Full Day Nicaragua Tour - Tamarindo

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Explore all of Nicaragua's most famous highlights all in one day from Costa Rica!You will see a dormant volcano crater, the active Masaya Crater, go shopping at the artisan markets, explore the colonial town of Granada, and go on a boat ride viewing the islets of Lake Nicaragua, and even get to feed monkeys!


  • All entrance fees included
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day

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You will picked up from your hotel promptly and taken to Liberia, Costa Rica where you will eat hearty breakfast to start off the day. Then head to the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border. The guide will make it easy for you and will take care of all of the passport work. You will drive straight across the border and then head to your first destination.
Catarina Volcano Outlook Point: Here you will enjoy an incredible view over the dormant volcano crater, Granada, and Lake Nicaragua. You will be allowed to walk around freely for a while before getting back in the bus and heading to the next stop.
Masaya Artisan Market: Do some shopping for inexpensive souvenirs and experience the Nicaraguan life style before sitting down for a typical Nicaraguan lunch.
Masaya Volcano: An active volcano where you will have the opportunity to stand right next to its crater and hear it rumbling and spewing of gases. An incredible, rare sight.
Next stop: Granada! An old Colonial town near Lake Nicaragua. Stop at La Merced Church, considered one of the most beautiful buildings of Granada. It is flanked by a large tower that houses the church bells. You will ascend the stairs and reach the roof of the church. From here, you'll have a panoramic city view of Granada, Mombacho Volcano, and Nicaragua Lake with the islets. This is the perfect place to take pictures of the beautiful city and the surroundings.
Your last stop is a one hour boat ride in Lake Nicaragua viewing the Nicarguan Islets around sunset. Your guide will stop by Monkey Island consisting only of monkeys that will come out and take food from your guide on the boat! You will then head back to Costa Rica, stopping on the way to pick up some snacks for the ride home.
What to Bring: Sunscreen, Camera, Passport, Proof of flight out of Costa Rica, US Dollars to buy souvenirs

Inclusions for Full Day Nicaragua Tour

  • Bottled water
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • National Park fees

Exclusions for Full Day Nicaragua Tour

  • Gratuities (recommended)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants. Please bring your passport on the day of your tour

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Tour was great but a long day! Gives a great insight to the country. The guide was fun and informative. Border crossings were quick. Small group which was nice. Recommend this tour.

  • Although, I booked the tour through Viator 5 days before I wanted to take the excursion and indicated it was only for one, the day I was leaving for Costa Rica on the way to the airport I received an email that the vendor Native's Way wanted to move the day of the excursion since I was a solo. I had already planned my days, so this was a huge inconvenience. As I was about to board my plane I was speaking to a representative at Native's Way, who was initially extremely rude she later apologized and said she was hungover from night before. I eventually had to change the date of my excursion.

    On the day of the excursion I was picked up at 4:30am, since other people had to be picked up and then drive to the Nicaraguan Border. At the border we switched drivers and our tour guide/driver Claudio escorted us across the border. We had about a 40min delay because one of the individuals had to get a Visa.

    Claudio, was knowledgeable. However he drove extremely fast I think to make up the time we lost at the border. However, this made several of us nervous, in addition to not enjoying the landscape. He rushed us at the stopping spots, except at the Catarina volcano look out. He disappeared for 30 minutes. Did not give us much information about the area. We didn't go to the Massaya Artisan market.

    The boat ride to see the monkeys in Granada was nice. However we were only given 30 minute to walk around the town in Granada. Claudio did not give us a tour and did not give much info. Very disappointed.

    Overall, I was glad I went to Nicaragua, but I felt we had more of a driver than a tour guide

  • This was our first adventure on our week-long trip to Costa Rica and it was well worth it!!! We were picked up in Liberia which was great as we did not have be up and ready until 6am and we got back a little before 9pm. Our tour guide for the day in Nicaragua, Claudio, was fantastic, knowledgeable, great sense of humor, and crossing the board with him went very smoothly. The day was packed full of wonderful adventures that would have taken my friends and me at least three days to do on our own. It was full of beauty, laughter, and new friends!

  • This tour was well worth the visit. Claudio the tour guide and Santos the driver were awesome. Crossing the border was a breeze. Claudio was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the tour which made it a great experience. He timed everything perfect allowing our group less congestion with other groups. Breakfast was just ok...but lunch in Masaya was terrific! I highly recommend this tour!!

  • This trip was great. We had a great tour guide Marlena Don't know if that was her name or not and I feel horrible about not remembering because she is great! who met us at the border. She had pride and was very passionate about her country and sharing about her personal life. I'm glad I read the reviews before going because it prepared me for the long day ahead. I would suggest bringing water because you only get one bottle on the trip. The food, volcano, chocolate tour, and feeding the monkeys was a great hit! We didn't get home until really late and left really early, but this trip makes us want to go back and spend more time in Nicaragua.

  • David our tour guide in Nicaragua was informative and our breakfast was prepared beautifully. I'm including pictures of the town of Granada which were taking from the top of the church. Monkey Island where Linda came up to the boat, the active volcano and the dormant volcano. This trip was fabulous and I would recommend this trip to anyone in Costa Rica.

    I booked this tour through Native's Way by way of Viator in March. Viator was extremely helpful since there weren't a lot of offerings for the area / hotel we were staying. I had contact Viator and they were super friendly when I explained where I was staying and having issues trying to book other tours. They provided me with Native's Way name and their website, which enable me to book other tours. I would recommend them Native's Way as a tour company and would book through Viator as well.

    I've actually been back to Costa Rica early this month May and reached out to Morgan at Native's Way. She's spot on for what you are looking for and had hired Miguel.

    Miguel is a funny personable person. He loves his country and truly enjoys his job. He makes sure you are have good time. I plan on taking my father next year to Costa Rica and you can bet my bottom dollar I will be reaching out to Morgan and requesting Miguel.

  • We really didn't know what to expect and were a bit concerned about the very long day, but decided to book this tour anyway. We were blown away with how fun and educational this tour was. We felt 100 safe and would definitely do this again. The only thing we would do different is book the 2 day tour and spend more time in Nicaragua.

  • This tour was amazing!

  • We did this tour before but this time we brought friends and family. Not only was the tour well planned , but they took us to two great places to eat, one for breakfast and another for lunch.. It is a long day but it takes you to many place, Catirina, Lake Nicaragua, Granada, Masaya Volcano and shopping for souvenirs. A day of culture you'll never forget. Our guide David was funny and educational too.

  • While the sites and experiences are really good, the day is very long and you spend a lot of time on the bus. We left our hotel at 4 a.m and didn't return until 11 pm schedule said 8:30 return. Our last meal was at 2 so it made for a very long day. The border was an experience all in itself taking up at least an hour each way. Seeing the different volcanoes was a great experience and 1 that we had never had, Granada was good but I would have liked to spend 2 or 3 more hours there. The best part was a boat trip on Lake Nicaragua to see the monkeys. The ride was beautiful. I would recommend the trip but only if you fully understand just how long it is and how much time you will spend cooped up. Food was very good and Edwardo our tour guide was the best- easy to understand, informative and funny, I would highly recommend him. Final thought bring toilet paper and expect to pay to use the restrooms.

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