Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins

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

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch, San Ignacio Your G for Good Moment: Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna Your G for Good Moment: Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay, Isla de Ometepe Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Discover Moment: Playa del Carmen Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker Your Discover Moment: Antigua Guatemala Your Big Night Out Moment: Antigua Guatemala Your Big Night Out Moment: Granada Your Discover Moment: Granada Your Discover Moment: Monteverde Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
  • Guided tour of Tikal
  • Orientation walks in Antigua, León, and Granada
  • Beach time in Caye Caulker and El Tunco
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • 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.

Itinerary

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. Say cheers to new adventures with new friends!
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.
Playa del Carmen/Caye Caulker Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.
Caye Caulker Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.
Caye Caulker Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.
Caye Caulker/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.
San Ignacio Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.
San Ignacio/Flores Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of the ruins of Tikal.
Flores/Rio Dulce Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
Rio Dulce Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
Rio Dulce/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.
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.
Antigua Guatemala/Panajachel Travel to beautiful Lake Atitlán and enjoy the views.
Panajachel/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.
San Juan La Laguna/Antigua Guatemala Return to Antigua, and enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
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/Copán Cross the border to Honduras. Opt to soak in local hot springs in the jungle.
Copán Free time in Copán. Opt to visit the ruins of Copán or explore the hills on horseback.
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.
Suchitoto/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!
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.
Playa El Tunco/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.
León/Granada Journey to Granada and see its colourful colonial buildings on an orientation walk. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
Granada Free time to explore beautiful Granada's markets, buildings and museums. Opt to kayak in Lake Nicaragua or swim in Laguna de Apoyo.
Granada/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.
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.
Isla de Ometepe/Monteverde Take a ferry back to the mainland and cross the border into Costa Rica, finishing up in the cloudforest air of Monteverde.
Monteverde Free day in Monteverde. Opt to visit a cloud forest reserve, fly through the jungle canopy via zipline, or tour a coffee plantation.
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.
La Fortuna Free time to enjoy the La Fortuna and Arenal area.
La Fortuna/San José Journey through the mountains to the capital for a final night out.
San José Depart at any time.
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