Nicaragua

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Featuring dreamy white-sand beaches, pristine islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site at Leon Viejo, and the colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua is a unspoiled vacation destination that will reward travelers. Our small group expedition uses expert guides to journey to the best locations for a custom boutique experience. The largest and least densely populated country in Central America, Nicaragua is reminiscent of a less commercialized Costa Rica 20 years ago: undiscovered, lush, and stunningly beautiful.

Day 1: Depart U.S.

Upon arrival at Managua International Airport, we will be met and transferred to Granada City. A colonial town known for its red-tiled roofs, grand cathedrals, tropical flora, and cafe culture, Granada is Nicaragua’s most picturesque town. Check in at the hotel.
Free time for the rest of the evening.

Day 2: Granada City Tour and Kayaking at Nicaragua Lake

After breakfast, we begin our day with a city tour through the colorful streets of Granada and enjoy visiting the most important places of the city in a traditional horse and carriage ride. We then continue to Lake Nicaragua for a kayaking tour in the islets. Late afternoon return to the hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3: Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve – Coffee Farm – Masaya Volcano – León

After breakfast, we begin the day visiting the Natural Reserve Mombacho Volcano near Granada City. Hike or ride to the top of the volcano, enjoy trekking around the crater, or through the cloud forest in the lush ecosystem and take in the stunning views. We then visit a coffee farm located in Carazo named “Concepcion,” and enjoy a cup of coffee made from their hand-picked beans.  Continuing along our way to León City we will visit the Masaya Volcano National Park, the first and largest national park in the country.  The volcano is a complex system of calderas and craters, which includes the active crater Santiago.

(Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 4: León – Chichigalpa

Following breakfast, we will visit the city’s important cathedral and museums.  We will then continue on to the rum distillery “Flor de Caña,” learn about their slow aging process of making rum, and of course enjoy a taste of this quality, sustainable Nicaraguan product.

(Breakfast) 

Day 5: Volcano Cerro Negro – Juan Venado Island

We will have an early morning call to visit the impressive volcano Cerro Negro, the youngest volcano in Central America, first making its appearance in 1850. We will hike the trail, take in the magnificent view, and then descend with an exhilarating “sand boarding” ride down the volcanic ash. Later that day, we will enjoy a tranquil boat tour through the tropical Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, teeming with stunning vegetation and incredible wildlife. Here is an opportunity to swim in the Pacific Ocean from one of the islands’ untouched beaches. Return to hotel for a group dinner.

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6: León – Catarina & San Juan de Oriente – Morgan’s Rock

Departure from León and transfer to the colorful and beautiful city of San Juan del Sur. On the way, we will stop at the “pueblos blancos” of Catarina and San Juan de Oriente.  The white villages are small pueblos known throughout the country as representing all things Nicaraguan with strong pre-Columbian roots and traditions. They are so-named because of the traditional whitewash on the houses, carburo, which is made from water, lime and salt.  In both towns you will see the artisan traditions of hammocks, furniture, ceramics, stone carvings, leather work, ornamental plants and more.  Catarina boasts breathtaking views over the blue waters of Lake Apoyo. We will arrive by boat at our beautiful bayside ecolodge.

(Breakfast)

Day 7: Morgan’s Rock

You will have two full days to relax and enjoy the perfect blend of nature and comfort in the natural luxury of this ecolodge, whose boundaries span a 4,000-acre jungle and a mile-long private white sand tropical beach, frequented year-round by nesting sea turtles. The private reserve-portion of the forested land hosts a variety of exotic animals including spider, howler and capuchin monkeys, as well as native and migrant birds and reptiles. Be as active or as inactive as you choose with options for horseback riding, kayaking, surfing, sport fishing, “monkey quest,” yoga and massage. Or just relax and enjoy the outstanding local food, the spectacular views of the ocean, and the sounds of birds and monkeys. Morgan’s Rock has its own farm with chickens, cows, fruit and vegetable gardens, and even a sustainable shrimp farm. 60% of its food is sourced right from on the premises.

(Breakfast)

Day 8: Morgan’s Rock

Another day at leisure in this private and secluded tropical paradise.

(Breakfast)

Day 9: Depart to U.S.

Say ‘Adios’ to Nicaragua. Transfer to Managua International Airport and depart to US.

(Breakfast)

In Leon, Biotrek stays at a meticulously restored historic convent-turned- boutique hotel. Relax and enjoy the perfect blend of nature and comfort in the natural luxury of a beautiful bayside ecolodge, whose boundaries span a 4,000-acre jungle and a mile-long private white sand tropical beach in Catarina. Stay on the main plaza of Granada in a boutique hotel with original colonial architecture.

 

Includes
  • All Excellent Accommodations
  • Ground Transportation
  • Land Expedition Only
  • 12 People Maximum
  • International Air Travel Booked Separately; Call for Quote
Travel

Travel with tour guide Sunny Reynolds, who has been showing the world to travelers since 1992. While this is not exclusively a photo tour, Sunny Reynolds as a professional photographer is happy to help all levels of photographers take better photos of their adventures.

  • Rates Based on Double Occupancy
  • Single Supplement Applies
  • Subject to Availability
  • All Prices subject to change