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Pinilla, Costa Rica
Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica
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icon15 hours  (Approx.)
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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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4:30 AM

Please arrive 2 hours before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

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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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • 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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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.
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.
What is the policy on sanitization during Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica.
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.
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


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Once in a lifetime experience
, Nov 2021
Our family had an amazing time on this trip. It was a long ride from Tamarindo but worth every minute of it.
Very well done
, Aug 2021
The guide and driver were excellent. The experience was fantastic. The guide was very knowledgeable and the trip was great
One of the best excursion experience
, 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Bring Extra Money for A NEW COVID TEST!!!!!
, 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.
5 travelers found this review helpful
Not what it seems
, 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Nicaragua tour
, 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 travelers found this review helpful
Great time!
, 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 traveler found this review helpful
Wonderful Trip
, 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.
Fantastic Trip
, 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.
Nicaragua Exposure
, 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 traveler found this review helpful

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