Venture into Costa Rica’s neighbor to the north with a packed full-day tour of Nicaragua from Guanacaste. The day begins with early morning pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned coach, and then a hearty Costa Rican breakfast in Liberia. Continue on to the Nicaraguan border, where your guide will assist you with all border-crossing procedures.
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, 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.
After your full day, sit back and relax on the approximately 3-hour return drive to Guanacaste, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.