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Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins

32 days, Playa del Carmen to San José

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Please note that in order to adhere to current health and safety protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this trip will be operated without visiting Nicaragua, instead taking a flight from El Salvador to Costa Rica. We are hoping to revert to the original itinerary from July 1, 2022 onwards, however this situation is being constantly reevaluated and we will extend the operation of this amended itinerary as necessary until it is viable to return to the original itinerary which includes Nicaragua.

Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America. Visit six countries on this adventure and experience mighty ruins, clear Caribbean waters, Pacific waves, rainforests, and breathtaking scenery along the way. Explore Indigenous Mayan villages and meet locals for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are included. Our expert CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with all the things you need and nothing you don't — 32 days of maximum adventure at minimum cost.

32 days

Playa del Carmen to San José

From$21979HKD
Valid on Sep 3 2022
Trip Code: JCS

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Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America. Visit six countries on this adventure and experience mighty ruins, clear Caribbean waters, Pacific waves, rainforests, and breathtaking scenery along the way. Explore Indigenous Mayan villages and meet locals for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are included. Our expert CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with all the things you need and nothing you don't — 32 days of maximum adventure at minimum cost.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

Service Level: Basic

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 18, avg 16.

Age requirement: 18-39

Visa Requirements

32 days

Playa del Carmen to San José

From$21979HKD
Valid on Sep 3 2022
Trip Code: JCS

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Special Offers

Expires on Jun 01, 2022 03:59 UTC
Promo Code G22GAV020ADV09

Creating ripples that change lives

The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit. Learn more

Ripple Score

100

Itinerary Notes

1. COMBO TRIP
Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.

Itinerary

Day 1Playa del Carmen

Arrive at any time. Head out tonight with your fellow travellers to 12th Street, where there’s tons of bars and clubs to choose from. Say cheers to new adventures with new friends!

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group| Your First Night Out Moment Connect With New Friends

Day 2Playa del Carmen

Enjoy free time to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm or Cozumel. Or just play in the waves and enjoy the beach.

Day 3Playa del Carmen/Caye Caulker

Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.

Days 4–5Caye Caulker

Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.

Day 6Caye Caulker/San Ignacio

Travel by boat and bus from Caye Caulker to San Ignacio. Enjoy an included pottery demonstration and local lunch at a G Adventures-supported women's pottery cooperative.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch

Meals included:

Lunch

Day 7San Ignacio

Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

Day 8San Ignacio/Flores

Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of the ruins of Tikal.

Day 9Flores/Rio Dulce

Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.

Day 10Rio Dulce

Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.

Day 11Rio Dulce/Antigua Guatemala

Enjoy an orientation walk of Antigua's cobblestone streets, then opt to take a salsa lesson and practice new moves out at night.

Day 12Antigua Guatemala

Enjoy a free day in Antigua. Opt to relax with a massage, climb a volcano, soak up the culture in one of the city's many cafés, or explore the nearby hills and towns by bike.

Day 13Antigua Guatemala/Panajachel

Travel to beautiful Lake Atitlán and enjoy the views.

Day 14Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna

Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family. This area is known for stunning scenery and great shopping for Mayan handicrafts. Opt to bargain for colourful textiles and paintings at the lake's markets.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Posadas Mayas Homestay

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 15San Juan La Laguna/Antigua Guatemala

Return to Antigua, and enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Big Night Out Moment

Day 16Antigua Guatemala

Enjoy free time to relax with a massage, explore the nearby hills by bicycle, or visit a local macadamia nut farm.

Day 17Antigua Guatemala/Copán

Cross the border to Honduras. Opt to soak in local hot springs in the jungle.

Day 18Copán

Free time in Copán. Opt to visit the ruins of Copán or explore the hills on horseback.

Day 19Copán/Suchitoto

Cross the border into El Salvador and stay in the colonial town of Suchitoto. Don't forget to try the delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian specialty.

Day 20Suchitoto

Enjoy a free day in Suchitoto.

Day 21Suchitoto/Cerro Verde

Depart Suchitoto in a private van headed for Cerro Verde National Park. Take a guided tour of the park in the afternoon to witness stunning views of the surrounding volcanoes and then settle into the permanent tented camp for dinner and the night.

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 22Cerro Verde

Take a full day to relax or to explore the Cerro Verde area with a variety of optional activities, like climbing one of the nearby volcanoes, going birdwatching, or take a coffee tour in the nearby "Ruta de las Flores" region.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 23Cerro Verde/Playa El Tunco

Depart from Cerro Verde in a private van headed for the coast, to El Tunco beach. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax on the beach or take an optional surf lesson.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 24Playa El Tunco

Enjoy a free day in this laidback beach town to take a surf lesson, eat fresh ceviche at the fish market in nearby La Libertad, visit the Tamanique waterfalls, or chill out with a beer in hand.

Day 25Playa El Tunco/Monteverde

Hop on a flight to Costa Rica and travel through stunning Costa Rican scenery, finishing up in the cloud forest air of Monteverde.

Day 26Monteverde

Free day in Monteverde. Opt to visit a cloud forest reserve, fly through the jungle canopy via zipline, or tour a coffee plantation.

Day 27Monteverde/La Fortuna

Transfer to La Fortuna along bumpy roads, then break up the journey with a peaceful boat ride on Lake Arenal before a short ride to the town. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Big Night Out Moment

Day 28La Fortuna

Free time to enjoy the La Fortuna and Arenal area.

Day 29La Fortuna/San Carlos

Enjoy a final free morning in La Fortuna for optional activities. In the afternoon, travel to San Carlos and to the rural community of Coope San Juan. Stay with a local family for an authentic Costa Rican experience.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Coope San Juan Homestay

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 30San Carlos

Enjoy a full day with your hosts at the Coope San Juan homestay. Go on a walk through the surrounding forest to learn about flora and fauna in the area, help harvest cassava, and join a cooking demo to make enyucados – a local speciality. In the afternoon, enjoy free time and opt to go mountain biking or fishing, or relax in the village and practice your Spanish.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Coope San Juan Homestay| Your Foodie Moment Cooking Demonstration

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 31San Carlos/San José

Journey through the mountains to the capital for a final night out.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 32San José

Depart at any time.

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What's Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch, San Ignacio
  • Your G for Good Moment: Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends
  • Your Discover Moment: Playa del Carmen
  • Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker
  • Your Discover Moment: Antigua Guatemala
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Antigua Guatemala
  • Your Discover Moment: Monteverde
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: La Fortuna
  • Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna
  • Your Local Living Moment: Coope San Juan Homestay, Cantón de San Carlos
  • Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Demonstration, Cantón de San Carlos
  • Guided tour of Tikal
  • Orientation walk in Antigua
  • Beach time in Caye Caulker and El Tunco
  • Free time in Suchitoto, Monteverde, and La Fortuna
  • Coope San Juan homestay
  • Rainforest walk
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Simple hotels/hostels (26 nts, most multi-share), permanent tented campsite (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (3 nts).

Meals

4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Allow USD770-1005 for meals not included.

Transportation

Local bus, ferry, boat, private vehicle, taxi, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle - From $1159.00

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.

Pacaya Volcano Hike - From $459.00

Sarapiqui River Rafting - From $769.00

Duck, dodge, and paddle your way down the Sarapiqui River on this class 3 rafting trip. We like to call this section of the river ""The Jungle Run"" - don't miss the monkeys, iguanas and other amazing Costa Rican wildlife while you fly down the rolling rapids. Try and keep up while your guide directs the rafts and calls out directions... "Paddle Hard!" "Right Paddle!" "Back Paddle!" "Get Down!".

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins

| 32 days - Playa del Carmen to San José - from $21979 HKD