- 16-hour tour of Nicaraguan attractions from Guanacaste, Costa Rica
- See Apoyo Lagoon and Mombacho Volcano from Catarina viewpoint
- Visit El Mercado de Artesanías (the craft market) in Catarina
- Visit Masaya Volcano National Park
- Take a ‘volanta’ (horse-drawn carriage) along cobblestone streets in Granada
- Learn about Nicaragua’s unique geology, culture and colonial history
- Typical Costa Rican breakfast and Nicaraguan lunch included
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What You Can Expect
After another 2 hours on the road, hop off the coach at the hilltop Catarina viewpoint for spectacular perspective of the nearby Apoyo Lagoon and the larger Lake Nicaragua. You’ll also see the lakeside Mombacho Volcano.
In the neighboring town of Catarina, visit the local craft market where you can browse handmade textiles and goods made from leather, wood and ceramic. It’s a great place to purchase a unique souvenir to take home.
Journey on to the charming colonial town of Granada. Founded in 1524, it was named after the ancient Spanish city and has been called the ‘Paris of Central America.’ You can opt for a 45-minute ride through the town’s palm-lined avenues on a horse-drawn carriage (own expense), or explore the colorful streets and colonial architecture on your own. Admire attractions like Granada Cathedral and the popular Parque Central as you learn about the history and culture of this historic city.
Rest your feet and refuel with lunch at Rest El Mariscazo (or similar) in Granada, where you can sample Nicaraguan cuisine. Next, continue on to Masaya Volcano National Park. Take in the impressive sight of the park’s active volcano, which regularly emits sulfuric smoke, and keep your camera ready for shots of the beautiful surrounding landscape.
Jeannine C United States of ...
I was charged twice for the horse and buggy ride. However paying the extra 5 dollars didn't matter the excursion it self was wonderful.
The highlight in my 7 days' holiday in Costa Rico.
Brian, the tour guide, is very nice and knowledgeable. Overall it's a safe, well organized trip.
This tour was amazing!
A long but good day, very reliable pick up with good driver and excellent tour guide. Breakfast and lunch were both better than expected and the sights were well worth the money. Very enjoyable.
Brian our guide was outstanding. Especially enjoyed Granada. Horse carriage ride, lunch, and souvenir shopping on the square were highpoints. Catarina scenic views were nice, and souvenir shopping at the local market was best on our trip. Masaya Volcano was picturesque. Breakfast in Liberia was delicious. Only negative is border crossing to/ from Nicaragua. Long wait and redundant checks by health and customs personnel Use the bathroom in CR as it is free. Will cost you $1-$5 to go in Nicaragua while you clear customs. Souvenir sellers in Nicaragua Customs Stop are aggressive.
This tour was amazing!
This tour was truly more than what my best friend and I expected. Very organized and full a little surprises. Loved our tour guide Marco. He was very knowledgable and friendly. great trip!!!
Long but amazing an very instructive trip to Nicaragua. Nicaragua is a beautiful an safe country. Beautiful nature - Lake Nicaragua and Masaya Volcano. Nice old town Granada with lot of old buildings. We could have more time to discover Granada. Lunch was tasty. I would highly recommend this tour.
The tour company was not as stated with Viator and the tour was slightly different than as described on the Viator site. However, the tour was excellent and the company that handled the tour did an outstanding job.
Really great experience going to Nicaragua. I took two kids and felt very safe. Harold, our guide was knowledgeable about the country. Viewpoint from Catarina was beautiful. Taking a boat ride in Lake Nicaragua was fun and we got to feed monkeys. We enjoyed going to the volcano in Masaya National Park. We did not ride in a carriage in Granada or go to to San Juan del Sur. I agree with one of the other reviewers that the description did not fit what we did. However, we did go to Granada and go inside a church that was getting ready for the Easter holiday and it was beautiful. We walked around the square. Really enjoyed this tour.