Central American Journey

Central American Journey


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Sat, Oct 12, 2019
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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Relax on white-sand beaches, explore the Mayan ruins of Copán and Tikal, bargain at the local markets of colourful colonial Antigua, meet some local friends at a G Adventures for Good homestay in Guatemala, visit six countries in a month.

Escape the resorts and discover something extraordinary in Central America. Visit six countries on this adventure and experience mighty ruins, clear Caribbean waters, Pacific waves, rainforests, and breathtaking scenery along the way. Explore Indigenous Mayan villages and meet locals for an immersive experience that few travellers get to know. While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are included. Our expert CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) will help you make the most of your time. Take a trip that's packed with all the things you need and nothing you don't — 32 days of maximum adventure at minimum cost.

Day 1: Playa del Carmen
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards.
Accommodation: Selina Hostel Playa del Carmen (or similar)

Day 2: Playa del Carmen
Enjoy free time to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm or the diving mecca of Cozumel. Or just play in the waves and enjoy the beach.
Free Time: Free time to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm, the diving mecca of Cozumel, or play in the waves and enjoy the beach!
Accommodation: Selina Hostel Playa del Carmen (or similar)

Day 3: Playa del Carmen/Caye Caulker
Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.
Transport: Ride on in style. This sure isn't your grandmother's public bus.
Activity: Arrive at the Mexican border then go to immigration to get passports stamped and pay the exit fee. After a quick trip on the bus, grab your luggage and pass through Belizean immigration and customs. Get back on the bus with your stuff and get ready to start exploring Belize.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Transport: Jump in and cross the water to the next stop.
Accommodation: Tropical Paradise Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Caye Caulker
Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.
Free Time: Do as much or as little as you wish on this little slice of paradise in Belize. Cruise the island or explore its seas-the Caribbean awaits!
Accommodation: Tropical Paradise Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: Caye Caulker
Opt to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, go diving or just chill out, Belizean style.
Free Time: Do as much or as little as you wish on this little slice of paradise in Belize. Cruise the island or explore its seas-the Caribbean awaits!
Accommodation: Tropical Paradise Hotel (or similar)

Day 6: Caye Caulker/San Ignacio
Travel by boat and bus from Caye Caulker to San Ignacio. Enjoy an included pottery demonstration and local lunch at a G Adventures-supported women's pottery cooperative.
Transport: Jump in and cross the water to the next stop.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Like in many places around the world, education for women in the village of San Antonio isn't prioritized. Girls don't typically attend school beyond primary levels. So a women's cooperative was founded here, as a way for underprivileged women to earn income, learn new skills, and share centuries-old Mayan techniques and knowledge. Visit the pottery workshop, which is newly expanded with an investment from G Adventures. Meet some of the women who've found community within its walls and gain insight into the tradition of throwing pots. Afterward, enjoy lunch together with these inspiring and unforgettable women, sampling traditional foods of the Cayo region.
Accommodation: Kawoq Hostel (or similar)
Meal(s): Lunch

Day 7: San Ignacio
Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.
Accommodation: Kawoq Hostel (or similar)

Day 8: San Ignacio/Flores
Learn about Mayan culture and history on a guided tour of the ruins of Tikal.
Transport: Jump in the back and tell the driver to step on it, just like they do in the movies.
Activity: Grab your bags from the vehicle and head to immigration after paying the exit fee. Passports get stamped in immigration and then passed to your CEO for the short walk (200m) to the Guatemalan border where the entrance fee is paid. Lend a hand loading luggage into the vehicle while your CEO gets all the passports stamped. Welcome to Guatemala!
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Put on your walking shoes and prepare for a tiring but memorable day walking through history at the impressive site of Tikal. The Mayan site is set in the heart of the jungle, in Tikal National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along with our bilingual guide, see some of the temples, plazas, carved stone monuments and public squares, more than 3,000 buildings in all, dating from as far back as 600 BC. Climb to the top of Temple IV, catch your breath, take photos, and then sit and contemplate the magnificence of the site and the tropical rainforest beyond. Look for monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, and deer, as well as macaws and eagles, snakes, and spiders.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Peten Express Hotel (or similar)

Day 9: Flores/Rio Dulce
Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda Tijax (or similar)

Day 10: Rio Dulce
Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda Tijax (or similar)

Day 11: Rio Dulce/Antigua Guatemala
Enjoy an orientation walk of Antigua's cobblestone streets, then opt to take a salsa lesson and practice new moves out at night.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Accommodation: Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel (or similar)

Day 12: Antigua Guatemala
Enjoy a free day in Antigua. Opt to relax with a massage, climb a volcano, soak up the culture in one of the city's many cafés, or explore the nearby hills and towns by bike.
Free Time: Free time in Antigua. Relax with a massage, climb a volcano, soak up the culture of this colonial town's many museums and cafes, attend a chocolate workshop, visit one of the local coffee or macadamia nut plantations, or explore the nearby hills and towns by bike.
Accommodation: Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel (or similar)

Day 13: Antigua Guatemala/Panajachel
Travel to beautiful Lake Atitlán and enjoy the views.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Kamol Bey (or similar)

Day 14: Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna
Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family. This area is known for stunning scenery and great shopping for Mayan handicrafts. Opt to bargain for colourful textiles and paintings at the lake's markets.
Transport: Climb aboard and get your float on.
Activity: Submerge yourself in Mayan culture during this home stay run by a Planeterra community tourism project. Set on the northwest shore of Lake Atitlán, arrive by boat to the laid-back village of San Juan La Laguna and immediately feel at home. Meet your host family, stash your stuff, then set off to explore the area. Admire the paintings of local artists, watch weavers who use traditional techniques to dye wool, go for a hike and admire the view across the lake. Feel good knowing you are supporting local families eager to benefit from tourism in their community.
Accommodation: Rupalaj Kistalin Posada Homestay (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner

Day 15: San Juan La Laguna/Antigua Guatemala
Return to Antigua, and enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
Transport: Climb aboard and get your float on.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Whether it's a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.
Accommodation: Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel (or similar)

Day 16: Antigua Guatemala
Enjoy free time to relax with a massage, explore the nearby hills by bicycle, or visit a local macadamia nut farm.
Free Time: Get out and explore Guatemala's former capital city.
Accommodation: Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel (or similar)

Day 17: Antigua Guatemala/Copán
Cross the border to Honduras. Opt to soak in local hot springs in the jungle.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Accommodation: Hotel Brisas de Copan (or similar)

Day 18: Copán
Free time in Copán. Opt to visit the ruins of Copán or explore the hills on horseback.
Free Time: Free time in the town of Copán. Opt to visit the Copán Ruins, explore the hills on horseback, or soak in hot springs.
Accommodation: Hotel Brisas de Copan (or similar)

Day 19: Copán/Suchitoto
Cross the border into El Salvador and stay in the colonial town of Suchitoto. Don't forget to try the delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian specialty.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Accommodation: Posada Alta Vista (or similar)

Day 20: Suchitoto
Enjoy a free day in Suchitoto.
Free Time: Enjoy a free day to check out this colonial city.
Accommodation: Posada Alta Vista (or similar)

Day 21: Suchitoto/Concepción de Ataco
Travel to the 'Route of Flowers' region with its quaint Salvadorian towns and talented artisans.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Get out and explore the beautiful 'Ruta de las Flores' area of El Salvador.
Accommodation: Hotel Segen (or similar)

Day 22: Concepción de Ataco
Full day to explore the small town of Ataco or enjoy optional activities.
Free Time: Get out and explore the beautiful 'Ruta de las Flores' area of El Salvador.
Accommodation: Hotel Segen (or similar)

Day 23: Concepción de Ataco/Playa El Palmarcito
Enjoy a free morning in Ataco before heading to the coast. The sunsets in this surfing town are stunning. Grab a cold drink and enjoy!
Free Time: Enjoy a free day to do as much or as little as you'd like in this beach town.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Atami Escape Resort (or similar)

Day 24: Playa El Palmarcito
Enjoy a free day in this laidback beach town to take a surf lesson, eat fresh ceviche at the fish market in nearby La Libertad, visit the Tamanique waterfalls, or chill out with a beer in hand.
Free Time: Enjoy a free day to do as much or as little as you'd like in this beach town.
Accommodation: Atami Escape Resort (or similar)

Day 25: Playa El Palmarcito/Monteverde
Hop on a flight to Costa Rica and travel through stunning Costa Rican scenery, finishing up in the cloud forest air of Monteverde.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Hotel Manakin (or similar)

Day 26: Monteverde
Free day in Monteverde. Opt to visit a cloud forest reserve, fly through the jungle canopy via zipline, or tour a coffee plantation.
Free Time: The day is free to choose from many optional activities. Fly hundreds of meters above the trees on a zip-lining tour, hike through one of the cloud forest reserves, ride a horse in the mountains, visit a coffee/sugar cane farm, go bungee jumping, drive an ATV on trails in the hills, tour the cheese factory or check out the orchid garden, serpentarium, or frog pond in town.
Accommodation: Hotel Manakin (or similar)

Day 27: Monteverde/La Fortuna
Transfer to La Fortuna along bumpy roads, then break up the journey with a peaceful boat ride on Lake Arenal before a short ride to the town. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
Transport: Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.
Transport: Climb aboard and get your float on.
Transport: Climb aboard and make friends with your seatmate en route to the next stop.
Free Time: Free time to enjoy the La Fortuna and Arenal area.
Activity: Whether it's a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.
Accommodation: Selina Hostel La Fortuna (or similar)

Day 28: La Fortuna
Free time to enjoy the La Fortuna and Arenal area.
Free Time: Free time to enjoy the La Fortuna and Arenal area.
Accommodation: Selina Hostel La Fortuna (or similar)

Day 29: La Fortuna/San Carlos
Enjoy a final free morning in La Fortuna for optional activities. In the afternoon, travel to San Carlos and to the rural community of Coope San Juan. Stay with a local family for an authentic Costa Rican experience.
Free Time: Free time to enjoy the La Fortuna and Arenal area.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Immerse yourself in local farming culture by staying with a family in the Coope San Juan community in the rainforest of northern Costa Rica. Your presence is supporting this community-owned and operated business. While you're here, practice Spanish, enjoy authentically-cooked fresh food, bike along jungle trails, and try your hand at fishing.
Accommodation: Selina Hostel La Fortuna (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner

Day 30: San Carlos
Enjoy a full day with your hosts at the Coope San Juan homestay. Go on a walk through the surrounding forest to learn about flora and fauna in the area, help harvest cassava, and join a cooking demo to make enyucados - a local speciality. In the afternoon, enjoy free time and opt to go mountain biking or fishing, or relax in the village and practice your Spanish.
Activity: Immerse yourself in local farming culture by staying with a family in the Coope San Juan community in the rainforest of northern Costa Rica. Your presence is supporting this community-owned and operated business. While you're here, practice Spanish, enjoy authentically-cooked fresh food, bike along jungle trails, and try your hand at fishing.
Activity: Join a local guide from the community on a walk through the surrounding rainforest. Learn about the production of cassava, and lend a hand in harvesting some of the plants. Keep your eyes peeled for some of the 400 different bird species that live in the area.
Activity: Learn to make the local speciality, enyucados, with the cassava you harvested earlier. This is a traditional Costa Rican dish that can be found in many homes. Dig in!
Accommodation: Selina Hostel La Fortuna (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 31: San Carlos/San José
Journey through the mountains to the capital for a final night out.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Aldea Hostel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 32: San José
Depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Please Note: This tour is only applicable for 18 to 30 year olds.

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Inclusions

Meals Included
2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport
Local bus, ferry, boat, private vehicle, taxi, walking.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: San Antonio Women's Pottery Cooperative and Local Lunch, San Ignacio Your G for Good Moment: Posadas Mayas Homestay, San Juan La Laguna Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Playa del Carmen Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker Your Discover Moment: Antigua Guatemala Your Big Night Out Moment: Antigua Guatemala Your Discover Moment: Monteverde Your Big Night Out Moment: La Fortuna Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna Your Local Living Moment: Coope San Juan Homestay, Cantón de San Carlos Your Foodie Moment: Cooking Demonstration, Cantón de San Carlos. Guided tour of Tikal. Orientation walk in Antigua. Beach time in Caye Caulker and El Palmarcito. Free time in Suchitoto. Coope San Juan homestay. Rainforest walk. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Simple hotels/hostels (30 nts, most multi-share), homestay (1 nt).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.


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