Discovering Nicaragua

A Cocktail of history and eco-tourism, this package includes the old colonial city of Granada, the Masaya National park and active volcano, as well Ometepe Island.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive in Granada

Pick up at the International airport in Managua or the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Peñas Blancas. Transfer to Granada for your first night in Nicaragua. Granada is the oldest colonial city on the Isthmus; that heritage adds to the charm and character of the place today. Today’s Granada is a delightful town, it’s streets are lined with Spanish-style houses with large wooden doors opening onto cool interior patios. Walk around the city on your own and enjoy delicious dinner at “ La Calzada”.

Hotel: Patio del Malinche, 2 Nights

Day 2: Granada & Masaya Volcano

Morning tour of Colonial Granada, founded in 1524. Sights visited include the San Francisco convent and Church as well as seeing archaeological treasures from Isla Zapatera, a primitive art exhibit and historical display at La Polvora Fort. Evening tour to observe Masaya Volcano, which is still an active volcano.

Day 3: Omepete Island

Visit Omepete Island, to see such sights as the Green Puddle’s Lagoon, Santo Domingo beach, and “Ojo de Agua” water springs.

Hotel: San Juan de la Isla, 2 Nights

 Day 4: Concepción Volcano Hike

With its 1610 meters, volcano Concepción is the highest and more prominent volcanos on the island of Ometepe.

Day 5: Omepete Island– Managua

After breakfast, take the ferry transfer back to Managua. End of our services.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Daily from Granada:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application
Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
Transport: Airport Transfers & Air-conditioned Vehicle
Accommodation:4 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

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* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Best of Nicaragua

Our 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!

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

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.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Daily from Managua:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

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

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Around Nicaragua

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.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

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).

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Daily from Managua:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

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

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Costa Rica & Nicaragua

Venture to the heart of Central America starting to discover Costa Rica & Nicaragua. Start the experience in the Manuel Antonio National Park with its beautiful beaches and wildlife. head north along the Pacific Coast to Monteverde Cloud Forest with its hanging bridges for flora and fauna observation. Continue north west to Rincon de la Vieja National Park to explore its wildlife, the mud pools and hotsprings. Then cross the border into Nicaragua to the beautiful Ometepe Island, located inside Lake Nicaragua. continue by car to colonial Granada, the Masaya Volcano and then onto Leon, another colonial jewel of Nicaragua. The tour concludes in Managua.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive San Jose

Welcome! Upon your arrival at San José International Airport our English-speaking representative will greet you and assist you on arrival. At this time you will be provided a short briefing and an informative travel handout.

Hotel: Fleur De Lys Hotel

Day 2: San Jose – Manuel Antonio National Park

A transfer will take you down to the Pacific Coast. Short time before you left the capital the close Pacific Ocean as well as the Nicoya Peninusla with some small islands can already be seen. Between Jacó and Manuel Antonio you may observe the large Palm Tree plantations ‘la palma africana’ which is an important source to produce cooking oil. Your hotel lies on a slope around 140m above the Ocean allowing breathtaking views. There is a free shuttle to the beach at fixed times.

Hotel: Playa Espadilla Hotel, 2 nights

Day 3: Manuel Antonio National Park

Visit the smallest National Park of our country. A local guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in company with other guests. Many animals can be seen such as sloths, birds, kongos and of course the mono-titis. The morning hours are the best to observe nature! Do not miss the twilight tour at the hotel’s own Reserve (entrance to be paid on the spot).

Day 4: Manuel Antonio National Park – Monteverde

After breakfast a transfer takes you back north and after about 2 ½ hours start to climb up the mountains to get to the cloud forest region of Monteverde. The climate on 1500m above sea level is very pleasant, a bit chilly at night. The hotel garden’s invite for a walk. The village itself is located less than 2km from the hotel. Nevertheless there are several bars and restaurants in walking distance.

Hotel: Arco Iris Lodge, 2 nights

Day 5: Monteverde

The best way to explore and take advantage of this superb region is to hike across the famous suspension bridges. A transfer will pick you up and drives you to the entrance of the bridges. Amazing views across the tree tops and even down onto the Pacific Ocean await you. The afternoon is at your leisure, why not visiting the frog or snake museum? Or a humming bird and butterfly garden? There is also one at Selvatura. (Optional).

Day 6: Monteverde – Rincon de la Vieja

In the morning a shuttle bus (shared transfer) picks you up at the hotel. Your journey continues down towards the Panamerican Highway, towards the north. 30min north of Liberia, the road winds up the hill of the impressive Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. As the climate in this region is influenced by the dry winds from the north-west, the country side in some parts can be compared to the wild-west.

Hotel: Hacienda Guachipelin Volcano Ranch Hotel & Hot Springs, 2 nights

-Day 7: Rincon de la Vieja

<p style=”text-align: justify;”>A great day awaits you: horses can be seen everywhere in this area. Today explore it on the back of a horse, accompanied by a local guide and possibly other guests on a tour towards a nice waterfall. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to relax and walk across the wide property where also bubbling mud holes can be observed as well as Sulphur Rivers.

Day 8: Rincon de la Vieja – Penas Blancas (Nicaragua Border) – Ometepe island

An early transfer picks you up at the hotel by 8am. Drive towards the border to Nicaragua where you arrive at around 10.30am. Private Transfer from Peñas Blancas border to San Jorge’s port, located at Rivas. Upon arrival at San Jorge , you will board a one hour ride ferry that will take you to the breast of Ometepelt (Ometepe). A local transportation will be waiting for us and will take us on an approximately 1 hour transfer to San Juan de la Isla Hotel. From the moment you arrive to Ometepe you realize that you are in a different world, unique in its kind. The presence of the Volcanoes is constant as life circles around these two colossuses of nature. The Concepción is a dormant volcano and the Maderas is extinct volcano covered by a deep cloud forest and a lagoon on the top of the crater. The Island was a ceremonial place for ancient Indian culture; because of this many petroglyphs and stone idols are found in different archaeological sites and in the Altagracia town. Ometepe is a soft adventure place. In the hotel you will have the lunch & dinner.

Hotel: San Juan de la Isla, 3 nights

Day 9: Ometepe Island

Breakfast at the hotel. Then you will do a Maderas Volcano Hike. It is a hard tour 6-8 hours walk on a muddy road and pike. Your reward will be a very unique forest vegetation, where you can see monkeys, birds, and butterflies. And of course the lagoon in the crater of Volcano Maderas. Includes transportation Hotel – Villa Magdalena – Hotel, one lunchpacket per person (sandwich, water, fruits), Spanish and English speaking guide, entrance to Volcan Maderas. For this tour you need: health, fitness and mood.
The tour included: Transportation, guide, sandwich, fruits and water.

Day 10: Ometepe Island

Breakfast at hotel San Juan de la Isla, followed by a full day biking tour to Ometepe Island. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the most interesting places of the island, you will visit the town called Altagracia with its charming little church, the museum ,the stone statues , the mysterious Charco Verde & Numismatic Museum. Lunch in Hotel Villa Paraíso included on the tour.

Day 11: Ometepe Island – Granada

Breakfast at hotel San Juan de la Isla, followed the Private guided transfer from Ometepe to Granada colonial city. Rest of the afternoon at leisure to rest or to know the town on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Colonial Granada, 2 nights

Day 12: Granada

Full Day tour to Granada City and the White Towns. The colonial city of Granada was founded by Captain Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in the year 1524. It was built next to the Mombacho volcano and the great lake of Nicaragua. Named after the city of Granada in Spain, this city has plenty of colonial churches, narrow streets and large homes with beautiful indoor patios, tiled roofs and pretty colonial colors. Upon arrival, we will have a sightseeing tour and later arrive at the main plaza for our walking tour of the surrounding area. We will see the famous “Casa de Los Tres Mundos” and the San Francisco convent. Here, we will have the opportunity to see and take pictures of mysterious idols made by our ancestors. This is an impressive collection of genuine pre-Columbian sculptures in human and animal shapes. During the tour we will learn about the history of the city, and the adventures of filibuster William Walker, who invaded the city in the year 1855. We will learn about the civil wars that basically destroyed the city in the past. At the same time, we will witness the current restoration process which only makes the city even more attractive. Due to the historical and cultural value of the city, it is in the process of being declared a heritage of mankind by UNESCO. Then, we will continue to Lake Nicaragua for a relaxing boat ride around some of the islands formed by the impressive Mombacho volcano. See the volcanic evidence and influence of the area. Enjoy great landscape views and wildlife and of course have a chance to take pictures. Then they will take the lunch in a local restaurant in Granada. In the afternoon we will go to the small twons, were given their name in the early colonial period because the Spaniards decided to paint their homes in white. Nowadays “white towns” is a part of Nicaraguan folklore. The interesting fact is that each town has its own specialty when it comes to art, food and tradition. In the past, these towns were known as “witch doctor’s towns”, since a lot of the people were shamans and did that for a living. Nowadays, there are not many witch doctors left, but some people suspect that certain individuals in the towns are still devoted to these practices. There is a good balance between the rainy and dry seasons and this combines to make this a beautiful area full of fruits and trees. The landscape is very attractive and people are humble and friendly. We take today’s tour through these towns making strategic stops in the most interesting places. We learn how people make bamboo baskets and furniture and we go by Somoza and Sandino’s native towns. We’ll do shopping in San Juan de Oriente and Catarina (pottery). Here you find beautiful arts and crafts and nurseries with beautiful flowers. We will also see the view from Catarina of the surrounding water and volcano landscape and get to know the Nicaraguan’s character, personality and way of life.

Day 13: Granada – Leon

Breakfast at Hotel Colonial. Then We will go to Masaya Volcano and then continue to León. Masaya Volcno is the first national park in the country was established in 1979. The park includes a beautiful volcanic lake known as the “Masaya lagoon”. Upon arrival, we will witness all the influence that volcanic activities have had in the shaping of the zone. Only ten minutes from the entrance we will be able to visit the environmental center, a museum where we can see a model of the park and also see paintings of Nicaraguan artists relating to the history of the volcano. We’ll Learn about the tectonic plates and volcanic regions of the planet and get to know about the flora and fauna of this wildlife refuge. We will continue our trip to the summit of the volcano, where we will get out of our vehicle and walk the few steps to see the Santiago crater, active since 1946. We will also have time to explore the surrounding area and see more volcanic formations, learn about the Aratinga Strenua (amazing birds living in the toxic crater walls) as well as the history of the Spanish priests who explored the volcano and the superstitious beliefs held by the natives who inhabited the area. Then We will continue to León City and take the lunch in a local restaurant.

Hotel: Convento Hotel, 2 nights

Day 14: Leon

The colonial city of Leon was founded by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in the year 1524 next to Lake Xolotlan and the active Momotombo volcano. There were important indigenous towns in the area. The city was actually built next to the town known as Imabite but in the year 1610 it was moved to its current location after being destroyed by a series of eruptions from the Momotombo volcano and the city was basically buried. That is why the city is called the Central American Pompey. We will begin with the city of Leon to see the main churches including the monumental cathedral, the largest in Central America, located at the main square. We will also see the birdhouse of Ruben Dario, the “Ortiz Gurdian” art gallery and the “El Convento” hotel and its colonial architecture. During the walking tour get to know the historic murals of the city and understand the role played by Leon in the social, economic and political development of Nicaragua. Rest of the afternoon at leisure to rest or to know the town on your own.

Day 15: Leon – Managua

The morning at leisure to walk in the town. At the afternoon they will have a private guided transfer from León to Hotel Los Robles in Managua.

Hotel: Los Robles Hotel

Day 16: Depart Managua

At convenient time, we will pick you up in a private guided transfer from the hotel to the international airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from San Jose:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

Meals:15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Air-conditioned Private Car or Shuttle vehicle
Ferry:Ferry Ticket: San Jorge - Ometepelt island
Accommodation:15 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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