Colonial Cities, Volcanoes and Rainforests

Holiday in Nicaragua

Emerald Coast, Lake Nicaragua and Granada, San Juan del Sur

Duration: 11 nights

Price: From £4,400 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, private transfers, transportation, experiences as stated and taxes

On this exciting itinerary, conquer looming volcanoes, explore beautiful colonial cities, spot wildlife in the rainforest and choose from any number of amazing activities, from horse riding to hiking, zip lining to snorkelling.
Perfect forWhether you’re dipping down the side streets of León, ascending a volcano by 4x4 or venturing into the pristine rainforest, this itinerary is all about exploration – a great one for those who want to get to the very heart of the almost untouched country of Nicaragua.
In the knowFor a taste of the Caribbean at its most untouched, take a trip out to Nicaragua's Corn Islands.

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  • Landscapes & Scenery
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Adventure
  • Beach

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1 nightManagua

On arriving in Managua, you’ll be driven to the intimate Hotel Contempo, a foodie haven that’s home to the highly acclaimed Restaurante Azul. Spend a peaceful day in the capital taking in the views over the stunning Tiscapa Lagoon or exploring the bustling handicrafts market.
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The following morning you’ll be taken to the colonial city of León, where you’ll take a tour of one of Nicaragua's oldest cities. As well as paying a visit to the intriguing museum of Nicaraguan legends, arts and poetry, you’ll discover the baroque churches and fascinating revolutionary murals hidden down the city’s narrow streets. The ‘high point’ of the tour is the climb to the rooftop of Central America’s largest cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you’ll be treated to fantastic views over the city and beyond. While in León, you’ll also head out into wildest Nicaragua to hike the active Cerro Negro volcano and venture into the heart of the Juan Venado reserve. Keep an eye out for crocodiles and turtles as you wind your way through mangroves by motor boat before arriving at a tiny secluded island, where you’ll relax a few hours away on the deserted beach. You’ll be staying at the wonderful Hotel El Convento, an elegant hotel rebuilt on the grounds of an ancient convent.
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3 nightsGRANADA

Leaving León behind, you’ll head to its fiercest colonial rival, Granada. Along the way, you’ll drop in on the traditional villages of Masaya and Catarina and stop to peer down into the smoking crater of the Masaya volcano, a favourite hangout for green parakeets.  During your stay in Granada, you’ll explore the city by horse and carriage, which will take you through the historic centre, out to the city walls and along the brightly coloured boulevards, which stretch from the central park to the shores of Lake Nicaragua. Climbing the church tower, you’ll have magical views of the Mombacho Volcano, which you’ll conquer by a 4x4 during your stay here. En route to the summit of the 1,150 meter volcano, which looms over a beautiful cloud forest, eagle-eyed visitors may even spot white-faced monkeys and endemic Mombacho salamanders. You’ll be staying at the charming Jicaro Island Eco-lodge, which perches on a private island on Lake Nicaragua.
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5 nightsSan Juan  

The following day, you’ll leave the colonial splendour behind for unspoilt natural beauty. Hidden in a crescent-shaped bay just outside San Juan del Sur, a picturesque town dotted with brightly coloured wooden houses, you’ll cross a suspension bridge over a canyon to get to the rustic bungalows of Morgan’s Rock, which overlooks miles of private beach.  While here, watch sea turtles lay their eggs on the shore, horse ride along the beach, relax on the pristine shores, scuba dive, snorkel, sail or surf in the Pacific or zip through the canopy of the pristine rainforest, where howler monkeys and sloths loiter in the treetops. For a taste of the ‘Good Life’ in the heart of rural Nicaragua, truly hands on guests can even get involved in milking the cows and collecting eggs for meal times before being transferred to Managua International Airport and re-entering the modern world.
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