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Family Trips Nicaragua


Nicaragua is known as “Lake of Land and Volcanoes” and is certainly lives up to its name - during this trip go to Leon and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience doing volcano boarding in the active Cerro Negro volcano- explore the colonial town of Granada rich in nature and culture- explore the volcanic island of Ometepe visiting some of its highlights and relax on the Pacific Coast at the beach town of San Juan del Sur.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Nicaragua - Managua

On your arrival at the airport in Managua (MGA), our driver will welcome you and will transfer you to your hotel in “downtown” Managua. Transfer time 30m approx.~ Overnight at Hotel Hyatt Managua 4* sup for one night – 1 Hyatt room (2 Queen beds). Meals: None

Day 2: Transfer to Leon and visit to the City

Today, we will transfer you to Leon, former capital of the country. Transfer time: 2.5 hours approx. Along the way, we will make a stop to try a “Quesillo” and a “Tiste”, a typical dish and beverage. On arrival in Leon, we will go for an interesting guided tour. We will have the opportunity to visit some of its main churches. The Cathedral of Leon is also known as Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Leon and its official name is Insigne and Real Basilica Cathedral of the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; here you will be able to take the stairs and reach the cathedrals rooftop for an amazing view of the city and surrounding volcanoes. You will also tour the magnificent Ortiz-Gurdián Art Gallery which features many famous artists painting from Europe and Central America, this gallery is located in 2 colonial homes. Also see the street murals, silent witnesses of the turbulent history of the city… Duration: 3 hours approx. ~ Difficulty: Easy Note: Most sightseeing places are closed on Monday in Leon. Overnight at Hotel El Convento 3* sup for two nights – 1 Executive room (2 Queen beds). Meals: B

Day 3: Hike and sandboarding Cerro Negro Adventure

Today, enjoy a great adventure in the active volcano “Cerro Negro”. Born in 1850, it is one of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua. Cerro Negro “Black Mount” is the most recent of a group of four very young cinder cones in the central Maribios. Hiking to the top takes less than an hour; a sort of trail has been made in the rocks and volcanic ashes. Once at the summit, the overwhelming views will be the reward you had ever imagined, sulfur coming out from many places, crater and also from the shores. Later get ready for the highlight of your tour: the “sandboarding”, an exciting sport which allows visitors to descend the black sands of Cerro Negro strapped onto a board. You will receive a short technical training from your experienced bilingual guide. Put on the protective equipment provided for your safe descent and get ready for the ride of your life! Duration: 7 hours approx. ~ Difficulty: Easy to moderate Overnight at Hotel El Convento 3* – 1 1 Executive room. Meals: B

Day 4: Transfer to Granada visiting the Masaya areas

This morning, we will transfer you to Granada, the Jewel of Nicaraguan Cities! On the way we will visit the Masaya areas, rich in nature and culture. First, we will visit Nicaragua’s First National Park created in 1979, one of the country’s most interesting and beautiful natural phenomena. Take a peek into the impressive crater currently displays gaseous activity and incandescent lava lake in its interior. After the National park, we will visit the Handicraft Market in Masaya city where you can enjoy the creativity and variety of Nicaraguan art at bargain prices. Then you will visit Catarina to enjoy magnificent views to the Apoyo lagoon and San Juan de Oriente, where we visit a local workshop. Participate in the creation process of the beautiful souvenirs. Overnight at Hotel Plaza Colon 3* sup – 1 Superior room (2 Queen beds). Meals: B, L

Day 5: Granada City Tour & Boat Tour in Lake Nicaragua

Meet our guide to enjoy a great cultural experience in a guided city tour. Enjoy a ride in a traditional Horse drawn Carriage and visit places like the La Casa de los Tres Mundos: art gallery and cultural academy, the convent of San Francisco church, Iglesia La Merced, from its tower you will have great views of the city and other interesting historic landmarks. Later, continue to Lake Nicaragua and go on a relaxing boat cruise in the water canals of the Islets. See many species of birds and will see monkeys swinging from tree to tree on “Monkey Island”, all this with panoramic views to imposing Mombacho volcano. Duration: 6 hours approx. with one-hour horse drawn carriage and break time between tours. Overnight at Hotel Plaza Colon 3* sup – 1 Superior. Meals: B

Day 6: Hike at Mombacho Volcano Cloud Forest – Ferry to Ometepe Island

Early transfer to the Mombacho Volcano Natural, the dormant guardian of the city! This nature reserve it’s a 1400 meters high volcano that has been dormant for thousand years now and is totally covered with vegetation. This has created a rich ecosystem where live 50 species of mammals, 174 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles and 750 species of flora. A powerful truck will drive you all the way to the top of the extinct volcano. You will go through coffee plantations to the cloud forest which offers exceptional sites to discover its flora and fauna. Once at the top of the volcano you will hike in the cloud forest along the “Crater Trail”. On the way there are several lookouts that boast stunning views to the crater and its lush vegetation, the city of Granada, Masaya smoking volcano, Lake Nicaragua and the Islands (views available if weather permits it!). Duration: 4 hours approx. ~ Difficulty: Easy We then transfer you to San Jorge dock to take a ferry to Ometepe Island, the world’s largest volcanic island in a freshwater Lake. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Ferry duration: 1 hour approx. / Transfer to Hotel: 45 minutes approx. Overnight at Hotel San Juan de La Isla 3* sup for two nights - 1 Front Lake Cabin (2 Queen beds). Meals: B

Day 7: Ometepe Island Tour

This morning we will go for a day visit of this fabulous island. We visit places like the “El Ceibo” the best archaeological and numismatic museum of Nicaragua. You will also visit the Charco Verde reserve, learn here the legend of Chico Largo and Mama Bucha while admiring the beautiful green puddle lagoon and trying to spot the elusive birds. The next spot on you tour will be Petroglyphs at Finca El Porvenir. These stones, found on the lower slopes of Maderas volcano on Ometepe, still bear the ornate carvings of the first indigenous settlers of Nicaragua. Enjoy the great views that Volcano Concepcion and Volcano Maderas have to offer. On the shores of Santo Domingo beach, you will then enjoy a typical Nicaraguan lunch before continuing to the “El Ojo de Agua”, a natural pool of clear water supplied by a river that originates from Concepcion Volcano, where you can go swimming and relaxing. Duration: 7 hours approx. ~ Difficulty: Easy Overnight at Hotel San Juan de La Isla 3* sup - 1 Front Lake Cabin. Meals: B, L

Day 8: Kayak on Rio Istian and transfer to San Juan del Sur

This morning you will be transferred from your hotel in Ometepe to Merida to enjoy a relaxing kayak tour in the calm waters of the Istian river. During this tour you will be equipped with a personal sea kayak, life jacket and instructions for your safety and comfort. You will paddle 3 kms across the lake, until you reach the river mouth. Enjoy of the rich fauna while you glide through the water jungle. Go kayaking in the Istian river, a natural reservoir of residents and migratory birds, the locals say the river almost cuts the island in two and runs between the Maderas and Concepcion volcanoes. Quietly paddling down the beautiful waterways is definitely relaxing and with some luck you may spot monkeys and turtles. Duration: 5 hours approx. ~ Difficulty: Easy Following this relaxing adventure, we transfer you to the docks in Ometepe Island to take a ferry back to mainland. On arrival, we will transfer you to San Juan del Sur in the Pacific Ocean coast. San Juan del Sur is a small and very nice typical fishermen port located at the south west, placed along a bay that overlooks the Pacific Ocean 90 kms west of Granada and 55 Kms from Costa Rica's frontier. Time at leisure to enjoy the beach! Transfer time to San Juan del Sur: 45 minutes approx. Overnight at Hotel Victoriano 3* sup for three nights - 1 Standard room (Queen + two twin beds). Meals: B

Day 9: At leisure in San Juan del Sur

Day at leisure at this beautiful beach town; time to have fun at a relaxing beach! Optional activities such as: Sailing trip, fishing, horseback riding, visit to the nearby beaches can be organized. Please enquire with us for more information! Overnight at Hotel Victoriano 3* sup - 1 Standard room. Meals: B

Day 10: At leisure in San Juan del Sur

Day at leisure at this beautiful beach town; time to have fun at a relaxing beach! Optional activities such as: Sailing trip, fishing, horseback riding, visit to the nearby beaches can be organized. Please enquire with us for more information! Overnight at Hotel Victoriano 3* sup - 1 Standard room. Meals: B

Day 11: Transfer to Managua Airport

Depending your flight schedule, our driver will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and will transfer you to the international airport in Managua to take your flight back home. Transfer time 2.5 hours approx.~ Come back soon to sunny Nicaragua!


  • From:


  • Lodging at mentioned hotels or similar.
  • Door to door transportation as per itinerary on days 1, 4, 6, 8 and 11.
  • Round-trip ferry tickets to Ometepe Island.
  • Tours and activities as per itinerary on days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 with bilingual local guide.
  • Lunch on days 4 and 7.
  • Local taxes.

Not Included:

  • International airfare.
  • Additional meals.
  • Passenger taxes at borders/airports.
  • Activities suggested.
  • Discretional tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance.

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