Nicaragua & Costa Rica Combined

Enjoy the best of Costa Rica’s natural beauty, exploring both rainforest and cloudforest areas with their explosion of lush flora, and rich fauna. Set loose the adventurer in you and go hiking, zip-lining, horseback riding. Alternatively, wander a hummingbird gallery, walk high across Costa Rica’s famous hanging bridges, or soak in some naturally-occurring hot springs. Travel north to Nicaragua for some R&R on a beach then enjoy exploring Granada, Nicaragua’s colonial jewel and take the opportunity to hike around Ometepe Island.


DAY 1:

Fly across the Atlantic into San Jose, Costa Rica. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your starting hotel. Welcome to Central America!

DAY 2:

Transfer over to the La Fortuna area, home of Costa Rica’s most famous volcano – Arenal, which dominates the skyline for miles around.

DAYS 3-5:

At leisure in Arenal. Activities available include hiking, bird-watching, hanging bridges, zip-lining, boat trips, visit to La Fortuna Waterfall, the Venado Caves, relax in the naturally-occurring local hot springs and horseback riding.

DAY 6:

Today sees a change in habitat from rainforest to cloudforest. The transfer is a scenic one as initially you cross Lake Arenal by boat then travel the remainder by road, arriving at your destination of the small Quaker town of Monteverde.

DAY 7:

Day at leisure in Monteverde. Options include hiking through the cloudforest, the Monteverde Cloudforest Train, zip-lining & hanging bridges, a horseback ride and a coffee or sugar cane plantation tour.

DAY 8:

Descend down from the cloudforest area of Monteverde and travel north where you will cross the border between Costa Rica and neighbouring Nicaragua. Once you have completed formalities, drive on to the coastal town of San Juan del Sur.

DAYS 9 & 10:

Days at leisure to relax on the beach or by the pool. There are also opportunities for zip-lining, hiking, horseback riding, sailing & surfing.

DAY 11:

Travel by road and then by ferry across Lake Nicaragua to the Island of Ometepe, originally formed from 2 volcanoes rising from the lake.

DAY 12:

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the island where you’ll encounter petroglyphs & stone idols dating from pre-Hispanic times.

DAY 13:

Travel from Ometepe back to the mainland and on to Nicaragua’s Spanish Colonial jewel – Granada.

DAYS 14 & 15:

Days at leisure to enjoy the city or explore the nearby Masaya Volcano and artisans’ villages. Alternatively, visit Las Isletas, a series of small islands on Lake Nicaragua.

DAY 16:

Your Costa Rica and Nicaragua holiday draws to a close as you are transferred to the International Airport in Managua in time to catch your flight home.

The above sample Nicaragua and Costa Rica holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


Central America has a good range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made holiday to Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Nicaragua and Costa Rica Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Nicaragua and Costa Rica holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Central America holiday.

Duration of your Nicaragua and Costa Rica Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday to Central America, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your Nicaragua and Costa Rica holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this tailor-made holiday in Central America.