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Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Keel-Billed Toucan, Costa Rica

Keel-Billed Toucan, Costa Rica

Three-toed Sloth, Costa Rica

Three-toed Sloth, Costa Rica

Kayaking, Tortuguero

Kayaking, Tortuguero

Unforgettable Sunsets, Costa Rica

Unforgettable Sunsets, Costa Rica

Colonial Granada, Nicaragua

Colonial Granada, Nicaragua

Granada Islets, Nicaragua

Granada Islets, Nicaragua

Leon, Nicaragua

Leon, Nicaragua

Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua

Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua

Cerro Negro Volcano, Nicaragua

Cerro Negro Volcano, Nicaragua

Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

 

Discover nature at its best in both Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Amazing wildlife, fantastic beaches and charming colonial cities.

Start in San José and head to Tortuguero, a must visit to any trip to Costa Rica. 

This network of navigable canals offers diverse wildlife and birdlife.

Next stop, Arenal Volcano. This perfect coned-shape volcano is set in a beautiful area with hot springs, hanging bridges and rare wildlife.

Continue your journey to the north Pacific Coast and relax for 3 days in Tamarindo.

From Tamarindo, drive towards the Nicaraguan border up to Granada.

Discover Granada, the beautiful Lake Nicaragua and the Granada Islets.

Head further north to León, this charming colonial city is the perfect base from which to explore Hervideros Volcanic Field, go volcano surfing at Cerro Negro or explore the remote Juan Venado Island.

At a glance:

  • International flights
  • Private airport and road transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • 1 night San José
  • 2 nights Tortuguero
  • 2 nights Arenal
  • 3 nights Tamarindo
  • 2 nights Granada
  • 2 nights León
  • Tortuguero National Park Tour
  • Hanging Bridges Tour
  • Volcano Hike Tour
  • Granada Islets Boat Trip
  • Granada City Tour
  • Masaya & Masaya Volcano Tour
  • León City Tour
  • Hervideros Volcanic Field Tour
  • Cerro Negro Volcano Tour
  • Juan Venado Island Tour

Day 1: Fly UK to Costa Rica

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight San Jose. Breakfast included.

Day 2:  Tortuguero

This morning you will be woken up very early and transferred to Tortuguero.

On the way to Tortuguero, pass through the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park with a stop at Rio Danta Restaurant for a tasty typical local breakfast.   

In the afternoon depart by boat to the nearby private trail, next to the National Park, for a guided walk into the tropical rainforest.

Please note that July to September is sea turtle nesting season. (Optional night tours are available at an additional cost). 

Overnight Tortuguero. All meals included.

Day 3: Tortuguero  

After breakfast, explore Mawamba Park’s private trails and visit the butterfly gardens, the iguanas and a frog garden.

After lunch enjoy a canal boat tour through Tortuguero National Park.  

Tortuguero is a great place for observing local wildlife such as birds, monkeys, two and three-toed sloths, American crocodiles and caimans.

The park also provides shelter to endangered animals such as manatees, tapirs and jaguars.  

Overnight Tortuguero. All meals included.

Day 4: Arenal area

After breakfast, take a shared boat transfer back to the pier and on to your next destination. 

The area of San Carlos offers a landscape of exceptional beauty with forests, lagoons, fields of crops, rivers with hot springs, and Costa Rica's most active volcano, Arenal.

Overnight Arenal. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 5: Arenal area

After breakfast enjoy a walk in the Hanging Bridges.    

The Hanging Bridges are located within the corridor followed by birds migrating between North and South America.

The trails and bridges of this project will bring you as close as possible to the birdlife, flowers and the lush vegetation of the primary rainforest.

More than 50 species of birds can be seen here, making this one of the most prolific bird watching walks in the region.

In the afternoon, enjoy a 2-3 hour walk along the lower slopes of  Arenal Volcano.   

The volcano is 5,437 feet high and although currently in a resting phase, Arenal has been Costa Rica’s most active volcano for the past 43 years.

Overnight Arenal. Breakfast included.  

Day 6: Arenal - Tamarindo

After breakfast, transfer to Tamarindo, a beautiful beach town located on the North Pacific coast. 

Overnight Tamarindo. Breakfast included. 

Day 7: Tamarindo

Day at leisure.

Overnight Tamarindo. Breakfast included.

Day 8: Tamarindo

Day at leisure.

Overnight Tamarindo. Breakfast included.

Day 9: Tamarindo - Peñas Blancas Border - Granada (Nicaragua)

Today you will be transferred from Tamarindo to Granada, Nicragua (transfer time about 4 hours).

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight Granada. Breakfast included. 

Day 10: Lake Nicaragua - Granada - Masaya Volcano

Today you will visit the Granada Islets on Lake Nicaragua. 365 small islands formed 20,000 years ago by a massive volcanic explosion.

Some of them are inhabited and most are covered with a vast variety of unusual vegetation. It is also an area rich with bird life.

Enjoy a relaxing boat ride around some of the islets that were formed by the impressive Mombacho Volcano.

After the boat trip, discover Granada, the first city in the New World, founded by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in 1524.

Next, visit Masaya, the local artisan market and the volcano.

Overnight Granada. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 11: León and Hervideros Volcanic Field

Morning transfer from Granada to the colonial city of Leon.

León is located next to Lake Xolotlan and the active Momotombo Volcano.

Enjoy a city tour of León and visit the Hervideros de San Jacinto Volcanic field.

Overnight León. Breakfast included.

Day 12: Cerro Negro Volcano and Juan Venado Island

In the morning, enjoy volcano Suring at Cerro Negro Volcano (optional).

In the afternoon you will explore Juan Venado Island.

Transfer from León to the Pacific bay of Las Peñitas where you will board a motorboat towards the island.

You will reach a place where you can cross over to the secluded Pacific beach side of the island (only a few hundred metres) and enjoy a private walk or swim.

If you are really lucky, you will even encounter crocodiles and the impressive Paslama Sea Turtle (August-February).

Overnight León. Breakfast included.

Day 13: León - Managua - UK 

Transfer from León to Managua International Airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

Day 14: Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK.

Superior Accommodation in San José:

Studio Hotel

Superior Accommodation in Tortuguero:

Mawamba Lodge

Superior Accommodation in Arenal:

Arenal Springs

Supperior Accommodation in Tamarindo:

Capitán Suizo

Supperior Accommodation in Granada:

Hotel Plaza Colón

Supperior Accommodation in León:

El Convento Hotel

12 nights Costa Rica & Nicaragua:

  • Price from £3,585 pp

This is a guide price only, based on travel in low season.

Prices will vary according to choice of hotel and seasonal airfare and hotel surcharges. Please ask us for any current special offers.

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