Classic: Volcano Adventure Antigua to San Jose (CGAS)
Countries Visited: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Explore the Mayan ruins of Copan, connect with hosts at a Nicaragua community guesthouse, hike through the mist of a cloud forest.
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 Copan and visit small villages for insight into the region's vibrant culture. Unwind on the white-sand beaches of Roatan and then delve into the jungle surrounding Ometepe Island and 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.
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|Day 1||Antigua||Day 1 Antigua|
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||Day 2 Antigua (1L)|
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. Included Activities: Cooking Class
|Day 3||Copan||Day 3 Antigua/Copan|
Cross into Honduras and head for the town of Copan. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Guatemala-Honduras) Transport: Stop along the way to cross the border and have lunch. Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours, 280km)
|Day 4||Copan||Day 4 Copan|
Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Copan and opt to soak in hot springs. Included Activities: Copan Ruins Guided Tour
|Day 5||Roatan||Day 5 Copan/Roatan|
Head to the diving haven of Roatan, 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: Local bus (4.00-4.50 hours, 174km) 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 (1.75-2.25 hours, 75km) Private Vehicle (0.75-1.50 hours, 17km)
|Day 6||Roatan||Day 6 Roatan|
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 8||Leon||Day 8 Roatan/Leon|
Leon was the former capital from the colonial period until 1857, and still the centre of much of the country's cultural and intellectual activity. Opt to visit Central America's largest cathedral or explore the history-filled streets. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75-1.25 hours, 17km) Plane Plane Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 102km)
|Day 9||Leon||Day 9 Leon|
There is always something interesting to do in Leon, whether it be a city tour, kayaking around Juan Venado Island, or a trip to the nearby beaches of Poneloya and Las PeNitas. If you'd prefer to just wander through the streets, you'll find several politically-charged murals depicting Nicaragua's turbulent history and several good museums in the area, including one dedicated to the heroes and martyrs of the Sandinista movement. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
|Day 10||Granada||Day 10 Leon/Granada|
Nicaragua boasts both incredibly friendly people and impressive natural beauty. Granada's colonial charm is complimented by the surrounding active volcanoes and lakes, making day trips a fun and easy option. Hike, cruise, or just explore the city's markets and museums. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 130km)
|Day 11||Granada||Day 11 Granada|
Enjoy free time to explore. Opt to kayak the isletas, rent a bike, take a city tour, or head to Laguna de Apoyo for a swim.
|Day 12||Isla de Ometepe||Day 12 Granada/Isla de Ometepe (1D)|
Cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to arrive at Ometepe Island. The group will be split up amongst different families within this small community. Enjoy local meals and getting to know your host family. During your stay, if you enjoy a challenge, hike Madera Volcano. If you want to take it a little slower, check out the pre-Columbian petroglyphs, try out the Tarzan swing at a nearby jungle swimming hole, or enjoy the beach. Included Activities: Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay Transport: Local bus (1.25-1.75 hours, 70km) Local bus (0.25-0.50 hours, 5km) Ferry (1.00-1.50 hours, 10km) Private Vehicle (0.25-0.50 hours, 6km)
|Day 13||Isla de Ometepe||Day 13 Isla de Ometepe (1B, 1D)|
Opt to climb Volcano Concepcion 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. Included Activities: Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay
|Day 14||San Juan del Sur||Day 14 Isla de Ometepe/San Juan del Sur (1B)|
Journey to low-key San Juan del Sur for some serious relaxation by the sea. Set on a stunning horseshoe shaped cove, this fishing village is the perfect place to combine two of Nicaragua's best features - its beautiful beaches and its award-winning Flor de CaNa rum! Do as much or as little as you want. Take surf lessons, try your luck at fishing, go ziplining on the hills above San Juan del Sur, or just lounge on the beach. A short boat or taxi ride away, the deserted beaches of Playa Maderas and Majagual to the north and Playa Remanso to the south are calling out to be explored. In the evenings take advantage of the relaxed seaside nightlife with the friendly locals. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.25-0.50 hours, 6km) Ferry (1.00-1.50 hours, 10km) Local bus (0.25-0.50 hours, 5km) Local bus (1.00-1.25 hours, 30km)
|Day 15||San Juan del Sur||Day 15 San Juan del Sur|
Enjoy free time for optional activities or relaxing on the beach.
|Day 16||Monteverde||Day 16 San Juan del Sur/Monteverde|
Travel to Costa Rica and into the misty cloud forests of Monteverde. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Nicaragua - Costa Rica) Transport: Local bus (0.50-0.75 hours, 20km) Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours, 209km)
|Day 17||Monteverde||Day 17 Monteverde|
Optional activities here include sky walks (suspension bridges amid foliage), butterfly garden, and a canopy zip-line tour. Included Activities: Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour
|Day 18||La Fortuna||Day 18 Monteverde/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 CaNo Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders' paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. Transport: Shared van (3.50 hour(s), 35km) Boat (0.75-1.25 hours, 10km) Shared van (0.50-0.75 hours)
|Day 19||La Fortuna||Day 19 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 20||San Jose||Day 20 La Fortuna/San Jose|
Travel to San Jose, and opt for a night out with the group. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours, 195km)
|Day 21||San Jose||Day 21 San Jose|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: From Roatan we will board our internal flight to Managua via San Salvador, in order to continue our adventure to Leon. Occasionally, due to fight availability, the order of the flight segment may be switched with the ferry segment.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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