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Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins - G Adventures
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Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins

From Playa del Carmen to San Jose
Tour Operator:
G Adventures
Max group size:
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Physical rating:
Active
Age range:
18 to 39
Operated in:
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Tour id:
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Highlights

  • Start your adventure in tropical Costa Rica
  • Rent a bike or opt to learn the salsa in Antigua
  • Choose to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks
  • See Mayan ruins and carvings from 1000 years ago
  • Taste delicious pupusas, a Salvadorian speciality
  • Experience life with a local family in Coope San Juan

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Itinerary

Start in Playa del Carmen and end in San Jose! With the Discovery tour Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins, you have a 32 days tour package taking you through Playa del Carmen, Mexico and 15 other destinations in Latin America. Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins includes accommodationin a hoteland hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Playa del Carmen
  2. Day 2: Playa del Carmen
  3. Day 3: Playa del Carmen/Caye Caulker
  4. Days 4-5: Caye Caulker
  5. Day 6: Caye Caulker/San Ignacio (1L)
  6. Day 7: San Ignacio
  7. Day 8: San Ignacio/Flores
  8. Day 9: Flores/Rio Dulce
  9. Day 10: Rio Dulce
  10. Day 11: Rio Dulce/Antigua Guatemala
  11. Day 12: Antigua Guatemala
  12. Day 13: Antigua Guatemala/Panajachel
  13. Day 14: Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna (1D)
  14. Day 15: San Juan La Laguna/Antigua Guatemala
  15. Day 16: Antigua Guatemala
  16. Day 17: Antigua Guatemala/Copán
  17. Day 18: Copán
  18. Day 19: Copán/Suchitoto
  19. Day 20: Suchitoto/Playa El Tunco
  20. Day 21: Playa El Tunco
  21. Day 22: Playa El Tunco/León
  22. Day 23: León/Granada
  23. Day 24: Granada
  24. Day 25: Granada/Isla de Ometepe (1D)
  25. Day 26: Isla de Ometepe (1B, 1D)
  26. Day 27: Isla de Ometepe/Monteverde (1B)
  27. Day 28: Monteverde
  28. Day 29: Monteverde/La Fortuna
  29. Day 30: La Fortuna
  30. Day 31: La Fortuna/San José
  31. Day 32: San José
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  • Itinerary
    Excellent
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  • Guide
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    5.0
  • Transport
    Excellent
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  • Accommodation
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  • Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins reviewer 1
    · January 3rd, 2020
    Excellent tour giving a great taste of Central America. Tour guides Marlon and Mane were fantastic. Guatemala was my favourite, hiking and camping on a ln active volcano is something else. Decent itinerary. No complaints.
    Trip date: June 2019
  • Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins reviewer 2
    · May 5th, 2019
    Had a great time, felt like i did everything i wanted to do and felt immersed in the culture and did some amazing activities. We were partly lucky because we went in easter, so Guatemala was really special. Everyone really enjoyed Belize and Costa Rica.... Show more
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for the balanced review Katie.
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    Trip date: May 2019
  • Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins reviewer 3
    · April 26th, 2019
    Honestly I wouldn't waste your money on this tour. Basically nothing is included. Most people go through their budget within the second week of the tour. The first half of the trip was fine and I had a good guide, but the second half was horrible. I... Show more
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for the review Brianna, and our apologies things didn't go according to expectations here. Please send an e-mail to 'customersolutions@gadventures.com' and we will be happy to review.
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    Trip date: April 2019
  • DH
    · May 6th, 2018
    I went from Playa Del Carmen to SaN Jose, the itinerary and the places are brilliant, but I think I may have got extra lucky as my group and Guides Isik and Victor were amazing. The tour well surpassed my expectations and I would highly recommend to a... Show more
    Trip date: April 2018
  • DK
    · March 13th, 2018
    Overall this trip was fantastic! Seeing Central America was on one of my lists and this was the perfect tour to go see it. Many countries will surprise you and this was a very good introduction to them. I’ve been on a few tours with different... Show more
    Trip date: February 2018
  • JJ
    · February 16th, 2018
    The trip was great, well organized and the locations selected for stopovers all were really nice especially in Nicaragua. The activity selections were quite diverse so what ever you felt like doing you had many options. Accommodation for the whole trip... Show more
    Trip date: February 2018
  • SL
    · January 9th, 2018
    The tour was far more amazing than what I expected (compared to the one I did in south east Asia). I enjoyed every single day. Sometime the transportation in between to spots were too long but I guess it's part of the experience. I met such great people... Show more
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    Trip date: December 2017
  • Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins reviewer 8
    · April 27th, 2017
    Great trip, awesome people, would have loved to stay longer in some places and shorter in others but thats the nature of this experience.
    Trip date: March 2017
  • Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins reviewer 9
    · March 12th, 2017
    Let's start with what wasn't so good. Firstly there were a lot more girls on this trip than boys. So the dynamic of the group could have been better. I understand this is quite normal to happen - but there must be something the tour provider can do... Show more
    Trip date: February 2017
  • Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins reviewer 10
    · November 28th, 2016
    This trip was phenomenal and was a great balance of fun, culture, experience, and adventure. I feel very satisfied with how everything went and have enjoy every minute of the trip. Both tour guides were amazing and supportive and I wouldn't hesitate to... Show more
    Trip date: October 2016

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Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins
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Frequently Asked Questions

    • I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

      On this tour, you will be staying in single-sex multi-share accommodations with 2-6 of your fellow travellers, therefore a single supplement is not available.

    • When and where does the tour end?

      This tour ends in the morning at Aldea Hostel (or similar) in San José. There are no activities planned on the last day of the tour, so you are free to depart at any time, however, the tour operator highly recommends booking post-accommodation to fully experience this amazing city. Please be aware that the hotel is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • When and where does the tour start?

      Day 1 of this tour is an arrivals day, which means that you can arrive at Koox Studio 30 (or similar) in Playa del Carmen anytime during the day. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group at 6 pm. Please be aware that the meeting hotel is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • Do you arrange airport transfers?

      Airport transfers can be arranged at an additional cost, please contact our customer support team for more information.

    • What are the optional excursions?

      The optional excursions for this tour are:

      Tulúm Ruins Visit. Price: 10USD per person
      Cozumel Diving (Certified Divers). Price: 85-140USD per person
      Skydiving. Price: 269USD per person
      Cenote Visit. Price: 10-30USD per person
      Coco Bongo Disco and Show. Price: 70USD per person
      Akumal Beach Visit. Price: 20USD per person
      Hol Chan Snorkel Tour. Price: 70USD per person
      Blue Hole National Park Flight. Price: 50-250USD per person
      Blue Hole National Monument Dive. Price: 230-260USD per person
      Bike with Purpose Rental. Price: 7-30USD per person
      Fishing. Price: 200USD per group
      Guided Kayak Trip. Price: 25USD per person
      Sunset Sailing Boat Tour. Price: 35USD per person
      Xunantunich Visit. Price: 5USD per person
      Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Visit. Price: 90USD per person
      Xunantunich Visit. Price: 5USD per person
      Cave Tubing. Price: 75USD per person
      Crystal Cave Visit. Price: 75USD per person
      Caracol Ruins Tour. Price: 95USD per person
      Barton Creek Cave Canoeing. Price: 50-75USD per person
      Horseback Riding. Price: 30USD per person
      Scenic Boat Ride to Livingston. Price: Not advised
      Natural Hot Waterfall Visit. Price: 25USD per person
      Sunrise Monkey Kayak. Price: 23USD per person
      Horseback Riding. Price: 25USD per person
      Salsa Lesson. Price: 5-12USD per person
      Massage. Price: 30-60USD per person
      Cycling. Price: 30-50USD per person
      Acatenango Volcano Climb. Price: 50-90USD per person
      ChocoMuseo Tour and Workshop. Price: 24USD per person
      Finca Valhalla Visit. Price: 5-10USD per person
      Finca Filidelfia Coffee Tour. Price: 18-25USD per person
      Swimming. Price: Not advised
      La Nariz del Indio Hike. Price: 15-23USD per person
      Kayaking. Price: Not advised
      Shopping. Price: Not advised
      Pacaya Volcano Hike (Half-Day). Price: 70USD per person
      Luna Jaguar Hot Springs Visit. Price: 45USD per person
      Copán Ruins Guided Tour. Price: 25USD per person
      Surfing Lesson. Price: Not advised
      Masaya Volcano Day Excursion. Price: 35USD per person
      Hiking. Price: Not advised
      Mi Museo Cultural Museum. Price: 5USD per person
      Market Exploration. Price: Not advised
      Laguna de Apoyo Visit. Price: 15USD per person
      Ojo de Agua (Swimming Hole). Price: 10-15USD per person
      Hike Concepcíon VolcanoIsla de Ometepe. Price: 45USD per person
      Santa Elena Cloud Forest Visit. Price: 17USD per person
      Sky Walk. Price: Not advised
      Ziplining. Price: 50USD per person
      Monteverde Butterfly Garden Visit. Price: 15USD per person
      Monteverde Horseback Riding. Price: 40USD per person
      Monteverde Coffee Plantation Tour. Price: 35USD per person
      Baldi Hot Springs Soak. Price: 62USD per person
      La Fortuna Waterfall Swim. Price: 14USD per person
      Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Tour. Price: 59USD per person
      Horseback Riding. Price: 59USD per person
      Mountain Biking. Price: 71USD per person
      Birdwatching. Price: Not advised
      Venado Caves Exploration. Price: 76USD per person
      Pacuare River Whitewater Rafting. Price: 105USD per person

      Please note that this list is a guideline only and all prices are subject to change.

    • Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

      Of course, we can! Once you have a confirmed booking on this tour, we can request additional accommodation for you with the tour operator.

    • Is there a hotel list available?

      All accommodations are subject to change until 4-6 weeks before the departure date. After the booking is made you will be issued your final trip documents with your specific accommodation details. This is a list of accommodations that they typically stay at, but please be advised that they are subject to change:

      Koox Studio 30 (or similar)
      Tropical Paradise Hotel (or similar)
      Chaltunha Hostel (or similar)
      Peten Express Hotel (or similar)
      Hacienda Tijax (or similar)
      Antigua Lemon Tree Hostel (or similar)
      Kamol Bey (or similar)
      Rupalaj Kistalin Posada (or similar)
      Hotel Brisas de Copan (or similar)
      Posada Alta Vista (or similar)
      Atami Escape Resort (or similar)
      Bigfoot Hostel Leon (or similar)
      Granada Lemon Tree (or similar)
      Puesta del Sol Homestay (or similar)
      Hotel Manakin (or similar)
      Hotel Las Cabanitas (or similar)
      Aldea Hostel (or similar)

      Hopefully, this list will give you a better idea of what kind of accommodation you can expect while on tour.

    • Do I need a visa?

      As a tour booking website, TourRadar cannot organise visas for you on your behalf as the visa requirements are regularly being updated and vary for the nationality of one traveller to the next. It is for this reason that we recommend checking with your local embassy or consulate website for the latest up to date information.

    • What does this tour include?

      This tour includes:
      Caye Caulker stay. Guided tour of Tikal. Orientation walk in Antigua and Granada. G Adventures-supported homestays with Guatemalan and Nicaraguan families. Group salsa lesson in Antigua. Beach time in Caye Caulker and Roatán. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities. 2 breakfasts and 3 dinners. It does not include any optional activities or international flights.

    • Will there be tour guides?

      G Adventures have Chief Experience Officers throughout the tours, who are expert guides and will help you make the most of your time. Additionally, you will have your main tour guide, plus local guides for different parts of the tour, who will be joining you to make sure you get the true local experience.

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    Good to Know

    • Currency
      BZ$
      Belize Dollar
      Belize
      Costa Rican Colon
      Costa Rica
      Q
      Quetzal
      Guatemala
      L
      Lempira
      Honduras
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      Mexican Peso
      Mexico
      C$
      Cordoba Oro
      Nicaragua
      SVC
      El Salvador Colon
      El Salvador
    • Plugs & Adapters

      As a traveller from USA, Canada you will need an adaptor for types G, I. As a traveller from England you will need an adaptor for types A, B, I. As a traveller from Australia, New Zealand you will need an adaptor for types A, B, G. As a traveller from South Africa you will need an adaptor for types A, B, G, I.

      Type A
      Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua
      Type B
      Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua
      Type G
      Belize and Guatemala
      Type I
      Guatemala
    • Vaccines
      • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
      • Typhoid - Recommended for Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Hepatitis A - Recommended for Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
      • Tuberculosis - Recommended for Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Ideally 3 months before travel.
      • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Ideally 2 months before travel.
      • Yellow fever - Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Belize. Yellow fever - Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    • Visa
      • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
      • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
    • Payment information
      • For any tour departing before March 22nd, 2021 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after March 22nd, 2021, a minimum payment of 20% is required to confirm your booking with G Adventures. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 65 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
      • Some departure dates and prices may vary and G Adventures will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
      • The following cards are accepted for "G Adventures" tours: Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal. TourRadar does NOT charge you an extra fee for using any of these payment methods.
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      Some tours are not suitable for mobility-restricted traveller, however, some operators may be able to accommodate special requests. For any enquiries, you can contact our customer support team, who are ready and waiting to help you.

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