CENTRAL JOURNEY OVERVIEWCaribbean Retreat + Livin' Tranquilo (20 Days)

Our Grand Central Journey will give you a taste of the true Central American culture. For 20 days, immerse yourself in the wonders of Costa Rica, Panama & Nicaragua. 7 different locations offer countless opportunities for adventure. 

Hit the waves in Escameca, party the night away in San Juan and Bocas del Toro; encounter flora and fauna alike in Ometepe & play with the animals in Puerto Viejo. From east to west, and sunrise to sunset, you’ll treasure the experiences this backpacking tour has to offer.

Caribbean Retreat

Panama connects North and South America and a major hub for the world’s goods and services, making it an ideal destination for the curious traveller. Despite being the richest country in Central America, it is still quite inexpensive to travel across – as long as you know where to go! On your tour, we take you to the highlights of this relatively undiscovered travellers’ destination.  Immediately heading south to Bocas Del Toro, one of the hundreds of small islands on Panama’s Caribbean Coast. In this tranquil island town, relax on the beach, work on your tan, and party the night away with new friends. From days later you will be on your way to Puerto Viejo In Costa Rica! You won’t be able to resist falling in love with the surfing community and beach paradise that is Puerto Viejo. 

Livin' Tranquilo

Although Nicaragua is hailed as “the next Costa Rica”, it is relatively untouched by tourism. Only those in the know understand how diverse this destination is, and that is half the draw; Nicaragua offers all the same beauty and activities as its southern brother, at half the cost. The beautiful beaches offer some of the best surfing in all of Central America, and inland Nica is laden with jungles, lakes, and volcanoes begging to be explored. On this tour, you can surf on the beaches of Escameca and Yankee, while also volunteering at a local school. In San Juan del Sur, surf, snorkel, fish, sunbathe and partake in the lively party atmosphere, including the wild Sunday Funday Pool Crawl. Explore the volcanos in Ometepe while listening to howler monkeys calling in the jungle.

Airport Transfers: This tour includes airport pick up and drop off transfers in tour prices. This tour starts in San Jose Costa Rica and ends in Liberia Costa Rica. 

Seasonal Pricing is in effect for select tours, please see our FAQ for more information.  


  • A welcome information package to help you plan your trip
  • Easy going trip leaders to ensure you are always having an amazing time!
  • Accommodations: we have found the best of the best in each of our destinations - expect a mix of hotels & hostels with some dormitory-style rooms (dorms may be mixed gender depending on group size/structure.) Private rooms are available at an additional cost (must be requested and paid for a minimum of 1 month prior to departure.)
  • Air conditioning and hot showers in most locations where necessary. 
  • Transportation to and from each destination (excluding airport transfers)
Caribbean Retreat
  • Underwater Coral Surfing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Beach BBQ
  • Beach Cleanup
  • Personal Growth Activities 
  • Jaguar Animal Rescue Centre
  • Tasty waves taco party
Livin' Tranquilo
  • Sunday-Funday Pool Party
  • Surf Lessons
  • Hike to the Christ of Mercy Statue
  • Ojo De Aguas Natural Mineral Pools
  • Beach Bonfire
  • Personal Growth Exercises 


    You will need to bring spending money for the following. We recommend a min of $40 USD per day, but bring more if you want to do more—the sky is the limit!

    • Any activities not listed as included on our website. Activities listed as ‘optional’ will have a fee to participate in. You will receive a price list of these activities in your welcome booklet after sign up
    • Travel Visas
    • Travel insurance (purchase prior to the trip)
    • Food
    • Alcohol
    • Shopping
    • Transportation to personal excursions (purchase prior to the trip) and/or any activities not included in the tour
    • Airport transfers (able to add on during sign-up)
    • Kayaking $10
    • ATV Jungle Tours $80-$120 (depending on length of tour chosen)
    • Scuba Diving $70
    • Snorkeling $15
    • Sailing $45
    • Parasailing $25
    • Deep Sea Fishing $150
    • Bike Rentals $5
    • Waterfall Hike $12
    • Surfing $20
    • Sloth Sanctuary $50

    • Kayaking $10
    • Trekking $5-$30
    • Horseback Riding $15
    • Zip-Lining $15-$30
    • Yoga $10
    • Fishing Trips $120
    • Spanish Lessons $20/hour
    • Cooking Class $30
    • Volcano Hike $35
    • Turtle Nesting (only available July-Dec) $30
    • Shopping & Museums