A Tale of Cloud Forests & Volcanoes
Our exciting grand tour takes you to not just one, but two of the most beautiful countries on earth. You'll begin your journey in Nicaragua, where you'll see historic cities, cathedrals and visit an artisan market as well as enjoying a boat trip to its islets, formed by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago.
The second part of your tour is spent in Costa Rica, where you'll have the chance to go kayaking and snorkelling in its famous crystal-clear waters. There's time to relax on some of the world's finest beaches before taking a hike to Mesa Norte panoramic lookout which offers 360-degree views of unspoiled natural paradise.
Experiencing the views at Arenal National Park
Touring the famous ruins of León Viejo
Kayaking and snorkelling in Tamarindo
Hiking to Mesa Norte panoramic lookout
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.
All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
Your adventure begins when you jet into Nicaragua's capital Managua, but the excitement really kicks in once you arrive in nearby León. After checking in to the Hotel El Convento you'll spend the first morning on a private tour of the city, delving into its colonial past and exploring some of its most breathtaking sights, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Asunción Cathedral. This is the biggest church in Central America and its beguiling mix of colonial, neoclassical and baroque styles make it a sight not to be missed. You'll get a flavour of some Nicaraguan culture too, with a visit to Ortiz Guardian art gallery and the birthplace of Rubén Darío, the father of Spanish poetry. This is followed by a private tour of a rum factory where you'll get to taste the finished product!
On day 3 you'll enjoy a half-day tour of Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve. Uninhabited by humans, the island is home to a number of wildlife species, from caymans to crocodiles and iguanas. But its most famous residents are sea turtles, who nest there between August and December. After touring the reserve, you'll enjoy a leisurely lunch at Las Peñitas beach before heading to the ruins of León Viejo, the original colonial settlement destroyed by an earthquake in 1610. Then it's time to travel south-east to Granada, a vibrant and colourful city with a wonderful cosmopolitan feel. You'll stay at the Hotel Plaza Colon and on your first full day in the city you'll get a tour of Masaya Volcano, with its unique flora and fauna and even an active crater! You'll also visit an artisan market, see the city's architectural gems and enjoy a boat tour to the islets of Lake Nicaragua, formed by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. On day 5 you'll visit the famous Pueblos Blancos or 'White Towns', named after the traditional whitewash covering their houses. In San Juan de Oriente you'll try your hand at some traditional local pottery before heading to Caterina viewpoint, with incredible views of the Apoyo lagoon. And if you're feeling particularly active, there's a chance to try kayaking, paddle boarding or pedal boating!
North Pacific Coast
You'll leave Granada on day 7 and head south to the Costa Rican border. Your first stop is the beach resort of Tamarindo, a tropical paradise on the North Pacific Coast. The Capitan Suizo hotel offers the perfect place to rest after a day of activities, including a private kayaking and snorkelling tour. Tamarindo is famous for its diverse marine life, so be prepared to see some fascinating creatures! Your last day in this resort is kept free for some relaxation on the beach, but you might also want to spend some time sampling the delicious local food. There are plenty of local markets and cafes where you'll find all sorts of delicacies including casado, a traditional dish made with rice and plantain plus the option of meat or fish.
North Pacific Coast
Day 10 brings you to Costa Rica's northwestern province of Guanacaste, boasting sun-soaked beaches and untouched national parks. After arriving at the Rio Perdido hotel, you'll have a day to relax and explore the best bits of this region - you might even see some of its exotic wildlife, including birds and monkeys! On day 11 we've organised a private hike to Mesa Norte panoramic lookout. As its name suggests, this flat-topped hill offers 360-degree views of the surrounding area and you'll be able to see all of Guanacaste's volcanoes, including Costa Rica's only 'live' volcano Miravalles, the Rincón de la Vieja and Tenorio. We also offer this hike at night, where the lack of artificial illumination makes it the perfect spot for stargazing, from the lit domes marking distant urban centres to amazing views of the night sky beyond. And there's yet another incredible experience in store on day 12 - when you'll get to take a white water tubing trip. Hold on tight to experience the canyon like you've never seen it before - and keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife!
Arenal & North
Activity & Adventure
You'll spend the next day in Arenal, a national park surrounding the Arenal Volcano. Your hotel is the Arenal Springs, named after the hot jets of water that abound in this area thanks to its geothermal activity. These warm, soothing springs offer the perfect way to relax before day 14's action-packed hike of Arenal Volcano. This walk offers amazing views of the national park on one of its easier trails and is followed by a visit to the Mistico hanging bridges, where you'll enjoy incredible views of the cloud forest below. It's a brilliant vantage point for spotting some of the unique birds, plants and butterflies that live among the treetops.
On day 15, it's time to say a fond farewell and fly home from the capital city San José. Your trip might be over, but the memories you've made will last a lifetime.
Educational Tour to Proyecto Asis Wildlife Rescue Centre
Become a volunteer in this enlightening wildlife tour. Meet local animals and feed cheeky monkeys.