18-to-Thirtysomethings: Volcano Trail (JGS)
Countries Visited: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 18, avg 16.
Meals Included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Connect with your hosts at a G for Good homestay experience in Ometepe, relax seaside in the Bay Islands, laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey, gain time (and comfort!) with a flight between Roatan and Managua.
From the crystal-blue ocean teeming with marine life to tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies, take the road less travelled on this trip through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica with other travellers your own age. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breathtaking scenery and a chance to experience local culture with a two-night homestay on the island of Ometepe. Enjoy a blend of public and private transportation, which not only keeps costs down but also gives you a chance to really meet the locals.
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|Day 1||Antigua||Day 1 Antigua|
Arrive at any time. Antigua is approximately one hours drive from the international airport in Guatemala City. Explore the museums, colonial buildings and soak up the atmosphere in this delightful city, one of the best-restored Spanish colonial cities in the world. The entire city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The surrounding volcanoes can be seen from everywhere in the city and the colorful markets attract indigenous artisans from all over the country. Additional Notes: This tour departs Antigua early on Day 2. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights. *Please note that Antiguas nearest airport is Guatemala City, Guatemala. Dont get caught flying into the Caribbean island nation of Antigua; its nowhere near the start of this tour! Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Copan||Day 2 Antigua/Copan|
The colonial highland town of Copan Ruinas is a charming and relaxing place, set along a river in the coffee growing region close to the Guatemalan border. The Mayan ruins of Copan are fascinating, beautiful and unique among Mayan cities. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980, Copan contains some of the most important Mayan ruins found to date, and many unusual artistic features, including some of the most detailed carving in the Mayan world. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Guatemala-Honduras) Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 200km)
|Day 3||Copan||Day 3 Copan|
Free time in Copan. Opt to visit the impressive Copan ruins and check out some lesser known Mayan sites along the way. Knowledgable local guides can interpret the many Mayan carvings left here over 1,000 years ago. You can also choose to explore the nearby hills and small villages on horseback or journey through the countryside to some hidden jungle hot springs for a relaxing soak.
|Day 4||Roatan||Day 4 Copan/Roatan|
Spend time on the island snorkelling, scuba diving or just relaxing on the beach. Roatan is a SCUBA diving haven with its location along part of the second largest barrier reef in the world. Roatan is a Caribbean island made famous for its marine treasures. Crystal blue waters invite swimming, diving and snorkelling, or simply relax on the white, sand beaches of the Bay Islands. Additional Notes: Prepare for the long travel day with snacks. Transport: Local bus (8.00 hour(s), 320km) Ferry (1.50-2.00 hours, 75km) Taxicab (0.50 hour(s))
|Days 5-6||Roatan||Days 5-6 Roatan|
Free time in Roatan to enjoy optional activities. Roatan is a world-famous destination for SCUBA diving and snorkelling. The coral reef here is home to sea turtles, dolphins, rays, hundreds of species of colorful fish, corals and sponges. You can also explore the clear waters on a boat, kayak or paddleboard. Explore the island on a moped and visit traditional Garifuna settlements on the other end of the island.
|Day 7||Granada||Day 7 Roatan/Granada|
Spend the morning in Caribbean paradise. Then skip a long bus ride and fly in style to Managua, and continue overland to Nicaragua's third largest and oldest city, Granada. Transport: Plane (4.50-6.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
|Day 8||Granada||Day 8 Granada|
Granada's colonial charm is complemented by the active volcanoes and lakes that surround it, and there are many fun easy day trips available. Hike, cruise, or just explore the city's markets and museums. Walking is probably the easiest way to see all the sights of Granada, your tour leader will give you an initial orientation walking tour of the city and then you have plenty of time to explore in more depth. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Big Night Out
|Day 9||Granada||Day 9 Granada|
Free time to explore beautiful Granadas busy markets, colonial buildings and museums on foot or take a horse and carriage ride around town. Enjoy a meal on the "calzada", a pedestrian street that extends from the center of town down to Lake Nicaragua. There are many optional activities to do just outside of town as well. Walk in the forest at the top of Mombacho Volcano, kayak around the isletas in Lake Nicaragua or swim in Laguna de Apoyo.
|Day 10||Isla de Ometepe||Day 10 Granada/Isla de Ometepe (1D)|
From the town of San Jorge, we cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to arrive at Ometepe Island, formed from two volcanoes, one active and one dormant that rise out of the middle of the lake. The limited development and traditional communities create a welcoming relaxed atmosphere. The group will be split up amongst different local families who will host you in their homes for two nights in a small community on the island. Breakfast and dinner will be provided in the home. This experience give you a chance to see how rural Nicaraguans live. Included Activities: Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 75km) Local bus (0.25-0.50 hours, 5km) Ferry (1.00-1.50 hours, 10km) Private Vehicle (0.25 hour(s))
|Day 11||Isla de Ometepe||Day 11 Isla de Ometepe (1B, 1D)|
Today is a free day in Ometepe. We get to spend more time with the local host families and see more of the island. Opt to climb either of the two volcanoes on the island, view petroglyphs left by the islands original inhabitants, walk or kayak in Charco Verde reserve, swim in clear spring water at Ojo de Agua, lay on the beach or explore the island on bicycle. Included Activities: Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay
|Day 12||Monteverde||Day 12 Isla de Ometepe/Monteverde (1B)|
At 1,400 meters above sea level, Monteverde is literally in the clouds. The Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves are home to diverse and unique flora and fauna. Sloths, monkeys, kinkajous, tapirs and large cats inhabit the area. There are more species of orchids here than anywhere else in the world. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Nicaragua - Costa Rica) Transport: Private Vehicle (0.25 hour(s)) Ferry (1.50 hour(s), 10km) Local bus (0.25 hour(s), 5km) Local bus (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 190km)
|Day 13||Monteverde||Day 13 Monteverde|
The day is free to choose from many optional activities. Fly hundreds of meters above the trees on a zip-lining tour, hike through one of the cloud forest reserves, ride a horse in the mountains, visit a coffee/sugar cane farm, go bungee jumping, drive an ATV on trails in the hills, tour the cheese factory or check out the orchid garden, serpentarium, or frog pond in town.
|Day 14||La Fortuna||Day 14 Monteverde/La Fortuna|
The trip from Monteverde to La Fortuna takes us down from the cloud forest and across Costa Ricas largest lake The town of La Fortuna lies at the base of the Arenal Volcano, which dominates the landscape rising to 1670 meters high. The town has become famous as the adventure sports capital of Costa Rica. Choose your adventure! Canyoneering, white water rafting, hiking, caving, rafting, horseback riding, paddlebording, kayaking, visiting a wildlife refuge, and even more activities are all possible options for you to choose from while were here. Transport: Shared van (3.50 hour(s)) Boat (0.75 hour(s)) Shared van (0.50 hour(s))
|Day 15||La Fortuna||Day 15 La Fortuna|
Choose your adventure! Canyoneering, white water rafting, hiking, caving, rafting, horseback riding, paddlebording, kayaking, visiting a wildlife refuge, and even more activities are all possible options for you to choose from while were here.
|Day 16||San Jose||Day 16 La Fortuna/San Jose|
Return to San Jose for our final night out. San Jose has beautiful parks, museums and theatres. Enjoy the view of the surrounding lush mountains from the downtown streets. Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 17||San Jose||Day 17 San Jose|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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