Nicaragua & Costa Rica

Nicaragua & Costa Rica
Get a little closer with this immersive Latin American tour, in which you will horseback ride in the shadow of a volcano, volunteer and learn about the deaf community at the Cafe de las Sonrisas, and zipline through the rainforest. Your adventure awaits.
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Day 1 Hola Managua
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Travel to Granada
Day 2 Granada and Masaya
Details: Granada guided sightseeing tour
Founded in 1524 by the Spaniard Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, Granada has remained an important city throughout the years. Originally used as port for commerce, connected to the Atlantic by the Rio San Juan, “La Gran Sultana” has grown into a popular destination because of it’s rich history. It’s location, combined with it’s beautiful colonial architecture, make Granada the most popular destination in the country.
Details: Monastery of San Francisco
Discover the former Monastery that was transformed into a museum where you can view pre-Colombian statues, various cultural displays and exhibits of the history of Granada.
Details: Church of La Merced
Take in the amazing panaromic views from the top of the bell tower in the Church of La Merced. Admire the colourful city, the lake and the unbeatable view of the Mombacho volcano.
Details: Casa de los Tres Mundos
La Casa de los Tres Mundos is a foundation that promotes cultural projects in Nicaragua and Central America. Located in a beautiful and grand Colonial building at the Los Leones Plaza in Granada, the foundation runs a theater school, an art studio, and a music academy for local disadvantaged children. The establishment is also home to a permanent exhibition of paintings by Nicaraguan painters.
Details: Lunch at Café de las Sonrisas
You will have lunch in the Café Las Sonrisas/Tio Antonio, a café employing hearing and speech-impaired staff who prepare and serve traditional Nicaraguan food and drinks. Here you will be able to communicate using sign language and other symbols used in the menu!
Details: Educational workshop at Café de las Sonrisas
Volunteer with the workers at Tio Antonio's Hammock Shop, where all hammocks are hand-made by hearing and speech-impaired employees.
Details: Masaya Market visit
The Masaya Market is the biggest open air handicraft market in Nicaragua where you can find handmade crafts, potteries, hammocks, handbags and more!
Details: Masaya Volcano Museum visit
The Masaya Volcano Park is home to two active volcanoes, Masaya and Nindiri. This small museum is overflowing with history of these natural wonders. The Masaya was once worshipped by locals who believed its activity was a sign of their Gods displeasure. In the 16th century, Masaya was dubbed "La Boca del Infierno" or "The Mouth of Hell" by the Spaniards, who placed a wooden cross at the mouth of one of its craters to ward off evil. There have been at least nineteen eruptions since then.
Details: Masaya Volcano evening tour
Take an evening tour of Masaya Volcano. This tour includes hiking 180 meters inside a cave, peering inside the active crater to see the lava glow, and experiencing the “bat cave”.
Day 3 Granada and Lake Nicaragua
Bike ride to El Rayo
Lake Nicaragua Isletas boat tour
Travel to San Juan del Sur
Details: Isletas local school visit
Stop at one of the Isletas for a visit at a local school, where the students row to school every day. Spend time with the students, observe a class, and help them practice their English. You can even help to promote their future education by offering a donation to the school.
Details: Lake Nicaragua Isleta visit
After a fresh and delicious lunch on a little island on Lake Nicaragua, a great place to observe birds, swim or just enjoy the beauty of the small islands, you will have the energy to kayak around the Isletas with their rich flora and fauna. Keep your eye out for birds and other wildlife!
Day 4 San Juan del Sur
Canopy tour
Details: San Juan del Sur beach time
San Juan del Sur is Nicaragua's most famous beach. Relax on the sandy beaches of this idyllic setting.
Day 5 San Juan del Sur--Rincón de la Vieja
Travel to Costa Rica
Details: Rincón de La Vieja Volcano Park visit
The vaporous clouds of this area were once said to hide a witch, a local princess whose angered father had thrown her husband into the volcano. The devastated princess retreated into the volcano’s shadow, where she spent the rest of her life concocting spells for the town’s residents. The volcano’s name, “The Nook of the Old Woman,” comes from this legend. View this haunting landscape of bubbling craters as you approach this 6,285-foot-high, very active volcano.
Day 6 Rincón de la Vieja
Horseback ride
Hot springs visit
Day 7 Rincón de la Vieja--Guanacaste
Travel to Guanacaste Beach
Visit the craft village of Guaitil
Day 8 Guanacaste
Details: Palo Verde boat tour
Hop on this river boat for a cruise through the murky water and into the scraggly mangroves of the Palo Verde National Park. Keep a look out for American alligators sunning themselves on the banks, white-faced monkeys swinging through the branches and colorful macaws flying overhead as you make your way through the park.
Day 9 End tour

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    Day 9 Start river rafting extension
    Details: Whitewater rafting guided excursion
    Test your paddling skills on this thrilling whitewater rafting trip. An experienced guide will help you navigate the rapids that rush through the delightfully lush scenery of the rainforest. No experience is required — just bring your sense of adventure and prepare to get wet!
    Day 10 End tour
    Map of Nicaragua Educational Tour
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 8 overnight stays (9 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.
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    2271.00 total fee
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