Volcano Adventure - San Jose to Antigua
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This tour takes you offer the tourist track and into the heart of Central America. From the cloud forests of Costa Rica and the Mayan ruins of Copan to the natural beauty of Antigua in Guatemala, this 21-day volcano adventure is a thrilling collection of activities in some truly amazing locations. Prepare to be inspired as you journey through the jungles and volcanoes of Ometepe Island to the white sand beaches of Roatan. (GCL)
- Take part in exhilarating outdoor pursuits in Fortuna
- Explore the cloud forest at Monteverde
- Relax by the sea in San Juan del Sur
- Be amazed by the breath-taking scenery of Ometepe
- Soak up the colonial charm of Granada
- Be inspired by the culture and architecture of Leon
- Enjoy Roatan’s classic island vibe
- Visit the Copan ruins in Honduras
- Wander through the towns and villages of Antigua
Arrive into San Jose and make your way to your hotel. If you arrive early enough, you’ll have time to visit the shops, people-watch in the main plaza or visit a museum.
On day two, you’ll enjoy breakfast then head out to the small village of La Fortuna. This is a brilliant location for outdoor activities, so make the most of it by taking part in rafting, waterfall rappelling, going on a safari float or visiting the hot springs. While you’re here, visit the Arenal Volcano which sits on the southeast shore of Lake Arenal – a popular windsurfing spot, thanks to the winds sweeping off the Caribbean Sea reaching speeds of up to 72km/hr!
Make your way up to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve this morning, surrounded by luscious foliage and spectacular wildlife. There are numerous activities to enjoy here, from zip-lining through the canopy to touring the coffee plantations and visiting the butterfly gardens. This unique area is much like a rainforest, but the moisture is derived from condensation let from the clouds rather than from rainfall – this fascinating ecosystem is home to countless species of birds and animals, and is a beautiful area to visit.
San Juan del Sur
Continue on to San Juan del Sur to relax by the sea and revel in the picturesque views. This fishing village is perfect for enabling you to do as little or as much as you like. While the beaches are beautiful, if you’d rather keep active you can take up surf lessons, go fishing or go zip-lining on the hills above the village. At night, the laid-back nightlife is a brilliant end to the day.
You’ll be hosted by a local family in Ometepe for a two-night homestay experience, where you can test your language skills, sample the traditional cuisine and even take part in some exhilarating activities such as climbing a volcano or trying the Tarzan swing at the local swimming hole. As you pass through the scenery on your way to the hotel, keep a watch for the plantain plantations and charming small villages which make up Nicaragua.
(Breakfast and dinner included on both days)
Begin your time in Granada with an orientation tour. The best way to see the sights here is on foot, so enjoy a relaxed stroll around the city and browse the markets, museums and colonial architecture. Often live music is played in the square and makes for a really fun and relaxed environment. You’ll stop en-route after departing the city to visit the Masaya Volcano, in Parque Nacional Volcan Masaya. This active volcano is one of the area’s most famous landmarks.
Start your time in Leon with an orientation tour, exploring the city’s colonial past and cultural attractions. Leon has many beautifully preserved Spanish buildings and churches which line the streets – perfect for those wanting to admire the architecture. You may wish to go ‘volcano boarding’ down Cerro Negro or take a trip to the nearby beaches. There’s plenty of history to be explored within the city, so you may also wish to take part in a city tough to learn more about this brilliant destination.
Roatan is a Caribbean-style island which is popular for being a great place for scuba diving and snorkelling. The crystalline waters are ideal for such sports but equally brilliant for swimming – an array of tropical marine life is found here. Surrounding this island is over 100km of protected reef, where thousands of species of fish are found. Coupled with the pristine beaches, this really is paradise. If you want to see more of this area, you may want to take a bike ride into the interior of the island; the botanical gardens are home to exotic foliage and fascinating wildlife. You will then take a ferry back to the mainland of Honduras and onwards to the coast of La Ceiba.
Explore the fascinating ruins in Honduras, where visitors can wander through the plazas which are filled with delicate monuments and statues. This is a mysterious and unique place that really brings the past to life and highlights the creativity of the Mayan people. This area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 and has many interesting features.
Antigua is a scenic destination with a peaceful ambience and partially restored colonial features. The architecture here is brilliant and the quaint villages and towns are surrounded by striking valleys. While you’re here you’ll have chance to take part in a salsa lesson and visit a Mayan village where you’ll make tortillas and handicrafts, before enjoying a traditional meal.
Depart from Antigua today.
- International flights
- Internal travel: public bus; private van; ferry; plane; walking
- Hotels (18 nights), homestay (2 nights, possible shared facilities)
- 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinner (Allow USD480-630 for meals not included)
- La Fortuna stay; Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve guided tour (Monteverde); Beach time in San Juan del Sur; Homestay on Ometepe Island, with a local family; Granada orientation walk; Masaya Volcano visit; León orientation walk; Beach time in Roatan; Copán guided tour; Mayan community visit with lunch (Antigua)
- Tour guide throughout, in addition to local guides
- Small group experience; Maximum 16 people, average 12