A perfect tour for newcomers to Nicaragua, as it takes in all the highlights in a nicely paced 10 days. It gives you all the sights, with the options to extend your trip either before or after and also fill your time with some optional action packed adventures.
Duration: 10 days from Managua to Managua, Please note this tour has options for Pre tour and post tour extensions, Just ask for more details
Departs every Monday throughout the year
Trip focus: A nicely paced tour taking in the highlights of Nicaragua.
Accommodation: Either Standard or Superior hotels, depending on the option you choose
Transport: Air conditioned vehicle. Boat
Group size: Maximum 12 + tour leader, Minimum 2
Single Supplement US$250 based on Standard and US$545
This tour is operated by one of our partners.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
All prices are approximate and subject to currency fluctuations until final payment has been made.
Managua is the capital of Nicaragua. It is home to almost two million inhabitants and is easily the largest city in Nicaragua. The city has a lot to offer: theatres, restaurants, bars, shopping malls and cinemas to name a few. At the Roberto Huembes market, one can experience an authentic Nicaraguan street market and buy souvenirs and handicrafts. Managua is Nicaragua’s main transfer hub; all domestic flights leave from Managua airport, as do most busses, both domestic and international. The domestic airport is located right next to the international airport, some 15 km from the city center.
The city of León is a cultural-historical attraction with an authentic atmosphere that gives visitors an opportunity to easily connect with the local population. León offers a quiet, relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. The center with its colonial buildings, beautiful churches and the cathedral - which has been declared UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site - is only one of León’s many attractions. One could also decide to hike one of the many active volcanoes in the surrounding area. One of the most popular attractions is volcano boarding at Cerro Negro. For nature lovers, the estuary of Juan Venado Island is a must-see.
Explore by foot the fascinating history of one of Nicaragua’s oldest and most influential cities. During this guided walk you visit revolutionary murals, baroque and neoclassical churches and an art museum displaying works by internationally renowned artists. We continue the tour exploring the local market and colonial buildings, among them Nicaragua’s first university. In addition, you climb the rooftop of Central America’s largest Cathedral, registered on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage.
OPTIONAL TOUR (not included): Cerro Negro Volcano Boarding
Cerro Negro is one of the youngest active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere. Despite this volcano is only about 712 meters above sea level, the ascent can be difficult due to its completely natural and rocky road. You climb around 1 hour to the top, and appreciate a 360-degree panoramic view. Finish your hike with a 10 minute descent. This side only has volcanic sand, providing a great surface for sliding (boarding) downhill. This tour is also suitable for hikers; the boarding is optional.
Transfer to Granada, a beautiful colonial city situated near the Lake of Nicaragua. Along the way, you visit the Masaya volcano and Masaya handicraft market.
Granada was founded in 1524 and is believed to be the second oldest city established in mainland Latin America by the Spanish conquest.
Nowadays Granada is characterized by bright-colored Spanish-colonial architecture, visible throughout the city center. The ambiance is very pleasant and there is a wide array of popular restaurants and bars, especially along the boulevard from the central park to the shores of Lake Nicaragua.
INCLUDED TOUR: Masaya Highlights (Masaya Volcano – Artisan Market)
Look inside an active volcano, explore a colorful market, and have lunch at a crater lake all in one day! The tour starts at Masaya Volcano National Park. Your driver brings you to the summit of the volcano, where you can peek inside the active crater. Your next stop is Masaya´s artisan market, where you can purchase quality Nicaraguan handicrafts. You have lunch overlooking the impressive Apoyo Lagoon before you continue to your destination, Granada.
Situated at the foot of Mombacho volcano, the Las Isletas archipelago consist of around 360 small forest-covered islands, formed by a volcanic eruption some 20,000 years ago. Clients are transferred to the harbor where they meet the captain and board a motor boat. During the tour, your guide will point out the exotic flora and fauna. You make a stop at one of the islands where you enjoy a complimentary drink before heading back to Granada.
OPTIONAL TOURS: Mombacho Volcano Crater Trail and Mombacho Volcano Canopy Tour
Transfer to San Jorge where you take the ferry to Isla de Ometepe.
Isla de Ometepe is situated in Lake Nicaragua and has served as home to indigenous tribes and cultures for many centuries, of which pre-Columbian petroglyphs are silent witnesses. The two volcanoes on the island, Concepción and Maderas, offer stunning views when approaching Ometepe by boat from the mainland. Both of the volcanoes have their own climate and unique vegetation, and hiking either of them is a great way to enjoy spectacular views of the surroundings.
INCLUDED TOUR: Charco Verde Walking Tour
Day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna of the area.
OPTIONAL TOUR (not included): Nature Tour
Start this adventurous tour of Ometepe’s natural treasures at Peña Inculta, a reserve where groups of white-faced and howler monkeys live. Other species to be found here are agoutis, squirrels, iguanas and tropical birds such as trogons, wrens and parrots. After hiking the reserve you visit the historical coffee hacienda Finca Magdalena, which was constructed in 1888. Here you get an insight into the process of organic coffee cultivation. You make a short hike to petroglyphs that lie on the premises. After the activities, you can have lunch in a restaurant overlooking the beach (lunch not included). Finally you go to Ojo de Agua, a natural pool, where you have some time to relax before heading back.
Transfer by ferry to San Jorge, and you continue to Laguna de Apoyo.
The Nature Reserve Laguna de Apoyo, or Apoyo Lagoon, is located between Granada and Masaya and was formed thousands of years ago. Laguna de Apoyo is said to have the clearest water of all fresh water lakes in Nicaragua.
Laguna de Apoyo is easily accessible by car but still far from being overcrowded. At the lagoon you can relax and go for a swim, of get on the water with a kayak or paddleboard. You can also hike in the surroundings, and see if you encounter monkeys, humming birds, toucans or quetzals. The flora and fauna in this region is incredibly diverse.
Day at your leisure
Transfer to Managua International Airport for your return flight, or join the post tour.
|Start Date||End Date||Spaces Available||Cost|
|7th Aug 2017||Standard - DEPARTS EVERY MONDAY||From US$852 per person|
|7th Aug 2017||Superior - DEPARTS EVERY MONDAY||From US$1164 per person|