Central American Journey
Slutdestination: San Jose
Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America. Visit six countries on this classic adventure and experience mighty ruins, clear Caribbean waters, rainforests, and breathtaking scenery along the way. Explore indigenous Mayan villages and meet locals for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are included. Our expert CEOs will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with all the things you need and nothing you don't 32 days of maximum adventure at minimum cost.
Relax on white-sand beaches, explore the Mayan ruins of Copa¡n and Tikal, bargain at the local markets of colourful colonial Antigua, meet some local friends at a G Adventures for Good homestay in Guatemala and a community guesthouse in Nicaragua, visit seven countries in a month.
Local bus, ferry, boat, private vehicle, taxi, plane, walking.
Simple hotels/hostels (28 nts, most multi-share), community guesthouse stay (2 nts), homestay (1 nt).
G Adventures for Good: San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch, San Ignacio G Adventures for Good: Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna G Adventures for Good: Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay, Isla de Ometepe Big Night Out: Antigua Guatemala Big Night Out: Granada. Guided tour of Tikal. Orientation walks in Antigua, Lea³n, and Granada. Beach time in Caye Caulker and El Tunco. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 17 Antigua Guatemala/Copa¡n
Cross the border to Honduras. Opt to soak in local hot springs in the jungle.
Day 18 Copa¡n
Free time in Copa¡n. Opt to visit the ruins of Copa¡n or explore the hills on horseback.
Day 19 Copa¡n/Suchitoto
Cross the border into El Salvador and stay in the colonial town of Suchitoto. Don't forget to try the delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian specialty.
Days 20-21 Roata¡n
Free time in Roatan to enjoy optional activities.
Day 22 Roata¡n/Granada
Fly in style to Managua, then continue overland to Granada, Nicaragua.
Day 23 Leon/Granada
Journey to Granada and see its colourful colonial buildings on an orientation walk. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
Day 24 Granada
Free time to explore beautiful Granada's markets, buildings and museums. Opt to kayak in Lake Nicaragua or swim in Laguna de Apoyo.
Day 25 Granada/Isla de Ometepe (1D)
Get to know local friends during a 2-night G Adventures-supported community guesthouse stay on Ometepe. Try the local cuisine and test out some language skills.
Day 26 Isla de Ometepe (1B, 1D)
Enjoy free time to explore Ometepe. Opt to climb Volcano Concepcion or Volcano Maderas, take a cultural tour, visit the beach at Santo Domingo, or visit el Ojo de Agua for a refreshing swim and lunch. You can also view pre-Columbian petroglyphs or the small museum of indigenous artifacts in Altagracia.
Day 27 Isla de Ometepe/Monteverde (1B)
Take a ferry back to the mainland and cross the border into Costa Rica, finishing up in the cloudforest air of Monteverde.
Day 28 Monteverde
Free day in Monteverde. Opt to visit a cloud forest reserve, fly through the jungle canopy via zipline, or tour a coffee plantation.
Day 29 Monteverde/La Fortuna
Transfer to La Fortuna along bumpy roads, then break up the journey with a peaceful boat ride on Lake Arenal before a short ride to the town.
Day 30 La Fortuna
Free time to enjoy the La Fortuna and Arenal area.
Day 31 La Fortuna/San Jose
Journey through the mountains to the capital for a final night out.
Day 32 San Jose
Depart at any time.
Day 20 Suchitoto/Playa El Tunco
Enjoy a free morning in Suchitoto before heading to the coast. The sunsets in this surfing town are stunning. Grab a cold drink and enjoy!
Day 21 Playa El Tunco
Enjoy a free day in this laidback beach town to take a surf lesson, eat fresh ceviche at the fish market in nearby La Libertad, visit the Tamanique waterfalls, or chill out with a beer in hand.
Day 22 Playa El Tunco/Leon
Set off early for a full day of travel by land and sea to Nicaragua, finishing up in colonial Leon with a brief orientation walk.