Jungle Nights & Colonial Sights – Nicaragua & Costa Rica

Costa Rica & Nicaragua 16-Day Holiday Itinerary

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Duration16 days / 15 nights (flexible)

DepartureDaily

ItinerarySan Jose - Tortuguero - La Fortuna - Monteverde - Rincon de la Vieja - Ometepe - Granada - Managua

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Overview

Costa Rica and Nicaragua complement each other perfectly. Begin in the cosmopolitan city of San Jose before heading off to turtle beach for a boat trip along the river and through the jungle. Journey to the country’s most famous Volcano, walk among the tree tops of a cloud forest and witness the bubbling thermal pools of Rincon de la Vieja. Next, it’s time for something entirely different as you cross the border and see the colonial charm of Nicaragua’s crowning glory: Granada. Experience the country’s old world charm and local culture on the secluded volcanic island of Ometepe and marvel at the mighty volcano in Managua.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport by shuttle bus and transfer or car hire
  • Excursions as described
  • If travelling by Car Hire – full insurance included

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Your day-by-day itinerary

We know the way to San José

After a long flight you’ll be pleased to see a representative from our local office waiting to whisk you away to your modern hotel. The next morning you’ll visit the office of our local partner where you’ll be greeted with a Costa Rican coffee. We’ll organise a two hour walk for you around the city with an English speaking guide to discover the secret sights of the city.

san jose city tour scenery

Through the Jungle to Tortuguero

The amazing landscape of Tortuguero is not accessible by road. Instead you’ll find rivers meandering through the pristine rainforest to the famous nesting ground of countless turtles. You’ll spend a couple of nights in a jungle lodge, with all of your food and boat trips included. Fill your senses with the sounds of the rainforest, listen to howler monkeys in the distance, smell the tropical hibiscus or spot tiny red frogs in the grass.

Close up of monkey looking left

Lava Flows of Arenal Volcano

As you head towards La Fortuna, at the foot of Arenal volcano, you’ll notice the landscape becoming more mountainous and the winding road becoming more pot-holed. The mighty volcano and beautiful countryside is one of the most iconic images of Costa Rica. We’ll arrange for you to stay in a comfortable wooden cabin hotel, just outside the popular tourist town. During your stay, you will take a hike through the lush landscape, with the volcano as a beautiful back-drop before being transferred to the hot springs where you can unwind.

Volcano in the clouds

Into the Cloud Forests of Monteverde

Feel the magic of the dense cloud forest of Monteverde. Take a guided canopy walk through the forest where ferns, mosses and orchids bloom amongst the hanging tree branches and beautiful birds dart through the trees. Due to the humid climate the forest gives off a fairytale-like atmosphere, especially in often-present mist. You’ll stay in a comfortable Swiss-style chalet, set amongst wooded surroundings.

Long bridge walkway in jungle

Giant Trees & Bubbling Springs

In Rincon de la Vieja National Park, the main attraction is the geothermal activity. During your stay you’ll journey with your guide into the park. Along with over three-hundred species of bird, spectacular butterflies and four recorded species of big cats, Rincon de la Vieja is also home to bubbling mud pools.

Wild birds eating melon

Discover Ometepe Island

Ometepe Island lies in the second largest freshwater lake in Latin America. There’s nothing planned for you during your stay so you can decide how to spend your time. Relax on the beach, try some hiking up one of the volcanoes, or jump on a bike and discover the island. You’ll stay in the centre of Ometepe between the two volcanoes. From your hammock, you can enjoy the sounds of wind, water and birds.

Discover Ometepe Island

Glory Days of Granada

The oldest city in the New World, Granada is striking with it’s colourful colonial buildings and diverse culture. Upon arrival in Managua you’ll be transferred directly to your hotel in Granada, a journey of about an hour. You’ll stay in a comfortable colonial-style hotel with its own swimming pool and go on a walk with a local guide through the city.

Iconic cathedral towers over the city of Granada

The Mighty Volcano

Managua may not be the prettiest of cities, but it’s worth stopping a while to appreciate the fading colonial buildings and take in the impressive site of Masaya Volcano. Along the way try to catch a glimpse of the green Parakeets and bats before peering into the crater mouth.

smokey massaya volcano
ceri sitting on a temple

Speak to our Nicaragua specialist, Ceri

"Nicaragua was always my favourite place to pass through during my time spent in Central America. It's full of surprises, from its coffee-rich plantations and volcanic islands, to its colonial cobbles streets & coral reefs."


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