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.
START AND END TIME
On Day 1 there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting at approximately 6pm. There are no activities planned for the final day.
A Single Supplement to have your own room is available for purchase on this trip.
Our Nicaragua & Costa Rica trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.
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
A great snapshot of Central America - Intrepid had done all the hard work ensuring that we stopped at all the best places. A fantastic tour guide (Edgar Brenes) really added to the enjoyment. Brilliant!
Review submitted 01 Feb 2018