Nicaragua Overnight Tour from Guanacaste
A totally different travel experience from anything you will see and do in Guanacaste: visiting Colonial Granada, Lake Nicaragua and its hundreds of charming islands "Isletas" which is a world apart, see an active volcano from the crater's edge and visit native markets, this trip is much more interesting than a one-day tour to Nicaragua, (that our company doesn't offer because you would spend most of your time in transportation with quick stops on the way- Granada is 5-6 hours drive each way to the beaches of Guanacaste including the border crossing), this extension trip from the areas of northern Guanacaste in Costa Rica includes a night in Granada, the jewel of the colonial cities in Nicaragua, and stops on the way in Masaya area, its active volcano amd market, to enjoy sightseeing during transfers and maximize your visit without being "rushed". After the tour, we transfer you back to your location in Costa Rica; we can also drop you off at Liberia airport LIR for your flight back!
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Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- 2x Lunch
- Accommodation included: 1 night
- Entrances to: Masaya national park, Catarina, sites in Granada, Boat tour in Lake Nicaragua
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Bilingual guide in Nicaragua, from pick up at the border on day 1 to drop off at the border on day 2
- Entry/Admission - Masaya Volcano National Park
- Entry/Admission - Las Isletas
What's excluded :
- Entry and exit taxes at the border (~$ 14 pp, to be paid cash onsite and amount can vary)
- Dinner not incuded (there are many options a short walk from hotel)
- Pickup from Hacienda Pinilla or Four Seasons/Andaz-extra of $25 pp in cash to our guide in Nicaragua
Day 1: Guanacaste - Penas Blancas Nicaraguan border - Masaya area and volcano - Granada
Stop At: Catarina, Catarina, Masaya Department
Pick up in Guanacaste between 7 and 8am according to hotel location. Transfer to the border. Exit Costa Rica, enter Nicaragua (formalities are personal) then meet your Nicaraguan driver and your guide. Continue in Nicaragua, fist you will visit Catarina, a small and characteristic village of Nicaragua where people work seedling nurseries, make handcraft and raise horses. Placed on top of a hill at 520 meters over the sea level, present a very pleasant climate, the temperature is between 22 and 27 degrees, from here you can have a magnificent view of the Apoyo lagoon, Mombacho volcano, Granada and Lake Nicaragua. Visit a workshop, all items are handmade and the “know how” is transmitted from fathers to sons.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Masaya, Masaya, Masaya Department
Then, continue to the Handicraft Market where you will enjoy hundreds of shops run by natives, selling a wide variety of Nicaraguan art, hammocks, leather goods, paints, souvenirs and more, at bargain prices.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Masaya Volcano National Park, Masaya Nicaragua
Visit the active Masaya volcano National Park,Nicaragua’s first National Park created in 1979, one of the country’s most interesting and beautiful natural phenomena. It comprises an area of 54 km2 with more than 20 km of scenic roads and trails, leading to and around the one impressive volcano and five formidable craters; one of them currently displays gaseous activity. Standing at the wall, you are able to peer into the crater! You can also visit the Museum that offer interesting stories and legends.
Please note that due safety restrictions as the volcano is active, visitors are currently only allowed to stay 15 minutes near the crater.
Duration: 45 minutes
• Lunch: Lunch is included in a typical, delicious restaurant amidst nature (inc. small entrance, main course and bottled water).
Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* hotel in the historical quarter of Granada, walking distance to all amenities. Breakfast included.
Day 2: Granada - Walking City Tour - Boat ride in Lake Nicaragua and Isletas - Return to border and to Costa Rica
Stop At: Granada, Granada, Granada Department
You will first visit the city’s main landmarks. Visit the old historical center, and places like the La Casa de Los Tres Mundos, art gallery a cultural academy, the Iglesia La Merced where you take the stairs up to the tower from where you will have great views of the city. We end the visit by going to the Old Train Station located in front of the former Sandino Park and the La Polvora, a fort where the Spanish stored dynamite and weapons in the 17th and 18th century to repel the attacks of English and French pirates.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Las Isletas, Nicaragua
Then we will transfer you to Lake Nicaragua to enjoy a relaxing boat cruise to visit the paradisiacal little islands and an exceptional environment. Transportation, bilingual guide (English-Spanish), motorboat, entrance fee & taxes included.
Our Capitan will guide you around Lake Nicaragua where you will view many of its 365 islands (Isletas). During the tour, you will see many species of birds as well as monkeys swinging from tree to tree on “Monkey Island”, all this with panoramic views to imposing Mombacho volcano. Also stop at the “San Pablo Island Fort” used in colonial times to protect Granada from pirates searching to plunder gold and other valuable assets. An experience not to be missed!
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
After lunch return to the Border and to your lodge in Guanacaste. Get there between 7 and 8pm according to location and time spent to cross the border. Transfer time from Granada inding border crossing is about 5 to 6 hours.
Duration: 5 hours
• Lunch: Lunch at a lake front restaurant with wonderful views to the Lake and island and a constant breeze coming from the lake.
No accommodation included on this day.
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up at all hotels and vacation rentals in Tamarindo, Conchal, Flamingo area, as well as Playas del Coco, Ocotal, Hermosa, Playa Panama, Riu, Papagayo area. For pick up from Hacienda Pinilla or Four Seasons/Andaz, an extra of U$ 25 pp applies, to be paid cash in U$ to our guide in Nicaragua. If staying at a vacation rental we need the very exact details (name of place, unit and full adress, and ideally a phone number) so we can identify the place for sure before pick up day, as our driver won't be able to drive around 30 minutes looking for you.
Departure Time :7:00 AM
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Infant seats available
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.