See the 'Greatest Hits' of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica

Get ready for a fast-paced adventure through the best of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. From oceans teeming with marine life to cloud forests alive with jungle melodies, this pocket of Central America is something of a natural paradise. Whether you're shopping in colonial Antigua, exploring the intricately carved Copan ruins, diving into the crystal blue waters of Honduras' Roatan Islands or taking a night tour of Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna, you'll get a wonderful insight into Central America during this incredible adventure.

Antigua, Guatemala
San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica,
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
141kg pp per trip


  • Travel through the heart of Central America
  • Covet local handcrafts in Antigua's markets
  • Tour through the ancient Mayan ruins at Copan
  • Frolic into cool Caribbean waters off Roatan Island
  • Spot the world's only freshwater sharks in Lake Nicaragua
  • Explore the steamy Monteverde cloud forest
  • Visit La Fortuna's impressive Arenal Volcano
  • Admire the dramatic scenery surrounding San Jose
  • Feast on fiery Central American cuisine
  • Enjoy a cruisy day sightseeing in Granada
  • Find a comfy patch of grass in Comayagua's Parque Central


What better place to start the Way to San Jose adventure than in one of Guatemala’s most compelling cities? Walk through cobblestone streets and past heavy wood-carved entrances on an orientation tour of Antigua. Cheap and tasty Guatemalan food can be found in busy markets and street stalls a block west of Parque Central.
Travel across the wild Guatemalan countryside and cross the border into Copan. Tour the World Heritage-listed Mayan ruins, with intricately carved structures dating back to 500 AD, or sample some unusual Honduran cuisine.
The reward for a bus and ferry journey today is the pristine shores of Honduras' Roatan Island. Spend two blissful days diving into the crystal waters of the Caribbean or simply melting into the white, powdery beaches under the shade of a coconut palm.
Pack up the bucket and spade; it's time to travel south to Comayagua. Mingle with locals in the lush central gardens or visit some of Honduras’s most impressive cathedrals.
Cross the border and arrive at Nicaragua's oldest town. Granada city is a charming and surprising place, brimming with bubbly inhabitants and character. Sightseeing in Granada is plentiful; perhaps hop on a boat ride around Lake Nicaragua or for the adventurous, an excursion to Mombacho or Masaya Volcano National Park is a hot option. In the evenings, walk along narrow streets where locals chat to each other from their open-front living rooms.
Spot the world's only freshwater sharks in Lake Nicaragua en route to the lush Ometepe Island. Take an optional hike to one of two towering volcanoes on the island or choose a slower pace at one of the beaches or jungle swimming holes.
Costa Rica beckons across the border. Arrive in the eco-lovers paradise of Monteverde, and choose to explore the expansive Monteverde cloud forest on foot, mountain bike or on horse - or even go zip lining over the tree canopy.
From La Fortuna, discover the Arenal Volcano and perhaps enjoy a relaxing rendezvous at the La Fortuna hot springs or waterfalls.
Complete the Way to San Jose tour and farewell new friends in this spirited city. Join locals milling around Mercado Central for some super-cheap Costa Rican food and colourful souvenirs.
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Hotel (16 nights)


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Important notes

There will be a change to the itinerary of this trip for all departures in 2016. This trip won't visit Roatan in 2016, instead the itinerary will be as follows:

Day 1 Antigua, Guatemala
Day 2 Copan, Honduras
Days 3-4 Suchitoto, El Salvador
Days 5 El Tunco, El Salvador
Days 6-7 El Cuco, El Salvador
Days 8-9 Granada, Nicaragua
Days 10-11 Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
Days 12-13 Monteverde, Costa Rica
Days 14-15 La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Days 16-17 San Jose, Costa Rica

Please visit the Central America Journey (code QVRJ) for more information, dates and prices.

Trip notes

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