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COSTA RICA & NICARAGUA COMBINATION TOUR

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Jessica

Tucaya Costa Rica

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COSTA RICA & NICARAGUA COMBINATION TOUR

Two awsome destinations in one tour: Costa Rica and Nicaragua. In Costa Rica, explore the natural wonderland: encounter rainforest, waterfalls, flora, fauna, deserted beaches and volcanoes. Then, just cross the border to explore beautiful colonial cities, vast shimmering lakes, stunning volcanoes and some UNESCO World Heritage site in Nicaragua!

DAY 1

WELCOME TO COSTA RICA

Welcome to Costa Rica! Upon arrival at San Jose airport you will be welcomed by our representative who will escort you to your hotel in San Jose and give you your road book.

San Jose, 1 night
DAY 2

OFF TO TORTUGUERO

Early transfer to Tortuguero pier where you will take a boat to Tortugero village, across Tortugero National Park. After visiting the village of Tortuguero, transfer to the lodge. After lunch, time at leisure to enjoy the lodge facilities, or the numerous optional activities. Between June and October, you can take a night walk to witness sea turtle nesting (extra activity). Tortuguero National Park is the most important nesting site of the green turtle of the Caribbean coast in Tropical America Read more

Tortuguero, 2 nights
DAY 3

BOAT TOUR ON THE CANALS

After breakfast, boat tour across Tortugero National Park, to discover the fauna along the way! Later you will put on some rubber boots to discover the lush flora and fauna of the rainforest. Time at leisure in the end of the day to relax by the swimming pool or enjoy the lodge facilities.

Tortuguero
DAY 4

ARENAL VOLCANO

After breakfast you will take a boat back to Tortuguero pier. Arrival and transfer to the car rental agency to collect your car. You will continue northward to La Fortuna, a town situated on the foot of Arenal volcano, Costa Rica´s most famous one. Even if the Arenal Volcano activity decreased over the past 4 years, some clouds of smoke can still be seen going out of the crater when the sky is clear. Time at leisure for the rest of the day to relax by the pool. Read more

La Fortuna, 2 nights
DAY 5

EXPLORING THE AREA

Day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities, or go and explore the area by booking an optional tour in the area, like for example: Hike in Arenal Volcano National Park : Hike on the trails of the park, where you will see a lot a vegetal species such as the silk-cotton tree, a holy tree for the natives populations that believed the tree was a gate to heaven. You will also walk on a solidified lava flow from where you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view both on Arenal Volcano and on Arenal Volcano’s lake. The Hanging Bridges : the bridges are situated in a 250Ha tropical forest private natural reserve. From the bridges you will have the best point of view on the forest canopy and on Arenal Volcano. The total length of the trails is 3km, where you will cross about 15 bridges. Climbing of Cerro Chato : It is a pretty rough trail across the forest that will lead you to the crater of this ancient volcano, where now lays a bright green lake. IMPORTANT: THIS ACTIVITY IS FOR HIKERS WITH A GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION. La Fortuna River Waterfall : You will have to go down about 500 steps stair in the forest to arrive to the 70mt high waterfall. If the chilly water doesn’t stop you, you could enjoy a swim in the waterfall. Read more

La Fortuna
DAY 6

OFF THE PACIFIC COAST

You will continue to Tamarindo, one of the most ebullient village in the area. Tamarindo is a famous beach resort in the country, where you could find a large range of activities, restaurants, shops, ect. The beaches of Playa Tamarindo and Playa Grande are in a great bay, on the northern part of Nicoya Peninsula, and they are part of Las Baulas National Park. After checking-in at the hotel, time at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities or the nearby beaches. Read more

Tamarindo, 2 nights
DAY 7

ENJOYING SUNNY TAMARINDO

Day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities, the beach or to go and explore the area. Numerous activities are offer in the area such as boat tour in Las Baula National Park, surf lessons, horseback riding, kayaking in the mangrove, visiting the National Parks nearby, ect.

Tamarindo
DAY 8

WELCOME TO NICARAGUA!

Drive to Peñas Blanca, the border check-in point between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Before going through the customs, you will meet with the rental car agent to drop off your car. Once on the Nicaraguan you will meet our representative which is going to help you for the delivery of your vehicle and give you the explanation about the tour. Afterward, you will drive to the small town of San Jorge where you will take the ferry to navigate on great Lake Nicaragua to the volcanic island of Ometepe at 14:30. Departing from Moyogalpa, you will drive to our Hotel, after you take your room, you have the rest of the day at your disposal to enjoy the island. Read more

Ometepe, 2 nights
DAY 9

DISCOVERING OMETEPE ISLAND

Day at lesure. There are so many activities on the island to choose from: Kakaying on Rio Istian, from Hacienda Merida. Here you can rent some kayaks to enjoy the nature. Also you can visit Ojo de Agua, a natural crystalline water hole and relax all morning or visit San Ramon waterfalls.

Ometepe
DAY 10

GRANADA

After your breakfast, you will drive at the dock in Ometepe to take the ferry, in San Jorge, we suggest drive to Masaya Volcano National Park. Here you will drive up hill and arrive just at the border of crater Santiago and observe the impressive activity of this volcano. At visitor center you can learn about volcanoes and seismology in Central America. Up next to the town of Masaya where you will have the opportunity to get immersed in the daily life of the Nicaraguan people, visiting the popular market of Masaya. You can find all traditional handicrafts Nicaragua at very reasonable prices. Before arriving to our hotel in the colonial town of Granada, we recommend stop by the town of Catarina best known for specializing in growing ornamental plants. You will also enjoy the unique view over Apoyo Lagoon and the whole region. Read more

Granada, 2 nights
DAY 11

EXPLORING GRANADA

After our breakfast feel free to start for a walk through the historic center of Granada, the oldest town in America´s mainland, visiting the most important monuments like the Cathedral, San Francisco convent and its Pre-Columbian statue collection, the Merced Church and the famous "Casa de Los Leones". In the afternoon, you have the option to drive to the Great Lake Nicaragua and hire a little boat and tour the famous ‘Islands’,an archipelago of 350 little islands just offshore Granada. After this refreshing boat tour enjoying also the tropical vegetation and bird life, return to Granada. The night is free at your disposal to enjoy one of the famous bars with the Latino flavour on your own. Read more

Granada
DAY 12

TIME TO LEAVE

You will drive to Managua International Airport where you will drop off the rented vehicle at the rent a car stand and continue to the airline’s counter for your flight back home.

Managua

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location San Jose
Day 2
Location Tortuguero
Day 4
Location La Fortuna
Day 6
Location Tamarindo
Day 8
Location Ometepe
Day 10
Location Granada
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location San Jose
Day 2
Location Tortuguero
Day 4
Location La Fortuna
Day 6
Location Tamarindo
Day 8
Location Ometepe
Day 10
Location Granada

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Meet and greet at the airport and private transfer to your hotel on day 1
  • Phone support by our team all along the trip
  • 11 nights with breakfast in the mentioned hotels - depending on availability on the moment of the booking
  • Road and boat transfers in Tortuguero
  • Mentioned activities
  • Costa Rica : Car rental from day 4 at 14h00 to day 08 at 10h00. Free mileage (Km), basic insurance, and GPS and WIFI included
  • Nicaragua: Car rental from day 08 to day 12 with, free mileage (Km) and additional driver.
  • Administration fees

Package excludes

  • International flights, cancelation, repatriation, luggage insurance
  • Costa Rica: Additional car insurance, deposit for the car and for the GPS, and gas expenses.
  • Nicaragua: Insurances, GPS, deposit for the car and for the GPS, and gas expenses.
  • Any meal that is not mentioned as included or not mentioned at all
  • Any activity o entrance fee that is not mentioned as included or not mentioned at all
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Anything not mentioned above in the “The price includes” section

REVIEWS

3 Reviews

Christian, France

C’est un merveilleux pays, une découverte et des rencontres fabuleuses. Si, le paradis existe il est au costa rica!! Les gens sont souriants, accueillants, chaleureux, pas stressés, réconfortants nous avons beaucoup aimé aussi leur responsabilité écologique : le moindre village a ses poubelles de tri, même si c'est un simple bidon. Quand nous étions perdu il y avait toujours quelqu'un pour nous indiquer le chemin, et même sans que nous le demandions. On ne ressent pas comme dans d'autres endroits que le touriste n'est qu'une manne financière. Nous avons même sauvé un petit oiseau qui s'appelle « el amigo del hombre » des griffes d'une vilaine fougère!! Read more

Laurine, France

The tour that Tucaya organized was beautiful, the hotels were all superbly chosen, we had a really great time.

Gilbert, France

Fabulous journey filled with beautiful encounters, wonderful landscapes and discoveries! Exceptional flora and fauna with colors to give you the spin. We Will keep a wonderful memory of this trip. Thank you to all of you, and especially to The Tucaya which organized a super trip!

THE TEAM

Jessica

Elisa

Every traveller is unique and so is every trip we organize!

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