This package offers all the best of Nicaragua: 2 antique colonial cities founded almost 500 years ago, their architecture and history; active volcanoes and tropical forests; Lake Nicaragua and the Islands; and the Juan Venado Natural Reserve.
Arrival at the International airport in Managua. Meet and greet by one of our representatives, transfer will be provided to the hotel for your first night in Nicaragua.
Overnight at Hotel Contempo, contempo room. Breakfast included.
Early morning transfer north to Leon, one of the main colonial cities in Nicaragua.
Then explore the rich cultural and political history of one of Nicaragua´s oldest and most influential cities. Defined by its graceful Spanish colonial architecture and fascinating political history, you will soon discover why León is considered to be Nicaragua's historical, cultural, educational and religious capital.
Climb to the rooftop of Central America's largest cathedral, recently added to UNESCO´s list of World Heritage, and enjoy the amazing views over the city and surrounding Maribios Volcanic Chain. Visit as well the San Francisco Convent and the beautifully carved Casa de los Leones; the Sutiaba (indigenous neighborhood), the Ruben Dario Museum, Museum of Myths and Legends, and the Central square & murals.
Overnight at El Convento, standard room. Breakfast included
Knowing, visiting and enjoying the natural reserve of Juan Venado is one of the most unique experiences that Nicaragua has to offer. During the trip to the island (by motorboat), you will meet a variety of exotic birds, mammals, crabs and other Species, slowly navigating between the mangroves, which are typical for this zone.
You will visit a beautiful secluded virgin beach, with the opportunity to swim. If you are lucky, you will encounter crocodiles and the impressive Paslama Sea Turtle (only in season: August[February). Ever been in the Mangroves? We teach and show you! This is all nature! We look for bird life, crocodiles, craps, shells, iguanas and more! There are 3 types of Mangrove trees, local people and amazing beaches (you may swim!)
Overnight at El Convento standard room. Breakfast included
After breakfast, drive south to Granada, arriving in the nicest colonial city of Nicaragua.
Founded in 1524 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, its streets are lined with Spanish-style houses with large wooden doors opening onto cool interior patios. A wonderful walking city, although some buildings appear to be on the verge of collapse, many others have been beautifully renovated and now function as restaurant, hotel, or residential home. A great way to get a nice overview of the city is by ascending the towers of the La Merced church.
Walk around the city on your own and enjoy delicious lunch at “La Calzada”
Overnight at Plaza Colon, standard room. Breakfast included.
Granada City Tour
Join us in exploring and discovering the famous city of Granada, established in 1524 by the Spaniard Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, the oldest colonial city on mainland America and considered one of the prettiest cities in Latin America. Visit relevant sites and colonial buildings as well as the San Francisco Convent and Church founded in 1524, which preserves some of the most interesting indigenous ceramic and statue collections. You will hear stories from real pirates, like the infamous Henry Morgan, and their adventures to civil war stories that burned toashes, sacked and destroyed the city several times. We will also visit archeological treasures from Isla Zapatera, a primitive art exhibit and historical display, La Polvora Fort, a warehouse built in 1748 to keep gunpowder. We will visit its old towers, which give you a beautiful view of the city. Xalteva Church and walls: Here the Spaniards met the Indigenous Xalteva population, from which it gets its name. This is the most antique part of Granada. The church was built during colonial times and because of its location, it was also used as a military fort.
Las Isletas Boat Tour
Las Isletas consist of around 365 small islands where formed 20,000 years ago by a massive volcanic explosion! Today it is a unique place where prominent Nicaraguan have their vacation houses and a local fishing community makes its living. The nature is beautiful with lots of birdlife and amazing views of the volcanoes and Lake Nicaragua. Additional point of interest is the spanish fortress built a in the 17th Century to stop pirate attacks on the City of Granada! These serene and rustic islands we will visit by boat, showing you all its secrets!
Overnight at Plaza Colon, superior room. Breakfast included.
The Mombacho Volcano is one of the most prominent volcanoes in Nicaragua, located only 10 km from Granada. The ride uphill only is an adventure by itself. Whether it’s your own car or the truck you’re using, the incredible steepness of the volcano guarantees a spectacular ride. Explore a breathtaking view of the tropical forest of the Mombacho Volcano and enjoy a pleasant Canopy Zip Line Tour while enjoying close contact with nature. This tour is a combination of both Mombacho walking around the crater and Canopy with its 17 platforms - 3 Hanging Bridges - 11 Steel Cables with a height about 25 – 30 meters.
Continue your tour with a boat ride and discover Lake Nicaragua and some of its 365 islands. The inhabitants (“Isleños”) live peacefully in simple yet decent conditions and dedicate themselves to fishing and small agriculture. The nature is beautiful with a lots of birdlife and amazing views of the volcanoes and Lake Nicaragua.
Overnight at Plaza Colon Hotel superior room. Breakfast included.
Transfer to Managua International airport to catch your flight back to your country.
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