Best of Nicaragua Tour

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  • Duration: 10 days
  • Price: Customized Vacation Package: Call for Pricing
Day 1

Welcome to Granada, Nicaragua! 

 

Overnight in Colonial City of Granada.

Day 2

Private Granada City Tour by Horse 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 the Mombacho Volcano. Next, head over to La Polvora Fortress to learn the history of the old fortress and finish your tour in the oldest part of the city where you will visit the Xalteva Church and the old city walls. 

Private Boat Tour of Las Isletas de Granada

A boat trip through the Isletas of Granada is a great way to explore Lake Cocibolca or Lake Nicaragua. Situated at the foot of the impressive Mombacho Volcano, the area you visit consists of around 365 small volcanic islands which 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 play host to extravagant villas owned by Nicaragua´s rich and famous. You make a stop at the San Pablo fort, built in the 18th century to protect Granada against English pirates. Additionally, you visit Monkey Island – a sanctuary for monkeys previously held as pets. 

Overnight at Hacienda Puerta del Cielo.

Day 3

Private Masaya Highlights Tour – Masaya Volcano, Artisan Market, and Pueblos Blancos

Depart from your hotel in the 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 that is famous for its artisans and traditional handicrafts. Cruise 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 Santa 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.

Overnight at Hacienda Puerta del Cielo.

Day 4

Leon City Tour

In the morning you will drive to Leon and then in the afternoon you will explore the city of Leon during a guided city tour by car.  You will visit the biggest cathedral of Central America, the many colorful churches, some historic murals, a museum of fine arts and lots of eye-catching colonial architecture.

On the Leon City Tour you will explore the rich cultural and political history of one of Nicaragua´s oldest and most influential cities. Defined by its graceful Spanish colonial architecture and fascinating political history, you will soon discover why León is considered to be Nicaragua´s historical, cultural, educational and religious capital.

León´s history is fascinating, like no other town in Central America. The town was dismantled, moved, and rebuilt due to volcanic activities. It was then attacked by pirates and then rebuilt. It has won and lost its struggle as the most important city in Nicaragua against Managua, and presidents were assassinated here. It is the place where famous poets are buried, where the largest cathedral in Central America stands, and is a hotbed for revolutionaries due to the big university located in León.

Overnight in Leon.

Day 5

Isla Juan Venado Nature Reserve

Juan Venado Nature Reserve is an impressive mangrove sanctuary, and a well-kept secret among tourists. Situated 25 minutes from the Colonial city of Leon and located to the south of the beaches of Las Peñitas and Poneloya, the island reserve is easy to reach. It is an island that has on one side a deserted 20 kilometer beach and on the other side a winding channel in the heart of a mangrove swamp. 

The edge of the Juan Venado Island that faces into the Pacific Ocean possesses a fine estuary and is also a vital nesting site for Olive Ridley sea turtles. These amazing reptiles come to the small island every year between August and December to lay their eggs. 

At the Pacific bay of Las Peñitas you will board a motorboat and head towards the island. Lined with mangrove forest between the island and coast, the captain will find the perfect route through the curvy waterway to the secluded Pacific beach side of the island. Here we will take you for a walk and if you like, have a refreshing dive into the Pacific Ocean (so don´t forget your swimming suit!). If you are really lucky, you may see the impressive Paslama Sea Turtle (in season: August-February).

Overnight in Leon.

Day 6

Welcome to San Juan del Sur!

Today you will be transferred to San Juan del Sur, a small fishing village situated at the breathtaking Pacific Bay.

Once a quiet fishing town, San Juan del Sur has emerged into one of the nation´s leading Pacific coast destinations. With approximately 18,000 residents and a growing population of expatriates, this village has surprisingly been able to maintain its unique culture and charm.

San Juan is characterized by its brightly colored wooden homes and picturesque, crescent-shaped bay dotted with local pangas, sail boats, and large fishing yachts. While San Juan is a small town, easily explored on foot in a morning, most visitors find that it´s a nice, comfortable place to spend a couple of days.

Overnight in San Juan del Sur.

Day 7

Day at Leisure in San Juan del Sur

The surrounding areas of San Juan del Sur offer ample opportunities for relaxing on the beach, surfing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, or sailing. Outside of the water, visitors can zip through the canopy just outside of town or visit the protected La Flor beach and wildlife reserve to witness numerous sea turtles emerging from the water to lay eggs (August to December).

Overnight in San Juan del Sur.

Day 8

Day at Leisure in San Juan del Sur

The surrounding areas of San Juan del Sur offer ample opportunities for relaxing on the beach, surfing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, or sailing. Outside of the water, visitors can zip through the canopy just outside of town or visit the protected La Flor beach and wildlife reserve to witness numerous sea turtles emerging from the water to lay eggs (August to December).

Overnight in San Juan del Sur.

Day 9

San Juan del Sur Snorkeling Tour

The marine biodiversity of the South Pacific of Nicaragua is one of the most valued in Central America. The coast is mountainous and irregular, with rocky cliffs interrupted by beaches. Upto now some 304 species of fish have been registered and approximately 1.423 species of mollusks in these waters. Sea turtles and abundant pelagic and deep water fish are common during the upwellings – an oceanographic phenomenon when the wind moves cold water to the surface- as well as large groups of dolphins and whales during the migratory season.

The area is a prominent zone for water sports and fishing species such as snappers, groupers, bass, mackerel, sword fish, and marlin, among others. A coral reef barrier has been found in the area, and several new species have been registered. La Flor Willife Refuge is located in the southern area, and is the most important spot in the Nicaraguan Pacific for the massive nesting of the Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).

Overnight in San Juan del Sur.

Day 10

Morning at Leisure and Afternoon Transfer to Managua

Enjoy your last morning in San Jual del Sur at the beach before your afternoon transfer to Managua where you will spend your last night in Nicaragua.

 

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