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Back Roads of Central America: Craters & Community Guesthouses

18 Days

What's included

2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Public bus, boat, private vehicle, taxi, walking.
Simple hotels/hostels (13 nts, most multi-share), beach hostel (2 nts, multi-share), community guesthouse (2 nts).
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

You will visit

San JoséAtoms/Icons/Arrow DestinationCreated with Sketch.Antigua Guatemala

Trip Comfort


Age requirement

18 to 39 years old
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.
Back Roads of Central America: Craters & Community Guesthouses
San José
18 Days
Antigua Guatemala


  • 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!
  • Options abound—soak in Arenal's hot springs or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or waterfall rappelling.
  • Free day to get the adrenaline pumping with rafting and other outdoor pursuits or one of many other optional activities.
  • Travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde by boat and van and enjoy gorgeous scenery along the way.
  • Opt to visit a cloud forest reserve, fly through the jungle canopy via zipline or tour a coffee plantation.
  • 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.
    Meals: DINNER
  • Full day on the island to spend time with your hosts and enjoy optional activities such as hiking and swimming.
  • See Granada's colourful colonial buildings on an orientation walk. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Take advantage of a free day to explore Granada or kayak the isletas in Lake Nicaragua.
  • Arrive in the afternoon to relax on a remote northern beach on Nicaragua's Pacific coast. Surfing, swimming and beach lounging await.
  • Spend your day enjoying the coast. Opt to explore the city of Leon or hit the beach.
  • 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.
  • Spend a free day in Cerro Verde at leisure. Opt to hike up to the edge of Santa Ana’s 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.
  • 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.
  • Watch diverse landscapes pass by as we travel through 3 countries in one day en route to Copán.
  • Enjoy a free day in Copán. Opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán 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.
  • Cross into Guatemala. Enjoy an orientation walk to explore the colonial city of Antigua.
  • Depart at any time.
Trip ID: crsg