Nicaragua Overnight Tour from Guanacaste is an excellent option for people who wants to discover a different culture, gastronomy and architecture, Nicaragua is a beautiful country full of colors and amazing volcanoes, besides its colonial towns, the oldest in Latin America. This is the perfect way to discover Nicaragua in just one day!
Daily departures from: Playas del Coco, Ocotal Beach, Panama & Hermosa Beaches, Riu Hotels, Andaz Papagayo & Four Seasons, Tamarindo, Flamingo, Conchal, Playa Potrero, Hacienda Pinilla, Playa Grande & Dreams Las Mareas.
Nicaragua Overnight Tour from Guanacaste starts when you meet our driver early in the morning in your place, later you will head to Peñas Blancas where the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is located.
Once in the border your guide will help you with all the paperwork, they will takes your passports to endorse the output of Costa Rica and head for the migration office in Nicaragua. At the Nicaraguan immigration office our team will take all the passports for the paperwork to enter the country, you can visit the duty free shops where you will find electronic items, clothing, liquor and other products free of taxes.
Once you finish the paperwork in the border and just 10 minutes after crossing the border you have the Nicaragua Overnight Tour first stop at the Great Lake of Nicaragua where you can take beautiful pictures of the world’s largest island in a freshwater lake, Ometepe Island.
Nicaragua Overnight Tour continue to the Catarina´s Lookout Point an amazing extincted crater with awesome views of Granada and the Nicaragua Lake with a beautiful lagoon. Later visit the majestic crater of the Masaya volcano, this volcano is fully active and gases are emanating from the crater to form an impressive cloud in the sky and when it is clear you can see the fire in the center of the crater.
Nicaragua Overnight Tour takes you to the city of Masaya, where you expect a hearty typical lunch and later you will visit the craft market in the city where you can buy excellent clothes, shoes, belts, also jewelry and souvenirs for all the family and friends.
The continue the journey towards the colonial city of Granada, here you will visit the church of La Merced where you can visit the tower and have an amazing panoramic view of the city and the lake. Also you will make a walk through the city center where you can see the different colonial style buildings.
Finally the last stop on your Nicaragua Overnight Tour take you towards the Granada Islands docks on the shores of Nicaragua Lake. Take the boat for your ride around these beautiful islands made by the explosion of the Mombacho Volcano and enjoy the amazing views and fauna.
Day 02: Enjoy a horse carriage tour by the most important buildings and visit the local market or discover many other amazing colonial buildings and colorful houses. Pick up is Around 3 pm in your hotel.
Nicaragua Overnight Tour (private)
$375 per person / Deluxe Hotel in Double Room
$330 per person / Basic Hotel in Double Room
Nicaragua Overnight Tour (regular)
$275 per person / Basic Hotel in Double Room
*No Visit to San Juan / No Private Transportation / No Horse Carriage
Regular Tour Includes:
Transportation, Tour Guide, Border Taxes, Breakfast, Visit to Masaya Volcano, Masaya Souvenirs Market, Colonial City of Granada, Boat Tour and Lunch on the first day and hotel room.
Private Tour Includes:
Private Transportation, Tour Guide, Border Taxes, Breakfast, Masaya Souvenirs Market, Colonial City of Granada by Horse Carriage, Boat Tour by the Islets, Visit To San Juan del Sur and Lunch on the first day and hotel room.
*Pick up times variate depending on your area this will be communicate to you by email.
*For reservations we need Full names, Passport numbers with expiration dates & citizenship
*Passports need at least 6 months before expiring and you need a copy of your flight itinerary with you to show at immigration office.
*Bring a copy of your flight itinerary to be shown at the immigration office as requirement to enter back the country and you you are not allowed to entry the country without this document.
*Breakfast is taken is La Cruz, before the border please bring something with you as we cant assure time we will take on the border.
*Some restrictions and extra visas may apply for citizens from India, Asia and Middle East
Granada is a city in western Nicaragua and the capital of the Granada Department. With an estimated population of 117,569 (2007), it is Nicaragua’s sixth most populous city. Granada is historically one of Nicaragua’s most important cities, economically and politically. It has a rich colonial heritage, seen in its architecture and structure.
Granada was founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, ostensibly the first European city in mainland America. Unlike other cities that claim the same distinction, the city of Granada was not only the settlement of the conquest, but also a city registered in official records of the Crown of Aragon, and the Kingdom of Castile in Spain.
Granada is also known as La Gran Sultana, in reflection of its Moorish and Andalusia appearance, unlike its sister city of León and historical rival, which displays Castilian trends.
It was named by Hernández de Córdoba after the ancient Spanish city of Granada. This was done in honor of the defeat of the last Moorish stronghold, which had been Spanish Granada, by the Catholic King and Queen of Spain. Granada, Nicaragua was historically the sister capital in Central America to Antigua, Guatemala. During the colonial period, Granada maintained a flourishing level of commerce with ports on the Atlantic Ocean, through Lake Nicaragua (a.k.a. Cocibolca) and the San Juan River.
The city has been witness and victim to many of the battles with and invasions from English, French and Dutch pirates trying to take control of Nicaragua. It was also where William Walker, the American filibuster, took up residence and attempted to take control of Central America as a ruling president. One of Walker’s generals, Charles Frederick Henningsen, set the city ablaze before escaping; destroying much of the ancient city and leaving printed the words “Here was Granada”.
For many years Granada disputed with León its hegemony as the major city of Nicaragua. The city of Granada was favored by the Conservatives, while Léon was favored by the Liberals. For many years there was conflict that at times became quite violent between the cities’ families and political factions. In the mid-19th century a compromise site was agreed on and the capital was finally established at Managua between both cities. As of 1850, Granada had a population of approximately 10,000.
Granada avoided much of the tumult of the Sandinista Era in the 1970-80s.
San Francisco Church and Museum, Xalteva Church, Plazuela de los Leones, Plaza de la Independencia, Central Park, Cathedral, Guadalupe Church, La Merced Church, Souls Chapel, Fortin de San Pablo, Fuerte La Pólvora, Episcopal Palace, Alcaldía Municipal, San Antonio College, Diocesan College, Old Social Club, Old Railway Station
Granada’s restaurants have received international recognition by newspapers like the New York Times, including Ciudad Lounge, for its gastronomy that mixes local and international flavors, as well as supporting farm to table sustainability of local growers and producers. Granada’s economy continues to grow in big part because it is fast becoming a tourist attraction for its colonial architecture, as well as its ecological beauty and now as a food destination.