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Highlights of Nicaragua

8 Days / 7 Nights



P/P Double Occupancy

Discover splendid historical colonial cities such as Granada and Leon, spectacular active volcanoes like Cerro Negro and Masaya. Explore natural reserves as the mangroves of Juan Venado Island, the lush vegetation of Granada’s islets, as well as the legendary “Charco Verde” and its bountiful groups of howler monkeys. Learn about the process of making top quality cigars in the city of Esteli; and also taste in Matagalpa one of the best chocolate of the country.

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Day 01 Arrival Managua

Arrival at Managua International Airport and shuttle bus to your hotel. Accommodation: Hotel Camino Real****, Managua Meals: none

Day 02 Managua City Tour Leon Viejo /Juan Venado Reserve/Las Penitas (B)

After breakfast we will drive to Loma de Tiscapa, a small volcanic hill where Somoza' s presidential house was strategically situated. Today Sandino' s black metal silhouette rules over the hill and you can enjoy excellent views on old and new Managua from here. Afterwards we will drive along Lake Managua towards the ruins of Leon Viejo, first capital of Nicaragua which succumbed to the violent eruption of Momotombo volcano and a destructive earthquake. Here you will have the chance to learn about interesting colonial time episodes of this UNESCO site and understand why the first Spanish conquistadors settled Leon Viejo in this ferocious land. Then we will drive to the Pacific coast and will embark for a boat tour into the Reserve of Juan Venado, famous for its mangroves and wildlife. At Las Penitas, on the way back to the cultural town Leon, we will admire a beautiful sunset (if weather permits). Accommodation: Hotel Austria*** or similar, Leon Meals: Breakfast

Day 03 Leon City Tour /Cerro Negro Volcano (B)

This morning, we will begin with the visit the old looking Cathedral La Asuncion, considered the largest in Central America and sheltering the remains of Nicaragua's greatest poet Ruben Dario. We will also ascend to the roof of the temple to enjoy spectacular views of the city. Then we will visit the archive-museum house of Ruben Dario as well as the art museum of Ortiz-Gurdian Foundation which contains an impressive collection of European and Latin American art. As we walk through the city we still can see some of the old revolutionaries murals painted during the civil war. In the afternoon, we will travel 25 kilometers east from Leon driving by unique rural sceneries areas where traditional crops as cassava, sugar cane, peanuts, corn, and others are grown. Then we will reach to the base of Cerro Negro, regarded as the youngest volcano in Central America, formed in 1850. This fascinating hiking trail will take us to the summit of this Cerro Negro and enjoy impressive view over the Maribios volcanic chain, nicely constituted by the active cones of San Cristobal and Telica. After descending on the sandy slopes of the volcano we drive back to Leon. Accommodation: Hotel Austria*** or similar, Leon Meals: Breakfast

Day 04 San Jacinto Hot Springs/ Esteli cigar factory /Selva Negra (B)

After breakfast we will drive to San Jacinto Hot Springs, a unique phenomenon of this volcanic region where internal vents eject hot gasses, water and mud. Afterwards we will drive from the volcanic fertile soils of the Nicaraguan pacific basin to the north central region of Esteli, known for its top quality cigars. As we drive we will have the chance to pass by tobacco fields and then visit one of the many cigar factories in this area. Here we will learn about the painstaking process of selecting the best tobacco leaves, drying, rolling and packing. Then we will drive back to the highlands of Matagalpa, also known as the coffee hub. After taking our rooms at Selva Negra Lodge, we will go for a nature walk into the primary tropical forest to explore the lush vegetation and try to discover the elusive birdlife of the region. Accommodation: Selva Negra Lodge**, near Matagalpa Meals: Breakfast

Day 05 Selva Negra / Chocolate factory /Masaya Volcano/ Granada (B, D)

This morning after breakfast we will drive through the Selva Negra farm to learn very important facts about the sustainability of the farm, coffee and cheese production, cattle and pig raising, social projects, environmental protection and treatment of animal waste. After this interesting experience, we will drive to Matagalpa and visit a small chocolate factory producing 100% Nicaraguan chocolate. Here you will learn about the history of the cocoa bean, varieties, roasting and grinding and mixing. Then we will drive from the highlands on the Pan-American Highway descending on the pacific lowlands to reach our next destination, Masaya's Volcano National Park. This is a great opportunity to discover one of the most impressive active volcanoes in the Pacific Ring of FireĀ¯. Here you will have the chance to observe ancient lava flows, outstanding landscapes, lava incandescence, bat caves, an absolutely wonderful experience. In the dark we will drive to town Masaya and enjoy a folkloric event while we take our typical dinner. After this we will then drive into the charming colonial city of Granada. Accommodation: Hotel Patio del Malinche*** or similar, Granada Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 06 Granada City Tour /San Juan de Oriente /Catarina/ Masaya market /Boat Trip Las Isletas (B)

After breakfast we will begin a city tour of the oldest colonial settlement in the Americas. We will visit the historical building of Convent San Francisco housing the local museum of Granada, displaying the most important pre-Hispanic totem collection in Nicaragua. As well we will visit the historical center of the city where we can observe the Bishop Palace, Cathedral, Palace of Culture, City Hall and other remarkable monuments. Then we will drive to the Pueblos Blancos, here we will visit the colorful town of San Juan de Oriente, renowned by its high quality pottery. Afterwards we will drive to a view point where we can enjoy breathtaking views of Lake ApoyoĀ¯, known as the largest and deepest volcanic Crater Lake in the country. After we will head to Masaya' s market where you can find a wide variety of fine quality handmade products such as hammocks, shoes, wallets, jewelry, clothes, etcĀ¦ Before we get to our hotel we will embark on a natural excursion in Lake Nicaragua, we will enjoy a boat tour through some of the volcanic islands, popularly known as Las Isletas. Accommodation: Hotel Patio del Malinche*** or similar, Granada Meals: Breakfast

Day 07 Granada /San Jorge /Moyogalpa /Charco Verde/Playa Santo Domingo (B)

After breakfast we will drive south on the Pan-American highway, passing by several sugarcane and rice fields, as well as banana plantations, papaya, water melon and passion fruit. Then we will reach the small town of San Jorge where we take the ferry to navigate on great Lake Nicaragua to the volcanic island of Ometepe. Departing from Moyogalpa, one of the two main towns of the Island, we drive around the active volcano of Concepcion to visit Charco VerdeĀ¯, known for its dark green lake, lush surrounding vegetation, birdlife and howler monkeys. Then we will continue on to Playa Santo Domingo where we can relax at the end of day with a refreshing dive around the lake. Accommodation: Hotel Villa Paraiso**(*), Ometepe Meals: Breakfast

Day 08 Playa Santo Domingo /Moyogalpa /San Jorge /Transfer out (B)

This morning we leave the hotel and drive back to Moyogalpa to take the ferry to San Jorge. Then we will head to Managua or La Fortuna / Costa Rica. End of our service. Included meal today: Breakfast

Prices Include
  • All transfers and transportation during the round-trip in comfortable vehicles with a/c according to program (Please note that vehicles on Ometepe do not have air condition
  • 7 nights in mid-range hotels and lodges
  • Meals as per description
  • English speaking tour guide during the whole roundtrip (from day 2 to day 8)
  • All entrance fees for the visits as per description
  • Travel documentation with useful information
Prices Do Not Include
  • Tourist Card entering Nicaragua (currently US$10.00 per person
  • Border cost in Penas Blancas (currently US$ 3.00 per person; only for customers traveling to La Fortuna)
  • Additional meals
  • Beverages
  • All extras and personal expenses
  • Rates are per person - double occupancy
  • Prices are per person subject to change
  • Seat in basis with fix departures is also available please ask for prices