Classic: Essence of Nicaragua (CNEN)
Countries Visited: Nicaragua Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Accommodations: Hotels (9 nts), homestay (2nts, possible shared facilities).
Explore colonial Granada, seek out the revolutionary murals in Leon, relax on the beach at San Juan del Sur, connect with your hosts in an Ometepe community guesthouse stay.
From the colonial streets of Granada and Leon to the beauty of San Juan del Surs horseshoe bay, discover the best of Nicaragua on this unique 12-day adventure. Encounter a nature-lovers paradise on Ometepe Island and see both dormant and active volcanoes amidst this countrys stunning wilderness. Emerging from a long and turbulent history, Nicaragua is set to become the next big thing. Discover it before others do and come away with a greater understanding of both the volatile past and a passion for this countrys vibrant modern culture.
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|Offer valid through 9/30/2018|
|Day 1||Granada||Day 1 Granada|
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Granada is approx. one hour from the Managua International Airport. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Days 2-3||Granada||Days 2-3 Granada|
Start with an orientation walk before free time to kayak through the nearby isletas in Lake Nicaragua, hike Mombacho Volcano, or sit in the main square watching life go by. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
|Day 4||Leon||Day 4 Granada/Leon|
Travel to Leon with an orientation walk around town. Opt to visit Central America's largest cathedral or explore Leon's history-filled streets. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 140km)
|Day 5||Leon||Day 5 Leon|
Take a free day to explore. Relax on nearby beaches or admire the many political murals around town.
|Day 6||Isla de Ometepe||Day 6 Leon/Isla de Ometepe (1D)|
Cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to arrive at Ometepe Island. The group will be split up amongst different families in the small community. Try hiking Maderas Volcano, float in clear springs, relax and swim at the beach. Included Activities: Pueblo Hotel Community Guesthouse Stay Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 200km) Ferry (1.00-1.50 hours, 10km) Private Vehicle (0.25-0.50 hours, 6km)
|Day 7||Isla de Ometepe||Day 7 Isla de Ometepe (1B, 1D)|
Free time to explore Ometepe. Opt to climb Volcano Concepcion or Volcano Maderas, take a cultural tour, visit the beach at Santo Domingo, or visit el Ojo de Agua for a refreshing swim and lunch. You can also view pre-Columbian petroglyphs or the small museum of indigenous artifacts in Altagracia. Included Activities: Pueblo Hotel Community Guesthouse Stay
|Day 8||San Juan del Sur||Day 8 Isla de Ometepe/San Juan del Sur (1B)|
After taking the ferry back across Lake Nicaragua to the mainland, catch a bus to low-key San Juan del Sur for some serious relaxation by the sea. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.25-0.50 hours, 6km) Ferry (1.00-1.50 hours, 10km) Local bus (0.33 hour(s), 5km) Local bus (1.00-1.25 hours, 30km)
|Days 9-10||San Juan del Sur||Days 9-10 San Juan del Sur|
Use your free time wisely. Opt to surf the Pacific, go swimming or fishing, or check out the views from above on a zipline canopy tour.
|Day 11||Granada||Day 11 San Juan del Sur/Granada|
Travel back to Granada and spend a final evening with the group. Transport: Travel back to Granada, switching buses in Rivas. Local bus (3.00 hour(s), 80km)
|Day 12||Granada||Day 12 Granada|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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