23 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

23 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

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23 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

London, United Kingdom
Fly:  14​h 45​min
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 4 nights
Drive + ferry:  5​h
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Managua, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
London, United Kingdom

1
day
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Jose travel route planner.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Jose is minus 6 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in March; daily highs in San Jose reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Adventure, #Outdoors
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
River Rafting & Tubing
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

3
days
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

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Drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
days
Liberia, Costa Rica

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, get interesting insight from Tours, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, then meet the residents at Centro de Rescate Las Pumas, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Liberia road trip website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Liberia can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Liberia

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Shark Diving, Centro de Rescate Las Pumas
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Shark Diving

3
days
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Step out of Isla de Ometepe to go to San Juan del Sur and see San Juan del Sur Beach, which is approximately 2 hours away. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion, and ponder the design of Ojo de Agua.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe day trip site .

Explore your travel options from Liberia to Isla de Ometepe with the Route module. While traveling from Liberia, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Isla de Ometepe, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 29°C. You will leave for Granada on the 31st (Sat).

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

San Juan del Sur Beach
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Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde

2
days
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada ©
The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Mombacho Volcano National Preserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Apoyo, and then stop by Masaya Crafts Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Granada trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Isla de Ometepe to Granada in 5 hours. March in Granada sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Granada

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Masaya Crafts Market, Apoyo
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

2
days
Leon, Nicaragua

Leon ©
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Volcan cerro negro, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, then examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, and finally examine the collection at Museo de la Revolucion. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Las Penitas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Leon holiday planner .

Drive from Granada to Leon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April in Leon, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Managua.

Things to do in Leon

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Volcan cerro negro ©
Volcan cerro negro
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

1
day
Managua, Nicaragua

Managua ©
Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
On the 5th (Thu), make a trip to Puerto Salvador Allende, make a trip to Plaza de la Revolucion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Museum National Palace of the Culture, then don't miss a visit to Loma de Tiscapa, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Managua itinerary site .

Drive from Leon to Managua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Managua

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo
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Santiago of Managua Cathedral ©
Santiago of Managua Cathedral
Puerto Salvador Allende ©
Puerto Salvador Allende

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