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From the laid-back vibes and waves of the Pacific Coast to tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies, take the road less travelled on this trip through Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica with other travellers your own age. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breathtaking scenery and a chance to experience local culture with a two-night community guesthouse stay on the island of Ometepe. Enjoy a blend of public and private transportation, which not only keeps costs down but also gives you a chance to really meet the locals.

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  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: JGS/126849
  • Starts: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
You will Visit
  • Antigua Guatemala
  • Copán
  • Suchitoto
  • Playa El Tunco
  • León
  • Granada
  • Isla de Ometepe
  • Monteverde
  • La Fortuna
  • San José

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Day 1: Antigua Guatemala

Arrive at any time.
Arrive at any time. Antigua is approximately one hour's drive from the international airport in Guatemala City.

Explore the museums, colonial buildings and soak up the atmosphere in this delightful city, one of the best-restored Spanish colonial cities in the world. The entire city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The surrounding volcanoes can be seen from everywhere in the city and the colorful markets attract indigenous artisans from all over the country.


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Day 2: Antigua Guatemala/Copán

Cross the border to Honduras. Opt to soak in local hot springs in the jungle.
The colonial highland town of Copán Ruinas is a charming and relaxing place, set along a river in the coffee growing region close to the Guatemalan border.

The Mayan ruins of Copán are fascinating, beautiful and unique among Mayan cities. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980, Copán contains some of the most important Mayan ruins found to date, and many unusual artistic features, including some of the most detailed carving in the Mayan world.


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Day 3: Copán

Free time in Copán. Opt to visit the ruins of Copán or explore the hills on horseback.
Free time in Copan. Opt to visit the impressive Copan ruins and check out some lesser known Mayan sites along the way. Knowledgable local guides can interpret the many Mayan carvings left here over 1,000 years ago. You can also choose to explore the nearby hills and small villages on horseback or journey through the countryside to some hidden jungle hot springs for a relaxing soak.

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Day 4: Copán/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.

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Day 5: 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!

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Day 6: 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.

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Day 7: Playa El Tunco/León

Set off early for a full day of travel by land and sea to Nicaragua, finishing up in colonial León with a brief orientation walk.

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Day 8: León/Granada

Journey to Granada and see its colourful colonial buildings on an orientation walk. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
Granada's colonial charm is complemented by the active volcanoes and lakes that surround it, and there are many fun easy day trips available. Hike, cruise, or just explore the city's markets and museums.

Walking is probably the easiest way to see all the sights of Granada.

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Day 9: Granada

Free time to explore beautiful Granada's markets, buildings and museums. Opt to kayak in Lake Nicaragua or swim in Laguna de Apoyo.
Free time to explore beautiful Granada's busy markets, colonial buildings and museums on foot or take a horse and carriage ride around town. Enjoy a meal on the "calzada", a pedestrian street that extends from the center of town down to Lake Nicaragua.

There are many optional activities to do just outside of town as well. Walk in the forest at the top of Mombacho Volcano, kayak around the isletas in Lake Nicaragua or swim in Laguna de Apoyo.

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Day 10: Granada/Isla de Ometepe

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.
From the town of San Jorge, we cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to arrive at Ometepe Island, formed from two volcanoes, one active and one dormant that rise out of the middle of the lake. The limited development and traditional communities create a welcoming relaxed atmosphere.

The group will be split up amongst different local families who will host you in their homes for two nights in a small community on the island. Breakfast and dinner will be provided in the home. This experience give you a chance to see how rural Nicaraguans live.

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Day 11: Isla de Ometepe

Enjoy free time to explore Ometepe. Opt to climb Volcano Concepción 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.
Today is a free day in Ometepe. We get to spend more time with the local host families and see more of the island. Opt to climb either of the two volcanoes on the island, view petroglyphs left by the island's original inhabitants, walk or kayak in Charco Verde reserve, swim in clear spring water at Ojo de Agua, lay on the beach or explore the island on bicycle.

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Day 12: Isla de Ometepe/Monteverde

Take a ferry back to the mainland and cross the border into Costa Rica, finishing up in the cloudforest air of Monteverde.
At 1,400 meters above sea level, Monteverde is literally in the clouds. The Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves are home to diverse and unique flora and fauna. Sloths, monkeys, kinkajous, tapirs and large cats inhabit the area. There are more species of orchids here than anywhere else in the world.

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Day 13: Monteverde

Free day in Monteverde. Opt to visit a cloud forest reserve, fly through the jungle canopy via zipline, or tour a coffee plantation.
The day is free to choose from many optional activities. Fly hundreds of meters above the trees on a zip-lining tour, hike through one of the cloud forest reserves, ride a horse in the mountains, visit a coffee/sugar cane farm, go bungee jumping, drive an ATV on trails in the hills, tour the cheese factory or check out the orchid garden, serpentarium, or frog pond in town.

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Day 14: 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.
The trip from Monteverde to La Fortuna takes us down from the cloud forest and across Costa Rica's largest lake The town of La Fortuna lies at the base of the Arenal Volcano, which dominates the landscape rising to 1670 meters high. The town has become famous as the adventure sports capital of Costa Rica.

Choose your adventure! Canyoneering, white water rafting, hiking, caving, rafting, horseback riding, paddlebording, kayaking, visiting a wildlife refuge, and even more activities are all possible options for you to choose from while we're here.

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Day 15: La Fortuna

Free time to enjoy the La Fortuna and Arenal area.
Choose your adventure! Canyoneering, hiking, caving, rafting, horseback riding, paddleboarding, kayaking, visiting a wildlife refuge, and even more activities are all possible options for you to choose from while we're here.

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Day 16: La Fortuna/San José

Journey through the mountains to the capital for a final night out.
Return to San José for our final night out.

San José has beautiful parks, museums and theatres. Enjoy the view of the surrounding lush mountains from the downtown streets.

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Day 17: San José

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay, Isla de Ometepe Big Night Out: Granada
    • Beach time in El Tunco
    • Orientation walk around León and Granada
    • Free time in Granada, Ometepe, Monteverde, and La Fortuna
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels/hostels (14 nts, most multi-share), community guesthouse (2 nts)
    • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Local bus, boat, ferry, private vehicle, taxi, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Connect with your hosts at a G Adventures-supported community guesthouse stay in Ometepe
  • Relax seaside in El Salvador
  • Laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey
  • Visit five countries in 17 days.


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Dominic M Posted on: 

Good trip. Lot of travel, lot to see - from Volcanos to caribean islands and colonial cities. Id likes it

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Jo Brodal J Posted on: 

Excellent trip with über excellent tour leader. Less Nicuragua, more Costa Rica. Check out Monteverde ATV, so much fun.

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Esther W Posted on: 

great trip -interesting countries -cool guide -great people =>super fun!!!

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Michael P Posted on: 

I very enjoyable and flexible trip that let me choose the activities that I was interested in.

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Caithriona D Posted on: 

Excellent trip lots of free time, tour leader informative with good interactive qualities without being pushy. I didn't like the long journeys but the transport modes were fantastic.

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Mairead M Posted on: 

Fab trip. Chris was brilliant making our trip safe and enjoyable. She became part of our group but maintained her professionalism throughout the trip.

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Sherin S Posted on: 

The tour was everything you could desire from a holiday and more. It was exhilarating and packed with adventure, it was relaxing and allowed time for reflection, and it was group orientated but gave opportunity for individual freedom - all in one. Overall, it was a fascinating, life-changing experience and I highly recommend it to people of all ages and cultures.

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Andrea D Posted on: 

The trip was awesome, I really liked being able to do whatever I wanted at each stop.

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Jodi M Posted on: 

This trip was very active, I loved the activities and being so physical.

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Louise C Posted on: 

Excellent trip, really enjoyable, lots to see and do. Independent options with fantastic guide who went out of her way to assist everyone

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Leslie K. Posted on: 

It was great; lots of travelig but Juan was very organized with providing us information.

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Priya S. Posted on: 

This was the best leg of the Central American Journey. A fascinating trip

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Alice W. Posted on: 

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip with them. I found our tour leader to be excellent. I particularly enjoyed visiting Ometepe and would have liked to have spent longer there.

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Karen M. Posted on: 

I loved it!!! The countries we went to were amazing and we did a huge range of activities. The group were great and our tour leader was simply brilliant.

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Peter m. Posted on: 

the trip was what i hoped it would be, an enjoyable adventure withe an experienced,knowledgeable giude.

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Heike F. Posted on: 

Overall exciting trip with a whole lot to see with new impressions every day. Fascinating, beautiful countries, interesting to get to know other cultures. Great experience I wouldn't have wanted to miss.

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Russell B. Posted on: 

Tour was pretty good.

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Alia E. Posted on: 

The Volcano Trail was truly spectacular and although the brochure did it's best at describing the sights beforehand, it didn't quite prepare me for the vast landscape and natural beauty of which I encountered in Central America. Some places just have to be seen and visited to fully appreciate. I feel like I've returned with a wealth of new knowledge- something they can't teach in University or school (even if they tried). People on the whole in Latin America were friendly and their culture, particularly that of the Mayan's fascinates me. Travelling with the people on my group was the icing on the cake and the tour, thanks to our Tour leader Juan Pablo was exceptional. Thankyou.

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Adam W. Posted on: 

Wonderful trip, the people in the group were great. High points, Concession, Rotunda and Zip Linning, low points Grananda and lack of real choice for interesting activities

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Roger E. Posted on: 

Everything was great, accomadation, food, leader, and knowledge. For a Basic tour it was above expectation

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Nick Y. Posted on: 

It was a great trip, with lots of time to explore the towns and climb some volcanoes

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Danielle B. Posted on: 

Overall I can easily say that the Volcano Trail has been the best holiday I've undertaken. The majority of the locations were fantastic, the accommodation excellent, and I couldn't have asked for a better tour guide. I would definitely recommend it to friends and I'm planning on a similar trip next year with the friends I made on this tour (and also hopefully with our group leader Alonzo Ugalde).

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Jennifer W. Posted on: 

This trip was amazing! I loved every second of it. We had a great amount of time to explore in our own way, as well as in a group.

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Stuart B. Posted on: 

Excellent tour with many great opportunities. Never a dull moment. Keep doing what your doing!

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Ashley F. Posted on: 

very well planned and organized. tour leader was responsible and reliable. Had a great time!

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Cristina G. Posted on: 

I been around a lot, but I have to say that this tour was one of the best travelling of my life, even without my luggage, I had a great time

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Philip S. Posted on: 

An excellent experience. A great way to see a lot of Central America in a short period of time. Highly recommend this tour to anyone with limited time but high ambitions!

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Amanda S. Posted on: 

Very hectic trip covering a lot of ground in a short period of time!

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Dominic M. Posted on: 

Good trip. Lot of travel, lot to see - from Volcanos to caribean islands and colonial cities. Id likes it

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