Experience Nicaragua

7 days

Experience Nicaragua during this trip; the country will reward you. Await charmingly preserved colonial cities, excellent surfing beaches, and chances for memorable adventures like hikes to volcanoes and secluded jungles. 

The natural beauty of Nicaragua is one of the world’s best-kept secrets. The country has a sizable untouched jungle with a variety of rich flora and fauna. This delightful country is also home to Central America’s two largest forest reserves.

City of Leon

Mombacho Volcano Reserve

Ometepe Island

San Juan del Sur

Highlights

Leon Viejo Ruins, colonial cities of Leon and Granada, Ometepe Island, San Juan del Sur, Masaya Volcano, and Isletas of Granada.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

A representative will be waiting for you at the airport to welcome you and take you to your hotel.

Day 2. Leon

Today you will discover the ruins of Leon Viejo, a site listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It used to be the original location of León; today, there is nothing but ruins. At León Viejo, you can see the foundations of the houses and some partially restored significant buildings like the church. Get a great view of Lake Managua, the Momotombo Volcano, and the other volcanoes surrounding the city. After the tour, you will go to the city of León, where you will have a city tour. 

Experience the second oldest city in Nicaragua, León. It is home to many historic Spanish colonial houses and churches and is the country’s intellectual center. Your guide will show you many beautiful locations, including the cathedral, the murals of the revolution, Museum Ruben Dario, and Gallery Ortiz-Guardian. The gallery collection includes work from European masters (Picasso, Chagall) and a stunning assembly of Latin American art. 

Day 3. Ometepe Island

You will go to Ometepe Island, the largest island in the world found within a freshwater lake. The island is a 276-square-kilometer jewel in the great lake of Nicaragua, and it houses two majestic volcanoes connected through a small strip of land. 

Travelers admire Ometepe for its nature, hospitality, beautiful landscapes, the two volcanoes, rich archeological background, relaxing beaches, and numerous nature reserves and forests that enjoy high biodiversity. The friendly locals who inhabit the island love their territory; they fish and work with high-quality agricultural production, which is possible by the fertile soil.

You will have a moderate hike in the lagoon of Charco Verde, and afterward, you can relax at Santo Domingo Beach. The Lagoon of Charco Verde owes its name to its green water due to the plentiful vegetation on the shore. This ecological reserve covers 20 hectares of tropical dry forest and is home to many species of animals and local and migratory birds. Within the nature reserve, you will find the mystical lagoon of Charco Verde with its emerald-green waters. It’s a tranquil spot in an unspoiled old woodland area where you can quietly observe the beautiful fauna.

The Beach of Santo Domingo is a 4-kilometer-long stretch of gray sand. The lake’s water is always choppy but nicely warm and shallow, making it safe for bathing and swimming. You can relax in the constant onshore breeze with a view of the jungle-covered Maderas volcano, watch egrets preying on small fish, or take a walk to the north along the beach, framed by dry forest vegetation. 

You’ll also visit the natural park Ojo de Agua, a natural spring of cold crystalline waters with medicinal properties that rejuvenate the skin. This freshwater source feeds two large swimming pools where you can enjoy a refreshing dip set in an old-growth forest. 

Day 4. San Juan del Sur

You’ll go to the surfing town of San Juan del Sur. The long waterfront has seafood restaurants and beachside decks looking over the sailboats and fishing boats in the majestic bay; it is a popular spot for the adventurous traveler and the retiree. Surrounded by beaches like Maderas, Yankee, Tamarindo, and Remanso, San Juan del Sur is the social hub of relaxing and surf trips. You’ll have time today to rest and relax. 

Day 5. Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve

Today, you’ll have a tour of the Mombacho Volcano Nature reserve, famous for its magical cloud forest. During the ride, you’ll see coffee plantations, the woods, and magnificent views. 

This volcano has four craters in the middle of cloud forests, and you can walk around them. The reserve has different types of plants and trees, and howler and white face monkeys, among other species such as birds, deer, and reptiles. 

Later, we’ll drive to Granada, which will surround you with unique colonial architecture. 

Day 6. Granada

During this day, you will have a kayak tour in Lake Nicaragua to observe the Granada Isletas (little islands). The islands’ natural beauty is spectacular, and history buffs will enjoy the Fort of San Pablo. This Spanish fort was largely unsuccessful in preventing pirate attacks on Granada. The islands are in an exotic tropical archipelago of 365 tiny volcanic islands. Enjoy a quiet wilderness experience with the sound of birdsong overhead as you cut silently through the glassy water.

Later, we’ll experience the city of Granada, a city with a rich history dating back to the Spanish conquistadors. Exciting places to visit are the churches: San Francisco, La Merced, Xalteva, and the neoclassical cathedral. You will experience a city tour through this delightful city. Pass by old colonial houses and visit an ancient fortress and a cemetery in colonial style with tombs of more than 400 years old.

Day 7. Return home

Unfortunately, your journey ends today. Your itinerary ends today with a private transfer to the International airport of Nicaragua in Managua. But if you’re not ready to go home yet, why not extend your Nicaragua trip? Contact us for more information.  

map, expenses & price

Experience Nicaragua

Expenses included:
-All private transportation.
-Six nights of hotel accommodations.
-Professional certified guides.
-Tours and excursions as listed.
-All park entrance fees.
-Daily breakfast.

Per person starting at $1,700

Extensions

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Volcano Maderas

The truncated cone of Maderas has a thick cloud forest and a crater lagoon on its summit, where you can swim in a serene setting. The Maderas area is a nature reserve due to its ecological and archeological importance. The cloud forest shelters a diverse flora and fauna life, including howler and Capuchin monkeys, many birds, butterflies, striking orchids, and ferns.

A girl is on the top of the Volcano Maderas
Horseback riding at the top of Apoyo Lagoon in Nicaragua.

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Horseback riding

You can join a fantastic horseback riding tour in Chilamate Ranch, San Juan del Sur. The guided horseback rides are for intrepid guests seeking an authentic experience in Nicaragua. The excursion departs from the ranch through the community, into open terrains and over hills for astonishing sceneries, overpassing a river various times for exotic wildlife seeing (virtually secured to watch monkeys), and later to a remote beach for a refreshing pause and more riding adventure. 

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