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Central American Journey

Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America. Visit six 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 (Chief Experience Officers) 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.

Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings
Service Level: Basic
Physical Rating: 3 - Average
Trip Type: Small Group
Merchandising:Top Seller, Planeterra Project, IDB Project

Holiday 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 six countries in a month.
Pricing Information

Total From €2,249
Nights  31



Flight prices are not included, prices are p.person.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Playa del Carmen

Check into our hotel and enjoy the city.

Additional Notes

Shuttles and buses from the Cancún airport are easy to find and reasonably priced. You can also take the public ADO bus that has departures every 30 minutes from the airport to Playa Del Carmen for approximately MX 176 ($10 USD).

Included Activities
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Playa del Carmen

Start your holiday off with some hardcore relaxation. Enjoy a full day of free time to fill as you wish. Get your ruin on with a visit to Tulum perched atop the sea, explore the fish- and coral-filled seas around Cozumel on a scuba dive, go swimming in a cenote or at the beach, and save some energy for a night out on the town.

Day 3 Playa del Carmen/Caye Caulker

Mention Belize and you may conjure up visions of unbelievably clear blue waters, diving and snorkelling along the barrier reef and remarkable marine life. Belize also boasts huge swaths of jungle, ancient Mayan ruins, and above all, friendly, easygoing people. Belize is all this and much more!

Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Mexico - Belize)


Transport

First-class bus (4.00 hour(s), 315km)
Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 158km)
Water taxi (0.75-1.00 hours)

Days 4-5 Caye Caulker

Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.

Day 6 Caye Caulker/San Ignacio

From the town of San Ignacio, opportunities abound for exploring Belize’s little known inland scenic beauty. With free time here, choose to explore the area by foot, canoe or horse, take a caving trip, or visit the Mountain Pine Ridge Area and swim in its inviting pools and rivers.

Included Activities
  • San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch


Transport

Water taxi (0.75-1.00 hours, 39km)
Local bus (3.00 hour(s), 123km)

Included Meals

1L

Day 7 San Ignacio

Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

Day 8 San Ignacio/Flores

Cross the border into Guatemala and you immediately notice the difference in culture, with its heavy Mayan influence and Spanish language. Here we have entered Guatemala’s northeast jungle Petén region. The descendants of the Maya of Chichén Itzá migrated to the Petén area several centuries after the collapse of the great Mayan cities in the Yucatán.

En route to Flores, stop for a guided tour of the ancient city of Tikal. Arrive in Flores, the capital of the department of Petén, a small island located on the second largest lake of Guatemala, Lake Petén Itzá.

Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Belize - Guatemala)
  • Tikal Ruins Guided Tour


Transport

Taxicab (0.25-0.50 hours, 5km)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.50 hours, 100km)
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 64km)

Day 9 Flores/Rio Dulce

A travel day from Flores to Rio Dulce which is located in the department of Izabal, home of the largest lake in Guatemala, Lake Izabal was one of the most important water ways of the Spanish crown during colonial times.

We 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.

Transport

Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 210km)

Day 10 Rio Dulce

Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall, take a sunrise kayak to visit groups of noisy howler monkeys, or take a horseback ride through the rubber plantations combined with a visit to the Shaman Tower.

Day 11 Rio Dulce/Antigua Guatemala

Today is a travel day from Rio Dulce to Antigua, followed by an orientation walk once you arrive. Plan your activities for the next day and enjoy some of the nightlife this beautiful colonial city has to offer.

Included Activities
  • Orientation Walk


Transport

Private Vehicle (6.00-7.50 hours, 315km)

Day 12 Antigua Guatemala

Get adventurous and pre-book the Pacaya Volcano Hike on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Day 13 Antigua Guatemala/Panajachel

Travel through the hills and fertile fields of the Guatemalan highlands to the shores of Lake Atitlán, one of the most beautiful spots in Guatemala. Twelve native villages, blue/grey mountains and three volcanoes line the shores of this lake resulting in a wonderful combination of unusual natural beauty and traditional culture.

The area is also ideal for outdoor pursuits like swimming, fishing, wind surfing, hiking, bird watching, kayaking, and horseback riding.

Additional Notes

Note: Please dress conservatively when visiting the villages and refrain from photographing religious ceremonies, or individuals who do not wish to be photographed.

Transport

Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 80km)

Day 14 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.

Included Activities
  • Posadas Mayas Homestay


Transport

Boat (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km)

Included Meals

1D

Day 15 San Juan La Laguna/Antigua Guatemala

We return to Antigua to spend more time to explore the city, shop, and check out optional activities in the area.

Optional activities include visiting a macadamia nut farm, checking out a coffee plantation, biking around Antigua's surrounding hills or taking a salsa lesson.

Included Activities
  • Big Night Out


Transport

Boat (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km)
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

Day 16 Antigua Guatemala

Get adventurous and pre-book the Pacaya Volcano Hike on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Day 17 Antigua Guatemala/Copán

The colonial highland town of Copán Ruinas is a charming and relaxing place, set along a river in the coffee growing region close to the Guatemalan border.

The Mayan ruins of Copán are fascinating, beautiful and unique among Mayan cities. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980, Copán contains some of the most important Mayan ruins found to date, and many unusual artistic features, including some of the most detailed carving in the Mayan world.



Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Guatemala-Honduras)


Transport

Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours, 280km)

Day 18 Copán

Free time in Copan. Opt to visit the impressive Copan ruins and check out some lesser known Mayan sites along the way. Knowledgable local guides can interpret the many Mayan carvings left here over 1,000 years ago. You can also choose to explore the nearby hills and small villages on horseback or journey through the countryside to some hidden jungle hot springs for a relaxing soak.

Day 19 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.

Additional Notes

Prepare for the long travel day with snacks.

Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Honduras - Guatemala)
  • Border Crossing (Guatemala - El Salvador)


Transport

Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 400km)

Day 20 Suchitoto

Enjoy a free day in Suchitoto.

Day 21 Suchitoto/Concepción de Ataco

Travel to the 'Route of Flowers' region with its quaint Salvadorian towns and talented artisans.

Transport

Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 120km)

Day 22 Concepción de Ataco

Day hikes, a coffee tour and shopping are some of many options for your time here. Hike El Impossible National Park, swim in the pools of Atzumpa, check out some of the other nearby quaint towns or just explore tiny Ataco. This is a coffee producing region of El Salvador, so be sure to sample some delicious coffee in a local café.

Day 23 Concepción de Ataco/Playa El Palmarcito

Enjoy a free morning in Ataco before heading to the coast. The sunsets in this surfing town are stunning. Grab a cold drink and enjoy!

Transport

Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 100km)

Day 24 Playa El Palmarcito

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.

Day 25 Playa El Palmarcito/Monteverde

At 1,400 meters above sea level, Monteverde is literally in the clouds. The Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves are home to diverse and unique flora and fauna. Sloths, monkeys, kinkajous, tapirs and large cats inhabit the area. There are more species of orchids here than anywhere else in the world.

Transport

Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 50km)
Plane (1.50-2.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 140km)

Day 26 Monteverde

The day is free to choose from many optional activities. Fly hundreds of meters above the trees on a zip-lining tour, hike through one of the cloud forest reserves, ride a horse in the mountains, visit a coffee/sugar cane farm, go bungee jumping, drive an ATV on trails in the hills, tour the cheese factory or check out the orchid garden, serpentarium, or frog pond in town.

Day 27 Monteverde/La Fortuna

The trip from Monteverde to La Fortuna takes us down from the cloud forest and across Costa Rica's largest lake The town of La Fortuna lies at the base of the Arenal Volcano, which dominates the landscape rising to 1670 meters high. The town has become famous as the adventure sports capital of Costa Rica.

Choose your adventure! Canyoneering, white water rafting, hiking, caving, rafting, horseback riding, paddlebording, kayaking, visiting a wildlife refuge, and even more activities are all possible options for you to choose from while we're here.

Included Activities
  • Big Night Out


Transport

Shared Van (3.50 hour(s))
Boat (0.75 hour(s))
Shared Van (0.50-0.75 hours)

Day 28 La Fortuna

Choose your adventure! Canyoneering, hiking, caving, rafting, horseback riding, paddleboarding, kayaking, visiting a wildlife refuge, and even more activities are all possible options for you to choose from while we're here.

Get your adrenaline pumping and pre-book the Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

Day 29 La Fortuna/San Carlos

Enjoy a final free morning in La Fortuna for optional activities. In the afternoon, travel to San Carlos and to the rural community of Coope San Juan. Stay with a local family for an authentic Costa Rican experience.

Included Activities
  • Coope San Juan Homestay


Transport

Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

Included Meals

1D

Day 30 San Carlos

Enjoy a full day with your hosts at the Coope San Juan homestay. Go on a walk through the surrounding forest to learn about flora and fauna in the area, help harvest cassava, and join a cooking demo to make enyucados – a local speciality. In the afternoon, enjoy free time and opt to go mountain biking or fishing, or relax in the village and practice your Spanish.

Included Activities
  • Coope San Juan Homestay
  • Rainforest Walk
  • Cooking Demonstration


Included Meals

1B, 1L, 1D

Day 31 San Carlos/San José

Interested in stopping along the way to San Jose for some adventurous rafting? Pre-book Sarapiqui River Rafting on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

San José has beautiful parks, museums and theatres. Enjoy the view of the surrounding lush mountains from the downtown streets.

Transport

Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

Included Meals

1B

Day 32 San José

Depart at any time.

Included Activities
  • Departure Day

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 Discover Moment: Playa del Carmen
    Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker
    Your Discover Moment: Antigua Guatemala
    Your Big Night Out Moment: Antigua Guatemala
    Your Discover Moment: Monteverde
    Your Big Night Out Moment: La Fortuna
    Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
    Your Local Living Moment: Coope San Juan Homestay, Cantón de San Carlos
    Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Demonstration, Cantón de San Carlos
  • Guided tour of Tikal
  • Orientation walk in Antigua
  • Beach time in Caye Caulker and El Palmarcito
  • Free time in Suchitoto
  • Coope San Juan homestay
  • Rainforest walk
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Accommodation

Simple hotels/hostels (30 nts, most multi-share), homestay (1 nt).
Organised by the GoHop Adventure Team

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