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  • Share a meal with local hosts in a G Adventures-supported community co-op.
  • Bliss out on a remote Costa Rican beach.
  • Stroll through Antigua's colonial streets.
  • Explore Mayan ruins.
The Backroads of Central America tour starts in San José and ends in Antigua Guatemala. The Backroads of Central America is an explorer tour that takes 18 days taking you from San José to Antigua Guatemala and through other destinations in North America.

Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age — so you can be sure to get down with other adventurers that’ll keep up. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breathtaking scenery — from tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies to colonial cities bouncing to a decidedly more human beat. You'll blaze your own path as you discover a region of volcanoes, craters, beaches, and lush forests. Sticking to budget accommodation and public transport will keep costs down and keep you rooted in local life.
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Arrive at any time.
Arrive at any time. Check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

Amid the hustle and bustle of this busy capital, San José has beautiful parks, museums and an ornate National Theatre. Enjoy the view of the surrounding lush mountains from the downtown streets, head to the central plaza, shop for souvenirs and pass the time people-watching.
Accommodation
  • Selina Hostel San Jose (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards.
Options abound—soak in Arenal's hot springs or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or waterfall rappelling.
La Fortuna, the town near the Arenal Volcano, is an excellent base for adventure. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall, or join a canopy tour and catch a bird’s eye view of the forest greenery. Take an unforgettable night hike around the foot of the volcano, accompanied by a soundtrack of monkeys and the rumblings of the volcano.

Other optional activities include: full-day Class III & IV white water rafting on the Balsa or Toro Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents.

After a long day of exploring, the Baldi Hot Springs might just be the answer for your tired muscles. Soak in one of the natural thermal baths and hope the clouds part long enough for a glimpse of Arenal´s slopes.
Accommodation
  • Selina Hostel La Fortuna (or similar)
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 3.0 hr - 5.0 hr
    Distance : 150 km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Optional Activities
  • La Fortuna Waterfall Swim
    Price listed is for entrance fee.
  • Baldi Hot Springs Soak
    Price varies if you'd like to include transportation, dinner, or both with your visit to the hot springs. Lockers are provided after leaving a deposit for the lock. Bring change of clothes, bathing suit, towel, and money for alcoholic beverages.
Free day to get your heart racing with rafting and other outdoor pursuits or one of many other optional activities.
Get your adrenaline pumping and pre-book the Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Accommodation
  • Selina Hostel La Fortuna (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Venado Caves Exploration
    Yes, older than 12 years old
  • Whitewater Rafting
    Pull on your bathing suit and water shoes, don a helmet and prepare to get wet and wild. Guided by expert leaders, paddle through Class II-IV rapids as you raft past spectacular scenery. Feel the burn, work up a sweat, then cool off in the pure river water. Experience the energy and excitement and enjoy!
  • Mountain Biking
    Rent a bike and head off along one of the backroads outside of town. Take the road to San Ramon and turn right on the road toward the waterfall. Or take a guided cycling tour and pick one of three routes of varying difficulty.
  • Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning
    This tour leave three times daily at 07:30, 10:00, and 13:00 and includes transport to and from hotel, bilingual guide, and lunch. Bring clothes that can get wet, change of clothes, and secure closed-toed shoes (or sport sandals), and extra money for photos or t-shirts from the tour.
  • La Fortuna Waterfall Swim
    Price listed is for entrance fee.
  • Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour
    Travel north to Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge near the Nicaraguan border. Take a guided tour by covered boat through one of the world’s most important wetlands; home to a vast array of plants, birds, reptiles, fish, and mammals. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see a three-toed sloth or a Jesus Christ lizard.
  • Birdwatching
    Set out on a bird watching adventure with a local expert. Depending on the season, explore around Arenal Volcano and Lake, visit El Silencio Nature Reserve, or Finca Luna Nueva. The area around Arenal is home to more than 350 species of birds. Look for toucans, parrots, Montezuma Oropendolas, colourful tanagers, and parakeets.
  • Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle
    CANYONING (Half-day Arenal)
    Rappel, down-climb, river-trace, and descend huge waterfalls in the rugged mountains and lush rainforests around Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano.

    ZIPLINING (Half-day Monteverde)
    Get a true bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy as you soar through the trees on a Tarzan swing, a giant rappel, and a 137-meter-high (450-foot) zipline.

    Please note that passengers must weigh between 45-100kg (100 – 220 lbs) and be at least 130cm (4'3 ft) tall to participate in these activities.
  • Arenal Horseback Riding
    Suitable for all ages
Free day to get your heart racing with rafting and other outdoor pursuits or one of many other optional activities.
Get your adrenaline pumping and pre-book the Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Accommodation
  • Selina Hostel La Fortuna (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Venado Caves Exploration
    Yes, older than 12 years old
  • Whitewater Rafting
    Pull on your bathing suit and water shoes, don a helmet and prepare to get wet and wild. Guided by expert leaders, paddle through Class II-IV rapids as you raft past spectacular scenery. Feel the burn, work up a sweat, then cool off in the pure river water. Experience the energy and excitement and enjoy!
  • Mountain Biking
    Rent a bike and head off along one of the backroads outside of town. Take the road to San Ramon and turn right on the road toward the waterfall. Or take a guided cycling tour and pick one of three routes of varying difficulty.
  • Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning
    This tour leave three times daily at 07:30, 10:00, and 13:00 and includes transport to and from hotel, bilingual guide, and lunch. Bring clothes that can get wet, change of clothes, and secure closed-toed shoes (or sport sandals), and extra money for photos or t-shirts from the tour.
  • La Fortuna Waterfall Swim
    Price listed is for entrance fee.
  • Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour
    Travel north to Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge near the Nicaraguan border. Take a guided tour by covered boat through one of the world’s most important wetlands; home to a vast array of plants, birds, reptiles, fish, and mammals. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see a three-toed sloth or a Jesus Christ lizard.
  • Birdwatching
    Set out on a bird watching adventure with a local expert. Depending on the season, explore around Arenal Volcano and Lake, visit El Silencio Nature Reserve, or Finca Luna Nueva. The area around Arenal is home to more than 350 species of birds. Look for toucans, parrots, Montezuma Oropendolas, colourful tanagers, and parakeets.
  • Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle
    CANYONING (Half-day Arenal)
    Rappel, down-climb, river-trace, and descend huge waterfalls in the rugged mountains and lush rainforests around Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano.

    ZIPLINING (Half-day Monteverde)
    Get a true bird’s-eye view of the rainforest canopy as you soar through the trees on a Tarzan swing, a giant rappel, and a 137-meter-high (450-foot) zipline.

    Please note that passengers must weigh between 45-100kg (100 – 220 lbs) and be at least 130cm (4'3 ft) tall to participate in these activities.
  • Arenal Horseback Riding
    Suitable for all ages
Travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde by boat and van and enjoy gorgeous scenery along the way. Stop at Life Monteverde, a coffee cooperative for coffee tastings, and a tour of their farm to learn about sustainable agriculture. In the afternoon, take time to venture out and explore the mountainous town of Monteverde.
Costa Rica is a natural gem because of its breathtaking flora and fauna. Travelling into the cool cloud forest of Monteverde, appreciate how lush ecosystems truly are works of art. Take time to bird watch, ride a horse, mountain bike, or zip line over the forest canopy.
Accommodation
  • Hotel El Sueño (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Life Monteverde Experience
    Enjoy a visit to Life Monteverde, a coffee cooperative made up of 12 local families, dedicated to educating Costa Rica and the world about sustainable farming and conservation. Your visit here directly benefits Life Monteverde's educational programs, which provide free access to local school groups, and training for Costa Ricans. Walk through the plantations of various tropical plants including bananas and pineapples, and learn about coffee growing and production, as well as various sustainable agriculture techniques like converting animal waste to fuel. Also make sure to taste the delicious coffee before you go!
Transport
  • Shared Van
    Duration : 0.5 hr
    Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.
  • Boat
    Duration : 0.75 hr
    Climb aboard and get your float on.
  • Shared Van
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.
Opt to visit a cloud forest reserve, fly through the jungle canopy via zipline or tour a coffee plantation.
Accommodation
  • Hotel El Sueño (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Santa Elena Cloud Forest Visit
    Pull on your poncho and boots and head into the cloud-covered forest, past over-sized ferns and exotic orchids. Harness your inner Tarzan as you imagine swinging from the forest’s giant vines, trudge along 12 km of trails, watch for wildlife and trek to the top of the observation tower. Be sure to stop and listen too. Hear the haunting hollow call of the bellbird and perhaps catch sight of the brilliant green and red resplendent quetzal. Feel good about protecting the preserve and sustaining the quality of local schools through payment of your park fees.
  • Ziplining
  • Monteverde Coffee Plantation Tour
    No trip to Costa Rica is complete without visiting a coffee plantation. Head to Café Monteverde and learn how this fair trade coffee goes from crop to cup. Pick ripe berries, watch how the beans are separated from the husk, then observe the drying and roasting process. Sample and buy some of these excellent beans. The Santa Elena coffee co-op prides itself on sustainable practices: it recycles processing water, uses coffee pulp for fertilizer, and sends plant fibers and husks to make paper.
Travel to the coastal town of Santa Teresa. Kick back and enjoy this beach paradise.
Journey to the small towns of Playa Santa Teresa and Malpais, which are frequented by surfers. Opt to hit the waves, or visit Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve – take a hike to explore the area or check out the snorkelling at Secret Beach.
Accommodation
  • Selina Hostel Santa Teresa (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Ferry
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Try out surfing, visit Cabo Blanco NP, or just chill out on the beach. Don't miss the night life.
Check out Cabo Blanco NP to spot some wildlife, hike to the nearby waterfall for a dip or a jump in the local swimming hole or simply lounge on the beach.

Take a day trip to the beautiful Isla Tortuga, where you can snorkel along a volcanic rock reef or check out the nearby surf havens of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Adrenaline junkies can take their pick of activities as well - ziplining, ATV, boogie boarding, horseback riding or scuba diving are all options. On the other hand, if relaxation is what you seek, opt for a yoga class or take a leisurely hike to search for orchids.

Want to learn how to surf in Costa Rica? Pre-book the Santa Teresa Surf Lesson on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Accommodation
  • Selina Hostel Santa Teresa (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Cabo Blanco Boat Ride
    Costa Rica’s first protected area (established in 1963) is located on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Breeze through humid tropical forest, past tall spiny cedar trees, and if you are quiet enough, spot white-tailed deer, anteaters, armadillos and howler and capuchin monkeys. Off the coast, look for the guano-covered island of Cabo Blanco (White Cape), home to thousands of seabirds including brown pelicans, frigate birds, terns, and brown boobies.
  • Snorkelling
    Grab a snorkel and flippers and explore the underwater world near Malpais. Keep an eye out for a variety of marine life, including manta rays and dolphins.
  • Montezuma Day Tour
    Hitch a ride to Montezuma and go on a small hike to the waterfalls. Spend time visiting the town and enjoy a picnic on the beach before heading back to Santa Teresa.
  • Sunset Grill Party
    Chill out by the campfire and indulge in a BBQ over sunset.
  • Santa Teresa Surf Lesson
    Grab a board and start riding waves with a surf lesson on the beach. Start off by learning the basics: getting up and staying on the board. Once you're ready, take your new skills out into the water and put them to the test. After your surf lesson, relax on the beach and enjoy some lunch while watching the waves.
  • Swimming
Try out surfing, visit Cabo Blanco NP, or just chill out on the beach. Don't miss the night life.
Check out Cabo Blanco NP to spot some wildlife, hike to the nearby waterfall for a dip or a jump in the local swimming hole or simply lounge on the beach.

Take a day trip to the beautiful Isla Tortuga, where you can snorkel along a volcanic rock reef or check out the nearby surf havens of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Adrenaline junkies can take their pick of activities as well - ziplining, ATV, boogie boarding, horseback riding or scuba diving are all options. On the other hand, if relaxation is what you seek, opt for a yoga class or take a leisurely hike to search for orchids.

Want to learn how to surf in Costa Rica? Pre-book the Santa Teresa Surf Lesson on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Accommodation
  • Selina Hostel Santa Teresa (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Cabo Blanco Boat Ride
    Costa Rica’s first protected area (established in 1963) is located on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Breeze through humid tropical forest, past tall spiny cedar trees, and if you are quiet enough, spot white-tailed deer, anteaters, armadillos and howler and capuchin monkeys. Off the coast, look for the guano-covered island of Cabo Blanco (White Cape), home to thousands of seabirds including brown pelicans, frigate birds, terns, and brown boobies.
  • Snorkelling
    Grab a snorkel and flippers and explore the underwater world near Malpais. Keep an eye out for a variety of marine life, including manta rays and dolphins.
  • Montezuma Day Tour
    Hitch a ride to Montezuma and go on a small hike to the waterfalls. Spend time visiting the town and enjoy a picnic on the beach before heading back to Santa Teresa.
  • Sunset Grill Party
    Chill out by the campfire and indulge in a BBQ over sunset.
  • Santa Teresa Surf Lesson
    Grab a board and start riding waves with a surf lesson on the beach. Start off by learning the basics: getting up and staying on the board. Once you're ready, take your new skills out into the water and put them to the test. After your surf lesson, relax on the beach and enjoy some lunch while watching the waves.
  • Swimming
Enjoy a free morning in Santa Teresa before travelling back to the capital for the night.
Accommodation
  • Selina Hostel San Jose (or similar)
Transport
  • Local bus
    Duration : 8.0 hr
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Catch a flight to El Salvador, known for its mouth-watering pupusas. Travel to Cerro Verde past diverse landscapes to the famous trio of volcanos.
Meal
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Camping Cerro Verde (or similar)
Transport
  • Plane
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.5 hr
    Distance : 100 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Spend a free day in Cerro Verde at leisure. Opt to hike up to the edge of Santa Ana’s Volcano crater for some more spectacular views. Or choose to take a dip in Lake Coatepeque, there are many ways to keep busy in one of El Salvador's most beautiful national parks.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Camping Cerro Verde (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Santa Ana Volcano Hike
    Take a hike up to the edge of Santa Ana’s Volcano crater. Once at the top, relax for a while to enjoy the views of the sulfur green lagoon inside the crater, along with the surrounding Coatepeque Lake and the Pacific Ocean with a provided lunch in hand. On a clear day, even the ships on the Pacific Ocean can be seen!
In the morning enjoy a guided tour in Cerro Verde National Park taking in the lush surroundings. Travel to El Salvador's colonial town of Suchitoto. Don't forget to try the delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian specialty.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Posada Alta Vista (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Cerro Verde National Park Visit
    Duration : 1.5 hr
    Visit Cerro National Park which is home to three volcanos - Cerro Verde, Izalco, and Santa Ana. Take the "Una Ventana a la Naturaleza” (A Window to Nature) walking path around Cerro Verde's crater, stopping at different view points to take in all the beauty this park has to offer.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Enjoy a free day to discover the cultural capital of El Salvador. Opt to visit nearby waterfalls or hike to caves.
Accommodation
  • Posada Alta Vista (or similar)
Cross into Honduras, and opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán or a local hot spring.
Travel into Honduras and opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán. The Mayan ruins of Copán are fascinating, beautiful and unique among Mayan cities.

The colonial highland town of Copán Ruinas is a charming and relaxing place. Opt to explore the nearby hills on horseback and check out some lesser known Mayan sites along the way, or journey to some local hot springs for a relaxing soak.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Brisas de Copan (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (El Salvador - Guatemala)
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
  • Border Crossing (Guatemala-Honduras)
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 6.0 hr
    Distance : 215 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Enjoy a free day in Copán. Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán or explore the colonial highland town on horseback and check out some lesser known Mayan sites along the way, or journey to some local hot springs for a relaxing soak.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Brisas de Copan (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Luna Jaguar Hot Springs Visit
    Hot springs close at 18:00. Best to depart Copán around 14:00 to have time to enjoy the pools. Price varies depending on if you'd like the barbeque meal. Bring swim clothes, a flashlight, and towel.
  • Horseback Riding
    Enjoy rural Honduras by horseback. Ride through the Copán Valley and along the river. Head up into the hills to meet local farmers. Keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds and wildlife. Who knows, you may even spot an ancient Maya artifact on your journey.
  • Copán Ruins Guided Tour
    Step back in time more than a 1,000 years to discover the ancient Mayan site of Copán. Walk across grassy plazas and examine intricately carved stone stellae (tall monuments) depicting various gods and rulers. Admire the artistry and scale of the temples, ball court and well-preserved hieroglyphic stairway and understand why this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to visit the museum to see Mayan artifacts and a life-sized replica of the Rosalila Temple.
Cross into Guatemala. Enjoy an orientation walk to explore the colonial city of Antigua.
After a long travel day arrive to Antigua, where you can stretch your legs during an orientation walk with your CEO. Enjoy the beautiful Spanish colonial architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Accommodation
  • Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Border Crossing (Honduras - Guatemala)
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 8.0 hr
    Distance : 200 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Depart at any time.
Included Activity
  • Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Simple hotels/hostels (15 nts, most multi-share), glamping (2 nts).
Meals
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    Note: Allow USD510-665 for meals not included.
Transport
  • Public bus, private vehicle, boat, plane, walking.
Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Included activities
  • Your G for Good Moment: Life Monteverde Experience, Monteverde
  • Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
  • Your Discover Moment: Monteverde
  • Orientation walk around Antigua
  • Beach time in Santa Teresa
  • Free time in La Fortuna, Monteverde, Cerro Verde and Suchitoto
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to San José and from Antigua Guatemala are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Backroads of Central America tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 18 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 18 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends San José, Costa Rica/ Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
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Payment

A deposit of 250 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 20 September 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Backroads of Central America tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Backroads of Central America tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Other Practical Information
  • 1. Travel Style : 18-to-ThirtysomethingsFast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.
  • 2. Service Level : BasicSimple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • 3. Physical Grading : 3 - AverageSome tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • 4. Trip Type : Small GroupGroup trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.
CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Backroads of Central America tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.
Trip Details
  • Accommodation

    Simple hotels/hostels (15 nts, most multi-share), glamping (2 nts).

  • Checklist

    Costa Rica Water Activities:
    • Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
    • Sport Sandals or Water Shoes (if you plan to do waterfall rappelling and/or rafting)

    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket

    Warm Weather:
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
    • Sun hat/bandana
    • Swimwear

  • Group_leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

  • Group_size_notes

    Max 18, avg 14.

  • Highlights

    Share a meal with local hosts in a G Adventures-supported community co-op, bliss out on a remote Costa Rican beach, stroll through Antigua's colonial streets, explore Mayan ruins.

  • International_flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Introduction

    Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age — so you can be sure to get down with other adventurers that’ll keep up. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breathtaking scenery — from tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies to colonial cities bouncing to a decidedly more human beat. You'll blaze your own path as you discover a region of volcanoes, craters, beaches, and lush forests. Sticking to budget accommodation and public transport will keep costs down and keep you rooted in local life.

  • Meal_budget

    Allow USD510-665 for meals not included.

  • Meals_included

    2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

  • Minimum_age

    Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

  • Optional_activities

    Arenal
    - Baldi Hot Springs Soak (64USD per person)
    - Arenal Horseback Riding (66-68USD per person)
    - Mountain Biking (79USD per person)
    - Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoning (90USD per person)
    - Whitewater Rafting (61-86USD per person)
    - Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour (60USD per person)

    La Fortuna
    - La Fortuna Waterfall Swim (15USD per person)
    - Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle
    - Birdwatching
    - Venado Caves Exploration (78USD per person)

    Monteverde
    - Ziplining (50USD per person)
    - Santa Elena Cloud Forest Visit (17USD per person)
    - Monteverde Coffee Plantation Tour (35USD per person)

    Santa Teresa
    - Swimming
    - Santa Teresa Surf Lesson
    - Sunset Grill Party (35USD per person)

    Montezuma
    - Montezuma Day Tour (55USD per person)

    Malpais
    - Cabo Blanco Boat Ride (180-210USD per group)
    - Snorkelling

    Cerro Verde
    - Santa Ana Volcano Hike

    Copán
    - Luna Jaguar Hot Springs Visit (45USD per person)
    - Copán Ruins Guided Tour (25USD per person)
    - Horseback Riding (25USD per person)

  • Start_finish

    San José to Antigua Guatemala

  • Transport

    Public bus, private vehicle, boat, plane, walking.

  • Whats_included

    Your G for Good Moment: Life Monteverde Experience, Monteverde
    Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
    Your Discover Moment: Monteverde. Orientation walk around Antigua. Beach time in Santa Teresa. Free time in La Fortuna, Monteverde, Cerro Verde and Suchitoto. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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