Volcano Adventure – Antigua to San José
21 days from Antigua Guatemala to San Jose
From $ 2592
Duration21 days

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.

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  • Duration: 21 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Antigua Guatemala
    Physical Grading: Light
  • Ends in: San Jose
    Ages: 12+
Volcano Adventure – Antigua to San José - Tour Map

Itinerary

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Day 1: Antigua Guatemala
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.
Arrive at any time.
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.
Meals: L, D
Day 3: Rio Dulce/Copán

Start place: Rio Dulce

Cross into Honduras and head for the town of Copán.
Day 4: Copán
Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Copán and opt to soak in hot springs.
Day 5: Copán/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.
Full travel day from Copán to Roatán.
Day 6-7: Roatán
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.
Enjoy free time on this island paradise. Opt to rent a bike, snorkel, scuba dive, or just relax.
Day 8: Roatán/La Fortuna
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.
Travel by van and plane to Costa Rica and finish in La Fortuna, home to Arenal volcano.

End place: La Fortuna

Day 9: León
There is always something interesting to do in León, whether it be a city tour, kayaking around Juan Venado Island, or a trip to the nearby beaches of Poneloya and Las Peñitas.

If you’d prefer to just wander through the streets, you’ll find several politically-charged murals depicting Nicaragua’s turbulent history and several good museums in the area, including one dedicated to the heroes and martyrs of the Sandinista movement.
Spend a full day exploring the area. Opt to horseback around a crater lake, hike a volcano, or hit the beach.
Day 10: León/Granada
Nicaragua boasts both incredibly friendly people and impressive natural beauty. Granada’s colonial charm is complimented by the surrounding active volcanoes and lakes, making day trips a fun and easy option. Hike, cruise, or just explore the city’s markets and museums.
Journey on to Granada. Enjoy an orientation walk on arrival to get a feel for this colonial city.

End place: Granada

Day 11: Granada

Start place: Granada

Enjoy free time to explore. Opt to kayak the isletas, rent a bike, take a city tour, or head to Laguna de Apoyo for a swim.

End place: Granada

Day 12: Granada/Isla de Ometepe

Start place: Granada

Cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to arrive at Ometepe Island. The group will be split up amongst different families within this small community. Enjoy local meals and getting to know your host family.

During your stay, if you enjoy a challenge, hike Madera Volcano. If you want to take it a little slower, check out the pre-Columbian petroglyphs, try out the Tarzan swing at a nearby jungle swimming hole, or enjoy the beach.
Travel to Ometepe Island and get to know local friends during a two-night stay at a community guesthouse. Try the cuisine, test out some Spanish skills and even opt to climb a volcano or visit the local swimming hole. Meals often include cheese and plantains which have been grown on the island.

End place: Isla de Ometepe

Meals: D
Day 13: Isla de Ometepe

Start place: Isla de Ometepe

Opt to climb Volcano Concepcion or Volcano Maderas, take a cultural tour, visit the beach at Santo Domingo, or visit el Ojo de Agua for a refreshing swim and lunch.
Enjoy a free day to explore.

End place: Isla de Ometepe

Meals: B, D
Day 14: Isla de Ometepe/San Juan del Sur

Start place: Isla de Ometepe

Journey to low-key San Juan del Sur for some serious relaxation by the sea. Set on a stunning horseshoe shaped cove, this fishing village is the perfect place to combine two of Nicaragua’s best features – its beautiful beaches and its award-winning Flor de Caña rum!

Do as much or as little as you want. Take surf lessons, try your luck at fishing, go ziplining on the hills above San Juan del Sur, or just lounge on the beach.

A short boat or taxi ride away, the deserted beaches of Playa Maderas and Majagual to the north and Playa Remanso to the south are calling out to be explored.

In the evenings take advantage of the relaxed seaside nightlife with the friendly locals.
Travel to San Juan del Sur and get ready to relax on the beach. Opt to take a surf lesson or go fishing.

End place: San Juan del Sur

Meals: B
Day 15: San Juan del Sur

Start place: San Juan del Sur

Enjoy free time for optional activities or relaxing on the beach.

End place: San Juan del Sur

Day 16: La Fortuna/Monteverde

Start place: La Fortuna

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.

End place: Monte Verde

Meals: L
Day 17: Monteverde

Start place: Monte Verde

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

End place: Monte Verde

Day 18: Monteverde/La Fortuna

Start place: Monte Verde

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.
Take in the scenic journey to La Fortuna, then enjoy free time to explore. Consider visiting local hot springs for relaxation.

End place: La Fortuna

Day 19: La Fortuna

Start place: La Fortuna

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.
Enjoy free time in La Fortuna for optionals such as waterfall rappelling, whitewater rafting, or hiking.

End place: La Fortuna

Day 20: Manuel Antonio/San José

Start place: Manuel Antonio

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

End place: San Jose

Day 21: San José

Start place: San Jose

Depart at any time.

End place: San Jose

Inclusions

Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Class, Antigua Guatemala Your Discover Moment: Roatán Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna Your Discover Moment: 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
  • Transport

    Public bus, Private vehicle, Ferry, Plane, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (19 nts), Homestay (1 nt, shared facilities)

Dates & availability: Volcano Adventure – Antigua to San José

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