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Backroads of Central America

Costa Rica

Backroads of Central America

Start: San José
End: Antigua Guatemala

Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age

LocationCosta Rica
Duration18 days
Start / EndSan José / Antigua Guatemala
Tour operatorG Adventures

Costa Rica

Backroads of Central America

18 days·G Adventures
Start: San José
End: Antigua Guatemala


Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age — so you can be sure to get down with other adventurers that’ll keep up. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breathtaking scenery — from tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies to colonial cities bouncing to a decidedly more human beat. You'll blaze your own path as you discover a reg...

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Day 1Arrive at any time.

Arrive at any time. Check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Amid the hustle and bustle of this busy capital, San José has beautiful parks, museums and an ornate National Theatre. Enjoy the view of the surrounding lush mountains from the downtown streets, head to the central plaza, shop for souvenirs and pass the time people-watching.

Day 2San José/La Fortuna

La Fortuna, the town near the Arenal Volcano, is an excellent base for adventure. Hike the area’s nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall, or join a canopy tour and catch a bird’s eye view of the forest greenery. Take an unforgettable night hike around the foot of the volcano, accompanied by a soundtrack of monkeys and the rumblings of the volcano. Other optional activities include: full-day Class III & IV white water rafting on the Balsa or Toro Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders’ paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. After a long day of exploring, the Baldi Hot Springs might just be the answer for your tired muscles. Soak in one of the natural thermal baths and hope the clouds part long enough for a glimpse of Arenal´s slopes.

Days 3-4Free day

Free day to get the adrenaline pumping with rafting and other outdoor pursuits or one of many other optional activities.

Day 5Travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde

Travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde by boat and van and enjoy gorgeous scenery along the way. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported coffee cooperative that funds local educational programs.

Costa Rica is a natural gem because of its breathtaking flora and fauna. Travelling into the cool cloud forest of Monteverde, appreciate how lush ecosystems truly are works of art. Take time to bird watch, ride a horse, mountain bike, or zip line over the forest canopy.

Day 6Monteverde

Opt to visit a cloud forest reserve, fly through the jungle canopy via zipline or tour a coffee plantation.

Day 7Monteverde/Santa Teresa

Travel to the coastal town of Santa Teresa. Kick back and enjoy this beach paradise.

Journey to the small towns of Playa Santa Teresa and Malpais, which are frequented by surfers. Opt to hit the waves, or visit Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve – take a hike to explore the area or check out the snorkelling at Secret Beach.

Days 8-9Santa Teresa

Try out surfing, visit Cabo Blanco NP, or just chill out on the beach. Don't miss the night life.

Check out Cabo Blanco NP to spot some wildlife, hike to the nearby waterfall for a dip or a jump in the local swimming hole or simply lounge on the beach. Take a day trip to the beautiful Isla Tortuga, where you can snorkel along a volcanic rock reef or check out the nearby surf havens of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Adrenaline junkies can take their pick of activities as well - surfing, ziplining, ATV, boogie boarding, horseback riding or scuba diving are all options. On the other hand, if relaxation is what you seek, opt for a yoga class or take a leisurely hike to search for orchids.

Day 10Santa Teresa/San José

Enjoy a free morning in Santa Teresa before travelling back to the capital for the night.

Day 11San José/Concepción de Ataco

Catch a flight to El Salvador, and travel to the 'Route of Flowers' region with its quaint Salvadorian towns and talented artisans.

Day 12Concepción de Ataco

Full day to explore the small town of Ataco or enjoy optional activities.

Day hikes, a coffee tour and shopping are some of many options for your time here. Hike El Impossible National Park, swim in the pools of Atzumpa, check out some of the other nearby quaint towns or just explore tiny Ataco. This is a coffee producing region of El Salvador, so be sure to sample some delicious coffee in a local café.

Day 13Concepción de Ataco/Suchitoto

Travel to El Salvador's colonial town of Suchitoto. Don't forget to try the delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian specialty.

Day 14Suchitoto

Enjoy a free day to discover the cultural capital of El Salvador. Opt to visit nearby waterfalls or hike to caves.

Day 15Suchitoto/Copán

Cross into Honduras, and opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán or a local hot spring.

Travel into Honduras and opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán. The Mayan ruins of Copán are fascinating, beautiful and unique among Mayan cities. The colonial highland town of Copán Ruinas is a charming and relaxing place. Opt to explore the nearby hills on horseback and check out some lesser known Mayan sites along the way, or journey to some local hot springs for a relaxing soak.

Day 16Copán

Free time in Copan to enjoy optional activities. 

Day 17Copán/Antigua

Cross into Guatemala. Enjoy an orientation walk to explore the colonial city of Antigua.

After a long travel day arrive to Antigua, where you can stretch your legs during an orientation walk with your CEO. Enjoy the beautiful Spanish colonial architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 18Antigua

Depart at any time.

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Simple hotels/hostels (17 nts, most multi-share).

What's Included

Your G for Good Moment: Life Monteverde Visit, Monteverde Your Discover Moment: La Fortuna Your Discover Moment: Monteverde. Orientation walk around Antigua. Beach time in Santa Teresa. Free time in La Fortuna, Monteverde, Ataco and Suchitoto. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included

1 dinner

What to Take

We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
€959.25per person
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Jan 22
San José
Feb 8
Antigua Guatemala
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San José
Feb 15
Antigua Guatemala
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Feb 5
San José
Feb 22
Antigua Guatemala
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San José
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Antigua Guatemala
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