Backroads of Central America

18 days,San José to Antigua

Connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience, laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey, bliss out on a remote stretch of Nicaraguan beach, stroll through Antigua's colonial streets, explore Mayan ruins, sample regional specialties like El Salvador's pupusas.


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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. Homestay experience on Ometepe Island.
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners. (Allow USD360-450 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (15 nts), homestay (2 nts).
  • Public bus, boat, van, taxi, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
Itinerary Notes

Please note that this tour is one day shorter in 2013. Please see trip code CRBR.

Day 1 San José

Arrive at any time.

Day 2-3 La Fortuna/Arenal

Options abound—soak in Arenal's hot springs or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or waterfall rappelling.

Day 4-5 Monteverde

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

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

Get to know local friends during a 2-night homestay experience on Ometepe. Try the cuisine, test out some language skills and even opt to climb a volcano or visit the local swimming hole.

Day 8-9 Granada (1B)

See Granada's colourful colonial buildings on an orientation walk. Free day to visit the 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 "Route of Flowers" area with its quaint Salvadorian towns and many artisans. Day hikes, a coffee tour and shopping are some of the options to fill the time here.

Day 15-16 Copán

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

Day 17 Antigua

Orientation walk to explore the colonial city of Antigua. Relax with a massage or soak up the culture in one of many cafés.

Day 18 Antigua

Depart at any time.

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