*** Please note: itinerary is subject to changes as ferries may be disturbed by weather conditions.
Start your trip with a Guatemala City airport pick-up and transfer to Antigua on Day 1. Transfer to Panajachel on Day 2 for a Maya Homestay experience and take a boat tour of Lake Atitlan on Day 3 before returning to Antigua. Trek the Pacaya Volcano on Day 4 and take a shuttle to Copan on Day 5. Tour the ruins on Day 6 before transferring to La Ceiba on Day 7. Take a ferry to Utila on Day 8 and enjoy a Water Cay day tour on Day 9 before transferring to Leon on Day 10. Go ash-boarding down the Cerro Negro Volcano on Day 11 and travel to Ometepe Island on Day 12 for a homestay experience. Trek the Concepción Volcano on Day 13 before transferring to Granada for a lake Nicaragua isletas day trip on Day 14. End your adventure on Day 15 with a Managua airport drop-off.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Guatemala City Airport Pick-Up & Private Transfer to Antigua
Today you will be picked up at the Guatemala City airport upon arrival and privately transferred to Antigua, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to relax, explore, and get settled in. Overnight in Antigua.
Day 2: Shuttle to Panajachel - Maya Home Stay Experience (D)
Take a transfer to the lakeside town of Panajachel and begin your unique Maya Homestay Experience in which you will get the opportunity to stay with a local family. Learn about their unique traditions and customs as you join your host family for dinner and let them show you around town.
Note: A small gift for the family would be a nice gesture of appreciation for the family welcoming you into their home. Cooking or kitchen materials such as pasta, rice, sugar, fruit, vegetables or kitchen utensils are very much appreciated ($3 USD per person approx). Other materials from your home country or children's books (coloring, basic english, workbooks, almanacs) would be a great addition to the family library.
Day 3: Panajachel - Lake Atitlan Boat Trip - Transfer to Antigua (B)
Get picked up from your homestay for an exciting Lake Atitlan Boat Trip to visit colourful indigenous Maya villages before transferring back to Antigua. Overnight in Antigua.
Day 4: Pacaya Volcano Trek
Hike up the Pacaya Volcano slope for an hour and then trek onto dry lava that resembles a moon-like landscape. Look up to catch an eruption from the active volcano if you're lucky (depending on the activity of the volcano you may or may not see eruptions or lava). Take unforgettable photos in a landscape so surreal that you feel like you are walking on the moon. Admire the breathtaking landscape and views of neighboring volcanoes peeking through the clouds around you. Take your time returning to the base of the mountain as you make your way down the slippery, muddy slopes. Overnight in Antigua.
Day 5: Shuttle Transfer to Copan
Today you will take a shuttle transfer to Copan. Check into your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the afternoon to relax, explore, and get settled in. Overnight in Copan.
Day 6: Copan Mayan Archaeological Site Tour
After a free morning, your guide will pick you up at your accommodation to start your tour of Copan, called the Mayan Paris. The majestic archaeological site owes this name to what was, at the time, its avant-garde and colourful architecture. After seeing these spectacular ruins on a guided tour you will continue through the sculpture museum, where you will find a lifesize replica of the Rosalila temple. After the tour you will be dropped back off at your accommodation. Overnight in Copan.
Day 7: Bus Transfer Copan to La Ceiba (via San Pedro Sula)
Today you will travel by bus to La Ceiba, Honduras, transferring in San Pedro Sula. Upon arrival in La Ceiba please make your own way to your accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure to relax, explore, and get settled in. Overnight in La Ceiba.
Day 8: Ferry La Ceiba to Utila
Today you will take a ferry from La Ceiba to the beautiful island off Utila off the Caribbean coast of Honduras. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to relax, explore, and get settled into this island paradise. Overnight in Utila.
Day 9: Water Cay Day Tour
This morning you will make your own way to the pier to meet with your guide and board your boat. During the trip you will be able to see all the different breathtaking cays near Utila, where you can stop to snorkel and observe the incredible diversity of marine life in the area. Overnight in Utila.
Day 10: Ferry to La Ceiba & Shuttle to Leon
Today you will leave beautiful Utila on a ferry to La Ceiba, where you will catch a shuttle to Leon, Nicaragua, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation for check-in. Overnight in Leon.
Day 11: Cerro Negro Volcano Boarding
Depart from Leon in the morning for an exciting and breathtaking adventure to nearby Cerro Negro Volcano. Hop on a 4x4 vehicle to reach the base of the volcano and prepare for your hike up to make your ascent to the top. Take in the magical scenery and landscapes from the peak of the volcano that affords sweeping views of the lush surrounding forests and the multi-coloured active crater. Enjoy your ride down the slopes of the volcano on a sled that will bring you to the base of the volcano. Take a moment to catch your breath and relax in nature to recover. Share your photos of this unforgettable experience with your new friends as you make your way back to your hostel.
Day 12: Bus Leon to San Jorge, Ferry to Ometepe & Ometepe Homestay (D)
Start your day with a bus transfer from Leon to San Jorge, where you will catch a ferry to Ometepe for your homestay experience. Get to know your host family and get settled in as your immerse yourself in local culture. Overnight in an Ometepe homestay.
Day 13: Concepción Volcano Adventure Hike & Transfer to Granada (B)
Today you will rise early to begin your 8-hour adventure hike at 6am. You will be accompanied by a guide for this nature walk through lush landscapes with stunning views of the island. With some luck you may even see blac howler monkeys along the way. Reach the incredible crater of the Concepción Volcano and enjoy panoramic vistas before descending. Please note that due to the gases emitted by the crater, we will only stay for 15 minutes at the summit.
After your hike is over, you will transfer from San Jorge to Granada. After checking into your accommodation, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure to relax, explore, and get settled in. Overnight in Granada.
Day 14: Isletas Day Trip
Today you will immerse yourself in the pristine natural environment of Lake Nicaragua with a boat tour to the islets. There you can visit a local village to see the laid-back way of life and observe playful monkeys while listening to the magical song of colorful birds with a local guide. Start off the day at 3:00 pm with your knowledgeable local guide, who will take you to the shore of Lake Nicaragua for a boat ride to see the Islets. Observe a wide variety of flora and fauna such as playful monkeys and colorful birds that inhabit the jungle-covered islets in the lake. Enjoy the scenery and the serene atmosphere before returning to your accommodation at 6:00 pm. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon to yourself to discover the colonial town of Granada. Overnight in Granada.
Day 15: Transfer to Managua & Managua Airport Drop-Off
All good things must end. Today you will be transferred to Managua for your airport drop-off. We wish you happiness and health for your journey onward.