Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Nicaragua Day Trip: Catarina, Masaya Volcano and Granada from Guanacaste. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
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.
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 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.
Excellent day trip! The guide and driver made the border crossing very smooth. We learned some great details about Nicaragua and now want to visit again for a longer stay. The volcanoes were awe inspiring and the boat trip was very relaxing. Breakfast wasn't anything special, but lunch was delicious! My only qualm was that we were quite rushed at the market, but the tour was great other than that!
Amazing tour, in large part due to the personality and knowledge of our guide, David. The country is beautiful and we made stops including a boat tour of Lake Nicaragua, walking through Granada, and a view of the volcano. We picked up four people who had started the tour a couple of days earlier and spent nights in Granada, then continued on to conclude the tour with our group. I strongly encourage people who have the opportunity to take advantage of this option, since Granada is beautiful and offers many things to do and see if you extend your stay. I was amazed by the enormous energy windmill field that we passed when entering and exiting Nicaragua. Overall, this was a wonderful tour and well spent excursion, in large part due to the additional information offered by David. Thank you!
It was a long day, but so well worth it! The tour guide did a great job, especially getting us through border control seemlessly. The bus was comfortable, the sights were beautiful. The lunch was awesome, exceeded expectations for sure. We always felt safe and well taken care of by the drivers and guide. The carriage ride thru Granada was the highlight. The views from San Juan Del Sur's Christ statue were spectacular. Through out the entire day, we saw so much, yet never felt rushed.
This was a trip that quite honestly nobody wanted my son and I to go on because they were afraid that it was dangerous for us to go to Nicaragua, but I must say I am glad I went ahead anyway and did it because it was the highlight of our trip. Nicaragua was a beautiful country filled with lots of old beautiful buildings and historically has a lot for you to see and enjoy. We never felt unsafe or afraid to walk around even by ourselves and not with the group. It is definitely a place that you should see if you get the opportunity because it's very close and definitely worth the money. Hopefully you will be as lucky as we were to have marc as your tour guide. He was very personable and knowledgeable about not only Nicaragua but Costa Rica as well. We learned a lot of both of these countries history from him. Make sure you bring your cameras because there is so much that you will want to capture and share with everyone when you go home.
I enjoyed this trip a lot. The ride to Nicaragua wasn't bad. You have a few check points, so that breaks up the drive. Breakfast wasn't anything to brag about. But the tour guide was knowledgeable and personable. The towns we explored were beautiful. Lunch could of been better as well. They claimed to have chicken fajitas, which 13 of the 16 of us ordered. When the food came out we saw it was chicken fingers, none of us were happy with that. The tour guide said they call fingers fajitas. So be aware of that when ordering lunch. I felt safe the whole trip. And at the end they gave us a cute souvenir. Do this tour!
My tours were amazing!!!!! I had a great time. I would definitely recommend the Nicaragua day trip!!!! Nicaragua is beautiful!!! The monkey island, Masaya volcano etc. Just beautiful!!! Ziplining in Costa Rica Awesome!! I had a blast!!!
A great experience. Mark was a very knowledgeable guide and very personable.
Very good value for money. Great Central American history lesson!
the tour was great,very informative,and lots to see. we did have to pay extra for the horse and buggy ride,it was not included as it stated..i would recommend it..on the down side there could have been a few extra stops for drinks and potty.we were not gone 16 hours so we could have fit it in.
This certainly was worth the long day. Looking into a volcano from the rim was most exhilarating. Our tour guide, Marco, was fantastic, knowledgeable, funny and friendly. The boat trip on Lake Nicaragua was lovely including feeding the monkeys on one of the islands. The market shopping was a great place to purchase Nicaraguan souvenirs - the leather products were beautiful. The lunch was fabulous - try the fish. The border crossing was an "experience" ...would recommend this trip to others.
It was a long day but definitely worth the trip! We had David for our guide he was knowledgeable and funny, we had breakfast and a great lunch at the Masaya market. It's was nice to se the cultural differences between the Costa Rica and Nicaragua. I absolutely loved Granada and the square over looking the church.
The tour itself was great. I agree with everything the other reviewers said. Long, but worth it. We had a 2.5 year old with us and he actually did fine with the trip. There IS a lot of driving time (especially the return... it was about 3.5-4 hours with a stop at the border in between) but the tour guide fills it with useful information and after a full day of activity our son just fell asleep. My review while 4 stars would really be 2 stars if I were rating only Viator. But I rated the tour and I'll just tell you my experience going through Viator in Costa Rica was not great. The Viator tour description included a bit more than we actually received and we found it difficult to make contact with the local operator we were supposed to call when we arrived in Costa Rica. We also found that the tour we were on was the same tour that other hotel guests booked locally for less money. All in all it was an unnecessary hassle. Some countries it's useful booking these kinds of trips with an American company but in this case it caused more confusion. The Viator agents however were very responsive and did refund us for the items promised and not delivered (carriage ride, cruise in Nicaragua). If you go with the right expectations it's an amazing experience. We were a little doubtful about the quality of our tour operator given the issues we faced in communicating with them (not 100% due to the language barrier, but poor organization, disconnected numbers, careless review of information sent etc.), but it turned out to be a great company (hotelbeds) that did the actual tour. We were pleased once we re-aligned our expectations with those of the other hotel guests on the same tour.
Mark was a fantastic tour guide! Filled with information, and wow, every word in English and French, and perfect Spanish with the locals! A very long day, but sooo interesting. Lunch was fantastic. Amazing experience and 4 stamps in th passport in one day!-score!
Excellent guide and driver, the food at the late lunch was excellent. It is a long day, but worth it.
This was a fantastic day trip. Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. All others on the trip noted their satisfaction as well. The carriage ride through Granada was beautiful. I would highly recommend this trip if you have the time.
Annette Loso, Vermont
After our initial issues with making our reservations, we were pleased with your transportation arrangements in that you sent a van to our location while another was traveling up to meet us in La Cruz with the other participants in our tour. The person who picked us up at the hotel did not speak english which was a challenge since we did not know that we were going to meet up with another group but were pleased with the group of 3 that met us and spoke fluent english. We enjoyed the stop at the Masaya Volcano but would have enjoyed a trip to the visitors center to better understand the volcano causes and results...Granada was beautiful. it was our understanding that the tour of the city by horse and carriage was included in our cost so we were surprised to find it would cost each carriage an additional $20.00 for the tour. The tour was very good for us as our guide spoke perfect english, but other participants did not have english speaking guides which would have been disappointing. Lunch was delicious.
The country is enchanting to go and see, however most of the time is spent at the borders dealing with immigration and lines. The tour guide was not happy with the tips he received, (one should be careful and think before they speak, never know when someone might know the language).