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23-Day Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica Adventure
Product Code: 3076-74863
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Antigua
  • • Copan
  • • Roatan Island
  • • Leon
  • • Granada
  • • Ometepe Island
  • • San Jose
  • • Manual Antonio National Park
  • • Santa Elena
  • • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • • La Fortuna
Tour Code
3076-74863
Duration
23 days
Departure City
Antigua, Guatemala
End City
San Jose
Tour Type:
Adventure
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Backpacker, Historical, UNESCO, Nature, Adventure

Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Strenuous

Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Budget

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries

Itinerary
Day 01
Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua

Hotel: Hotel Posada Los Bucaros or similar

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.

Tips:
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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Copan

Copan

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).

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Copan

Copan

We will continue our exploration of Copan.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Roatan Island

Roatan Island

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).

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Roatan Island

Roatan Island

We will continue our exploration of Roatan Island.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Leon

Roatan Island

After a few days on Roatan, we fly to Tegucigalpa where we will drive to Leon, Nicaragua.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Leon

Leon

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08

Leon

We will continue our exploration of Leon.

Day 09

Leon

We will continue our exploration of Leon.

Day 10
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 11

Granada

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.

Day 12
Ometepe Island

Ometepe Island

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 13
Ometepe Island

Ometepe Island

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 14
San Jose

San Jose

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 15

San Jose

We will continue our exploration of San Jose.

Day 16
Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 17

Manuel Antonio

We will continue our exploration of Manuel Antonio.

Day 18
Quepos

Santa Elena - Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

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!

Day 19

Santa Elena

We will continue to explore Santa Elena.

Day 20
La Fortuna

La Fortuna

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 21
La Fortuna

La Fortuna

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 22
San Jose

San Jose

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 23

San Jose

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.

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 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)

Package Excludes

  • Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
  • Tips
  • 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
Special Notes
  • 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.
    - A suitable insurance policy should provide adequate cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during the holiday and loss of holiday monies through cancellation or curtailment of the holiday for insurable reasons. You must be in possession of a travel insurance policy that includes a minimum of £100,000 (or equivalent currency) in cover for any medical expenses that you might incur when travelling, and for repatriation to your home country in the event of a medical emergency.
  • To protect your personal property, please carry all valuable items on your person at all times. Do not leave any valuable items on the bus or at the hotel, attraction or restaurant. Tours4Fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides are not responsible for any loss or theft at any location.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* 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.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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