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Nicaragua One Day Expedition



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Looking to spice up your Costa Rican vacation? What about doing it by getting another stamp in your passport with a fantastic Nicaragua day trip? Picture this: a breathtaking lake, a stunning volcano and a wonderful colonial city in a whole different country, just a day trip away from your vacation destination! This tour to Nicaragua truly has all you look for in a side-trip – and it’s to another country without taking a flight!
  • Spend a full day of adventure and history in the amazing Nicaragua!
  • Delight with the beautiful lakes, impresive landmarks and the colonial ambience of the country.
  • Enjoy a traditional Nicaraguan lunch hosted in a gorgeous colonial home.
  • Add another country stamp to your passport by crossing the Costa Rican border!
  • Activity duration: One day
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off included


Fantastic views of Apoyo Lagoon and a visit to an active volcano!

Your Nicaragua day trip begins bright and early in the morning with pick-up from resorts in Guanacaste on a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. You will meet your bilingual guide, an engaging Nicaraguan expert, who will get to know the group over and assist with all the details at the border crossing. Once in Nicaragua, the day’s first stop is a visit to the Mirador de Catarina or Catarina Viewpoint, near the small town of the same name.

From this well-known lookout point, you’ll have superb views of Apoyo Lagoon, a huge volcanic crater that over time, filled with water, becoming a fantastically diverse Nature Reserve. Before leaving, there’s an opportunity for a quick visit to a crafts market for some souvenir shopping. Among other landmarks, like the sights of Madero’s and Concepcion Volcanoes, the city of Granada and San Juan del Sur – your next stop.

San Juan del Sur bursts with colorful charm. Explore its vibrant streets lined with brightly painted houses, soaking up the lively atmosphere. Ascend to the Mirador de la Bahía de Playa de Arena Blanca for breathtaking panoramic views. Towering over the white sand beach, you'll find the iconic Cristo de la Misericordia statue, a must-see landmark for any visitor.

The colonial town of Granada and a ride on Lake Nicaragua

Granada, a wonderful colonial town located on the western shore of Lake Nicaragua, was founded in 1524 by Spanish conquistadors - one of the oldest cities in the Americas. Thanks to its distinct architecture, including several beautiful churches and cathedrals, Granada has a unique colonial charm found only in the Caribbean. Wander through the narrow streets lined with colorful walls of the town’s buildings.

Many visitors pay particular attention to the interesting doors of the structures. Each has its own unique personality, showcasing the talented artisans and woodworkers that created them – often centuries ago. Some doors are large and constructed of thick, ornately carved wood. Others are painted in bright attention demanding colors, some pleasantly contrasting the facade of the building. All sparking thoughts of what intriguing stories might lie behind them.

Next, enjoy a traditional Nicaraguan lunch with a personal touch hosted in a colonial home. Don’t miss the opportunity to try some “Vigoron”, a typical Nicaraguan dish composed of slow-cooked pork, fermented cabbage, yuca (cassava root) and a mouthwatering spicy sauce.

After lunch, you’ll board a boat for a leisurely sail on Lake Nicaragua, the largest in Central America. Relax as you cruise along and marvel at the stunning views of over 255 tiny islands that dot the lake surface, all formed by eruptions of the Mombacho Volcano over the millenniums. Your guide will also point out interesting observations based on the structures visible on several of the inhabited islets that underscore the state of Nicaragua’s economy. Back on land, you’ll board your transportation for the return trip to Costa Rica – with arrival back at your resort sometime between 6:30p – 8:00p, depending on its location.

As this tour involves crossing into another country, ensure you meet the requirements listed in the Practical Information section below.


  • Round-trip, air-conditioned transportation
  • Bilingual tour guide
  • Immigration taxes
  • Entrance fee
  • Boat ride
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast included (with exception of Dreams las Mareas resort)

Practical Information

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Bring insect repellent, sunglasses, and a camera
  • Time: Full day
  • All participants must sign a release of liability
  • This excursion is only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays and must meet a minimum capacity of passengers so the trip can take place

    As this tour involves crossing into another country, ensure you meet the following requirements:
    To know before booking:
  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the excursion date.
  • This tour covers entry taxes for Nicaragua; however, please be aware that certain nationalities might incur additional payments. Contact your Amstar Representative for further information.

  • The day before the excursion:
  • It is crucial to contact your Amstar representative before 10:00 am the day before your trip to prepare all the border-crossing paperwork we sent to the Nicaraguan border.
  • To make the process faster, have your original passport and two copies of your flight details at hand.
  • Failure to provide this information on time may result in the cancellation of the excursion.

Good To Know

  • Tour Language: English / Spanish
  • Tour Location(s): Costa Rica / Nicaragua
  • Season: All year long
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 6 years old
  • Maximum Age Permitted: 75 years old
  • Maximum Weight Permitted: 286 lbs (130 kg)
  • Hotel Pick-up Available: Yes
  • Good Physical Condition Required: Yes
  • Suitable For Children : Yes
  • Pregnant Woman Allowed: no
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