DAY 1:

Arrival at the airport, where one of our staff will assist you with locating your luggage and transferring to your hotel.  You’ll receive a welcome packet with details of your itinerary, and then our driver will take you to your hotel in a private vehicle.

DAY 2:

In the morning you’ll depart Managua to head to the small San Jorge port in the city of Rivas, where you will board a ferry towards the volcanic island of Ometepe.  After about one hour navigating the waters of Lake Nicaragua, you’ll arrive at Moyogalpa Port, the primary municipality of the island.  Upon arrival on the island, a transport unit will be waiting to begin a tour around the island.  Points of interest: Jesús María Point,  the numismatic museum, the waterhole, and if there’s enough time, the Charco Verde reserve.  Transfer to Ometepe hotel.

DAY 3:

Breakfast.  Free day to enjoy the island’s tranquility, tae a long walk along the tropical forest paths, bathe in Lake Nicaragua, climb the volcano, or just relax in a hammock on the beach.

DAY 4:

Breakfast. Free morning to enjoy the beaches of Ometepe.  In the afternoon, your driver will meet you in the lobby to begin your transfer to the 3:30pm ferry which will deliver you back to San Jorge.  Private transfer from San Jorge to Granada.

DAY 5:

In the morning, your guide awaits to begin this excellent tour in one of the top tourist destinations in the country.  You’ll begin the tour with a short walk to the San Francisco Convent Museum, where you’ll learn a bit about the history of the city, from pre-Columbian and colonial times, as well as the customs and traditions of the Granadinos.  The tour continues in a horse-drawn carriage, visiting interesting sites such as the old train station, the old San Juan de Dios hospital, the Pólvora Fortress, an exterior view of some old colonial churches, the bell tower of the La Merced Church with a 360 degree panoramic view of the city.  Then, you’ll continue towards the yellow cottage marina, where you’ll board a boat for a tour of some of the 365 volcanic islets, many of them in their original conditions.  You’ll see the elevated platform of the San Pablo Fortress, used to protect the city from British pirates during colonial times.  You’ll see many species of birds, both resident and migratory, as well as island-dwellers practicing their artisanal style of fishing.  Return to solid ground and transfer to hotel.

DAY 6:

Breakfast.  Your guide awaits to take you on another excellent excursion, a hike in the Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve, located just 10km from Granada.  Upon arrival at the reserve, a 4×4 vehicle will take you to the top of the volcano, about 1,200 meters above sea-level.  The temperature will be low and humidity will be high.  There you’ll find the visitors center, where you’ll receive information about the reserve before beginning your hike along the path surrounding the crater, completely covered by dense forest.  The crater has a diameter of 1.5 km, reaching the Dwarf Forest.  You’ll see fumaroles, spectacular views of Granada, the islets, the Laguna de Apoyo, and the Masaya Volcano National Park.  The hike can take about an hour and a half, and ranges from 900 to 1150 meter elevations.  Upon return to the visitors center, you’ll get the vehicle back to the foot of the volcano, where your transportation unit wil be waiting to take you back to Granada.  Free afternoon in Granada.

DAY 7:

Breakfast.  Your guide will be waiting in the lobby to drive you to the pleasant white villages, each with its own special characteristic.  These are towns of craftspeople who work with materials such as bamboo and ceramics.  You’ll be able to work with ceramics to make your own piece.  Some amazing views will wrap up your day in the town of Catarina, located on one of the hillsides along the edge of the lagoon.  A fifteen-minute drive will take you from Catarina to the craft market of the city of Masaya, the perfect place to purchase souvenirs from your trip to Nicaragua.  This is a very friendly place with innumerable small shops containing a huge variety of souvenirs.  You’ll have a lunch of traditional Nicaraguan cuisine before continuing towards the Masaya Volcano National Park.  This is the only volcano on the Western hemisphere where it is possible to drive all the way to the crater and see a lake of lava.  If you’re very lucky, you’ll even spot an extremely rare species of parakeet, the Chocoyo, which nests in the hillside of the volcano.  You’ll continue on to Managua.

DAY 8:

Breakfast.  In the morning your guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the city that is home to the distillery of the most famous rum in the world, Flor de Caña, founded in Chichigalpa in 1890.  On this tour, you’ll learn about this iconic brand of rum, the first company to distribute rum in Nicaragua — Flor de Caña is recognized worldwide as one of the best rums in existence.   The tour, containing six interactive stations, including a locomotive and a tasting station, will teach you all about the product, the barreling process, it will include a visit to the aging warehouses, you’ll see the largest rum barrel in the world and the museum.  You’ll also visit the Flor de Caña boutique, where you can purchase a memento from your visit to the distillery.  The tour takes about an hour and a half from start to finish, and you’ll get to experience rum in a variety of stages, from raw material to the final product.  After the tour, you’ll continue to the city of León.

DAY 9:

Breakfast.  The adventure begins early when your guide arrives at 8am and transfers you via all-terrain vehicle to the park ranger station on the outskirts of the volcano in the city of León.  Here you’ll get to see a small-scale model of the volcano and its surrounding area.  Around 9am you’ll begin the ascent of about 726 meters — the hike is fairly easy, lasts around one hour with a stop along the way.  Once at the top, you’ll receive safety equipment and instructions on how to ride a board down the side of the volcano.  The ride down is much easier and more fun — it will only take you two minutes to glide back down to the bottom of the volcano. 

On this tour, you’ll also get the chance to walk in the crater and get a close look at the volcano’s permanent activity.  For maximum enjoyment, we recommend beginning the tour as early as possible, to avoid the heat that tends to arise after 10am.  This adventure lasts about 5 hours at most, and is, without a doubt, the best activity in the León area, so it shouldn’t be missed.  Free afternoon.

DAY 10:

Breakfast.  Early in the morning, your guide will take you on a private tour of León, one of the most ancient cities in the Americas.  The colonial city of León was founded by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba in 1524, along with the Xolotlán Lake, and the active Momotombo volcano.  Located just 93km from Managua, León was originally founded on the edge of Lake Xolotlán, but an eruption by the Momotombo volcano in 1610 destroyed the city, and it was moved to its current location in the former indigenous city of Sutiava.

León was the capital of Nicaragua, and is still considered the intellectual capital.  Here you’ll be able to see the major churches, including the largest cathedral in Central America, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, located in the central plaza.  You’ll also see the birth house of Rubén Darío, the Ortiz Guardián art gallery, and the El Convento hotel with its colonial architecture.  You’ll also take a walking tour to see some of the city’s historic murals and understand León’s role in the social, economic and political development of Nicaragua.  Check out and return to Managua.

DAY 11:

Breakfast.  At the scheduled time, your driver will arrive to take you the the Managua international airport to get your flight home.

Approx 10 nights | 11 days

* Prices based on double occupancy * Package subject to availability at the time of booking * Important: Rooms for triple and quad occupancy only have 2 double beds - Package valid for 2018

Included in the package

Lodging, breakfast and taxes.

Round trip ferry tickets.

Tour Guiado 1

Guided tours with bilingual guide.

Not included in the package

International flights.

Travel insurance.

Excursions and activities not specified on the itinerary.

Meals and services not specified on the itinerary.

Tips.

Airport taxes on the day of departure.