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Highlights of Nicaragua

8 Days / 7 Nights

This circuit has been carefully tailored for those travelers looking for a wide variety of activities and destinations. “Highlights of Nicaragua” will take you to discover splendid historical colonial cities such as Granada and Leon, as well as spectacular active volcanoes like Cerro Negro and Masaya. During your expedition through Nicaragua you will be able to explore such natural reserves as the mangroves of Juan Venado Island, the lush vegetation of Granada’s islets, as well as the legendary “Charco Verde” and its bountiful groups of howler monkeys.

Besides volcanoes and colonial cities, “Highlights of Nicaragua” also offer its visitors the great opportunity to learn about the process of making top quality cigars in the city of Estelí and also to taste in Matagalpa one of the best chocolate’s of the country.

And finally you can experience Nicaragua’s colorful culture through its famous cultural nights “Las Verbenas” lively performed in the city of Masaya, where several folkloric groups show their best dances.

Day 1: Arrival Managua

Arrival at Managua International Airport and shuttle bus to your hotel.

Day 2: Managua City Tour – León Viejo – Juan Venado Reserve – Las Peñitas – León

After breakfast we will drive to “Loma de Tiscapa”, a small volcanic hill where Somoza’s presidential house was strategically situated.  Today Sandino’s black metal silhouette rules over the hill and you can enjoy excellent views on old and new Managua from here.  Afterwards we will drive along Lake Managua towards the ruins of “León Viejo” …

Day 3: León City Tour – Cerro Negro Volcano – León

This morning, we will begin with the visit the old looking Cathedral “La Asuncion”, considered the largest in Central America and sheltering the remains of Nicaragua’s greatest poet “Ruben Dario”. We will also ascend to the roof of the temple to enjoy spectacular views of the city …   

Day 4: León – San Jacinto Hot Springs – Estelí: cigar factory – Selva Negra

After breakfast we will drive to San Jacinto Hot Springs, a unique phenomenon of this volcanic region where internal vents eject hot gasses, water and mud.  Afterwards we will drive from the volcanic fertile soils of the Nicaraguan pacific basin to the north central region of Estelí, known for its top quality cigars …

Day 5: Selva Negra – Chocolate Factory – Masaya Volcano – “Verbenas” – Granada

This morning after breakfast we will drive through the “Selva Negra” farm to learn very important facts about the sustainability of the farm, coffee and cheese production, cattle and pig raising, social projects, environmental protection and treatment of animal waste.  After this interesting experience, we will drive to Matagalpa …

Day 6: Granada City Tour – Islets Tour - Granada

The oldest city in the western hemisphere of the Americas, Granada was founded in 1524 by the conquistador Hernández de Cordoba.  Once the business and shipping capital for the entire region, today Granada proudly remains as one of the last and truly colonial cities: an undiscovered jewel …

Day 7: Granada – San Jorge – Moyogalpa – Charco Verde – Playa Santo Domingo

After breakfast we will drive south on the Pan-American highway, passing by several sugarcane and rice fields, as well as banana plantations, papaya, water melon and passion fruit. Then we will reach the small town of San Jorge where we take the ferry to navigate on great Lake Nicaragua to the volcanic island of Ometepe …

Day 8: Playa Santo Domingo – Moyogalpa – San Jorge – Managua Airport

This morning we leave the hotel and drive back to Moyogalpa to take the ferry to San Jorge.  Then we will head to the international airport in Managua.

• Rural Life
• Colonial History
• Flora and Fauna Observation
• Traditions & Legends
• Volcano Boarding
• Nature Reserve

Do not forget
• Bathing Suit
• Comfortable Shoes
• Light Clothing
• Beach Towel
• Camera

Difficulty Level: 2

Local Information

Currency: U$1 x C$ 30.43
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