Way To San Jose
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From $1,440, 17 days, across Costa Rica, & Guatemala Trip code: QVRS

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Travel through the heart of Central America
  • Covet local handcrafts in Antigua's markets
  • Tour through the ancient Mayan ruins at Copan
  • Frolic into cool Caribbean waters off Roatan Island
  • Spot the world's only freshwater sharks in Lake Nicaragua
  • Explore the steamy Monteverde cloud forest
  • Visit La Fortuna's fiesty Arenal Volcano
  • Admire the dramatic scenery surrounding San Jose
  • Feast on fiery Central American cuisine
  • Enjoy a cruisy day sightseeing in Granada
  • Find a comfy patch of grass in Comayagua's Parque Central

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Get ready for a fast-paced adventure through the best of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. From oceans teeming with marine life to cloud forests alive with jungle melodies, this pocket of Central America is something of a natural paradise. Whether you're shopping in colonial Antigua, exploring the intricately carved Copan ruins, diving into the crystal blue waters of Honduras' Roatan Islands or taking a night tour of Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna, you'll get a wonderful insight into Central America during this incredible adventure.


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17 day Itinerary: 17 days

Destination info

The most populous country in central America, Guatemala is a diverse and culturally rich place – a mix of colourful Mayan and colonial Spanish makes for a spectacular and lively nation.

 

Guatemala’s capital is Guatemala City, but for the tourist it is the colonial capital Antigua that holds sway over them. You’ll be in Antigua, only 40 minutes from the capital Guatemala City – a UNESCO World Heritage site surrounded by three huge volcanoes. One of them – Volcan de Fuego – is constantly active at a low level and can be seen to be smoking daily. Which is very bad for its health.

 

If you’re interested in varied natural habitats, you’ll love volunteering in Guatemala. The country boasts two major mountain ranges, lots of volcanoes and lowlands covered in lush rainforests, dotted with Mayan remains – including the famous Tikal, with its 60 metre high temples. The rainforest around Tikal is a protected area (Maya Biosphere Reserve) and is full of wildlife including jaguars, howler monkeys, toucans and ocelots and has been designated. Where Guatemala meets the Pacific, there are vast black sand beaches home to three different species of turtle.

 

It is very easy to see why Costa Rica is such a popular destination with travellers from all over the world. It has something to suit everyone, from the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Coast to the untouched rainforest that covers much of the country. With over 27% of the country being made up of protected habitats and national parks, this is a haven for nature lovers with its variety of landscapes, flora and fauna.

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Day 1 Antigua
What better place to start the Way to San Jose adventure than in one of Guatemala's most compelling cities? Walk through cobblestone streets and past heavy wood-carved entrances on an orientation tour of Antigua. Cheap and tasty Guatemalan food can be found in busy markets and street stalls a block west of Parque Central.
Days 2-3 Copan
Travel across the wild Guatemalan countryside and cross the border into Copan. Tour the World Heritage-listed Mayan ruins, with intricately carved structures dating back to 500 AD, or sample some unusual Honduran cuisine.
Days 4-6 Roatan Island
The reward for a bus and ferry journey today is the pristine shores of Honduras' Roatan Islands. Spend two blissful days diving into the crystal waters of the Caribbean or simply melting into the white, powdery beaches under the shade of a coconut palm.
Day 7 Comayagua
Pack up the bucket and spade; it's time to travel south to Comayagua. Mingle with locals in the lush central gardens or visit some of Honduras's most impressive cathedrals.
Days 8-9 Granada
Cross the border and arrive at Nicaragua's oldest town. Granada city is a charming and surprising place, brimming with bubbly inhabitants and character. Sightseeing in Granada is plentiful; perhaps hop on a boat ride around Lake Nicaragua or for the adventurous, an excursion to Mombacho or Masaya Volcano National Park is a hot option. In the evenings, walk along narrow streets where locals chat to each other from their open-front living rooms.
Days 10-11 Ometepe Island
Spot the world's only freshwater sharks in Lake Nicaragua en route to the lush Ometepe Island. Take an optional hike to one of two towering volcanoes on the island or choose a slower pace at one of the beaches or jungle swimming holes.
Days 12-13 Monteverde
Costa Rica beckons across the border. Arrive in the eco-lovers paradise of Monteverde, and choose to explore the expansive Monteverde cloud forest on foot, mountain bike or on horse - or even go zip lining over the tree canopy.
Days 14-15 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park
From La Fortuna, discover the active Arenal Volcano - thrill seekers may want to explore after dark for exciting up close views of glowing lava. Perhaps enjoy a relaxing rendezvous at the La Fortuna hot springs or waterfalls.
Days 16-17 San Jose
Complete the Way to San Jose tour and farewell new friends in this spirited city. Join locals milling around Mercado Central for some super-cheap Costa Rican food and colourful souvenirs.

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What's included?

  • All accommodation
  • Activities as stated in the itinerary
  • Meals as stated in the trip notes
  • Services of a trip leader throughout
  • 24 hour support

What's not included?

  • Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature including spending money, drinks, tips and gratuities

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years old.

 

Accommodation

Hotel (16 nts)

 

Transportation
Bus, Boat, Taxi

Group Size
Maximum of 16 travellers per group

Budget
Allow USD $300 for meals not included.

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Tour Operator

This tour is operated by Intrepid Travel.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

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Way To San Jose

Rachael Wise - June 2014

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great choice of activities, great group, great tour leader. Overall an amazing experience

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Some of the highlights of my trip were seeing the volcanoes, the crater lake and monkey island on our day tour from Granada, Nicaragua. Also the zip lining in Monteverde, Costa Rica is a must, it's amazing.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1.pack light (I struggled with a heavy bag) 2. Take part in as many activities as you can 3. Get to know your group, you will meet some amazing people

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

Way To San Jose2014-06-17

Amy Symes - June 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
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Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Created new friendships, brilliant atmosphere in the group, amazing activities, great tour leader, great travel.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Highlights of my trip were reaching Costa Rica and taking part in some amazing activities whilst there, also meeting people that were in my tour team. Created good friendships with many and enjoyed spending time together as a group there was a brilliant atmosphere.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Always try to speak the language, even if you don't get it spot on its appreciated that you tried. 2. Pack the right kind of adaptor 3. Pack light.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

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Way To San Jose2014-06-17

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