Central American neighbors Nicaragua and Costa Rica share more than just a similar bearing on a map. From exotic wildlife and revered eco-lodges, to endless jungle and serene vistas - adventure, and relaxation, await. Set out with a private guide in search of colorful hummingbirds, zipping around from flower to flower in the jungle foliage, or perhaps catch a glimpse of the elusive quetzal, a striking green and red bird which draws bird lovers from around the globe. Hike the base of Arenal Volcano, and see the ecosystem of the forest canopy as you walk the hanging bridges with a private guide. Bask in the tranquility of one of Costa Rica's most beautiful waterfalls, then find yourself relaxing on the Pacific Coast. Cross in to Nicaragua and stay at a serene eco-lodge, where the scenic backdrop of Lago Nicaragua soothes your soul without leaving your hammock.

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Day 1: San José - Bajos Del Toro

Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.

Enjoy a private transfer with a professional driver to El Silencio Lodge.

A welcome package with your vouchers, a country map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: El Silencio Lodge & Spa

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a unique retreat, designed by one of Costa Rica’s most prominent architects, Ronald Zurcher. El Silencio provides a seamless natural immersion experience that reflects elements of Costa Rica’s traditional rural farms and countryside homes. The clean lines and the extensive use of wood, bamboo, and glass elements perfectly complement the lush tropical cloud forest. Bewildering lush landscapes are to be enjoyed in stylish comfort. El Silencio Lodge & Spa features sixteen upscale cottage suites interspersed in a tiered layout. This upscale Costa Rican hotel features five hundred private acres of carbon-offsetting tropical cloud forest, hidden waterfalls, a nature-immersed spa, yoga, hiking, meditation, and healthy organic cuisine.

Day 2: Bajos Del Toro

El Silencio’s own trails are peppered with the area’s most exciting feathered species. Minute hummingbirds, threatened black guans, and elusive quetzals will provide thrilling glimpses and exciting photo opportunities. Perfect for everyone, from newbies to experienced birding enthusiasts. The tour departs from the main building at 6:00am.

Accommodation: El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Day 3: Bajos Del Toro

Meet your private driver for a transfer from Bajos del Toro to Arenal. Transfer time is usually 2.5 hours.

In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel by private vehicle and English speaking guide and transferred to the spectacular micro rainforest close to the Arenal Volcano. Enjoy a 1.5 hour leisurely hike through the rainforest while your private guide educates you on the interesting history of the Arenal Volcano. This park is located at the base of the Arenal Volcano and is filled with amazing wildlife such as monkeys, toucans, coati and a large variety of bird species. The duration of this tour is approximately 3.5 hours and pick up will be at 3:45pm.

Accommodation: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens

Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel located in the area of the Arenal Volcano National Park that is widely recognized for providing luxurious accommodations and premium amenities. A 5-star member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Nayara has been acclaimed as one of the most romantic places in the world. The heartfelt hospitality, impeccable service, fine cuisine, outstanding spa, amazing excursions and eco-experiences make Nayara the premier destination in Costa Rica. Nayara is Arenal’s jewel. A place of nature where romance emanates and life moves at a slower pace to allow time to rekindle old relationships and to start new ones in an enchanting way. Nayara is an authentic Costa Rican journey, a property that reflects its location and respects the ecological balance of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Day 4: Arenal

Prepare for an exciting outing as you explore the jungles of Arenal on a private guided tour atop the famed Hanging Bridges. This weaving system of hanging bridges allows visitors to explore the upper and lower canopies of this amazing area. This bridge system is supported by concrete bricks providing stability when used. This system stretches across an area of 3100 metres through some of the dense jungle area which surround the Arenal mountainous sub-forest. A variety of wildlife can be seen whilst walking about on this dynamic bridge system including howler monkeys, and a plethora of exotic birds. For your convenience, morning or afternoon departures are available. The tour will span approximately 3.5 fun-filled hours.

Accommodation: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens

Day 5: Arenal Papagayo

Your driver & guide will meet you at the hotel reception after you have checked out of your hotel to transfer to the dry forest of Guanacaste. Midway to your beach destination, stop to visit the spectacular Llanos del Cortez Waterfall located near to the town of Bagaces. This waterfall is considered to be one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful waterfalls. The falls drops into a tranquil pond with a white sandy beach that’s perfect for swimming and sunbathing. After your visit to the waterfall, time to make a stop for lunch (included). After lunch, continue to your beach hotel. INCLUDES: Private transportation with bilingual guide, entrance to Llanos del Cortez Waterfall and Lunch.

Accommodation: El Mangroove (5*)

El Mangroove hotel is located in the northwestern coastal region of the Guanacaste province in the coveted Papagayo Bay. It is situated on a natural mangrove and features a beachfront location facing blue waters and lush tropical scenery. This premier luxury resort's bohemian-chic suites are nestled amongst mangrove and beach front forest. A hotel inspired by barefoot luxury, it’s relaxed, laid-back and down-right cool. Perfect mixes of wood and water alongside contemporary linear architecture, natural furnishings and subtle splashes of color make it evident that true indulgence is found in simplicity.

Day 6: Papagayo

This tour will take you along Costa Rica’s Gold Coast while passing some of Guanacaste’s exotic bays, white sand beaches, tropical jungles and rain forest. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the beach, where you will board a small 28 foot Mini Marlin for transport to the New Marlin del Rey. Once on board the New Marlin Del Ray an introductory speech is given, the anchor is pulled and you motor sail to one of the many pristine beaches in the area. En route look for turtles, dolphins, flying fish or whales. You can also cast a fishing line off the back. Then eventually pull into a secluded bay and drop anchor. Snorkel equipment is provided and the guests are given an hour to swim among the rocky reefs looking for exotic sea life. You will be able to enjoy the exhilarating performance of a catamaran, lounge in the sun, use kayaks, and swim in the warm tropical water while spotting dolphin, rays and reef fish. While guests enjoy the bay, the crew prepares a light lunch. Following lunch staff pull anchor, raise the sails and casually motor sail across the bay. Then arrive at the final anchor location as the sun nears the horizon and the sky explodes into a multitude of colors. The friendly, professional crew will ensure your comfort and safety during this spectacular journey along the Costa Rican coast, a trip you’ll be sure to remember. You will disembark the Marlin Del Rey as the sun sinks below the horizon. Light lunch of BBQ chicken, guacamole, cookies/chips, fruit and beer, cocktails, juices and soft drinks included.

Accommodation: El Mangroove (5*)

Day 7: Papagayo

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: El Mangroove (5*)

Day 8: Papagayo - Granada

Meet your driver for a private transfer from Papagayo, Costa Rica to Granada, Nicaragua. The trip duration is approximately 3.5 hrs.

Meet your driver for a shared transfer from Granada to Jicaro Lodge and vice versa. From Granada to Puerto Marina Cocibolca and return, transfer is by 4x4 transportation (approx. 15 minutes). From the Marina to Jicaro Lodge and return, transportation is by boat (approx. 15min.)

Accommodation: Jicaro Island EcoLodge

Jicaro Island Ecolodge is Nicaragua's top nature eco resort, located on a private island in the Granada Isletas of Lake Nicaragua. One of Nicaragua's best hotels, the ecolodge is located just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada with spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across the lake. Immerse yourself in a magical island experience filled with peace and tranquility. At Jicaro ecolodge hotel you stay in your own luxury two storey house, a 'casita', raised up above the ground like a treehouse. The nine casitas on the island all have lake views and are only a short walk from the pool, restaurant, and wellness center. You can relax in the private space of your casita with its views of Lake Nicaragua or join other guests in the communal areas. Jicaro Island Ecolodege is part of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Day 9: Granada

Jicaro is a place where you can find the perfect combination of relaxation and exploration. After a day of lounging in your private hammock or indulging in a rejuvenating massage in the wellness center, you might want to adventure out on one of the signature tours. The tours offer varied activities ranging from easy to challenging, and are all accompanied by a private guide who will teach you about local flora and fauna, as well as Nicaraguan history, culture and day-to-day living. Bird watching, Tropical Forest & Hot Springs, Kayaking, Hiking, Fishing and more! Tours listed above will be at an additional cost.

Accommodation: Jicaro Island EcoLodge

Day 10: Granada

Jicaro is the ideal location for people who want to reconnect with themselves and leave their hectic lives behind for a few days. Besides Yoga sessions and a variety of massage and wellness treatments, a visitor to the island will be enticed by the fresh and healthy local cuisine, the warmth of the local staff and the authenticity of the overall experience. The Yoga deck looks out over the lake and towards the Mombacho volcano; it is a spot that inspires serenity and tranquility. Yoga classes are available for guests on a daily basis. The wellness center is located right on the lake and offers two spectacular open air treatment rooms with private showers. Massages range from Swedish to Shiatsu to Hot Stone treatments and are available on a daily basis. Additional cost will apply to yoga and wellness services.

Accommodation: Jicaro Island EcoLodge

Day 11: Granada

You will transfer by boat (shared) to the Marina Cocibolca from there you will be met and transferred by private vehicle and driver to Granada hotel/airport.

Enjoy a private vehicle and driver as you transfer from Granada to Managua.

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.