An active tour of Costa Rica & Nicaragua

Costa Rica & Nicaragua Multi-Adventure

Paddle, bike and hike across Costa Rica and Nicaragua for
10D/9N Starting at $1679 per person

Travel from San Jose to Managua, with amazing activities and exciting and challenging adventures along the way. Discover nature at its best through rain forests, active volcanoes, pristine lakes and islands and lots of tropical flora and fauna!

Arenal Volcano Costa Rica - Mountain Biking

The Costa Rica program is full of challenging adventures, while the Nicaragua portion of the trip is more relaxing.

Arenal Volcano Costa Rica - Canyoning

Activities include whitewater rafting, zipline, mountain biking, waterfall rappelling, kayaking and beachcombing.


Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.

Day 1: San Jose

Upon arrival in San José, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: San Jose - River Rafting - Arenal Volcano

This morning you will be met at your hotel in San José and transfer to the put-in at the Rio Sarapiqui or Rio Toro for a whitewater rafting trip.

You will receive a safety talk, get your gear all set (helmet, life-jacket and paddle) and have the time of your life paddling down one of Costa Rica’s best rivers. You will paddle about 2 to 2.5 hours and then finish up with a delicious spread of fresh, tropical fruit and then a delicious lunch.

Continue to Arenal Volcano, arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 3: Rappelling & Canyoneering 

The rugged, mountainous terrain near the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica is ideal for canyoneering. You’ll go rappelling, down-climbing, river tracing and descend huge, breathtaking waterfalls hidden in the Lost Canyon!

Canyoneering in Costa Rica is more than just rappelling — it’s a very active and physical sport. You will make your way down a beautiful river canyon and hike through deep rainforest, an experience of a lifetime. Start with a fun 4×4 off-road adventure on “Jungle Limos” (powered by renewable Biodiesel fuel) as into a quiet, mountainside community. Prepare to get wet!

Your experienced and friendly, bilingual canyoneering guides will give you a thorough safety talk about important rappelling and down-climbing techniques. You’ll be equipped with climbing harness, helmet and gloves.

You’ll practice your first descent on a small, 10-ft waterfall. There you are, on a sturdy platform looking down into the depths of a 150-ft massive tropical waterfall. You’ll rappel down for the thrill of a lifetime! Make your way along the river by down-climbing & rappelling a series of four waterfalls that get gradually bigger.

Day 4: Transfer to Monteverde with Mountain Biking

Today's trip to Monteverde combines mountain biking, the Lake Arenal boat crossing and scenic drive to Monteverde. We’ll pick you up at your Arenal hotel and travel to the starting point for your bike ride.

After a safety briefing and from your guide, you’ll peddle on an isolated gravel trail alongside beautiful Lake Arenal. The trail winds its way through secondary rainforest and offers great views of the Arenal Volcano along the way. This is a perfect bike tour for nature lovers and adventure seekers — your guide will try to point out Toucans, Oropendolas and other tropical Costa Rica birds.

You’ll pass by small Costa Rica villages and finish off at a rustic dock on the side of Lake Arenal where your boat captain is waiting for you.

You’ll fuel up with some fresh, delicious, Costa Rica tropical fruit and say “adios” to your guide as you board the boat for the 20-minute crossing of Lake Arenal. Our van will be waiting on the other side for the drive to Monteverde.

Overnight at the Hotel Fonda Vela (or similar).

Day 5: Monteverde Sky Adventure

This morning you will be picked up at your hotel for today's adventure: the Sky Adventure, in the hills of Monteverde rainforest. The Sky Adventure includes three excursions:

The Sky Walk: a guided tour of the cloud forest from a different perspective where you will learn all about the flora and fauna of the area walking through and over the treetops. The naturalist guide will make this gentle walk/hike very interesting, showing you the wildlife on the way.

The Sky Tram: explore the world famous Cloud Forest of Monteverde on a 5,249-foot ride that takes you up to the Continental Divide.

The Sky Trek: a zipline tour full of adrenaline (and optional). Fly over and through the treetops across 10 different cables: 13,387 feet in total, with lengths up to 2,526 feet, at heights of 460 feet. Transfer back to Monteverde. Overnight at your Monteverde hotel.

Day 6: Monteverde - La Cruz & Bahía Salinas - San Juan del Sur

Today you will leave paradise and head north to the Pan American highway to Nicaragua. Make a stop at La Cruz Viewpoint for a marvellous view to the Bolaños Island and Salinas Bay.

At the border with Nicaragua at Peñas Blancas, your driver will help you to get your passport stamped and will provide all the necessary assistance to cross the border. Meet your Nicaraguan driver for the transfer to San Juan del Sur.

Overnight at Hotel La Posada Azul (or similar), breakfast included - 2 nights.

Day 7: San Juan del Sur

Day at leisure at this beautiful and relaxing beach town. Optional activities can be organized, such as turtles watching (August – February), surfing lessons, fishing and sailing.

Day 8: San Juan del Sur – Granada

Morning at leisure at the beach. In the early afternoon you will be picked up for the transfer to Granada. On the way enjoy beautiful views to Ometepe Island, the world’s largest volcanic island in a lake.

Overnight at a Granada hotel, breakfast included - 2 nights.

Day 9: Kayak in Lake Nicaragua & Islands

In the mid-morning transfer to Lake Nicaragua for a kayak tour. See the most beautiful islands in Lake Nicaragua and their rich flora and fauna, discover some of the 356 islands or “isletas”.

The islands were formed thousands years ago after an eruption of nearby Mombacho volcano (now extinct). They are now covered with lush, tropical vegetation, some of them are inhabited by natives, others have vacation houses built on them, and others are still deserted.

You will be able to observe some of the many species of tropical birds that live in the islands. The inhabitants (Isleños) live peacefully in simple yet decent conditions and dedicate themselves to fishing and small agriculture, and now to tourism.

Lunch will be on a private ecological island with time at leisure in paradise amidst nature, in front of the Mombacho volcano. Return to Granada in the afternoon.

This evening will be on your own.

Day 10: Int'l departure

Today we will transfer you to the Managua airport for your flight home.


Price from $1,679.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 10
Nights 9

Based on double occupancy for 2 travelers, reduced prices for parties of 3 or more.

  • 1 night San Jose hotel
  • 2 nights Arenal hotel
  • 2 nights Monteverde hotel
  • 2 nights San Juan del Sur hotel
  • 2 nights Granada hotel
  • Daily breakfast at all hotels
  • Inter-city ground transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Guided excursions and meals per itinerary

International and domestic airfare

The Springs Resort And Spa

With a spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, natural hot and cold springs, 4 unique dining experiences and a full-service Spa.

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort is a luxury resort built around the warm thermal waters of the Tabacon River, at the base of Arenal Volcano.

Arenal Nayara Spa & Gardens

Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel and oasis of tranquility located in the foothills of the Arenal Volcano.

Nayara Springs

Nayara Springs is a new ultra-exclusive adults only boutique hotel located in the Arenal Volcano National Park, host to one of the world’s highest concentration of tropical plants and wildlife.

Hotel Fonda Vela

Experience Hotel Fonda Vela's natural approach to life - with style! Surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, the hotel is an essential part of the lush, tropical Monteverde mountainside.

Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve

Located above San Ramon amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of the Los Angeles Private Cloud Forest Reserve.

Hotel Grano de Oro

An oasis in the heart of San Jose. A converted Victorian mansion, the hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home while offering the amenities of a fine hotel.

Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn crowns the Central Highlands of Costa Rica, offering a boutique hotel experience.

Xandari Resort & Spa

Xandari Resort & Spa is nestled on a 40-acre coffee plantation overlooking the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

Hotel Bougainvillea

The Hotel Bougainvillea is located 10 minutes from downtown San José and surrounded by 10 acres of tropical gardens, giving you a feeling of the Costa Rican lifestyle and hospitality

Morgan's Rock

A 4,000-acre jungle hideaway on a private reserve with a mile-long picturesque sandy beach.

Hotel Plaza Colon

A luxury boutique hotel located in front of the main Plaza of colonial Granada.

"Our guide was amazing"

Dauren was the best part of the trip. He was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about animals and vegetation. We would use him again and would recommend him to any of your clients.

- Leo H, February 2015

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