This is one of our most popular Nicaragua Vacations. Breakfast and full day tour of León’s colonial history and culture with visits to the fumaroles of Telica Volcano in the village of San Jacinto, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of León Viejo. Continue your Nicaragua adventure by visiting the colonial capital of León. Founded in the early 17th century,it’s home to more than 12 colonial period churches, each one unique in its design from tiny parish size chapels to the mighty Cathedral, the largest in Central America.
Next up is Granada. Granada is one of Latin America’s most beautiful colonial cities founded in 1524. This ancient town on the shores of mighty Lake Nicaragua is full of history and Spanish colonial charm and is one of the oldest European settlements in the western hemisphere. Interesting things to do in Granada include a visit to the cloud forest of the Mombacho Volcano or perhaps a visit to the chocolate museum to see how the pre-Columbian inhabitants of Nicaragua used Cacao.
This The program also includes a stop in the folklore center of Masaya for shopping at its renowned open-air market of fine handmade crafts and visits the 5 crater complex at the Masaya Volcano National Park for a look inside of the very active Santiago Crater.
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Airport greeting and shuttle transfer to Hotel Camino Real for lodging.
Private transfer with English speaking guide to the UNESCO world heritage site of León Viejo to examine the ruins of Nicaragua’s early colonial capital at the foot of the smoking Momotombo Volcano. Travel further north along the volcanoes of León to the rural village of San Jacinto, in the middle of the densely active Maribios Volcano chain, to visit with its population and see their fumarolic fields, the result of water being superheated on a volcanic vein beneath the earth’s surface. Transfer to León current location, founded in 1610 for a culture and history tour of this ancient city. Lodging in the historic city center at the restored 17th century Franciscan convent at Hotel El Convento.
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Breakfast at hotel and transfer with English speaking guide to Central America’s oldest European settlement, 16th century Granada. Guided visit in motorboat to Las Isletas Archipelago in Lake Nicaragua, after tour of lake front Granada’s colonial beauty. Lodging at Hotel Colonial.
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Breakfast at Hotel and transfer with English speaking guide to the historic city of Masaya, populated for more than 3,000 years and the arrival of the Spanish in the early 16th century organized the local artisans in small workshops for export. Masaya makes the world’s finest hammocks, as well as wood, leather and clothing goods, all created by hand. Masaya’s friendly population has restored their 19th century outdoor indigenous market for the sale of their hand made goods. After shopping in the market, we will continue to the active cone of Santiago at the Masaya Volcano National Park for hiking or just observing the inside of this big smoking crater. Late afternoon transfer to Managua to Hotel Camino Real for lodging.
Breakfast at hotel and convenient shuttle to airport for flight home.
Departs Saturday and finishes following Friday
Best of Nicaragua tours start every Saturday and finish the following Friday. Please call in advance for available dates.
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