Get a dose of pure, unrefined paradise on this Central American Journey.
From tropical forests alive with jungle melodies to vast freshwater lakes and active volcanoes, this pocket of Central America is pure, unrefined paradise. Whether you’re relaxing beneath shaggy palms on a dark-sand beach in El Cuco, spotting colourful birds perched on the colonial facades of Suchitoto, standing in the shadow of mighty Arenal Volcano or spotting sloths among the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest, this trip through Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica is perfect for those who like their adventures 'la forma natural'.
The stars of this trip are the dramatic landscapes of Central America. Think active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles
Quaint Suchitoto is a contemporary arts hub with a colonial facade. Flower-studded balconies, galleries housed in 19th-century buildings and a lake frequented by thousands of local birds – this little town is a real heart-snatcher
Stray off the beaten track in El Cuco, where the dark-sand beaches are secluded and the surf breaks are gentle and reliable
Nicaragua is often neglected by travellers in favour of its neighbours, but their loss is your gain! Travel through Central America’s largest country (and one of our favourites) and discover towns untouched by tourism
Hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde
Encounter Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna. Whether it's reflected in the serene waters of the lake or heating the thermal pools you're soaking in, the magnificent volcano always makes its presence felt
The colourful murals and baroque buildings of lesser-known Leon make it a joy to explore on foot
This trip involves some long travel days, especially on Day 8 from El Cuco to Granada. This 14-hour journey includes a boat trip across the Gulf of Fonseca and several hours in a mini-van. Although this can be tiresome, it's a great opportunity to sit back, enjoy the passing scenery and to bond with your fellow travellers. This is a real Central American adventure, after all.
As this trip covers destinations across five countries, you'll need to make several border crossings. While these are usually straightforward, please prepare to be patient.
Central America is tropical, so expect a hot and humid climate. Make sure you protect yourself from the sun, wear comfortable, light clothing and stay hydrated - especially when out on walking tours.
There are many opportunities to get active on this adventure. Some of the the optional activities, especially the volcano hikes, require a moderate level of fitness and sturdy walking shoes. If you'd prefer to take it easy, however, there are plenty of other things you can do instead.
There will be times when you have to walk with your luggage and for this reason we recommend using a backpack or something easy to carry, plus packing light.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 04 February 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 03 February 2019
1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6p m on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time following check out.
2. To have a private room on this trip, a single supplement is bookable; subject to availability.
3. Please be careful when booking flights to Antigua; make sure you fly into Guatemala City Airport [GUA]. Guatemala City Airport is the closest airport to Antigua. Please do NOT book flights to Antigua & Barbuda Airport [ANU] as this is an island in the Caribbean.
4. Please be careful when booking flights from San Jose; make sure you fly out of Juan Santamaría International Airport [SJO]. Please do NOT book flights from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport [SJC] as this is located in California, United States.
5. Hurricane season in this region is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Intrepid monitors any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.
Our Central American Journey trips score an average of 4.47 out of 5 based on 368 reviews in the last year.
Overall good trip if you’re pressed for time and like things planned out for you. Not really geared to backpackers, often times the leaders take you to more expensive restaurants for dinner. Extra day trips seemed to be more expensive when organized through intrepid leader/hotels.
Review submitted 03 Oct 2018
Great trip, lots of wildlife and adventure in Costa Rica, Mayan ruins in Honduras and local culture in Guatemala and El Salvador. Most of all, as always, a great trip with some great people, when you get home you'll have many new friends.
Review submitted 01 Oct 2018