Nicaragua's Nature and Volcanoes

9 Day Trip
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Per Day Budget $ 299
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  • Discover the beautiful Spanish-colonial city of Granada in a horse drawn carriage.
  • Visit the Masaya Volcano, one of Nicaragua’s most active, and view the smoking crater from the top.
  • Volcano-board down the slopes of Cerro Negro, the youngest and most active volcano in Central America.
  • Relax and rejuvenate at Yemaya, a barefoot beachfront hideaway nestled among swaying coco palms and lush jungle on the pristine northern tip of Little Corn Island.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 01 : Arrival in Granada

    Nicaragua, or Surrounded by Water as the name is literally translated, is a democratic republic and the largest country in Central America. Nicaragua is bordered by Costa Rica to the South and Honduras to the North. Nicaragua’s proximity to Costa Rica has encouraged reciprocal tourism between the countries. On the western side of the country, Nicaragua’s coastline abuts the Pacific Ocean; while on the eastern coast the Caribbean Sea meets its shores. Nicaragua has three distinct regions: the Atlantic Lowlands, the North-Central Highlands and the Pacific Lowlands each possessing a unique climate and geography.

    After arriving at Managua International Airport, a transfer will bring you to beautiful colonial city of Granada.

    Granada was founded in 1524, and is believed to be the second oldest city established in mainland Latin America by the Spanish conquest. During colonial times, Granada saw much unrest as the city was attacked several times by pirates.

    Nowadays Granada is characterized by bright colored Spanish colonial architecture, visible throughout the city center. The ambiance is very pleasant and there is a wide array of popular restaurants and bars, especially along the boulevard from the central park to the shores of Lake Nicaragua. A city tour by horse drawn carriage will give you a good sense of the rich history and authenticity of Spanish colonial Granada. While the city in itself is already an impressive attraction, the immediate surroundings make Granada a place where you will want to spend a couple of days.

    Granada is also best seen from the lake where a tour takes you past many of the 360 islands, some inhabited and boasting impressive mansion like structures of the rich and famous.

    Hotel Plaza Colon is located right in front of Parque Colón, known as Parque Central in the historical city of Granada. The hotel is set in an elegant antique colonial house that has been restored to its original style and architecture, with interior courtyards and balconies overlooking Central Park and the Cathedral. Granada has a cheerful nightlife full of bars and lounges; at the Hotel you can visit El Bar and enjoy your welcome cocktail “El Macua”, the national drink of Nicaragua. Right in front of the Hotel you can take a horse drawn carriage and tour the city. Don Simon Cafeteria, just aside from the Hotel, will offer you a taste of the best Nicaraguan coffee.

    Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Colon

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 02 : Granada

    Get acquainted with the beautiful Spanish-colonial city on a horse-drawn carriage ride.

    No visit to Granada is complete without a tour of the city’s beautiful historic center, and what better way than on a traditional horse-drawn carriage. Founded by the Spanish in 1524, Granada is considered to be one of the oldest colonial cities in the Western hemisphere. On this privately guided walking/carriage tour you will explore the San Francisco Church and neighboring San Francisco Convent built in 1529. Now functioning as a museum, the Convent is home to an impressive collection of pre-Columbian art. Continue on to the beautiful Merced Church where you will have the opportunity to climb to the top of the bell tower and take in spectacular views over the city, Lake Nicaragua, and Volcán Mombacho. Next, head over to La Polvora Fortress to learn the history of the old fortress and walk through its immaculate courtyard. Finish your tour in the oldest part of the city where you will visit the Xalteva Church and the old city walls. Throughout the excursion your guide will provide you with an informative and unique perspective of this beloved colonial city.

    A boat trip through the Isletas of Granada is a great way to explore Lake Cocibolca, also known as Lake Nicaragua. You are picked up at your hotel and then head towards the harbor where you board a private motorboat. Situated at the foot of the impressive Mombacho Volcano, the area you visit consists of around 360 small volcanic islands that were formed when the Mombacho Volcano erupted about 20,000 years ago. These small islands are inhabited by families who make their living from fishing, while other islands are host to extravagant villas owned by Nicaragua’s rich and famous.

    Along the way, your tour guide points out the variety of birds that live here and you also learn some historical facts.

    You make a stop at the 18th century Fort of San Pablo, built on one of the islands to keep the pirates out. Here you have a complementary drink while enjoying the views over the lake.

    Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Colon

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 03 : Masaya Volcano

    Get to know the spectacular sites outside of Granada on a full day tour.

    Depart from your hotel this morning and head over to Masaya Volcano National Park. Here you will get a chance to visit the Masaya Volcano, one of Nicaragua’s most active, and view the smoking crater from the top. Next, head over to the town of Masaya, famous for its artisans and traditional handicrafts. Peruse the stalls of the market where you will see various forms of traditional Nicaraguan artwork from pottery to leather goods and textiles. Here you will have the opportunity to buy all kinds of souvenirs for your friends and family back home.  Take a break for lunch at the romantic village of Catarina and enjoy the spectacular viewpoint over the huge crater lake of Apoyo. After lunch visit the village of San Juan de Oriente, famous for its ceramics, and learn the complex process involved in creating this traditional art form.

    Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Colon

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 04 : Granada to Leon

    The driver will pick you up at Granada and transfer you to Leon.

    Situated in western Nicaragua, Leon is the second most important city after Managua. Blessed with graceful old architecture and a fascinating history, Leon has played a pivotal role in the country's history many times over. Modern day Leon may not be as important as it once was, but it serves as home to the National University which has proved to be a constant injection of life to the city.

    The original city of Leon was established by Spanish conqueror Francisco Hernández de Córdoba in 1523 at the foot of the Momotombo volcano. Unfortunately, the volcano exploded in 1610 causing the city to become damaged beyond repair and subsequently abandoned. A new city was established in Leon's current location with the official name of Santiago de los Caballeros de Leon – though the long form of this name is seldom used today. The ruins of old Leon – Leon Viejo – still lie at the foot of Momotombo and make for a fascinating tour.

    Most visitors to Leon come to see the town's interesting architecture. One of the most popular attractions is the 18th century cathedral that is the largest in Central America. Also of interest are the La Merced and the Xalteva churches, the Old Spanish Ammunition Fortress, the San Francisco Convent and the beautifully carved Casa de los Leones. However, there are many more interesting old buildings to see. The hotels here provide a fairly good level of accommodation and the town is well worth a visit. Leon is also known for being the capital of the Leon Department and for its manufacture of furniture, shoes and leather goods.

    Hotel El Convento is one of Leon’s most elegant places to stay. The hotel has been rebuilt on the grounds of the old San Francisco convent using the same Spanish-colonial style.

    Accommodation: Hotel El Convento – Nicaragua

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 05 : Cerro Negro and Leon City

    You will volcano board down the slopes of Cerro Negro, the youngest volcano in Central America (formed in 1850) as well as one of the most active ones- its last eruption dates from 1999. It is only about 712 meters above sea level, but the ascent is steep and tough. Upon arrival at the volcano, you will receive a short technical training from your experienced bilingual guide. Put on the protective equipment and get ready for the ride of your life.

    The loose rocks, steep inclination, and heavy boards make the hike a challenge, though we do make frequent stops to inform you about the history of the volcano and point out features, such as the craters and lava fields. Before heading to the steeper and outer rim for the real point of descent, you can do a short test run inside the crater. After some final orientations you will then board all the way down to the base of Cerro Negro.

    Explore by foot the fascinating history of one of Nicaragua’s oldest and most influential cities, considered to be Nicaragua’s historical, cultural, educational and religious capital. León was dismantled, moved, and rebuilt due to volcanic activities, ransacked and reconstructed by pirates, won and lost its struggle as the most important city in Nicaragua against Managua, and presidents were assassinated here.

    During this guided walking tour, you visit revolutionary murals, baroque and neoclassical churches and an art museum displaying works by internationally renowned artists. A local market, colonial buildings -among them Nicaraguas first university- will also be explored. In addition, you climb to the rooftop of Central America’s largest cathedral, registered on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage, and enjoy astonishing views over the city and surrounding Maribios Volcanic Chain.

    Accommodation: Hotel El Convento – Nicaragua

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 06 : Leon to Big Corn Island

    The driver will pick you up at Leon and transfer you to Managua.

    Local flight from Managua to Corn Island 

    Yemaya is a barefoot beachfront hideaway nestled among swaying coco palms and lush jungle on the pristine northern tip of Little Corn Island, Nicaragua. Each of the hotel´s 16 cabanas is beachfront and overlooks the beautiful Caribbean Sea and fringe reefs in the distance. Your personal snorkel gear can be found in each cabin, located footsteps away of the beach.

    Accommodation: Yemaya Island Hideaway

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 07 & 08 : Yemaya Island Hideaway

    Relax and rejuvenate at the Yemaya Island Hideaway

    Accommodation: Yemaya Island Hideaway

    Meals: Breakfast

    Day 09 : Departure from Corn Island

    Transfer from Corn Island to Managua for your departing flight.

  • Duration
    9 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Culture and History
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    Trekking
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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    Luxury

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    Boutique

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    Glamping

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    Camping

    Camping refers to a wide range of tented accommodation, which will most likely apply to outdoor / adventure trips like trekking, hiking, etc.

    Others

  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Jan to Dec $ 2,688 $ 299 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Private transfer from Managua Intl. Airport to Granada (Approx. 1 hour)
  • 3 Nights Hotel Plaza Colon (Queen or King Superior / Breakfast Included)
  • Private Granada City Tour (Approx. 2 Hours)
  • Private Las Isletas Boat Tour  (Approx. 2.5 Hours)
  • Private Highlights Masaya Volcano, Artisan Market & Pueblos Blancos (Includes: Transfer, Guide, Entrance & Lunch)
  • Private transfer from Granada to Leon (Approx. 2.5 hours)
  • 2 Nights Hotel El Convento (Nicaragua  Standard  / Breakfast Included)
  • Private Cerro Negro Volcano Ash Boarding 
  • Private Leon City Tour (Includes: Guide & Entrance Fees Included)
  • Private transfer from Leon to Managua (Approx.1:20 Hours)
  • Local flight from Managua to Corn Island
  • Regular Roundtrip Transfer To/From Dock at Corn Island ATO
  • 3 Nights Yemaya Hotel (Bungalow Double / Breakfast Included)
  • Local flight from Corn Island to Managua 
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the program
  • Optional activities or tours
  • Tips to guides and/or drivers
  • Personal and/or medical expenses
  • Airport departure tax
  • Any out of pocket incidentals
  • International flights tickets
Day 01 : Arrival in Granada

Nicaragua, or Surrounded by Water as the name is literally translated, is a democratic republic and the largest country in Central America. Nicaragua is bordered by Costa Rica to the South and Honduras to the North. Nicaragua’s proximity to Costa Rica has encouraged reciprocal tourism between the countries. On the western side of the country, Nicaragua’s coastline abuts the Pacific Ocean; while on the eastern coast the Caribbean Sea meets its shores. Nicaragua has three distinct regions: the Atlantic Lowlands, the North-Central Highlands and the Pacific Lowlands each possessing a unique climate and geography.

After arriving at Managua International Airport, a transfer will bring you to beautiful colonial city of Granada.

Granada was founded in 1524, and is believed to be the second oldest city established in mainland Latin America by the Spanish conquest. During colonial times, Granada saw much unrest as the city was attacked several times by pirates.

Nowadays Granada is characterized by bright colored Spanish colonial architecture, visible throughout the city center. The ambiance is very pleasant and there is a wide array of popular restaurants and bars, especially along the boulevard from the central park to the shores of Lake Nicaragua. A city tour by horse drawn carriage will give you a good sense of the rich history and authenticity of Spanish colonial Granada. While the city in itself is already an impressive attraction, the immediate surroundings make Granada a place where you will want to spend a couple of days.

Granada is also best seen from the lake where a tour takes you past many of the 360 islands, some inhabited and boasting impressive mansion like structures of the rich and famous.

Hotel Plaza Colon is located right in front of Parque Colón, known as Parque Central in the historical city of Granada. The hotel is set in an elegant antique colonial house that has been restored to its original style and architecture, with interior courtyards and balconies overlooking Central Park and the Cathedral. Granada has a cheerful nightlife full of bars and lounges; at the Hotel you can visit El Bar and enjoy your welcome cocktail “El Macua”, the national drink of Nicaragua. Right in front of the Hotel you can take a horse drawn carriage and tour the city. Don Simon Cafeteria, just aside from the Hotel, will offer you a taste of the best Nicaraguan coffee.

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Colon

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 02 : Granada

Get acquainted with the beautiful Spanish-colonial city on a horse-drawn carriage ride.

No visit to Granada is complete without a tour of the city’s beautiful historic center, and what better way than on a traditional horse-drawn carriage. Founded by the Spanish in 1524, Granada is considered to be one of the oldest colonial cities in the Western hemisphere. On this privately guided walking/carriage tour you will explore the San Francisco Church and neighboring San Francisco Convent built in 1529. Now functioning as a museum, the Convent is home to an impressive collection of pre-Columbian art. Continue on to the beautiful Merced Church where you will have the opportunity to climb to the top of the bell tower and take in spectacular views over the city, Lake Nicaragua, and Volcán Mombacho. Next, head over to La Polvora Fortress to learn the history of the old fortress and walk through its immaculate courtyard. Finish your tour in the oldest part of the city where you will visit the Xalteva Church and the old city walls. Throughout the excursion your guide will provide you with an informative and unique perspective of this beloved colonial city.

A boat trip through the Isletas of Granada is a great way to explore Lake Cocibolca, also known as Lake Nicaragua. You are picked up at your hotel and then head towards the harbor where you board a private motorboat. Situated at the foot of the impressive Mombacho Volcano, the area you visit consists of around 360 small volcanic islands that were formed when the Mombacho Volcano erupted about 20,000 years ago. These small islands are inhabited by families who make their living from fishing, while other islands are host to extravagant villas owned by Nicaragua’s rich and famous.

Along the way, your tour guide points out the variety of birds that live here and you also learn some historical facts.

You make a stop at the 18th century Fort of San Pablo, built on one of the islands to keep the pirates out. Here you have a complementary drink while enjoying the views over the lake.

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Colon

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 03 : Masaya Volcano

Get to know the spectacular sites outside of Granada on a full day tour.

Depart from your hotel this morning and head over to Masaya Volcano National Park. Here you will get a chance to visit the Masaya Volcano, one of Nicaragua’s most active, and view the smoking crater from the top. Next, head over to the town of Masaya, famous for its artisans and traditional handicrafts. Peruse the stalls of the market where you will see various forms of traditional Nicaraguan artwork from pottery to leather goods and textiles. Here you will have the opportunity to buy all kinds of souvenirs for your friends and family back home.  Take a break for lunch at the romantic village of Catarina and enjoy the spectacular viewpoint over the huge crater lake of Apoyo. After lunch visit the village of San Juan de Oriente, famous for its ceramics, and learn the complex process involved in creating this traditional art form.

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Colon

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 04 : Granada to Leon

The driver will pick you up at Granada and transfer you to Leon.

Situated in western Nicaragua, Leon is the second most important city after Managua. Blessed with graceful old architecture and a fascinating history, Leon has played a pivotal role in the country's history many times over. Modern day Leon may not be as important as it once was, but it serves as home to the National University which has proved to be a constant injection of life to the city.

The original city of Leon was established by Spanish conqueror Francisco Hernández de Córdoba in 1523 at the foot of the Momotombo volcano. Unfortunately, the volcano exploded in 1610 causing the city to become damaged beyond repair and subsequently abandoned. A new city was established in Leon's current location with the official name of Santiago de los Caballeros de Leon – though the long form of this name is seldom used today. The ruins of old Leon – Leon Viejo – still lie at the foot of Momotombo and make for a fascinating tour.

Most visitors to Leon come to see the town's interesting architecture. One of the most popular attractions is the 18th century cathedral that is the largest in Central America. Also of interest are the La Merced and the Xalteva churches, the Old Spanish Ammunition Fortress, the San Francisco Convent and the beautifully carved Casa de los Leones. However, there are many more interesting old buildings to see. The hotels here provide a fairly good level of accommodation and the town is well worth a visit. Leon is also known for being the capital of the Leon Department and for its manufacture of furniture, shoes and leather goods.

Hotel El Convento is one of Leon’s most elegant places to stay. The hotel has been rebuilt on the grounds of the old San Francisco convent using the same Spanish-colonial style.

Accommodation: Hotel El Convento – Nicaragua

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 05 : Cerro Negro and Leon City

You will volcano board down the slopes of Cerro Negro, the youngest volcano in Central America (formed in 1850) as well as one of the most active ones- its last eruption dates from 1999. It is only about 712 meters above sea level, but the ascent is steep and tough. Upon arrival at the volcano, you will receive a short technical training from your experienced bilingual guide. Put on the protective equipment and get ready for the ride of your life.

The loose rocks, steep inclination, and heavy boards make the hike a challenge, though we do make frequent stops to inform you about the history of the volcano and point out features, such as the craters and lava fields. Before heading to the steeper and outer rim for the real point of descent, you can do a short test run inside the crater. After some final orientations you will then board all the way down to the base of Cerro Negro.

Explore by foot the fascinating history of one of Nicaragua’s oldest and most influential cities, considered to be Nicaragua’s historical, cultural, educational and religious capital. León was dismantled, moved, and rebuilt due to volcanic activities, ransacked and reconstructed by pirates, won and lost its struggle as the most important city in Nicaragua against Managua, and presidents were assassinated here.

During this guided walking tour, you visit revolutionary murals, baroque and neoclassical churches and an art museum displaying works by internationally renowned artists. A local market, colonial buildings -among them Nicaraguas first university- will also be explored. In addition, you climb to the rooftop of Central America’s largest cathedral, registered on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage, and enjoy astonishing views over the city and surrounding Maribios Volcanic Chain.

Accommodation: Hotel El Convento – Nicaragua

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 06 : Leon to Big Corn Island

The driver will pick you up at Leon and transfer you to Managua.

Local flight from Managua to Corn Island 

Yemaya is a barefoot beachfront hideaway nestled among swaying coco palms and lush jungle on the pristine northern tip of Little Corn Island, Nicaragua. Each of the hotel´s 16 cabanas is beachfront and overlooks the beautiful Caribbean Sea and fringe reefs in the distance. Your personal snorkel gear can be found in each cabin, located footsteps away of the beach.

Accommodation: Yemaya Island Hideaway

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 07 & 08 : Yemaya Island Hideaway

Relax and rejuvenate at the Yemaya Island Hideaway

Accommodation: Yemaya Island Hideaway

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 09 : Departure from Corn Island

Transfer from Corn Island to Managua for your departing flight.

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Jan to Dec $ 2,688 $ 299 per day
Cost Includes
  • Private transfer from Managua Intl. Airport to Granada (Approx. 1 hour)
  • 3 Nights Hotel Plaza Colon (Queen or King Superior / Breakfast Included)
  • Private Granada City Tour (Approx. 2 Hours)
  • Private Las Isletas Boat Tour  (Approx. 2.5 Hours)
  • Private Highlights Masaya Volcano, Artisan Market & Pueblos Blancos (Includes: Transfer, Guide, Entrance & Lunch)
  • Private transfer from Granada to Leon (Approx. 2.5 hours)
  • 2 Nights Hotel El Convento (Nicaragua  Standard  / Breakfast Included)
  • Private Cerro Negro Volcano Ash Boarding 
  • Private Leon City Tour (Includes: Guide & Entrance Fees Included)
  • Private transfer from Leon to Managua (Approx.1:20 Hours)
  • Local flight from Managua to Corn Island
  • Regular Roundtrip Transfer To/From Dock at Corn Island ATO
  • 3 Nights Yemaya Hotel (Bungalow Double / Breakfast Included)
  • Local flight from Corn Island to Managua 
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the program
  • Optional activities or tours
  • Tips to guides and/or drivers
  • Personal and/or medical expenses
  • Airport departure tax
  • Any out of pocket incidentals
  • International flights tickets
Climate

Nicaragua has two distinct seasons, wet and dry. Mid-May to November demark the wet season, and temperatures usually range from 80° F to 90° F (27° C to 32° C) at this time. The lowlands usually enjoy a tropical climate, while the highlands experience a cooler climate.

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

Please note that you are responsible for checking your destination country's visa requirements and then getting the visa accordingly.

Further, most countries require travelers to have a passport that is valid from at least 6 months from the day of entry into the country, so please confirm that you satisfy your destination country or countries passport, visa and medical (if any) requirements well in advance of your trip.

Immunizations / Medical Requirements

Carry your own personal medication.

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Checked baggage permitted: 1 piece with maximum weight of 35 lbs./15.88 kgs and up to 45 linear inches / 114 cm. (length + height + width)

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The founder of this prestigious pan-Central America company is, first and foremost a diplomat; she discovered her passion for designing luxury travel while working in New York as a representative of Costa Rica at the UN. Being of Nicaraguan heritage, it did not take her long to include all of her beloved Central America into her impressive inventory of exclusive customized travel experiences. They have been operating at a top level of efficiency in luxury travel for almost 20 years now; look no further when planning your next Central America getaway.

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