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Visit an alebrijes workshop (a G for Good project) to see these colourful and iconic art pieces, Hop on a boat tour and cruise through Sumidero Canyon, Go for a dip in the Lagoon of the Seven Colours at Bacalar, Explore the Mayan ruins of Copán and Tikal

  1. Day 1
    Mexico City
    Arrive at any time.
    Activity: Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.
    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. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
  2. Day 2
    Mexico City
    Start the adventure off with a CEO-led walking tour through La Condesa and Roma neighborhoods. Stroll past bohemian cafes, bars, and restaurants. Your CEO will grab some street food snacks for the group ranging from street tacos to chilaquiles. Savour whatever you sample as you continue to get to know the area. Finish up the tour near the giant Bosque de Chapultepec. Then, spend the afternoon trying out the optional activities in the area like a visit to the ruins of Teotihuacán, or the nearby National Museum of Anthropology.
    Activity: Get the lay of the land during a walking tour of Mexico City with your CEO. Start by visiting the La Condesa and Roma neighborhoods. Wander past the bars, restaurants, and cafes. Sample some street food snacks purchased by your CEO. The tour ends at Bosque de Chapultepec.
    Free Time: Take advantage of free time to get to know Mexico City on your own. Choose from a variety of optional activities in the area, seek out some great food spots, or search for some unique gifts to bring back to your friends and family.
  3. Day 3
    Mexico City/Oaxaca
    Hit the road and travel south to Oaxaca from Mexico City. Once the group arrives we will head out for an orientation walk to the main square and some of the nearby markets. Soak in your first experience of the vibrant culture in Oaxaca. Enjoy a free evening to do as you please. Perhaps, find a lively restaurant and give your tastebuds something to dance about.
    Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
    Activity: All walks will be slightly different, allowing your CEO to show off their favourite spots. You can expect to see the Santo Domingo Cultural Centre, walk through the zocalo and the famous 20th of November market. Opt to sample some delicious Oaxacan foods along the way such as mole, tlayudas or chapulines.
  4. Day 4
    Oaxaca
    Today, enjoy a free day for optional activities in Oaxaca until late afternoon. Explore local taverns, discover the vibrant indigenous culture in the area, sample food from lively markets, try mole, and mezcal and fully experience the allure of this Mexican city. Later your CEO will accompany the group to the market where you can try a tlayuda, a toasted tortilla with tons of different toppings like refried beans, shredded cabbage, salsa, meat, and cheese. Cap off the day with a visit to a local chocolate-making shop and a free evening to keep the adventure going.
    Free Time: From museums and galleries to markets filled with locally produced arts and crafts, it's impossible to run out of things to do in Oaxaca. Choose to stroll down more of the streets off the main square in search of street art, check out the intricately designed black pottery, hand-woven Zapotec rugs in local shops, and take in panoramic views of the city from Cerro del Fortín.
    Activity: Your CEO will accompany the group to the market where you can try a tlayuda, a toasted tortilla with tons of different toppings like refried beans, shredded cabbage, salsa, meat, and cheese before capping off the day with a visit to a local chocolate-making shop.
  5. Day 5
    Overnight bus from Oaxaca to San Cristobal
    The group will have additional free time today in Oaxaca for other optional activities. Afterwards, visit the Alebrijes Artisan Community for your G for Good moment. Meet a local artisan, speak with them, ask any questions the group may have, and learn more about how the Alebrijes are crafted. In the evening board and overnight bus to San Cristobal.
    Free Time: Enjoy more free time in Oaxaca. Taste more delicious food from the markets, book an optional cooking class and learn how to make mole, or shop for keepsakes at the many local stores and craft markets with featuring work by the artists who call Oaxaca home.
    Activity: Alebrijes were created by a Mexican artisan named Pedro Linares who was known for making piñatas and carnival masks. After falling ill and hallucinating crazy figures and creatures inside his mind, the artist decided to bring what he saw to life by creating the small figurines we know as Alebrijes. Often made of a mash-up between animals, these figurines are now made by Oaxacan artisans out of wood and then painted with vibrant pigments and lots of patterns. Learn more about how these figurines integrated themselves into Oaxacan/Mexican folklore and how the craft expanded from originally being made from cardboard to now being carved from Copal wood. Meet a local artisan and speak with them, ask any questions the group may have and to learn more about how the Alebrijes are crafted.
    Transport: Curl up and catch a snooze en route to the next stop.
  6. Day 6
    San Cristóbal
    Arrive early to Tuxtla Gutierrez, which is a city in southern Mexico and the capital of Chiapas. The group will travel by private bus to Sumidero Canyon for an included boat ride down the river. The trip is a few hours long and will take you through the canyon with some of the walls towering 2,500 feet above you. It's sure to make you feel small. Keep a lookout for the wildlife in the area and try to spot caves as you journey on. Afterwards, continue on to San Cristobal de las Casas where you will stop for the evening.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: Drive an hour before boarding a boat for a 2-hr journey through the deep Sumidero Canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, birds, monkeys and maybe even a river crocodile. Marvel at the tall waterfalls, hidden caves, and unusual rock formations along the Grijalva River. After, stop in a village to visit markets and enjoy lunch.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Accommodation: Hotel San Martin (or similar)

    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    San Cristóbal
    San Cristóbal de Las Casas is located in a high mountain valley at 2110m (6921 ft). Enjoy a free day to experience this city known for its 16th-century architecture. Opt to visit nearby indigenous Mayan villages to see their unique day-to-day, or visit Lagunas de Montebello National Park and the group of beautiful lakes near the Guatemalan border. You have a full day to do as you please and there are plenty of activities to try out.
    Activity: Enjoy a free day to experience this city known for its 16th-century architecture. Opt to visit nearby indigenous Mayan villages to see their unique day-to-day, or visit Lagunas de Montebello National Park and the group of beautiful lakes near the Guatemalan border.
    Accommodation: Hotel San Martin (or similar)
  8. Day 8
    San Cristóbal/Palenque
    Get ready for a full day of travel from San Cristóbal de Las Casas to Palenque. Along the way the group will stop to swim in the pristine turquoise waters of Roberto Barrios waterfall. Arrive to Palenque in the evening.
    Activity: Visit the Zapatista community of Roberto Barrios, Chiapas, have a swim and explore the cascading waterfall. If it hasn't rained for a few days, you will be astonished how bright the light blue water can get.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Accommodation: Hotel Mayabell (or similar)
  9. Day 9
    Palenque
    Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque followed by free time for optional activities in the area like, a BBQ lunch or a jungle trail hike.
    Activity: Experience the elegant jungle site of Palenque on a guided tour. See the highlights -- the Temple of the Cross Group, Temple of Inscriptions and the Grand Palace. Howler monkeys sound in the distance as the fog rolls in and out of this mystical site, one of the most important centres for trade and culture during the end of the Classic Maya period.
    Free Time: Use a full free day to explore all this area has to offer from jungle hikes to BBQ lunches and cool ruins there's no shortage of activities to try. Ask your CEO for more recommendations should you need them.
    Accommodation: Hotel Mayabell (or similar)
  10. Day 10
    Palenque/Bacalar
    Spend the day travelling to Bacalar in the eastern part of Mexico from Palenque. Sit back as the scenery changes outside your window and rest up for the next part of the trip.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Accommodation: Bacalar Magico Hotel (or similar)
  11. Day 11
    Bacalar
    The group is in for a treat this morning with an included catamaran adventure in the lagoon. The trip is around 4 hours and will make stops at the Canal de los Piratas for a swim in the crystal clear waters before heading to 3 cenotes, finishing with a picnic lunch. In the afternoon enjoy free time for optional activities in the area or just relax and keep the good vibes going from your morning on the water.
    Activity: Head out into the Bacalar lagoon by catamaran this morning for a fun adventure. Start by visiting the Canal de los Piratas for a swim in the clear waters. Then, visit Cenote Negro, an open-air cenote and also the deepest point in the entire lagoon. From there the boat will stop at Cenote Esmeralda to admire the different shades of blue. Finally stop at Cenote Cocalitos, home to stromatolites, which are living stones that are thought to be the oldest form of life on Earth. Here you'll enjoy a prepared picnic featuring fresh fruit.
    Free Time: Take advantage of free time for optionals in the area. Explore the San Felipe Bacalar Fort or visit the lagoon again for some kayaking.
    Accommodation: Bacalar Magico Hotel (or similar)
  12. Day 12
    Bacalar/Valladolid
    It's onward to Valladolid today. Travel north and inland from Bacalar to a city on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. Upon arrival your CEO will lead you on an orientation walk of the small Mayan town filled with quaint taverns, vibrant indigenous culture, and loads of street food vendors. Smell the delicious aromas as you walk and sample a few snacks along the way.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: Marvel at Valladolid's colonial buildings, which includes a 16th-century convent of San Bernardino of Siena, and the San Gervasio Cathedral. Walk through the streets of town smelling the delicious aromas from the street food vendors. Sample some delicious treats and get to know this vibrant Mayan town.
  13. Day 13
    Valladolid/Tulum
    After a short, but sweet visit in Valladolid the group will travel to the Chichen Itzá ruins for a guided tour. These ruins hold the history, beliefs, and rituals that defined ancient Mayan civilization. See the Pyramid of Kukulcan, the famous Castillo, the cenote, and the Nunnery. Afterwards, travel to Tulum for a free evening. Tulum is filled with trendy beach clubs where you can dance the night away, or white sand beaches to admire the colors at sunset, and nearby cenotes to explore. The choice is yours.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: Join up with a local expert and learn about the history of Chichén Itzá and the beliefs and rituals that defined this ancient Mayan civilization. This dramatic site includes a 30m (98 ft) high temple, known as the Pyramid of Kukulcan, famous for its balustrade of 91 stairs up each of the four sides, a ball court with a grandstand, and towering walls. Visit the highlights of the site including the famous Castillo, the ball court, the cenote, and the Nunnery.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Free Time: Take this time to soak in the spectacular coastline of Tulum. Swim in the cobalt waters off of the white sand beaches. Hunt down some delicious street food and have a picnic in the sand. Or if you're still feeling adventurous, head out for some cave and cavern exploring in the nearby cenotes.
  14. Day 14
    Tulum/Playa del Carmen
    Travel from Tulum to Playa del Carmen where you can enjoy time to explore on your own. Tonight, head out with your fellow travellers to 12th Street, where there's tons of bars and clubs to choose from.
    Accommodation: Selina Hostel Playa del Carmen (or similar)
  15. Day 15
    Playa del Carmen
    Enjoy free time to explore the Mayan ruins of Tulúm or 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)
  16. Day 16
    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: Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel (or similar)
  17. Day 17
    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: Hotel Brisas de Copan (or similar)
  18. Day 18
    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: Hotel Brisas de Copan (or similar)
  19. Day 19
    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: Posada Alta Vista (or similar)

    Meals:   Lunch
  20. Day 20
    San Ignacio
    Opt to visit the sacred Mayan cave Actun Tunichil Muknal or check out the seldom-visited Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.
    Accommodation: Atami Escape Resort (or similar)
  21. Day 21
    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: Atami Escape Resort (or similar)
  22. Day 22
    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 Hellenika (or similar)
  23. Day 23
    Rio Dulce
    Opt to visit the coastal town of Livingston by boat, or go for a swim in a natural hot waterfall.
    Accommodation: Hostel Lemon Tree Granada (or similar)
  24. Day 24
    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: Hostel Lemon Tree Granada (or similar)
  25. Day 25
    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: Puesta del Sol Homestay (or similar)
  26. Day 26
    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: Puesta del Sol Homestay (or similar)
  27. Day 27
    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: Hotel Manakin (or similar)

    Meals:   Dinner
  28. Day 28
    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: Hotel Manakin (or similar)
  29. Day 29
    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: Poshpacker Arenal (or similar)
  30. Day 30
    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: Poshpacker Arenal (or similar)
  31. Day 31
    Copán
    Free time in Copán. Opt to visit the ruins of Copán or soak in hot springs.
    Free Time: Free time in the town of Copán. Opt to visit the Copán Ruins, explore the hills, or soak in hot springs.
    Accommodation: Hotel Lluvia de Oro (or similar)
  32. Day 32
    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.
    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.
    Activity: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
  33. Day 33
    Suchitoto/Playa El Tunco
    Enjoy a free morning in Suchitoto before heading to the coast. The sunsets in this surfing town are stunning. Grab a cold drink and enjoy!
    Free Time: Enjoy a free morning to check out this colonial city.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  34. Day 34
    Playa El Tunco
    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.
  35. Day 35
    Playa El Tunco/León
    Set off early for a full day of travel by land and sea to Nicaragua, finishing up in colonial León with a brief orientation walk.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Transport: Climb aboard and get your float on.
    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: Take a brief walk of the historic center of León. Pass through the central park, the local market, and various historical churches.
  36. Day 36
    León/Granada
    Journey to Granada and see its colourful colonial buildings on an orientation walk. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
    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.
    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.
  37. Day 37
    Granada
    Free time to explore beautiful Granada's markets, buildings and museums. Opt to kayak in Lake Nicaragua or swim in Laguna de Apoyo.
    Free Time: Free time to explore beautiful Granada's markets, buildings and museums, view Masaya Volcano's smoldering crater, kayak in Lake Nicaragua or swim in Laguna de Apoyo.
  38. Day 38
    Granada/Isla de Ometepe
    Get to know local friends during a 2-night G Adventures-supported community guesthouse stay on Ometepe. Try the local cuisine and test out some language skills.
    Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
    Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
    Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: 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.

    Meals:   Dinner
  39. Day 39
    Isla de Ometepe
    Enjoy free time to explore Ometepe. Opt to climb Volcano Concepción 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. You can also view pre-Columbian petroglyphs or the small museum of indigenous artifacts in Altagracia.
    Free Time: Free time in Ometepe. Spend time with the local host families and see more of the island. Opt to climb either of the two volcanoes on the island, view petroglyphs, walk or kayak in Charco Verde reserve, swim in clear spring water at Ojo de Agua, lay on the beach or explore the island on bicycle.
    Activity: 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.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  40. Day 40
    Isla de Ometepe/Monteverde
    Take a ferry back to the mainland and cross the border into Costa Rica, finishing up in the cloudforest air of Monteverde.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Transport: Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
    Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
    Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
    Activity: Be prepared to walk with bags approximately 10 minutes between the Nicaragua and Costa Rica border stations.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  41. Day 41
    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.
  42. Day 42
    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.
    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.
  43. Day 43
    La Fortuna
    Free time to enjoy the La Fortuna and Arenal area.
    Free Time: Free time to enjoy the La Fortuna and Arenal area.
  44. Day 44
    La Fortuna/San José
    Journey through the mountains to the capital for a final night out.
    Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  45. Day 45
    San José
    Depart at any time.
    Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

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Inclusions

Meals:
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transportation:
Local bus, private vehicle, overnight bus, boat, ferry, taxi, walking.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Alebrijes Artisan Community Visit, Oaxaca 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 G for Good Moment: Puesta del Sol Community Guesthouse Stay, Isla de Ometepe Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Meeting - Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Oaxaca Market Visit With CEO, Oaxaca Your Discover Moment: San Cristobal de Las Casas - Free Time, San Cristóbal de Las Casas Your Discover Moment: Playa del Carmen Your Discover Moment: Caye Caulker Your Discover Moment: Antigua Guatemala Your Big Night Out Moment: Antigua Guatemala Your Big Night Out Moment: Granada Your Discover Moment: Granada Your Discover Moment: Monteverde Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna. Mexico City street food crawl. Alebrijes Artisan Community visit. Boat trip to Sumidero Canyon. Stop at Roberto Barrios Waterfall for a swim. Tour the Mayan ruins in Palenque. A catamaran adventure into a gorgeous lagoon in Bacalar. Chichen Itzá ruins guided tour. Guided tour of Tikal. Orientation walk in Antigua, Leon, and Granada. Beach time in Playa del Carmen and Caye Caulker, and El Tunco. Free time in Mexico City, Oaxaca, Palenque, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Playa del Carmen, Caye Caulker, and Antigua, Granada, Ometepe, Monteverde, and La Fortuna. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Health and Safety Protocols for G Adventures Tours

Travel with Confidence

Your safety, as well as the safety of employees and partners, has always been G Adventures top priority, which is why new physical distancing and cleaning measures have been put in place on all of the tours. New Travel with Confidence policy features new health and safety procedures from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, without taking away from having the time of your life. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as G Adventures continues to monitor local public health recommendations, but what won't change is the commitment to keeping you safe as you explore big, beautiful world.


Before you join us

Global Connection Officers

GCOs (the people who answer when you call us) are available 24/7 to help with any questions you have prior to your trip, so you can feel confident and safe before leaving. No matter what time of day, they're there to respond to you — even at 3AM. They'll be up to date on local regulations and restrictions and can guide you through your travel process as smoothly as possible. And if you don't feel well before travelling, there's the Book with Confidence policy that helps you reschedule your trip for when you do, which they can help you with too (terms & conditions apply). If you book flights with us and there are any changes, rest assured that the team will support you by making new arrangements on your behalf.

Smaller groups

Groups have always been small. This offers security, access, camaraderie, and a connection with your destination you won't get by travelling on bus tours or on your own. The average group size is 12, ensuring travellers can engage with each other without being squeezed together like sardines — and that was before physical distancing became a reality. Plus, if you have 8 or more friends you'd like to adventure with, you can reserve the entire trip!

My own room

If you're joining one of the small group tours on your own, good on ya! If you are a solo traveller sharing a room with someone, G Adventures will do their best to ensure they will be your roommate for the entire journey to support distancing efforts. G Adventures has 'My Own Rooms' available as an extra option for tours (pending availability), and they'll be offering more of these at more affordable prices to make it even easier to have a bit more space.


When you arrive

Chief Experience Officers

CEOs are responsible for ensuring you have the time of your life while keeping you as safe as possible. Here's how they're ready to do that:

  • They're trained in First Aid, CPR, and other safety protocols
  • They're supported 24/7 by the field staff in offices around the world who are well-equipped to handle emergencies
  • They can help you find local clinics if you're feeling sick
  • They'll receive new training to ensure they are up to date on all health and safety policies during these evolving times
  • They have extensive local knowledge to proactively help you navigate wherever you're travelling
  • Their local knowledge allows for greater flexibility when it comes to knowing the best time to visit certain highlights to avoid crowds whenever possible and suggesting the restaurants with the strictest hygiene practices or those where you can reserve your own table or room in advance
  • They'll wear face masks when necessary based on local guidelines and recommendations

You & your fellow travellers

Travellers' safety and wellbeing is G Adventures biggest concern. If you're not feeling well before your departure, G Adventures has a Book with Confidence policy that provides you with flexibility and freedom to delay leaving until you're back to 100% healthy (terms & conditions apply). If you have a fever or any other symptoms on tour, you may be required to have a doctor clear you before rejoining us. All travellers are requested to bring face coverings, whether they're buffs, face masks or bandanas (extra style points encouraged). G Adventures makes every effort to have hand sanitizer available, but recommend bringing your own.


While on tour

Planes, trains, automobiles and more

Small private transport vehicles

  • Every surface in G Adventures well-kept fleet of private vehicles will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • Each traveller will have a daily assigned seat
  • Hand-sanitizer will be required every time you board the vehicle
  • Facial coverings will be recommended while on-board
Boats
  • Every surface will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • High-traffic areas will receive more frequent cleaning
  • Hand-sanitizer or hand washing will be required every time you board the boat, as well as before and after meals
  • To support physical distancing, meals may have assigned seating and there will be assigned slots for activities and rooming
  • Facial coverings will be recommended and welcomed on-board
  • Your crew is trained in health and safety measures (including food handling) and all cooking staff will follow up-to-date advice from health authorities
Local transportation
  • Use of local transportation will be limited wherever possible. Please reference the Trip Details for each individual tour for specifics
  • If local transportation is used, precautions will be followed in adherence to local health and safety regulations to keep travellers safe and sound.

Where you'll be staying safe

G Adventures has always carefully selected accommodation partners for high standards and local roots. Travelling in small groups means that the stay is in smaller hotels too, with fewer guests — which means less daily contact with others outside your group in public spaces. Now G Adventures is working with accommodation partners to optimize their health, safety and cleanliness procedures, as well as creating additional measures for physical distancing. Here are some of the things G Adventures is working on to help keep you safe:

  • Daily deep cleaning and disinfecting of all surface areas inside your room with extra cleaning on light switches, door handles, TV remotes, and thermostats
  • No hotel staff will enter your room after it has been cleaned
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all public restrooms and all surfaces in public areas. This might include the closure of public spaces such as gyms, bars, restaurants, and meeting rooms for periods throughout the day
  • Wherever possible, groups will stay on the lower floors to limit elevator use
  • Hotels will implement social distancing protocols in line with local regulations
This is just the beginning of commitments to keeping you sleeping safe and sound. G Adventures will continue to evolve and roll-out these and additional policies as needed.

A good & safe place to eat

G Adventures has always carefully selected food service partners and worked closely with them to ensure they are meeting health, safety, and cleanliness standards with their facilities, staff training, and food preparation and delivery. Wherever possible, G Adventures will reserve separate tables or private rooms at the restaurants visited on the trip, opt for more "al fresco" opportunities when it is possible (gotta love that fresh air!), and ensure breakfasts can be "grab and go" boxes, while avoiding family style or self-serve buffets for meals. G Adventures wants you to feel comfortable and safe as you savour every last bite.

Activities

You've always had freedom and flexibility to do your own thing on tours with optional activities and experiences. Now, you'll still have those options with added measures to keep you healthy and safe. All equipment for activities on tour, including hiking poles, camping supplies, life jackets, snorkels, etc., will be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and disinfected between use. When travellers are responsible for putting up their own tents on camping itineraries, you will be given the supplies required to disinfect your gear. G Adventures will also do their best to make activities and highlights stops happen during non-peak hours, so you can have fun and feel safe no matter what you're doing.


Before you leave

A healthy goodbye

If you're not feeling well at the end of your tour for any reason, let your CEO know and they can help get you access to medical care and support. Because we want you to head home after a life-changing experience feeling just as good (let's be honest, way better) than when you left.

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Accommodations

Simple hotels/hostels (40 nts, most multi-share), overnight bus (1 nt), local homestay (1 nt), community guesthouse (2 nts).

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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.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.9

Ratings based off 499 reviews about G Adventures Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

I have booked with affordable tours before with other agents but Maya Keith is absolutely the best. She was patient in answering all our question especially as it related to travel in Europe when there is war in Ukraine

This was one of the best trips we have ever taken. Our guide was so polite, helpful and informative. The fact that there were fewer tourists made it all the better.

This was my 8th tour with this operator and I have a 9th scheduled. Obviously I am happy with this operator.

It was a great tour and are guides were very knowledgeable.

A Gadventures tour is a great affordable way to see the country and get the opportunity to meet and interact with the local people

It was a dream vacation.Thank you.

The G-Adventures travel guides were excellent

All 100% perfect, nothing to be done better

The G Adventures tour was fantastic.

Very satisfied with tour, enjoyed it very much.

I liked the variety of activities and the chance to opt out without undue pressure. I met some really fun people on this tour.

Everyone connected with the tour went above and beyond. The tour was more than I ever dreamt!

Our CEO Solofo for this trip is fantastic. He is patient and very nice. He went extra ways to help me and other members. I really enjoy this trip because of him! He is an excellent CEO. I definitely will recommend to other friends about him. Pls let him know that we really enjoy his introduction. He is also very informative and knowledgeable. In a word, he is excellent!

Great trip at a reasonable price.

Awesome trip in a great country. Our CEO was professional and fun!!!

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