Tailor-Made Holiday

Costa Rica & Nicaragua

The wildlife & jungles of Costa Rica to the history of Granada & Pacific coast beaches of Nicaragua

15 days

from $3,605pp (excluding flights)

Combine the wildlife, jungle, and activities of Costa Rica with the history, volcanic landscapes and beaches of Nicaragua on this holiday to Central America.

  • Spot sloth, howler monkey and a myriad of birdlife from the canals of Tortuguero
  • Embark on a private rafting adventure to the remote rainforest retreat, Pacuare Lodge
  • Explore the colonial churches of Granada
  • Visit the iconic island of Ometepe Island with its twin volcanic peaks before relaxing on the sandy beaches of the Pacific


Following a night in a beautiful coffee plantation overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Valley, travel into the wildlife-rich wetlands of Tortuguero, to start exploring the country’s remarkable biodiversity.  Take boat trips, dwarfed by towering river-side gallery forests in search of birds, reptiles, and monkeys that inhabit this remote corner of the country.

Pacuare River Lodge

It is time for some action and adventure as you white water raft into the wilderness to hike, zipline and meet indigenous communities, while based at the idyllic Pacuare River Lodge. Spend time here on the shores of the mighty Rio Pacuare relaxing amidst beautiful surroundings with equal time to lie by the pool or abseil down waterfalls.


Return to civilisation and fly north to Nicaragua to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the lakeside city of Granada. Spanish colonial architecture, churches, and monuments dominate this charming old city centre. 

Ometepe Island

The landscape of Nicaragua is peppered with simmering volcanoes and your next visit is the iconic twin volcanic island of Ometepe, located in Lake Nicaragua. Spend two days hiking, bird-watching and discovering ancient pre-Columbian petroglyphs.

Mukul Resort or Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge

End your holiday to Costa Rica and Nicaragua with a few days of relaxation in a comfortable retreat on Nicaragua’s wild Pacific coast. Both set on beautiful stretches of sandy beach, choose between the luxury Mukul Resort with a magnificent spa and golf course or Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge where thatched villas nestle into the rainforest.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights $Flight cost from 
$ 4866.75 $ 1201.5
  Click here to see what is included/excluded

what is included

  • Domestic flights
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary

what is excluded

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

Collapse all
Day 1

Fly London to San Jose

Most visits to Costa Rica start and finish in San José, the country's capital. This bustling city lies in Costa Rica's Central Valley and has a year round, spring-like climate and a cosmopolitan feel. And while it may lack the impressive colonial architecture of other latin cities, it offers a handful of good museums, regular cultural events and excellent day trips into the surrounding countryside.

In the central highlands above San Jose, you will find the small towns of Alajuela and Heredia as well as numerous coffee plantations located on the fertile slopes of the Poas Volcano. The accommodation in this area offers a tranquil retreat that's just a short drive from San José's city centre.

You will be staying at Finca Rosa Blanca, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Finca Rosa Blanca Organic Coffee Tour
Finca Rosa Blanca offers an in-depth tour of their coffee farm, the processing plant and the roasting house. Guides will share their extensive knowledge of how organic coffee is grown, cared-for, harvested, processed and roasted to produce some of the world’s best coffee beans. Learn about coffee through the ages, Costa Rican Coffee history and become skilled at discerning what constitues a fine quality bean. Learn how the experts discern and rate gourmet coffee by participating in a coffee cupping (catación) session.

Fly from San Jose to Tortuguero

Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero National Park protects 51,870 acres, one of the last large areas of tropical rainforest in Central America.

Eleven habitats are found in the park with spider, howler and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloths and river otters frequently seen along the natural inland waterways and canals.

Caiman, iguanas, river turtles, basilisk lizards and poison dart frogs inhabit the area, along with more than 320 species of birds including all six species of kingfishers, three species of toucans, eight species of parrots and other neotropical species such as the slaty-tailed trogon, white-collared manakin and the purple-throated fruitcrow.

Incorporating dense rainforest, lagoons and a network of rivers and canals fed from the slopes of the Central Highlands, Tortuguero National Park is one of Costa Rica's most popular eco-tourism destinations and a complete study in rainforest, freshwater and marine biology. Home to over half of the bird and reptile species found in Costa Rica, Tortuguero is also one of the world's major nesting sites for Atlantic green turtle.

You will be staying at Tortuga Lodge, Full board

Day 3

Tortuguero Activities & Excursions
During your time at leisure, consider visiting the local village of Tortugero with its colourful selection of bars, restaurants and vibrant market stalls. Two group boat tours through the canals with a wildlife expert are included in your stay; look out for the abundance of wildlife that are native to the canopy and forest. Consider a visit to a butterfly farm or a lizard and frog protected area. Explore Costa Rica's Caribbean coast and black sand beaches, looking out for turtle trails and hatchling spots.

You will be staying at Tortuga Lodge, Full board

Day 4

Boat, Road and Private Raft Transfer to Pacuare Lodge

Depart this morning by boat to the dock at La Pavona, a journey of approximately two hours. On the way look out for howler, white faced capuchin and spider monkeys, sloths and macaws. After disembarking the boat, you will be met and transferred by shared bus to Guapiles, a journey of approximately one and a half hours.

On arrival in Guapiles transfer privately to the Pacuare River, where you will be met by the team from Pacuare Lodge and given a safety briefing and taught some basic rafting techniques. Privately raft to the lodge through beautiful scenery and some fun Class I and II rapids - a truly unique way to arrive at your accommodation. A late lunch (boxed) will be provided on arrival at the lodge. Please note that if there has been extraordinary rainfall, it may not be possible to get to the lodge. In the unlikely event that this happens, alternative arrangements will be provided. Rafting age restrictions apply.

Inclusions and Excursions at Pacuare Lodge
Your stay at Pacuare Lodge includes two activities per day (according to the lodge's daily schedule). These include hikes of varying degrees of difficulty, bird watching, canyoning, zip-lining and cultural excursions.

You will be staying at Pacuare Lodge, Full board

Day 5

Excursions from Pacuare Lodge
During your time at leisure at Pacuare Lodge, try hiking to one of the nearby waterfalls or taking a dip in the river. Consider embarking on a fairly intensive uphill hike to visit one of the nearby communities. The lodge gets most of its supplies from these nearby villages so they have a very good relationship with the locals. Join a canopy tour that takes zip lines through the trees and ends in a tree-house where drinks and snacks are served. During your stay, access to and from the lodge can be via overland transport and hand-winched gondola or by raft.

You will be staying at Pacuare Lodge, Full board

Day 6

Time at leisure to relax or take part in some of the lodge activities

You will be staying at Pacuare Lodge, Full board

Day 7

Rafting back to civilisation
The lodge staff will kit you out for the rafting trip back to civilisation. This is a thrilling half day of grade III and IV rapids through outstanding scenery of deep-sided gorges and dense riverside jungle. Stop for lunch on a beach alongside the Pacuare River. Your rafting guides and kayakers will rustle up a tasty picnic lthat you can enjoy while watching the occasional raft shooting the rapids.
There are shower and changing facilities at the finishing point, where you can freshen up before your onward transfer. The area is a mix of tropical rainforest and agriculture; coffee, sugarcane and macademia farms operate in the countryside.

Drive from Rio Pacuare to San Jose (Road Journey)

Fly San Jose to Managua

Managua to Granada

A journey time of approximately one hour.

Granada, or the 'Gran Sultan', is one of Latin America's most beautiful colonial cities. Founded in 1524 on the shores of mighty Lake Nicaragua it is full of history and Spanish colonial charm - this was one of the first European settlements in the western hemisphere. It is also one of the most popular - visitors come from far and wide to see the timeless beauty of this historic city.

You will be staying at Hotel Plaza Colon, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Half day City Tour
Spend the morning exploring the charming city of Granada on foot. Visit relevant sites and colonial buildings as well as the San Francisco Convent and Church, which was founded in 1524 and preserves some of the most interesting indigenous ceramic and statue collections. Also included is a visit to La Polvora Fort, a warehouse built in 1748 to keep gunpowder, its old towers offer tremendous views of the city.

Cafe de la Sonrisas
Translated as Café of Smiles, this non-profit cafe is run by, and for the benefit of hearing impaired people. With a menu in sign language this is a wonderful spot to sample some local cuisine as well as supporting a local charity. Next door to the café is a hammock shop which employs exclusively deaf-mute staff who make a range of beautiful traditional hammocks and hammock chairs that are available to buy.

You will be staying at Hotel Plaza Colon, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Travel south to the Ferry Terminal at San Jorge

Transfer south to the town and ferry terminal at San Jorge, a journey time of just over one hour.

Journey by ferry to Ometepe Island, a journey time of approximately one hour.

You will be staying at San Juan de la Isla, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Full day Ometepe Island Tour
Full day tour of Ometepe Island, including the natural spring at Ojos de Agua, ancient petroglyphs and a hike along Playa Santo Domingo's 4km stretch of beach. All of this under the imposing active and dorment twin volcanic peaks of Conception and Maderas. Lunch is included today.

You will be staying at San Juan de la Isla, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Return to San Jorge by ferry.

Travel from San Jorge to San Juan del Sur

A journey time of around 40 minutes.

Admired for its tumbling Pacific surf and crescent shaped bay of golden sand dunes, this former fishing hamlet has undergone something of a renaissance. Having managed to retain its easy-going charm, San Juan del Sur is consistently popular with surfers and those seeking relatively peaceful beaches - this is the perfect spot to pause and relax during your Nicaragua trip.

You will be staying at Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Activities at Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge
Spend time relaxing by the pool or on the beach. Alternatively fill your days with activities including kayaking, surfing, nature walks, yoga and fishing. Visit the hacienda's farm as well as their turtle conservation project.

You will be staying at Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

Time at leisure.

You will be staying at Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 14

Drive from San Juan del Sur to Managua

A journey of around 80 miles which will take around two and a half hours.

Fly Managua to San Jose

Fly San Jose to London overnight


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Pacuare  Lodge

Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare Lodge is a stunning jungle hideaway that combines exquisite luxury with thrilling adventure in the most discreet way....

View Accommodation

Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca is a graceful countryside mansion set on a hilltop in Costa Rica's Central Valley....

View Accommodation

Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge

Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge

Morgan's Rock is set in 4,000 acres of jungle overlooking its own private beach and the Pacific Ocean....

View Accommodation

Tortuga Lodge

Tortuga Lodge

Set within 50 acres of private grounds, Tortuga Lodge is a wonderful place to stay in Tortuguero....

View Accommodation

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Destination Experts

Our experts have unrivalled firsthand knowledge of Costa Rica

James Armitage, Travel Expert

"The help and great knowledge James offered really made the holiday special"

"James listened and managed our expectations and therefore made sure we were prepared for all eventualities when going on our holiday to Brazil"

"James was brilliant and all the advice was spot on."

Read More

John Faithfull, Travel Expert

"Personalised service. Seemed to really want to get it right for us. Very impressed when I first called and John spent 40 minutes finding out what we wanted to do and tailoring it for us."

"The expertise that John has really gave us faith in where we were going, the regions, the hotels, the trips. John knew about it all, he described them in detail, and when we asked for different regions he was straight in there with suggestions and ideas. The way the whole trip was planned and presented to us, never any pressure to book or any problem to change plans /ideas."

"John Faithful was wonderfully helpful and conscientious in arranging the itinerary and was always ready to suggest alternatives or rearrange matters without any hesitation; this and his detailed knowledge gave one great confidence."

Read More

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Enquire about this holiday:
Speak to a Nicaragua holiday expert:

Tailor-Made Holiday Ideas

Booking a Tailor-made holiday gives you the flexibility to customise your journey, travelling when and where suits you.

Holiday Ideas in Costa Rica

You are unique, so we believe your holiday should be too.

We listen to what you want and create a personalised itinerary tailored around you.

Your holiday. Your experience. Your way.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Call our Travel Experts on +01285 880 980
Start Your Journey


  • Established for over 25 years creating journeys across 100 destinations worldwide
  • Exclusive access to the best private guides


  • We negotiate the best rates with hotels and expert guides
  • Be protected from fluctuations in exchange rates


  • Each time you travel with us we donate £5 to a local charity in the UK and £10 to an international charity

Fully Protected

  • Your monies are financially protected
  • 24/7 Emergency UK contact whilst abroad

Featured in the Press

Financial Times
The Telegraph
Sunday Times logo

Our Partners

African Parks
Galapagos Conservation Trsut
Restless Development
Save The Rhino
Tusk Trust
World Land Trsut
Gorilla Doctors

© Steppes Travel, 51 Castle St, Cirencester, GL7 1QD, United Kingdom