Volcanoes, forests and lakes – see the best Nicaragua and Costa Rica has to offer
Whether it’s the twin volcanoes reflected in the water of Lake Nicaragua, the smell of rich morning coffee in the streets of San Jose, or exploring the misty canopies of Monteverde's cloud forests – there’s an unmistakeable allure to Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Discover this enticing pocket of Central America on an adventure where you can do as much or as little as you like. Grab a mountain bike and tackle the hills of Monteverde, swing through the trees on a zip-line, or simply soak in thermal springs heated by the impressive Arenal Volcano. Hedged in by sprawling forests filled with plenty of exotic wildlife, this is the greatest playground on Earth.
Discover Central America, a land of active volcanoes, idyllic lakes and emerald jungles.
Volcanoes, wildlife-rich rainforest, stunning beaches and ancient rock carvings - Ometepe Island has it all. You'll have plenty of free time to explore the island, which is set into beautiful Lake Nicaragua.
Hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde in Costa Rica. Get up close to nature among the hundreds of mammal, bird and plant species that call this place home.
Encounter Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna. Whether it's reflecting back at you in the lake or heating the thermal pools you're stewing away in, the magnificent volcano always makes its presence felt.
Central America is tropical, so expect a hot and humid climate. Make sure you protect yourself from the sun, wear comfortable, light clothing and stay hydrated - especially when out on walking tours.
There are many opportunities to get active on this adventure. Some of the optional activities, especially the volcano hikes, require a moderate level of fitness and sturdy walking shoes. If you'd prefer to take it easy, however, there are plenty of other things you can do instead.
While border crossings are usually straightforward, please prepare to be patient while local authorities process paperwork.
1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. There are no activities planned for the final day so you may depart at any time.
2. A single supplement is available for purchase on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Hurricane season in this region is June to November, when landslides, mudslides, flooding and disruptions to essential services can occur. Intrepid monitors any situations that arise, and may need to change itineraries or activities in response to these natural weather occurrences.
Our Nicaragua & Costa Rica trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews in the last year.
We are surprised that this feedback form does not include anywhere to provide feedback regarding our tour leader as Danny Alvarado was a vital part of making the trip a success. Danny’s management of logistics was excellent as was his willingness to solve the occasional problems that came up. We felt he made a real effort to deal with us personally and flexibly and was attentive without being obtrusive - and all of this with a smile.
Review submitted 08 Mar 2018
Excellent trip. Knowledgeable guide, easy travelling from destination to destination. Clean and comfortable accommodation. Lots of options for activities at each stop. Wonderful countries to travel through. My first trip and cannot wait to choose my next one with Intrepid...highly recommended!
Review submitted 11 Feb 2018