Just Added: More Tours to Central America!

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When our trip to El Salvador and Guatemala sold out in just a week and the waiting list grew and grew, there was only one thing to do: add more tours!

Leif and I have decided to add two more tours this spring! Leif will be running one on his own and we’ll be running another together.

The Tour

Each tour lasts 15 nights. We start with four days of surfing and beach time in El Tunco, El Salvador. Next, we move on to Guatemala’s UNESCO-listed colonial city of Antigua for two days. Then it’s all about breathtaking Lake Atitlan: we’ll be staying in three very different places for a few days each (Panajachel, Jaibalito, San Pedro).

We include activities like surfing lessons, a volcano trek, kayaking on the lake, hiking to waterfalls, a Mayan sauna, and a day trip to Chichicastenango Market.

This is a chilled out, relaxed tour for backpackers. We won’t be on a bus every day and in a different hotel every night — we’ll be savoring five different locations and exploring them in depth at a leisurely pace. We’re keeping the group small — 12 people, plus guides.

We are keeping it cheap and basic with simple hostels and guesthouses, transportation like local chicken buses, and local food. That said, we’ve also included some splurges, like some really beautiful guesthouses and hostels and some high-end meals!

For more information on the itinerary and tour, see the original post.


Image: alq666

Run Away to Central America: The Details

March 26-April 10: Led by Leif only

April 16-May 1: Led by Leif and Kate

Cost: $1250 USD

Cost includes accommodation (mix of hostel dorms, simple guesthouses, and nicer hotels, all shared), transportation (mix of chicken buses, VIP minibuses, boats, pickup trucks), some activities (surf rentals and lessons, volcano hiking, jungle adventures) and some meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners). Cost does not include airfare, visas ($10 on arrival by air in San Salvador), optional activities (zip-lining, paragliding, motorcycling), meals not specified, and travel insurance.

Participants are required to purchase travel insurance and present proof upon arrival. I use and recommend World Nomads.

How to Sign Up

To sign up, send an email to therunawayguide at yahoo dot com. People on our current waitlist get first dibs, then we’ll be opening it to everyone else on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your place. The balance is due two weeks prior to the start of the tour.

We hope to see you there!

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33 thoughts on “Just Added: More Tours to Central America!”

  1. Ahh! I want to go so bad, but my boyfriend and I are moving in S. Korea in 3 weeks to teach for a year! Please do more trips like this in 2016! I’m dying to go to Guatemala!! 🙂 Best of luck to you!

  2. I desperately want to go, but I’ve booked all my holiday allowance and travel money for this year (oops). I agree with Sarah above, please do this in 2016 too! :))

  3. Oh Kate I would love to do this but the activities seem too physically demanding for me. Please plan a future tour for the older crowd!

  4. I know you have no plans to do this full-time, but I’m hoping you’ll keep doing them in the future – I can’t do these dates due to studying commitment, but would love to travel with you soon! 🙂


  5. Hi Kate!

    Just wanted to suggest an application process if you don’t already have one. I see that you are accepting “sign ups” through your friend’s email address, but am not sure if you have an application process after that. Just thought I’d recommend doing background checks to help protect yourself and your group.

    1. I was wondering the same thing. These trips are $300 more than the original trip. How come? (Still a good deal, but this might not be the year that I can swing it).

  6. Hi Kate,

    Thinking about the April 16th tour. How much on average would you say everyone spent for tours/meals etc. that was not covered by the tour price?

    1. Most meals cost $5-10; occasionally girls spent more. You’ve also got to consider a drinking budget, and most of the time drinks cost $1-3, usually on the lower end (plus free ladies night drinks for girls almost everywhere we went).

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