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Volcano Adventure – San Jose to Antigua
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From the lush cloud forests of Costa Rica to the evocative cobblestoned streets of Antigua, get off the tourist track and discover the colour and spirit of Central America. Discover ancient Mayan ruins at Copn and visit small villages for insight into the region's vibrant culture. Explore the volcanoes and jungle surrounding Ometepe Island and unwind on the white-sand beaches of Roatn. With its combination of included activities and countless thrilling options, this trip offers you the chance to personalize your adventure into something special.

Latin America
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Wildlife, Parks & Nature Reserves, History, Local Culture & Cuisine
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 126776
  • Starts: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Finishes: Antigua, Guatemala
You will Visit
  • San José
  • Antigua

Itinerary

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Day 1: San José

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: San José/La Fortuna

Travel to La Fortuna, located at the foot of Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna is an excellent base for adventure. Opt to take a hike around the base of the volcano, hike the area's nature trails, swim in the chilly La Fortuna waterfall or join a canopy tour and catch a bird's eye view of the forest greenery.

Other optional activities include full-day whitewater rafting on the Toro or Balsa 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.

Transport:
Costa Rican roads can be bumpy and windy. If you're prone to motion-sickness, prepare accordingly.
Private Van with Wi-fi (3.00-3.50 hours, 195km)

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Day 3: La Fortuna

Opt to go canyoneering, whitewater rafting, hiking, caving, horseback riding, paddleboarding, kayaking, or visit a wildlife refuge. There are so many activities to choose from while in the area.

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Day 4: La Fortuna/Monteverde

From La Fortuna, travel around Lake Arenal to the misty mountain air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Transport:
Shared van (0.50-0.75 hours)
Boat (0.75-1.25 hours, 10km)
Shared van (1.50-2.00 hours, 35km)

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Day 5: Monteverde

Optional activities here include sky walks (suspension bridges amid foliage), butterfly garden, and a canopy zip-line tour.

Included Activities:
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour

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Day 6: Monteverde/San Juan del Sur

Journey to low-key San Juan del Sur for some serious relaxation by the sea. Set on a stunning horseshoe shaped cove, this fishing village is the perfect place to combine two of Nicaragua's best features – its beautiful beaches and its award-winning Flor de Caña rum!

Do as much or as little as you want. Take surf lessons, try your luck at fishing, go ziplining on the hills above San Juan del Sur, or just lounge on the beach.

A short boat or taxi ride away, the deserted beaches of Playa Maderas and Majagual to the north and Playa Remanso to the south are calling out to be explored.

In the evenings take advantage of the relaxed seaside nightlife with the friendly locals.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Costa Rica - Nicaragua)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.50-4.50 hours, 36km)
Local bus (0.50-0.75 hours, 20km)

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Day 7: San Juan del Sur

Free time to enjoy optional activities or relax on the beaches.

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Day 8: San Juan del Sur/Isla de Ometepe (1D)

Cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to arrive at Ometepe Island. The group will be split up amongst different families within this small community. Enjoy local meals and getting to know your host family.

During your stay, if you enjoy a challenge, hike Madera Volcano. If you want to take it a little slower, check out the pre-Columbian petroglyphs, try out the Tarzan swing at a nearby jungle swimming hole, or enjoy the beach.

Included Activities:
Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay

Transport:
Local bus (1.00-1.25 hours, 30km)
Local bus (0.25-0.50 hours, 5km)
Make yourself comfortable on the top deck or inside and enjoy the views of Volcano Concepción and Volcano Maderas.
Ferry (1.00-1.50 hours, 10km)
Private Vehicle (0.25-0.50 hours, 6km)

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Day 9: Isla de Ometepe (1B, 1D)

Opt to climb Volcano Concepcion or Volcano Maderas, take a cultural tour, visit the beach at Santo Domingo, or visit el Ojo de Agua for a refreshing swim and lunch.

Included Activities:
Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay

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Day 10: Isla de Ometepe/Granada (1B)

Nicaragua boasts both incredibly friendly people and impressive natural beauty. Granada's colonial charm is complimented by the surrounding active volcanoes and lakes, making day trips a fun and easy option. Hike, cruise, or just explore the city's markets and museums.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.25-0.50 hours, 6km)
Ferry (1.00-1.50 hours, 10km)
Local bus (0.25-0.50 hours, 5km)
Local bus (1.25-1.75 hours, 70km)

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Day 11: Granada

Enjoy free time to explore. Opt to kayak the isletas, rent a bike, take a city tour, or head to Laguna de Apoyo.

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Day 12: Granada/León

Head to León, stopping en route to visit one of Nicaragua's famous active volcanoes in Parque Nacional Volcán Masaya.

Take an included orientation walk around the city, the former capital from the colonial period until 1857, and still the centre of much of the country's cultural and intellectual activity.

Included Activities:
Volcán Masaya National Park Visit
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Stop at the Masaya Volcano en route.
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 130km)

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Day 13: León

There is always something interesting to do in León, whether it be a city tour, kayaking around Juan Venado Island, or a trip to the nearby beaches of Poneloya and Las Peñitas.

If you'd prefer to just wander through the streets, you'll find several politically-charged murals depicting Nicaragua's turbulent history and several good museums in the area, including one dedicated to the heroes and martyrs of the Sandinista movement.

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Day 14: León/Roatán

Head to the diving haven of Roatán, set amongst what is part of the second-largest barrier reef in the world. This Caribbean island is famous for its marine treasures.

Crystal blue waters invite swimming, diving, snorkelling, or simply relaxing on the white-sand beaches of the Bay Islands.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Nicaragua - Honduras)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.50-8.50 hours, 310km)
Plane (3.00-3.50 hours)
Private Vehicle (0.75-1.50 hours, 17km)

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Day 15: Roatán

The beaches of the western end are some of the most beautiful in the world, with clear turquoise water, powdery white sand and swaying coconut palms. While many people spend their days immersed in the warm, blue Caribbean waters, enjoying excellent fresh seafood, you may also opt to venture into the hilly interior by bicycle or scooter.

The botanical gardens offer relaxed walking amongst exotic plants and racing 'Jesus lizards', a species of lizard that runs on its hind legs. In nearby Sandy Bay, the Institute for Marine Sciences is definitely worth a visit.

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Day 17: Roatán/Copán

The village of Copán is a pleasant place to spend a relaxing evening with a small central square frequently filled with people.


Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75-1.50 hours, 17km)
The large ferry has two floors with an air-conditioned cabin and an open air area towards the back.
Ferry (1.75-2.25 hours, 75km)
The bus will make a quick stop to purchase food and use the toilets.
Local bus (4.00-4.50 hours, 193km)
Local bus (4.00-4.50 hours, 174km)

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Day 18: Copán

Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Copán and opt to soak in the hot springs.

Included Activities:
Copán Ruins Guided Tour

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Day 19: Copán/Antigua

Modern Antigua is a peaceful colonial city that is a pleasure to explore. Enjoy the beautiful architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Honduras - Guatemala)

Transport:
Stop along the way to cross the border and have lunch.
Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours, 280km)

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Day 20: Antigua (1L)

Take a mountain bike ride out into the countryside or explore the fascinating markets, shops and museums within the city. Walk through quiet cobblestoned streets past rebuilt stucco homes with heavy, beautifully carved wooden entrances.

Enjoy an included visit to a Mayan village to try your hand at making tortillas and basic handicrafts before enjoying a traditional meal.

Included Activities:
Santiago Zamora Women's Weaving Co-Op Visit

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Day 21: Antigua

Guatemala City is a one hour transfer away.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • La Fortuna stay
    • Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve guided tour (Monteverde)
    • Beach time in San Juan del Sur
    • G Adventures-supported homestay on Ometepe Island, with a local family
    • Granada orientation walk
    • Tour of local villages around Granada
    • León orientation walk
    • Beach time in Roatan
    • Copán guided tour
    • Mayan community visit with lunch (Antigua)
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (18 nts), homestay (2 nts, possible shared facilities)
    • 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, private van, ferry, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Hike through the mist of a cloud forest
  • Explore Mayan ruins of Copn
  • Connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience
  • Peer over the crater of Masaya Volcano
  • Chill on a Caribbean island's beaches.


Reviews (3)
Alexander D. Posted on: 

The tour was absolutely amazing and instilled life changing events that I will never forget for the rest of my life.

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Emma H. Posted on: 

A fantastic trip with a good balance between cultural, nature and adventure activities. Every day had its high points with our time on Roatan and volcano boarding in Léon being top of my list. It was a well planned tour and Kevin’s knowledge and familiarity with the areas we visited really showed. I made some friends for life on this trip. Thank you for everything.

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Marie S. Posted on: 

Very good mixture between adventures, time to relax and taking in the atmosphere

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