This is a Private Tour
14 Days From £3,206 pp
Discover Nicaragua’s hidden nature and culture. From the strolling around the colonial delights of León and Granada take a trip to the mountains at Matagalpa. A tour to geysers and boiling mud is included plus a tortilla workshop and a coffee farm. Then stop in charming Granada, with a trip up the active volcano of Masaya. Take a boat trip around the islets of lake Nicaragua. Heading south via Mombacho volcano’s cloud forest reserve to Ometepe island. To relax after all this action spend some time on the Pacific coast.
Domestic flights, accommodation, activities, some meals, full ATOL financial protection
International flights, travel insurance, some meals
Walking tour of charmingly historic Granada & León
Coffee farm tour in the mountains of Matgalpa
Peek inside an active volcanic crater
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Arrive in Nicaragua and transfer to hotel in Managua.
In the morning take guided a city tour of the capital Managua. In the afternoon stop at León Viejo, the remains of the Conquistadors original settlement from 1524. The city was relocated after earthquake and volcanic damage and was buried under ash and mud. It was not excavated until the late 20th century. Continue to the city of León.
Take a walking tour to of León, one of Nicaragua’s oldest and most influential cities. León is Nicaragua’s historical, cultural and religious capital. During this guided tour, visit revolutionary murals, baroque and neoclassical churches and an art museum. In addition, climb to the rooftop of Central America´s largest cathedral and enjoy views of Maribios Volcanic Chain. The city has a quiet, relaxed and pleasant atmosphere that comes to life at night. In the evenings, enjoy live music, folklore performances and much more.
Head up into the cool hills and mountains of the north to Matagalpa. The region is ideal for mountain walking, bird-watching, Indian villages, local music and history. Stop at San Jacinto for a visit to the boiling fumaroles and a tortilla workshop. The boiling mud holes and fumaroles continuously emit mud, rocks and steam. Local children are keen to sell you ceramics and figurines.
After this, visit a local family from San Jancinto, for a Tortilla Workshop. Get involved in the creative process of tortilla making, by having your own dough ball to shape into a tasty flatbread. Assist the locals to cook on a woodstove. Then get to eat your tortilla with a Nicaraguan style breakfast.
Take a coffee tour at Selva Negra, where you can walk through the plantations and follow the beans cycle from seed to cup. The tour also gives an insight into the social and economic factors of coffee production. After lunch return to Matagalpa.
From Matagalpa and head to Granada, a beautiful colonial town. Along the way stop in the Masaya region and the Pueblos Blancos. The Masaya Volcano tour is one of the highlights of the tour. Drive to the summit of the volcano, where you can peek inside the active crater. Deep down is a bubbling bright orange lake of lava. There is a craft market nearby. Lunch is taken overlooking the impressive Apoyo Lagoon. At the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) stop to meet some of the local folk on the way back to Granada.
Spend the morning on a boat tour of Las Isletas on Lake Nicaragua. During the tour, your guide will point out interesting flora and fauna. The small islands, once home to native fishing communities, are being converted to luxury holiday retreats. Take a tour of Granada city, this can be in a traditional horse-drawn carriage. Granada is the second oldest city in mainland Latin America founded by the Spanish in 1524. Granada’s centre today has brightly-coloured Spanish-colonial architecture. San Francisco church and Convent, were built in 1529. There is a wide range of colourful restaurants and bars.
Head south to the port of San Jorge where you get on the ferry to Isla de Ometepe, a beautiful island in Lake Nicaragua. Along the way, make a stop at Mombacho volcano for a short crater hike in this green cloud-forest reserve. At the summit enjoy views of Granada, Las Isletas, the Apoyo Lagoon and the Masaya volcano. Be sure to keep an eye out for howler and white-faced monkeys, sloths and the endemic salamander. Once at Ometepe, check-in to Finca San Juan de la Isla, a beach-front lodge, take a swim in the lake, a walk in the forest or relax in a hammock.
Today take one of Ometepe´s two volcano hikes. A less challenging option, we can recommend a walk to San Ramon Waterfall. This impressive 50m waterfall lies on the southern slope of Maderas volcano. In the forest you can see monkeys, iguanas and colourful birds including parrots.
Take the ferry back to San Jorge and continue to Morgan´s Rock, a beautiful ecolodge near the popular beach town San Juan del Sur. Once a quiet fishing village, San Juan del Sur has emerged into one of the country´s major beach destinations. Fortunately, the town has maintained its charm and laid back atmosphere. San Juan del Sur has many small hotels, restaurants, bars and offers great nightlife. The beaches are great for surfing almost year-round; other activities include snorkelling, diving, sailing and whale watching. You can do a canopy tour just outside the town and enjoy nice views of the surrounding landscapes. La Flor beach is worth a detour to see marine turtles.
Day at leisure at Morgan’s Rock.
Day at leisure at Morgan’s Rock.
Transfer to Managua where you will spend your last night in Nicaragua, in downtown Managua.
Transfer to Managua airport. Fly home.
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