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Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica

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Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica
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icon15 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Grab your passport and head over the border for a whistle-stop tour of Nicaragua’s best bits from Costa Rica. Take in the views from Catarina Volcano, haggle over handicrafts at the Masaya Artisan Market and visit the active Masaya Volcano. After a delicious lunch of typical Nicaraguan cuisine, explore the colonial town of Granada, where you can marvel over the historic architecture and admire views of Mombacho Volcano. Finally, set sail across Lake Nicaragua for a 1-hour sunset cruise, stopping to meet the friendly monkeys of Monkey Island along the way.
  • Full-day tour to Nicaragua from Costa Rica
  • Visit Granada, Masaya Artisan Market and Masaya Volcano
  • Cruise across Lake Nicaragua and feed the monkeys on Monkey Island
  • Delicious lunch of typical Nicaraguan cuisine
  • Separate driver ensures your guide’s full attention throughout the day
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants. Please bring your passport on the day of your tour
  • Entry to Nicaragua: PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours
  • Health Pass to enter Costa Rica
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Native's Way Costa Rica
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica.

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  • "Future travelers, bring lots of snacks and an extra cellphone battery charger!" See review
  • "Anyone thinking about taking a day trip to Nicaragua You really need to let this company handle the trip and just sit back and relax." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Beautiful country, excellent guide and driver, smooth logistics!
Jen_L
, May 2022
Wow, what an amazing day!! Such a great opportunity to explore Nicaragua while in Costa Rica! The agenda is thoughtful and the guide/driver have so much passion for sharing their knowledge and country with you. The logistics were impressive given the amount of stops - it was executed flawlessly. The meals were interlaced into stopping at a new location and we’re delicious. In Granada we had the option to do a carriage ride around the town which wasn’t part of the tour - it was just $10 more and totally worth it. You cover so much ground and it’s very hot this time of year. Overall I’m so happy with this adventure, the knowledge shared with us, the tours variety and flawless logistics!!
star-5
Wonderful experience
Leasa_M
, May 2022
Claudio was an amazing tour guide. Getting through the border was seamless. Granada was beautiful and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend it!
star-5
Amazing tour
Araceli_C
, May 2022
Misael was an amazing tour guide. He gave us a lot of history about Nicaragua. We didn’t feel rushed and Misael was very good about answering qu
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-3
Very long tour
Lakesha_S
, Apr. 2022
I was a great tour. But it was way too long . We left at 5am and didn’t return until 9:30 pm. The market stops were cool but the locals rush up to you soon ass u get out the vehicle. N some will pretend they don’t have change for US dollar. Over okay but will not do it again.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Worth it!
Jean_P
, Apr. 2022
This tour was amazing! Yes, it is a very long day (especially if you are picked up first, and then you'll be dropped off last), but so worth it to experience Nicaragua for the day while vacationing in Costa Rica. The guides, drivers and office staff were all amazing. The made it a event full day so you truly get a sense of much that Nicaragua has to offer.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Very authentic tour.
Dana_K
, Apr. 2022
Feeding the spider monkeys was my favorite part. The meals were delicious as well. It’s a nice way to get an extra stamp in your passport!
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-4
Memorable experience
Miranda_C
, Feb. 2022
Overall this was a great tour! Our tour guide was amazing! However I cannot give it 5 stars because the timing was completely off as far as the pick up and drop off. We got back to our hotel after this tour past 10pm at night. At this point all of the restaurants were closed and there was nothing to eat. Lunch was at about 3pm and they are smaller portioned meals so that’s all we had aside from breakfast in the AM. I would def recommended adding dinner if a time to be back at the hotel is not guaranteed. We were starving by the next morning for breakfast. We also had to cross the border from Nicaragua back to Costa Rica alone at night. Not much of a distance but the group had questions and there was no one around that spoke English. Overall great tour.. just pack a lot of snacks!
3 travellers found this review helpful
star-4
Mixed Bag
Chanae_P
, Jan. 2022
This tour was a rollercoaster. Very thrilling for many reasons. The PCR test is a huge obstacle to going on this tour and I understand why but this company should communicate with their guests better because they WILL not be giving you your money back. The tour was robust, worth every penny paid. They took us around to alot of vendors and while it was fun I was overwhelmed by the expectation that I would tip at each and every stop.
4 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Incredible
Laila_N
, Jan. 2022
It was a great tour-got to see the Easter Block-the volcano and its crater up close, cultural history of Granada and the grand Nicaragua lake. The tour guide David was excellent and passionate about his country's history.
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Once in a lifetime experience
Neale_J
, Nov. 2021
Our family had an amazing time on this trip. It was a long ride from Tamarindo but worth every minute of it.
3 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Very well done
Joseph_G
, Aug. 2021
The guide and driver were excellent. The experience was fantastic. The guide was very knowledgeable and the trip was great
star-5
One of the best excursion experience
Sabrina_J
, Jul. 2021
One of the best tours I’ve been on. And I travel every other month. Claudio and Sergio was an amazing duo and we never unsafe. If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica please go on the Nicaragua tour. You will not regret it.
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-3
Bring Extra Money for A NEW COVID TEST!!!!!
Bettye_B
, Jun. 2021
The only thing Bad about this Tour was that we were not made aware that we had to have another COVID Test (Which was $150 for a PCR Test (on top of what we already paid)). Very Upset about that part.-- Since we could not get our money back, we had to hunt down a facility to get us a PCR test. The Trip was worth it. It was jammed packed with many stops and our tour guide "Claudio" was very knowledgeable. Another default that I forgot to mention was the bus/car/shuttle/Minivan (whatever you want to call it) did not have the A/C quality that we are accustom to in the USA. It was a miserable 9 hour ride with air blowing, but it was not Cold. I felt like I needed to pass out. It did not cool down until the sun went down. I recommend bringing portable Neck Fan (Trust me, you'll thank me later). Outside of that, it was a nice trip with beautiful sceneries. Just make sure you have the extra money for A NEW COVID Test.
6 travellers found this review helpful
star-1
Not what it seems
Shah_R
, Jun. 2021
Did not indicate that a Covid test was required. Then did not want to refund the money. At least give a credit for a future day or trip.
3 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Nicaragua tour
Linda_E
, Mar. 2020
I would highly recommend this tour to Nicaragua in the city of Granada our tour guide was very helpful and educational and the people and the sites are amazing to experience and beautiful as well
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Great time!
Saiyed_A
, Mar. 2020
We went on the tour recently with our two children ages 4 and 6. Trip felt very safe and we all had a great time — Claudio our tour guide was excellent. I’m he was engaging and kept everything very interactive. Highlights for us was seeing pottery her made, feeding monkeys, and a tour of Grenada
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful Trip
Andrea_M
, Mar. 2020
This was an awesome trip. It was a long day, but worth it. Shopping in Nicaragua was much cheaper than in Costa Rica. Our guide Claudio and the driver were great. We took a boat on Lake Nicaragua and saw the various islands, we feed the white face monkeys and the spider monkeys. We saw the active Masaya Volcano. The chocolate plantation was great. We did a lot of shopping there. Breakfast and lunch were included in the tour. We toured Granada by horse and carriage. Our group shared the carriage ride and split the price so it ended up being about $5 per person. We also visited a cigar plantation.
star-5
Fantastic Trip
Jill_R
, Mar. 2020
Fantastic trip, Elmer our guide was so knowledgeable and keen to share information about his country. A very long day but worthwhile to see such lovely places. Loved Catarina with its pretty shops and amazing view of the crater lake. Granada is stunning, for the extra $10 per person I recommend the horse and carriage ride. Returned to hotel exhausted but happy.
star-5
Nicaragua Exposure
John_M
, Mar. 2020
Awesome tour and fantastic guide! Picked us up promptly at 5:45 for the ride to the border. Traveled with a group of girls from Denmark, two ladies from Switzerland and England, a young guy from Ohio and a group from Costa Rica. The border crossing went smoothly and we were on our way. Eduardo provided a great narrative on sights along the way along with the historic background of the country. Got some great shots of the two volcanoes from a stop for breakfast on the lake. Visited a small pottery site, shopped at marketplace in the colorful Masaya market and then on to Granada. Had a great lunch, took a water tour on Lake Nicaragua with some great views of the volcano, waterways, an island with monkees and lots of birds. Returned to Granada for a carriage ride and tour of this beautiful city and time to wander the city center and visit the large church followed by a tour of a cigar facility and a small chocolate store. We did not get the overview of the live volcano due to large releases of gas and high winds that day but were taken to a lava field where we got some good shots. Got back to hotel about 9 that evening. Long day but great tour guide, fellow tourists and sights and good deal for the cost!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Nicaragua - the beautiful
CARENA_D
, Mar. 2020
This was a super cool tour. We weren't able to go up to the volcanic crater because there was too much activity (gases) but we walked on the 300 year old lava flow and were able to take pictures from afar. Lake Managua was beautiful with the volcanoes in the background, and having brunch steps from the beach was magical. The view from Catarinas market (be sure to bring cash if you plan to buy anything at this outdoor artisan's market) has to be seen to be believed - fabulous lake views with the pacific ocean just over the land bridge. Our guide Eduardo was very knowledgeable and walked us through the border crossing with ease. The potting wheel demonstration was a lot of fun, and visiting monkey island after seeing all the volcanic islands that people live on in Lake Nicaragua, was the high point - be sure to buy some avocados to give to the spider monkeys, they'll take them out of your hand! If you get the chance to go on the horse drawn tour of Grenada (beautiful city!) do so, the guides are really knowledgeable. You get to visit the cigar factory, that created a foot long cigar for Arnold Schwarzenegger and finally a must not miss chocolate extravaganza at the chocolate museum. The guide shows you have chocolate paste was made - and is very high energy - you won't forget bate bate chocolate and be sure to get in line for the chocolate massage too :) Highly recommend, especially if you get to go to the volcanic crater. It is a long day, but well worth it.

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