Guatemala to Costa Rica Adventure
17 days, 5 countries, unlimited adventure
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Group Size: Max 18, avg 16
Trip code: JGS
Duration: 17 days
Visit five stunning Central American countries and make new friends on this epic 17 day group tour! Starting in gorgeous Guatemala and ending in colourful Costa Rica, we’ll take you to pristine rainforests, surf towns, colonial cities, ancient Mayan sites and active volcanoes! Stay with a local family in Nicaragua, try your hand at white-water rafting and fly through the jungle on a zip-line in Costa Rica, and swim in cool lake waters in El Salvador – it’s an adventure you won’t forget in a hurry!
- Enjoy two days of beach bliss in the surfing town of El Tunco, El Salvador
- Stay with a local family on remote Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
- Explore the rugged Masya and Mombacha volcanoes, Nicaragua
- Tour the majestic Mayan ruins at Copán, Honduras
- Go white-water rafting, canyoning or hiking in La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Day 1: Antigua (GUATEMALA). Arrive into the seductive pastel-toned city of Antigua, Guatemala, and make your way to your accommodation. Immerse yourself in the markets and vibrant street-life, before enjoying a first night out with your group.
Day 2: Antigua to Copán (HONDURAS). Head to Copán. A beautiful town with cobblestone streets and bright white buildings, Copán is a charming place to spend a day or two.
Day 3: Copán. Enjoy a free day in Copán. There are some great optional activities on offer, including a visit to Luna Jaguar Hot Springs, a tour of the majestic Mayan Copán ruins, and a horseback tour of rural Honduras.
Day 4: Copán to Suchitoto (EL SALVADOR). Travel to the charming colonial town of Suchitoto. Explore the compact centre, cobbled streets and colourful buildings. Don’t forget to try the delicious pupusas, a local speciality.
Day 5: Suchitoto to Playa El Tunco. Head to the chilled-out surf town of El Tunco. Catch some waves before sundowners on the beach.
Day 6: Playa El Tunco. Enjoy the laid-back vibe on a free day here. We’ve got surf lessons on offer if you want to make like a local and ride the rollers.
Day 7: Playa El Tunco to León (NICARAGUA). Travel to the capital of Nicaragua. Explore the historic centre before dancing the night away with your new friends at a local salsa bar.
Day 8: León to Granada. Travel to the colourful colonial city of Granada. Wander round the leafy squares and picturesque streets or take a trip to the still-active Masaya Volcano.
Day 9: Granada. You’ve got a free day to explore lovely Granada. Opt for an excursion to Mombacho Volcano, or Laguna de Apoyo, or just wander round the photogenic streets.
Day 10: Granada to Isla de Ometepe. Cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to get to unspoilt Ometepe. You’ll be spending the next two nights in a local homestay – it’s a really authentic cultural experience!
Day 11: Isla de Ometepe. Full day on the island to spend time with your host family and to enjoy optional activities such as hiking up Concepcion Volcano, visiting an ancient pre-Columbian site, and swimming in the lake.
Day 12: Isla de Ometepe to Monteverde (COSTA RICA). Travel to the pristine cloud forest of Monteverde. This lush green reserve is brimming with wildlife, from tapirs to monkeys. Kick back and relax in this out-of-the-way spot.
Day 13: Monteverde. A free day in Monteverde. Explore the cloud forest, or take an optional activity including flying through the jungle on a zipline or a coffee plantation tour.
Day 14: Monteverde to La Fortuna. Travel to Costa Rica’s adventure town of La Fortuna, which lies at the base of the mighty Arenal Volcano.
Day 15: La Fortuna. Enjoy free time in La Fortuna. Try canyoning, white-water rafting, hot springs bathing, paddle boarding, cave visits and much more!
Day 16: La Fortuna to San José. Our final destination has museums, stunning parks and a breath-taking mountain backdrop. Hang out in the central plaza, pick up some souvenirs or take an optional rafting trip on the Sarapiqui River before a final night out with your new friends.
Day 17: Trip end. Say your goodbyes and either head home or continue your travels. See you again soon!
Please be aware that at present that due to covid, this itinerary will bypass Nicaragua and instead you will spend some extra time in El Salvador before heading to Costa Rica. This change is in the best interest and safety of our passengers. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
Looking to spend longer in Central America? Check out the Central American Journey!
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Your trip starts in Antigua, Guatemala on day 1 (make sure you don’t get a flight into the island of Antigua – it’s nowhere near this tour!) Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned other than your welcome meeting, so arrive into Guatemala La Aurora International Airport (GUA) any time that suits you. The easiest way to get to your starting accommodation is to either book an arrival transfer through us (speak to your travel adviser), or by taxi (there are fixed rates at the airport counter). It is about 45 minutes’ drive from the airport to the hotel. On arrival at the hotel, you’ll find a note with information on the meeting time and place.
The trip ends on day 17 in San Jose, Costa Rica. There are no activities planned for your departure day so leave at a time that suits you. San Jose International Airport (SJO) is the nearest international terminal.
16 nights of accommodation are included on this tour. You will mostly be staying in simple hotels and hostels in multi-share rooms with 4 – 6 beds (single-sex basis). You’ll also have two nights in a community guesthouse. We’ve chosen a range of unique accommodations to give an authentic local flavour to your trip.
You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to take part in this trip. The trip is designed for ages 18 – 39.
Guatemala: British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Guatemala for stays of up to 90 days. There is an entrance and exit tax. Your passport needs to be valid for a period of six months from your date of entry.
Honduras: British nationals don’t need to get a visa in advance to enter Honduras but can get a 30 day tourist visa on arrival. There is an entrance and exit tax. Your passport needs to be valid for a period of six months from your date of entry.
El Salvador: British nationals do not need a visa to visit El Salvador for up to 90 days. Your passport needs to be valid for a period of six months from your date of entry.
Nicaragua: British nationals can visit Nicaragua for up to three months without a visa. You may be refused entry if you don’t have an onward ticket out of Nicaragua. Your passport needs to be valid for a period of six months from your date of entry.
Costa Rica: British nationals will not require a visa in order to enter Costa Rica and can remain in the country as a visitor for up to three months. Your passport should have at least one day’s validity from the date you are leaving the country. Entry may be refused if you do not have evidence of onward travel. You will have to pay an exit tax when leaving the country by air. Check with your airline whether this is included in your flight.
Please note that visa requirements are subject to change. Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or ask us for more information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.