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Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins
Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America. Visit seven countries on this adventure and experience mighty ruins, clear Caribbean waters, Pacific waves, 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.
- Style: Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
- Duration: 32 days/31 nights
- Starts in: Playa del Carmen
Guide Price £1571
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- Relax on white-sand beaches
- Explore the Mayan ruins of Copán and Tikal
- Bargain at the local markets of colourful colonial Antigua
- Meet some local friends at a G Adventures for Good homestay in Guatemala
- Visit seven countries in a month
Day 1 Playa del Carmen
Arrive at any time. Head out tonight with your fellow travellers to 12th Street, where there’s tons of bars and clubs to choose from.
Day 2 Playa del Carmen
Enjoy free time to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm or Cozumel. Or just play in the waves and enjoy the beach.
Days 3–5 Caye Caulker
There's plenty to see and do in Caye Caulker, maybe opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style. Belize also boasts huge swaths of jungle, ancient Mayan ruins, and above all, friendly, easygoing people. Belize is all this and much more!
Day 6 Caye Caulker to San Ignacio
Travel by boat and bus from Caye Caulker to San Ignacio. Enjoy an included pottery demonstration and local lunch at a G Adventures-supported women's pottery cooperative.
Day 7 San Ignacio
Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.
Day 8 San Ignacio to Flores
Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of the ruins of Tikal.
Day 9 Flores to Rio Dulce
A travel day from Flores to Rio Dulce, take the road past areas of dense jungle and arrive at Río Dulce, a small town on Lake Izabal and a port stop for boaters around the globe.
Day 10 Rio Dulce
Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
Day 11 Rio Dulce to Antigua Guatemala
Enjoy an orientation walk of Antigua's cobblestone streets, then opt to take a salsa lesson and practice new moves out at night.
Day 12 Antigua Guatemala
Enjoy a free day in Antigua. Opt to relax with a massage, climb a volcano, soak up the culture in one of the city's many cafés, or explore the nearby hills and towns by bike
Day 13 Antigua Guatemala to Panajachel
Travel to beautiful Lake Atitlán and enjoy the views.
Day 14 Panajachel to San Juan La Laguna
Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family. This area is known for stunning scenery and great shopping for Mayan handicrafts. Opt to bargain for colourful textiles and paintings at the lake's markets.
Day 15 San Juan La Laguna to Antigua Guatemala
Return to Antigua, and enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
Day 16 Antigua Guatemala
Enjoy free time to relax with a massage, explore the nearby hills by bicycle, or visit a local macadamia nut farm.
Day 17 Antigua Guatemala to Copán
Cross the border to Honduras. Opt to soak in local hot springs in the jungle.
Day 18 Copán
Free time in Copán. Opt to visit the ruins of Copán or explore the hills on horseback.
Day 19 Copán to 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.
Day 20 Suchitoto to 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 to 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.
Day 23 León to 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 to 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.
Day 26 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.
Day 27 Isla de Ometepe to Monteverde
Take a ferry back to the mainland and cross the border into Costa Rica, finishing up in the cloud forest 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 to 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 to San José
Journey through the mountains to the capital for a final night out.
Day 32 San José
Depart at any time.
Departs:Selected departures Nov 2020 - Dec 2022.
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- 28 nights simple hotels/hostels, 2 nights community guesthouse & 1 night homestay
- Journey by local bus, ferry, boat, private vehicle, taxi & walking
- 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 3 dinners
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