Get ready for a fast-paced adventure through the best of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. From oceans teeming with marine life 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, diving into the crystal blue waters off the coast of Honduras or taking a night hike up an active volcano at La Fortuna, you'll get a wonderful insight into Central America during this incredible adventure.
Day 1 Antigua
Walk through cobblestone streets and past heavy carved-wood entrances on an orientation tour of Antigua. Browse the markets then head to the street stalls a block west of Parque Central in the early evening for some cheap and tasty Guatemalan food.
Days 2-3 Copan
Traverse wild, dry countryside and cross the border to Copan in Honduras where you can opt to see intricately carved and decorated Mayan ruins.
Days 4-6 Roatan Island
Take a ferry from La Ceiba to Roatan and spend two days diving the crystal waters or simply melting into the white, powdery sand under the shade of a coconut palm.
Day 7 Comayagua
Mingle with locals in the lush surrounds of Comayagua's Parque Central.
Days 8-9 Granada
Cross the border and arrive at Nicaragua's oldest city. Cruise the lake or explore markets and museums. In the evenings, stroll the streets and talk with locals who chat to each other across the street from their open-front living rooms.
Days 10-11 Ometepe Island
Spot the world's only freshwater sharks in Lake Nicaragua. On Ometepe, take an optional hike to a towering volcano or go for a slower pace at one of the beaches or jungle swimming holes.
Days 12-13 Monteverde
Continue south to Costa Rica and choose to explore Monteverde by foot, horse, mountain bike or zip line over the rainforest canopy.
Days 14-15 La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano National Park
From La Fortuna discover Arenal Volcano.
Days 16-17 San Jose
Farewell new friends in San Jose. Join locals milling around Mercado Central for some super-cheap Costa Rican food or head out for a final spot of shopping.