Nicaragua Tour

Colonial Granada

One Day Tour

The trip to Nicaragua is a very popular tour, albeit a long day. You’ll get a quick glimpse of Nicaragua, its people and how they live. You’ll notice both similarities and differences to Costa Rica. On the tour you will visit the charming Colonial city of Granada with it’s grand and well taken care of architecture and the whimsy of horse drawn carriages. You’ll tour the islands off the shore of Lake Nicaragua, one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world. You’ll get to peer into the crater of a live volcano and shop for some unique souvenirs.

This is one of the most popular tours to Nicaragua. You will have the opportunity to tour Granada, one of the most beautiful cities in Central America, as well as walk on the edge of an active volcano. Finish off the tour by doing some local shopping before returning to Costa Rica.

The Itinerary

We started the day with delicious breakfast in the town of Guardia in Guanacaste, Costa Rica and then we head for the border. At the border the team will expedite the passport stamping process. Meanwhile you have time to check out the duty free shops where you will find electronic items, clothing, liquor and other duty free products.

As we just starting entering Nicaragua we make a short stop at the edge of the Great Lake of Nicaragua where you can take beautiful photographs of the world's largest island in a freshwater lake, the island of Ometepe. We continue our journey towards the city of Granada where we will visit a cigar maker and the church of La Merced and you can climb the tower where you will have a panoramic view of the city. We will meander through the city center where you can see the different , and very old colonial style buildings.

Our journey continues to the shore of Lake Nicaragua. There are over 30 islands scattered offshore. We’ll take a boat to tour some of these beautiful islands. After the island tour, we continue to the majestic crater of the Masaya volcano. This volcano is fully active and there are gases emanating from the crater to form an impressive cloud in the sky and when it is clear you can see the fire in the centre of the crater.

We then head down to the city of Masaya, where we enjoy a hearty lunch and then visit the craft market in the city before we head back to Costa Rica.


Things to Know

~ Departure: 4:30 a.m. from Tamarindo
~ Return Time: Approximately 9:00 pm
~ Tour Duration: 16 hours
~ What to Wear: Comfortable Clothing and Footwear
~ What to Bring: Hat, Sunscreen, Camera

Not Included: Tips for guide

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Border Crossing Fees, Activity Entrance Fees, English Speaking Guide

Note: This tour is conducted through a trusted 3rd party, not by Xplore Costa Rica

Special Requirement: Bring your original passport (no copies) and proof of departure out of Costa Rica (airplane itinerary)


$185 per person

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