Summary of The Day: The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua is one of the most delightful colonial towns in Central America. To fully explore this beautiful town, we recommend booking pre-tour accommodation before the start of your tour.
As the cultural center of Guatemala, Antigua is an ideal place to experience the traditional music, architecture and art of the country. Rich in ornate churches, convents, parks, plazas, cafes, restaurants, bars and colorful street markets and surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes, Antigua is one place you will never forget.
- Meeting location: Hotel Posada Los Bucaros, 7a. Avenida Norte No.94, La Antigua. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following.
- Hotel Posada Los Bucaros or similar
Summary of The Day: We leave Guatemala and cross into Honduras towards the charming town of Copan. Within walking distance of the village is one of the best-kept and most intriguing of all the ancient Maya sites, the Copan ruins. On your guided tour you will see the intricately carved stelaes (carvings/statues) depicting the 16 rulers of this once magnificent and influential city, the spectacular staircase, ball courts and enormous main plaza.
In the afternoon you can enjoy a trip up to hot springs surrounded by the lush vegetation of the surrounding hills, a horse-trek through the countryside, or a coffee tour of a local plantation (all optional).
Summary of The Day: We will continue our exploration of Copan.
Summary of The Day: From Copan we take a bus through coffee growing districts for the coastal town of Tela before moving on to La Ceiba for the trip by ferry across to Roatan, the largest of the beautiful sun-soaked Caribbean Bay Islands. Development on the island means there is plenty to do, but it is also easy to find a deserted beach lapped by warm Caribbean waters. Here you will find palm-fringed lagoons, turquoise water, friendly locals, lively nightlife and stunning underwater scenery, with some of the cheapest diving and snorkeling in the world!
You can elect to swim with dolphins, a truly unforgettable experience, or get into the true Caribbean sprit with a sunset cruise (optional).
Summary of The Day: We will continue our exploration of Roatan Island.
Summary of The Day: After a few days on Roatan, we fly to Tegucigalpa where we will drive to Leon, Nicaragua.
Summary of The Day: Crossing the border into Nicaragua, the lovely town of Leon, with its colonial charm, is our next stop. We have plenty of free time here to take a break in the shady gardens and plazas. This is an especially good place to buy leather work souvenirs. There are various museums, churches the cathedral and the Plaza de la Constitution to explore.
Summary of The Day: We will continue our exploration of Leon.
Summary of The Day: We will continue our exploration of Leon.
Summary of The Day: After passing through the capital, Managua, and the tobacco growing regions, we arrive in Granada, on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. Granada is one of the most characteristic and colorful colonial towns in Central America.
Here there are many optional excursions to visit the surrounding countryside, including a visit to the Masaya National Park, with its double-crested active volcano, and the Masaya handicraft markets nearby (great for buying hammocks). Alternatively, you can choose to go for a boat tour of the islands on the lake or a trek and/or zipline through the Mombacho Volcano Cloud Forest.
Summary of The Day: With two free days in Granada you also have plenty of time to take a day trip into Managua to explore. After years of civil war and the devastating earthquake of 1972, the city center was left in shambles. There are still buildings with huge cracks and weeds growing through them, the strange old Cathedral being one.
However, this now peaceful city is in the process of rebuilding itself. The recently restored National Palace offers a fascinating tour into the past.
Summary of The Day: Travelling onwards, we cross the vast Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America. This lake was once a large ocean bay, but seismic activity caused the land to rise, cutting it off from the sea. This has left the lake with fresh water sharks and other salt-water species.
We take a boat to the tranquil island of Ometepe, located in the middle of the lake. This is the true heart of Nicaragua, and is the perfect place to escape from the fast-paced normalities of life.
Summary of The Day: Formed by two volcanoes, Concepcion and Madera, the island's fertile volcanic soil provides the local population with perfect farming conditions for the many crops grown. You may choose to hire a local guide and spend your free time touring the island and searching for ancient stone statues and petroglyphs which have been found all over the island.
Those feeling athletic can go for volcano hikes or horseback riding on the black sand beach, while the less energetic can spend their time lying in hammocks, or taking a dip in the lake or the nearby freshwater spring.
Summary of The Day: The capital city of Costa Rica, San Jose, is nestled in a fertile valley among coffee and sugar-cane farms. There is not much left of the colonial era architecture, due to the damage done by earthquakes, but it is certainly worth seeing the National Theater, built in 1897. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to catch a performance whilst you're here. The Gold, Jade and National Museums are also particularly recommended for a visit
There are plenty of interesting optional day trips that can be undertaken within a close vicinity of San Jose such as visits to the Poas or Irazu volcano, white water rafting, the Turu Bari Topical Park or the Rain Forest Aerial Tram.
Summary of The Day: We will continue our exploration of San Jose.
Summary of The Day: We travel from the Central Valley to the Pacific coast, through very lush green countryside to Manuel Antonio, where we will visit the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular parks in the country. This celebrated park is blessed with beautiful lagoons, palm fringed beaches, a vast array of animals and lush green forests. Some of the many creatures that call Manuel Antonio home include sloths, pelicans, white-faced monkeys, anteaters and huge iguanas.
Summary of The Day: We will continue our exploration of Manuel Antonio.
Santa Elena - Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Summary of The Day: We travel to the old town of Quepos, once a very important port for the exportation of bananas. We then ascend a steep mountain road that offers great views over lush green hills that flatten to meet the Pacific ocean. We reach the small town of Santa Elena, established by American Quakers in the 1950's.
From here we visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in search of the mysterious endangered Quetzal, a very rare and timid bird with incredibly beautiful and unique plumage. There are several paths to explore in this privately owned reserve, one of which takes you to the continental divide. We'll also stop at the Hummingbird Gallery where these energetic birds buzz around sipping on nectar.
The area around Santa Elena is famous for its ziplines, where you'll have the option to go flying over the cloud forest on a series of cables strung out between the giant trees. For the less courageous, you may opt for a sky walk along a series of suspension bridges above the forest canopy. Along with the lovely horse treks, nature-spotting twilight walks, visits to coffee and dairy farms, you may find it hard to choose between all of the exciting excursions!
Summary of The Day: We will continue to explore Santa Elena.
Summary of The Day: Our next journey takes us through the mountains of the cloud forest using a combination of minivans and boats. The first leg to Lake Arenal takes about one hour 30 minutes. After transferring onto a boat, we can admire the stunning scenery of the lake for approximately an hour until we reach the other side, where we board another minibus and travel for thirty minutes to La Fortuna.
The main attraction in La Fortuna is the nearby Arenal Volcano, which has been constantly erupting since 1968 although is not doing so anymore. After settling into our hotel you'll have time for a leisurely lunch and to explore the town. An exciting optional night excursion is available where you are taken to a site near the volcano and sample the local alcoholic spirit. After this, you may want to indulge in a visit the luxuriant local hot springs for a well-earned dip.
Summary of The Day: There is also plenty of free time to partake in a variety of spectacular and exhilarating optional excursions while in La Fortuna: a visit to the some local waterfalls, caving, rappelling, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horse-riding, trekking, biking, and wild-life spotting.
Summary of The Day: We then return to San Jose for another night. In the evening there are plenty of world class restaurants to choose from and some great nightlife especially if you are here on the weekend.
Summary of The Day: Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Standard Price/Person By Occupancy
|USD $2,768.98||USD $3,387.98|
|+USD $35.00||+USD $56.00|
|+USD $48.00||+USD $81.00|
|+USD $83.00||+USD $137.00|
* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.|
* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
- Guided tour of Copan ruins
- Roatan Island
- Ometepe Island
- Entry to Manual Antonio National Park
- Entry to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
- 22 nights in hotels, hostels & guesthouses
- Travel by Private Vehicle, Boat, 1 flight, Public Bus
- English-speaking local guide(s)
- Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers and pre and post-tour accommodations
- Personal expenses
- Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change): - Village Tour: USD 35.00/person
- Coffee Plantation Tour: USD 20.00/person
- Zip Lining: USD 50.00/person
- Antigua Walking tour: USD 25.00/person
- Horse riding (Copan): USD 15.00/person
- Hot springs and BBQ: USD 25.00/person
- Coffee tour (includes lunch): USD 30.00/person
- Snorkelling with dive boat: USD 15.00/person
- Scuba diving: USD 25.00 per dive
- Scuba diving introduction dive (up to 15m): USD 100.00/person
- Botanical gardens: USD 5.00/person
- Swim with dolphins: USD 85.00/person
- Kayak rental: USD 5.00/person per hour
- Butterfly garden: USD 5.00/person
- Scooter rentals: USD 35.00/person per day
- Bike rentals: USD 10.00/person per day
- Glass bottom boat: USD 20.00/person
- Fishing trips: USD 60.00/person per hour
- Horse and cart: USD 2.0/person0 per hour
- Isletas tour: USD 15.00/person
- Mombacho canopy tour: USD 45.00/person
- Horse riding: USD 17.00/person for three hours
- Volcano Maderas trek: USD 23.00/person
- Volcano Concepcion trek: USD 23.00/person
- Jade Museum: USD 15.00/person
- Museum National: USD 4.00/person
- Butterfly farm: USD 6.00/person
- Theatro National: USD 5.00/person
- National Park guided tour: USD 10.00/person
- Boogie-board / surfboard rental: USD 5.00-10.00/hr/person
- Horse riding (Manuel Antonio): USD 40.00-60.00/person
- Rafting / kayaking: USD 45.00-60.00/person
- ATV (quad bikes): USD 75.00 single; USD 95.00 double
- Damas Island boat tour: USD 45.00/person
- Catamaran and snorkelling tour: USD 75.00/person
- Butterfly garden, reptile lagoon and aquatic garden: USD 35.00/person
- Jet Skis tour: USD 95.00/person
- Surf Lessons: USD 45.00/person
- Parasailing: USD 60.00-75.00/person
- Arenal Volcano hike and hot springs: USD 40.00/person
- National Park: USD 6.00/person plus taxi
- La Fortuna Waterfall: USD 10.00/person plus taxi
- Ziplining Canopy Tour: USD 84.00/person
- Rafting: USD 55.00-75.00/person
- Horse riding (La Fortuna): USD 65.00/person
- Mountain Biking: USD 75.00-95.00/person
- Canyoning: USD 90.00/person
- Cancellation Policy:
- 27 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
- 28-59 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
- 60 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
- This is an Adventure Tour, we see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport and staying in small locally owned accommodation. There is a maximum of 16 travelers with an average group size of 8-12.
- There is no airport in Antigua, Guatemala so you must fly to Guatemala City and then get a transfer, bus or taxi from Guatemala City to Antigua (45km). Please make sure that your flight is into Guatemala City, Guatemala, NOT Antigua in the Caribbean. We recommend that you obtain some local currency (the quetzal) as soon as you arrive - although US dollars will usually be accepted. There are numerous international ATMs inside Guatemala City airport, as well as money exchange offices offering a good rate. The rate will always be slightly lower at the airport than in the city center, but remember it may be inconvenient to find an exchange office open in the city.
- If you have booked an airport arrival transfer, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name, local operator name, or both after exiting the customs hall. If you are likely to be delayed by more than two hours, please contact the emergency number at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense.
- The detailed and day by day itineraries above are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons or to incorporate improvements. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are travelling as a result of one-off circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximations and may vary depending on local conditions.
- Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all bookings.
- You are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before travelling with us and provide details of your insurance to your tour leader at the beginning of your tour.
- Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and medical evacuations. Also ensure that you are covered for travel at high altitudes if necessary for your tour.
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