Central American Journey

From £1020 for 17 days
Trip Overview
Get ready for a fast-paced adventure through the best of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. From beautiful black-sand beaches to tropical forests alive with jungle melodies, this pocket of Central America is something of a natural paradise. Whether you're shopping in colonial Antigua, exploring the intricately carved structures at Copan, relaxing on the coast of El Salvador or taking a walk through Monteverde's enchanting cloud forest, you'll get a wonderful insight into Central America during this incredible adventure.
Essential Info
Starts: Antigua
Ends: San Jose
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IQVRJ
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
What's Included

Meals

No meals included

Transport

Private minibus,local minibus,boat

Accommodation

Hotel (16 nts)

Trip Highlights

•   Discover Central America, a land of mysterious Mayan ruins, active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles. See the sights and engage in a wide range of optional activities across five different countries on this epic Latin adventure

•   Experience an El Salvador of the past in the colonial town of Suchitoto, before savouring the blissful present on its black sand beaches. Stray off the beaten track in El Cuco and summon your inner surfie in El Tunco

•   Volcanoes, wildlife-rich rainforest, stunning beaches and ancient rock carvings - Ometepe Island has it all. You'll have plenty of free time to explore the island, which is set into beautiful Lake Nicaragua

•   Hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde in Costa Rica. Get up close to nature among the hundreds of mammal, bird and plant species that call this place home

•   Encounter Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna. Whether it's reflecting back at you in the lake or heating the thermal pools you're stewing away in, the magnificent volcano always makes its presence felt

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Direction
Price GBP
Availability
22nd October 2017
7th November 2017
Antigua - San Jose
£1,235pp 
Fully Booked
29th October 2017
14th November 2017
Antigua - San Jose
£1,260pp 
G
Fully Booked
5th November 2017
21st November 2017
Antigua - San Jose
£1,200pp £1,080pp
G
Good
8th November 2017
24th November 2017
Antigua - San Jose
£1,270pp 
G
Good
12th November 2017
28th November 2017
Antigua - San Jose
£1,235pp £1,112pp
G
Good
19th November 2017
5th December 2017
Antigua - San Jose
£1,260pp 
G
4 spaces
22nd November 2017
8th December 2017
Antigua - San Jose
£1,200pp £1,140pp
G
Good
26th November 2017
12th December 2017
Antigua - San Jose
£1,200pp £1,020pp
G
Good
3rd December 2017
19th December 2017
Antigua - San Jose
£1,320pp 
G
Fully Booked
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Itinerary & Notes
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Guatemala. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. The meeting will be followed by an orientation walk around Antigua with your leader. Antigua was once the seat of the Spanish colonial government and the most important city in Central America. In 1773, the city was destroyed by an earthquake, but many of the colonial buildings have been restored. For dinner tonight, perhaps sample a tamale, a local dish served in corn leaf, or some pepian, a rich, meaty stew. As there's a great deal to do in Antigua, we recommend staying a few extra days to make the most of this exciting city. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be happy to assist. If you're a foodie, head to the CHOCOMUSEO to learn about the history and nutritional value of chocolate. You could even take part in a chocolate-making workshop. You might prefer to relax and indulge in some people-watching in Central Park. If you want to learn more about Guatemala's famous coffee, you might like to take a tour of a plantation and do some coffee tasting. The best value food can be found next to the artesian market near the bus station, the food market is closed after 6pm. If your tastes run to more active adventures, perhaps hire a mountain bike and ride through the lush surrounding countryside. Unfortunately, more than half the population of this beautiful Guatemala you are about to discover lives under the poverty line, which may explain why Guatemala has also the lowest literacy rate in Central America. With this in mind, the Intrepid Foundation is proud supporter of CasaSito, an outstanding not for profit organization dedicated to assist youth to reach their academic, personal and professional potential. If you have 2’ to spare (2’41’’ to be exact!) take a look at this short video about CasaSito – it’s inspiring: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3KBiGdEcV4w If you want to help CasaSito and Guatemalan’s youth, you can donate through the Intrepid Foundation, which means that your donation will be match dollar for dollar by us too. No donation is too small. $5, $10, $50 it all goes a long way to help this fantastic organization. Simply visit our website: www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/casasito/

Additional Activities

Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop
24 USD
Antigua - Bike tour
30 USD
Antigua - Coffee/Macadamia nut plantation tour
45 USD
Antigua - Salsa lessons (per hour)
7 USD
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