From Colonial UNESCO-protected cities, flanked by enormous volcanoes, to smaller colonial towns whose charm you feel from the outset, this trip exposes you to the best of Central America. Mayan ruins will remind you how Indiana Jones felt, in the middle of the jungle surrounded by toucans, macaws and monkeys! Volcanoes dominate the region, though, and we’ll go on more than a few volcano hikes, absorb a tonne of culture and give that bottle of rum a nudge, too.
Duration: 16 days/15 nights
Departure City: Antigua, Guatemala Ending City: San Jose, Costa Rica
Accommodations: hotels (15 nights)
Transportation: private mini bus, public buses, taxis, flight
Leaders: Tour leader
Included meals: 8 breakfasts
Included Activities: City tour of Suchitoto, Copan Ruins, Telica Volcano or Cerro Negro Volcano, Masaya Volcano
Day 1: Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in Antigua, Guatemala.
Day 2: Today is a relatively short travel day to Suchitoto, El Salvador, followed by an orientation tour of the city.
Day 3: A half day tour of the historical city of Suchitoto, which is also a major bird migration corridor.
Day 4: Today we travel from Suchitoto to Copan, Honduras, another relatively short trip, with a free afternoon to enjoy this relatively small town.
Day 5: An included excursion to Copan Ruins fills the morning. Optional afternoon activities include an excursion to Macaw Mountain.
Day 6: This is a travel day from Copan to Roatan. We travel by private bus, ferry and private transfer in Roatan, arriving in Paradise at around 7pm.
Day 7: A free day to enjoy exactly what people do in Paradise!
Day 8: A free day to enjoy exactly what people do in Paradise!
Day 9: An early departure with a picturesque flight out of Roatan to Tegucigalpa,the capital of Honduras. Our bus will be waiting to take us to Leon, Nicaragua.
Day 10: Today you have two great volcanoes to choose from. You can hike up Cerro Negro and hike or board down OR you can hike up Volcano Telica, for a twilight tour. Do not forget your camera; these sunsets are spectacular!
Day 11: A late departure allows plenty of time to check out the historic city of Leon. Our private vehicle then takes us the short distance to Granada, with an orientation tour in the afternoon.
Day 12: Today is a free day to explore Granada until late afternoon, when we will head to Volcano Masaya, for some serious lava spotting!
Day 13: A relatively short chicken bus ride takes us to the town of San Jorge where we will board our floating chariot (a ferry) that will take us to Ometepe Island. Another hour’s boat ride will take us to our Playa Santo Domingo hotel, with a relaxing afternoon in store.
Day 14: Today you may choose simply to relax in this beautiful setting, or hike one last volcano, either Maderas or Conception. Maderas is the easier of the two, but by no means easy!
Day 15: We backtrack to San Jorge, where we board a bus that will take us all the way to San Jose, Costa Rica. Once we are through with border formalities, we are only 5 scenic hours from our destination.
Day 16: Tour ends for those finishing in San Jose, or a free day for those continuing on the next leg.
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation. All travellers will be matched up with another traveller of the same gender. If you would prefer a room to yourself there will be a single supplement charged and single rooms are subject to availability.
If you prefer to have a room to yourself, you must select “Single Supplement” when making your booking. If you wish to room with someone specific who has made a separate booking please advise us of your roommate’s name in the special requests box or by email at email@example.com . Add-on 1: Single Supplement – $550.00