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Nicaragua Full Day Tour from Costa Rica
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Nicaragua Full Day Tour from Costa Rica

By Native's Way
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About
Visit Nicaragua with the security and convenience of a group tour on a day trip from Costa Rica. By traveling with a driver and guide, first-time visitors to Nicaragua can see the country's southern highlights without the hassle of navigating the border crossing or public transportation. Plus, with all the logistics covered in advance, you can squeeze in a boat ride, shopping, and wildlife viewing all in one day.
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Ages 0-99, max of 20 per group
Duration: 15h
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Live guide: English, Spanish
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Highlights
  • See the highlights of Nicaragua on a day trip from Costa Rica
  • A separate driver and guide ensure both can give each task their full attention
  • Enjoy a cruise across Lake Nicaragua and visit Monkey Island
  • The comprehensive tour includes door-to-door transportation and lunch

  • Bottled water
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Hotel, Condo, or House pickup and drop-off
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • National Park fees
  • Entry/Admission - Masaya Volcano National Park
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Andaz, Four Seasons, Planet Hollywood - $50 transport fee per booking, not per person
  • Las Catalinas - $50 pick-up fee per booking, not per person


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Option 1
    JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Hacienda Pinilla, Provincia de Guanacaste, Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica
    4:00 am
  • Option 2
    Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
    Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Tamarindo/Langosta - 4:30 am
  • Option 3
    Playa Conchal, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
    Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Conchal - 4:45 am
  • Option 4
    Provincia de Guanacaste, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
    Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Flamingo - 4:30 am
  • Option 5
    Guanacaste Province, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica
    Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Catalinas - 4:30 am
  • Option 6
    Playa Grande, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
    Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Grande - 4:30 am
  • Option 7
    Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica, Playa Matapalo, Carrillo, Guanacaste Province, Sardinal, Costa Rica
    RIU Guanacaste/Palace 5:00 am (Main gate, NOT Lobby)
  • Option 8
    Playas del Coco, 50503, Costa Rica, La Libertad, Trujillo, Costa Rica
    Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Coco - 5:20 am
  • Option 9
    Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Guanacaste Province, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
    Hotels (Villas Sol, Condovac, Secrets Papagayo, Occidental Papagayo, Mangroove) & other Hotels, Condos, and Private Houses in Hermosa - 5:30 am
  • Option 10
    Playa Panama, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
    Hotels (Villas Sol, Condovac, Secrets Papagayo, Occidental Papagayo, Mangroove), Condos, and Private Houses in Playa Panama - 5:30 am
  • Option 11
    Andaz Costa Rica Resort At Peninsula Papagayo - A Concept by Hyatt, Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste Province, Papagayo Peninsula, 50104, Costa Rica
    Andaz, Four Seasons, Planet Hollywood - 5:00 am ($50 transport fee per booking, not per person)
  • Option 12
    Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica, Acceso a Playa El Jobo, Provincia de Guanacaste, Providence, 51001, Costa Rica
    6:00 am
  • Option 13
    Guanacaste Province, Liberia, Costa Rica
    Hotels and Peri Supermarket at main Liberia Intersection - 5:45 am
  • Option 14
    Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste Province, Liberia, Costa Rica
    Andaz, Four Seasons, Planet Hollywood - $50 transportation fee per booking not per person. Billed separately
Pickup details
  • We pick up from the hotels, condos and private residences in the following areas: Hacienda Pinilla/JW Marriott: 4:00 AM Langosta/Tamarindo Hotels, Condos, Apartments, Houses: 4:30 AM Conchal (W/Westin Conchal), Brasilito Hotels, Condos, Apartments, Houses: 4:45 AM Playa Grande, Flamingo, Potrero Hotels, Condos, Apartments, Houses: 4:30 AM Catalinas: 4:15 AM ($50 extra per booking, not per customer) RIU Hotels Main Security Gate, Not the Lobby: 5:00 AM Playas del Coco Hotels, Condos, Houses: 5:20 AM Playa Hermosa & Panama (Occ/Secrts Papagayo, Villas Sol, Condovac, Mangroove): 5:30 AM Liberia Peri Supermarket: 6:00 AM Andaz, Four Seasons, Planet Hollywood: 5:20 AM ($50 extra per booking, not per customer) Dreams Las Mareas: 6:00am Pick up times above are an estimate. We will send you an official pick up time the day before the tour.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Pushchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17279P6

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • 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: Send photo of passport to info@nativesway.com or WhatsApp
      • Your departure Ticket that proof of flight out of Costa Rica
      • Most travellers can participate
      • If your hotel is not listed, contact us for quoting
      • It is prohibited to enter the country of Nicaragua with the following items: all kinds of Drones, all kinds of Binoculars, including those for Night vision, and any object considered for professional, journalistic, and similar audiovisual reproduction.
      • 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
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      How much is Nicaragua Full Day Tour from Costa Rica?
      Nicaragua Full Day Tour from Costa Rica price starts from C$313.07. Discover and book Nicaragua Full Day Tour from Costa Rica on Tripadvisor
      What is the Nicaragua Full Day Tour from Costa Rica cancellation policy?
      Nicaragua Full Day Tour from Costa Rica cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Nicaragua Full Day Tour from Costa Rica on Tripadvisor
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      Nicaragua Full Day Tour from Costa Rica is hosted by Native's Way. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Native's Way on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Nicaragua Full Day Tour from Costa Rica on Tripadvisor

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17279P6

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      Itinerary
      • You’ll have 14 starting options
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      • Pass by
        Pinilla
        Tamarindo
        Playa Langosta
        Tamarindo
      • 1
        Native's Way
        Stop: 3 hours
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        Pass by
        Playa Conchal
        Playa Flamingo
        Playa Hermosa
        Playas del Coco
        Liberia
      • 2
        Mirador de Catarina
        Stop: 60 minutes
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      • 3
        Masaya Crafts Market
        Stop: 60 minutes
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      • 4
        Masaya Volcano National Park
        Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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      • 5
        Catedral de Granada
        Stop: 2 hours
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      • 6
        Las Isletas
        Stop: 60 minutes
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      • You'll return to the starting point
      About the operator
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      • Native's Way
        2,779
        Tamarindo, Costa Rica
        Joined in February 2013
      • Cruiser23983822238
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommend!
        Highly recommend this excursion & this company! The trip was fantastic and our guide, Luis, was great!! When he wasn’t guiding us through the rapids, he was teaching us about Costa Rica and the many beautiful things the country has to offer. The food was top notch. This company is so well organized. They even take multiple pictures of you throughout your rafting trip so that you don’t have to worry about bringing a camera! 100% must do when in Costa Rica.
        Written May 22, 2024
      • N6582CDchrisl
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Family fun. Full long day.
        We were picked up at Riu hotel by Daphne and Johnny. Both were super awesome. Daphne was very friendly and informative so we were happy to have them as our transportation and guides. She was on top of everything and made sure we were in right spots at all times. Johnny was an excellent driver. Smooth on the clutch which is a bonus. No one wants to get car sick from a bad driver. We were picked up 645am and we picked up two other groups along the way. We made a short stop at a mart to pick up breakfast / drinks / coffee (not included). We then arrived at the adventure place around 9 AM. It was a long start to the morning. Then we were handed off to the adventure groups where we did the zip lining first then horseback riding then the rafting. Took a lunch break. Then did the hot springs. The groups that ran you through all of the activities moved you along pretty quick. Little too quick maybe. Definitely felt rushed but also we were worried because our zip lining group had about 20 people. we didn’t have much after the first platform though and got through it quick. The horseback riding was a little unadventurous , but was fun. The rafting was a lot of fun and the guides on this tour were really good getting us through all of the rapids. The food was way better than expected. It was a buffet style at a small restaurant. We had about one hour at the Hot Springs and again here Daphne shined. Knew everything about them and how to do it proper. we got back to our hotel around 6 PM so it’s a pretty long full day excursion. For the price and activities it was worth it.
        Written May 22, 2024
      • Cpjules
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Very Good Choice
        So first of all our main guide was Nicole and main driver was Frank. They both were EXCELLENT ! The reason I wrote them as "main" driver & guide is well as with most foreign country tours there always seems to be some "herding" going on. These guys did pick us up in a 15 passenger bus as promised but then they took us to a central meeting point about 1/2 way to the NP we were going to (Rincon de Vieja NP). These folks were extremely efficient and where we made the switch from one van to the other happened with precision clock work (unlike others we have experienced). So enough with that bs, all good ! So our 1st leg was a 2 hr hike around the volcano where you see and smell the Sulphur vents. Very interesting and a very good hike (maybe 2.5 miles & approx 500' of elevation). 2nd stop is another shorter hike of maybe 1/2 mi each way where you get to cool off in a nice natural pool under a waterfall. Then they take you to a very yummy buffet style lunch. Then the 3rd leg (last) is another maybe 1/2 - 3/4 mi each way hike to an area that has about 8 different natural hot springs pools rang I ng from about 95 to 112 F. All inclusive and around a 9-9.5 hr tour. Same thing on the way back where the switch to original van, driver and guide may have taken 10 mins. Highly recommend these folks. The know what they are doing !
        Written May 21, 2024
      • Grandma82717
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A great excursion! Ivan was great!
        This tour is perfect length of time and we got to see lots of crocodiles and monkeys! We are seniors and handled getting in and out of the boat holding a hand!
        Written May 21, 2024
      • CampRyenWater
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Rio Celeste Hiking, Sloth Sanctuary & Lianos De Cortes Waterfall Tour
        If you are staying at Planet Hollywood in Costa Rica, the best way to explore the area will be through an excursion. One of the sights to see in the region is the National Park called the Rio Celeste. Instead of figuring out how to get to the park, take advantage of the Viator tour offerings. Booking the tour through Viator will give you the one stop shopping for your transportation and local tour guide. The day starts at approximately 7:15am when you are picked up at Planet Hollywood. You are transported approximately 30 minutes away to a local shopping center where you will board the shuttle for the day. On Tuesday, May 14, 2024, I was lucky enough to be on the tour with Nicole and her wonderful driver. The shuttle bus was comfortable with individual seats inside. Nicole provided a wealth of information about the region. She handled all the logistics for the park entrance and led the group up the trail to the waterfalls. The first stop is a smaller waterfall. You can get in the water here, but it is only briefly. I would not recommend getting in the water and focus just on pictures. If you are getting in the water, bring a change of clothes and towels. The park has a full service rest room. The next waterfall stop is a lengthy hike on a mostly paved and some un-even terrain, but to fully see the waterfall you will go down 253 steps and then back UP 253 steps! Along the way Nicole pointed out various creatures and was an amazing wealth of knowledge. The tour also included a stop for lunch at a great local establishment. The food was fantastic, and it was great to sit outside and enjoy the area. The team at the Sloth sanctuary was also amazing! Their local guides are professionals when it comes to finding Sloths in the trees along with the Toucans. The guides also have great telescopes to help enhance the viewing experience. Upon completion of the three sites, you will be dropped off at a nice souvenir location for a chance to pick up some gifts. If you are at Planet Hollywood your driver will meet you here for the transfer back to Planet Hollywood. As always, with a great tour like this, don’t forget to offer a gratuity at the end to thank the team for their amazing service!
        Written May 20, 2024
      • Departure812012
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great wildlife lesson on the Tamarindo Estuary Tour
        Really enjoyed the tour! It is a very quiet, peaceful tour with our knowledgeable guide who gently motored our boat so as not to disturb the wildlife or scare away crocs. The mangroves are a fascinating tree and he explained its unique characteristics. The group was on the lookout for various birds, crocodiles (hard to see but definitely there), the howler monkeys and active iguanas. The monkeys were sleeping high up in the inland trees except for one active little guy, which made for a fun video memory. All in all, it was a nice, leisurely Costa Rica wildlife lesson. You'll get your feet wet getting in and out and out of the boat, and also have the option to walk through some of the estuary to see more wildlife, floral, fauna and monkeys. The bottled water and fresh pineapple hit the spot! Tips were appreciated (and not included in the fee but also not mentioned in the what to bring section).
        Written May 19, 2024
      • M9097BRirinak
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        An excellent tour
        Usually I don't write reviews. But this was exceptional. I'm a Solo traveler without a car. First of all I want to say that I was picked up by minibus with air condition on time. First class driver Frank and tour guide Santi. We did moderate hike for 2 hours. Our guide spotted rare birds, snakes, sloths and explained the importance of all different trees. He is so knowledgeable and dedicated person with a lot of patience. Next we went to beautiful waterfall. Santi never rushed us out of pool, we fully enjoyed pleasant cold water after hike. Next was wonderful fresh buffet lunch. That was so delicious and a lot with different variety of food. The culmination of our tour was hot natural springs with mud, that was awesome. And the again we took our time to put mud all over our body. During our tour Santi was taking our pictures. And at the end of the day the driver Frank took us to the point to see the magnificent sunset. Thank you very much. The best tour ever.
        Written May 19, 2024
      • Guide41699748958
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Activities Fun - Travel Time Very Long
        Pros: The activities were very fun! I loved tubing down the river. Zip lining was beautiful over the river! It rained during horseback riding and the trail was a bit rocky so it was my least favorite activity but hubby loved it. The hot springs were awesome! The guide was not joking when he said it would turn you orange though! The lunch was awesome. I can see how it would not be to everyone’s taste but the rice, beans, chicken fajitas and pork roja was yummy to us. The spicy salsa was amazing. Everybody was very nice and helpful. Cons: This is a 12 hour day. 6 of those hours are spent in transport. Had I known this I may have not considered this excursion. We stayed at RIU and it is about a 1.5 hour drive with no traffic. On the way there they pick people up at various spots then convene at a small restaurant to swap passengers to other vans depending where you are going. Same story on the way back except it’s a stop at a souvenir shop. Ride back is brutal due to traffic and all the roads have one lane of traffic. One thing that is a plus and minus is that cash is only needed for tipping. You can pay cash at the stores but most also take virtual wallet payment. Also don’t think you are tipping just once - expect to tip the driver(s) and your operator people. In other words bring your overall tip but break down the bills so you can spread it out amongst all the people you will encounter on your day.
        Written May 19, 2024
      • darrenq
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fun kayaking and decent snorkeling.
        Great Tour. Highly recommend guide Dayves. Easy to find right off of the beach on the main street in Tamarindo. Thank you!
        Written May 18, 2024
      • lonugo
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Easy hike for kids and teens.
        We enjoyed the tour, we are very active people but this package was perfect for our teenager who is not active. It is an easy hike to the first waterfall where people bathe and a hike with a lot of stairs to the Celeste waterfall. The walk on the sloth sanctuary is pretty easy too. I would not recommend this one with small children.
        Written May 15, 2024
      • AlisonV815
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Beautiful, crowded would have liked more time there
        The blue waterfall (Rio Celeste) was absolutely stunning and for us the highlight of the trip. However it was very crowded and we also couldn't go at our own pace as we were on a Tui group trip and that included another location so time was tight. The guide was knowledgable and pointed things out but it would have been nice to see more parts of the jungle at a slower pace to spot more things and seen the other side of it which you could do if not in a group.
        Written May 15, 2024
      • jessicadO9927ZD
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing Experience with Excellent Guide
        We had a wonderful experience! We did the self drive option and the map link for the meet up spot was easy to find. Our tour guide Jason was kind and helpful throughout the tour. We enjoyed being able to swim in the water to the waterfall and the various streams we crossed were so beautiful. I highly recommend this tour and this company. Jason was very knowledgeable about the various plants and animals in the area and we felt he genuinely enjoys his job which made it even better. The pool near the waterfall was great and we highly enjoyed the lunch afterward also.
        Written May 13, 2024
      • evanwN4832SS
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great way to spend the day in Costa Rica
        The overall experience was extremely enjoyable and we got to see a number of wildlife in addition to the advertised sloths and frogs. The logistics were quite efficient and we never felt hurried or chaotic. The lunch was also quite well handled. One small area of improvement might be in the pre-trip communications. There was an initial email when we signed up, but then nothing until literally the evening before letting us know what our pickup time and location would be. This caused a bit of stress because we weren't sure if they knew even where to pick us up. But in the end, everything worked out very well and we were quite pleased with booking this trip and do recommend it to others.
        Written May 13, 2024
      • JayCee510
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic jungle and waterfall tour
        This was private trip with Manuel as our guide. He arrived on time, and we stopped for a local breakfast, as it was still early. Llanos de Cortes waterfall was our spectacular first stop. Manuel provided us with in-depth local knowledge of Cost Rica. The Rio Celeste hike was extraordinary and Manuel pointed out local wildlife we would never have noticed by ourselves. Lunch was tasty, and we saw many interesting birds at that stop. At the Jungle Life stop we got lucky and saw several sloths, Toucans, and other spectacular frogs and birds. Manuel was kind towards the grandkids and they felt comfortable traveling with him. We highly recommend Manuel, he is an expert.
        Written May 12, 2024
      • Z3301RXevanc
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Awesome Tour
        All of the activities were awesome, the river tubing is a must-do in rainy season. Very good tour for the price. Our guide Ivan was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English.
        Written May 11, 2024
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      Shawn Kz
      Toronto, Canada28 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020 • Family
      The most important reason that we took this tour was seeing the active Masaya volcano which was closed for some stupid tight rope walk over the molten lava. The closure wasn’t only for a day or a week. They have a announcement a plenty time before. But unfortunately the tour company (Native’s Way) never mentioned that even I called them for more information. It was a big disappointment when we have been told that we can’t see the active volcano after paying 180 usd per person and driving like 4 hours each way. Also The driver drove crazy (from the other side of road for like 10 kilometres before the Nicaragua border. Because like hundreds of trucks were lined up at the border and he decided to pass all which was very dangerous. The 3 star is only for Edwardo our great tour leader and chocolate factory.
      Not worth it if you don’t visit the active volcano
      Written March 5, 2020
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      Hannah D
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Couples
      We had an amazing experience! We had an awesome tour guide, each stop was just long enough, and we opted for the horse tour around the city which was so worth the slight upcharge ($10 a person). Our tour guide was knowledgeable and spoke great English, very easy to understand and communicate with. We loved the chocolate factory and the meals provided were not only good but large in size so plenty to fill you up. Water was provided throughout and even though it was hot the AC was strong in the van. I would recommend though bringing car sickness medication because you’re in a 12 passenger van for the whole trip and the roads are very bumpy and the driving very jerky. The boat is also very jerky. SO WORTH IT - just be prepared. Also we were nervous about the pick up but don’t be — they send a Google maps link and the location wasn’t hard to get to.
      Written December 15, 2023
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      asburyangela
      Louisville, KY19 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020
      Everyone on our bus loved it! Tour guides were super informative and knowledgable. They took excellent care of us- We had 2 really big groups from Hoegemeyer Hybrids that were there the last week of January. They helped us get across the boarder, took us to breakfast and then split us up into groups to tour Granada and Lake Nicaragua. After a lunch we switched and toured Masaya Volcano and went to visit the Masaya Market. It was an excellent day and was the highlight of our trip!
      Written February 12, 2020
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      troycesolley
      Lillington, NC33 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2022 • Friends
      The main objective for me was seeing Masya. The massive crater did not disappoint. Absolutely amazing to stand so close to the opening. The pictures are a little misleading. Their is currently no molten lava in the caldera. We new this from research before booking. The stop at the dormant volcano crater was awe inspiring as well. Beautiful view. Our tour guide David immediately noticed our group was not interested in spending time in the markets so he came up with alternatives. The carriage ride in Granada was a good add on for us. The guide gave us a brief history of the city and lots of facts on life there. The chocolate factory tour was underwhelming but the staff was very nice and did their best. The boat ride around a portion of lake Nicaragua was fun. Some reviewers have complained about feeling rushed during the tour and the length of the day. I think the operators did a really good job of showing us a lot in a little amount of time. We covered A LOT of ground in one day and navigated two border crossings. I highly recommend this tour to those that don’t mind traveling at a fast past and want to see a little bit of a country that is developing.
      Written June 12, 2022
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      Lidia
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020
      Pick up was on time from Playa del Coco in Guanacaste. Crossing the border with our guide (Nicaraguan lady) was very smooth. The guide was really cool and very engaged. She even sang for us! It was awesome to see and experience everything what was prepared for us: boat tour on the lake, meetings with birds and monkeys, active Masaya Volcano with real lava, colorful Granada city, Tabacco Factory, Museum of Chocolate (crazy and full of energy guide welcomed as there :)), Catarina city with the view on Laguna de Apoyo, tasty breakfast and lunch, friendly Nicaraguans! A lot of driving but we were prepared for that. It was communicated in the offer. For me, seeing everyday life of Nicaraguans from a bus window was very interesting as well. Native’s Way, thank you for this experiance! I recommend this trip!!!
      Written January 20, 2020
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      romadaro
      Washington DC, DC1,548 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2023
      One of the best and most organized tours I’ve ever taken. Never thought about going to Nicaragua or how incredibly beautiful it is, which is one of the reasons I’m glad we went. Guia was our guide and he was well versed on Nicaraguan culture, traditions and it’s’ people which he shared throughout the day. Both the active volcano and the dormant crater filled with water are must sees and the highlight of the trip with the boat ride at the end being the perfect compliment to what was an outstanding day.

      The tour included breakfast, which wasn’t anything special, but the restaurant was on the beach, which was a great way to start the day. Lunch was also included and was extremely delicious. You’ll also enjoy the stop at the chocolate and cocoa facility, whose employees put on quite a performance to educate and entice you to buy. Believe me, it works! I think everyone in our group bought chocolate or cocoa to take home!

      The only stressful part of the day was at the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua because of the lines and mass of people at both passport control offices, but Guia did a great job of trying to get us through quickly. Overall, it was just an extraordinary day and highly recommended.
      Written July 28, 2023
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      June M
      Clonakilty, Ireland2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2022
      Highly recommend - great opportunity to visit Nicaragua and experience some of its beautiful landscapes and the city of Granada - the trip on the lake to feed the monkeys was fun and a carriage ride around Granada was a relaxing way to take in the sights of the city. We also got to visit a chocolate factory and a cigar factory and get up close with an active volcano! Our guide Claudio was excellent and took great care of us all the way. Its a very long day (c. 15 hours) so be prepared to bring snacks and spend a lot of time in the bus between destinations - but well worth it!
      Written September 16, 2022
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      Bailey
      Frederick, MD13 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      This trip was one of my favorite things we did while staying Costa Rica. I’m the type of person that likes to do and see as much as possible while traveling. My mom and I booked this trip to get another passport stamp and see another country. It was beautiful!!!! We stopped at a family’s house and saw them making the pottery that you see everywhere and then they gave you an opportunity to purchase straight from them. Then we went to the crater where there was a small market to shop at. Next would have been the volcano but Nik Wallenda had just been there and they were still cleaning up his equipment. EXTREMELY disappointing because I love volcanos. So we headed to Granada for lunch and a horse carriage ride to explore the old churches and a quick stop at the cigar factory. One of the best part of the trip was the stop at the chocolate factory. Our guide was hilarious and had everyone very involved!! Then we take a short boat tour on the lake and pull up to feed the monkeys!!! It’s a very long day but so worth it. Crossing the boarder on foot was surely an experience for my mom and I.
      Written March 12, 2020
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      Stephan B
      San Diego, CA186 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      This was an amazing tour. I suspect the tour is very similar whomever you are using but I used a local tour company called Marvin Tours and was not disappointed. I left the hotel in Costa Rica 1/2 hour from Liberia around 5:00am to get to the border with Nicaragua at around 8:00am. Crossing the border with my guide alongside me took about 1 hour. First you need to get stamped at the Costa Rica border and cross a no-mans land area which takes about 5 minutes to get to the Nicaragua border control. It was a safe walk and my other guide waited for me on the other side. Please not that you need a complete Covid-19 vaccination schedule (electronic proof works) to cross Nicaragua. It was painless. Walking to Nicaragua on the other side felt a bit like crossing the US border to Mexico. My guide took me first to get breakfast by Lake Nicaragua where I go a chance to hold baby crocodiles who had been rescued; considering this is the largest lake in central America, the views were amazing. After this we went to visit active volcanoes and went to a market - this is an absolute must. From the market you get a 360 view of the lake the active volcanoes were impressive. After that we went to visit the old city of Granada which is so colorful and a got a chance to you the city by foot and by horse carriage. On the way back we went for a boat ride in an area that had multiple islands to visit and monkeys ;) This was majestic; included also was lunch at an old hacienda style restaurant followed by a visit of a chocolate factory and museum. After that we headed back to Costa Rica and got some great coffee on the way. I came back late in the evening in Costa Rica after a painless border crossing. It took 15 hours in total so it’s not for the faint of heart! Overall it was very safe especially being with a guide the whole time. I highly recommend this tour to anyone (solo, couples or families with older kids)
      Written December 19, 2022
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      Caroline S
      Chicago10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      I would recommend this tour for all types of travelers of different ages. Part of the reason we took this tour was seeing the active Masaya volcano, which was closed for a televised event. Although, this was not mentioned to us before the tour started, our guide (who was fantastic), did find other activities to fill the time and I would still recommend the tour without it. The excursion streamlined the border crossing process and provided information about Nicaragua during our long drive. Overall, the trip is well worth the money.
      Written March 11, 2020
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