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Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins

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Alfie "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 about this.. Maybe give small discounts to boys, or do more marketing towards men specifically, to improve the ratio?! Also this trip is actually tw..."
Excellent
14 reviews
Starts
Playa del Carmen
Destinations
+15
Ends
San Jose
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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
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Home-stay, Guesthouse
Max Group Size
18
Transportation
Boat, Local Transport, Private Vehicle, Ferry
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
Discovery, Adventure
Operator
G Adventures
Start in Playa del Carmen and end in San Jose! With the discovery tour Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins, you have a 32 day tour package taking you from Playa del Carmen to San Jose and through Playa del Carmen, Mexico and 15 other destinations in Latin America. Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

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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

What's included

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Optional

  • Additional Services

14 Reviews

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64%
Good
29%
Average
0%
Rather Poor
7%
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  • Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins reviewer 1
    Written on May 5, 2019
    4.0 - Good

    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.... Read more

    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for the balanced review Katie.
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  • Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins reviewer 2
    Written on April 26, 2019
    2.0 - Rather poor

    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 found... Read 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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  • DH
    Written on May 6, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    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... Read more

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  • DK
    Written on March 13, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    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 companies... Read more

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  • JJ
    Written on February 16, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    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 was... Read more

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  • SL
    Written on January 9, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    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 (I... Read more

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  • Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins reviewer 7
    Written on April 27, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Great trip, awesome people, would have loved to stay longer in some places and shorter in others but thats the nature of this experience.

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  • Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins reviewer 8
    Written on March 12, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    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 about... Read more

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  • Central American Journey: Rainforests & Ruins reviewer 9
    Written on November 28, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    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... Read more

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  • N
    Written on November 26, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Yolo Central American trip from playa deal carmen to San Jose was the best fun of my life! Awesome group and tour leader Rafa- so knowledgable but chilled and fun! Reccomend ++

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • 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.

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    About the countries

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    Currencies

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    Belize and El Salvador
    Q
    Quetzal
    Guatemala
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    Lempira
    Honduras
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    Visa

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Belize. Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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    Location
    Playa del Carmen is the starting point and San Jose is the endpoint.
    Hold my space
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    Payment(s)
    For any tour departing before 26 January 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 26 January 2020, 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 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 2,160 km.
    • Playa del Carmen (Mexico)
    • 337 km
    • Caye Caulker (Belize)
    • 129 km
    • San Ignacio (Belize)
    • 90 km
    • Flores (Guatemala)
    • 170 km
    • Rio Dulce (Guatemala)
    • 223 km
    • Antigua (Guatemala)
    • 50 km
    • Panajachel (Guatemala)
    • 15 km
    • San Juan La Laguna (Guatemala)
    • 62 km
    • Antigua (Guatemala)
    • 173 km
    • Copan Ruinas (Honduras)
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