Overview & Highlights

We’ve picked the best natural highlights of two friendly neighbouring republics:  discover them on an adventurous holiday with river trips, lake ferries, volcano visits and an island stay. Wildlife abounds in luscious tropical landscapes. 

  • Arenal: Sky Tram and hanging bridges
  • Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve
  • Rio San Juan: Nature trail in Indo Maiz rainforest reserve
  • Granada: Guided city tour and las Isletas boat trip
  • Granada: Night-time visit to Masaya volcano crater
  • Ometepe Island: Guided cultural and landscapes tour

These two central American neighbours have a lot in common: rugged volcanoes and fertile landscapes, luscious rainforests, Pacific surf and Caribbean palm-flecked sands. Both have friendly, relaxed populations and prolific wildlife.

But there are big differences too: the heritage of Nicaragua’s colonial and revolutionary history is still very much in evidence, while Costa Rica has become one of the world’s top eco-destinations and hub of active adventures. On this holiday we introduce you to the best highlights of both countries.

We’ve put together a range of adventurous yet undemanding experiences which include a tropical river trip and an island stay on Lake Nicaragua, you get to peer down into an active volcanic crater, clamber over a Spanish colonial fortress once besieged by Nelson, and go spotting exotic birds and spider monkeys swinging through trees where iguanas laze. You’ll be staying in independent simple and hospitable lodges and small hotels carefully selected to complement a holiday where you’ll come to know and love the gentle pace of life.

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What our clients say

97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.

"Dancing at Cafe Taberna in Havana; going to the ballet in Havana on our last night. Both occasions unforgettable. But there were other highlights such as swimming in the Banos de San Juan, outside Las Terrazas; eating at El Paraiso (near Vinales) whilst watching the sun set; staying at Las Terrazas; going for an amazing massage in Trinidad; the trip in a Vintage car whilst in Havana; learning about the history and politics of the country, most particularly the Revolution; reading Graham Greene's Our Man In Havana whilst sitting on a terrace watching a thunderstorm in Trinidad."

KG, London

Tailor made holiday

Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.

Jim Ashworth
Jim Ashworth - Travel Consultant

Jim first caught the Latin American travel bug in 2001 when he decided at the last minute to join a friend travelling around Central America – he hasn't looked back since.

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