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Nicaragua in Depth

11 days from £3,195pp (excl. international flights)
Leon  → Granada  → Lake Nicaragua  → Pacific Coast  → 

A capitivating Central American gem

Take an unforgettable journey through lesser visited Nicaragua, beginning in the historic city of Leon. Explore its colonial charm, vibrant culture, and rich history dating back to the 1600s.

Wander through its cobblestone streets, flanked by colourful buildings and majestic cathedrals, and immerse yourself in the city's lively atmosphere.

Granada is one of Latin America's most beautiful cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tak in its stunning colonial architecture, stroll along its picturesque streets, and soak up its vibrant ambiance. Explore the city's rich history as you visit iconic landmarks such as the San Francisco Convent and La Merced church.

From Granada, take a short boat trip to the sprawling Isletas de Granada on Lake Nicaragua. Discover 365 tiny islands scattered around the Asese peninsula, each offering its own unique charm. Explore quaint fishing communities, charming resorts, and soak in the natural beauty of this serene archipelago.

Conclude your journey in San Juan del Sur, a picturesque beach town nestled along the Pacific Coast. Relax on its golden sands, swim in its crystal-clear waters, and soak up the laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy days of activity from your hotel, or simply unwind and watch the stunning sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.

Throughout your Nicaragua trip, savour delicious cuisine, interact with friendly locals, and create special memories to last a lifetime.

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Day 1: Flight to Managua and transfer to Leon

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Exploring charming Leon

Depart the UK on a daytime flight to Managua, Nicaragua's capital. On arrival, transfer 1.5 hours to Leon, a charming town with a rich colonial history dating back to the 1600s. Experience its artistic flair, great cuisine, and lively nightlife. Enjoy a 2-night stay at Hotel el Convento, centrally located in the heart of this picturesque city.

Day 2: Cerro Volcano & Leon City Tour

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Volcano boarding at Cerro Negro

Begin your action-packed day with an early rise to conquer Cerro Negro Volcano, embarking on one of Nicaragua's iconic adventures as you board down its active slopes while gaining insights into the region's geology. Later, delve into the splendid historic centre of Leon, with its rich past and magnificent colonial architecture. Immerse yourself in the local culture with a visit to the bustling fruit and vegetable market, experiencing the daily rhythms of life.

Day 3: Leon to Granada


Granada cathedral

Journey south to Granada, one of Latin America’s gems and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a 3-night stay at the boutique Hotel Plaza Colon, with its stunning views of the charming main square. Upon settling in, embark on a guided stroll through the historic city. Discover its vibrant history, splendid colonial architecture, and iconic landmarks such as the ancient city walls, San Francisco Convent, and La Merced church, offering spectacular panoramas from its bell tower.

Day 4: Mombacho & Masaya Volcanoes

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Masaya Volcano

Explore the verdant cloud forest near Mombacho Volcano, spotting diverse wildlife and soaking in panoramic vistas. Ascend the volcano via a 4x4 ride through Mombacho Nature Reserve, pausing for a delightful local coffee en-route. On a guided hike you will encounter various landscapes and indigenous species, culminating in stunning vistas over Granada and beyond. Enjoy lunch at peaceful Apoyo Lagoon.

Just before sunset, head to Masaya volcano for a glimpse of the green "Chocoyos" (Parakeets). Experience the captivating sights and sounds of the volcano at night, where these birds have adapted to the sulphurous emissions. Conclude with a visit to a viewpoint for a peek into the crater, showcasing lava formations from 2006.

Day 5: Free day in Granada

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Calle Cervantes, Granada

Enjoy a leisurely day to discover the city's charm at your own pace. We can offer additional tours like a coffee exploration, a cigar making workshop, or a visit to a nearby rural community, all tailored to enhance your experience and immerse you in the local culture.

Day 6: Isletas de Granada

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Tranquil Lake Nicaragua

Transfer to Marina Cocibolca for the short boat ride to the Isletas de Granada. Nestled near the shores of Lake Nicaragua and formed by an ancient eruption of Mombacho Volcano, these islands have 365 tiny islets. Discover a blend of quaint fishing villages, elegant private residences, and charming eco-lodges. Unwind for 2 nights at Isleta el Espino, a secluded private island offering just 5 rooms for an intimate retreat.

Day 7: Lake Nicaragua

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Boat trip around the Isletas

Indulge in a leisurely day to unwind or discover the charm of this distinctive destination. Some optional trips suggestions - cruise around the islands on a boat tour, take an active kayak adventure, or find serenity with a yoga session. You may wish to conclude your day with a tranquil massage, accompanied by the soothing melodies of nature.

Day 8: Isletas de Granada to San Juan del Sur

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Sweeping vista of San Juan del Sur

A 2.5-hour journey by boat and road takes you to San Juan del Sur on the Pacific Coast. Once a tranquil fishing hamlet, it has evolved into a sought-after beach getaway. Retaining its relaxed vibe and allure, the town is nestled within a stunning, unspoiled landscape. Its crescent-shaped bay invites leisurely swims, offering an idyllic setting for beach enthusiasts. Stay 3 nights at Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge.

Day 9 & 10: San Juan del Sur – Morgan's Rock

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Boat trips from Morgan's Rock hotel

During your stay at Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge, take advantage of a range of complimentary activities amidst its idyllic surroundings. Start your day with breakfast at the farm, take a birdwatching excursion, jungle hikes, or kayak adventures. Alternatively, unwind with leisurely fishing sessions. Tailor your days to your preference, whether seeking adventure or relaxation in this secluded paradise.

Day 11: San Juan del Sur to Managua

Depart the beautiful Pacific Coast for the transfer to Managua and your onward flight.

Duration: 10 nights

Location: Nicaragua Holidays, South America Holidays

Price: £3195pp

From £3,195 pp based on two people sharing, excluding international flights.

The trip includes all accommodations and activities specified above. Rooms and meals are as below:

  • 2 nights at Hotel el Convento - premiere room, breakfast included
  • 3 nights at Plaza Colon - King or Queen room with balcony, breakfast included
  • 2 nights at Isleta el Espino - Castia, breakfast included.
  • 3 nights at Morgan's Rock - Ocean View bungalow with plunge pool, full board included

Also includes

  • All transfers.
  • Private guides and entrance fees for city tours.
  • One tour per day at Morgan's Rock

This trip excludes:

  • Single Supplements.
  • International flights to/from Nicaragua
  • Meals not mentioned as included.
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned as included.
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This month offers sunny days and warm temperatures, making it perfect for exploring beaches like San Juan del Sur and Corn Islands.



Similar to January, February boasts excellent weather for outdoor activities such as hiking in the lush rainforests or enjoying water sports on the Pacific coast.



As the dry season continues, March is ideal for visiting colonial cities like Granada and León, with comfortable temperatures and clear skies.



Easter celebrations in Nicaragua are vibrant and colorful, particularly in cities like Masaya and Managua, offering cultural experiences for visitors.



May marks the start of the rainy season, but it's still possible to enjoy the country's natural beauty while avoiding crowds at popular tourist spots.



Rainfall increases in June, so travelers can take advantage of lower prices and fewer tourists while exploring attractions like Ometepe Island and the Masaya Volcano.



Despite occasional showers, July offers opportunities for eco-tourism adventures, including birdwatching in the cloud forests of the Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve.



The rainy season peaks in August, but visitors can still enjoy the country's diverse wildlife by exploring national parks like Indio-Maíz Biological Reserve.



Rainfall begins to subside in September, making it a great time to visit Nicaragua's coffee plantations and learn about the country's rich agricultural heritage.



Although showers are still common, October presents an excellent opportunity to experience traditional Nicaraguan festivals like the Palo de Mayo in Bluefields.



As the dry season approaches, November offers pleasant weather for outdoor activities such as zip-lining in the canopy forests and volcano trekking.



The holiday season brings festive atmosphere to Nicaragua, with lively street markets and celebrations in cities like Managua and Estelí.


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