Nicaragua In Style

Tailor Made Itinerary

14 Days From A$6,812

Overview

Blessed with dramatic volcanic backdrops, captivating colonial cities and lush primeval cloud forests, the natural and cultural landscapes of Nicaragua are amongst Central America’s most diverse and bewitching. Here you can find elegant reminders of Spanish rule alongside traditions that can trace their origins back to the pre-Columbian tribes of Mesoamerica. Active volcanoes share the landscape with award-winning organic farms, whilst the waters of Lake Nicaragua lie scattered with islands ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy the stunning colonial architecture of León and Granada
  • Visit the Juan Venado Wildlife Refuge and the cloud forests of Selva Negra
  • Hike the volcanic slopes of Ometepe Island and the Masaya Volcano
  • Explore the protected reserve of Morgan’s Rock by kayak and mountain bike
  • Tour the delightful artisan villages of Los Pueblos Blancos
  • Peer into the bubbling rim of an active volcano

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE MANAGUA - LEON

DAY 1: ARRIVE MANAGUA - LEON

Arriving in Managua today, the capital and largest city in Nicaragua, you will be met at the airport and then transferred in the company of your English-speaking guide to the city of León. Founded by the Spanish and home to the second oldest university in Central America, León, with its impressive collection of colonial monuments and churches, has long been the country's political and intellectual centre. On arrival you will check into a restored 17th century Franciscan convent for a three-night stay.

El Convento

DAY 2: LEON

DAY 2: LEON

Nicaragua's colonial capital for over three centuries, León's historic cathedral has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List since 2000. This morning you will enjoy a tour of some of its highlights with your guide. Visiting a local market along the way, you'll then have an opportunity to prepare a traditional Nicaraguan lunch under the expert guidance of the locals, before heading to the active Cerro Negro volcano for a unique opportunity to either hike or sled down its charcoal west face with incredible contrasting views of the verdant surroundings.

El Convento
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: LEON

DAY 3: LEON

Located just a short drive from León, the Juan Venado Wildlife Refuge is famed for its impressive mangroves and its sea turtles. Stretching along 22 kilometres of protected Pacific coastline, the reserve is also home to alligators, iguanas, crocodiles and some 106 species of birds. A private boat tour of the reserve today will include a chance to swim in the Pacific waters before lunch. Later you will drive back to León for your final evening in the city.

El Convento
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: LEON - ESTELI - SELVA NEGRA

DAY 4: LEON - ESTELI - SELVA NEGRA

Turning east this morning, your journey takes you next towards the temperate mountains of Nicaragua's northern highlands. Here, the fertile soils around Estelí provide ideal conditions for the production of tobacco. In recent years Nicaragua has become one of the world's finest producers of high-quality cigars and today you will see for yourself why this region has become a magnet for Cuban expats. Continuing on to Selva Negra, you end the day in a cloud-forest ecolodge on a family owned coffee plantation.

Selva Negra Ecolodge
Breakfast

DAY 5: SELVA NEGRA

DAY 5: SELVA NEGRA

Founded by German immigrants in 1891, the resort and coffee estate provides a magical haven from the cares of the world. A guided walk through the cloud reserve forest this morning provides a chance to look for troops of howler monkeys and the wonderfully iridescent Resplendent Quetzal. Later you will have an opportunity to tour the estate, learning how innovative and pioneering farming methods have gone on to win the estate several awards for its sustainability and its speciality coffee.

Selva Negra Ecolodge
Breakfast

DAY 6: SELVA - OMETEPE

DAY 6: SELVA - OMETEPE

Thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans, the Mesoamerican tribes were enjoying the rich flavours of locally grown cocoa. This morning you will enjoy a tour of one of the country's most famous organic chocolate producers, before continuing south to the shores of Lake Nicaragua and the volcanic island of Ometepe. Home to the twin volcanoes of Concepción and Maderas, on arrival you will be transferred to the sandy isthmus at Playa Santo Domingo, where the afternoon is free to enjoy your lakeside lodging.

Xalli Beach Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 7: OMETEPE ISLAND

DAY 7: OMETEPE ISLAND

A private guided tour of the island today includes visits to the town of Altagracia, the Charco Verde Lagoon and Finca Magdalena, which will be followed by a home-cooked lunch of traditional campesinos food with a local family. You'll also have an opportunity to pay a visit later to a local culture and learning centre that provides local children with instruction in art and English language, before returning to the lodge.

Xalli Beach Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8: OMETEPE ISLAND

DAY 8: OMETEPE ISLAND

Today you will hike up one of Ometepe's impressive volcanic peaks. Options available include either a gentle 2-3 hour hike up to a secluded mountain waterfall on Maderas or a more strenuous 5-7 hour trek to the summit, through the virgin cloud forest to the crater lake. A more challenging alternative is also available for the active slopes of Concepción, where you can climb above the tropical treeline to enjoy some truly majestic views of the island and the surrounding lake.

Xalli Beach Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9: OMETEPE ISLAND - MORGAN'S ROCK

DAY 9: OMETEPE ISLAND - MORGAN'S ROCK

Transferring back to the mainland after breakfast, this morning you'll drive next towards Nicaragua's Pacific coast and the private reserve and ecolodge at Morgan's Rock. Sandwiched between the azure waters of the Pacific and the lush Nicaraguan jungle, the resort sits in the heart of a private protected reserve of over 4,000 acres. Staying in an ocean view bungalow, you'll enjoy opportunities over the next two days for river kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and paddle boarding.

Morgan's Rock Ecolodge
Breakfast

DAY 10: MORGAN'S ROCK

DAY 10: MORGAN'S ROCK

A second day in the resort provides a chance to enjoy more of the natural bounty of one of Nicaragua's most remote and beautiful Pacific coastlines. Home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, the reserve is a haven for monkeys, sloths and scarlet macaws, whilst in nesting season (Aug-Jan) the beaches become a scurry of activity from hatching turtle eggs.

Morgan's Rock Ecolodge
Breakfast

DAY 11: MORGAN'S ROCK - MOMBACHO VOLCANO - GRANADA

DAY 11: MORGAN'S ROCK - MOMBACHO VOLCANO - GRANADA

Later this morning you will take a private transfer to the summit of nearby Mombacho Volcano, where you can choose to enjoy a guided nature walk along the Tigrillo Trail or take a zip-line ride along the western slopes of the volcano. After lunch you then depart for the colonial splendour of Granada, whose stunning collection of Moorish and Andalusian architecture makes it one of the most captivating cities in the country. There should be time later for a guided orientation tour of the city.

Plaza Colon
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13: GRANADA

DAY 13: GRANADA

Leaving the city after breakfast you'll begin the day with a drive into the historic highland villages of Los Pueblos Blancos (The White Villages). These historic Spanish villages occupy the scenic landscapes of Nicaragua's Central Valley and offer up a chance to combine picturesque charm with fascinating traditional artisan workshops. A visit to the famous rebel barrio of Monimbó after lunch is then followed by a tour around the active rim of the Masaya Volcano, before returning to Granada later this afternoon.

Plaza Colon
Breakfast

DAY 14: GRANADA - DEPART MANAGUA

DAY 14: GRANADA - DEPART MANAGUA

You will take a private transfer back to the airport in Managua for your international flight back home.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

NICARAGUA IN STYLE (14 DAYS) A$6,812

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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