Costa Rica & Nicaragua

Venture to the heart of Central America starting to discover Costa Rica & Nicaragua. Start the experience in the Manuel Antonio National Park with its beautiful beaches and wildlife. head north along the Pacific Coast to Monteverde Cloud Forest with its hanging bridges for flora and fauna observation. Continue north west to Rincon de la Vieja National Park to explore its wildlife, the mud pools and hotsprings. Then cross the border into Nicaragua to the beautiful Ometepe Island, located inside Lake Nicaragua. continue by car to colonial Granada, the Masaya Volcano and then onto Leon, another colonial jewel of Nicaragua. The tour concludes in Managua.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive San Jose

Welcome! Upon your arrival at San José International Airport our English-speaking representative will greet you and assist you on arrival. At this time you will be provided a short briefing and an informative travel handout.

Hotel: Fleur De Lys Hotel

Day 2: San Jose – Manuel Antonio National Park

A transfer will take you down to the Pacific Coast. Short time before you left the capital the close Pacific Ocean as well as the Nicoya Peninusla with some small islands can already be seen. Between Jacó and Manuel Antonio you may observe the large Palm Tree plantations ‘la palma africana’ which is an important source to produce cooking oil. Your hotel lies on a slope around 140m above the Ocean allowing breathtaking views. There is a free shuttle to the beach at fixed times.

Hotel: Playa Espadilla Hotel, 2 nights

Day 3: Manuel Antonio National Park

Visit the smallest National Park of our country. A local guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in company with other guests. Many animals can be seen such as sloths, birds, kongos and of course the mono-titis. The morning hours are the best to observe nature! Do not miss the twilight tour at the hotel’s own Reserve (entrance to be paid on the spot).

Day 4: Manuel Antonio National Park – Monteverde

After breakfast a transfer takes you back north and after about 2 ½ hours start to climb up the mountains to get to the cloud forest region of Monteverde. The climate on 1500m above sea level is very pleasant, a bit chilly at night. The hotel garden’s invite for a walk. The village itself is located less than 2km from the hotel. Nevertheless there are several bars and restaurants in walking distance.

Hotel: Arco Iris Lodge, 2 nights

Day 5: Monteverde

The best way to explore and take advantage of this superb region is to hike across the famous suspension bridges. A transfer will pick you up and drives you to the entrance of the bridges. Amazing views across the tree tops and even down onto the Pacific Ocean await you. The afternoon is at your leisure, why not visiting the frog or snake museum? Or a humming bird and butterfly garden? There is also one at Selvatura. (Optional).

Day 6: Monteverde – Rincon de la Vieja

In the morning a shuttle bus (shared transfer) picks you up at the hotel. Your journey continues down towards the Panamerican Highway, towards the north. 30min north of Liberia, the road winds up the hill of the impressive Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. As the climate in this region is influenced by the dry winds from the north-west, the country side in some parts can be compared to the wild-west.

Hotel: Hacienda Guachipelin Volcano Ranch Hotel & Hot Springs, 2 nights

-Day 7: Rincon de la Vieja

<p style=”text-align: justify;”>A great day awaits you: horses can be seen everywhere in this area. Today explore it on the back of a horse, accompanied by a local guide and possibly other guests on a tour towards a nice waterfall. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to relax and walk across the wide property where also bubbling mud holes can be observed as well as Sulphur Rivers.

Day 8: Rincon de la Vieja – Penas Blancas (Nicaragua Border) – Ometepe island

An early transfer picks you up at the hotel by 8am. Drive towards the border to Nicaragua where you arrive at around 10.30am. Private Transfer from Peñas Blancas border to San Jorge’s port, located at Rivas. Upon arrival at San Jorge , you will board a one hour ride ferry that will take you to the breast of Ometepelt (Ometepe). A local transportation will be waiting for us and will take us on an approximately 1 hour transfer to San Juan de la Isla Hotel. From the moment you arrive to Ometepe you realize that you are in a different world, unique in its kind. The presence of the Volcanoes is constant as life circles around these two colossuses of nature. The Concepción is a dormant volcano and the Maderas is extinct volcano covered by a deep cloud forest and a lagoon on the top of the crater. The Island was a ceremonial place for ancient Indian culture; because of this many petroglyphs and stone idols are found in different archaeological sites and in the Altagracia town. Ometepe is a soft adventure place. In the hotel you will have the lunch & dinner.

Hotel: San Juan de la Isla, 3 nights

Day 9: Ometepe Island

Breakfast at the hotel. Then you will do a Maderas Volcano Hike. It is a hard tour 6-8 hours walk on a muddy road and pike. Your reward will be a very unique forest vegetation, where you can see monkeys, birds, and butterflies. And of course the lagoon in the crater of Volcano Maderas. Includes transportation Hotel – Villa Magdalena – Hotel, one lunchpacket per person (sandwich, water, fruits), Spanish and English speaking guide, entrance to Volcan Maderas. For this tour you need: health, fitness and mood.
The tour included: Transportation, guide, sandwich, fruits and water.

Day 10: Ometepe Island

Breakfast at hotel San Juan de la Isla, followed by a full day biking tour to Ometepe Island. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the most interesting places of the island, you will visit the town called Altagracia with its charming little church, the museum ,the stone statues , the mysterious Charco Verde & Numismatic Museum. Lunch in Hotel Villa Paraíso included on the tour.

Day 11: Ometepe Island – Granada

Breakfast at hotel San Juan de la Isla, followed the Private guided transfer from Ometepe to Granada colonial city. Rest of the afternoon at leisure to rest or to know the town on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Colonial Granada, 2 nights

Day 12: Granada

Full Day tour to Granada City and the White Towns. The colonial city of Granada was founded by Captain Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in the year 1524. It was built next to the Mombacho volcano and the great lake of Nicaragua. Named after the city of Granada in Spain, this city has plenty of colonial churches, narrow streets and large homes with beautiful indoor patios, tiled roofs and pretty colonial colors. Upon arrival, we will have a sightseeing tour and later arrive at the main plaza for our walking tour of the surrounding area. We will see the famous “Casa de Los Tres Mundos” and the San Francisco convent. Here, we will have the opportunity to see and take pictures of mysterious idols made by our ancestors. This is an impressive collection of genuine pre-Columbian sculptures in human and animal shapes. During the tour we will learn about the history of the city, and the adventures of filibuster William Walker, who invaded the city in the year 1855. We will learn about the civil wars that basically destroyed the city in the past. At the same time, we will witness the current restoration process which only makes the city even more attractive. Due to the historical and cultural value of the city, it is in the process of being declared a heritage of mankind by UNESCO. Then, we will continue to Lake Nicaragua for a relaxing boat ride around some of the islands formed by the impressive Mombacho volcano. See the volcanic evidence and influence of the area. Enjoy great landscape views and wildlife and of course have a chance to take pictures. Then they will take the lunch in a local restaurant in Granada. In the afternoon we will go to the small twons, were given their name in the early colonial period because the Spaniards decided to paint their homes in white. Nowadays “white towns” is a part of Nicaraguan folklore. The interesting fact is that each town has its own specialty when it comes to art, food and tradition. In the past, these towns were known as “witch doctor’s towns”, since a lot of the people were shamans and did that for a living. Nowadays, there are not many witch doctors left, but some people suspect that certain individuals in the towns are still devoted to these practices. There is a good balance between the rainy and dry seasons and this combines to make this a beautiful area full of fruits and trees. The landscape is very attractive and people are humble and friendly. We take today’s tour through these towns making strategic stops in the most interesting places. We learn how people make bamboo baskets and furniture and we go by Somoza and Sandino’s native towns. We’ll do shopping in San Juan de Oriente and Catarina (pottery). Here you find beautiful arts and crafts and nurseries with beautiful flowers. We will also see the view from Catarina of the surrounding water and volcano landscape and get to know the Nicaraguan’s character, personality and way of life.

Day 13: Granada – Leon

Breakfast at Hotel Colonial. Then We will go to Masaya Volcano and then continue to León. Masaya Volcno is the first national park in the country was established in 1979. The park includes a beautiful volcanic lake known as the “Masaya lagoon”. Upon arrival, we will witness all the influence that volcanic activities have had in the shaping of the zone. Only ten minutes from the entrance we will be able to visit the environmental center, a museum where we can see a model of the park and also see paintings of Nicaraguan artists relating to the history of the volcano. We’ll Learn about the tectonic plates and volcanic regions of the planet and get to know about the flora and fauna of this wildlife refuge. We will continue our trip to the summit of the volcano, where we will get out of our vehicle and walk the few steps to see the Santiago crater, active since 1946. We will also have time to explore the surrounding area and see more volcanic formations, learn about the Aratinga Strenua (amazing birds living in the toxic crater walls) as well as the history of the Spanish priests who explored the volcano and the superstitious beliefs held by the natives who inhabited the area. Then We will continue to León City and take the lunch in a local restaurant.

Hotel: Convento Hotel, 2 nights

Day 14: Leon

The colonial city of Leon was founded by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in the year 1524 next to Lake Xolotlan and the active Momotombo volcano. There were important indigenous towns in the area. The city was actually built next to the town known as Imabite but in the year 1610 it was moved to its current location after being destroyed by a series of eruptions from the Momotombo volcano and the city was basically buried. That is why the city is called the Central American Pompey. We will begin with the city of Leon to see the main churches including the monumental cathedral, the largest in Central America, located at the main square. We will also see the birdhouse of Ruben Dario, the “Ortiz Gurdian” art gallery and the “El Convento” hotel and its colonial architecture. During the walking tour get to know the historic murals of the city and understand the role played by Leon in the social, economic and political development of Nicaragua. Rest of the afternoon at leisure to rest or to know the town on your own.

Day 15: Leon – Managua

The morning at leisure to walk in the town. At the afternoon they will have a private guided transfer from León to Hotel Los Robles in Managua.

Hotel: Los Robles Hotel

Day 16: Depart Managua

At convenient time, we will pick you up in a private guided transfer from the hotel to the international airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from San Jose:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Meals:15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Air-conditioned Private Car or Shuttle vehicle
Ferry:Ferry Ticket: San Jorge - Ometepelt island
Accommodation:15 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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Natural Wonders of Costa Rica

Grab your camera and get ready for a wonderful holiday to Costa Rica! Witness bountiful wildlife in their natural habitat, enjoy relaxing dips in ecothermal hot springs, and learn about the Costa Rican culture on this thrilling adventure. Among the many highlights of this tour is Tortuguero National Park, where you’ll take a boat ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park to view wildlife. Your guide will look out for the wildlife—including freshwater turtles, egrets, toucans, and monkeys—so you can sit back, relax, and take plenty of pictures.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In San Jose, Costa Rica

Upon arrival, you will be met by your Tour Director, who will help you check into your hotel.

Hotel: Doubletree Cariari

Day 2: San Jose – Cariari Tortuguero National Park

A local Naturalist accompanies you on a leisurely Boat Ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park’s waterways, explaining the bountiful flora and fauna. Enjoy a fascinating stroll through an accessible portion of the nearby Rainforest. During the peak nesting season (mid-July to mid-October) you may be lucky enough to observe an endangered green turtle laying her eggs under the starlight on an optional tour. Later this afternoon, meet a local Naturalist for an informative Presentation on the ecology of the area.

Hotel: Evergreen Lodge, 2 Nights

Day 3: Tortuguero National Park Tour & Canal Cruise

A local Naturalist accompanies you on a leisurely Boat Ride along remote, unspoiled sections of the park’s waterways, explaining the bountiful flora and fauna. Enjoy a fascinating stroll through an accessible portion of the nearby Rainforest. During the peak nesting season (mid-July to mid-October) you may be lucky enough to observe an endangered green turtle laying her eggs under the starlight on an optional tour.

Day 4:   Tortuguero – Sarapiqui – Arenal

A morning boat transfer begins your journey to the Sarapiqui area. Tour a Pineapple Farm, owned by a local family, and learn about the history, cultivation, and industry of pineapples. Continue to your hotel in the lush town of Arenal, located in the shadow of Arenal Volcano. After settling in, experience the magic of the resort’s pool and hot spring-fed jacuzzi, or consider a walk in the nearby nature trail in search of 300- to 400-year-old trees, poisonous frogs, monkeys, birds, and possibly small animals native to the area.

Hotel: Volcano Lodge & Gardens, 2 Nights

Day 5: Arenal

During your morning at leisure, you may wish to go on an optional horseback ride or float trip. Or, you can take advantage of your resort’s amenities by walking along the shaded trails nearby. Later this afternoon, visit Arenal Volcano National Park, where your guide takes you on a walk through lava trails of the volcano and shows you how nature has found a way to recover from past lava flows. Next, enjoy a walking tour of the town of La Fortuna de San Carlos, offering spectacular views of the active Arenal Volcano. This evening, drive to nearby famous Tabacon Hot Springs for a dip in the curative and relaxing pools. Later, enjoy a dinner at the hot springs.

Day 6: Arenal – Monteverde

After breakfast, continue to Monteverde, where you will enjoy two days in the cloud forest. This afternoon, take a guided tour on the Sky Walk hanging bridges, which combines trails and suspension bridges through the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest, to search for flora and fauna.

Hotel: El Establo, 2 Nigths

Day 7: Monteverde

This morning, visit Children’s Eternal Rainforest for a guided walking tour. Over 600 species of butterflies and 400 species of birds have been recorded inside this private reserve, along with 100 reptile and 120 mammal species that hide within the dense vegetation. Later, visit the family-owned Ecological Sanctuary, where you will explore the trails through coffee and banana plantations filled with endemic wildlife and beautiful scenery. After the walk, enjoy a Cooking Class to learn how to prepare authentic Costa Rican food like hand-made tortillas, picadillos, and gallo pinto. Dine on your creations for a homemade lunch! Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner, toasting an unforgettable discovery of Costa Rica.

Day 8: Monteverde – Sarchi – San Jose

En route to San Jose, visit Sarchi Village, known as the centre of Costa Rican handcrafts and where you will see the artists in their workshops making the famous oxcarts. Next stop is Grecia Village to see the metal church that was imported from Belgium to Puerto Limon in 1897. The church was transported by oxcarts to its present-day location, but sat in the plaza for 10 years before being reconstructed.

Hotel: Doubletree Cariari

Day 9: San Jose

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 18$3,029.00$3,701.00
February: 08, 15, 22, 29$3,029.00$3,701.00
March: 07, 28$3,029.00$3,701.00
April: 18$3,029.00$3,701.00
September: 26$3,029.00$3,701.00
October: 03, 17$3,029.00$3,701.00
November: 07$3,029.00$3,701.00

Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation:8 nights accommodating
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Costa Rica Adventure

From volcanos to rainforests, new discoveries abound on this Costa Rican all-encompassing adventure. Bubbling mud pools, rainforests teeming with wildlife, golden beaches and an active volcano are all yours for the taking on this adventure. Starting in the cultural capital city of San Jose, visit turtle nesting grounds and sky walk through the rainforest canopy before spending your final days on the glistening shores of the Guanacaste province.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive San José

Let the Pura Vida way of life take over as you arrive in Costa Rica’s cultural capital, San Jose. Affectionally known as ‘Chepe’, San Jose may appear a little rough around the edges but a closer inspection will soon reveal the charming heart of this vibrant capital. Built on the profit of a roaring coffee trade, this a city overflowing with museums, parks, theatres and innovative restaurants. Arriving today, settle in to your hotel then feel free to head out to explore. Trendy Barrio Amón offers a wonderful glimpse into the history of the city with vast colonial mansions converted into art galleries, whilst Barrio Escalante is the gastronomic epicentre and the best place to grab dinner.

Hotel: Aloft San Jose

Day 2: San Jose – Monteverde

Finishing up your final morning in San Jose with a quick sightseeing tour of the city’s most iconic sights, you’ll then travel north towards the creative little town of Sarchí. Widely regarded as the cradle of Costa Rican artisanship, this is the place to buy intricate arts, crafts and souvenirs. The finest display of Sarchí’s creative offering comes courtesy of the highly decorative oxcarts that are displayed here. Elegantly carved and hand painted in bright colours, the oxcart is a national symbol of Costa Rica and a beautiful reminder of its humble beginnings. Take your time browsing the shops and stalls here, before continuing your journey through the Tilaran Mountain range. Climbing higher and high, we’ll be listening out for the collective sighs of appreciation as you enter the mysterious and misty Cloud Forest.

Hotel: El Establo Mountain Hotel, 2 nights

Day 3: Monteverde

Meeting up with a Local Specialist this morning, you’ll seemingly step into another world as you enter the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Home to a variety of different eco-systems, you’ll learn about the thousands of different plant and animals species that thrive in this area, many of which only exist right here. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears poised for the sounds of hummingbirds, howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, and if you’re really lucky, the Quetzal bird. Costa Rica has a big reputation as a nature lover’s paradise, and this place won’t let you down. Leaving the forest on a real nature high you’ll have time to relax this afternoon, or join our ‘El Trapiche’ Optional Experience tour where you’ll get to visit sugarcane, banana, orange and coffee plantations.

Day 4: Monteverde – Arenal

Enjoy the ride this morning as you travel past cattle ranches and coffee plantations on your way to Arenal Volcano National Park. One of the shining jewels in Costa Rica’s already bedazzling crown, the national park is best known for its bubbling hot springs and geothermal activity, wide variety of wildlife and of course the sleeping giant, Arenal Volcano. As exciting as this all is, your attention upon arrival will likely be taken up by your gorgeous and secluded resort, nestled on the banks of the San Carlos River. Boasting outdoor pools, a butterfly garden, botanical gardens growing all manner of fruit trees and tame iguanas roaming the grounds, you’ll likely feel like you’ve entered a little corner of heaven. Settle in and enjoy relaxing in paradise this afternoon, before joining your fellow travellers for an included dinner at the resort restaurant this evening.

Hotel: Tilajari Resort, 3 nights

Day 5: Arenal Full Day Sightseeing

A guided hike through Arenal 1968 is first up on today’s action packed agenda. Denoting its name from the year Arenal Volcano created its most catastrophic eruption, this private reserve gives you the chance to walk through lava fields, observe leftover lava rocks and boulders and walk through forest land for wonderful views of both the volcano and Arenal Lake, the largest lake in Costa Rica. After a browse around La Fortuna town and a spot of lunch, this afternoon you’ll then head to the famous Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Meeting up with a Local Specialist, you’ll ‘sky walk’ your way through the jungle canopy, testing your head for heights on the 6 suspension bridges whilst spotting a whole manner of birdlife. This evening and to round off an incredible day, let your worries and stresses drift away as you relax in the mineral rich pools of a hot springs resort.

Day 6: Arenal Sightseeing and Free Time

Another day, and another chance to explore this natural wonderland. Your morning will begin with a safari float down the Peñas Blancas River, where you’ll join a Local Specialist and get to experience the peaceful tranquility of the rainforest whilst looking for monkeys, sloths, iguanas, caimans and tropical birds. On the way you’ll visit a local family who live and work on the river, gaining an appreciation for how connected the people of Costa Rica are to the natural environment. Back at your resort and with the afternoon free, enjoy going for a dip in the pool, play tennis, or join a horseback riding excursion through the rainforest.

Day 7: Arenal – San Jose

Transfer back to San Jose International Airport will be at 12:00 PM approximately or extend your holiday to Guanacaste.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 28$1,295.00$1,945.00
April: 11, 25$1,295.00$1,945.00
May: 09$1,170.00$1,760.00
June: 20$1,170.00$1,760.00
July: 11, 25$1,170.00$1,760.00
August: 01, 08$1,170.00$1,760.00
September: 12$1,170.00$1,760.00
October: 10, 24$1,170.00$1,760.00
November: 14$1,170.00$1,760.00

Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Air-Conditioned Coach
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide: Travel Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Arenal & Monteverde

Discover two of the most popular attractions in Costa Rica in this four night package, the stunning scenery of the perfect conic shape of Arenal volcano and the stunning forested mountains of Monteverde.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: San Jose – La Fortuna

Morning transfer to La Fortuna where you will spend the next two nights. During your journey to La Fortuna see the many agricultural plantations and cattle ranches of the northern region of Costa Rica.

Day 2: Arenal Volcano – Monteverde Cloud Forest

Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour to Arenal Volcano, considered one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. Hike through the old lava trails formed after the last eruption in 1968. Finish the day relaxing at the hot springs.

Day 3: Arenal Volcano – Monteverde Cloud Forest

Transfer to the pier for a short boat ride across Lake Arenal with imposing views of the volcano. Continue by land to Monteverde, known for its protected cloud forest, fantastic bird life and diverse adventure activities.

Day 4: Monteverde Cloud Forest

Tour the Monteverde Reserve, a true paradise for nature lovers with over 2000 species of plants, more than 320 species of birds including hummingbirds and the famous Resplendent Quetzal. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy optional activities such as the Sky Walk with its multiple zip-lines and hanging bridges.

Day 5: Monteverde – San Jose

After breakfast, transfer back to San Jose airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin Share FromSolo Traveller From
Tourist Class Hotels:$1,206.00$2,272.00
First Class Hotels:$1,496.00$2,548.00
Deluxe Class Hotels:$2,038.00$3,938.00

Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 4 nights accommodation
Guide:Excursions with bilingual guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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