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.
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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.
|2018 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs daily from San Jose:||On Application||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|