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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, 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 homestay in rural Costa Rica. 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.

Latin America
  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: JGS/126849
  • Starts: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Antigua Guatemala
  • Copán
  • Suchitoto
  • Concepción de Ataco
  • Playa El Palmarcito
  • Monteverde
  • La Fortuna
  • Cantón de San Carlos
  • 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

Enjoy a free day in Suchitoto.

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Day 6: Suchitoto/Concepción de Ataco

Travel to the 'Route of Flowers' region with its quaint Salvadorian towns and talented artisans.

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Day 7: Concepción de Ataco

Full day to explore the small town of Ataco or enjoy optional activities.
Day hikes, a coffee tour and shopping are some of many options for your time here. Hike El Impossible National Park, swim in the pools of Atzumpa, check out some of the other nearby quaint towns or just explore tiny Ataco. This is a coffee producing region of El Salvador, so be sure to sample some delicious coffee in a local café.

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Day 8: Concepción de Ataco/Playa El Palmarcito

Enjoy a free morning in Ataco before heading to the coast. The sunsets in this surfing town are stunning. Grab a cold drink and enjoy!

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Day 9: Playa El Palmarcito

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 10: Playa El Palmarcito/Monteverde

Hop on a flight to Costa Rica and travel through stunning Costa Rican scenery, finishing up in the cloud forest 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 11: 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 12: 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. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
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 13: 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 14: La Fortuna/San Carlos

Enjoy a final free morning in La Fortuna for optional activities. In the afternoon, travel to San Carlos and to the rural community of Coope San Juan. Stay with a local family for an authentic Costa Rican experience.

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Day 15: San Carlos

Enjoy a full day with your hosts at the Coope San Juan homestay. Go on a walk through the surrounding forest to learn about flora and fauna in the area, help harvest cassava, and join a cooking demo to make enyucados – a local speciality. In the afternoon, enjoy free time and opt to go mountain biking or fishing, or relax in the village and practice your Spanish.

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Day 16: San Carlos/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
    • Carte Blanche: Monteverde Big Night Out: La Fortuna Carte Blanche: La Fortuna Local Living: Coope San Juan Homestay, Cantón de San Carlos
    • Beach time in El Palmarcito
    • Free time in Suchitoto, Monteverde, and La Fortuna
    • Coope San Juan homestay
    • Rainforest walk
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels/hostels (16 nts, most multi-share)
    • 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 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 homestay in Costa Rica
  • Relax seaside in El Salvador
  • Engage with the locals during a chicken bus journey
  • Visit four 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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