- Get lost in the multidimensional appeal of the Costa Rica’s cultural capital, San José.
- Experience living in rural Nicaraguan style.
- Explore the cloud forest of Monteverde and zip line over the forest canopy.
- Discover Granada’s colonial charm on foot or kayak the isletas in Lake Nicaragua.
- Cross the border into the smallest country of Central America, El Salvador and tour the plantations of delicious coffee.
- Take a walk through history and witness the long-lost Mayan culture in the cities of Guatemala.
Lose yourself in the mysteries of the Mayan civilization and have yourself a tropical adventure this year. Explore the backroads of Central America with intrepid travelers like yourself and get jaded by the gazillions of adventure that awaits you. Get your rainforest high in Costa Rica and hang on to your life by a rope as you scream your way across the jungle zip-lining or hike up a trail leading to a volcano in Nicaragua, or capture the timeless colonial relics in Antigua -- Central America’s your oyster for these 18 days people! Oh, and before we get too ahead, have we said that your passport will be returning 5 stamps heavy! As have been said by legions of wanderlusters, the best of stories are written between the pages of your passports, this road-trip could definitely be the starter of an epic gap year journey!
Day 1 - Kick off from San José
Arrive in San José at any time and head out on your own to explore this uber cool city. San Jose has lots to offer, so buckle up and get to exploring!
Day 2 - Onward to La Fortuna
Gear up adventure seekers for you’re off to the base of adventure today. This town near the Arenal Volcano offers a wide spread of adventure activities that give you more than your fix of adrenaline. Swim in the chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go for a thrilling night hike around the foot of the volcano.
Day 3 - Free day in La Fortuna
There are options abound to keep yourself busy and lots of activities as well. So use this free day wisely in discovering La Fortuna as you please.
Day 4 - Travel to Monteverde
Take a boat ride out to Monteverde and continue ahead on a van to enjoy the lush ecosystem and the breathtaking scenery along the way.
Day 5 - Explore Monteverde
Make good use of this free time and get to exploring this natural gem. You can choose to visit the cool cloud forest or a coffee plantation or even zip line over the canopy!
Day 6 - Off to Isla de Ometepe
Ready for some more stamps in your passport? Cross the border in a ferry over Lake Nicaragua and arrive in Ometepe Island. You can catch up on your rest and relax or you can go about exploring the island.
Day 7 - Explore Isla de Ometepe
Would you like to hike a volcano or swing through the trees like Tarzan? Ometepe Island’s got it all! There are lots to see and do on the island and there are an equal amount of fun stuff to do as well, so try and tick off as many off of your list as you can!
Day 8 - Make your way to Granada
Granada’s colonial charm is complemented by nature’s doses like active volcanoes, beautiful lakes-- and all of this is sure to keep you captivated during your time in Granada. Join us for an orientation walk through the beautiful colonial streets of Granada and later have a big night out with your newly made friends and celebrate late into the night.
Day 9 - A day out in Granada
There are over 350+ tiny islands found around Granada. So hop aboard a boat and get ready for a day out in Lake Nicaragua. There are lots of other activities to choose from and also an authentic marketplace to stack up on Nicaraguan handicrafts for souvenirs and gifts back home!
Day 10 - Granada to Poneloya
Head off to a remote Northern beach on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast and get ready for some surfing, swimming, and lounging.
Day 11 - Out and about Poneloya
Spend your day enjoying the beautiful coast or get ready to hit the waves. Surf’s up! You can choose to explore the city of Leon or just chillax by the beach.
Day 12 - Across the border and into the town of Suchitoto
Cross over into El Salvador and make your passport one more stamp heavy! After a long day of travel arrive at the colonial town of Suchitoto. You can freshen up and get out to explore, and don’t forget to try the local Salvadorian treat, Pupusas.
Day 13 - On your way to Concepción de Ataco
Take a trip out to the famous ‘Route of Flowers’ and enjoy the quiet scene and quaint Salvadorian towns and the talented local artisans.
Day 14 - Full day to tour Concepción de Ataco
This is a coffee producing region of El Salvador and you wouldn’t wanna miss out on having a coffee tasting trip to a local Cafe. You can choose from the many fun activities up for grabs or go for a day hike in El Impossible National Park.
Day 15 - Across the border and into Copán
Check another country off your list as you get your passport stamped and crossover into Honduras today. The colonial highland town of Copán is famous for its Mayan ruins which are truly unique among Mayan cities. So, get exploring!
Day 16 - Open day in Copán
Copán being home to some fascinating Mayan ruins has got your day’s itinerary sorted. Tour the nearby hills on horseback, walk through the Mayan ruins or enjoy a relaxing soak in a local hot spring.
Day 17 - Next stop, Antigua!
Another day, another border crossing, another stamp on the passport, you guys are seriously on a roll here! Cross into Guatemala and arrive in Antigua after a long day of travel. Join us for an orientation walk through the city and enjoy the Spanish colonial architecture spread all over the city.
NOTE- This tour arrives in Antigua in the early evening. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional post-trip accommodation nights.
Day 18 - Depart from Antigua or embark on another adventure
Every good thing comes to an end and so has this trip! You can depart at any time and hop on your homebound flight. But if you’re not ready to leave yet, you can simply choose from any of our trips or talk to your trip coordinator to help make arrangements for your journey ahead!
For those who are leaving, Adios, we’ll miss you!
Dates & Cost
- Meals included are 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners
- Accommodations in hotels/hostels/beach hostels
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- Big night out in Granada
- Orientation walk around Granada and Antigua
- Beach time in Poneloya.
- International/Domestic Airfare.
- Visa Fees.
- Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost).
- Cost of Vaccinations.
- Additional tours and activities (not included as paid for in the itinerary).
- Airport transfers (available at extra cost).
Accommodation - Hotels (9 nts), guest house (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt).
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used on this trip. In some local guest houses used in smaller towns, the rooms can be small and simple with shared toilet facilities and showers. In the main cities, hotels will be used.
Meals Included - 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad 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. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.