Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica

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Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica
from AUD $310.09
Explore all of Nicaragua's most famous highlights all in one day from Costa Rica!

You will see a dormant volcano crater, the active Masaya Crater, go shopping at the artisan markets, explore the colonial town of Granada, and go on a boat ride viewing the islets of Lake Nicaragua, and even get to feed monkeys!
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In Brief

Pinilla, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
15 hours
All entrance fees included
Breakfast included
Lunch included
Fully narrated tour
Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Native's Way Costa Rica, Meters West Of Banco Nacional 50 Next to La Oveja Negra Surf Club, Tamarindo 50503 Costa Rica

You will picked up from your hotel promptly and taken to the border where your guide will help you in every step of the crossing, which takes about 30 minutes. The guide will make the process easy for you and will take care of all of the passport paperwork and visas. From here we will travel to eat a hearty breakfast to start off the day.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Mirador de Catarina, Catarina Nicaragua

Here you will enjoy an incredible view over the dormant volcano crater, Granada, and Lake Nicaragua. You will be allowed to walk around freely for a while before getting back in the bus and heading to the next stop.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Masaya Crafts Market, Antiguo Mercado de Masaya, Masaya Nicaragua

Do some shopping for inexpensive souvenirs and experience the Nicaraguan life style before sitting down for a typical Nicaraguan lunch.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Masaya Volcano National Park, Masaya Nicaragua

An active volcano where you will have the opportunity to stand right next to its crater and hear it rumbling and spewing of gases. An incredible, rare sight.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Catedral de Granada, Costado Este del Parque Central, Granada 43000 Nicaragua

An old Colonial town near Lake Nicaragua. Stop at La Merced Church, considered one of the most beautiful buildings of Granada. It is flanked by a large tower that houses the church bells. You will ascend the stairs and reach the roof of the church. From here, you’ll have a panoramic city view of Granada, Mombacho Volcano, and Nicaragua Lake with the islets. This is the perfect place to take pictures of the beautiful city and the surroundings.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Las Isletas, Nicaragua

Your last stop is a one hour boat ride in Lake Nicaragua viewing the Nicarguan Islets around sunset. Your guide will stop by Monkey Island consisting only of monkeys that will come out and take food from your guide on the boat! You will then head back to Costa Rica, stopping on the way to pick up some snacks for the ride home.

Duration: 1 hour


  • 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


  • Gratuities

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 8/24/2015 - 12/20/2022

Monday - Sunday:04:00 AM - 06:00 AM

Departure Point

1: JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Hacienda, Provincia de Guanacaste, Pinilla, 50309, Costa Rica
2: Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
3: Playa Conchal, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
4: Provincia de Guanacaste, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
5: Guanacaste Province, Las Catalinas, Costa Rica
6: Playa Grande, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
7: Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica, Playa Matapalo, Carrillo, Guanacaste Province, Sardinal District, Costa Rica
8: Playas del Coco, Provincia de Guanacaste, Coco, Costa Rica
9: Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, Guanacaste Province, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
10: Playa Panama, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
11: Andaz Costa Rica Resort At Peninsula Papagayo - A Concept By Hyatt, Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste Province, Papagayo Peninsula, 50104, Costa Rica
12: Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica, Playa, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
13: Guanacaste Province, Liberia, Costa Rica

Traveler pickup is offered
Hacienda Pinilla/JW Marriott: 4:00 AM (please let reception or security know we are coming to pick you up)
Langosta/Tamarindo Hotels, Condos, Apartments, Houses: 4:30 AM
Conchal, Brasilito, Flamingo, Potrero Hotels, Condos, Apartments, Houses: 4:30 AM
RIU Guanacaste & RIU Palace: 5:00 AM (bring copy of passport)
Playas del Coco Hotels, Condos, Houses: 5:20 AM
Playa Hermosa & Playa Panama Hotels (Villas Sol, Condovac, Secrets Papagayo, Occidental Papagayo, Mangroove), Condos Houses: 5:30 AM
Liberia Peri Supermarket: 5:45 AM
Andaz, Four Seasons, Planet Hollywood: 5:00 am ($50 transport fee per booking, not per customer)
Dreams Las Mareas: 6:00 AM
Pick up times are an estimate. Please be ready at the specified time but it may take us up to 20 minutes longer depending on that days pick up schedule and traffic.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.92 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Highly recommend this tour! I was a little nervous going to Nicaragua... but tour guides assured it was safe, wow! What an amazing, vibrant and welcoming country! The tour was very smooth and well organized. Tour guide Paul and Claudio were amazing! I was picked up from my hotel and they were very punctual, we had always enough time for pictures, bathroom breaks and exploring. I felt a safe at all times, Granada was just amazing! Also the volcano! Crossing the boarder was very quick and smooth! Thhis one day trip was a perfect trip to get a taste of Nicaragua! Highly recommend it :)
• Submitted 27 Jan 2020
Amazing, educational, gastronomy and culturally impressive. Topography/geographic landmarks, along with religious sites. Funny guide at the chocolate museum.
• Submitted 23 Jan 2020
The tour was well done, with our guide provided a lot of good information and getting us through the border checks as quickly as could be expected. Our favorite visit was to the volcano, where we were fortunate enough to see splashing red hot lava. We also greatly enjoyed the boat tour of Lake Nicaragua and the monkey islands. Our time in Granada was too long, and should be cut in half.
• Submitted 09 Oct 2019
This trip was amazing! The tour guide was amazing and very knowledgeable. The food, drool🤤. SO good! The chocolate tour guide was so energetic and funny. I loved every minute of this tour. Wasn’t too far to be out of the way from Dreams Hotel in Costa Rica. and I’m hype I got another stamp on my passport!!
• Submitted 03 Sep 2019
This was a fantastic day visiting from Costa Rica. Guide was good and the whole your was well organised
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
I had an amazing time, claudio our guide is world class. Very much recommend.
• Submitted 30 Jun 2018
Totally awesome day trip! It is a long drive from tamarindo but it was totally worth it as a quick overview of Nicaragua. I surprised myself by enjoying it so much i want to go back for a longer stay. Feeding the monkeys was definitely a highlight, especially since you cant do that in CR.
• Submitted 31 Mar 2018
This was a wonderful experience and our guide Jose was exceptional. Everything we did had a wow factor including crossing the Border! and though it was a very long day it didn't feel like it - except for the last leg when tiredness hit us all. Breakfast by the lake, the volcano, boat trip and visit to Granada were just wonderful. PS the only gripe was viator contacting us by email the day before to say the trip may need rearranging and when we replied a response was not forthcoming so we had were left in a state of flux and had to contact the local tour company ourselves to find out what was going on. 5 star for the trip and 1 star for viator........
• Submitted 18 Mar 2018
Great tour, highly recommended. The drivers/guides ensured that we had a fantastic time. Very very long day from Tamarindo starting at 430am getting back at around 9p, but worth it. Dollars are taken everywhere so no need to convert into local currency. The views were great. Breakfast/dinner was good. One note: we had breakfast in Nicaragua and NOT Liberia. Plan accordingly.
• Submitted 06 Mar 2018
This was an amazing tour and well worth your time! The day is LONG 4:30am - 9:30pm but the guides kept us on schedule and know the routines and areas very well. Breakfast and lunch were delicious, the volcano was super cool to see, and Granada has so much history. Nicaragua is stunningly beautiful! You might not otherwise see Nicaragua on your own, so take a day and do this. I rate this 5 stars - but a long drive! Be prepared. Bring your passports AND proof of your flight out of Costa Rica. You will need it upon re-entry into Costa Rica. Im told some travelers have forgotten that and had to return all the way to the border the next day to show it. Dont let that be you.
• Submitted 13 Feb 2018
Tour was great but a long day! Gives a great insight to the country. The guide was fun and informative. Border crossings were quick. Small group which was nice. Recommend this tour.
• Submitted 31 Jan 2018
This was our first adventure on our week-long trip to Costa Rica and it was well worth it!!! We were picked up in Liberia which was great as we did not have be up and ready until 6am and we got back a little before 9pm. Our tour guide for the day in Nicaragua, Claudio, was fantastic, knowledgeable, great sense of humor, and crossing the board with him went very smoothly. The day was packed full of wonderful adventures that would have taken my friends and me at least three days to do on our own. It was full of beauty, laughter, and new friends!
• Submitted 18 Jan 2018
This tour was well worth the visit. Claudio the tour guide and Santos the driver were awesome. Crossing the border was a breeze. Claudio was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the tour which made it a great experience. He timed everything perfect allowing our group less congestion with other groups. Breakfast was just ok...but lunch in Masaya was terrific! I highly recommend this tour!!
• Submitted 29 Oct 2017
This trip was great. We had a great tour guide Marlena Don't know if that was her name or not and I feel horrible about not remembering because she is great! who met us at the border. She had pride and was very passionate about her country and sharing about her personal life. I'm glad I read the reviews before going because it prepared me for the long day ahead. I would suggest bringing water because you only get one bottle on the trip. The food, volcano, chocolate tour, and feeding the monkeys was a great hit! We didn't get home until really late and left really early, but this trip makes us want to go back and spend more time in Nicaragua.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2017
David our tour guide in Nicaragua was informative and our breakfast was prepared beautifully. I'm including pictures of the town of Granada which were taking from the top of the church. Monkey Island where Linda came up to the boat, the active volcano and the dormant volcano. This trip was fabulous and I would recommend this trip to anyone in Costa Rica. I booked this tour through Native's Way by way of Viator in March. Viator was extremely helpful since there weren't a lot of offerings for the area / hotel we were staying. I had contact Viator and they were super friendly when I explained where I was staying and having issues trying to book other tours. They provided me with Native's Way name and their website, which enable me to book other tours. I would recommend them Native's Way as a tour company and would book through Viator as well. I've actually been back to Costa Rica early this month May and reached out to Morgan at Native's Way. She's spot on for what you are looking for and had hired Miguel. Miguel is a funny personable person. He loves his country and truly enjoys his job. He makes sure you are have good time. I plan on taking my father next year to Costa Rica and you can bet my bottom dollar I will be reaching out to Morgan and requesting Miguel.
• Submitted 30 May 2017
We really didn't know what to expect and were a bit concerned about the very long day, but decided to book this tour anyway. We were blown away with how fun and educational this tour was. We felt 100 safe and would definitely do this again. The only thing we would do different is book the 2 day tour and spend more time in Nicaragua.
• Submitted 05 May 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 06 Apr 2017
We did this tour before but this time we brought friends and family. Not only was the tour well planned , but they took us to two great places to eat, one for breakfast and another for lunch.. It is a long day but it takes you to many place, Catirina, Lake Nicaragua, Granada, Masaya Volcano and shopping for souvenirs. A day of culture you'll never forget. Our guide David was funny and educational too.
• Submitted 20 Mar 2017
This was a full day but one of our favorite excursions. I wish we could have more time to shop at Crater Lake but I understand the time limitations.
• Submitted 10 Jan 2017
• Submitted 14 Dec 2016
Full day tour to Nicaragua was amazing! We saw magma bubbling inside the crater of an active volcano, shopped at the market, and toured the colorful town of Granada. They provided us two meals, lunch was delicious! The only downside of the tour was all the check stops getting into Nicaragua but that has nothing to do with the tour and didn't take away from it at all! Highly recommended!
• Submitted 01 Nov 2016
Everything was more than expected! The tour expert was so informative and had such great humor. It was a long day tour but definitely worth it!
• Submitted 12 Jul 2016
More like a 3.5 star (rounded up). Tour was great, as we got to see a lot of Nicaragua. However the day was longer than it needed to be (approximately 19 hrs for us). Our pick-up time was at 4am (yes) and we spent +2 hrs picking up people and 2 hrs dropping them off. The tour company should consider having a central meeting point because this was simply inefficient and a waste of time. Also, breakfast and lunch was included, which is great, but dinner should be included too if it’s a +19hr day. We had lunch at 1:30p, but didn’t get back to our hotel until 11:15p... so we were beyond starving on the ride back! Future travelers, bring lots of snacks and an extra cellphone battery charger! Other than that it was a good tour with a packed day of activities—and could easily be a 5 star tour
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019
Our tour was really fun. Mario was a good host and was able to answer all our questions. There were 10 of us and we got along well which was a nice plus. We enjoyed the trip on Lake Nicaragua, the trip to the live volcano, hanging out in Granada and even our first border crossing into Nicaragua. The lunch in Granada was great but the shopping at the market was a waste of time. We would rather have spent more time in Granada and skipped the market. Also be prepared for a long day of travel and when viator says says snacks - that means bring your own....
• Submitted 21 Feb 2018

In Brief

Pinilla, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
15 hours
All entrance fees included
Breakfast included
Lunch included
Fully narrated tour
Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day