12 Day Tour
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This fascinating experience, through Costa Rica and Nicaragua, combines lots of natural adventures with cultural approaching. Both countries are gifted with amazing National Parks and Natural Reserve system, active volcanoes, surrounded by outstanding landscapes and breathtaking views; you will be able to see into Masaya volcano steaming crater and be amazed by ancient petrified lava fields.
Even if luck permits, incandescent lava flows from Arenal’s steep crater can be observed at night. As well an immense freshwater lake holding green volcanic islands with interesting wild life and countless species of plants and colorful birds are striking features of the varied ecological biodiversity. Furthermore, rainforest as “Tortuguero” offers a great opportunity to explore some of the three hundred species of birds, sixty species of mammals, reptiles, and much more endemic nature life. Likewise, the intense Spanish advance over indigenous civilizations can be admired today through the colonial city of Granada with a rich European architectural influence. This tour shows also the different way of life as well as social conditions of those two neighbor countries. In addition “Mundo Verde”, the Spanish for “Green Planet” takes you to meet the local culture of the Central American people through their music, food, art, dancing, and other relevant traditional expressions. You will find “the ticos”, ( costarican people ) and “the nicas”, ( Nicaraguan people ), among the friendliest and most welcoming people of Central America.
DAY 1 - SUNDAY: ARRIVAL SAN JOSÉ/COSTA RICA
Our English-speaking guide will wait for you at the exit of the airport. Transfer to city hotel
DAY 2 - MONDAY: SAN JOSÉ - POÁS VOLCANO - MONTEVERDE
Right after breakfast, your natural experience starts with a scenic ride through coffee and ornamental plantations. After approximately 1 hour you will reach the top of Poás Volcano.
DAY 3 - TUESDAY: MONTEVERDE RESERVE – SELVATURA HANGING BRIDGES
Located at an altitude of approximately 1'400 meters above sea level, Monteverde got known thanks to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which protects a large part of cloud forest.
DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY: MONTEVERDE - CAÑAS - LIBERIA PEÑASBLANCAS / NICARAGUA - OMETEPE
Quite early today you will head back to the Panamerican Highway. Once arrived there, you continue via Cañas and Liberia northwards to Peñas Blancas, border town to Nicaragua.
DAY 5 - THURSDAY: OMETEPE - GRANADA
Before departure, you will have some time to enjoy the beach and the fresh waters of the Lake. On the way back to Moyogalpa, the main town of the island, you will pass by the ‘Charco Verde’, a legendary lagoon. Back on the main land, the journey continues to Granada, the oldest City in the Americas.
DAY 6 - FRIDAY: GRANADA - MASAYA VOLCANO - MASAYA MARKET - CATARINA -LAGUNA APOYO - ISLETAS - GRANADA
After breakfast, you will start for today’s excursion. First destination is the Masaya Volcano National Park, where you can observe the Santiago Crater. Due to its tremendous activity, local people call this crater ‘mouth of the devil’. Downtown Masaya, a stop is made to visit the colourful market of Masaya.
DAY 7 - SATURDAY: GRANADA - MANAGUA - FLIGHT SAN CARLOS - LOS CHILES / COSTA RICA - LA FORTUNA / ARENAL VOLCANO
After breakfast you will start to Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, where over one third of the Nicaraguan population is living. By plane you will reach the town of San Carlos, located on the south-east end of the great Lake Nicaragua. Here begins the famous San Juan River.
DAY 8 - SUNDAY: LA FORTUNA - TORTUGUERO
Today we will start very early. After a quick cup of coffee we will leave at 05.00am and drive via Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí and Horquetas to Guápiles, where we will reach the main road to Limón. Here, at 07.45am, you will enjoy a typical Costarican breakfast before we continue to the area of Matina.
DAY 9 - MONDAY: TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will discover the narrow channels of Tortuguero National Park, where you might see a lot of wildlife like crocodiles, turtles, monkeys, sloths and many different species of birds. Afterwards, you enjoy lunch at the lodge and then start for a walk along the beach to the Caribbean village of Tortuguero.
DAY 10 - TUESDAY: TORTUGUERO - CAHUITA
After breakfast, you leave the beautiful area of Tortuguero by boat. Near Matina, the bus is waiting for you. You drive to the Caribbean coast, passing the port town of Limón.
DAY 11 - WEDNESDAY: CAHUITA – SAN JOSÉ
After breakfast, we load the luggage once more on the bus and drive the short way to Cahuita National Park, where you will start for a walk. Besides of many species of birds, with a little bit of luck you can see sloths, monkeys and some more inhabitants of the jungle.
DAY 12 - THURSDAY: SAN JOSÉ – DEPARTURE
Our services end after the breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your next destination.
OUR HOLIDAYS ARE TAILOR-MADE PLEASE ASK US FOR PRICING OPTIONS.
There are a number of factors which will influence the price of your travel arrangements, including the season, category of lodges/hotels chosen and any additional services added to the basic holiday.
Our Mundo Verde - Costa Rica & Nicaragua Holiday is a tailor make journey for 12 days. It can be tailor - made to suit your requirements and budget.
Includes: 2 nights San Jose, 2 nights Monteverde, 1 night Ometepe, 2 nights Granada, 1night San Carlos, 2 nights Tortuguero , 1 night Cahuita.
Includes: Park fees, transfers, touring and sightseeing excursions.
Value for money
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Mundo Verde - Costa Rica & Nicaragua Holiday - 12 Days
Explore the iconic sights of Costa Rica & Nicaragua.....