The Best of Central America: Ruins & Remote Beaches

18-to-Thirtysomethings, San José to Playa del Carmen

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From ancient ruins to active volcanoes, get off the beaten track and discover extraordinary Central America. Make sure your passport has space because this exciting 33-day trip hits most of Central America, as it covers tropical rainforests, volcanoes, colonial cities, and all the breathtaking scenery in between. Explore Indigenous Mayan villages and soak in the region's incredible culture. Our CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) will ensure your accommodation and transportation are covered — so you can choose the activities and sights that interest you most — the adventure is yours to choose!

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay, Isla de Ometepe Your G for Good Moment: Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna Your G for Good Moment: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour, Caye Caulker Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna Your Discover Moment: Monteverde Your Big Night Out Moment: Granada Your Discover Moment: Granada Your Discover Moment: Antigua Guatemala Your Discover Moment: San Ignacio Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker Your Big Night Out Moment: Caye Caulker
  • Guided tour of Tikal
  • Orientation walk in Granada and Antigua
  • Beach time in Poneloya and Mahahual
  • Free time in La Fortuna, Monteverde, Cerro Verde and Suchitoto
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Bliss out on a stretch of remote nicaraguan beach
  • Walk the colonial streets of colourful granada and antigua
  • Experience an overnight homestay in guatemala and a community guesthouse stay in nicaragua
  • Explore mayan ruins
  • Visit seven countries in a month.


San José Arrive at any time. Tonight, explore the La California barrio with your fellow travellers. Stop in at one of the many bars to get to know your group over a few drinks. Cheers to new friends and new adventures!
San José/La Fortuna Options abound—soak in Arenal's hot springs or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or waterfall rappelling.
La Fortuna Free day to get the adrenaline pumping with rafting and other outdoor pursuits or one of many other optional activities.
La Fortuna/Monteverde Travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde by boat and van and enjoy gorgeous scenery along the way.
Monteverde Opt to visit a cloud forest reserve, fly through the jungle canopy via zipline or tour a coffee plantation.
Monteverde/Isla de Ometepe Get to know local friends during a two-night community guesthouse stay on Ometepe Island. Test out some language skills, opt to climb a volcano, or visit the local swimming hole.
Isla de Ometepe Full day on the island to spend time with your hosts and enjoy optional activities such as hiking and swimming.
Isla de Ometepe/Granada See Granada's colourful colonial buildings on an orientation walk. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
Granada Take advantage of a free day to explore Granada or kayak the isletas in Lake Nicaragua.
Granada/Poneloya Arrive in the afternoon to relax on a remote northern beach on Nicaragua's Pacific coast. Surfing, swimming and beach lounging await.
Poneloya Spend your day enjoying the coast. Opt to explore the city of Leon or hit the beach.
Poneloya/Cerro Verde After a long day of travel via bus, boat, and private vehicle, arrive to El Salvador's Cerro Verde National Park, home of the famous trio of volcanos, Cerro Verde, Izalco, and Santa Ana.
Cerro Verde Spend a free day in Cerro Verde at leisure. Opt to hike up to the edge of Santa Ana’s Volcano crater for some more spectacular views. Or choose to take a dip in Lake Coatepeque, there are many ways to keep busy in one of El Salvador's most beautiful national parks.
Cerro Verde/Suchitoto In the morning enjoy a guided tour in Cerro Verde National Park taking in the lush surroundings. Travel to El Salvador's colonial town of Suchitoto. Don't forget to try the delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian specialty.
Suchitoto/Copán Watch diverse landscapes pass by as we travel through 3 countries in one day en route to Copán.
Copán Enjoy a free day in Copán. Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán or explore the colonial highland town on horseback and check out some lesser known Mayan sites along the way, or journey to some local hot springs for a relaxing soak.
Copán/Antigua Guatemala Cross into Guatemala. Enjoy an orientation walk to explore the colonial city of Antigua.
Antigua Guatemala Enjoy free time to relax with a massage, explore the nearby hills by bicycle, or visit a local macadamia nut farm.
Antigua Guatemala Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to relax with a massage or soak up the culture in one of many cafés.
Antigua Guatemala/San Juan La Laguna Travel to beautiful Lake Atitlán and enjoy the views. Take a boat across the lake to a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family in a Mayan Tz'utujil village. Tour the village with a local guide to learn more about daily life and see some artisan workshops.
San Juan La Laguna/Panajachel Return across the lake and enjoy free time in Panajachel to visit the market or relax.
Panajachel/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 on their way to/from Livingston and the Caribbean coast.
Rio Dulce Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
Rio Dulce/Flores Head north to our final stop in Guatemala, Flores, a picturesque town surrounded by Lake Petén Itzá.
Flores/San Ignacio Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of Tikal before crossing into Belize.
San Ignacio Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Crystal Maiden), or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.
San Ignacio/Caye Caulker Hop aboard a local bus, then board a water taxi to the island paradise of Caye Caulker. Later, explore Caye Caulker on the G Adventures-supported Bike with Purpose tour.
Caye Caulker Enjoy free time to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, or just chill out, Belizean style. Take part in a Big Night Out with the group this evening.
Caye Caulker Enjoy free time to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, or just chill out, Belizean style. Take part in a Big Night Out with the group this evening.
Caye Caulker/Mahahual Leaving Belize and its Caribbean reggae-tinged vibe, head north to the Costa Maya, Mexico, to the beachside town of Mahahual.
Mahahual Enjoy a free day for beach lounging and sipping seaside margaritas.
Mahahual/Playa del Carmen Head up the coast to Playa del Carmen, the de facto centre of the Mayan Riviera, for a final night with the group.
Playa del Carmen Depart at any time.