Costa Rica holds legendary status as a nature tourism destination. Nicaragua, equally spectacular, is a travel treasure that's far less known. Our newest adventure combines them in an odyssey through a mosaic of tropical habitats that shelters a vivid diversity of wildlife. Listen for the musical call of the resplendent quetzal as you look for a glimpse of its brilliant feathers. Search for sleepy sloths. Watch raucous monkeys swing through the trees. Cruise down languid jungle streams among crocs and caimans. Add the distinctive history and culture of Granada, the first European city in mainland America, and youve got the ultimate Central American journey of discovery.
While nature travelers rave about Costa Rica, far fewer visitors know of Nicaraguas impressive natural features, from active volcanoes and lava islands to old-growth tropical forest filled with jungle animals and wild beaches home to nesting sea turtles. This distinctive itinerary includes a broad sampler of both countries most impressive natural sites, for a less-traveled Central American nature adventure that also includes cultural highlights.
- Explore vast forest reserves on foot and by boat for secluded encounters with jungle mammals, bats, reptiles and tropical birds
- Discover Nicaragua's volcanic highlights, from ancient lava islets scattered across a giant lake, to nesting parakeets living in the crater of an active volcano
- Enjoy cultural encounters with local people as we join a Costa Rican family for dinner at their home and visit Nicaraguan artisans handcrafting hammocks and maracas
Important Information About This Trip
In our quest to offer the planet's most spectacular nature experiences, we regularly offer our guests the chance to participate in Exploratory Adventuresinaugural trips to select new destinations. These adventures offer an extra element of discovery, as we never know exactly what may be around the next corner, given that these are first-time experiences. Of course, our office and field staff have explored these areas as we create the initial itinerary, but exact routes, accommodations and activities on Exploratory Trips can be and often are altered on the fly.
Accommodation: This trip uses hand-picked accommodation. Please refer to the itinerary section of this trip for details about the individual accommodation selected for this trip.
Included activities: There are many wonderful activities included with this trip. Please refer to the 'Inclusions' and 'Itinerary' tabs to see what activities are included in this itinerary.
Optional Activities: There are several optional activities available with this trip. Please refer to the itinerary section for details about activities available in visited location.
Small Group Experience: Traveling is often even more exciting by sharing the experience with others. Small groups range from 6 to 16 people in size, making for a trip filled with camaraderie, adventure, and the personal attention of a trained guide.