Costa Rica & Nicaragua

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.

Monteverde Hanging Bridge

Costa Rica & Nicaragua - a sample itinerary

Day 1

Arrive into San Jose Intl airport. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

Transfer to the La Fortuna area, famous for Arenal Volcano which dominates the skyline for miles around.

Days 3-5

Whilst here, choose from a wide selection of activities: hiking; bird-watching; Hanging Bridges; zip-lining; boat trips; La Fortuna Waterfall, Venado Caves; relax in the naturally-occurring local hot springs; 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

Options for: day-time or night-time hike through the cloudforest; Monteverde Cloudforest Train; zip-lining & hanging bridges; sunset horseback ride; coffee or sugar cane plantation; hummingbird gallery & butterfly gardens.

Day 8

Descend from the cloudforest at Monteverde and cross Costa Rica’s northern border into Nicaragua. Drive on to the coastal town of San Juan del Sur.

Days 9-10

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 then ferry across Lake Nicaragua to the Island of Ometepe, created from 2 volcanoes.

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

Days 14-15

Spend a couple of days enjoying the city or exploring the nearby Masaya Volcano and artisans’ villages (los pueblos blancos); alternatively, you can visit Las Isletas, a series of small islands on Lake Nicaragua, or you can hike the nearby Mombacho Volcano.

Day 16

Transfer to the International Airport in Managua in time to catch your flight home.

The above sample holiday to Costa Rica and Nicaragua 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 offers 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 Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Central America Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample holiday to Costa Rica and Nicaragua 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 Central America Holiday

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