The Best of Central America: Ruins & Remote Beaches

Resort: The Best of Central America: Ruins & Remote Beaches
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: Costa Rica
Price From: £1503.20

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From ancient ruins to active volcanoes, get off the beaten track and discover extraordinary Central America. Make sure your passport has space because this exciting 33-day trip hits most of Central America, as it covers tropical rainforests, volcanoes, colonial cities, and all the breathtaking scenery in between. Explore Indigenous Mayan villages and soak in the region’s incredible culture. Our CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) will ensure your accommodation and transportation are covered so you can choose the activities and sights that interest you most the adventure is yours to choose!


Day 1
San Jos

Arrive at any time. Tonight, explore the La California barrio with your fellow travellers. Stop in at one of the many bars to get to know your group over a few drinks. Cheers to new friends and new adventures!

Day 2
San JosLa Fortuna

Options aboundsoak in Arenal’s hot springs or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or waterfall rappelling.

Day 3
La Fortuna

Free day to get the adrenaline pumping with rafting and other outdoor pursuits or one of many other optional activities.

Day 4
La FortunaMonteverde

Travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde by boat and van and enjoy gorgeous scenery along the way.

Day 5

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

Day 6
MonteverdeIsla de Ometepe

Get to know local friends during a two-night community guesthouse stay on Ometepe Island. Test out some language skills, opt to climb a volcano, or visit the local swimming hole.

Day 7
Isla de Ometepe

Full day on the island to spend time with your hosts and enjoy optional activities such as hiking and swimming.

Day 8
Isla de OmetepeGranada

See Granada’s colourful colonial buildings on an orientation walk. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.

Day 9

Take advantage of a free day to explore Granada or kayak the isletas in Lake Nicaragua.

Day 10

Arrive in the afternoon to relax on a remote northern beach on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. Surfing, swimming and beach lounging await.

Day 11

Spend your day enjoying the coast. Opt to explore the city of Leon or hit the beach.

Day 12
PoneloyaCerro Verde

After a long day of travel via bus, boat, and private vehicle, arrive to El Salvador’s Cerro Verde National Park, home of the famous trio of volcanos, Cerro Verde, Izalco, and Santa Ana.

Day 13
Cerro Verde

Spend a free day in Cerro Verde at leisure. Opt to hike up to the edge of Santa Anas Volcano crater for some more spectacular views. Or choose to take a dip in Lake Coatepeque, there are many ways to keep busy in one of El Salvador’s most beautiful national parks.

Day 14
Cerro VerdeSuchitoto

In the morning enjoy a guided tour in Cerro Verde National Park taking in the lush surroundings. Travel to El Salvador’s colonial town of Suchitoto. Don’t forget to try the delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian specialty.

Day 15

Watch diverse landscapes pass by as we travel through 3 countries in one day en route to Copn.

Day 16

Enjoy a free day in Copn. Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Copn or explore the colonial highland town on horseback and check out some lesser known Mayan sites along the way, or journey to some local hot springs for a relaxing soak.

Day 17
CopnAntigua Guatemala

Cross into Guatemala. Enjoy an orientation walk to explore the colonial city of Antigua.

Day 18
Antigua Guatemala

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

Day 19
Antigua Guatemala

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to relax with a massage or soak up the culture in one of many cafs.

Day 20
Antigua GuatemalaSan Juan La Laguna

Travel to beautiful Lake Atitln and enjoy the views. Take a boat across the lake to a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family in a Mayan Tz’utujil village. Tour the village with a local guide to learn more about daily life and see some artisan workshops.

Day 21
San Juan La LagunaPanajachel

Return across the lake and enjoy free time in Panajachel to visit the market or relax.

Day 22
PanajachelRio Dulce

Take the road past areas of dense jungle and arrive at Ro Dulce, a small town on Lake Izabal, and a port stop for boaters around the globe on their way tofrom Livingston and the Caribbean coast.

Day 23
Rio Dulce

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

Day 24
Rio DulceFlores

Head north to our final stop in Guatemala, Flores, a picturesque town surrounded by Lake Petn Itz.

Day 25
FloresSan Ignacio

Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of Tikal before crossing into Belize.

Day 26
San Ignacio

Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Crystal Maiden), or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.

Day 27
San IgnacioCaye Caulker

Hop aboard a local bus, then board a water taxi to the island paradise of Caye Caulker. Later, explore Caye Caulker on the G Adventures-supported Bike with Purpose tour.

Day 28
Caye Caulker

Enjoy free time to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, or just chill out, Belizean style. Take part in a Big Night Out with the group this evening.

Day 29
Caye Caulker

Enjoy free time to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, or just chill out, Belizean style. Take part in a Big Night Out with the group this evening.

Day 30
Caye CaulkerMahahual

Leaving Belize and its Caribbean reggae-tinged vibe, head north to the Costa Maya, Mexico, to the beachside town of Mahahual.

Day 31

Enjoy a free day for beach lounging and sipping seaside margaritas.

Day 32
MahahualPlaya del Carmen

Head up the coast to Playa del Carmen, the de facto centre of the Mayan Riviera, for a final night with the group.

Day 33
Playa del Carmen

Depart at any time.

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