Volcano Adventure – Antigua to San José

Classic, Antigua Guatemala to San José

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

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Antigua Guatemala Your Discover Moment: Roatán Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna Your Discover Moment: Manuel Antonio
  • Copán guided tour
  • Beach time in Roatán and Manuel Antonio
  • Guided cloud forest night walk (Monteverde)
  • Free time in La Fortuna and Monteverde
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Explore the mayan ruins of copán
  • Wander the cobblestone streets of colonial antigua
  • Hike through the mist of a cloud forest


Day 1 Antigua Guatemala There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. 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: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Antigua Guatemala (1D) Enjoy a free day to explore Antigua. Opt to relax with a massage or soak up the culture in one of many cafés. Master the art of Latin American cuisine at a cooking class. Included Activities: Cooking Class
Day 3 Antigua Guatemala/Panajachel Journey to Panajachel, Guatemala, a beautiful town on Lake Atitlán that is surrounded by spectacular volcanoes and small villages. Opt to explore the town on arrival. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 4 Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna (1D) Take a boat tour around Lake Atitlán to local indigenous villages and visit a G Adventures-supported Mayan community project. Included Activities: Posadas Mayas Homestay Transport: Boat (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km)
Day 5 San Juan La Laguna/Antigua Guatemala (1B) 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours) Boat (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km)
Day 6 Antigua Guatemala/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. Additional Notes: Depending on the departure you are booked onto, the order you visit Rio Dulce and Lake Atitlán (Panajachel & San Juan La Laguna) may be reverse. All inclusions will be offered regardless of the order you visit the two locations. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.50 hours, 315km)
Day 7 Rio Dulce There are plenty of opportunities for R & R. Aside from boating on Lake Izabal, there are optional tours in the area to view protected manatees. You may opt to horseback ride through a rubber plantation, explore San Felipe fort, take the morning monkey kayak tour, relax in the thermal springs, or hike through the jungle-strewn trails in the Chocón-Machacas Natural Reserve area.
Day 8 Rio Dulce/Copán Cross into Honduras and head for the town of Copán. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Guatemala-Honduras) Transport: Stop along the way to cross the border and have lunch. Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 160km)
Day 9 Copán Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Copán and opt to soak in hot springs. Included Activities: Copán Ruins Guided Tour
Day 10 Copán/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. Transport: The bus will make a quick stop to purchase food and use the toilets. Local bus (4.00-4.50 hours, 193km) The large ferry has two floors with an air-conditioned cabin and an open air area towards the back. Ferry (1.50-2.00 hours, 75km) Private Vehicle (0.75-1.50 hours, 17km) Local bus (4.00-4.50 hours, 174km)
Day 11 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 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 13 Roatán/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 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: Plane (1.50-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s)) Plane
Day 14 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 16 La Fortuna/Monteverde Travel into the misty cloud forests of Monteverde. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Later, take an included guided night walk to learn about nocturnal life in the cloud forest firsthand. Included Activities: Guided Cloud Forest Night Walk Transport: Shared Van (0.50 hour(s)) Shared Van (2.00 hour(s)) Boat (0.75 hour(s))
Day 17 Monteverde Optional activities here include sky walks (suspension bridges amid foliage), butterfly garden, and a canopy zip-line tour.
Day 18 Monteverde/Manuel Antonio Travel to the Pacific Coast. Enjoy Quepos or opt to visit Manuel Antonio National Park. The park offers excellent hiking, spectacular views, and abundant wildlife viewing. The park boasts beautiful white-sand beaches and the warm turquoise water. Opt to swim, fish, kayak, surf or take a sailing trip. Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (5.00 hour(s), 220km)
Day 19 Manuel Antonio Enjoy a free day to visit Manuel Antonio National Park, sail, snorkel or surf in the Pacific. Opt to kayak through mangroves or relax on the beach.
Day 20 Manuel Antonio/San José Travel to San José, and opt for a night out with the group. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 190km)
Day 21 San José Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day