Backroads of Central America

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Backroads of Central America

from £1,099
Duration: 18 days
Countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
Connect with locals in a homestay experience, laugh with them during a bus journey, bliss out on a remote stretch of Nicaraguan beach, stroll through Antigua’s streets, explore Mayan ruins.

Backroads of Central America

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 keep you rooted in local life.


Day 1San José
Arrive at any time.

Day 2San José/La Fortuna
Options abound—soak in Arenal's hot springs or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting or waterfall rappelling.

Day 3La Fortuna
Free day to get the adrenaline pumping with rafting and other outdoor pursuits or one of many other optional activities.

Day 4La Fortuna/Monte Verde
Travel from La Fortuna to Monteverde by boat and van and enjoy gorgeous scenery along the way.

Day 5Monte Verde
Opt to visit a cloud forest reserve, fly through the jungle canopy via zipline or tour a coffee plantation.

Day 6Monte Verde/Isla de Ometepe(1D)
Get to know local friends during a two-night homestay experience on Ometepe Island. Test out some language skills, and opt to climb a volcano or visit the local swimming hole.

Day 7Isla de Ometepe(1B, 1D)
Full day on the island to spend time with your homestay hosts and enjoy optional activities such as hiking and swimming.

Day 8Isla de Ometepe/Granada(1B)
See Granada's colourful colonial buildings on an orientation walk.

Day 9Granada
Free day to visit the active Masaya Volcano or kayak the isletas in Lake Nicaragua.

Day 10Granada/Poneloya
Enjoy a couple of days of relaxation on a remote northern beach on Nicaragua's Pacific coast. Surf, swim and chill out as the sand awaits. Opt to hike Cerro Negro or check out the city of León.

Day 11Poneloya
Spend your day enjoying the coast. Opt to explore the city of Leon or hike Cerro Negro.

Day 12Poneloya/Suchitoto
After a long day of travel via bus, boat and van, arrive to El Salvador's colonial town of Suchitoto. Don't forget to try the delicious pupusas, a local Salvadorian specialty.

Day 13Suchitoto/Concepción de Ataco
Travel to the 'Route of Flowers' region with its quaint Salvadorian towns and talented artisans.

Day 14Concepción de Ataco
Full day to explore the small town of Ataco or enjoy optional activities.

Day 15Concepción de Ataco/Copán
Cross into Honduras, and opt to visit the Mayan ruins of Copán or a local hot springs.

Day 16Copán
Free time in Copan to enjoy optional activities.

Day 17Copán/Antigua
Cross into Guatemala. Enjoy an orientation walk to explore the colonial city of Antigua.

Day 18Antigua
Depart at any time.

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What's Included

Orientation walk around Granada and Antigua
Planeterra-supported homestay experience on Ometepe Island
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
2 breakfasts, 2 dinners. (Allow USD550-650 for meals not included.)
Public bus, boat, van, taxi, walking.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Small group experience; Max 16, avg 14.
Simple hotels (13 nts), beach lodge (2 nts, multi-share), homestay (2 nts).

About StudentUniverse

StudentUniverse has been supplying the best flight, hotel and tours deals to students around the world for years now and we’re delighted to be the preferred travel partner of and to make your travel experience even more amazing.

We have a great team of travel gurus that understand what a gap year is all about just waiting to help you, and since we are part of the Flight Centre Travel Group we are able to offer the best flights, gap year packages, hostels, tours, volunteer placements and insurance - the works. This is not your average travel agency, it’s the ultimate backpacker travel agency.

If you’d like to get in touch to chat about your travels, even if you’re in the preliminary stages and you’d just like some advice, give us a call on 0333 333 9923 or submit an enquiry to StudentUniverse – we’d love to hear from you.

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