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Highlights
  • Hike through the mist of a cloud forest
  • Explore mayan ruins of copán
  • Connect with your hosts in an ometepe homestay experience
  • Peer over the crater of masaya volcano
  • Chill on a caribbean island's beaches

From the lush cloud forests of Costa Rica to the evocative cobblestoned streets of Antigua, get off the tourist track and discover the colour and spirit of Central America. Discover ancient Mayan ruins at Copán and visit small villages for insight into the region's vibrant culture. Explore the volcanoes and jungle surrounding Ometepe Island and unwind on the white-sand beaches of Roatán. With its combination of included activities and countless thrilling options, this trip offers you the chance to personalize your adventure into something special.

Trip Description
Volcano Adventure – San José to Antigua
 

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4.8 Activities
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4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Volcano Adventure – San José to Antigua

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Having a schedule and an itinerary with transportation and accommodation taken care of takes a lot of stress out of travelling. With a CEO like Tom Jones at the helm makes it all the more pleasurable. July 2015

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  • Value 5.0
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  • Lodging 5.0
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The trip was a nice blend of nature and historic sites.

Operator G Adventures

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travelling in a small group gives a sense of security and the essentials of lodging, transport and a planned itinerary are taken care of June 2015

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For someone like me that is not into athletic activities and beaches it left time to enjoy the warm weather enjoy the warm weather and explore the area where we were at the moment.

Operator G Adventures

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As a Travel Agent in Vancouver, this was my first G Adventures experience. Other agents in our office have had some experience with G before and highly recommended your services. I must say that it was definitely a most impressive experience in the way things were organized and taken care of. I can only highly commend our guide, Hernan, who was not only professional and helpful, but knowledgeable and went far beyond his duties and expectations in order to ensure that everyone was absolutely taken care of. Word of mouth advertising is undoubtedly the most effective way to promote G Adventures and also nothing less than having experienced your services directly. I personally had a couple of instances where Hernan helped me out of situations in which I would have not expected someone to. Losing my camera was my own fault, but incredibly I did manage to get it back. I also extended my trip beyond the 21 days and my guide was instrumental in assisting me with a hotel, tour to Tikal. I would not hesitate to book G again to any of my clients or recommend them to anyone. I definitely appreciate the opportunity to have had the experience that I had with your company and the lasting memories that will linger. May 2015

5.0
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  • Lodging 5.0
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Amazing experience overall but I most enjoyed seeing the people and experiencing the culture in these countries over some of the optional activities that were geared for "adrenaline" enthusiasts to be honest.
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Canadian company that is very professionally run and has many many trips to all corners of the world. May 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great variety of natural and cultural experiences.

Operator G Adventures

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We have travelled with Gadventures 3 times and they have all been great. If I feel that someone might be interested in this style of trip, I always mention Gadventures. May 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
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  • Meals 5.0
The trip had lots of variety. We are very active people and signed up for lots of the optional things. Our experience of this trip ranges from Night Walks in the Cloud Fores, ziplining, sunset cruises, snorkelling, baseball game, volcano hiking, ATVing, dancing, Colonial Cities, practicing Spanish with our Homestay and loads of other experiences.
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Itinerary

Day 1 San José

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 San José/La Fortuna

Travel to La Fortuna, located at the foot of Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna is an excellent base for adventure. Opt to take a hike around the base of the volcano, hike the area’s nature trails, swim in the chilly La Fortuna waterfall or join a canopy tour and catch a bird’s eye view of the forest greenery. Other optional activities include full-day whitewater rafting on the Toro or Balsa Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. Transport: Costa Rican roads can be bumpy and windy. If you're prone to motion-sickness, prepare accordingly. Private Van with Wi-fi

Day 3 La Fortuna

Opt to go canyoneering, whitewater rafting, hiking, caving, horseback riding, paddleboarding, kayaking, or visit a wildlife refuge. There are so many activities to choose from while in the area.

Day 4 La Fortuna/Monteverde

From La Fortuna, travel around Lake Arenal to the misty mountain air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Transport: Shared van Boat Shared van

Day 5 Monteverde

Optional activities here include sky walks (suspension bridges amid foliage), butterfly garden, and a canopy zip-line tour. Included Activities: Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour

Day 6 Monteverde/San Juan del Sur

Journey to low-key San Juan del Sur for some serious relaxation by the sea. Set on a stunning horseshoe shaped cove, this fishing village is the perfect place to combine two of Nicaragua’s best features – its beautiful beaches and its award-winning Flor de Caña rum! Do as much or as little as you want. Take surf lessons, try your luck at fishing, go ziplining on the hills above San Juan del Sur, or just lounge on the beach. A short boat or taxi ride away, the deserted beaches of Playa Maderas and Majagual to the north and Playa Remanso to the south are calling out to be explored. In the evenings take advantage of the relaxed seaside nightlife with the friendly locals. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Costa Rica - Nicaragua) Transport: Private Vehicle Local bus

Day 7 San Juan del Sur

Free time to enjoy optional activities or relax on the beaches.

Day 8 San Juan del Sur/Isla de Ometepe (1D)

Cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to arrive at Ometepe Island. The group will be split up amongst different families within this small community. Enjoy local meals and getting to know your host family. During your stay, if you enjoy a challenge, hike Madera Volcano. If you want to take it a little slower, check out the pre-Columbian petroglyphs, try out the Tarzan swing at a nearby jungle swimming hole, or enjoy the beach. Included Activities: Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay Transport: Local bus Local bus Make yourself comfortable on the top deck or inside and enjoy the views of Volcano Concepción and Volcano Maderas. Ferry Private Vehicle

Day 9 Isla de Ometepe (1B, 1D)

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. Included Activities: Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay

Day 10 Isla de Ometepe/Granada (1B)

Nicaragua boasts both incredibly friendly people and impressive natural beauty. Granada’s colonial charm is complimented by the surrounding active volcanoes and lakes, making day trips a fun and easy option. Hike, cruise, or just explore the city’s markets and museums. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle Ferry Local bus Local bus

Day 11 Granada

Enjoy free time to explore. Opt to kayak the isletas, rent a bike, take a city tour, or head to Laguna de Apoyo.

Day 12 Granada/León

Head to León, stopping en route to visit one of Nicaragua’s famous active volcanoes in Parque Nacional Volcán Masaya. Take an included orientation walk around the city, the former capital from the colonial period until 1857, and still the centre of much of the country’s cultural and intellectual activity. Included Activities: Volcán Masaya National Park Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Stop at the Masaya Volcano en route. Private Vehicle

Day 13 León

There is always something interesting to do in León, whether it be a city tour, kayaking around Juan Venado Island, or a trip to the nearby beaches of Poneloya and Las Peñitas. If you’d prefer to just wander through the streets, you’ll find several politically-charged murals depicting Nicaragua’s turbulent history and several good museums in the area, including one dedicated to the heroes and martyrs of the Sandinista movement.

Day 14 León/Roatán

Head to the diving haven of Roatán, set amongst what is part of the second-largest barrier reef in the world. This Caribbean island is famous for its marine treasures. Crystal blue waters invite swimming, diving, snorkelling, or simply relaxing on the white-sand beaches of the Bay Islands. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Nicaragua - Honduras) Transport: Private Vehicle Plane Private Vehicle

Days 15-16 Roatán

The beaches of the western end are some of the most beautiful in the world, with clear turquoise water, powdery white sand and swaying coconut palms. While many people spend their days immersed in the warm, blue Caribbean waters, enjoying excellent fresh seafood, you may also opt to venture into the hilly interior by bicycle or scooter. The botanical gardens offer relaxed walking amongst exotic plants and racing 'Jesus lizards', a species of lizard that runs on its hind legs. In nearby Sandy Bay, the Institute for Marine Sciences is definitely worth a visit.

Day 17 Roatán/Copán

The village of Copán is a pleasant place to spend a relaxing evening with a small central square frequently filled with people. Transport: Private Vehicle The large ferry has two floors with an air-conditioned cabin and an open air area towards the back. Ferry The bus will make a quick stop to purchase food and use the toilets. Local bus Local bus

Day 18 Copán

Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Copán and opt to soak in the hot springs. Included Activities: Copán Ruins Guided Tour

Day 19 Copán/Antigua Guatemala

Modern Antigua is a peaceful colonial city that is a pleasure to explore. Enjoy the beautiful architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Honduras - Guatemala) Transport: Stop along the way to cross the border and have lunch. Private Vehicle

Day 20 Antigua Guatemala (1L)

Take a mountain bike ride out into the countryside or explore the fascinating markets, shops and museums within the city. Walk through quiet cobblestoned streets past rebuilt stucco homes with heavy, beautifully carved wooden entrances. Enjoy an included visit to a Mayan village to try your hand at making tortillas and basic handicrafts before enjoying a traditional meal. Included Activities: Santiago Zamora Women's Weaving Co-Op Visit

Day 21 Antigua Guatemala

Guatemala City is a one hour transfer away.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,599

Price Per Day:

$ 124 per person
 
Costa Rica exit tax: $8 USD Nicaragua entrance tax: $13USD Nicaragua exit tax: $2USD Honduras entrance tax: $3USD Honduras exit tax: $3USD Guatemala entrance tax: 10Q ($1.25USD) Guatemala airport exit tax: 20Q ($3USD)
Details
Trip Includes
  • G Adventures for Good: Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay
  • Isla de Ometepe Local Living: Santiago Zamora Women's Weaving Co-Op Visit
  • Antigua Guatemala
  • La Fortuna stay
  • Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve guided tour (Monteverde)
  • Beach time in San Juan del Sur
  • G Adventures-supported homestay on Ometepe Island
  • with a local family
  • Granada orientation walk
  • Tour of local villages around Granada
  • León orientation walk
  • Beach time in Roatan
  • Copán guided tour
  • Mayan community visit with lunch (Antigua)
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPublic bus, private van, ferry, plane, walking.
Local Flights From León we will travel to Tegucigalpa in order to board our internal flight from Tegucigalpa to Roatan. Occasionally, due to fight availability, the order of the flight segment may be switched with the ferry segment.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (18 nts), homestay (2 nts, possible shared facilities).
Start City
San José
End City
Antigua Guatemala
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

Costa Rica will not be allowing anyone to enter the country without proof of a departure ticket (bus, airplane, boat, etc.). If you are travelling through a few countries in Central America, you will need to show proof of your itinerary and a departure ticket from your last destination. Please print the itinerary and voucher and bring it with you. Please note that if you are arriving to Costa Rica via Spirit Airlines, you must contact us at travel@gadventures.com before you depart to obtain bus details for your exit from Costa Rica. The airline has been requiring this information before letting passengers board their flight to Costa Rica and we want to ensure you do not encounter any complications on your flight. As this trip crosses national borders, please be prepared to pay some border fees for certain countries ranging from $1 to $13 USD. Please check with your local embassy or consulate for up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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