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Islands & Volcanoes of Central America Antigua - San Jose

Trip Overview

This 21 day overland tour journeys from San Jose to Antigua through Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua

This trip visits Cap Suchitoto, a community project which helps to create cultural identity and unity within the community and teaches skills to support self-sufficiency.

21 DAYS THROUGH Costa Rica, El Salvador (+ 3 more countries)
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PRICE FROM:
$2,295 (USD) + 550 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
21 days
TRANSPORT:
US style school bus
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
10%
90%
MEALS:
4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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TRIP CODE:
ZGN
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Two days to Explore Antigua

  Explore the ruins of Copan

  Spend some time in the Bay Island of Roatan in Hondura

  Spend a night with a local community project at the Somoto Canyon

  Explore the Cerro Verde National Park in El Salvador

  Get active in the Costa Rican cloud forests at Monteverde

  Free time to explore La Fortuna including visiting the town's famous waterfall and Arenal Volcano National Park

  Soak up the atmosphere of the colonial towns of Leon and Granada

  Spend the night on Isla Ometepe

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Antigua ( 18th Jan 2020 )

Border information: if joining in Antigua, you will most likely enter Guatemala at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport (IATA code: GUA).

There will be an important group meeting at 18:00 at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore the beautiful colonial city and its dramatic surroundings, and to take part in some optional activities. Please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Antigua.

In Antigua we will stay in a delightful colonial hotel.

Day 2 - Antigua ( 19th Jan 2020 )

We have a free day to enjoy Antigua, take a day trip into the National parks, go hiking or visit a coffee plantation.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a trek up to the famous active volcano of Pacaya near Antigua

USD 59

Visit a traditional coffee plantation in the cool hills surrounding Antigua

GTQ 200

Walk up to the Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint to get unrivalled vistas over the town of Antigua

Free
Day 3 - Cerro Verde National Park ( 20th Jan 2020 )

Today we will cross the border into El Salvador and drive to the stunning Cerro Verde National Park, where we will be surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanoes and countryside. In the morning we will have will take a guided trek up the nearby Santa Ana volcano (approximately 4 hours).

In Cerro Verde National Park we will camp with basic facilities.

Border information: Exit Guatemala at Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado, enter El Salvador at La Hachadura.

Estimated Drive Time - 9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the spectacular volcanic landscape of Cerro Verde National Park, one of El Salvador's gems

Included in Kitty
Day 4-5 - Suchitoto ( 21st Jan 2020 to 22nd Jan 2020 )

After our trek up the volcano, we will drive to the beautiful town of Suchitoto, where we will some time to explore the town, with its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, and to learn about the incredible work of the Dragoman-supported community centre in which we stay.

In Suchitoto we will stay in dormitory rooms at the Centro Arte Para La Paz community centre, which runs many programs for the local communities to build cultural identity, unity, teaching skills, self-sufficiency, environmental equality and a culture of peace.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On Day 4 we will have a day to explore Suchitoto, have a guided walking tour of the town, head out on a sunset boat trip or take a day trip to San Salvador.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Spend the night at the wonderful community centre of Centro Arte Para La Paz in Suchitoto, which runs many workshops and projects for the locals in the area

Included in Kitty
Day 6-7 - Copán ( 23rd Jan 2020 to 24th Jan 2020 )

Border information: Exit El Salvador and enter Guatemala at Anguiatú. Exit Guatemala and enter Honduras at El Florido.

Today we will have a full day drive to Honduras, arriving at the small village of Copán.

Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours.

On the following day we will visit the spectacular Mayan ruins of Copán, followed by a free afternoon to explore some of the other highlights in the area.

In Copán we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent ancient Mayan ruins of Copán

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the beautiful old Mayan stone carvings of Los Sapos, with fantastic views over the town of Copán

HNL 30
Day 8-9 - Roatán ( 25th Jan 2020 to 26th Jan 2020 )

Today we will drive to the town of San Pedro Sula and board a short local flight to Roatán, the largest of the famous tropical Bay Islands. On arrival we will transfer to the area of the West End Bay, where we base ourselves for our stay. 

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

The following day we have some free time to take part in optional activities and of course to relax and swim on the stunning Caribbean beaches here!

In Roatán we will stay in a local hotel near the beach.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out scuba diving to the beautiful coral reefs off the coast of Roatán

USD 50

Rent sea kayaks to explore the magnificent Caribbean waters surrounding Roatán island

Free

Take an exciting zip lining course on Roatán island

USD 45
Day 10 - Lake Yojoa ( 27th Jan 2020 )

Today we will start early to transfer back to Roatán's airport and catch our flight back to the mainland, rejoining the Dragoman Bus! We will then continue our journey east through Honduras to the beautiful countryside of Lake Yojoa

In Lake Yojoa we will camp for the night in the grounds of a lodge and brewery.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

Day 11-12 - León ( 28th Jan 2020 to 29th Jan 2020 )

Today we have a big drive day across the border to Nicaragua.

Approximate Drive time - 550km / 12 hrs

The following day we will have free time to explore the town's wonderful colonial architecture or to take part in the many optional activities available here.

In León we will stay in a centrally-located hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Enjoy a fun and unique trip out to 'sand board' down the ash slopes of the Cerro Negro volcano

USD 30

Trek up the impressive active Telica volcano near León (please note that this is a fairly strenuous trek and you will need to be in good physical shape to participate - the trek usually takes about 6-7 hours)

USD 50

Visit the ancient ruins of León Viejo, the original settlement built by the Spanish before the town was moved in 1610

USD 35
Day 13 - Granada, Masaya National Park ( 30th Jan 2020 )

Today we will take a short drive to Nicaraguas's oldest city of Granada, a beautiful town which oozes with colonial charm! En route we will have an included visit to the traditional markets in the small town of Masaya, and witness the incredible active caldera of the nearby Masaya volcano (if its volcanic activity isn't too high).

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

In Granada we will stay in a centrally-located hostel, which has a mixture of private and dormitory rooms.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the dramatic crater rim of the active Masaya volcano between León and Granada

Included in Kitty

Visit the traditional markets in Masaya village, famous for its local handicrafts

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the incredible San Francisco Convent and Museum in Granada, the oldest building in Central America dating from 1585

USD 2

Learn about the cultivation of cocoa and its manufacture into chocolate at the Choco Museo in Granada

Free
Day 14-15 - Ometepe Island ( 31st Jan 2020 to 1st Feb 2020 )

This morning we drive to the small town of San Jorge on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Central America's largest lake. Here we will board a ferry to the stunning volcanic island of Ometepe, where we base ourselves in the port village of Moyogalpa and enjoy free time to explore on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

On the following day we will have free time to explore and take part in optional activities such as the challenging trek to the summit of the Concepción volcano that dominates the island, or seeing some of the mysterious ancient petroglyphs that are dotted through the landscape.

On Ometepe we will stay in a small local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Climb to the summit of the Madera volcano on Ometepe Island (please note that although this is an easier trek than up Concepción volcano, it is still a very strenuous hike and you need to have a high level of fitness to complete it - the trek usually takes between 7-9 hours)

USD 42

Freely explore the mysterious pre-Columbian petroglyphs scattered around the island Ometepe

Free

Trek up to the stunning San Ramón waterfall in the forests near Madera volcano

USD 40
Day 16-17 - La Fortuna ( 2nd Feb 2020 to 3rd Feb 2020 )

Border information: Exit Nicaragua at Peñas Blancas, enter Costa Rica at Peñas Blancas.

Today we will take an early morning ferry back to San Jorge and drive to La Fortuna in Costa Rica, a stunning town under the shadow of the mighty Arenal volcano. 

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day to take optional treks through the incredible surrounding volcanic landscapes or forest canopies, or get involved in many different adventure activities such as zip-lining, white-water rafting, and canyoning. La Fortuna is also famous for its outstanding hot springs, which we will have the opportunity to visit.

In La Fortuna we will stay in excellent cabanas outside of town.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a fantastic white-water rafting trip on the Balsa or Sarapiqui rivers near La Fortuna, some of the best rafting areas in Costa Rica

USD 69

Take a intense canyoning trip into the rugged gorges of the jungles near Arenal, including several waterfall abseils

USD 100

Learn all about the intricacies of Costa Rican cuisine on a cooking class in La Fortuna

USD 45
Day 18-19 - Monteverde ( 4th Feb 2020 to 5th Feb 2020 )

Today we will leave our overland vehicle behind and transfer by taxi and boat into the dense cloud forests and coffee plantations of Monteverde, a stunning area offering an incredible diversity of flora and fauna.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided walk on the trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest National Reserve, followed by a free afternoon to visit some of the town's highlights or enjoy some adventurous activities such as canyoning or horse riding.

In Monteverde we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a guided trek to explore the stunning forest trails of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, learning all about the fascinating and beautiful ecosystem there

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take an exhilarating off-road quad biking trip around the stunning countryside of Monteverde (driving licence required)

USD 70

Explore the incredible cloud forests of Monteverde at the tree-top level on a 3km canopy bridge circuit

USD 30
Day 20 - San Jose ( 6th Feb 2020 )

Today we will drive to the vibrant city of San Jose, where you have time to explore the historic neighbourhoods, visit some of the museums or galleries and enjoy some live music.

Expected drive time: 150km / 4-5hrs

In San Jose we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Day 21 - San Jose ( 7th Feb 2020 )

Border information: If you are leaving Costa Rica today, you will most likely exit Costa Rica at Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO).

Today is the final day of our journey. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation.

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Departing: 24 Nov 2019
Returning: 14 Dec 2019
Duration: 21 days
Route: San Jose - Antigua
$2,295 USD + $540 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 18 Jan 2020
Returning: 7 Feb 2020
Duration: 21 days
Route: Antigua - San Jose
$2,295 USD + $550 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 16 Feb 2020
Returning: 7 Mar 2020
Duration: 21 days
Route: San Jose - Antigua
$2,295 USD + $540 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 15 Nov 2020
Returning: 5 Dec 2020
Duration: 21 days
Route: San Jose - Antigua
$2,310 USD + $540 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 9 Jan 2021
Returning: 29 Jan 2021
Duration: 21 days
Route: Antigua - San Jose
$2,310 USD + $550 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 7 Feb 2021
Returning: 27 Feb 2021
Duration: 21 days
Route: San Jose - Antigua
$2,310 USD + $540 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 28 Feb 2021
Returning: 20 Mar 2021
Duration: 21 days
Route: Antigua - San Jose
$2,310 USD + $550 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 28 Nov 2021
Returning: 18 Dec 2021
Duration: 21 days
Route: San Jose - Antigua
$2,350 USD + $540 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 22 Jan 2022
Returning: 11 Feb 2022
Duration: 21 days
Route: Antigua - San Jose
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Departing: 20 Feb 2022
Returning: 12 Mar 2022
Duration: 21 days
Route: San Jose - Antigua
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Deposit: $350 USD
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