Central American Journey

17 Days | Discover an untouched paradise from Guatemala to Costa Rica

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From tropical cloud forests alive with jungle melodies and native wildlife to vast freshwater lakes and active volcanoes, this pocket of Central America is a pure, unrefined paradise. You’ll relax under palms on a dark-sand beach on the Pacific Coast of El Salvador, spot colourful birds and see how indigo dying works in Suchitoto, stand in the shadow of mighty Arenal Volcano and spot sloths among the canopy of Monteverde. On this 17-day Central American journey, take in all the must-visit spots like Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica – this adventure is perfect for those who like to experience a destination 'la forma natural' (the natural way).

Trip overview

Map of Central American Journey including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
Start
Antigua, Guatemala
Finish
San Jose, Costa Rica
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
QVRJ
This trip generates 10.96 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Soak in the dramatic and varied landscapes of lush Central America. If you’re thinking active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles – this trip has you covered. Nature lovers rejoice!
  • Wind your way through the otherworldly ruins of Copan in Honduras, famous for the numerous elaborate stelae. These Maya ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a perfect spot for some great pics.
  • Take part in an indigo-dying demonstration in Suchitoto (the best place to produce indigo in the world) at a local enterprise that supports working mothers in the community.
  • Hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde – there are so many ways to experience the lush canopies and see unique Central American wildlife in this natural haven.
  • Try out your Nicaragua sign language skills when you order breakfast at an atmospheric cafe housed in a historic building managed and staffed by members of the local deaf community.
  • 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?
  • This trip is made for travellers who value their independence but also want the benefit of a local leader and a group of like-minded travellers. The itinerary includes basic accommodation and has free time for activities when your leader will offer suggestions. Please budget spending money for optional activities you want to partake in.
  • With so much to see and do, Costa Rica can sometimes be expensive. Expect to pay more than you would in other Central American countries for a lot of things.
  • You cover heaps of ground on this trip, with several border crossings and long travel days. This trip includes time spent travelling in a private vehicle with your group. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. Although this can be tiresome, it’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers.
  • Central America is generally hot and humid year-round. At nighttime and in locations at higher elevations it can get chilly. Protect yourself from the sun, bring light clothing you can layer and a waterproof jacket, and stay hydrated. Air conditioning may not always be available in your rooms. Occasionally, properties may require an additional charge for air conditioning.
  • This trip can involve a lot of walking. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness.
  • There will be times when you have to walk with your luggage, and for this reason, we recommend packing light and using a backpack or something easy to carry.

Itinerary

Map of Central American Journey including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua

Inclusions

Meals

1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi, Shared boat

Accommodation

Hotel (14 nights), Lodge (2 nights)

Activities
  • Copan Ruins - Visit
  • Suchitoto - Salvadoran Pupusa cooking demonstration
  • Suchitoto - Leader led orientation walk
  • Suchitoto - Indigo Dyeing Demonstration
  • Leon - Leader led orientation walk
  • Granada - Breakfast at El Cafe de las Sonrisas
  • Monteverde - Leader-led orientation walk
  • La Fortuna - Leader led orientation walk
  • San Jose - Leader-led orientation walk
Add on activities
  • Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop at ChocoMuseo - GTQ225
  • Antigua - Salsa-dance Lesson (per hour) - GTQ100
  • Copan - Natural Hot Springs & Dinner - USD50
  • Suchitoto - Birdwatching Walk (requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD25
  • Suchitoto - Town tour (it requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD30
  • Suchitoto - War historic walk at Cinquera Forest (requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD55
  • Leon - Volcano Sand Boarding - USD45
  • Granada - Laguna Apoyo kayaking tour - USD30
  • Granada - Mombacho Volcano hike - USD30
  • Granada - Masaya Volcano at night (Viewpoint for the Lava Lake at Santiago Crater) - NIO1600
  • Granada - Monkey Island boat tour - NIO455
  • Monteverde - Cloud Forest Entrance - USD25
  • Monteverde - Suspension bridges tour - USD50
  • Monteverde - Canopy Zip Lining (Entrance, Equipment & Transport) - USD62
  • Monteverde - Coffee & Chocolate tour - USD45
  • Monteverde - Cloud Forest Night Walk - USD35
  • Monteverde - Cloud Forest Train - USD50
  • Monteverde - Butterfly Garden and Insects Farm (entrance fee) - USD21
  • Monteverde - Frog pond - USD15
  • Monteverde - Orchid gardens - USD16
  • La Fortuna - Ecotermales Hot Springs (entrance fee) - USD45
  • La Fortuna - Arenal hanging bridges - USD75
  • La Fortuna - La Fortuna Waterfall (Entrance only) - USD20
  • La Fortuna - Arenal Volcano Hike - USD88
  • La Fortuna- Caño Negro boat tour - USD80
  • La Fortuna - Stand up paddle board - USD75
  • San Jose - San Jose By Night: Food and Culture - Urban Adventures - USD74
  • San Jose - National Museum (entrance fee) - USD11
  • San Jose - San Jose Bites and Sights Tour - Urban Adventures - USD38

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Important notes

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4.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.
5. 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.
6. This tour includes accommodation in multi-share rooms (triple and quad). This means travelers on the same booking may be split between rooms due to single gender allocation.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 177 reviews submitted.
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Sarah · Traveled April 2024
An action packed whirlwind trip full of history, culture, community, adventure, wildfire and food . All facilitated and led by our fantastic guide Walter
Review submitted 02 May 2024

Elizabeth · Traveled April 2024
This Intrepid tour surpassed our expectations. The content of the itinerary well thought out and hotels in the main were well placed for easy access to town. Our guide Walter made sure everything happened with the minimum fuss and we all relied on him especially at the border crossings where English was not spoken. We loved the comraderie of the group. We had fun, adventure, learned about history and culture, oh yes and enjoyed beautiful local food.
Review submitted 02 May 2024

Sarah · Traveled April 2024
What a great way to get a taster of Central America. 5 countries in 17 days is a whirlwind but it's a fantastic way to see the area. Definitely recommend adding days before and after, especially in Antigua/Guatemala as there is heaps to see there that you'll otherwise miss.
Review submitted 20 Apr 2024

Chris · Traveled April 2024
Best trip ever. Great locations, good experience. Freddy, the tour guide is the best 👍
Review submitted 20 Apr 2024

Lynsey · Traveled April 2024
If I had to choose one word for this tour I’d choose ADVENTURE. I surfed, kayaked, zip lined, and sand boarded down a volcano for the first time! Lots of opportunities for adrenaline rushes on this trip! Central America gets bad press for being unsafe but please don’t let that stop you from visiting as its countries and people are wonderful! If you get Juan manuel Perez as your guide you are going to have the most incredible experience, he is so knowledgeable, patient, professional and caring, and very approachable, don’t hesitate to book this trip now!
Review submitted 17 Apr 2024
Central American Journey
From
USD $1,452