Backroads of Central America
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Until Jul 18

Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age – so you can be sure to get down with other adventurers that’ll keep up. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breathtaking scenery – from tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies to colonial cities bouncing to a decidedly more human beat. You'll blaze your own path as you discover a region of volcanoes, craters, beaches, and lush forests. Sticking to budget accommodation and public transport will keep costs down and keep you rooted in local life.

Latin America
  • Duration: 18 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CRSG.A/222034
  • Starts: San José, Costa Rica
  • Finishes: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
You will Visit
  • San José
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • Santa Teresa
  • Playa El Tunco
  • Suchitoto
  • Concepción de Ataco
  • Copán
  • Antigua Guatemala



Day 1: San José

Arrive at any time.
Arrive at any time. Check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members.

Amid the hustle and bustle of this busy capital, San José has beautiful parks, museums and an ornate National Theatre. Enjoy the view of the surrounding lush mountains from the downtown streets, head to the central plaza, shop for souvenirs and pass the time people-watching.


Day 2: San José/La Fortuna

Options abound—soak in Arenal's hot springs or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or waterfall rappelling.
La Fortuna, the town near the Arenal Volcano, is an excellent base for adventure. Hike the area's nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall, or join a canopy tour and catch a bird's eye view of the forest greenery. Take an unforgettable night hike around the foot of the volcano, accompanied by a soundtrack of monkeys and the rumblings of the volcano.

Other optional activities include: full-day Class III & IV white water rafting on the Balsa or Toro 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.

After a long day of exploring, the Baldi Hot Springs might just be the answer for your tired muscles. Soak in one of the natural thermal baths and hope the clouds part long enough for a glimpse of Arenal´s slopes.


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 Fortuna/Monteverde

Travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde by boat and van and enjoy gorgeous scenery along the way. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative that funds local educational programs.
Costa Rica is a natural gem because of its breathtaking flora and fauna. Travelling into the cool cloud forest of Monteverde, appreciate how lush ecosystems truly are works of art. Take time to bird watch, ride a horse, mountain bike, or zip line over the forest canopy.


Day 5: Monteverde

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


Day 6: Monteverde/Santa Teresa

Travel to the coastal town of Santa Teresa. Kick back and enjoy this beach paradise.
Journey to the small towns of Playa Santa Teresa and Malpais, which are frequented by surfers. Opt to hit the waves, or visit Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve – take a hike to explore the area or check out the snorkelling at Secret Beach.


Day 7: Santa Teresa

Try out surfing, visit Cabo Blanco NP, or just chill out on the beach. Don't miss the night life.
Check out Cabo Blanco NP to spot some wildlife, hike to the nearby waterfall for a dip or a jump in the local swimming hole or simply lounge on the beach.

Take a day trip to the beautiful Isla Tortuga, where you can snorkel along a volcanic rock reef or check out the nearby surf havens of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Adrenaline junkies can take their pick of activities as well - surfing, ziplining, ATV, boogie boarding, horseback riding or scuba diving are all options. On the other hand, if relaxation is what you seek, opt for a yoga class or take a leisurely hike to search for orchids.


Day 8: Santa Teresa/San José

Enjoy a free morning in Santa Teresa before travelling back to the capital for the night.


Day 9: San José/Playa El Tunco

Catch a flight to El Salvador, and travel overland to El Tunco. The sunsets in this surfing town are stunning. Grab a cold drink and enjoy!


Day 10: Playa El Tunco

Enjoy a free day in this laidback beach town to take a surf lesson, eat fresh ceviche at the fish market in nearby La Libertad, visit the Tamanique waterfalls, or chill out with a beer in hand.


Day 11: Playa El Tunco/Suchitoto

Travel to El Salvador's colonial town of Suchitoto. Don't forget to try the delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian specialty.


Day 12: Suchitoto

Enjoy a free day to discover the cultural capital of El Salvador. Opt to visit nearby waterfalls, hike to caves, or go for a swim in beautiful Lago Suchitlán.


Day 13: Suchitoto/Concepción de Ataco

Travel to the 'Route of Flowers' region with its quaint Salvadorian towns and talented artisans.


Day 14: Concepción de Ataco

Full day to explore the small town of Ataco or enjoy optional activities.
Day hikes, a coffee tour and shopping are some of many options for your time here. Hike El Impossible National Park, swim in the pools of Atzumpa, check out some of the other nearby quaint towns or just explore tiny Ataco. This is a coffee producing region of El Salvador, so be sure to sample some delicious coffee in a local café.


Day 15: Concepción de Ataco/Copán

Cross into Honduras, and opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán or a local hot spring.
Travel into Honduras and opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán. The Mayan ruins of Copán are fascinating, beautiful and unique among Mayan cities.

The colonial highland town of Copán Ruinas is a charming and relaxing place. Opt to explore the nearby hills 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 16: Copán

Free time in Copan to enjoy optional activities.


Day 17: Copán/Antigua Guatemala

Cross into Guatemala. Enjoy an orientation walk to explore the colonial city of Antigua.
After a long travel day arrive to Antigua, where you can stretch your legs during an orientation walk with your CEO. Enjoy the beautiful Spanish colonial architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Day 18: Antigua Guatemala

Depart at any time.

    • G Adventures for Good: Life Monteverde Visit, Monteverde
    • Orientation walk around Antigua
    • Beach time in Santa Teresa and El Tunco
    • Free time in La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Suchitoto
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Simple hotels/hostels (15 nts, most multi-share), beach hostel (2 nts, multi-share)
    • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    • Public bus, boat, private vehicle, taxi, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Connect with local hosts in a G Adventures-supported community guesthouse project
  • Laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey
  • Bliss out on a remote stretch of Nicaraguan beach
  • Stroll through Antigua's colonial streets
  • Explore Mayan ruins.