Considered to be one of the most vibrant countries in Central America, Nicaragua offers a unique journey into a land full of ancestral culture and legendary traditions, rich biodiversity, impressive active volcanoes, and above all the friendliest people in Latin America. The Nicaraguans are exceptionally proud of their country with its colourful Spanish colonial cities, string of towering active volcanoes, striking crater lakes and pristine deserted beaches. A trip here is both unique and rewarding.

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Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrices per person
Independent TourBest of Nicaragua 13From $3,262.00
Independent TourNicaragua Highlights 14From $4,042.00

Best of Nicaragua

Our short tour takes you to the highlights of this still largely unknown land. Experience the natural riches of Nicaragua as well as colonial and relax at the end of the trip for a few days on the beautiful Pacific beach!

Day 1: Arrive Managua

Upon arrival transfer to city hotel.

Day 2: Managua – León Viejo – Juan Venado Nature Reserve – Leon

Drive to Loma de Tiscapa with fantastic views of the crater lake Tiscapa , the city of Managua and Momotombo volcano . Then you will visit the ruins of León Viejo , which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites . In the afternoon, take a boat tour of the Juan Venado Nature Reserve with its tropical forest with mangrove habitat for a variety of wildlife .

Day 3: Leon – Cerro Negro volcano – Leon

City tour with visit of the historical center , the famous Cathedral , the Bishop’s Palace and the small museum of Rubén Darío . Afternoon trip to the Cerro Negro volcano to enjoy fantastic views of surrounding area. Return to Leon.

Day 4: Leon – San Jacinto – Matagalpa

After breakfast, drive to San Jacinto , visiting the bubbling mud holes . Continue to Selva Negra (Matagalpa) with a stop at Estelí . This region is known for growing tobacco and its excellent cigars. After a tour of a cigar factory Continue on to Matagalpa Selva Negra Lodge. Walk through the tropical rainforest.

Day 5: Selva Negra – Masaya Volcano National Park – Granada

Ride through the grounds of the Selva Negra, where you will learn more about the coffee and cheese production , animal husbandry , social projects and the sustainability of the farm. Then continue to Matagalpa to visit the small chocolate factory ” El Castillo ” . Along the Pan American Highway , the journey continues to the Masaya Volcano National Park.

Day 6: Granada – Catarina – Masaya – Las Islets – Granada

Walking tour of the charming colonial town , and then drive to Catarina , where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Laguna de Apoyo . In the afternoon take a trip to the ” Islets ” , an archipelago consisting of more than 350 small volcanic islands close to Granada.

Day 7: Granada – Charco Verde – Isla de Ometepe

Transfer to the port of San Jorge and continue by ferry across Lake Nicaragua to the volcanic island of Ometepe . Along the way you still visit the legendary Charco Verde , known for the dark green lake, the lush vegetation and many birds.

Day 8: Isla de Ometepe – Montelimar or San Juan del Sur

Return by ferry and transfer to your desired seaside hotel on the Pacific coast.

Day 9, 10 & 11: Montelimar or San Juan del Sur

Enjoy a free days at the beach. Stay in hotel Barceló Montelimar or Hotel Posada Azul.

Day 12: Montelimar / San Juan del Sur – Managua

Transfer from hotel swimming to Managua.

Day 13: Depart Managua

At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals:12 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Transport:Airport Transfers, Ferry transfers, Air-conditioned Car or Van,
Accommodation:12 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Nicaragua Highlights

This trip is ideal for those wishing to visit all the main highlights and alternate colonial cities, native villages, mountains and coffee plantations, Caribbean and Pacific beaches, but also visiting small villages/meeting people and interesting tours on the way and in each destination.

Day 1: Arrive Managua

Arrive in Managua and transfer to your hotel.
Hotel: Camino Real Managua

Day 2: Managua - Matagalpa

In the morning, go for a short city tour of Managua. Then drive north towards to mountainous region Matagalpa and its fresh weather, home of famous coffee plantations. On the way visit a chocolate factory. make a stop by An artisanal chocolate factory “El Castillo del Cacao” run by Dutch partners, you will visit and learn more about the way chocolate is made, the castle project and of course, distribution channels, and try the chocolate where it is made.
Hotel: Selva Negra Ecolodge, 2 nights

Day 3: Matagalpa

Today you will go for a tour of sustainability in the property, around the coffee activity. The tour takes about 1h30 to 2h30 according to the season (harvest time or no) and includes visit to the Coffee museum, Beneficio humedo (small processing plants where the first steps of coffee cleaning and beans preselection are realized), visit the coffee plantations and more. Rest of the day at leisure to sign up for the other tours that the property offers, such as horseback riding and hiking with a local guide. Some of the trails are also self-guided.

Day 4: Matagalpa – San Jacinto – Leon

Leave the highlands, reach the plains around Sebaco, and continue west towards the pacific part of Nicaragua. On the way enjoy stunning views to the Maribios range of volcanoes: First, the Momotombo, on your left: then, Cerro Negro and others; later, Telica and its enormous crater on your right (all active!). Stop at San Jacinto, a small rural village located in between volcanoes. There observe another volcanic phenomenon, the boiling mud and thermal waters; these are geysers coming out of the earth. Please note that a guide (local or our guide) is mandatory for the visit, as the terrain is not solid and new, boiling geysers come out of the earth all the time. Arrive in Leon. Originally located in a different place, the city of Léon was rebuilt at its actual location after an eruption of the Momotombo volcano destroyed the city, on the shores of Lake Managua. It’s been the capital of Nicaragua for around 200 years until Managua was named as the capital. The oldest university is located in Leon, still the intellectual capital of Nicaragua. one of the oldest colonial cities in Central America. In the afternoon go for a city tour of Leon, its huge cathedral, the most complete art gallery of Central America and old churches. Free evening and night in Leon, very lively city.
Hotel: El Convento Hotel

Day 5: Leon – Managua – Caribbean Coast – Corn Island

Leave the hotel in the morning, drive south until you reach Managua and the international airport. Take a 2pm flight to Corn Island.
Hotel: Arenas Beach Hotel, 2 nights

Day 6: Corn Island

Free time at Corn Island. Optional activities available: visit to Little Corn, fishing, boat rides, beach, snorkeling and diving.

Day 7: Corn Island - Managua - Granada

Fly back to Managua, in the mid afternoon. Transfer to Granada, the jewel of Nicaraguan cities. Free evening in Granada. Granada is the oldest colonial city in the Americas, founded by the Spanish in 1524. Touring Granada will transport us back to the colonial times, with its classical and neo-classical buildings, its horse-drawn carriages!
Hotel: Patio del Malinche , 2 nights

Day 8: Granada - Boat tour in Lake Nicaragua & Isletas

Morning at leisure to wander in Nicaragua’s most beautiful city.

Optional activities: Adventures in Mombacho nature reserve:
- Excursion to Mombacho volcano, natural reserve with a cloud forest, a very nicely designed trail circles around one of the craters.
- Canopy Tour/zip lines: Get ready to climb and swing through trees!! This tour offers you an unforgettable experience sliding down from tree to tree through seventeen platforms and bridges very safely built, overlooking the coffee plantations. It takes around 2 hours to experience this unique activity.

Around Midday we’ll drive to Lake Nicaragua. First, enjoy a delicious typical lunch in a “palapa style” restaurant in front of the water, with beautiful views to Lake Nicaragua, the islands “Isletas” and the Mombacho cloud forest.
Then you will go for a Boat Ride and discover Lake Nicaragua and some of its 356 islands “isletas”, a must see. The islands “Isletas” 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 too. After the tour return to Granada.

Day 9: Granada - Ometepe Island

Transfer to San Jorge and then take a ferry to Ometepe Island, world largest volcanic island in a lake. In the afternoon you can discover the island or just relax at the beach. Dinner in the hotel.
Hotel: Hotel Charco Verde, 2 nights

Day 10: Ometepe Island

Free day in the island. Optional tours are available, like hiking in the rain forest, tour of the island and petroglyphs tour, see the petroglyphs or kayaking. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day 11: Ometepe - San Juan del Sur

After breakfast, leave the hotel and the island. Go to San Juan del Sur, typical fishermen port located at the south west, 15 miles away from the border with Costa Rica. Time on your own to enjoy swimming in the Pacific Ocean.
Hotel: La Posada Azul, 2 nights

Day 12: San Juan del Sur

Day at leisure at the beach! Optional activities can be arranged, such as horseback riding, snorkeling tours. Canopy tours, sailboat tours or surf lessons. There is also a regular shared shuttles service that go to the beautiful beaches located north of San Juan, such as Maderas and Majagual.

Day 13: San Juan del Sur – Masaya tour – Managua

Leave the beach in the mid-morning, enjoy a tour in the Masaya area, on the way to Managua: Then we will visit the finest Handicraft Market where you will enjoy the creativity and variety of Nicaraguan art at bargain prices. Later transfer to Catarina, this is a small and characteristic village of Nicaragua where people work seedling nurseries, make handcraft and raise horses. Placed on top of a hill at 520 meters over the sea level, present a very agreeable climate, the temperature is between 22 and 27 degrees, from here you can have a magnificent view of the Apoyo lagoon, Mombacho volcano, Granada and Lake Nicaragua. Then, we will go to San Juan de Oriente, famous for its ceramic arts. Visit a workshop (Mon-Fri), all items are handmade and the “know how” is transmitted from fathers to sons. Eventually, arrive back in Granada. Then, continue to Masaya, start visiting the Nicaragua’s First National Park created in Nicaragua in 1979, one of Nicaragua’s most interesting and beautiful natural phenomena. It comprises an area of 54 km2 with more than 20 km of scenic roads and trails, leading to and around the one impressive volcano and five formidable craters; one of them currently displays gaseous activity and incandescent lava in its interior. You can also visit the Museum that offer interesting history and legends. Arrive in Managua.
Hotel: Camino Real Managua

Day 14: Depart Managua

Transfer to Managua International Airport to reach your flight back to your country (hotel shuttle).

Meals:13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers, & Air-conditioned Car or Van
Flights:Flight Ticket: Managua - Corn Island - Managua
Accommodation:12 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary