Less touristy, more authentic, are frequent terms used to describe our Nicaragua vacation packages. It’s true the tourism industry is relatively new here – we often get asked “what are the things to do in Nicaragua?”
Nicaragua is home to spectacular colonial cities, Granada and Leon founded 1524, which haven’t been overrun with tee-shirt shops and fast food restaurants. Home to the most volcanoes in Central America – 19 in total – and the famous island of Ometepe, which Mark Twain wrote about in his book Travels with Mr. Brown. The following program allows a visitor to immerse themselves in the unique culture and nature while visiting the truly unique places Nicaragua has to offer.
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Airport greeting and shuttle transfer to the Hotel Camino Real for lodging.
After enjoying a large breakfast, we transfer with your tour guide to San Jorge for the ferry to the dual-volcano island of Ometepe. Cross the same body of water that Mark Twain navigated in December of 1866 when he described Ometepe as “Two magnificent pyramids, clad in the softest and richest green…” Dock greeting and tour of the island, transfer to Hotel Villa Paraiso for lodging.
Breakfast at hotel and lodging at Hotel Villa Paraíso. Hike around the island, or just relax with the cool breezes on the Santo Domingo Beach. Take an optional tour to see pre-Columbian petroglyphs, or for the more adventurous at heart, hike to the top of the volcano Maderas. At 4560 ft. above sea level, this provides spectacular views. Horseback riding, Kayaking, Bicycling are also available as optional activities that can be arranged.
Breakfast on Ometepe, and then we catch the morning ferry back to the mainland, to travel to beautiful colonial Granada. There we’ll visit the Convent of San Francisco and see the largest collection of indigenous statues discovered by Ephraim Squire; the American Consul General posted to Nicaragua in 1849. Also included this day is a guided tour in motorboat to Las Isletas Archipelago in Lake Nicaragua. Monkeys, large lizards called “garrobos” and various interesting birds as well as some locals make their home many of the small islands. Converted 16th century Hotel Colonial will be our base for the next two days to explore the oldest city in Central America.
Breakfast at hotel. One of the most interesting things to do in Nicaragua soak up the culture. This is a free day to explore the 16th century colonial city of Granada. Just outside your hotel is the Central Square. People watch or practice your Spanish if you like. Perhaps relax at one of the Hotels’ swimming pool or walk around the city and enjoy its unique architecture. Lodging at the Four Star Hotel Colonial in Granada..
Breakfast at Hotel Colonial, and time to capture that last incredible photograph at the central plaza of Granada, then after lunch transfer to the ancient highland villages of “La Meseta”, for visits to the mesa artisans’ workshops of Catarina, San Juan de Oriente and Masatepe. All these precious towns have colonial period houses and churches and a hardworking, native population. After a stop for lunch in Catarina, we continue on for an early afternoon arrival at historic city of Masaya, populated for several thousand years before the arrival of the Spanish in the early 16th century. Local artisans, descendants of the original community, work in small workshops to the world’s finest hammocks, leather and clothing goods, all created by hand. We’ll visit their restored 19th century outdoor indigenous market.
The final activity today is a scenic drive right-up to the edge of the active Masaya Volcano. Often referred to as one of the most accessible volcanoes in the world, this mammoth smoking crater is truly a marvel to see.
Late afternoon transfer to Managua for lodging at Hotel Camino Real for lodging.
Breakfast at Hotel and convenient shuttle to airport for flight home.
This Nicaragua Expedition Vacation start every Saturday and finish the following Friday. Please call in advance for available dates. Program subject to availability.
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