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Please note that this tour has been extended by one more day in 2014. Please click here to see the new itinerary and dates.

Backroads of Central America

17 days,San José to Antigua

Connecting with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience, laughing with the locals during a journey on a chicken bus, blissing out on a stretch of remote Nicaraguan beach, strolling through Antigua's colonial streets, exploring Mayan ruins, hiking through a cloud forest, sampling local cuisine.


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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 region of volcanoes, craters, beaches and lush forests. Sticking to budget accommodation and public transport will keep costs down and you rooted in local life.

What's Included

  • Orientation walk around Granada and Antigua, overnight Planeterra-supported homestay experience on Ometepe
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners. (Allow USD360-450 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (14 nts), homestay (2 nts).
  • Public bus, boat, van, taxi, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.

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Itinerary Notes

Please note that this tour has been extended by one more day in 2014. Please see trip code CRSG.

Day 1 San José

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-3 La Fortuna/Arenal

Options abound– soak in Arenal's hot springs or try some adrenaline sports like whitewater rafting or waterfall rappelling.

Day 4-5 Monteverde

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

Day 6-7 Ometepe (1B,2D)

Get to know our local friends during a 2-night Planeterra-supported homestay experience. Try the cuisine, test your language skills, head off to climb one of two volcanoes or visit a local swimming hole.

Day 8-9 Granada (1B)

See Granada with an orientation walk. Visit active Masaya Volcano or kayak the isletas in Lake Nicaragua.

Day 10-11 Poneloya

Enjoy a couple of days of relaxation on a remote beach. Surfing, swimming and relaxing on the sand awaits. Opt to hike Cerro Negro or check out the city of León.

Day 12 Suchitoto

After a long day of travel via bus, boat and van, arrive to the colonial town of Suchitoto. Don't forget to eat the delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian speciality.

Day 13-14 Concepción de Ataco

Explore the "Ruta de las Flores" area with its quaint Salvadorian towns and many artisans. Day hikes, a coffee tour and shopping are some of many options for your time here.

Day 15-16 Copán/Antigua

Visit the Mayan ruins of Copán or visit local hot springs. Explore the colonial city of Antigua on an orientation walk. Relax with a massage or soak up the culture in one of many cafés.

Day 17 Antigua

Depart at any time.