Costa Rica – Nicaragua Fly & Drive

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SAN JOSÉ – ARENAL – MONTEVERDE – SAN JUAN DEL SUR – GRANADA – LEÓN

                            Highlights:

  • 13 Days / 12 Nights
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Cloud Forest of Monteverde
  • San Juan del Sur
  • Colonial City Granada
  • León City

With this program you will explore not only the two highlights of Costa Rica:  the Arenal Volcano with its perfect cone and the Monteverde Cloud Forest where you can feel, see and hear the misty and the surreal cloud forest. You will also have the opportunity to cross the country boundaries to immerse into the Colonial Cities of Nicaragua: Granada & Leon. Plus enjoying the fascinating beaches at San Juan del Sur.


 DAY 1  ARRIVE SAN JOSÉ

Welcome to San José! Your journey begins with a warm greeting at the airport from a local representative. Afterwards, you will be taken to your selected hotel in San Jose for the overnight.
Overnight at Hotel Sleep Inn.
No meals.


DAY 2  SAN JOSE – ARENAL

Today in the morning you will be provided with a Suv Compact 4×4 car rental category. Today you will be heading up to the Arenal Volcano.   On the way you can make a stop to visit Sarchi known for the craftsmanship specially in wood. There is also the known Zarcero park and church and overall in the whole route there is diverse of agricultural plantations, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until arrive to Arenal Volcano area.
Overnight at Hotel Lomas del Volcan.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 3  ARENAL

Explore on your own with your car rental the surrounding and visit some of the attractions offered in this area, such as the Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna Waterfall, Canopy, Hot Springs, Hanging bridges.
Overnight at Hotel Lomas del Volcán.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 4  ARENAL – MONTEVERDE

After breakfast, continue heading up to the Cloud Forest area in Monteverde.   Roads in some portions are in gravel, a little bit bumpy and dusty but this is a beautiful sightseeing drive bordering the Arenal Lake with great views of the mountains and the Arenal Volcano. The highlands of the cloud forests of Monteverde is a special area for the adventure and ecotourism lover. Small settlements devoted to agriculture and livestock made this area the heart of the country.
Overnight at Hotel Trapp Family Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 5  MONTEVERDE

This day is at leisure to enjoy the optional activities in the area. Monteverde offers a wide range of activities ranging from the visit to the town of Santa Elena, where you will find the frog pound, the serpentarium and art galleries.  Hanging bridges, aerial tram, canopy tour, Monteverde Reserve, Trapiche  and more are part of the of activities you can find in this area.
Overnight at Hotel Trapp Family Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 6  MONTEVERDE – PEÑAS BLANCAS BORDER – SAN JUAN DEL SUR, NICARAGUA

Today you will be heading on to San Juan del Sur Nicaragua.   The first portion of your drive will be taking you up to Peñas Blancas frontier (Costa Rica – Nicaragua border). This journey is accompanied by incredible views of the Gulf of Nicoya and quaint rural villages until you reach the Pan-American Highway, where you can notice the change between the tropical rain forest and tropical dry forest that characterizes the province of Guanacaste. Then you will continue on driving to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.
Overnight at Hotel Colonial.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 7 SAN JUAN DEL SUR

Enjoy the different beaches close to San Juan del Sur like Chacocente, Punta Sardinas, Popoyo, El Yanqui, La Flor and Majahual.
Overnight at Hotel Colonial.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 8 SAN JUAN DEL SUR

Today you can visit Hermosa Beach to enjoy the beach or take surf class. There is the Playa Hermosa Surf Camp situated in 2000 acres of virgin beach.
Overnight at Hotel Colonial.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 9 SAN JUAN DEL SUR – GRANADA

Today you will continue the adventure by driving to the Granada City.  Granada is the oldest city in Central America founded in 1524, keeping like treasure its old colonial architecture.
Overnight at Hotel Alhambra.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 10 GRANADA

Day at leisure. Enjoy the local atmosphere. The “Central Plaza”, surrounded by the Cathedral (1900) is a perfect place to enjoy a delicious Nicaraguan Coffee. The beautiful neo- classical building of the Casa Pellas and the old City Hall creates a perfect setting. Other options are Fortín de la Pólvora, San Francisco Convent, The Islets, Mombacho Volcano etc.
Overnight at Hotel Alhambra.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 11 GRANADA – LEÓN

Today you will continue the driving to Leon City. The scenic road to León borders the Lake Managua with impressive view of Momotombo. The first city of León was founded by the Spanish “Conquistadors” in 1524 at the slopes of the Momotombo Volcano.  Due to constant earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in 1610 this city was later relocated 53 miles (90 km) further north from Managua.
Overnight at Hotel Los Balcones.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 12 LEÓN

Day at leisure in Leon area. You can visit The Cathedral of León, The Sutiaba Church, Hervideros de San Jacinto, a Rum Distillery or Juan Venado Natural Reserve.
Overnight at Hotel Los Balcones.
Meals: Breakfast


DAY 13 LEÓN – MANAGUA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Today you will be making your way to Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport in Managua for your flight back home.  You will be dropping off the car in the airport surroundings.
Meals: Breakfast


 


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