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Rainforests and Ruins: 32 Day Central America Journey

Discover something extraordinary in Central America as you explore six countries across 32 fun-filled days
San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration
Duration
32 Days and 31 Nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
18
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
18 +
Meals
Meals
Some included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Playa del Carmen
Vaccination Required
Vaccination Required

What's Included

  • Get up to $350 cash back per person when you book with us
  • Hotel or hostel accomodation (26 nights)
  • Community guesthouse stay (2 nights)
  • Authentic local homestay (3 night)
  • All transport including public bus, boat, van, taxi and internal flights
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners 
  • cooking demonstration at Cantón de San Carlos
  • Guided tour of Tikal
  • Orientation walk in Antigua
  • Beach time in Caye Caulker and El Tunco
  • Free time in Suchitoto, Monteverde and La Fortuna

What to Expect

Looking for a holiday far from ordinary?

 

Discover something extraordinary across 32 incredible days on this tour through Central America.

 

Visit six countries including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaraguaon in this multi-day adventure and experience everything from mighty ruins, clear Caribbean waters, Pacific waves, rainforests and breathtaking scenery along the way.

 

Explore Indigenous Mayan villages and meet locals for this fully immersive experience that even avid travellers dream to experience.

 

While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are included in the booking cost, with expert Chief Experience Officers there to help you make the most of your time.

 

So what are you waiting for? This fast, fresh and fun adventure is made for the young, and the young at heart!

 

Where we visit

 

Day 1 to Day 5 - Playa del Carmen/Caye Caulker
Arrive at any time on Day 1 before heading on a night out with your fellow travellers to the iconic 12th Street - which features tonnes of bars and clubs to choose from. It's the perfect time to say cheers to new adventures with new friends!

 

Day 2 will include free time to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm or Cozumel, or, you can enjoy playing in the waves and froliking the beach. 

 

Didn't get enough beach time yesterday? Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style with today's adventures also taking you to Caye Caulker, where you'll also spend Day 4 and Day 5 of your trip.

 

Day 6 - Caye Caulker/San Ignacio
Today, you will travel by boat and bus from Caye Caulker to San Ignacio. Enjoy an included pottery demonstration and local lunch at a women's pottery cooperative which are included in your booking price!


Day 7 - San Ignacio
Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich on Day 7 of your tour.

 

Day 8 - San Ignacio/Flores
Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of the ruins of Tikal. This truly is one of the many 'pinch me' moments of your tour.

 

Day 9 - Flores/Rio Dulce
Today, you can opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall. Be sure to bring your camera because these locations are Insta-worthy! You'll also get to partake in any of these activities again on Day 10.

 

Day 11 and Day 12 - Rio Dulce/Antigua Guatemala
Enjoy an orientation walk of Antigua's cobblestone streets, then opt to take a salsa lesson and practice new moves out at night!

Had too much fun the night before? On Day 12 you'll get to enjoy a free day in Antigua. Opt to relax with a massage, climb a volcano, soak up the culture in one of the city's many cafés or explore the nearby hills and towns by bike. The day is what you make of it!

 

Day 13 - Antigua Guatemala/Panajachel
Day 13 of your tour will see you travel to beautiful Lake Atitlán and enjoy the breathtaking views. 

 

Day 14 - Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna
Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in a homestay with a local family. This area is known for stunning scenery and great shopping for Mayan handicrafts. Opt to bargain for colourful textiles and paintings at the lake's markets.


Day 15 and Day 16 - San Juan La Laguna/Antigua Guatemala
Return to Antigua, and enjoy a night out with the group. On Day 16, enjoy free time to relax with a massage, explore the nearby hills by bicycle or visit a local macadamia nut farm.

 

Day 17 - Antigua Guatemala/Copán
Today, you will cross the border to Honduras. Here, you can opt to soak in local hot springs in the jungle - an incredible experience that is highly recommended.

 

Day 18 to Day 19 - Copán
On Day 18, enjoy some free time in Copán where you can opt to visit the ruins of Copán or explore the hills on horseback. On Day 19 of your trip you will cross the border into El Salvador and stay in the colonial town of Suchitoto. Don't forget to try the delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian specialty.

 

Day 20 - Suchitoto
Enjoy a free day in Suchitoto, known as one of the most charming towns in all of El Salvador. Surrounded by dense jungle and a massive lake, Suchitoto's tranquil scenery makes it the perfect place to escape the chaos of San Salvador.

 

Day 21 - Suchitoto/Cerro Verde
Depart Suchitoto in a private van headed for Cerro Verde National Park. Take a guided tour of the park in the afternoon to witness stunning views of the surrounding volcanoes and then settle into the permanent tented camp for dinner and the rest of your night.


Day 22 - Cerro Verde
After all the adventuring, take a full day to relax or to explore the Cerro Verde area with a variety of optional activities, like climbing one of the nearby volcanoes, going birdwatching, or take a coffee tour in the nearby Ruta de las Flores region.


Day 23 - Cerro Verde/Playa El Tunco
Depart from Cerro Verde in a private van headed for the coast, to El Tunco beach. Enjoy a free afternoon to relax on the beach or take an optional surf lesson.


Day 24 - Playa El Tunco
Enjoy a free day in this laidback beach town to take full advantage of all it has to offer. Take a surf lesson, eat fresh ceviche at the fish market in nearby La Libertad, visit the Tamanique waterfalls, or, just chill out with a beer in hand.

 

Day 25 - Playa El Tunco/Monteverde
Today, hop on a flight to Costa Rica and travel through the stunning Costa Rican scenery, finishing up in the cloud forest air of Monteverde.

 

Day 26 - Monteverde
Make the most of a free day in Monteverde. Opt to visit a cloud forest reserve, fly through the jungle canopy via zipline or tour a coffee plantation.

 

Day 27 - Monteverde/La Fortuna
Transfer to La Fortuna along bumpy roads, then break up the journey with a peaceful boat ride on Lake Arenal before a short ride to the town. Here, you can enjoy a big night out with the group.


Day 28 to Day 29 - La Fortuna
On Day 28 of your trip, enjoy some free time to enjoy the La Fortuna and Arenal area, while on Day 29 you will enjoy a final free morning in La Fortuna for optional activities. In the afternoon, travel to San Carlos and to the rural community of Coope San Juan. Stay with a local family for an authentic Costa Rican experience.


Day 30 - San Carlos
Enjoy a full day with your hosts at the Coope San Juan homestay. Go on a walk through the surrounding forest to learn about flora and fauna in the area, help harvest cassava and join a cooking demo to make enyucados – a local speciality. In the afternoon, enjoy free time and opt to go mountain biking or fishing, or relax in the village and practice your Spanish.


Day 31 - San Carlos/San José
Journey through the mountains to the capital for a final night out with your new-found friends.


Day 32 - San José
It's your final day of the tour so feel free to depart at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Costa Rica Water Activities:
• Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
• Sport Sandals or Water Shoes (if you plan to do waterfall rappelling and/or rafting)

Documents:
• Flight info (Required - printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (Required with photocopies)
• Passport (Required - with photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Essentials:
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (Should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Footwear
• Hat
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Moneybelt
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Shirts/t-shirts
• Sleepwear
• Small travel towel
• Sunglasses
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket

Warm Weather:
• Sandals/flip-flops
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
• Swimwear

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Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.

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It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service.

Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour.

Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.

There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers.

Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

Tipping of your G Adventures Chief Experience Officer is very much appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline $5- 7 USD per person, per day is our recommendation in the region. However, if you felt your CEO did an especially outstanding job, any additional amount will always be welcome.

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Laundry facilities are offered by some of the hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

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It is recommend that you use a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying and handling your own luggage.

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Simple hotels/hostels (26 nights, most multi-share), permanent tented campsite (2 nights, multi-share), homestay (3 nights).


Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Some nights there will be multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room). Unique accommodations have been specifically chosen to give local flavour to your trip.

 

Couples: Please note that due to the variety of accommodation used in Central America, couples will be split into separate rooms when multi-share hostels are used. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.

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Single travellers should not have to pay more to travel, so group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of the independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

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Eating is a big part of traveling. On this tour, you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available in Central America.

Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat.

It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap.

On a tour like this, groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though.

Included meals

4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Please note that in order to adhere to current health and safety protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this trip will be operated without visiting Nicaragua, instead taking a flight from El Salvador to Costa Rica. The Supplier hopes to revert to the original itinerary from July 1, 2022 onwards.
  • The minimum age is 18 years
  • While it is The Operator's intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations
  • Costa Rica will not be allowing anyone to enter the country without proof of a departure ticket
  • Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in this trip. You will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details
  • All guests must complete and sign a waiver of liability

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking by notifying the Tour Operator. Cancellation fees, if any, will be determined with reference to the date on which notice of cancellation is received by the Tour Operator and are expressed as a percentage of the total price paid for the cancelled Tour, product or service (excluding any insurance products).

Cancellation of a Tour:

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled product will be refunded
  • Cancellation received 30-59 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, an amount equal to 50% of the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled Tour will be refunded
  • Cancellation less than 30 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, and no further refund will be payable

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