Rucksackreise durch Zentralamerika - Von Mexiko nach Costa Rica

Einmal quer durch 7 Länder Mittelamerikas: Von der Karibik Mexikos ins grüne Costa Rica

  • Tulum - weiße Puderzuckerstrände & Maya-Kultur
  • Paradiesische Koralleninsel Caye Caulker
  • Auf den Spuren der Maya in Tikal
  • Surferparadies El Cuco in El Salvador
  • Panajachel am Atitlán See - Eldorado für Outdoor-Enthusiasten
  • Aufenthalt bei einer Gastfamilie in Guatemala
  • Charmante Kolonialstädte Antigua und Granada
  • Vulkaninsel Ometepe im Nicaraguasee
  • Naturparadies Monteverde & Vulkan Arenal in Costa Rica
  • Überblick
  • Leistungen
  • Reiseverlauf
  • Termine & Preise
  • Zusatzinformationen
  • Einreisebestimmungen

33 Tage Mexiko · Guatemala · Belize · Honduras · Nicaragua · Costa Rica · El Salvador

Regenwald Strand Historische Stätten ab 2.480 € Anfragen oder buchen

Ausgangspunkt deiner Rucksackreise durch Zentralamerika ist der beliebte Strandort Playa del Carmen im Urlaubsparadies Yucatán. Entspanne im traumhaften Tulum, wo Puderzuckerstrände auf die Ruinenstätte der Maya treffen. Genießen die karibische Atmosphäre auf der Koralleninsel Caye Caulker mit ihren weißen Sandstränden und dem türkisblauem Meer. Entdecke beim Schnorcheln oder Tauchen die bunte Unterwasserwelt. Mitten im Dschungel erwarten uns die geheimnisvollen Ruinen von Tikal, einem Zeugnis der einstigen Maya Hochkultur. Am Río Dulce laden heiße Quellen zum Entspannen ein. Genieße spanisches Erbe in Antigua und entdecke die beeindruckende Kolonialarchitektur der Stadt. Begib dich auf Schnäppchenjagd auf dem Markt von Chichicastenango, der größte Zentralamerikas. In San Jorge La Laguna sind wir zu Gast bei einer guatemaltekischen Familie. Spannende Outdoor-Aktivitäten erwarten dich in Panajachel am wunderschönen Atitlan-See. Antigua ist ein Labyrinth aus Kolonialgebäuden, verzierten Kirchen und lebendigen Märkten vor der Kulisse imposanter Vulkane. Fernab der Touristenwege besuchen wir in El Salvador den kleinen Kolonialort Suchitoto und das Surferparadies El Cuco. Umgeben von Vulkanen liegt Granada an den Ufern des Nicaraguasees. Die Vulkaninsel Ometepe bietet ausgefallene Badeorte inmitten des Dschungels. Erkunde die natürlichen Schätze im Naturparadies Monteverde. Das in der Nähe des Vulkans Arenal gelegene Städtchen La Fortuna erwartet dich mit einer Fülle an Outdoor-Aktivitäten, bevor unsere Reise in Costa Ricas Hauptstadt San Jose endet.

1. Tag: Playa del Carmen
2. Tag: Playa del Carmen - Tulum
3. Tag: Tulum
4. Tag: Tulum - Caye Caulker
5. Tag: Caye Caulker
6. Tag: Caye Caulker
7. Tag: Caye Caulker - San Ignacio
8. Tag: San Ignacio
9. Tag: San Ignacio - Tikal
10. Tag: Tikal - Rio Dulce
11. Tag: Rio Dulce
12. Tag: Rio Dulce - Antigua
13. Tag: Antigua - Chichicastenango - San Jorge La Laguna
14. Tag: Lake Atitlan / Panajachel
15. Tag: Panajachel - Antigua
16. Tag: Antigua
17. Tag: Antigua
18. Tag: Antigua - Copan
19. Tag: Copan - Suchitoto
20. Tag: Suchitoto
21. Tag: San Miguel / El Cuco
22. Tag: El Cuco
23. Tag: El Cuco - Leon
24. Tag: Leon - Granada
25. Tag: Granada
26. Tag: Granada - Insel Ometepe
27. Tag: Insel Ometepe
28. Tag: Insel Ometepe - Monteverde
29. Tag: Monteverde
30. Tag: Monteverde - La Fortuna
31. Tag: La Fortuna
32. Tag: La Fortuna - San Jose
33. Tag: San Jose

Leistungen enthalten

  • Mittelamerika Erlebnisreise gemäß Programm
  • Transporte, Unterkünfte und Mahlzeiten gemäß Programm
  • Ausflüge, Aktivitäten und Besichtigungen gemäß Reiseverlauf
  • Orientierungsrundgang in Tulum, Caye Caulker und Panajachel
  • Eintrittsgebühr Tikal Nationalpark
  • Besuch des Chichicastenango Marktes
  • Gastfamilienaufenthalt in San Jorge La Laguna
  • Kleine Spanisch-Sprachstunde
  • Geführter Stadtrundgang in Antigua, Suchitoto, Leon, Granada, Monteverde, La Fortuna und San Jose
  • Besuch der archäologischen Stätte in Copan (Transport und Eintritt)
  • Kochvorführung zur Herstellung von Pupusa in San Miguel

Leistungen nicht enthalten

  • Nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke
  • Optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten
  • Persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgelder

Unterbringung

26x Standard-Hotel
1x Campingplatz
4x Standard-Lodge
1x Gastfamilie
Die Unterbringung erfolgt in Doppelzimmern (außer zwei Nächte in einer Lodge in Rio Dulce in Mehrbettzimmern). Alleinreisende Teilnehmer/inner werden gemeinsam mit einem/einer Mitreisenden gleichen Geschlechts untergebracht. Ein Einzelzimmer ist auf Wunsch gegen Aufpreis buchbar.

Verpflegung

1x Frühstück, 1x Mittagessen, 1x Abendessen

Tourbegleitung

Englischsprachiger Reiseleiter.

Hinter jeder Reise steht ein großartiger Reiseleiter. Der Enthusiasmus und das fast unschlagbare Wissen unserer einheimischen und englischsprachigen Reiseleiter werden deine Reise unvergesslich machen. Mit Rat und Tat stehen sie den Reisenden zur Seite. Vom Anfang bis zum Ende der Tour sind sie vor Ort für die Gruppe da, wissen nicht nur, in welchen Restaurants man gut isst und wo die besten Shops zu finden sind, sondern zeigen den Reisenden mit Kompetenz und voller Begeisterung ihre Heimat.

Transportarten

Boot, öffentlicher Bus, Kleinbus, Taxi, Fähre

Zusätzliche Übernachtungen

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Optionale Ausflüge / Zusatzleistungen

  • Einzelzimmer-Zuschlag (Aufpreis: 755 €)

1. Tag: Playa del Carmen

Hola! Welcome to Mexico! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. If you are lucky enough to have extra time this beachside playground, why not use your time snorkelling in freshwater rock pools (called cenotes), strolling along the white sands or reef diving on Cozumel. Check out the full range of recommended optional activities below for more inspiration. After the welcome meeting tonight, perhaps head out for a cocktail and a meal with your new travel buddies.

Special Information: It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Optional Activities:
Mayan Underworld Explorer - Urban Adventures - USD77
Ferry to Cozumel (Round-trip) - MXN326

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

2. Tag: Playa del Carmen - Tulum

Leave behind one paradise for another, quieter version. Travel south by local bus to Tulum, where white sand beaches and Maya ruins await after a mere 1.5-hour journey. Take an orientation walk with your leader around the small town when you arrive, then head to the cliffs or the shore to enjoy the sunshine at your own pace. The famous ruins that hug the cliff edge are no longer a well-kept secret, so if crowds aren’t your thing it’s best to get up early tomorrow to beat them. Enjoy free time maybe grab a snack and a beer at a beach shack, then hit the sand and the water (rinse and repeat). In the evening, you could grab a few of your fellow travellers and find a spot to watch the sunset with a margarita in hand.

Optional Activities:
Tulum Archaeological Site (Entrance fee) - MXN75

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Tulum - Leader-led orientation walk

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

3. Tag: Tulum

Today is as clear as the waters of the Caribbean, so you can spend it how you like. Perhaps start your morning by renting a bike and exploring on two wheels. Then maybe head to Akumal Bay for a change of scenery or check out one of the many local freshwater rock pools known as cenotes. You can buy an organised tour to each of these attractions or venture off on your own as both are easily accessible using local transport. Cenote Dos Ojos is perhaps the most spectacular of the natural pools, but it be prepared for a three-kilometre walk each way from the local bus drop off. Remember, pack plenty of water and snacks so you don’t get caught out! If you haven't already, you might want to take the opportunity to head to Mexico's most famous archaeological site, Chichen Itza, which is about a 2-hour drive away. Chat to your leader about what’s on offer and how to organise optional activities.

Special Information: We recommend you use some time today to buy something to pack for lunch on the bus tomorrow. There isn't much on offer along the way to Belize and it is a long day!

Optional Activities:
Dos Ojos Cenote - Fresh water rock pool (Entrance fee with snorkelling gear included) - MXN350
Cenote Cristalino - Entrance fee (snorkelling gear included) - MXN150
Tulum - Bicycle rental (per 24 hours) - MXN150
Chichen Itza Ruins - Entrance Fee - MXN481

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

4. Tag: Tulum - Caye Caulker

Bid adios to Mexico early this morning and head south to Belize. Be prepared for a long day of travel on the road without a chance to stop for lunch, as the total driving time including the border crossing will take 8—9 hours. First, travel to the town of Chetumal by public bus (approximately 3.5 hours). Then jump on a local bus to the border (20 minutes). Undertake border formalities, then board the same bus to Belize City (approximately 3 hours). Once in Belize City take a water taxi to Caye Caulker (1 hour). Expect to arrive on Caye Caulker by 6 pm. Phew! What a day. But trust us, it’s worth it. Perhaps go for an evening stroll to get your bearings on the island, then if you have the energy why not hit a beach bar and unwind. Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America, which will make chatting with locals much easier.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Orientierungs-Rundgang in Caye Caulker

Fahrzeit: ca. 8 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

5. Tag: Caye Caulker

Good morning and welcome to heaven! Today is free for you to explore the island and surrounds or simply relax. Whatever you choose to do, it’s pretty much impossible to keep the smile off your face when the scenery is this magic. If you feel like snorkelling, ask your leader about organising a trip to the colourful coral reef nearby, or perhaps head further afield to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, home to the world’s second-longest coral reef. Manatee spotting is one option nature lovers should consider, as the chance to encounter these gentle giants is a special one. Of course, you could always take a stroll and find a swaying palm tree with your name on it. They make the perfect place to nap, read a book and soak up the island vibes.

Optional Activities:
Caye Caulker - Guided snorkelling trip (half day) - BZD70
Caye Caulker - Guided snorkelling trip (full day) - BZD150
Caye Caulker - Manatee tour - BZD240
Caye Caulker - Sea kayaking (half day) - BZD70

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

6. Tag: Caye Caulker

What’s better than one day in paradise? Two, of course! Wake up when you like, because you’ve got another free day. Like any good seaside Eden, Caye Caulker is home to super fresh seafood, which you can dig into with your feet planted in the sand at one of the many ‘floor free’ outdoor restaurants. The island's famous lobster are available between 15 June and 15 February, and you can expect to pay far less than at home (though more than your average island meal). Some of the best meals can be found by the roadside, so why not grab some grilled shrimp and a rum and coke made with fire water to really get into the spirit.

Optional Activities:
Caye Caulker - Stand up paddle board rental (per hour) - BZD35
Caye Caulker - Bicycle rental (per day) - BZD40
Caye Caulker - Sunset sail - BZD100

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

7. Tag: Caye Caulker - San Ignacio

From the islands to the highlands, today you’ll bid farewell to Caye Caulker and catch a ferry to Belize City (1 hour) and then take a local bus to San Ignacio (3.5 hours). Local buses in Belize are a little more basic and crowded than you may have experienced elsewhere in Central America. Get ready for a stop-and-go experience on the journey. There are very few official bus stops in Belize, so the bus will stop as required by roadside passengers. On arrival, your leader will take you walking tour of San Ignacio and its twin sister Santa Elena, which will give you a sense of how vibrant the local Garifuna and Maya communities are. Perhaps tonight head out in search of a classic Maya dish like cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork marinated in citrus).

Special Information: All guests at our hotel in San Ignacio are required to pay an additional charge of USD20 per night if they choose to use the air conditioner in their room. Electricity in Belize is incredibly expensive so most hotels charge an extra rate to use the air conditioning and USD20 per night is pretty standard. We could include this extra charge in the trip price but then all of our travellers would have to pay whether they want to use it or not. We believe giving our travellers the option is a fairer way to manage this situation.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Stadtbesichtigungstour in San Ignacio

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

8. Tag: San Ignacio

You have a full day at your leisure to discover San Ignacio. This beautiful town is surrounded by fast flowing rivers, waterfalls and Maya ruins, making it the ideal base. One optional activity that will appeal to history buffs is a day trip to Xunantunich, an impressive Maya ceremonial site positioned on a hill that overlooks the countryside. Getting to the site is half the fun, as you'll need to take a hand-cranked ferry to cross the river. Also nearby is the cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal, a living museum of Maya relics. Wade through cool waters to find ceramic pots and crystallised skeletons preserved by the calcium-rich environment of the cave for over 1400 years. Easily spooked? Maybe you'd prefer the a cave with fewer (as far as we know) skeletons, like the one in Mountain Pine Ridge. In the late afternoon, the barbecue stalls of Santa Elena start to set up for the dinner rush. It's only a 15-minute walk, so consider wandering over to enjoy a juicy chicken leg and a chat with the locals.

Optional Activities:
San Ignacio - (ATM Caves) Actun Tunichil Muknal (Entrance fee, Guide, Transport & Lunch) - BZD190
San Ignacio - Cave tubing - BZD170
San Ignacio - Butterfly Farm - BZD55
San Ignacio - Barton Creek canoe trip - BZD170
San Ignacio - Iguana Conservation Project (Entrance fee) - BZD20

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

9. Tag: San Ignacio - Tikal

Rise and shine for an 8 am taxi ride to the Belize-Guatemala border. Once you've crossed over, board a bus to Tikal National Park (approximately 2.5 hours). In Tikal there will be time to buy lunch before visiting the impressive archaeological site. Towering above the jungle, the five granite temples of Tikal are an imposing sight and one of the most magnificent Maya ruins. Hidden in the evergreen forest are a maze of smaller structures waiting to be explored. The energetic can climb to the top of the ruins for spectacular views over the canopy and the chance to spot toucans, macaws and other colourful birds. Choose to explore on your own or pay a little more for a guided tour (or maybe see the site from above on an optional zip-line ride). Tonight, set up the tents and mattresses and spend some time under the stars. The weather is always warm in this part of the world but a thin blanket is provided for extra comfort. There are also basic shared bathrooms and showers at the camp.

Optional Activities:
Tikal National Park - Guide for Ruins (per group) - GTQ500

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Tikal National Park - Entrance fee

Unterkunft: Camping

10. Tag: Tikal - Rio Dulce

If you can't get enough of Tikal, you have the option to visit the site again in the (very) early morning at your own cost before departing at 8 am to Flores. It's just a 1-hour ride away, and on arrival your leader will take you on a walking tour of the island of Flores. Continue by private minivan to Rio Dulce (approximately 4 hours). On arrival in Rio Dulce, transfer to the hotel by boat. The easiest way to get back into town is also on the water, a journey which can be organised through the hotel. Alternatively, a 40-minute jungle walk will get you there. The hotel is a great place to relax and look over the water, with reasonably priced meals and drinks served in the hotel restaurant. Now that you are back in a Spanish-speaking nation, why not join an informal Spanish lesson put on by your leader? Muy bien!

Special Information: Multishare typically includes triple and quad rooms. You may be required to share with group members of the opposite sex and couples or people travelling together may occasionally be separated due to rooming configurations. Each room has private facilities.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson

Unterkunft: Standard-Lodge
Mehrbettzimmer

11. Tag: Rio Dulce

With plenty of free time today, consider taking advantage of some of the optional activities available. Maybe take a scenic boat trip down the river to the coastal enclave of Livingston for a taste of Creole-Caribbean culture. This laidback town on the Caribbean coast feels very different from the rest of Guatemala thanks to its Garifuna population. Or perhaps go boating on the lake, take a tour to spot local manatees or explore nearby San Felipe Fort.

Optional Activities:
Rio Dulce - Boat trip to Livingston (Price dependent on boat available & passengers) - GTQ160
Rio Dulce - Natural Hot Springs (Entrance fee & Transport) - GTQ150
Rio Dulce - San Felipe Fort (Entrance fee) - GTQ20
Rio Dulce - Quirigua Ruins (Entrance fee) - GTQ80

Unterkunft: Standard-Lodge
Mehrbettzimmer

12. Tag: Rio Dulce - Antigua

Leave the 'Sweet River' behind and travel by private minibus to the city of Antigua, a journey which should take around eight or nine 8 or 9 hours, allowing time for lunch. The road between Rio Dulce and Guatemala City is one of the busiest in the country. Traffic is slow, there are frequent road works and many, many, many (seriously) slow trucks. Be armed with patience, music and a good book and the journey will be easier to handle. Spend the night in Antigua before heading to Lake Atitlan tomorrow. Though there's not much tie in Antigua today, you owe it to yourself to reward you patience with a tamale – meat and dough steamed in a corn leaf. You could also give the pepian a try, which consists of a rich dark sauce served with vegetables and meat (usually chicken). You may also want to take this time to purchase a few snacks for your time at the homestay on Lake Atitlan as the meals there can be very basic.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

13. Tag: Antigua - Chichicastenango - San Jorge La Laguna

Be up early and ready for an 8 am departure. Travel by private transport for 2.5 hours on winding roads to Chichicastenango. Home to perhaps the most colourful market in the country, on Thursdays and Sundays locals come from the surrounding villages to sell their wares and the streets are lined with stalls offering multi-coloured textiles and fresh produce. After doing a little shopping at the market, head to San Jorge La Laguna, a small Maya village overlooking Lake Atitlan (about 1.5 hours). Meet your host family and start getting to know each other. Locals in San Jorge La Laguna are both very friendly and very shy. In order to make the most of this experience, it may take a bit of effort from your side to break the ice first. Draw on your newly learnt Spanish and get ready for some serious hand signals. Enjoy dinner with your host family.

Special Information: Depending on how large the group is, we may split into smaller configurations of two or three people. Houses in San Jorge La Laguna are very basic. Your room may only consist of a couple of beds with clean bedding and the bathroom will most likely be outside your room and shared with the rest of the family. The mother of the family will cook dinner and breakfast for you and the meals can be very basic but filling, consisting of corn, rice and beans.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Chichicastenango Market
San Jorge La Laguna - Traditional Maya Homestay

Unterkunft: Gastfamilie

Verpflegung: 1x Abendessen

14. Tag: Lake Atitlan / Panajachel

Say goodbye to your host family this morning and move on to the neighbouring town of Panajachel. Located on Lake Atitlan with distant volcanoes looming in the background, Panajachel has a thriving market, good eateries and many water-based activities to enjoy. Once you arrive in 'Pana' your leader will take you on a brief walking tour of town so you can get your bearings. The rest of the time is free for you to explore. Why not go for a swim, hike to San Pedro volcano or kayak on the lake, there aren't many places in the world that serve up active adventure in such a beautiful locale. The surrounding area is also dotted with villages which can be reached on foot or by boat. Watch women weaving at Santa Catarina Palopo or explore the colourful markets of Santiago Atitlan.

Optional Activities:
Panajachel - San Pedro Volcano hike - GTQ400
Panajachel - Guided lake and villages tour - GTQ190
Panajachel - Kayak rental (per hour) - GTQ45
Panajachel - Bicycle rental (per day) - GTQ55
Panajachel - Water taxi to Santiago, San Pedro or San Juan (Return) - GTQ40

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Panajachel - Leader-led orientation walk

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Frühstück

15. Tag: Panajachel - Antigua

Hit the road again at 9 am and make the 3-hour journey back to Antigua by private vehicle. In 1773 the city was destroyed by an earthquake, but many of the colonial buildings have been carefully restored and the architecture from its glory days can still be seen. Your leader will take you on a walking tour of Antigua including Cerro de la Cruz lookout, the local market and the chicken bus station next door, where the colourfully-decorated American school buses you've probably seen on the roads come from. The rest of your time in Antigua is free for you to explore at your own pace. If you fancy a spin on the dance floor and want to learn some moves, Antigua is the place to be. Many dancing schools offer hourly lessons so you'll be able to perfect your moves. As always, ask your leader for details.

Optional Activities:
Antigua - Salsa lesson (per hour) - GTQ35

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Antigua - Leader-led walking tour

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

16. Tag: Antigua

Enjoy a free day exploring this photogenic city. Perhaps check out the ChocoMuseo located on 4th Street West, two blocks away from central park. Learn all about chocolate, which was first documented by the Guatemalan Maya, as well as it's historical importance. Or maybe grab a coffee from one of the myriad shops in central park and sit back, relax and enjoy Antigua's chilled-out vibes. If you want to learn more about Guatemalan coffee, you can go on a coffee tour, visit the plantations, do some coffee tasting and buy some to take home.

Optional Activities:
Antigua - Coffee/Macadamia nut plantation tour - GTQ240
Antigua - Antigua by the Bean - Urban Adventures - USD77
Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop - GTQ130

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

17. Tag: Antigua

Enjoy a free day to explore the city, with nothing scheduled until a meeting to welcome any new travellers joining you on your adventure. Maybe grab some roasted beans from a street vendor and munch them while you stroll around. If you’ve got a historical bent, perhaps check out the 18th-century ruins of the Monastery of Santa Clara.

Special Information: As this is a combination trip, the travellers in your group and your group leader will change today.
There will be a welcome meeting today to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet the people joining you. It’s important that you attend the meeting as your new leader will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where and when the meeting will take place.

Optional Activities:
Antigua - Chocolate-making workshop - GTQ130
Antigua - Coffee/Macadamia nut plantation tour - GTQ240
Antigua - Salsa lesson (per hour) - GTQ35

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

18. Tag: Antigua - Copan

Rise and shine for a day of travel, leaving at around 4 am to beat the rush-hour traffic around Antigua. All up you'll be spending around 8 hours driving to Copan by private vehicle, and while the scenery is breathtaking in sections, it's a good idea to pack a book or have some snacks ready to make the journey more comfortable. During the drive, your group leader will run an informal Spanish lesson, providing you some useful phrases to break the ice with the locals. Head into Honduras through the wild countryside of eastern Guatemala, arriving in the charming town of Copan in the early afternoon. While most people use Copan as a base to explore the nearby ruins, there are plenty of other points of interest, both along the cobblestone streets and set into the lush surrounds. Maybe get started in the Central Plaza and follow your nose to café, or perhaps head to the nearby natural hot springs. This optional tour gives you hours of soak time in mud, steaming natural baths and refreshing pools in the lush jungle, with an included dinner.

Optional Activities:
Copan - Natural Hot Springs & Dinner - USD45

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Leader-led Informal Spanish Lesson

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

19. Tag: Copan - Suchitoto

This morning, take a visit with your group to the World Heritage-listed ruins of Copan, the remnants of the southernmost of the great Maya sites for which Central America is famous. Unique because of the numerous elaborate stelae – carved columns – still intact on site, there are also temples, excavated vaults and walls inscribed with ancient faces. Otherwise, nature lovers may wish to travel 2 kilometres out of town to the Macaw Mountain Bird Park and Nature Reserve. Dedicated to the conservation of the Central American macaw, the reserve also houses toucans, motmots, parrots, kingfishers and orioles. Wave goodbye to Copan early in the afternoon and head across the border to El Salvador by private vehicle. There's another substantial amount of time spent on the road this afternoon (approximately 7 hours). Depending on traffic and conditions, you are expected to reach the colonial town of Suchitoto in the evening, just in time for a late dinner.

Optional Activities:
Copan Macaw Mountain Bird Park (Entrance fee) - HNL230

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Copan - Archeological site (Transport & Entrance fee)

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

20. Tag: Suchitoto

Begin the day with a guided orientation walk of Suchitoto – widely considered the cultural capital of El Salvador. Stroll past gorgeous colonial facades and get your bearings. Birders will want to crane their necks; Suchitoto lies on a bird migration path. The rest of the day is all yours to get among the optional activities on offer. Suchitoto overlooks the Embalse Cerron Grande. Also known as Lago Suchitlan, this freshwater lake is a haven for the aforementioned migrating birds, particularly falcons and hawks. Maybe hustle a crew of 4 or more together and take a boat trip to Bird Island, or perhaps grab a historically-minded quartet for a guided walk through Cinquera Forest, where guerrilla fighters used the forest as cover during the civil war.

Optional Activities:
Suchitoto - Boat trip to Bird Island in Lake Suchitlan (it requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD25
Suchitoto - War historic walk at Cinquera Forest (requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD40
Suchitoto - Morning kayak bird watching (requires a minimum of 3 travellers to run) - USD40
Suchitoto - Town tour (it requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD30
Suchitoto - Birdwatching Walk (requires a minimum of 3 travellers to operate) - USD25

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Suchitoto - Leader led walking tour

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

21. Tag: San Miguel / El Cuco

This morning, get your chef’s hat on with a pupusa making session in a private home. These thick cornmeal flatbreads are a classic Salvadorian recipe from the Pipil culture, and are stuffed with some delicious ingredients, like cheese or chicharron (fried pork). Later on, head to coastal El Cuco (approximately 5 hours). There are some great dark-sand beaches close to town, including the beautiful Playa El Esteron and Playa Las Flores – one of the best surf spots in the country. Maybe head to a beach for a swim under the palms and relax with a beer while you wait for sunset. As night falls, you could enjoy a seafood dinner along the water – the local crab are some of the best in the country.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
San Miguel - Salvadoran Pupusa cooking demonstration

Fahrzeit: ca. 5 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

Verpflegung: 1x Mittagessen

22. Tag: El Cuco

Today you're free as a bird to explore the beautiful coast around El Cuco at your own pace. If you and a few others feel like getting active, you could take a trip to see nearby Conchagua Volcano. The views from the lookout are stunning, but you'll need a minimum of 5 people to take part. Alternatively, you might prefer to take a boat out on the ocean, find some inner peace during a free yoga class at the resort or simply relax in a hammock on the beach. Life’s good.

Optional Activities:
El Cuco - Volcan de Conchagua lookout (it requires a minimum of 5 travellers to operate) - USD35
El Cuco - Yoga Class (Subject to teacher availability) - Free

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

23. Tag: El Cuco - Leon

Rise early for a full day of travel by private vehicle. Leave El Cuco at around 8 am and drive to El Amatillo border crossing (approximately 1.5 hours) before a 2.5 drive by of Honduras (including a stop for lunch) to the next border crossing Guasaule, and finally reaching Leon after another 2.5 hours. Upon arrival your leader will take you on a walking tour of this charming city. Though it's the second largest in the country, Leon is relatively free of tourists, making strolling the mural-lined streets a real pleasure.

Special Information:: The Nicaraguan border crossing can be confusing and disorderly so please pay close attention to your leader instructions. At this border crossing you will need to pay USD12 fee payble in cash.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Leon - Leader led walking tour

Fahrzeit: ca. 9 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

24. Tag: Leon - Granada

Make the most of Leon in the morning. The street food behind the Lady of Grace Cathedral is some of the best in town, so why not grab a 'Nica taco'. Made with maize, rolled and then deep fried, these beauties are usually served with shredded cabbage and smothered in cream. Otherwise a thrilling volcano sand boarding adventure could be on the cards! Board a local bus bound for Granada at 2 pm, making the 3-hour journey to the oldest city in the 'New World'. Featuring Moorish and Andalusian architecture and oozing colonial charm, the city is set on the banks of Lake Nicaragua and is surrounded by active volcanoes. Set out on a walking tour with your leader on arrival. Visit busy markets, the leafy Parque Central and 'La Calzada': a lively pedestrian street with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.

Optional Activities:
Leon - Volcano Sand Boarding - NIO1260

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Granada - Leader-led walking tour

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

25. Tag: Granada

Today is all yours, so explore the city at your own pace. You may want to take a more comprehensive self-guided tour of the city, bargain hard in the markets or wander the cobblestone streets snapping photos of the colourful buildings. Hundreds of evergreen islets dot the waters of vast Lake Nicaragua, and you can spend a few hours exploring them by boat. Or perhaps hire a kayak and find your own way around, stopping to wave at fisherman who live in wooden huts on the islets, or the monkeys who live in the trees the huts are built from. Just remember not to take a dip, as freshwater sharks live in the water! Alternatively, you could take a day trip out to Mombacho or Masaya Volcano National Park.

Optional Activities:
Granada - Mombacho Volcano hike - NIO910
Granada - Masaya Volcano at night (Viewpoint for the Lava Lake at Santiago Crater) - NIO1140
Granada - Laguna Apoyo kayaking tour - NIO1025
Granada - Monkey Island boat tour - NIO455

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

26. Tag: Granada - Insel Ometepe

Have a morning of leisure in Granada. Perhaps start the day with a classic Nicaraguan breakfast of eggs, rice and beans, soft cheese, plantains and strong coffee. Then maybe hit the Convento y Museo San Francisco and view the collection of indigenous stone statues. At 2 pm take a local bus to Rivas (approximately 1.5 hours) and transfer to the port of San Jorge to catch a 1-hour ferry across the seemingly endless waters of Lake Nicaragua to Ometepe Island. Hourglass-shaped Ometepe is formed by two volcanoes rising out of Lake Nicaragua, one active and one extinct. The island is home to fruit plantations, deep jungle and exotic wildlife such as howler monkeys, caiman and parrots. Spend the evening on the island, and maybe head out for a beer at one of the waterfront bars.

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

27. Tag: Insel Ometepe

Spend your free day however you wish on Ometepe. You can hike both Concepcion or Maderas Volcano, however, at 1700 and 1340 metres above sea level, the treks are no walk in the park. If you are going to tackle them, ask your leader for a recommendation for a local guide. You should also be aware that even for the very fit, both volcanoes will likely take all day (8–10 hours) to summit and then descend. Instead, you might prefer to splash around in the clear waters of the natural springs, soak up the sun on the beach or check out the ancient petroglyphs (rock carvings) scattered about the island. While the restaurants on the island are of decidedly mixed quality, your leader can give you the lowdown on which places to avoid and which to eat at. Stick to local fare and you'll have more luck – perhaps try indio viejo: a stew of corn, beef, onion, tomatoes and capsicum.

Optional Activities:
Ometepe - Concepcion Volcano hike - USD45
Ometepe - Maderas Volcano hike - USD45
Ometepe - Ojo de Agua natural spring - USD25
Ometepe - Petroglyphs - USD20
Ometepe - Charco Verde tour (includes lunch, Ojo de Agua and Mirador lookout) - USD25
Ometepe - Charco Verde Reserve entrance fee - USD3

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

28. Tag: Insel Ometepe - Monteverde

Today is another early start in order to grab a 7 am ferry to the mainland (1.5 hours) and a 1.5-hour transfer to Penas Blancas before crossing the border into Costa Rica. Once in Costa Rica, travel by private vehicle for 5 hours to Monteverde. Phew – long day, but you made it! Welcome to beautiful Monteverde, which you can begin exploring straight away on a walking tour with your leader. Monteverde was founded as an agricultural community in 1951 by a group of North American Quakers. These environmentally-aware settlers also established a small wildlife sanctuary, which has since grown into the internationally-renowned Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve. Cloud forests are like rainforests, but instead draw their water from a semi-permanent cloud covering the region. This is truly a nature lover's paradise. More than 2000 plant species, 320 bird species and 100 mammal species call Monteverde home. Be sure to keep an eye out for the resplendent quetzal, one of the most elusive birds in the world.

Special Information: A USD 3 fee is required when exiting Nicaragua. Reaching the Costa Rican border also requires a 1-kilometre walk, during which you must carry your luggage. Proof of onward travel is normally required to enter Costa Rica, so if you're flying out of San Jose, bring a printed copy of your flight details in case the border officials ask to see them.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
Monteverde - Leader led walking tour

Fahrzeit: ca. 7 Std.

Unterkunft: Standard-Lodge

29. Tag: Monteverde

You’ll have a free day to discover the lush reserve at your own pace. Perhaps take a hike through the cloud forest, check out the area by mountain bike or fly over the thick canopy on a zip line tour. Another way to see the forest from above is to take a Sky Walk tour along a series of suspension bridges. You can explore the park on your own or arrange for a local guide to accompany you. Guided tours are particularly helpful for those interested in learning more about the local flora and fauna, as well as the different roles wildlife play in Mesoamerican mythology. You can get guaranteed sightings of exotic insects and snakes at the Butterfly Garden or the Serpentarium.

Optional Activities:
-Monteverde - Cloud Forest (Entrance fee & Transport) - CRC16340
Monteverde - Suspension bridges tour - CRC19200
Monteverde - Zip lining - CRC36780
Monteverde - Coffee & Chocolate tour - CRC13480
Monteverde - Night walk through Cloud Forest - CRC21240
Monteverde - Cloud Forest Train - CRC24510
Monteverde - Serpentarium - CRC6130
Monteverde - Butterfly garden and insects farm - CRC6130
Monteverde - Frog pond - CRC6130
Monteverde - Orchid gardens - USD12

Unterkunft: Standard-Ldoge

30. Tag: Monteverde - La Fortuna

Spend a final morning in the thickets of the Monteverde jungle, perhaps taking one last walk to search for wildlife. Depart in the early afternoon and head to La Fortuna. It takes about 1.5-hours to reach the shores of Lake Arenal, followed by a further 1.5-hour journey across the lake to the little town of La Fortuna. On a clear day you'll have fantastic views of the surrounding area, and watching the massive Arenal Volcano loom larger and larger as you approach is a spectacular sight. Once you reach La Fortuna take another vehicle to the hotel, then freshen up and head out on a leader-led walking tour. La Fortuna is a favourite among travel writers for a reason – words like picturesque and breathtaking spring to mind when trying to describe the town in the shadow of the volcano.

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
La Fortuna - Leader led walking tour

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

31. Tag: La Fortuna

Good morning! Why not start today with a smoothie and plan how you want to explore. Perhaps take a guided nature hike through the lush forest surrounding Arenal Volcano, keeping an eye out for rare plants and animals. You can also see the forest from a series of hanging bridges, which is a great vantage point for spotting wildlife like sloths and rainbow-coloured birds. The volcano’s inner workings also mean that the area is home to several thermal hot springs, an ideal way to relax in the middle of nature. Or instead, check out the 70-metre-high La Fortuna waterfall set in the middle of evergreen rainforest. Active types might want to hit the lake on a stand-up paddleboard. Otherwise, a boat safari down the Celeste River offers the opportunity to see lizards, crocodiles and tropical birds in their natural habitat.

Optional Activities:
La Fortuna - Hot springs - CRC18380
La Fortuna - Arenal hanging bridges - CRC22870
La Fortuna - La Fortuna Waterfall - CRC6130
La Fortuna - Nature hike around Arenal Volcano - CRC20420
La Fortuna - Cano Negro boat tour - CRC27360
La Fortuna - Stand up paddle board - CRC26260

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

32. Tag: La Fortuna - San Jose

Watch the volcano fade into the distance as you begin the 5-hour local bus ride to Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. Head out on a walking tour with your leader on arrival to see the main highlights. Later, perhaps visit the Gold Museum, which has an amazing collection of pre-Spanish gold art. If you're in the mood for a bit of shopping, head to the outdoor market in the Plaza de la Cultura or the city's Central Market, where you can buy anything from handicrafts to seafood.

Optional Activities
San Jose - The Art of Craft Beer in San Jose - Urban Adventures - USD74
San Jose - San Jose By Night: Food and Culture - Urban Adventures - USD79
San Jose - National Museum - CRC4890

Enthaltene Aktivitäten:
San Jose - Leader-led walking tour

Unterkunft: Standard-Hotel

33. Tag: San Jose

There are no activities planned for the final day so you are free to depart at any time. Haven’t seen enough in San Jose? Check out the offerings of Urban Adventures tour, from craft beer tours to day-trips to the countryside. Find out more at urbanadventures.com/destination/San-Jose-tours. There's a lot to see and do in and around San Jose, so if you'd like to extend your visit and need further accommodation, we’ll be happy to assist (subject to availability).

Optional Activities:
San Jose - San Jose Bites and Sights Tour - Urban Adventures - USD36
San Jose - Tropical Rainforest and Chocolate Adventure - Urban Adventures - USD150
San Jose - Cartago Bike & Train Tour - Urban Adventures - USD63
San Jose - Pura Vida Experience: Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visite - Urban Adventures - USD65

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Tourstil
Echtes Abenteuer zum super Preis für budgetbewusste Reisende! Ohne Extras, die du nicht haben möchtest! Einfache Unterkünfte und viel Zeit für individuelle bzw. optionale Aktivitäten. Dieser Reisestil ist gerade unter jüngeren Reisenden sehr beliebt. Bereise die entlegensten Orte dieser Welt sicher und unbeschwert in einer kleinen Gruppe und mit einem erfahrenen, einheimischen Guide. Das Reiseprogramm lässt viel Raum zur eigenen Gestaltung. So hast du unterwegs die Möglichkeit dir aus zahlreichen optionalen Aktivitäten je nach Interessen, Reisebudget und Schwierigkeitsgrad dein persönliches Programm zusammenstellen. Wer auf sein Budget achten muss, sich in einer einfachen Unterkunft wohlfühlt und auf Extras verzichten kann, ist mit diesem Tourstil bestens beraten. Weniger Inklusivleistungen, dafür mehr Zeit für eigene Interessen - und das zu einem unschlagbar günstigen Preis.

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