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Islands & Volcanoes of Central America San Jose - Antigua

Trip Overview

This 21 day overland tour journeys from San Jose to Antigua through Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua

This trip visits Cap Suchitoto, a community project which helps to create cultural identity and unity within the community and teaches skills to support self-sufficiency.

21 DAYS THROUGH Costa Rica, El Salvador (+ 3 more countries)
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DURATION:
21 days
TRANSPORT:
US style school bus
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
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90%
MEALS:
4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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$350 USD

Highlights

  Two days to Explore Antigua

  Explore the ruins of Copan

  Spend some time in the Bay Island of Roatan in Hondura

  Spend a night with a local community project at the Somoto Canyon

  Explore the Cerro Verde National Park in El Salvador

  Get active in the Costa Rican cloud forests at Monteverde

  Free time to explore La Fortuna including visiting the town's famous waterfall and Arenal Volcano National Park

  Soak up the atmosphere of the colonial towns of Leon and Granada

  Spend the night on Isla Ometepe

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Itinerary

Day 1 - San Jose ( 16th Feb 2020 )

Border information: if you are starting in San Jose, you will most likely enter Costa Rica at Juan Santamaria Airport (Code: SJO)

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Until the meeting, the rest of the day is free to explore the busting city. Please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring San Jose.

In San Jose we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Day 2-3 - Monteverde ( 17th Feb 2020 to 18th Feb 2020 )

Today we will drive to the town of Tilarán, where we will leave our overland vehicle behind and transfer by taxi to the dense cloud forests and coffee plantations of Monteverde, a stunning area offering an incredible diversity of flora and fauna.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided walk on the trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest National Reserve, followed by a free afternoon to visit some of the town's highlights or enjoy some adventurous activities such as canyoning or horse riding.

In Monteverde we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a guided trek to explore the stunning forest trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, learning all about the fascinating and beautiful ecosystem there

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Learn all about the cultivation and processing of the world-renowned coffee of Costa Rica at one of the many incredible coffee plantations near Monteverde

USD 35

Explore the incredible cloud forests of Monteverde at the tree-top level on a 3km canopy bridge circuit

USD 30
Day 4-5 - La Fortuna ( 19th Feb 2020 to 20th Feb 2020 )

Today we will head by taxi and boat to La Fortuna, a stunning town under the shadow of the mighty Arenal volcano. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to take optional treks through the incredible surrounding volcanic landscapes or forest canopies, or get involved in different adventure activities such as zip-lining, white-water rafting, and canyoning. La Fortuna is also famous for its outstanding hot springs, which we will have the opportunity to visit.

In La Fortuna we will stay in excellent cabanas outside of town.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a fantastic white-water rafting trip on the Balsa or Sarapiqui rivers near La Fortuna, some of the best rafting areas in Costa Rica

USD 69

Head out for an evening at the spectacular volcanic hot springs complex of Baldi near La Fortuna

USD 34

Take a intense canyoning trip into the rugged gorges of the jungles near Arenal, including several waterfall abseils

USD 100
Day 6-7 - Ometepe Island ( 21st Feb 2020 to 22nd Feb 2020 )

Border information: Exit Costa Rica at Peñas Blancas, enter Nicaragua at Peñas Blancas

This morning we drive across the Nicaraguan border and to the small town of San Jorge on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Central America's largest lake. Here we will board a ferry to the stunning volcanic island of Ometepe, where we base ourselves in the port village of Moyogalpa and enjoy free time to explore on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore and take part in optional activities such as the challenging trek to the summit of the Concepción volcano that dominates the island, or seeing some of the mysterious ancient petroglyphs that are dotted through the landscape.

On Ometepe we will stay in a small local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Climb to the summit of the Madera volcano on Ometepe Island (please note that although this is an easier trek than up Concepción volcano, it is still a very strenuous hike and you need to have a high level of fitness to complete it - the trek usually takes between 7-9 hours)

USD 42

Trek up to the stunning San Ramón waterfall in the forests near Madera volcano

USD 40

Head on a guided walk around Ometepe, and see some of the natural springs, beaches, and small villages on the island

USD 30
Day 8-9 - Granada ( 23rd Feb 2020 to 24th Feb 2020 )

Today we will take the ferry back to San Jorge to rejoin our overland vehicle and take a short drive to Nicaraguas's oldest city of Granada, a beautiful town which oozes with colonial charm! We will have free time to explore the city upon arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore the historic streets of Granada's old town, or take part in some of the myriad of optional activities that are available here.  

In Granada we will stay in a centrally-located hostel, which has a mixture of private and dormitory rooms.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the incredible San Francisco Convent and Museum in Granada, the oldest building in Central America dating from 1585

USD 2

Learn about the cultivation of cocoa and its manufacture into chocolate at the Choco Museo in Granada

USD 13

Trek up the beautiful dormant volcano of Mombacho near to Granada, exploring its rugged terrain and dwarf forests

USD 55
Day 10 - León, Masaya National Park ( 25th Feb 2020 )

Today we drive to the university town of León. En route we will have an included visit to the traditional markets in the small town of Masaya, and witness the incredible active caldera of the nearby Masaya volcano (if its volcanic activity isn't too high).

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

In León we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the dramatic crater rim of the active Masaya volcano between León and Granada

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the traditional markets in Masaya village, famous for its local handicrafts

Free

Visit León's many museums and galleries, such as the world-class Ortiz-Gurdián art museum, the Gallery of Heros and Martyrs, and the Museum of Legends and Traditions

NIO 20
Day 11 - Lake Yojoa ( 26th Feb 2020 )

Border information: Exit Nicaragua at Las Manos, enter Honduras at Las Manos.

Today we will have a a full day's drive across the border into Honduras and to the beautiful countryside of Lake Yojoa.

In Lake Yojoa we will camp for the night in the grounds of a lodge and brewery.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

Day 12-13 - Roatán ( 27th Feb 2020 to 28th Feb 2020 )

Today we will take a short drive to the town of San Pedro Sula and board a short local flight to Roatán, the largest of the famous tropical Bay Islands. On arrival we will transfer to the area of the West End Bay, where we base ourselves for our stay. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following days we will enjoy some time to take part in the wealth of optional activities available on Roatán, and of course to relax and swim on the stunning Caribbean beaches here!

In Roatán we will stay in a local hotel near the beach.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out scuba diving to the beautiful coral reefs off the coast of Roatán

USD 50

Rent sea kayaks to explore the magnificent Caribbean waters surrounding Roatán island

Free

Sail out on a deep sea fishing trip in the Caribbean waters near Roatán (price for the entire boat with a maximum occupancy of 4 passengers)

USD 90
Day 14-15 - Copán ( 29th Feb 2020 to 1st Mar 2020 )

Today we will start early to transfer back to Roatán's airport and catch our flight back to the mainland, rejoining the bus! We will then continue our journey west through Honduras, arriving at the small village of Copán.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided visit to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Copán, followed by a free afternoon to explore some of the other highlights in the area.

In Copán we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent ancient Mayan ruins of Copán

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the beautiful old Mayan stone carvings of Los Sapos, with fantastic views over the town of Copán

HNL 30

Visit the Copán Butterfly Gardens, a serene garden bursting with tropical plants and dozens of moths and butterflies flitting about!

HNL 115
Day 16-17 - Suchitoto ( 2nd Mar 2020 to 3rd Mar 2020 )

Border information: Exit Honduras and enter Guatemala at El Florido. Exit Guatemala and enter El Salvador at Anguiatú.

Today we will have a full day drive into Guatemala and then through to El Salvador, arriving at the beautiful town of Suchitoto.

In Suchitoto we will stay in dormitory rooms at the Centro Arte Para La Paz community centre, which runs many programs for the local communities to build cultural identity, unity, teaching skills, self-sufficiency, environmental equality and a culture of peace.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

On on second day we will have the chance to explore the town with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend the night at the wonderful community centre of Centro Arte Para La Paz in Suchitoto, which runs many workshops and projects for the locals in the area

Included in Kitty
Day 18 - Cerro Verde National Park ( 4th Mar 2020 )

Today we will drive to the stunning Cerro Verde National Park, where we will be surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes and countryside. In the afternoon we will take a guided hike up the Santa Ana Volcano.

In Cerro Verde National Park we will camp with basic facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the spectacular volcanic landscape of Cerro Verde National Park, one of El Salvador's gems

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Trek up to the summit of Santa Ana, El Salvador's highest volcano in the heart of Cerro Verde National Park

Free
Day 19-20 - Antigua ( 5th Mar 2020 to 6th Mar 2020 )

Border information: Exit El Salvador at La Hachadura, enter Guatemala at Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado.

Today we will cross the Guatemalan border to arrive in the stunning colonial city of Antigua. The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings.

In Antigua we will stay in a delightful colonial hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a trek up to the famous active volcano of Pacaya near Antigua

USD 79

Visit a traditional coffee plantation in the cool hills surrounding Antigua

GTQ 200

Walk up to the Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint to get unrivalled vistas over the town of Antigua

Free
Day 21 - Antigua ( 7th Mar 2020 )

Border information: if leaving in Antigua, you will most likely exit Guatemala at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (IATA code: GUA).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Antigua. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation or if you'd like to continue the journey to Playa Del Carmen.

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Departing: 18 Jan 2020
Returning: 7 Feb 2020
Duration: 21 days
Route: Antigua - San Jose
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