This 21 day overland tour journeys from Antigua to San Jose through Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
Border information: if joining in Antigua, you will most likely enter Guatemala at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (IATA code: GUA).
There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.
The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings, and to take part in some optional activities. Please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Antigua.
In Antigua we will stay in a delightful colonial hotel.
We have a free day to enjoy Antigua, take a day trip into the National parks, go hiking or visit a coffee plantation.
Today we will cross the border into El Salvador and drive to the stunning Cerro Verde National Park, where we will be surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes and countryside.
In the morning we will have will take a guided trek up the nearby Santa Ana volcano (approximately 4 hours).
In Cerro Verde National Park we will camp with basic facilities.
Border information: Exit Guatemala at Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado, enter El Salvador at La Hachadura.
Estimated Drive Time - 9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Today we will drive to the beautiful town of Suchitoto, where we will have time to explore the town, with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, and to learn about the incredible work of the Dragoman-supported community centre in which we stay.
In Suchitoto we will stay in dormitory rooms at the Centro Arte Para La Paz community centre, which runs many programs for the local communities to build cultural identity, unity, teaching skills, self-sufficiency, environmental equality and a culture of peace.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
On Day 6 we will have a day to explore Suchitoto, have a guided walking tour of the town, head out on a sunset boat trip or take a day trip to San Salvador.
Border information: Exit El Salvador and enter Guatemala at Anguiat . Exit Guatemala and enter Honduras at El Florido.
Today we will have a full day drive to Honduras, arriving at the small village of Cop n.
Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours.
On the following day we will visit the spectacular Mayan ruins of Cop n, followed by a free afternoon to explore some of the other highlights in the area.
In Cop n we will stay in a local hotel.
Today we will drive to the town of San Pedro Sula and board a short local flight to Roat n, the largest of the famous tropical Bay Islands. On arrival we will transfer to the area of the West End Bay, where we base ourselves for our stay.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
The following two days we have some free time to take part in optional activities and of course to relax and swim on the stunning Caribbean beaches here!
In Roat n we will stay in a local hotel near the beach.
Today we will have an early start to transfer back to Roatan's airport and catch our flight back to the mainland, rejoining the Dragoman Bus! We will then continue our journey east through Honduras to the beautiful countryside around Lake Yojoa.
In Lake Yojoa we will camp for the night in the grounds of a lodge.
Estimated drive time - 4 hours
On Day 13 we will continue our journey to the border of Honduras and Nicaragua, staying in the small town of Don Marcos de Colon, where will will stay in a local hotel.
Estimated drive time - 8 hours
Border information: Exit Honduras and enter Nicaragua at El Espino.
Please note: Due to a period of political unrest, we will transit through Nicaragua in one day. Please check with your insurance company that you are covered for this.
This morning we will cross the border and make our way to a small community near the Somoto Canyon in the far north of Nicaragua. Here we will have an included half day Canyon tour.
We will stay in dorm rooms within a small village.
Estimated drive time - 1hr
The following morning we will wake early to transit through Nicaragua, crossing into Costa Rica in the late afternoon.
Estimated drive time: 8hrs
This morning we will drive to La Fortuna in Costa Rica, a stunning town under the shadow of the mighty Arenal volcano.
Estimated Drive Time - 3 hours.
On the following day we will have a free day to take optional treks through the incredible surrounding volcanic landscapes or forest canopies, or get involved in many different adventure activities such as zip-lining, white-water rafting, and canyoning. La Fortuna is also famous for its outstanding hot springs, which we will have the opportunity to visit.
In La Fortuna we will stay in excellent cabanas outside of town.
Today we will leave our overland vehicle behind and transfer by taxi and boat into the dense cloud forests and coffee plantations of Monteverde, a stunning area offering an incredible diversity of flora and fauna.
Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
On the following day we will have an included guided walk on the trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest National Reserve, followed by a free afternoon to visit some of the town's highlights or enjoy some adventurous activities such as canyoning or horse riding.
In Monteverde we will stay in a local hotel.
Today we will drive to the vibrant city of San Jose, where you have time to explore the historic neighbourhoods, visit some of the museums or galleries and enjoy some live music.
Expected drive time: 150km / 4-5hrs
In San Jose we will stay in a comfortable hotel.
Border information: If you are leaving Costa Rica today, you will most likely exit Costa Rica at Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO).
Today is the final day of our journey. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation.
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Trip Name: Islands & Volcanoes of Central America
Duration: 21 Days
From Price: $2,280
Supplier Tour ID: ZGN1/235647
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