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From Coast to Countryside: Costa Rica + Nicaragua (8 days)

Rico Tours - Central America & Cuba

San José, Costa Rica To Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Dec 2018

From Coast to Countryside: Costa Rica + Nicaragua (8 days)

Day 5

Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua

Day 6

Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua

Day 7

Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua

Day 8

Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua


Day 1
San José, Costa Rica
Hotel Grano de Oro None

Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica. Private transfer to Hotel Grano de Oro. 1 night in a Deluxe King Room.

Hotel Grano de Oro:

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colon, San Jose’s main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis, a sanctuary in the heart of the city. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 40-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home. Hallways lined with period photographs and original art meander through the building and present lush tropical flower arrangements and luxurious plants at every turn. Spanish tile fountains grace intimate atriums, ensuring that one is never far from the soothing melody of falling water.

Deluxe King Room:

The most spacious of the hotel's four room categories, these offer a king size bed.

Day 2
Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort None

Private transfer to the Pavas Airport for your 35 minute private charter flight to Hacienda AltaGracia. 3 nights in a Premium Casita.

Hacienda AltaGracia:

Discover the finest of country living in Costa Rica. Nestled among the rolling hills and lush mountain tops of Pérez Zeledón surrounded by untainted natural beauty in what is the last unexplored area of Costa Rica, Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort offers a purely authentic Costa Rican experience in an intimate hacienda setting. Featuring 50 casitas, the largest spa in Central America, its own airstrip and helipad, and 7 dining options, Hacienda AltaGracia offers a unique luxury experience for guests. Hacienda AltaGracia also features a world-class equestrian experience including stables, breed horses, riding rings, and private riding trails on the property.

Premium Casita:

The Premium Casitas in Costa Rica feature 1 king bed and a generous living area, fireplace, and butler’s pantry stocked with snacks and beverages. Bathrooms feature a dual vanity, large walk-in shower, and designer fixtures. An expansive panoramic terrace offers scenic mountain views.

Amenities include: complimentary Wi-Fi, Apple TV, iPad and docking station, twice daily housekeeping, laundry services, mini-bar, in-room safe, and espresso machine.

Day 3
Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort Breakfast

Free day to explore the property. Make sure to take advantage of the many complimentary on-site activities.

Fresh Forest Hike: Wake your senses with a guided morning hike through the property’s forest. Minimum age: 6. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - 8am

Brisk Mountain Biking: join your guide and access the Hacienda’s lush unpaved trails on a mountain bike. Minimum age: 8. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays - 8am

Stretch & Wake Exercise Class: Stretch and wake up exercise session at the Auberge spa rancho. Minimum age: 15. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - 8am

Mello Meditation: Enjoy the serenity of your surroundings at the Auberge spa as you practice meditation to stimulate your mind and invigorate your body. Minimum age: 15. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays - 8am

Scrub Making Class: an interactive class where you tailor-make your own exfoliator from local ingredients. Minimum age: 15. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - 2pm

Tasty Tropical Fruit: Costa Rica is home to some wonderful and tasty fruit not widely available elsewhere. We invite you to taste some of the most exotic fruits of Costa Rica by the outdoor pool. No minimum age. Daily - 4pm

Sunday Garden Stroll: An introduction to the local flora and fauna throughout Altagracia’s manicured gardens. No Minimum age. Sundays - 8am

Los Establos: Visit to the equestrian center, meet the horses and help the Caballista (professional horsemen) feed the horses. Minimum age: 6. Daily – AM and PM (please enquire with guest services for current times).

Day 4
Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort Breakfast

Today you have another free day to explore the area. Join in one of the on-site activities, hang out in the spa or by the pool, explore the equestrian center, or go off-site on an adventure tour.

Day 5
Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua
Mukul, Auberge Resorts Collection Breakfast

Today you will fly from AltaGracia to San Jose where you will clear exit customs. Then you will fly to Esmeralda Airport in Nicaragua and a private driver will transfer you to Mukul Resort. 3 nights in a Premium Ocean View Bohio.

Mukul Luxury Resort & Spa:

For as long as you're able to stay, consider Mukul home. Consider Playa Manzanillo's immaculate white sands your personal playground. Consider the entire Emerald Coast of Nicaragua your kingdom. And certainly consider your accommodations your own private estate. Each of the 37 guest accommodations offers space and privacy in a style that fully embodies and compliments the natural surroundings. Views of the ocean come standard. Craft furnishings and decorations come straight from Nicaraguan artisans – carved native teak tables, sugarcane twig headboards and rum barrel staves. In Bohios, Beach Villas or in the crown jewel, Casona Don Carlos, make yourself at home.

Premium Ocean View Bohio:

Everything about Mukul's Bohios feel like something pulled from a storybook. Perfectly placed 300 feet above the Playa Manzanillo, nestled like tree houses in the lush rainforest canopy, these 621 square-foot houses offer solace, privacy and luxury while remaining uniquely Nicaraguan. Built of sustainable native teak and pine, each of the 23 Bohios feature floor-to-ceiling glass perfectly framing the sapphire sea below. A sliding glass door leads onto a sweeping wooden deck with a private plunge pool and separate lounging veranda with custom daybed. The spacious bathroom is surfaced in Nicaraguan travertine marble and includes a wet room, double vanity, spacious walk-in closet and double-headed shower. The furniture, fabrics and lighting fixtures also lend to the authentic feel of a posh sanctuary handcrafted in a refined local style.

Day 6
Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua
Mukul, Auberge Resorts Collection Breakfast

Free day to enjoy the beach!

Day 7
Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua
Mukul, Auberge Resorts Collection Breakfast

Another free day at the beach! Don't forget to take advantage of the amazing spa at Mukul. Also, there are some really fantastic tour opportunities in Nicaragua. Check out one of the volcanoes or take in the sights and history in colonial Granada.

Day 8
Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua
Mukul, Auberge Resorts Collection Breakfast

Your private driver will transfer you to the Managua International Airport for your flight back home.

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Air & Helicopter Tours
  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Food & Wine
  • Islands & Beaches
  • Romance, Weddings & Honeymoons
  • Sightseeing
  • Sports
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature


This luxurious Mountain & Beach Combo takes you through several unique areas of Central America. Your adventure begins in the heart of San Jose at Hotel Grano de Oro, a converted Victorian mansion. Enjoy a cocktail in the cozy courtyard and indulge in a gourmet dinner on your first night. The next day you will fly deep into the mountains of Costa Rica's Southern Zone and arrive at the gorgeous Hacienda AltaGracia. Spend your days horseback riding around the expansive grounds, take a flight in the resort's ultra-light aircraft, or hang out by the pool and take in the beautiful mountain views. There are many complimentary activities to take advantage of on-site and great nearby attractions for the adventurous. After a luxurious retreat in the mountains, you will fly to Nicaragua's Esmeralda Airport and arrive at Mukul Resort. Make plans to soak up the sun on their pristine beach, play a few rounds of golf while overlooking the ocean, and definitely do not miss out on Mukul's amazing spa experiences! This special combo will give you the perfect balance of nature, adventure, culture and relaxation.

Price: From $4,630 per person, based on double occupancy

About Us

Rico Tours offers custom itineraries in Costa Rica, Belize, and Cuba. At Rico Tours, we believe your travel should be comfortable and enriching. That is why we custom design each of our itineraries to cater to each traveler's needs. We take care of every detail, from ground transfers, domestic air, private charters, hotels, villas, rental cars, tours, volunteer opportunities, and more.

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Contact your Virtuoso Travel Advisor for insider knowledge to help enhance your experience.

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Highly Recommend

By: Geneva

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2014

I highly recommend Rico Tours-Custom Itineraries. We knew what we were going to be doing at all times, not a step was missed. Everything was set up and done exactly like the itinerary said. Never did I have to question what to do next or with whom I was suppose to be meeting. Great job, thank you.

Highly Recommend

By: Jesse

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2014

fantastic trip, accomodations were excellent, arrangements were smooth.

Nicely Done

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 29 Apr 2014

All our transfers and arrangements were seamless.  All the drivers were personable, very informative and just really nice folks.  Thanks for making all the arrangements and making this such an easy vacation for us!
Travel Advisor:  Peg Aikman

Month in Costa Rica

By: WilliamsonFamofFive

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2014

Rico Tours is definitely the 'go-to' tour operator for travel to Costa Rica. We didn't realize this before we set out on our adventure with 3 kids ages 11, 9 & 6 for a month in CR, but while we were conversing with owners of hotels & other excursion operators they all said that Rico Tours has been in CR for a long time and has a great reputation. We would certainly recommend utilizing their expertise on future trips back to CR, or to anybody who is considering travel throughout the country. Pura Vida!
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure

Rico = Reco

By: ManhattanTravelers

Reviewed on: 05 Dec 2014

Our transportation services thru Rico Tours (Jacamar) was top notch. The drivers were very knowledgeable and articulate. They were on time and the vehicles were clean and cool. Our transfers ended up being more informative and fun than I would have expected.
Travel Advisor:  Trish Mercer

Pleasant drivers


Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2015

It was wonderful to be greeted at the Panama City airport by your pleasant driver and driven to the beautiful Waldorf Astoria. We enjoyed our gorgeous room and the delicious breakfast. Another very pleasant driver drove us from the Wind Spirit's Costa Rica port to the San Jose airport.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Fairvalley

Made the experience person

By: CSPand

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2015

Rico Tours was great! They utilized Jacamar tours in Costa Rica and everything went off without a hitch. All their recommendations were just as communicated.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins

Expert service

By: P&C15

Reviewed on: 12 Apr 2015

Very happy with the itinerary by Rico Tours. They clearly know Costa Rica and it shows.
Travel Advisor:  Randie Rosenberg

Excellent service

By: erino405

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2015

We had a wonderful time in Costa Rica and all of our excursions and transfers were excellent. The excursions were particularly fun--we went ziplining, white water rafting, and jetskiing. All of our guides were top rate--especially Tom with Wave Excursions in La Fortuna!

Super friendly!

By: GBay21

Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2015

Very helpful and super friendly drivers. Showed you things that you wouldn't have noticed. Vacation was perfect!


By: Claudaisia

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2016

Rico did a good job putting together the accomodations and travel side of the trip. They chose great hotels for our needs and budget and the transportation company was really great, prompt, friendly, helpful.
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Socha

Great recommendations

By: Mary08

Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2016

Their selections for lodging and tours were perfect for our family. Negotiating the inclusion of the buffet breakfast was a real plus for us.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Aras

Every detail thought through

By: MaryDG

Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2016

Rico Tours moved my husband and I from Belize City to the Cayo District... from Belmopan to San Pedro... from San Pedro to Belize City -- all of these transfers and flights were super smooth and easy. There were no hiccups and our honeymoon went off without a hitch. The group seemed very knowledgeable of the properties, and made great recommendations for us!
Travel Advisor:  Katherine Gould

Well Planned Out

By: JJantz

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2016

Rico Tours handled the booking of our recent Costa Rica trip through Brownell Travel. The itinerary was well laid out and we didn't have to worry about anything. The transportation was a major part of this trip and we had great service every time. Very friendly and knowledgeable drivers! The itinerary came well laid out to us and we just focused on the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth


By: Megan

Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2016

We had an amazing experience with Rico Tours! Everything went off so smoothly, and the excursions were high quality and well worth the price. Our drivers were always knowledgeable and friendly, and made the trip so much fun for us!
Travel Advisor:  Katherine Gould

Helpful clean transfers

By: Bibi

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2017

We used them only for transfers from airport to hotel and back in Nicaragua. The vehicle was clean and the guide was very nice. He spoke excellent English and had good knowledge of the area.
Travel Advisor:  Betsey Brown

Costa Rica Tour Experiences

By: Meredith L.

Reviewed on: 22 Mar 2017

Rico Tours did a great job with our itinerary with only a few pitfalls. We had an issue upon arrival with our drivers knowing where our hotel was, but that was easily fixed. We did three tours and were picked up each day right on time or early! All the tour operators and especially our private guides were wonderful. Their English was fantastic, they were friendly and outgoing and they were knowledgeable of the country. We had fantastic experiences!
Travel Advisor:  Laura Bassett

All good

By: Charman

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2017

Everything went well and according to plan.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Cowell

Belize family getaway

By: Stacey

Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2017

We worked with Rico Tours to plan a family trip to Belize. They are knowledgable about the area and helped coordinate everything with our hotel. We loved the travel itinerary package they sent to us before the trip. It was filled with a ton of insights about what to pack and what to expect when arriving in Belize. Our travel advisor (Courtney) and Rico Tours also helped get us quickly rebooked with local transport due to our outgoing flight delay. It was a HUGE headache that we didn't have to deal with - especially when internet service can be spotty in Belize. I'd highly recommend.
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan

Amazing Cuban Trip

By: Jay

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2017

Excellent service - literally everything was arranged - from our touchdown at Jose Marti Airport to all of the tours and meals. Alejandro our guide and Emilio our driver were fabulous. And we highly recommend the Kempinski Hotel - great service and amazing daiquiris.
Travel Advisor:  Becky Lamb

Rico Tours

By: Mary

Reviewed on: 11 Dec 2017

i would recommend Rico Tours. Our accommodations were lovely, and the service was excellent.
Travel Advisor:  Rosemarie Spinney

Wonderful Service

By: BK

Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2018

The Rico team was great and they were very knowledgeable. The vans were nice, they provided water during the journey, and would take time to show us wildlife when they spotted it.
Travel Advisor:  Gena Stoll

Costa Rica trip

By: AV

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2018

Awesome and professional
Travel Advisor:  Jeffrey Audley

Rico Knew What We Wanted

By: Hkcunli

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2018

Rico Tours did a great job of providing us the tour we wanted, even when we didn't know exactly what that was! Everything went off without a hitch from our first pickup at the airport, to the 3 marvelous hotels and almost daily tours, to the final drive back. I was especially pleased with the Tulemar Resort where we had a 3 bedroom condo that overlooked the beach where we could watch sloths, monkeys and iguanas from our balcony. Really a perfect trip!
Travel Advisor:  Ron Phillips

Poor Communicator when Issues Came Up

By: Andrew

Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2018

If we hadn't had the weather closure of one of our lodges during our trip I'd be fully satisfied with Rico Tours. The operators they scheduled were pros and good. However, due to large amounts of rain, one of our lodges closed kicking off a frustrating chain of events that wasted half a day in follow up questions that we shouldn't have had to ask. The communications were simply unacceptable and unprofessional. We would ask a question and get a 2 word answer with no details leaving us to guess what we needed to ask. The cancellation resulted in replacing a raft in/out wilderness lodge with miles of on site hiking for a luxury spa hotel that was NOT remotely in line with our preferences. We wanted on site hiking, off the beaten bath and instead got parked in overcrowded Manuel Antonio with no on site activities other than bars and pools. Because of the poor communications we cut our losses and took it, but missed the part of the trip we were most looking forward to.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Upton

Overall a good experience


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2018

Outside of the transportation and one tour, we didn't have much interaction with Rico Tours. I think they could have been a little more helpful in choosing what to do, but I also appreciated not being "sold" on everything.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Fairvalley

Rico Tours

By: SteveB

Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2018

Rico tours was excellent! They made our vacation in Costa Rica the best we ever had. 5 stars all the way.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Antenucci
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By: Aeb

Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2018

We had a wonderful time. Everything was set up perfectly. Our transportation always arrived on time and our guides were Friendly and knowledgeable.
Travel Advisor:  Amanda Watkins

Well run tours!

By: Nicole

Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2018

Everything was well planned and we were taken care of daily!
Travel Advisor:  Kristen Meckem

A Trip of a Lifetime

By: Martha

Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2018

Sue arranged a trip for may daughter and her son, the first time they had traveled by themselves and they have labelled it "A Trip of a Lifetime". Every detail was planned from meals to transportation and the trip was flawless. Sue accommodated all our needs and was very responsive to us. She was a delight to work with and I look forward to planning my next adventure with Sue. I will never use another travel advisor.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

High quality and personalized tours

By: ktpatt

Reviewed on: 30 Apr 2018

Rico tours booked us extremely high quality tours, hotels, and transfers. I want to highlight the private, VIP touches that Rico booked for us during our time in Costa Rica. One of the curveballs we threw them was an extended family wedding in the middle of our vacation. This wedding was located nowhere near our desired destination resort properties. Rather than compromise on what we wanted to see and do in Costa Rica, Rico Tours booked us a private driver and guide for the day we needed to get from Point A to Point B. The resulting 7 hour drive was one of the highlights of our trip. We had a private drive through Guanacaste in a very nice, spotless SUV with a guide who seemed to know everything about Costa Rican nature, history, and culture. Having a private guide for the day was not something we would have booked for ourselves, but was such a great value given all that we learned and experienced with him. Highly recommend Rico Tours
Travel Advisor:  Julie Snyder

Pura Vida

By: Felici H

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

Our tours can be summed up with the Costa Rica motto Pura Vida. This company and all the people of Costa Rica we had the pleasure of meeting truly understand customer satusfication.
Travel Advisor:  Diana Dopson