Nicaragua & Beyond

10 Days | Discover the best of Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala

3.6 out of 5 based on 5 reviews submitted.
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On this 10-day exploration of Central America, you’ll cover four different countries, changing landscapes and heaps of natural and archaeological wonders. Stroll along striking black-sand beaches, verdant rainforests and ancient ruins as you make your way to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. This is a trip full of outdoor experiences and local know-how. Whether relaxing by the sea in El Salvador, shopping in colonial Antigua or exploring the intricately carved structures at Copan archaeological site, get local insight from local leaders and travel with like-minded people on this insightful, fun and historical adventure.

Trip overview

Map of Nicaragua & Beyond including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
Start
Granada, Nicaragua
Finish
Antigua, Guatemala
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
QBSK
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Take a guided tour of the Copan ruins and archaeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilization.
  • Visit an Indigenous artists’ village in Nicaragua to meet with a local artist who makes traditional masks – an important part of the history of the country's revolution.
  • See the lava flow and crater at Masaya Volcano National Park – the first and largest national park in Nicaragua and a fascinating place to explore.
  • Don your chef hat and taste the local cuisine with a traditional Salvadorian pupusa-making class in a local home in Suchitoto, El Salvador.
  • Experience an El Salvador of the past in the colonial town of Suchitoto, before hitting the waves and savouring the present on the black-sand beaches of El Tunco.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, the Adelante Foundation. Donations help them empower female entrepreneurs from low-income parts of Honduras to grow their businesses and build a livelihood with microfinance.

Is this trip right for you?
  • As this trip covers destinations across four countries, you’ll make several border crossings. While these are usually straightforward, please prepare to be patient while local authorities process papers.
  • Central America is tropical, so expect a hot and humid climate. Protect yourself from the sun, wear comfortable, light clothing and stay hydrated – especially when out on walking tours. Air conditioning may not always be available in your rooms. Occasionally, properties may require an additional charge for air conditioning.

Itinerary

Map of Nicaragua & Beyond including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua

Inclusions

Meals

1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Local bus, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights)

Activities
  • Leon - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Monimbó - Indigenous artists village visit
  • Masaya Volcano National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Suchitoto - Salvadoran Pupusa cooking demonstration
  • Suchitoto - Leader led orientation walk
  • Copan - Guided visit to Archaeological site
Add on activities
  • Leon - Volcano Sand Boarding - USD45
  • Leon - Juan Venado Island Kayaking - USD90
  • Suchitoto - Birdwatching Walk (requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD25
  • Suchitoto - War historic walk at Cinquera Forest (requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD50
  • Suchitoto - Town tour (it requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD30
  • Copan - Macaw Mountain Bird Park (entrance fee) - HNL230
  • Copan - Natural Hot Springs & Dinner - USD50
  • Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop at ChocoMuseo - GTQ225
  • Antigua - Salsa-dance Lesson (per hour) - GTQ100

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Important notes

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1 in Granada. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Please be careful when booking flights to Granada; make sure you fly to Managua - Augusto C. Sandino International Airport [MGA]. Managua’s Airport is the closest airport to Granada. Please do not book flights to Granada Airport [GRX] as this is in Spain. 
4. Please be careful when booking flights from Antigua; make sure you fly from Guatemala City Airport [GUA]. Guatemala City Airport is the closest airport to Antigua. Please do not book flights from Antigua & Barbuda Airport [ANU] as this is an island in the Caribbean.
5. As per updated Nicaragua entry requirements, customers are currently required to supply a copy of their passport front page to their booking agent no later than 15 days prior to departure.
6. Should you have any questions or need assistance with the Honduras pre-registration, your leader will be able to assist on Day 1 of your tour. For more information, visit the ‘Passports, visas and entry requirements’ section of the ‘Essential Trip Information.’

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

3.6 out of 5 based on 5 reviews submitted.
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Steven · Traveled January 2024
Overall the trip was very good. Our guide, Ray, did an excellent job especially for someone who had never been to 3 of the 4 countries. I have two tips for people taking this tour. Do not participate in the horseback riding in Copan. If you want to go horseback riding do it somewhere else. It was not safe. The optional hot springs in Copan are over an hour away from the hotel. The local guide made it seem like they were 5 minutes away.
Review submitted 26 Jan 2024

Amanda · Traveled January 2024
Our tour guide, Ray, did an amazing job navigating the border crossings, and explaining the history and activity options for each country. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see the highlights and experience the culture of these 4 countries. There were plenty of activity options to choose from, and also the freedom to do your own thing. I felt safe during the entire trip and would definitely do another tour with Intrepid based on my experience. Thank you Ray for a great adventure!
Review submitted 02 Feb 2024

Sara · Traveled January 2024
A wonderful trip to see new cities and countries I wouldn't have otherwise visited on my own. There was much more driving than I would have liked, and I do feel this trip needs a minimum of two extra days to really enjoy the visits AND to break up the driving (some driving days were 8 hours). It didn't feel like much was really included besides the transport and the accommodation. That being said, I had a great time because some of the destinations had really great optional activities, but do think this trip needs to be longer so you can spend more than just a few hours in some of the destinations. With some tweaking of the trip structure, I think it can be awesome!
Review submitted 16 Jan 2024

George · Traveled January 2024
Way too much ground transportation and border crossing. Guide was not from any country we visited so couldn't give us any information. Very little included and trips expensive.
Review submitted 17 Jan 2024

Mandy · Traveled January 2024
Sadly the worst Intrepid trip that I have done. Did not follow the itinerary and led by a guide who as not from the countries we were visiting did not feel qualified to give anything other than very basic information. Did enjoy travelling with a great group of people but the whole trip could have been so much better.
Review submitted 23 Jan 2024
Nicaragua & Beyond
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