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Trip Notes
  • Days / nights16 / 15
  • PRICE (Starting at) CA$2399

About This Trip

From Colonial UNESCO-protected cities, flanked by enormous volcanoes, to smaller colonial towns whose charm you feel from the outset, this trip exposes you to the best of Central America. Mayan ruins will remind you how Indiana Jones felt, in the middle of the jungle surrounded by toucans, macaws and monkeys! Volcanoes dominate the region, though, and we’ll go more than a few volcano hikes, absorb a tonne of culture and give that bottle of rum a nudge, too.

Minimum Requirements

The main requirement for traveling with West Adventures is an adventurous spirit. We deliberately do not cater to specific demographics, believing that a shared wanderlust, and appreciation for our planet, and a commitment to a group experience are the most important ingredients in making a trip successful.
In order to get the most out of your trip, though, you should be reasonably fit and enjoy the outdoors. We also restrict our clients to a minimum of age 18, although we will accept clients as young as 14 if they are accompanied by a parent or designated adult.

Minimum and Maximum Numbers

The minimum number of clients for this trip to go is five; when we reach that number, it will be “Guaranteed.” Please do not book flights prior to assurance that the departure is confirmed. Please see our Booking Terms and Conditions for our policies in the event that we have to cancel a departure.
The maximum number of clients on this trip is sixteen. We will indicate in the “Status” column of the “Trip Dates” when we are approaching maximum numbers.

Local Laws

All travellers with West Adventures Inc. or any trusted partners are expected to obey all laws and regulations of the countries and facilities visited. Any illegal drug use is unacceptable and will be cause for instant removal from the tour. No refunds will be issued in this case.

Smoking rules and regulations have been implemented throughout Mexico and Central America, vary per state and change regularly. It will be up to the individual to ensure they know the regulations surrounding this activity.

Laws are strictly enforced and our tour guides/tour leaders are unable to help anyone who is arrested under local laws.

Joining and Ending Your Trip

We utilize several hotels within your start and end Cities. Your final pre-trip documents will indicate which is the hotel for your departure and give instructions for getting there. The trip officially starts with the group meeting, normally at 6 pm on the first day of the trip in Playa del Carmen. Look for a posted note or other information at the front desk of the joining hotel to confirm the time and place of the meeting and receive any last minute instructions or required information.
The trip ends on the morning at your ending hotel in Antigua.
You may want to add a day or two before or after your trip to enjoy Antigua or San Jose more, unless you are coming from or carrying on to one of our other tours already. We will be happy to book hotel accommodations and excursions for you, subject to availability. It is in your interests to book these as early as possible, as hotels and excursions tend to get fully booked in these areas. As most of our trips can be easily booked back to back. Please email us at or call from within North America at 1-877-230-9699 or internationally at 1-604-546-7580 if you need assistance in this regard.
Taxis are a quick and easy way to get to and from the International Airports. The approximate fare is between USD$35-45 each route.
Specific details will be given with your final pre-trip documents.
Your final pre-trip documents will be emailed to you approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure.

Arrival Complications

If for any reason, you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please contact your trip leader at the contact provided on your final pre-trip documents as soon as possible so arrangements can be made to catch up with the group or let them know you will not be traveling.

Passports and Visas

It is the responsibility of the client to be in possession of a valid passport, visa permits, vaccinations and preventative medicines as may be required for the duration of the tour that has been booked. Information about these matters or related items is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of West Adventures.

Travel Insurance

Medical insurance is mandatory for all clients travelling with West Adventures Inc. Clients, together with their personal property, including baggage, are at all times solely at their own risk. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. A suitable insurance policy should provide adequate cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during the trip and the cost of the trip through cancellation prior to or during the trip, for insurable reasons, as well as emergency repatriation. Clients should ensure that there are no exclusion clauses, limiting protection for the type of activities available during their trip whether included in the course of the tour provided by West Adventures Inc. or otherwise.

Proof of adequate insurance will be requested at the start of your trip and failure to provide this may result in you being prevented from joining the trip or portions of it, without refund.

Luggage

At all times you will be responsible for your own luggage. We recommend traveling light. A small suitcase or backpack (preferred) and a day pack are probably all you need. There are laundry facilities along the way so that you can reuse your clothing, to keep the packing lighter. If you plan to do a lot of hiking, you may want to bring along hiking poles. We recommend the collapsible kind, for easy packing and storage and for the safety of fellow passengers.

Language

The most widely spoken language in Central America is Spanish. We always advise learning a few key words or phrases if you can, however, your tour leader and local guides will speak both English and Spanish.

Electricity

Electrical current is 110 volts, 60Hz. American-style flat two-pin plugs. Sometimes you will find a plug with a third round grounding pin.

Accommodations

All accommodations during our Latin America tours are hotels. They are not five-star but they are clean and comfortable, convenient and provide all the basic needs for adventure travel. For specific information on hotels, please contact us.

Rooming & Solo Travellers

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation. All travelers will be matched up with another traveler of the same gender. If you would prefer a guaranteed room/tent to yourself there will be a mandatory single supplement charged and single rooms are subject to availability.
If you prefer to have a room and/or tent to yourself, you must select “Single Supplement” when making your booking. If you wish to room with someone specific who has made a separate booking please advise us of your roommate’s name in the special requests box or by email at info@westadventures.com .

Vehicles

We use several types of transportation for our trips. Smaller and larger private buses (with air conditioning), luxury public coaches (with air conditioning and bathroom), collective buses (with air conditioning), taxis, public boats/ferries (35 people and up) and sometimes for short jaunts, local ‘chicken’ buses, which capture the essence of the culture we are in.

Medical

No vaccinations are necessary for travel to the countries on this trip however many seasoned travellers make sure they are immunized for Hepatitis and make sure their routine vaccinations are up to date.
It is important that you bring along with you any medications you may require on the trip, as you will not likely be able to fill foreign prescriptions at Canadian pharmacies. Also, you should advise your tour leader of medications you are on, in case an emergency situation arises while on your tour.
Should any medical emergencies arise, on this tour there are medical facilities close by.
Please contact the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by visiting www.cdc.gov/travel or by calling toll-free 1-800-232-4636.

Food

Most dietary requirements can be handled easily, however, because you will be travelling through developing countries, patience is needed. If you have any specific requirements, we are happy to discuss this to ensure that your expectations will be met!

Water

We do not recommend drinking water straight from the tap anywhere in Central America. You can choose to bring purification tablets with you, some hotels provide water coolers or drinking water to buy, at a very reasonable price.

Punctuality

It is required that you be punctual at all times. This is a courtesy to other travelers and can negatively impact the operations of a trip if punctuality is not adhered to.

Included and Optional Activities

We include quite a few activities in our trips and expect that you have joined our trips because you want to participate in these types of activities. Included on this trip are a Copan Ruins guided tour, Roatan Island Tour, Telica Twilight Volcano hike , Cerro Negro Volcano hike (with an option to board or hike down), Masaya Volcano Lava Watch tour, Maderas OR Conception Volcano hikes on Ometepe Island. You have the right to refrain from these included activities; however, in this case, you will not be refunded for the activities you choose not to participate in. When appropriate or necessary, the trip leader will attempt to arrange an alternative, but that will be at your additional expense.
There are plenty of opportunities, too, for optional activities. Your trip leader will brief you on the various options on arrival at any destination. Some of the optional activities you might want to consider are listed on your final documents.

Currency and Money

Our pricing is based on Canadian currency rates. If you are using a non-Canadian credit card for payment of your trip, your credit card company will apply the exchange rate of the day to your purchase.
We recommend having an amount of USD on you. Smaller bills ($10s and $20s) and unmarked are preferred by banks and money exchange houses. We recommend this in the event that Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s) are not working. It doesn’t happen often, but we like for you to be prepared for any situation.
For multi country tours, you can choose to use ATMs per country to withdraw local currency or USD to change into local currency.
Please be sure to make whatever arrangements are necessary with your financial institution back home, though, to ensure that your credit card or bank card is not denied by your provider. Also remember to check what sort of fees you may incur using your card(s).
Visa cards (debit or credit) are accepted more than MasterCard. We do not recommend travelling with an American Express card as it isn’t always accepted in other countries.

Tipping

Tipping is deeply engrained in the tourism industry and is a pretty standard practice in Mexico and Central America for services rendered. It is in most cases, entirely optional, though, and should reflect your level of satisfaction with the service. Occasionally, though, a “service fee” may be added to the bill, especially at higher end restaurants or when a group is being served. You should check your bill carefully before deciding on your tip. Typical tips vary. Generally it’s around 10% depending on the area.
Tipping is also anticipated in the wage structure for those who supply tourism services. You should anticipate tipping your guides for local excursions, both included and optional ones, 10 – 20% of the value of the trip you purchased. As for your tour leaders, it is entirely up to you but if you feel they have done a good job, it is appropriate to tip $4 – $8USD per day per leader.

Spending Money

Everyone’s spending pattern is different, and depends on your culinary preferences, the amount you drink, the optional activities you choose to participate in and the souvenirs you purchase. As a general in Central America we recommend $30-$50US a day.

Problems and Emergency Contact Information

While we always endeavor to provide the best possible experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can go wrong. Should any problems occur while you are on your trip, you must discuss this with your trip leader right away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognize that there may be times when your trip leader may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction – if this is the case, please contact our operations office at 1-877-230-9699 (toll-free in the USA and Canada) or +1-604-546-7580 (office hours).

Keep in mind that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

Police & Ambulance

In case of an emergency, local authorities can be contacted by calling 911 in El Salvador, 118 in Nicaragua, 122 in Guatemala & 199 in Honduras. This is the toll-free phone number for the police, fire department and the ambulance

Safety Information

You are going to be travelling through developing countries.
We recommend not to be ‘flashy’ with your belongings and aim to blend in.
Be aware of past and current events, local situations and warnings, but you have no need to be afraid.

Responsible Travel

We try to minimise any negative aspects of tourism on the local area and it’s environment, so that the beauty will be enjoyed for generations to come. Whenever possible we will recycle glass, metal and plastics. Bring a reusable water drinking container with you to reduce waste.

The world and its people are diverse and add to the experience of travel. It is extremely important to show respect to those local customs and traditions when we travel, just as we would expect travelers to show when visiting our home country.

Age, Fitness & Participation

All clients are expected to satisfy themselves prior to booking that they are fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen tour as described by West Adventures. At the least, clients are expected to be able to carry their own luggage over short distances of up to 15 minutes walk and up several flights of stairs if required. Our hotels may or may not have concierge or porter services. Clients are also expected to accept that the tour(s) are described as “Adventure” and that travel around and facilities in developing countries will not be of similar standards which they may be accustomed to at home. West Adventures reserves the absolute right to decline a booking at our discretion.
Clients agree to accept the authority and decisions of our tour leaders and trusted partners. If in the opinion of such person the health or conduct of a client before or after departure appears likely to endanger the safe, comfortable or happy progress of a tour the client may be excluded from all or part of the tour. In the case of ill health, West Adventures may make such arrangements as it sees fit and the associated total costs of these arrangements including expenses of West Adventures must be paid for by the client.
If a client is excluded as above or chooses to leave of their own free will or leaves due to ill health or any other reason there will be no refund of the tour price, Extra Services, surcharges, Local Payment or any local surcharges. All services forming part of the whole Package booked will be forfeit though may be recoverable through the client’s travel insurance in some circumstances.

Illness or Disability

Anyone suffering from illness or disability or undergoing treatment for any physical or medical condition must declare the true nature of such condition at the time of booking and make arrangements for the provision of any medication or other treatment which may be required during the tour. Failure to make such disclosure will constitute a breach of these booking conditions and result in such persons being excluded from the tour in which case all monies paid will be forfeit.

Evaluation

At the end of your trip the trip leader will offer you an opportunity to complete a trip evaluation. We appreciate any and all feedback about your trip.

Check List

Credit/debit card, Cash (see Currency & Money)
Passport (with photocopies)
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline e-tickets (with photocopies)
Any entry visas
Insect repellent
Hand sanitizers/antibacterial wipes
Rain Cover or plastic bags for daypacks
Swimwear
Sun hat
Sunblock
Sunglasses
Toiletries (biodegradable when possible)
Reusable water bottle
Watch or alarm clock
Moisturizer/Lip balm
Day pack
Camera & extra memory cards and batteries
Binoculars
A little dry laundry detergent

Weather Appropriate Clothing

Shirts/T-shirts
Shorts
Long pants/jeans
Hiking pants
Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
Fleece top or long sleeves
Comfortable clothing for sleeping
Nicer outfit for an evening out
Socks
Under garments
Rain jacket or poncho
Hiking boots/Sturdy walking shoes
Comfortable walking shoes
Waterproof sport sandals