Best Nicaragua Treks

Mayan Gateway

This tour includes the highlights of trekking in Nicaragua. You will start with the Puma Trail on Mombacho volcano before continuing to beautiful Ometepe Island and its Volcanoes and Waterfalls. On the island, one of the country’s highest and still active volcanoes awaits you and you can refresh in a waterfall on the south part of the island. On Cerro Negro Volcano, the fun volcano boarding takes place. The tour is rounded off with a hike in the evening to see the sunset from the top of Telica Volcano. In the dark, you can see lava running.

Volcano Concepcion

San Ramon Waterfall

Volcano Telica

Ometepe Island

Highlights

If you are interested in a variety of hikes to several volcanoes in combination with visiting the beautiful cities of Granada and Leon plus the famous Ometepe Island, then this is the perfect tour for you.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

Upon your arrival a driver will welcome you to take you to your hotel in Granada.

Day 2. Puma Trail.

The tour starts at 9:30 am with a pick up at your hotel in Granada. For 4 hours you will hike the Puma Trail at Mombacho Volcano south of Granada. A delightful tropical rainforest awaits you with fascinating views of Granada and the Asese peninsula with about 365 small islands and Cocibolca Lake. Along the trail, you will find beautiful rare orchids and flowers and numerous exotic wildlife like the howler monkeys. At Mombacho Volcano you can walk silently in the cloud forest. Around 3:00 pm you will return to Granada.

Day 3. Ometepe Island.

The day starts at 8:30 am with a transfer from Granada to San Jorge Port to get to the island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua. At 10:30 am we will take the ferry and at 11:30 am we will arrive on the island. After the check-in at the hotel, you have free time until 1:00 pm. 

Then the first hike on Ometepe Island starts at the outskirts of the town of San Ramon and leads you to its amazing Waterfall, which is located on the southern slope of the Maderas Volcano, about 4 kilometers from the town. The 1.5 to 2 hours hike to the waterfall leads you up the volcano through rich nature with the possibility to observe several animals, especially howler monkeys. A variety of birds, insects, and bats inhabit the rainforest, and with luck, you can also see various types of snakes. 

The further up you hike, the more fantastic the view becomes of Lake Nicaragua. Temperature and humidity can be a bit high and near the end of the trail, the terrain becomes steeper. Thus you can perfectly relax next to the 50 ft high waterfall after reaching it. Depending on the season the width varies. It can be over 10 meters in the rainy season, but the Cascade of San Ramon is always worth a visit and allows refreshment under the water. Bring your bathing suit if you wish to take a bath under the stream. The hike takes 4 hours. 

Day 4. Volcano Concepcion

After breakfast, we start the next hike at 7:00 am. For this hike, a lot of energy and stamina is needed and you should be in good condition to climb the Concepción as it is one of the toughest climbs in Nicaragua. The duration is 9-10 hours and will bring you to the top of Volcano Concepción. With a height of 1,610 meters, Volcano Concepción is one of the highest in the country and it is still active. You can witness smoke coming out of the crater.

The hike starts at the bottom and leads you through plantain before reaching a dense, humid forest halfway through the hike. The higher we hike, the less vegetation will be found. 

Following reaching the top, you will be rewarded with the unique experience of standing at the rim of the volcano’s crater. Further, it is an achievement to ascend a giant Volcano like Concepción. At the top, hot smoke from the volcano mixes with the cold wind. After relaxing at the top and eating a pocket lunch while enjoying the stunning view over Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Island, and other parts of Nicaragua, we will start hiking down. You return to the hotel after the hike and can enjoy the evening with activities of your preference.

Day 5. Leon

The day starts with breakfast before you check out at around 9:30 am. You will be transferred to the port, and take the ferry to San Jorge on the mainland at 11:00 am. The transfer to Leon starts at noon and on the way, you stop in the White Towns for lunch. At around 3:30 pm you will experience a city tour with the highlights of the City of Leon before checking in at the hotel approximately around 4:30 pm. The evening is off for your free time and relaxation before the next activity.

Day 6. Cerro Negro

After having breakfast, we will start our day at 8:00 am with a transfer of 50 minutes driving through local communities to Cerro Negro Volcano. We hike up the whole volcano with its black sand and visit two active craters with heat and the smell of sulfur gasses. Further, we visit several points which allow a beautiful view. If you are not in favor of this fun volcano boarding, you can walk or jump down through the ashes. At 1:00 pm we return to Leon where you have free time until the next day. You can explore the city and relax. The duration of this hike is 3 hours.

Day 7. Twilight tour

The day starts off relaxing with breakfast and free time in the morning. You can explore Leon for another few hours or simply sit down in one of the cafés or restaurants. At 2:00 pm the hike to the active Telica Volcano The volcano is located 30 kilometers from Leon and has a height of 1,061 meters. On top of the volcano, you find two giant craters of 120 meters and 700 meters in diameter.

During the afternoon we hike up and enjoy beautiful views of other volcanoes as well. We arrive on time to enjoy the sunset. Once it is dark, we continue hiking to the top of the volcano to see the running lava at the craters. In the dark, we hike back down the volcano where the transfer back to Leon waits. At 10:30 pm we return to Leon. The hike itself has a duration of 5 hours.

Day 8. Return

Unfortunately, this is the last day of the tour. After breakfast, you check out at the hotel and will be transferred to the International Airport in Managua. You can also choose to extend your holiday by combining this tour with one of our other tours. Contact us for more information.

Expenses included

8 days & 7 nights

$1,700 per guest

Private transportation, door to door service

 7 nights of accommodation in hotels carefully selected

Local certified onsite guides

All park entrance fees

 Ferries

Daily breakfast

Taxes

Price varies by group size

Not included: flights, personal, travel insurance and other expenses than indicated

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