Discover the Land of Lakes & Volcanoes

  • Trip Type
  • Adventure
  • Length
  • 14 Days / 13 Nights
  • When to Go
  • Year-Round

  • Landscapes larger than life: the land of lakes & volcanoes

    Incredible hiking, charming colonial cities, towering volcanoes, beautiful coastlines, and blissful relaxation are just a sampling of what Nicaragua has to offer on this immersive journey of the land of lakes and volcanoes – and that’s not to mention the unforgettable scenery! Spend a few days discovering the area around León, Nicaragua’s cultural capital, before we whisk you away to the highlands to sip on coffee from the highlands, wander cobblestone streets and cruise the scenic isletas of Granada, and explore the unrivalled beauty of Ometepe Island. Finally, wind down on the Emerald Coast, watching lipstick sunsets paint the sky.

    Trip Highlights

    lush jungle & deserted beaches • charming colonial cities • Flor de Caña rum factory tour  • volcano boarding • Granada isleta boat cruise • zip line & Mombacho coffee tour • Masaya volcano & Laguna de Apoyo • waterfall hike & Ojo de Agua natural spring • volcanic islands • sailing & snorkeling on the Pacific • beach time

    Full Package per person from:

    $2,100.00 low season (May - Oct)
    $2,300.00 high season (Nov - Apr)
    Prices vary based on departure season.

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    • Day 1: Managua to León - Arrival

      After your arrival to Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, you’ll be met by your driver and transported about two hours north to the colonial city of León. Check into your charming, comfortable room at Hotel Flor de Sarta to unwind and relax before an action-packed day tomorrow.

    • Day 2: León - Ride the steep black slopes of an active volcano

      After breakfast, start your trek north to Cerro Negro, Central America’s youngest volcano. Climb the rocky black slopes to the top, and enjoy your reward: spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape and Cerro Negro’s nearby sister volcanoes. Then, the real adventure begins! Hop on your board and hold on tight as you whiz down the hillside, reaching speeds of up to 50 kilometers per hour.

    • Day 3: León - Colonial splendor and award-winning rum

      Begin your day by taking a guided walking tour of the city, Nicaragua’s political and intellectual center. Visit the impressive Cathedral of León, pass through art galleries and museums, and feel transported back in time as you wander the charming cobblestone streets and imagine what life may have been like in colonial times. Later, discover the history and production of Nicaragua’s super premium rum at the Flor de Caña factory. Taste the distilling process from beginning to end, savoring the sum in six different stages as it progressed from raw material to the final, finished product.

    • Day 4: León to Matagalpa - Marvelous mountain vistas

      After breakfast, take a two and a half hour transfer through the volcano-spotted flatlands that surround León into the north’s lush green mountains to discover the city of Matagalpa, the center of Nicaragua’s very active coffee scene. Check into Montebrisa Boutique B&B, a beautifully intimate oasis in the heart of the city that offers luxe finishes surrounded by expansive gardens, and panoramic views of the mountainside. Set out to explore the city, or take a day to yourselves to relax, decompress, and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

    • Day 5: Matagalpa - Zip line thrills and coffee, from bean to cup

      Today, you’ll follow the journey that Nicaraguan coffee takes from bean to cup. As country’s most important export, the impacts that coffee has on the social and economic systems in Nicaragua touch almost every person in the country. Visit a Fair Trade coffee farm where you will learn about and participate in the harvesting, pulping, washing and fermentation of coffee beans. Then, after lunch, head to the dry mill to experience a cupping and tasting session in the lab. In the evening, set out to experience Nicaragua’s best steak, served at Las Praderas restaurant on the far side of the river.

    • Day 6: Matagalpa to Granada - Explore active and extinct volcanoes

      Set off south for Granada, riding through verdant hillside, small towns and rolling plantations on your way to colorful colonial Granada. When you arrive, check into your room in the luxe Hotel Plaza Colón and kick back for the evening on the hotel’s candlelit terrace, or head out into the night to explore the city’s vibrant culinary scene.

    • Day 7: Granada - Cruise the isletas

      Take a boat ride through the Granada Isletas for a taste of the distinctive flora and fauna that exists in this unique ecosystem or 365 small islets in Lake Nicaragua. Cruise through the largest freshwater lake in the Americas, enjoy the sights and the sounds of the rainforest, and revel in spectacular views of the ever-present Mombacho Volcano looming on the shore. In the evening, explore Masaya Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to see the bubbling fiery-red lava lake in the volcano’s crater.

    • Day 8: Granada to Ometepe - A wild volcanic island adventure

      Rise with the dawn and get an early start for Ometepe Island, the largest volcanic island in the world. Located in Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe is comprised of two majestic volcanoes attached by a thin land bridge, and is spectacularly beautiful, with a chilled-out, back-to-nature-esque vibe akin to nowhere else in Nicaragua. Hop on an hour-long ferry ride from San Jorge to the island, where a driver will be waiting to transport you to the virtually secluded La Omaja Hotel, where you can kick back poolside with a tropical drink and soak up rays and magnificent views of Concepción Volcano.

    • Day 9: Ometepe - Hike to a hidden waterfall; find yourself rejuvenated in the spring of eternal youth

      Experience the wonder of Ometepe Island today with a whirlwind nature tour of some of the best spots the island has to offer. Start the day with a hike through the rainforest – where troops of white-faced and howler monkeys roam freely, and a vast number of tropical birds and reptiles can be seen – to Cascada San Ramón, a beautiful, mossy 40-meter (165-foot) waterfall surrounded by jungle. Next, head to Finca Magdalena, a coffee farm constructed in 1988 to check out indigenous petroglyphs and enjoy lunch overlooking the lake, before visiting Ojo de Agua, purported to be the fountain of youth, where you can swim in the mineral-rich natural pools created by an underground spring that comes from Maderas Volcano.

    • Day 10: Ometepe - Bask in the sun and savor the slow vibes on Ometepe Island

      Spend a day reveling in the island pace on Ometepe. Kayak, swim, hike, or simply spend your day marveling at the stunning views this volcanic island affords.

    • Day 11: Ometepe to San Juan Del Sur - Arrive at the Emerald Coast

      Bid La Omaja adios and depart for the enchanting Emerald Coast, where jungle meets sea. Settle into your luxurious casita at Mango Rosa Resort and prepare for some serious R&R. Slip into a hammock for a nap, or walk down Playa Marsella for chill vibes and an unreal sunset.

    • Day 12: San Juan Del Sur - Sailing, snorkelling & a spectacular sunset

      After a relaxing morning, head to the port of San Juan to embark on a breathtaking sail north to stunning, secluded Playa Blanca. As you cruise along, keep your eyes open for a variety of marine wildlife that inhabits this area – dolphins, turtles, flying fish and an array of exotic bird species are frequently spotted!

      Upon arrival to the beach, disembark, for some fun in the sun, and while you’re busy living the good life – beachcombing, snorkeling, swimming and splashing in the surf – the crew will be hard at work preparing some tasty local snacks. Fresh tropical fruit, ceviche made with the morning’s catch, and house-made guacamole are the perfect accompaniments to our famous mai-tais, or a refreshing national beer. As the sun begins to dip toward the horizon, the catamaran will turn back towards San Juan del Sur, while you find a cozy spot aboard to settle in to enjoy unforgettable views of a spectacular Pacific sunset.

    • Day 13: San Juan Del Sur - Catch a wave, or relax on the white sand beaches of Maderas

      Enjoy the day at your leisure today – take a dip in the ocean, walk down the beach to and grab a bite at a local eatery for lunch and some spectacular views, play in the surf, or relax in a hammock while soothing tropical breezes gently rock you back and forth.

    • Day 14: San Juan del Sur to Managua - Departure

      On your final morning at Mango Rosa, enjoy breakfast and spend some time on the beach before you depart on a two and a half hour journey up to Managua for the night.

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    What's Included?

    We'll give you everything you need, everything you want, and a few little surprises to make your trip extra special. We've got you covered, from start to finish. Unique, unforgettable destinations; private tours with local experts; authentic local cuisine; lessons, demonstrations and new cultural insights; more adventure than you can handle; perfect romantic touches; blissful relaxation; and a feeling of total freedom. We take care of everything so that you can enjoy an unparalleled, hassle-free journey without worrying about a thing.

    • Airport pickup

    • All hotel accommodation

    • Meals as indicated

    • Detailed maps and trip preparation guide

    • All special events and tours

    • All vehicle and regional air transportation from rendezvous to drop-off

    • All baggage transportation

    • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

    Stay Longer

    If our off-the-shelf itinerary is almost a perfect fit, but just doesn’t feel long enough, extend your stay to make it the best vacation possible. Spend a few days in the region before or after – we can customize any trip, and no ask is too big!

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    Know Before You Go

    • Itinerary prices are dependent on season of departure. Christmas, New Years and Easter (Semana Santa) are peak season, and prices during these periods are significantlky higher than other times of year. High season runs from November through April, and green season from May through September.

    • Arrival: hotel check-in times are at 3:00pm, but you may arrive at any time during the day. If you arrive prior to the scheduled check-in time, we will arrange for early check-in wherever possible.

    • Departure: hotel check-out times are at 9:00am. International flights on your departure day should be arranged to depart after 1:30pm.

    • All prices in USD.

    • For vaccination recommendations, please visit the CDC website.

    • For American, Canadian, and British citizens, a valid passport with 6+ months remaining is required for entry to Nicaragua.

    • Debit cards may not work in Central America, but most establishments accept major credit cards.

    • Please ensure you have immediate access to a minimum of USD $250 as an emergency fund to be used if circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster) require changes to your planned route.

    • All visitors are required to purchase a tourist card for USD $10, payable in US currently only.

    • All departure taxes are included in the cost of airfare.

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    Getting There

    From North America: several airlines offer direct and connecting flights to Nicaragua’s international airport: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua (airport code: MAN). Including connection time, flights from the USA typically range from 2.5-9 hours in duration, while most flights from Canada range from 9-15 hours in duration.

    From the UK: there are currently no direct flights to Managua from the UK, but there are several flight options connecting in the United States and/or Canada. Including connection time, flights from the UK typically range from 12-18 hours in duration.

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