This adventure will take you from the sprawling beaches and dense jungles of the Nicoya Peninsula, through the colourful maze of pastel-coloured colonial relics of Antigua, to the tranquil lake-side towns of Lake Atitlán.
Start by absorbing the "Pure Vida" atmosphere of coastal Costa Rica, with day trips around the peninsula, a surf, and yoga class. Then, take a flight over to Guatemala. Get a taste of the vibrant cultural Mayan history with a walk through one of Central America's largest markets, and kayak and hike around a high-altitude lake. Add-on yoga packages, surf packages, and foodie walking tour.
Towns visited: (Costa Rica) Cabuya, Montezuma, Mal País & Santa Teresa; (Guatemala) Antigua & Lake Atitlán
*Please note that itineraries in both destinations take place outdoors and itinerary is subject to change based on weather. *
DAY 1 | Airport transfer to Jungle Lodge from Tambor Airport. Unpack, relax + Welcome + Orientation
DAY 2 | Montezuma Waterfall Hike & lagoon Swim + Free time to explore the chilled out town of Montezuma.
DAY 3 | Lounge in crystal clear Rio Lajas + Visit a local jam & coconut oil maker + free time + sunset in Mal Pais
DAY 4 | Morning yoga class + explore town + Santa Teresa for sunset + surprise night out (spoiler: you'll love it.)
DAY 5 | Craft brewery tour + Free time + live music
DAY 6 | Free day! Opt to go hiking, chill at the Beach, visit a Local Town, snorkel in bioluminecense + more
DAY 7 | Morning transfer to the airport and take a flight to Guatemala. Arrive in Guatemala + Transfer to Antigua. Evening orientation.
DAY 8 | Enjoy a Foodie Walking Tour for a closer look at market life, and explore the vibrant town of Antigua with your guide. Transfer to your cozy hil-side lodge on Lake Atitlan.
DAY 9 | Join a local scholar for lunch in his home and learn about his effort to develop a deeper understanding of the Popol Vuh is a text recounting the mythology and history of the Kʼicheʼ people. Hike to San Jose Chacaya for unbeatable views.
DAY 10 | Kayak tour of Lake Atitlán + Hike
DAY 11| Free day to relax or explore! Your group leader will be available to help you with any organizing you need for today. opt to hang out and relax at the lodge, or visit the nearby lake-side towns (psst - bohemian thrift shopping is must!)
DAY 12 | Visit one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in Central America - Chichicastenango for shopping and learning about this mystical town. Transfer back to Antigua. Sunset drinks at our favourite spot.
DAY 13 | Departure Day. Transfer back to GUA airport. If you would like to extend your trip by a day, let us know and we will help you with logistics!
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13 Breakfasts | 6 Lunches | 8 Dinners
1) Tambor (TMU) >San Jose (SJO)
2) San Jose (SJO) > Guatemala City (GUA)
⇹ All airport transfers
⇹ Waterfall hikes + local day trips around Nicoya Peninsula (see itinerary for details)
⇹ Group Yoga + surf class
⇹ Tour the wildlife rescue centre on-site our jungle lodge
⇹ Foodie tour around Antigua
⇹ Explore the tranquil Lake Atitlan on a guided hike + kayak day trip
⇹ Day trip to one of Central America's largest local markets in Chichcastenango ("ChiChi market")
⇹ Sunrise yoga practice on the dock (based on availability)
⇹ Transport in private + public vehicles
⇹ Free time to explore
4-CLASS YOGA: Start the day the right way, salute the sun each morning while gazing out over the jungle + ocean on the open-air yoga deck. In total you will have 5 classes (including the 1 included class). Learn more about our yoga package. (+$60 USD/$90 CAD)
2-CLASS SURF: Whether your are a beginner or practiced surfer, these classes are open to everyone who wants to embrace the pura vida lifestyle. In total, you will get 3 surf lessons (including the 1 included class). Learn more about our surf package. (+$120 USD/$160 CAD)
SURF + YOGA PACKAGE: Book both and save $10. This is an incredible combo that will help you experience this trip to the fullest (and we promise that you'll have abs by the end.) (+$170 USD/ $240 CAD)
Foodie Walking Tour in Antigua - A walking city tour combined with the opportunity to eat five different traditional Guatemalan dishes and snacks; this tour is for those who want to combine a historic city tour with eating. Experience the best street food Antigua has to offer by visiting street carts, a famous candy store, and many small family run secret diners. Come hungry! (+ $50 USD/$65 CAD)
Jungle lodge, Cabuya (6 nights)
Chic Hostel, Antigua (3 nights)
Lake lodge, Lake Atitlán (4 nights)
Multi-share dorms and private, multi-share rooms are available to book. The Costa Rican jungle lodge dorms are simple with shared bathrooms, and fans; the upgraded bungalows have private washrooms and A/C with satellite television. Our hostel accommodations in Antigua will be shared-private dorm beds (2 nights), with an awesome in-house cafe and lounge space. Our mountain-side lodge in Atitlàn will have the option of double/triple share, or a private room (4 nights), and may offer massage services and yoga classes depending on availability. To request a single room contact email@example.com for availability and pricing.
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