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From La Fortuna: 1-Day Small-Group Nicaragua Tour

Product ID: 164823
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Enjoy a one-day scenic tour from La Fortuna to explore the natural, cultural and historic treasures of Nicaragua.
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Duration: 12 hours
Starting time 6:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Pickup possible from hotels in Zone 1, including La Fortuna Town, Arenal Country, Casa Luna Hotel & Spa, Los Lagos, Volcano Lodge, Volcano Inn, Arenal Springs, Arenal Manoa, Arenal Paraíso, Montaña de Fuego, Kokoro, Campo Verde, Carlos Lodge, Tacotal, Kioro, Tabacón, Mountain Paradise, Arenal Nayara, Villas Eco Arenal, Silencio del Campo, Royal Corin, Baldi Hot Springs, La Pradera del Arenal, Magic Mountain, and Lomas del Volcan. For hotels in Zone 2, a fee of $39.00 applies. This rate is per service for 1-6 people at hotels in Arenal, El Tanque Airport, Lost Iguana, Arenal Lodge, El Bosque, and the Springs Resort. For transfers from hotels in Zone 3, a fee of $48.00 applies. This includes Arenal Observatorio Lodge, hotels in El Castillo, hotels in Chachagua, and hotels in Muelle.

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  • Explore the Solentiname Archipelago and San Carlos in Nicaragua
  • Experience a traditional and authentic Nicaraguan lunch
  • Visit natural, cultural, historic, and archeological points of interest throughout the tour
Full description
You will depart at 6 AM heading towards Los Chiles, Costa Rica’s northern border town. Once you make it through the border control, your Nicaraguan transportation will be awaiting you. You will take a scenic ride to San Carlos, Nicaragua, crossing the Santa Fe Bridge above the San Juan River. This river serves as the natural border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Once in San Carlos, you will enjoy a historic journey through the city streets, La Fortaleza, El Mirador and Malecon.

Next, you will take a speedboat to the Solentiname Archipelago which consists of 36 islands full of natural, cultural, archeological, and historic riches, which have been declared a Nicaraguan National Monument. You will visit 2 of them, Zapote and Zapotillo, known as “The Bird Islands”, where you can observe countless species of birds like cormorants, herons, pelicans, roseate spoonbills, ospreys, among others. Afterward, you will visit the San Fernando Island for a delicious traditional Nicaraguan lunch, with fresh fish from the lake.

After lunch, you will take a short boat ride to the island of Mancarron, the most popular and biggest island of the Archipelago. Here, you will walk through the town, visiting important attractions including the Archeological Museum with unique pieces found on the islands, the traditional country church “The Refuge”, which is renowned for its history, and has served as inspiration for many, like writer, Gabriel García Marquez, songwriter, Carlos Mejia Godoy, and poet Ernesto Cardenal. You will visit some of the local workshops to observe the artists in their creation of woodwork, unique paintings, and more. Finally, it will be time to head back to Costa Rica.
  • Transportation to and from your hotel in an air-conditioned minivan with Wi-Fi
  • Aquatic transportation
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Entrance fees to attractions mentioned
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Box breakfast, traditional Nicaraguan lunch
  • International insurance policy.
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • 7 Costa Rican exit tax, $12 Nicaraguan entrance tax, $2 Nicaraguan exit tax, tips, other personal expenses.
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Pregnant women

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• A passport with 6+ months of validity is required. International tourists must also have copies of their round-trip airline tickets in compliance with migratory policies.
• In the case of any migratory restrictions or problems, Ecoterra can provide return transportation to La Fortuna for an additional charge. The cost of the tour will not be reimbursed.
• This tour requires a minimum of 2 adults.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult.
• Minimum age required: 5 years.
• Price for child’s: 05 – 12 years.
• Operated by a multilingual guide in English and Spanish
• Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
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From US$ 286.35 US$ 229.08 per person