February 9 – February 16, 2019
On this eight-day, seven-night tour you’ll see a few of the sites of Managua, explore Granada, a beautiful Spanish colonial city perched on the shore of Lago Cocibolca in the shadow of Volcan Mombacho, and spend time in Leon, Nicaragua’s university town.
We’ll take a boat tour of the Isletas de Granada. This peninsula and its 365 small islands were formed 20,000 years ago by a massive volcanic explosion. Today it’s a unique place where prominent Nicaraguans have their vacation houses and a local fishing community makes its living. Beautiful scenery with a lot of birdlife and astonishing views over volcanoes and Lake Nicaragua.
You’ll spending time exploring colonial Leon and learning about the Sandinista Movement from a former guerilla. We’ll visit a family textile workshop, visit a banana plantation, and watch the sunset from Leon’s stunning cathedral.
You can also opt to ashboard down Volcan Cerro Negro or canoe through the Juan Venado Reserve.
And there’ll be plenty of time to lounge by the pool and experience Ni
Day 1: Arrive at Managua’s international airport. Transfer to Managua Hotel. No meals included today.
Day 2: We’ll see a panoramic view of the city and the historic center of the city (Palace of Culture, National Theatre, and Old Cathedral); a visit to the ruins of the Presidential Palace where Somoza had prisons and torture rooms; and a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende on the shores of Lake Managua. After our tour, we’ll transfer to Granada, stopping for lunch at the Caterina Overlook with its stunning views of Laguna de Apoyo, Granada, and Lago Cocibolca, and then check in to La Islita Boutique Hotel. We’ll take a late afternoon tour of the Isletas de Granada, the remnants of a massive, ancient volcanic eruption and watch the sun set from the boat. Meals included: breakfast & lunch.
Day 3: In the morning we’ll take a walking tour of Granada’s historic colonial center. Later in the afternoon we’ll explore the Fortaleza El Coyotepe which was used by the Somosas to imprison political opponents and then take the evening tour of Volcan Masaya where we hope to see the lava in the crater and walk through an old lava tube. Meals included: breakfast.
Day 4: Morning van transfer to Leon. In Leon, we’ll stop at Telar Manual Textil La Fe, a small, textile workshop. After a demonstration of their weaving, learning the history of their workshop, and a chance to shop, we’ll check in to Hotel Cacique Adiact. Meals included: breakfast.
Day 5: Revolutionary Leon Tour in the afternoon ending on the cathedral roof. Meals included: breakfast.
Day 6: Today, you have a choice! Adrenaline junkies will likely choose the Cerro Negro ash boarding experience. The hike from the base of the volcano to the summit will take approximately one hour. This trail is classified as moderate to challenging depending on your physical fitness. The naturalists among the group may choose Canoeing the Juan Venado Mangrove, home to birds, crabs, crustaceans, iguanas and crocodiles. Your guide will wind you slowly through the mangrove stopping anywhere you choose for photographs. You will travel 3 to 4 kilometers into the mangrove, depending on water conditions. With the sun on your shoulders, the pelicans overhead, a drink in hand, the buzz of Leon is only a memory. With either choice, you’ll be back at the hotel for some afternoon pool time. Meals included: breakfast.
Day 7: Today we will tour a Banana Plantation owned by a group of women. We will learn everything about plantains. We will meet the farmers and learn about their way of life and everything from planting, maintaining a healthy crop and the entire process from cutting, cleaning, selecting the plantains to processing and finally selling them to the neighboring communities and large corporations. We’ll return to Leon in time for lunch and you’ll have the afternoon to lounge by the pool or walk around Leon. Meals included: breakfast.
Day 8: We’ll get an early start today in order to arrive at the Managua airport by noon to catch your flights home. No activities scheduled for today. Meals included: breakfast.
Cost & Group Size
$1,325 double occupancy, $225 single supplement. Includes:
Transfers within Nicaragua.
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch. Other meals will be on your own individually or as a group.
Tours (including entry fees) as listed.
Minimum travelers: 5. Maximum travelers: 9.
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