1. Copan Ruins (mainland Honduras)
    2. Platano Forest (mainland Honduras)
    3. West End (ville populaire)
    4. West Bay Beach
    5. Punta Gorda (home of the Garifuna community, and the oldest permanent settlement in Roatan)
    6. Barbaretta Island
    7. Cayos Cochinos
    8. Maya Key
    9. Carambola Botanical Gardens
    10. Swimming with dolphins

  • About Honduras

    Population 8 300 000
    Currency Lempira (HNL), American dollar (USD)
    Official Language Spanish
    Traditional Music/Dance Punta
    Local Expression Qué ondas? (what's up?, how's everything?), tranquilo (all good, don'€™t worry)
    Local Dishes Machuca (a stew of coconut milk, mashed plantain and fish), tapado (traditional preparation of fish and plantain)
    Local Drink Monkey Lala (Kahlua, Baileys, vodka, rum, coconut cream and chocolate syrup)

  • Recommended For

    Snorkelling, scuba diving, exploring Mayan ruins, the open-mindedness and laid-back attitude of the island inhabitants, the incomparable marine life in Roatan and the surrounding islands.

    Good to Know

    In Yoro, fish literally fall from the sky in summer; this phenomenon is known as lluvia de peces (literally 'fish rain€').

    Hotels in Roatan
 

Nicaragua

Managua lies on the shores of Central America's largest lake. The cultural capital of Nicaragua is also the gateway to the country'€™s breathtaking parks, volcanoes and seaside resorts. Begin the adventure...
  • Things to See and Do

    1. Masaya Volcano & Market
    2. Apoyo Lagoon
    3. Granada
    4. Nicaragua Lake
    5. Cerro Negro Volcano
    6. Ometepae Island
    7. Mombacho Volcano
    8. Colonial city of Leon
    9. San Juan del Sur: sailing, fishing, surfing

  • About Nicaragua

    Population 6 100 000
    Currency Cordoba (NIO), American dollar (USD)
    Official Language Spanish
    Traditional Music Marimba
    Local Expression Deaca (Cool, Awesome)
    Local Drinks Flor de Cana rum, Macua (white rum and fruit juice)

  • Recommended For

    History, ecotourism, surfing.

    Good to Know

    86 of the 88 constellations can be seen in Nicaragua.

    Hotels in Managua
 

Panama

Rich in rainforests and wildlife, Panama is a small country with a rich heritage. Hike scenic mountain trails and visit the cosmopolitan capital, Panama City, with its remarkable skyline, great nightlife, and intriguing museums, churches and cathedrals.
  • Things to See and Do

    1. Panama Canal
    2. Miraflores Locks
    3. Gatun Lake
    4. Panama City
    5. Casco Antiguo
    6. Flamenco Island (Causeway)
    7. Ancon Hill
    8. Anton Valley
    9. Chagres National Park
    10. Albrook Mall

  • About Panama

    Population 3 510 000
    Currency Balboa (PAB), United States Dollar (USD)
    Official Language Spanish
    Traditional Music/Dance Tamborito
    Local Expression Qué sopá? (what'€™s up), chuleta! (oh man), fren (friend), pretty (cool, good)
    Local Dishes Sancocho panameño (chicken stew), centollo (king crab), sea bass ceviche
    Local Drinks Chicha de arroz con pina (rice and pineapple beverage)

  • Recommended For

    Surfing, ecotourism

    Good to Know

    Panama is the only place in the world where you can watch the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic.