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Volcano Adventure – Antigua to San Jose
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From the evocative cobblestone streets of Antigua to the lush cloud forests of Costa Rica, get off the tourist track and discover the colour and spirit of Central America. Explore ancient Mayan ruins at Copán and visit small villages for insight into the region’s vibrant culture. Unwind on the white-sand beaches of Roatán and then delve into the jungle of Costa Rica to explore volcanoes. With its combination of included activities and countless thrilling options, this trip offers you the chance to personalize your adventure into something special.

Latin America
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CGAS/126564
  • Starts: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Finishes: San José, Costa Rica
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Antigua Guatemala
  • Panajachel
  • San Juan La Laguna
  • Rio Dulce
  • Copán
  • Roatán
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • Manuel Antonio
  • San José

Itinerary

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Day 1: Antigua Guatemala

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Modern Antigua is a peaceful colonial city that is a pleasure to explore. Enjoy the beautiful architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Day 2: Antigua Guatemala

Enjoy a free day to explore Antigua. Opt to relax with a massage or soak up the culture in one of many cafés. Master the art of Latin American cuisine at a cooking class.

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Day 3: Antigua Guatemala/Panajachel

Journey to Panajachel, Guatemala, a beautiful town on Lake Atitlán that is surrounded by spectacular volcanoes and small villages. Opt to explore the town on arrival.

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Day 4: Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna

Take a boat tour around Lake Atitlán to local indigenous villages and visit a G Adventures-supported Mayan community project.

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Day 5: San Juan La Laguna/Antigua Guatemala

Return to Antigua and enjoy a free afternoon. Opt to take salsa lessons, attend a chocolate-making workshop, visit one of the local coffee or macadamia nut plantations, or soak up the culture of this colonial town's many museums and cafés.
Take a mountain bike ride out into the countryside or explore the fascinating markets, shops and museums within the city. Walk through quiet cobblestoned streets past rebuilt stucco homes with heavy, beautifully carved wooden entrances.

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Day 6: Antigua Guatemala/Rio Dulce

Travel across Guatemala to Rio Dulce.
Take the road past areas of dense jungle and arrive at Río Dulce, a small town on Lake Izabal, and a port stop for boaters around the globe on their way to/from Livingston and the Caribbean coast.

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Day 7: Rio Dulce

Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
There are plenty of opportunities for R & R. Aside from boating on Lake Izabal, there are optional tours in the area to view protected manatees. You may opt to horseback ride through a rubber plantation, explore San Felipe fort, take the morning monkey kayak tour, relax in the thermal springs, or hike through the jungle-strewn trails in the Chocón-Machacas Natural Reserve area.

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Day 8: Rio Dulce/Copán

Cross into Honduras and head for the town of Copán.

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Day 9: Copán

Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Copán and opt to soak in hot springs.

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Day 10: Copán/Roatán

Full travel day from Copán to Roatán.
Head to the diving haven of Roatán, set amongst what is part of the second-largest barrier reef in the world. This Caribbean island is famous for its marine treasures.

Crystal blue waters invite swimming, diving, snorkelling, or simply relaxing on the white-sand beaches of the Bay Islands.

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Day 11: Roatán

Enjoy free time on this island paradise. Opt to rent a bike, snorkel, scuba dive, or just relax.
The beaches of the western end are some of the most beautiful in the world, with clear turquoise water, powdery white sand and swaying coconut palms. While many people spend their days immersed in the warm, blue Caribbean waters, enjoying excellent fresh seafood, you may also opt to venture into the hilly interior by scooter.

The botanical gardens offer relaxed walking amongst exotic plants and racing 'Jesus lizards', a species of lizard that runs on its hind legs. In nearby Sandy Bay, the Institute for Marine Sciences is definitely worth a visit.

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Day 12: Roatán

Enjoy free time on this island paradise. Opt to rent a bike, snorkel, scuba dive, or just relax.
The beaches of the western end are some of the most beautiful in the world, with clear turquoise water, powdery white sand and swaying coconut palms. While many people spend their days immersed in the warm, blue Caribbean waters, enjoying excellent fresh seafood, you may also opt to venture into the hilly interior by scooter.

The botanical gardens offer relaxed walking amongst exotic plants and racing 'Jesus lizards', a species of lizard that runs on its hind legs. In nearby Sandy Bay, the Institute for Marine Sciences is definitely worth a visit.

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Day 13: Roatán/La Fortuna

Travel by van and plane to Costa Rica and finish in La Fortuna, home to Arenal volcano.
Travel to La Fortuna, located at the foot of Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna is an excellent base for adventure. Opt to take a hike around the base of the volcano, hike the area's nature trails, swim in the chilly La Fortuna waterfall or join a canopy tour and catch a bird's eye view of the forest greenery.

Other optional activities include 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.

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Day 14: La Fortuna

Enjoy free time in La Fortuna for optionals such as waterfall rappelling, whitewater rafting, or hiking.
Opt to go canyoneering, whitewater rafting, hiking, caving, horseback riding, paddleboarding, kayaking, or visit a wildlife refuge. There are so many activities to choose from while in the area.

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Day 15: La Fortuna

Enjoy free time in La Fortuna for optionals such as waterfall rappelling, whitewater rafting, or hiking.
Opt to go canyoneering, whitewater rafting, hiking, caving, horseback riding, paddleboarding, kayaking, or visit a wildlife refuge. There are so many activities to choose from while in the area.

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Day 16: La Fortuna/Monteverde

Travel into the misty cloud forests of Monteverde. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Later, take an included guided night walk to learn about nocturnal life in the cloud forest firsthand.

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Day 17: Monteverde

Enjoy a free day to explore the cloud forest region of Costa Rica. Opt to fly across canopy ziplines or tour a coffee plantation.
Optional activities here include sky walks (suspension bridges amid foliage), butterfly garden, and a canopy zip-line tour.

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Day 18: Monteverde/Manuel Antonio

Travel to Quepos, just outside Manuel Antonio National Park. Opt to visit the park or relax on the beach in this fun surf town. Enjoy a night out and perhaps learn how to salsa.
Travel to the Pacific Coast. Enjoy Quepos or opt to visit Manuel Antonio National Park. The park offers excellent hiking, spectacular views, and abundant wildlife viewing. The park boasts beautiful white-sand beaches and the warm turquoise water. Opt to swim, fish, kayak, surf or take a sailing trip.

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Day 19: Manuel Antonio

Enjoy a free day to visit Manuel Antonio National Park, sail, snorkel or surf in the Pacific. Opt to kayak through mangroves or relax on the beach.

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Day 20: Manuel Antonio/San José

Travel to San José, and opt for a night out with the group.

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Day 21: San José

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna Hands-on: Cooking Class, Antigua Guatemala Carte Blanche: Roatán Carte Blanche: La Fortuna Carte Blanche: Manuel Antonio
    • Copán guided tour
    • Beach time in Roatán and Manuel Antonio
    • Guided cloud forest night walk (Monteverde)
    • Free time in La Fortuna and Monteverde
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (19 nts), homestay (1 nt, shared facilities)
    • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, private vehicle, ferry, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the Mayan ruins of Copán
  • Wander the cobblestone streets of colonial Antigua
  • Hike through the mist of a cloud forest