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Costa Rica to Nicaragua Full of Adventure

Arenal Volcano La Fortuna

Downtown Granada, Nicaragua.The beautiful Lake Nicaragua and volcano, right beside Granada, Nicaragua. A horse-drawn carriage in Granada, Nicaragua.The catholic church in Granada.Getting ready for Stand Up Paddle in Samara, Costa rica. Samara Beach, Costa Rica.Rafting on the Balsa River in Arenal, Costa Rica.The Arenal Volcano located just outside of La Fortuna, Costa Rica.Having fun in the Lost Canyon while Canyoneering in Arenal, Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica to Nicaragua Full of Adventure

This 11-day and 10-night adventure is one of the coolest ways to see the best of two fascinating countries in Central America: Costa Rica full of natural beauty and Nicaragua to experience its colorful colonial heritage.

This well-rounded itinerary includes our favorite places to visit in each country with plenty of time to explore and also get a choice of some of the area’s most-thrilling adventures like: canyoneering, hanging bridges, rafting, hiking, hot springs and more! Make the most out of your vacation with a trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica!

You’ll also be treated to friendly hospitality at nice hotels and all of your transportation and some delicious meals will also be thrown in, too!

The Desafío Costa Rica and Nicaragua Adventure vacation includes:
+ 10-night’s accommodations at comfortable, standard hotels

Choice of included tours:

+ Rafting or Safari Float; Zipline tour; Canyoning or Hanging Bridges; Stand Up Paddling or Kayaking
+ Nicaragua Historical Sights Tour
+ Airport and ground transfers, including Desafío Adventure Connections
+ Professional and fun bilingual guides who love what they do and will show you a great time!
+10 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner

Itinerary Details:
DAY 1: Fly into Liberia (LIR), Costa Rica It’s best to fly into the Liberia International Airport (LIR), and we’ll get you on your airport shuttle to your first hotel, Best Western Las Espuelas. Settle in and

get ready for your week of fun and adventure. There are many places to explore in the quaint little colonial town of Liberia & have a fun dinner on your own.

HOTEL: Best Western Las Espuelas (or similar)


DAY 2: Monteverde, Costa Rica: To really get your adventure started, you’ll do your choice of Desafío Adventure Connection on the way to the Monteverde area. Do an exciting class 3-4 Whitewater rafting tour – or –

a Monkeyboat Safari float on the Tenorio River! Your adventure finishes with a delicious lunch included and later bumpy ride up to the Cloud Forests of Monteverde to check into your cozy lodge. Dinner on your own.

HOTEL: Los Cipreses (or similar) B, L

DAY 3: Arenal Volcano National Park (La Fortuna), Costa Rica Enjoy a morning to do a quintessential Costa Rican activity: zipline over the Cloud Forest & take in the fresh mountain air. and then continue the adventure

with an eventful day of travel off the mountain. Take a ride down mountain roads to the Lake Arenal for a boat ride and then on to your hotel at the base of the Arenal Volcano. Visit the natural hot springs with dinner


HOTEL: Hotel San Bosco (or similar) B, D

DAY 4: Arenal Volcano National Park (La Fortuna), Costa Rica There is still more adventure to be had in Arenal! Your choice of Arenal Hanging Bridges or Lost Canyon Adventures canyoneering with lunch.

HOTEL: Hotel San Bosco (or similar) B, D

DAY 5: Arenal Volcano (La Fortuna), Costa Rica This is your FREE DAY to explore the gorgeous surroundings of the Arenal Volcano! B, L

HOTEL: Hotel San Bosco (or similar) B, D

DAY 6: Granada, Nicaragua Be sure you’re all packed up because now we head to Nicaragua! We’ll do a boarder-crossing and get a look at Nicaragua’s modernity with a big wind farm along the main highway and the iconic volcanoes on Lake Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island. Arrive to the impressive colonial city of Granada. Explore this fun town full of cafes, bars, restaurants, galleries and historical sights. Many people ask us "Is Nicaragua safe to travel to" - you will be amazed by the friendly and accommodating local culture of Nicaraguans. You'll feel safe around your newly-acquired friends and won't want to leave this enchanting country!

HOTEL: Hotel Colonial, Hotel Plaza Colon (or similar) B

DAY 7: Masaya Volcano & Market - Granada, Nicaragua Today we get to take in the sites and sounds of Nicaragua. We’ll visit La Merced Church, the Masaya Volcano and the artsy town of Catarina overlooking the Laguna de Apoyo. Return to your hotel to take in the vibrant nightly culture of Granada.

HOTEL: Hotel Colonial, Hotel Plaza Colon (or similar) B

DAY 8: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua to Costa Rica (Playa Samara) Today we head back to Costa Rica so pack your bags and get ready for a nice visit to San Juan del Sur for lunch on your own at this bohemian beach town famous for surfers. We then head back across the boarder to Costa Rica. You’ll spend the next two nights of your trip relaxing from your journey at the beach at Playa Samara.

HOTEL: Hotel Sol Samara (or similar) B

DAY 9: Playa Samara, Costa Rica You have a full day here at our favorite beach. Playa Samara is considered one of Central America’s most-beautiful beaches famous for easy-going waves perfect for first-time surfers, swimming and snorkeling. You get to explore the deserted island of Isla Chora on Stand Up Paddle, kayak or boat tour and go snorkeling in the calm waters once you reach the unusual pink-sand island full of lost iguanas! Lunch and dinner on your own.

HOTEL: Hotel Sol Samara (or similar) B

DAY 10: Playa Samara, Costa Rica You have another day just to chill out and chase waves. Lunch and dinner on your own.

HOTEL: Hotel Sol Samara (or similar) B

DAY 11: Desafío Airport Shuttle to Return Home! Thank you for traveling with us in Costa Rica and Nicaragua! B


Long pants for riding
Sweater or light jacket
Keen or Teva type sandals
Light hiking boots or tennis shoes
Rain jacket
Sun screen
Insect repellent
Any personal medication
Swimming suit
Travellers insurance
Full passport
And a credit card.


10 breakfasts
2 lunches
1 dinner
Lots of fun and adventure


11 Days


1-99 Years


If you were wondering how to travel around Costa Rica and Nicaragua, this is an active vacation for budget-style travelers who want to see a lot and do a lot. Let us re-quote this Costa Rica and Nicaragua Package for you if you would like to upgrade hotels or do and see different things along the way. We are flexible and here to help you make this your most-memorable vacation! The hotels we have chosen for this Costa Rica vacation are hotels we like to work with and have personally inspected. Feel free to shop around - sometimes online booking sites offer attractive hotel rates, but may have strict cancellation policies and some hidden costs. Our vacation packages offer a high-level of customization and flexibility and you can easily substitute hotels options, tours and transport. We can also provide ALL-INCLUSIVE Costa Rica vacation options with all hotels, tours, transport and meal included. We offer the service of a personal bilingual professional guide to accompany clients during their vacations at $150 extra per day. Please be sure to let us know if you'd like to add this service to your itinerary.

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