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VOLCANO ADVENTURE - SAN JOSE TO ANTIGUA

21 Days, San Jose to Antigua
VOLCANO ADVENTURE - SAN JOSE TO ANTIGUA

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From the lush cloud forests of Costa Rica to the evocative cobblestoned streets of Antigua, get off the tourist track and discover the colour and spirit of Central Americ read more...

IS THIS Classic TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 20nights accommodation(Hotels (18 nts), homestay (2 nts, possible shared facilities)).
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Public bus, private van, ferry, plane, walking).
  • Local Flight
  • La Fortuna stay.
  • Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve guided tour (Monteverde).
  • Beach time in San Juan del Sur.
  • G Adventures-supported homestay on Ometepe Island, with a local family.
  • Granada orientation walk.
  • Masaya Volcano visit.
  • Leon orientation walk.
  • Beach time in Roatan.
  • Copan guided tour.
  • Mayan community visit with lunch (Antigua).
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
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Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of for USD 645-840 food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive San Jose
Day 2 San Jose/La Fortuna
Day 3 La Fortuna
Day 4 La Fortuna/Monte Verde
Day 5 Monteverde
Day 6 Monteverde/San Juan del Sur
Day 7 San Juan del Sur
Day 8 San Juan del Sur/Isla de Ometepe
Day 9 Isla de Ometepe
Day 10 Isla de Ometepe/Granada
Day 11 Granada
Day 12 Granada/Leon
Day 13 Leon
Day 14 Leon/Roatan
Day 15 Roatan
Day 16 Roatan
Day 17 Roatan/Copan
Day 18 Copan
Day 19 Copan/Antigua
Day 20 Antigua
Day 21 Depart Antigua
Departures
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • San Jose
  • La Fortuna
  • Monteverde
  • San Jaun Del Sur
  • Isla De Ometepe
  • Granada.
  • Leon
  • Roatan
  • Copan
  • Antigua
  • DAY 1 Arrive San Jose

    Arrive at any time.

    There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    18:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 San Jose/La Fortuna

    La Fortuna

    Travel to La Fortuna and Arenal. Options include rafting, waterfall rappelling or a local hot springs visit.

    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 full-day whitewater rafting on the Toro or Balsa Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding or a tour of the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders' paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents.

    Private Van
    San Jose - La Fortuna 3h-3h30m 195km
    Costa Rican roads can be bumpy and windy. If you're prone to motion-sickness, prepare accordingly.

    Optional Activities
    Whitewater Rafting

    Arenal
    Pull on your bathing suit and water shoes, don a helmet and prepare to get wet and wild. Guided by expert leaders, paddle through Class II-IV rapids as you raft past spectacular scenery. Feel the burn, work up a sweat, then cool off in the pure river water. Experience the energy and excitement and enjoy!

    La Fortuna Waterfall Swim
    La Fortuna
    8USD per person
    Take a walk, taxi, or horse just outside the town of La Fortuna to the nearby waterfall. Once at the gate, pay a fee then start the descent on rough steps (more than 500 of them!) to get to the base of the falls. The water cascades 65m (200 ft) down the side of the dormant Cerro Chato. Sit on the rocks, get sprayed, watch for iridescent blue morpho butterflies and then plunge into the cool waters.

    Canopy Tour
    La Fortuna
    Join a canopy tour (zipline) and catch a bird's-eye view of the forest greenery as you speed through the jungle on cables.

    Horseback Riding
    Arenal
    Throw on some long pants, grab the reins and hop up on a well-trained horse. Trail ride through the tropical forest and across the area's most beautiful landscape. Look for toucans in the trees and admire the ocean views. Visit waterfalls and end your journey with a good gallop.
    Baldi Hot Springs Soak

    Baldi Hot Springs Soak
    Arenal 3h-5h
    20-36USD per person
    Relax in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano immersed in one of the naturally heated pools at Baldi Hot Springs Hotel and Spa. Rejuvenate your muscles, detox your cells, and stimulate all your senses in nature's thermal spa. Breathe in the pure rainforest air and marvel at the mystic surroundings of these outdoor pools of paradise.

    Venado Caves Exploration
    La Fortuna
    55USD per person
    Duck your head and enter an underground world formed some 15 million years ago. The Venado Caves are 45 min NW of Fortuna. Ford rivers, crawl through caverns, and marvel at the strange stalactites, stalagmites and subterranean inhabitants including bats, frogs, and spiders. Not ideal if you get anxious in closed spaces. Great for those who want to channel their inner Indiana Jones.

    Los Lagos Hot Springs
    Arenal
    The natural hot springs at the Los Lagos Hotel, Spa & Resort are fed directly from pristine rainforest springs. Soak in the healing pools, feel your muscles relax as you luxuriate in the warm water heated by the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy the tropical jungle setting and let your senses soar.

    Hanging Bridges
    Arenal 1h30m-2h
    30USD per person
    Come join the monkeys and perhaps spot a sloth lazing in the treetops of this protected rain forest preserve set in the shadows of the Arenal Volcano. Trek 3km (2 mi) of winding trails up, down, across and over 16 different bridges, some suspended way up high, overlooking a gorgeous gorge and 60m (37 mi) waterfall. Look up and down to spot birds, snakes, frogs, lizards, howler monkeys and more. Bring binoculars, bug spray and a long lens and reach new heights in the canopy of Costa Rica. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 3 La Fortuna

    Free time in La Fortuna to enjoy optional activities around Lake Arenal.

    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.

    Free Time
    La Fortuna Full Day
    Don't waste a minute-get exploring.

    Optional Activities
    Mountain Biking

    Arenal 3h-5h
    15-59USD per person
    Rent a bike and head off along one of the backroads outside of town. Take the road to San Ramon and turn right on the road toward the waterfall. Or take a guided cycling tour and pick one of three routes of varying difficulty.


    Whitewater Rafting
    Arenal
    Pull on your bathing suit and water shoes, don a helmet and prepare to get wet and wild. Guided by expert leaders, paddle through Class II-IV rapids as you raft past spectacular scenery. Feel the burn, work up a sweat, then cool off in the pure river water. Experience the energy and excitement and enjoy!

    Birdwatching
    La Fortuna
    Set out a bird watching adventure with a local expert. Depending on the season, explore around Arenal Volcano and Lake, visit El Silencio Nature Reserve, or Finca Luna Nueva. The area around Arenal is home to more than 350 species of birds. Look for toucans, parrots, Montezuma Oropendolas, colourful tanagers, and parakeets.

    La Fortuna Waterfall Swim
    La Fortuna
    8USD per person
    Take a walk, taxi, or horse just outside the town of La Fortuna to the nearby waterfall. Once at the gate, pay a fee then start the descent on rough steps (more than 500 of them!) to get to the base of the falls. The water cascades 65m (200 ft) down the side of the dormant Cerro Chato. Sit on the rocks, get sprayed, watch for iridescent blue morpho butterflies and then plunge into the cool waters.

    Hiking
    Arenal
    Head out to see nature first hand. Break a sweat in the lush humid jungle around the slopes of Arenal Volcano and keep an eye out for monkeys, birds and sloths.

    Canopy Tour
    La Fortuna
    Join a canopy tour (zipline) and catch a bird's-eye view of the forest greenery as you speed through the jungle on cables.

    Horseback Riding
    Arenal
    Throw on some long pants, grab the reins and hop up on a well-trained horse. Trail ride through the tropical forest and across the area's most beautiful landscape. Look for toucans in the trees and admire the ocean views. Visit waterfalls and end your journey with a good gallop.

    Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour
    Arenal - Cano Negro
    59USD per person
    Travel north to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge near the Nicaraguan border. Take a guided tour by covered boat through one of the world's most important wetlands; home to a vast array of plants, birds, reptiles, fish, and mammals. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see an three-toed sloth or a Jesus Christ lizard.

    Venado Caves Exploration
    La Fortuna
    55USD per person
    Duck your head and enter an underground world formed some 15 million years ago. The Venado Caves are 45 min NW of Fortuna. Ford rivers, crawl through caverns, and marvel at the strange stalactites, stalagmites and subterranean inhabitants including bats, frogs, and spiders. Not ideal if you get anxious in closed spaces. Great for those who want to channel their inner Indiana Jones. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 4 La Fortuna/Monte Verde

    From La Fortuna, travel around Lake Arenal to the misty mountain air of the Monteverde Cloud Forest.

    Private Vehicle
    La Fortuna - Laguna de Arenal 30m-45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Boat
    Laguna de Arenal 45m-1h15m 10km
    Climb aboard and get your float on.

    Private Vehicle
    Laguna de Arenal - Monte Verde 1h30m-2h 35km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Free Time
    Monte Verde Evening
    Start exploring this beautiful town.

    Optional Activities
    Monteverde Horseback Riding

    Monte Verde 2h30m-3h
    25-45USD per person
    Enjoy Monteverde's breath-giving wilderness by horseback. Spot toucans, bellbirds and parrots as you ride private mountain trails through primary and secondary forest. Meet monkeys, see sloths, and possibly glimpse the Gulf of Nicoya through the clouds. Take photos, inhale the pure air and let your horse lead you on this memorable meander in misty Monteverde. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 5 Monteverde

    Enjoy a guided visit to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve.

    Santa Elena Cloud Forest Guided Tour
    Monte Verde
    Pull on your poncho and boots and head into the cloud-covered forest, past over-sized ferns and exotic orchids. Harness your inner Tarzan and Jane as you imagine swinging from the forest's giant vines, trudge along 12km (7 mi) of trails, watch for wildlife and trek to the top of the observation tower. Be sure to stop and listen too. Hear the haunting call of the bellbird and perhaps catch sight of the brilliant green and red resplendent quetzal. Feel good about protecting the preserve and sustaining the quality of local schools through payment of your park fees.

    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.


    Free Time
    Monte Verde Afternoon
    Don't waste a minute, get exploring.

    Optional Activities
    Sky Walk

    Monte Verde
    Get up high and personal to see the tree tops of Monteverde's Cloud Forest from a bird's eye view. Cross a series of suspension bridges to discover what early biologists needed ropes and pulleys to glimpse-a lush, green vista accented by bromeliads, vines, and orchids. Wonder at this wet canopy, home to thousands of species of birds, small animals, amphibians and insects, making up 90% of all the organisms in the forest.

    Ziplining
    Monte Verde3h-4h
    45USD per person
    Buckle up your harness, don your helmet and prepare to launch. Glide along cables suspended high above the cloud forest canopy. Dare to let go and reach top speeds as you zip past stunning scenery. Forget your fear as you spot a toucan or exotic orchid in this adrenaline-filled experience.

    Monteverde Butterfly Garden Visit
    Monte Verde
    12USD per person
    Get close to butterflies, bump into giant bugs and make friends with hairy eight-legged spiders in this collection of gardens nestled in the mountains of Monteverde. Observe caterpillars, take prize-worthy photos of the iridescent blue morpho butterfly and check out the leaf-cutter ant colony. The nature centre is home to 30 species of butterfly, a whole bunch of insects, as well as white-faced monkeys, coatis, motmots and more.

    Monteverde Coffee Plantation Tour
    Monte Verde
    No trip to Costa Rica is complete without visiting a coffee plantation. Visit Cafe Monteverde and learn how this fair trade coffee goes from crop to cup. Pick ripe berries, watch how the beans are separated from the husk, then dried and roasted. Sample and buy some of these excellent beans. The Santa Elena coffee co-op prides itself on sustainable practices: it recycles processing water, uses coffee pulp for fertilizer, and sends plant fibers and husks to make paper. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 6 Monteverde/San Juan del Sur

    Travel to Nicaragua and get ready to relax on the beach. Opt for surf lessons or to go fishing.
    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 Cana 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.

    Private Vehicle
    Monte Verde - Penas Blancas 3h30m-4h30m 36km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Border Crossing (Costa Rica - Nicaragua)
    Penas Blancas
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Local bus
    Penas Blancas - San Juan del Sur 30m-45m 20km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Optional Activities
    Ziplining

    San Juan del Sur 1h15m-1h30m
    30USD per person
    There is one word for Da' Flying Frog. Amazing. Feel like you are in Tarzan's back yard, especially in the rainy season. Zip to 17 platforms over 2.5 km (1.5 mi) of pure jungle scenery. Enjoy the view of the valley and San Juan del Sur bay. Best of all there are two cables and an excellent crew for your safety.

    Sunset Cruise
    San Juan del Sur 2h30m-3h
    20USD per person
    Take a cruise along the Pacific coastline. As soon as you leave, the music starts and the bar is open with your choice of soft drink, beer, local rum- unlimited for the 2 hr journey. Enjoy panoramic sunsets and keep you eyes open for local marine wildlife such as dolphins and whales. Try some trolling- anything you catch you can keep for dinner.

    Night Fishing
    San Juan del Sur 4h-4h30m
    35USD per person
    Try something new and go after some delightfully delicious pargo (snapper) while fishing under the stars and moonlight. The boat is equipped with submersible lights, full night lights and a soothing stereo system. Don't forget your cold beers and friends. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 7 San Juan del Sur

    Free time to enjoy optional activities or relax on the beaches.

    Free Time
    San Juan del Sur Full Day
    The day is yours- get exploring or get relaxing.

    Optional Activities
    Ziplining
    San Juan del Sur 1h15m-1h 30m
    30USD per person
    There is one word for Da' Flying Frog. Amazing. Feel like you are in Tarzan's back yard, especially in the rainy season. Zip to 17 platforms over 2.5 km (1.5 mi) of pure jungle scenery. Enjoy the view of the valley and San Juan del Sur bay. Best of all there are two cables and an excellent crew for your safety.

    Surf Lesson
    San Juan del Sur 2h30m-3h
    10-35USD per person
    Grab a board and hit the waves. With knowledge and tips from a certified instructor you'll be hanging ten in no time.

    Fishing
    San Juan del Sur 4h30m-8h
    275-525USD per person
    Experience the ultimate in sport fishing comfort as you cast for mackerel, jack, black and white tunas, and snapper. If you are in search of sailfish, marlin, and dorado, head out 32-48km (20-30 mi) on the all-day charter.

    Sunset Cruise
    San Juan del Sur 2h30m-3h
    20USD per person
    Take a cruise along the Pacific coastline. As soon as you leave, the music starts and the bar is open with your choice of soft drink, beer, local rum- unlimited for the 2 hr journey. Enjoy panoramic sunsets and keep you eyes open for local marine wildlife such as dolphins and whales. Try some trolling- anything you catch you can keep for dinner.

    Night Fishing
    San Juan del Sur 4h-4h30m
    35USD per person
    Try something new and go after some delightfully delicious pargo (snapper) while fishing under the stars and moonlight. The boat is equipped with submersible lights, full night lights and a soothing stereo system. Don't forget your cold beers and friends.

    Whale Watching and Dolphin Spotting Tour
    San Juan del Sur 3h30m-4h
    Humpback whales visit every year from January to late March or early April and are magnificent creatures to spot. Head out on a cruise to try to capture these beautiful animals, with your camera, of course. You may also see dolphins swimming nearby.

    Horseback Riding
    San Juan del Sur 1h-3h
    20USD per person
    Head out for a few hours or a full-day adventure by horseback. Experience the great outdoors surrounded by mountains and beaches. Opt to visit Finca Palermo, Playa Hermosa Surf Camp, or Rancho Chilamate.

    Snorkelling
    San Juan del Sur 3h30m-4h
    10USD per person
    Enjoy the beautiful underwater world just outside of San Juan del Sur Bay.

    Turtle Tour
    San Juan del Sur 4h-4h30m
    30USD per person
    This is a must-do experience. Go with a local guide to the reserve of La Flor where the Olive Ridley turtles return year after year to lay their eggs. If you are lucky, you may also see the newborn hatchlings make a dash to the safety of the sea.

    Playa Hermosa Visit
    San Juan del Sur 2h-8h
    Located 12km (7.5 mi) south of San Juan Del Sur, Playa Hermosa is one of the safest and most beautiful beaches in southern Nicaragua. Voted as the 1 beach by Nicaragua Surf Report and home to Survivor Nicaragua, you may never want to leave this white sand beach. Surf, swim, and keep your eye out for baby turtles. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 8 San Juan del Sur/Isla de Ometepe

    Travel to Ometepe Island and get to know local friends during a 2-night homestay. Try the cuisine, test out some Spanish skills and even opt to climb a volcano or visit the local swimming hole.

    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.

    Local bus
    San Juan del Sur - Rivas 1h-1h15m 30km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Local bus
    Rivas - San Jorge 15m-30m 5km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Ferry
    San Jorge - Moyogalpa 1h-1h30m 10km
    Make yourself comfortable on the top deck or inside and enjoy the views of Volcano Concepcion and Volcano Maderas.

    Private Vehicle
    Moyogalpa - Los Angeles15m-30m 6km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Puesta del Sol Homestay
    Isla de Ometepe
    Stay with a local family by the lake in the small rural village of La Paloma, near Moyogalpa, on Ometepe Island. Your presence is supporting this community-owned and operated business. The Planeterra Foundation helped launch the project and trained up the community to host G Adventures travellers. While you're here, practice Spanish, enjoy authentically-cooked fresh food and hike the nearby trails.

    Optional Activities
    Swimming

    Isla de Ometepe
    Swim the cool waters of Lake Nicaragua, also known as Mar Dulce (Sweet Sea). Fed by more than 40 rivers, it's the largest lake in Central America and the tenth largest freshwater lake in the world. Also check out local swimming holes fed by underground springs and enriched with therapeutic minerals to both relax and invigorate the senses. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 9 Isla de Ometepe

    Enjoy a full day free to explore.

    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.

    Free Time
    Isla de OmetepeOmetepe Full Day
    Don't waste a minute-get out and explore.

    Puesta del Sol Homestay
    Isla de Ometepe
    Stay with a local family by the lake in the small rural village of La Paloma, near Moyogalpa, on Ometepe Island. Your presence is supporting this community-owned and operated business. The Planeterra Foundation helped launch the project and trained up the community to host G Adventures travellers. While you're here, practice Spanish, enjoy authentically-cooked fresh food and hike the nearby trails.

    Optional Activities
    Swimming

    Isla de Ometepe
    Swim the cool waters of Lake Nicaragua, also known as Mar Dulce (Sweet Sea). Fed by more than 40 rivers, it's the largest lake in Central America and the tenth largest freshwater lake in the world. Also check out local swimming holes fed by underground springs and enriched with therapeutic minerals to both relax and invigorate the senses.

    Hiking Maderas Volcano
    Isla de Ometepe8h-9h
    45USD per person
    Prepare to spend the day (4 hr each way) hiking the dormant Maderas Volcano (1,400m/4,573 ft). Walk past coffee plantations, then up a steep trail through cloud forest. It gets damp and muddy, so watch your step. At the summit, hike down into the crater and swim in the cool, refreshing lagoon. How many people can say they have floated in the bowels of a volcano?

    Island and Pre-Columbian Petroglyphs Tour
    Isla de Ometepe3h-4h
    35-40USD per person
    There's something special about coming across a boulder in a field, now covered in moss, and engraved in circles or images made by someone who lived in the area thousands of years ago. Discover Ometepe's pre-Columbian petroglyphs (rock carvings) and stone statues, along with pieces of ancient ceramic urns and utensils. Learn the history and significance of these artifacts dating back to 1000 BC. Includes a stop at hot springs and the beach.

    Hike Concepcion Volcano
    Isla de Ometepe10h-12h
    40USD per person
    The steep terrain of this active volcano make Concepcion the most difficult climb in all of Nicaragua. Plan on a round trip duration of 10-12 hours of sweaty, muddy, humid and windy climbing. Bring lots of water and food. The rewards can include breathtaking views of the isthmus of Ometepe, Maderas Volcano, Chontales, and Costa Rica to the south, as well as vegetation unique to this volcano. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 10 Isla de Ometepe/Granada

    Travel to Granada with an orientation walk on arrival. Opt to kayak the isletas in Lake Nicaragua or hike the trails atop Mombacho Volcano.

    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.

    Private Vehicle
    Los Angeles - Moyogalpa 15m-30m6km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Ferry
    Moyogalpa - San Jorge 1h-1h30m10km
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

    Local bus
    San Jorge - Rivas 15m-30m5km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Local bus
    Rivas - Granada 1h15m-1h45m70km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Free Time
    Granada
    There are so many options, just start exploring. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Granada

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

    Free Time
    Granada

    There's no time to waste-get exploring.

    Optional Activities
    Mombacho Volcano Trails Hike

    Volcan Mombacho 4h30m-5h
    35USD per group
    Hike the muddy paths up Mombacho Volcano. At the windy summit, see four dormant craters, all covered in dense cloud forest. On a rare clear day, capture views of Granada, las Isletas, Laguna de Apoyo, and Lake Nicaragua beyond.

    Hiking
    Granada
    Take a trip up the steep slopes of the Mombacho Volcano, 10km (6 mi) from Granada, past coffee plantations and cloud forest. Bring a sweater for the cool, windy weather. Trek along marked trails, past cloud-kissed plants and abundant wildlife, to see fumaroles, craters and possibly a view (although the summit is often cloud-covered). Look down and try to spot the Mombacho salamander.

    Kayaking
    Granada
    Grab a paddle, put on a lifejacket and set off to explore by kayak.

    Laguna de Apoyo Visit
    Granada
    Travel less than half an hour from Granada to the picturesque Laguna de Apoyo. The warm clean waters of this lake are said to have healing properties; this former volcano crater is nature's giant bathtub, filled by natural springs and rain water from the past 20,000 or so years. Hike the forested trails in the surrounding hills. See hummingbirds, monkeys, and toucans. Slip into the mild waters and enjoy a peaceful swim. How many people can boast they swam in a volcano?

    City Tour
    Granada
    Head out for a guided tour of the charming colonial city of Granada. Visit churches, museums and parks and learn more about the history and culture of the city. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 12 Granada/Leon

    Journey on to Leon after a visit to Masaya Volcano. Enjoy an orientation walk on arrival in Leon. Opt to go 'volcano boarding' down Cerro Negro, visit Central America's largest cathedral or explore the history-filled streets.

    Head to Leon, stopping en route to visit one of Nicaragua's famous active volcanoes in Parque Nacional Volcan Masaya.

    Take an included orientation walk around the city, the former capital from the colonial period until 1857, and still the centre of much of the country's cultural and intellectual activity.

    Private Vehicle
    Granada - Leon 3h130km
    Stop at the Masaya Volcano en route.

    Volcan Masaya National Park Visit
    Volcan Masaya
    Experience the energy and excitement of getting up close and personal with an active volcano. See the crater spew smoke and gas. Walk in a moonscape of lava rocks and stunted shrubs. Stop by the visitor's centre and learn about the history of Masaya and many other volcanoes in Nicaragua. See lizards, deer and raccoons and find out about the local parakeets and bats who call the crater and nearby caves home.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 13 Leon

    Spend a full day exploring the area.

    There is always something interesting to do in Leon, whether it be a city tour, volcano boarding down Nicaragua's youngest volcano Cerro Negro, or a trip to the nearby beaches of Poneloya and Las Penitas.

    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.

    Free Time
    Leon Full Day
    With so much to see and do, don't waste a minute.

    Optional Activities
    Volcano Boarding

    Leon
    30-35USD per person
    Volcano boarding. Ash surfing. Whatever you call it, experience the thrill of hurtling down the side of an active volcano on a thin piece of plywood or metal board. Hike to the summit of Cerro Negro then launch yourself down the other side. Clock speeds of up to 70km (45 mi) per hour. Tip -- bring a bandana to cover your nose and mouth. Volcano dust doesn't taste great!

    City Tour
    Leon
    Head out into the city with a knowledgable local guide to learn more about the history and culture of this colonial city.

    Flor de Cana Factory Visit
    Leon
    Head to the distillery to learn more about the production and history of this potent liquor. Flor De Cana has won countless international awards and is regarded as one of the best rums in Latin America. White, dark, young and aged, sample them all!

    Telica Twilight Tour
    Leon7h-8h
    Hike up Telica Volcano in the afternoon to enjoy the sunset and views. This volcano is so active, nothing grows on its slopes. At nightfall, hike the last section up to the crater to see the glowing orange-red lava. Afterwards, hike in the dark back down to the transport.

    Isla Juan Venado Visit
    Leon 5h-5h30m
    55USD per person
    Hop into the boat and motor off through the mangroves along the shores of Juan Venado Island. Cruise the waterways to see egrets and other birds, crocodiles, crabs, iguanas and more. Through local guides, learn about the different types of mangrove forests, then take a swim at one of the nearby beaches. This is sure to be a day you won't forget!

    Kayak Isla Juan Venado
    Leon 4h30m-5h
    Kayak the mangrove forest and discover the diverse ecosystem around Juan Venado Island. Bring your binoculars to spot birds, and look for the tell-tale tails of crocodiles and iguanas. Hop out to take a swim or just stroll along the beach.

    Momotombo Volcano Visit
    Leon 9h-10h
    Momotombo is one of the most impressive volcanoes in Nicaragua. Resting on the banks of Lake Managua, it is 1,297m (4,255 ft) above sea level and one of the most difficult to climb. During the hike, there will be a chance to see amazing crater and views of Momotombito Island, Monte Gala lagoon, Xolotlan Lake, and much more.

    Horseback Riding Asososca Crater Lake
    Leon 5h30m-6h
    Put on some long pants and travel by horse through a unique landscape accented by volcanic peaks and craters. Check out the huge round hole on the slope of El Hoyo, enjoy the view of Momotombo on the horizon, then go for a swim in the Asososca Crater Lagoon. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 14 Leon/Roatan

    Travel day by van, plane and ferry to Honduras.

    Head to the diving haven of Roatan, 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.

    Private Vehicle
    Leon - Tegucigalpa 7h30m-8h30m 310km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Border Crossing (Nicaragua - Honduras)
    Guasaule
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

    Plane
    Tegucigalpa - Roatan 3h-3h30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Roatan 45m-1h30m 17km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 15 Roatan

    Enjoy free time on the beach, rent a bike or scooter or visit a local museum. Opt to snorkel or scuba dive.

    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 bicycle or 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.

    Free Time
    Roatan Full Day
    Don't waste a minute, get out and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Scuba Diving

    Roatan
    Roatan offers some of best diving in the Caribbean. Find a dive shop and prepare for a memorable day of coral and caverns, wrecks and walls, all sorts of great-looking fish. Part of the second largest reef in the world, the waters around the island are home to 95% of all the marine species in the Caribbean. Swim with turtles, moray eels, jaw fish and octopus. Bring your underwater camera and make memories that will last a lifetime.

    Snorkelling
    Roatan
    Snorkelling is a must-do activity here on the island, considered a world class destination for those seeking warm clear waters and lots to look at. Head to West Bay Beach and set off in search of seahorses, stingrays, and sea turtles. Ask about the submarine submerged near Half Moon Bay - now home to a large eel and some lobsters.

    Carambola Botanical Gardens Visit
    Roatan
    Visit the Carambola Botanical Gardens and step into a wonder of nature. Walk over bridge and along pathways past colourful flowering plants, orchids, ferns, fruit and nut trees, including the popular 'Chocolate Tree'. Besides the plants, you'll likely meet some of the local wildlife, including red Guatusa rabbits, Green and Black Iguanas, and very cool green and blue Anoli lizards.

    Institute for Marine Sciences Visit
    Roatan
    Visit the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences and meet the locals - a number of bottlenose dolphins. Founded in 1989, this facility strives to protect Roatan's natural resources through education and research. Learn about the area's marine life, or cross the lagoon to interact with the dolphins and inspect some of the local fauna.

    Scooter Rental
    Roatan
    What better way to explore than on the seat of a scooter? Zip around and see more. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 16 Roatan

    Enjoy free time on the beach, rent a bike or scooter or visit a local museum. Opt to snorkel or scuba dive.

    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 bicycle or 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.

    Free Time
    Roatan Full Day
    Don't waste a minute, get out and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Scuba Diving

    Roatan
    Roatan offers some of best diving in the Caribbean. Find a dive shop and prepare for a memorable day of coral and caverns, wrecks and walls, all sorts of great-looking fish. Part of the second largest reef in the world, the waters around the island are home to 95% of all the marine species in the Caribbean. Swim with turtles, moray eels, jaw fish and octopus. Bring your underwater camera and make memories that will last a lifetime.

    Snorkelling
    Roatan
    Snorkelling is a must-do activity here on the island, considered a world class destination for those seeking warm clear waters and lots to look at. Head to West Bay Beach and set off in search of seahorses, stingrays, and sea turtles. Ask about the submarine submerged near Half Moon Bay - now home to a large eel and some lobsters.

    Carambola Botanical Gardens Visit
    Roatan
    Visit the Carambola Botanical Gardens and step into a wonder of nature. Walk over bridge and along pathways past colourful flowering plants, orchids, ferns, fruit and nut trees, including the popular 'Chocolate Tree'. Besides the plants, you'll likely meet some of the local wildlife, including red Guatusa rabbits, Green and Black Iguanas, and very cool green and blue Anoli lizards.

    Institute for Marine Sciences Visit
    Roatan
    Visit the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences and meet the locals - a number of bottlenose dolphins. Founded in 1989, this facility strives to protect Roatan's natural resources through education and research. Learn about the area's marine life, or cross the lagoon to interact with the dolphins and inspect some of the local fauna.

    Scooter Rental
    Roatan
    What better way to explore than on the seat of a scooter? Zip around and see more. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 17 Roatan/Copan

    Full travel day from Roatan to charming Copan.

    The village of Copan is a pleasant place to spend a relaxing evening with a small central square frequently filled with people.

    Private Vehicle
    Roatan 45m-1h30m17km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Ferry
    Roatan - La Ceiba 1h45m-2h15m75km
    The large ferry has two floors with an air-conditioned cabin and an open air area towards the back.

    Local bus
    La Ceiba - San Pedro Sula 4h-4h30m193km
    The bus will make a quick stop to purchase food and use the toilets.

    Local bus
    San Pedro Sula - Copan 4h-4h30m174km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 18 Copan

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Copan and opt to visit a macaw reserve or soak in the hot springs.

    Copan Ruins Guided Tour
    Copan
    Step back in time more than a 1,000 years to discover the ancient Mayan site of Copan. Walk across grassy plazas and examine intricately carved stone stellae (tall monuments) depicting various gods and rulers. Admire the artistry and scale of the temples, ball court and well-preserved hieroglyphic stairway and understand why this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to visit the museum to see Mayan artifacts and a life-sized replica of the Rosalila Temple.

    Free Time
    Copan Afternoon
    Get out and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Luna Jaguar Hot Springs Visit

    Copan
    Take a scenic drive through the back roads of Copan Ruinas to hot springs at Luna Jaguar. Take a relaxing soak in one of the pools, surrounded by the jungle. If all that lounging around has worked up your appetite, opt to enjoy a barbeque lunch on site.

    Macaw Mountain Reserve VIsit
    Copan
    Feel the rush of wind as a flock of scarlet macaws take flight in the large aviary at the Macaw Mountain Bird Park & Nature Reserve. This private property near Copan cares for rescued and endangered tropical birds. See brilliantly coloured macaws, toucans, parrots and parakeets. Walk on elevated wooden trails through old growth forests. Sip locally-grown coffee overlooking the river valley below.

    Horseback Riding
    Copan
    Enjoy rural Honduras by horseback. Ride through the Copan Valley and along the river. Head up into the hills to meet local farmers. Keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds and wildlife. Who knows, you may even spot an ancient Maya artifact on your journey. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 19 Copan/Antigua

    Cross into Guatemala and head for the colonial city of Antigua.

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

    Private Vehicle
    Copan - Antigua 8h-9h 280km
    Stop along the way to cross the border and have lunch.

    Border Crossing (Honduras - Guatemala)
    El Florido 1h-1h30m
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 20 Antigua

    Visit a small Mayan community to learn about local handicrafts and traditions. Opt to take salsa lessons, climb a volcano, 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 cafes.

    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.

    Enjoy an included visit to a Mayan village to try your hand at making tortillas and basic handicrafts before enjoying a traditional meal.

    Santiago Zamora Women's Weaving Co-Op Visit
    Antigua 12km
    Visit the Kachiquel village of Santiago Zamora and spend time with local women at their weaving cooperative. Learn the history of this Mayan village, then watch as they demonstrate the steps involved in traditional backstrap weaving. Not so long ago, every village in Guatemala was known for the distinct patterns and colours of its huipils (woven blouses), sashes and skirts. An outsider could identify a woman based on her clothing. Try a local dish of Pipian de Pollo and sip Rosa de Jamaica. If interested, purchase a bracelet or other woven product and help support these women and their families.

    Free Time
    Antigua Afternoon
    Explore Antigua and the surrounding area.

    Optional Activities
    Massage

    Antigua 30m-2h
    30-60USD per person
    Relax and enjoy a Mayan massage. You're on vacation!

    Elizabeth Bell Walking Tour
    Antigua 1h30m-2h30m
    20-25USD per person
    Meet your guide at the fountain in the Central Plaza and take a leisurely walk along the cobblestone streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour focuses on the Antigua's history, culture and restoration efforts (a bylaw, for example, stipulates buildings must only be painted certain colours in order to maintain the Spanish colonial character of the exteriors). Visit the City Hall Palace, Palace of the Captain's General, the main cathedral and many of Antigua's other attractions. Learn about jade and the valuable role it played in Maya culture. Shop for jewelry, pottery, textiles and wooden carvings.

    Pacaya Volcano Hike (Half-Day)
    Antigua 5h-6h
    15-70USD per person
    Drive one hour to the base of Pacaya Volcano to begin your ascent. This volcano is still active, so hiking to the crater is off limits. Near the summit, grab a stick and toast marshmallows over a smoking fumarole using earth's natural "ovens" to heat your snack.

    ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop
    Antigua 1h30m-2h
    20-25USD per person
    Enjoy a chocolate workshop and museum tour to learn about the process "from bean to bar" and the history of this tasty crop. In this hour and a half hands-on workshop, make your own milk or dark chocolate bar to take home and enjoy a tasting of the varieties of chocolate drinks made on site. Who knew history could be so sweet?

    Finca Filidelfia Coffee Tour
    Antigua 2h-3h
    25-60USD per person
    Travel a short 10-minute ride outside of Antigua to the Finca Filadelfia coffee plantation. Walk through the plant nursery, explore the rows of coffee plants, pick a coffee "cherry" (each one has two beans inside), then discover the various stages that go into making the perfect cup of quality coffee. The farm also has a restaurant and zipline for those who opt to fly above the canopy to spot the very best beans.

    Finca Valhalla Visit
    Antigua 1h30m-3h
    5-10USD per person
    Take a tour of the macadamia nut plantation at Finca Valhalla led by the workers. Learn about this sustainable crop for the experts and discover the health benefits of the nut. Pamper yourself with a free facial and purchase some of the treats made from the macadamia nut like oils, nuts, and chocolate. This tour is offered for free in the hopes that you'll show your gratitude by stopping by and picking up some tasty treats from the gift shop or cafe. (Lunch)

  • DAY 21 Depart Antigua

    Depart at any time.

    Guatemala City is a one hour transfer away. (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

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  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of for USD 645-840 food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers,at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. Costa Rica will not be allowing anyone to enter the country without proof of a departure ticket (bus, airplane, boat, etc.). If you are travelling through a few countries in Central America, you will need to show proof of your itinerary and a departure ticket from your last destination. Please print the itinerary and voucher and bring it with you.

  10. Please note that if you are arriving to Costa Rica via Spirit Airlines, you must contact us at travel@gadventures.com before you depart to obtain bus details for your exit from Costa Rica. The airline has been requiring this information before letting passengers board their flight to Costa Rica and we want to ensure you do not encounter any complications on your flight.

  11. As this trip crosses national borders, please be prepared to pay some border fees for certain countries ranging from $1 to $13 USD. Please check with your local embassy or consulate for up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent.

  12. Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Theme Packs! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Theme Packs must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.


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