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8 Days
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Let this misunderstood dark horse of Central America enchant you with spectacular volcanic scenery and authentic cultural flavours.


Explore one of Central America’s safest and most beautiful countries on this 8 day trip from Granada to León.

Nicaragua and possibly Central America’s oldest colonial city, Granada was founded in 1524 and bears the marks of a colourful past as the centre of many skirmishes over its ample timber, gold and silver supplies. These industries (though not the conflicts that troubled them) remain a key feature of Nicaragua today. Brimming with history, Granada’s streets are among the most pleasant to wander in the region.

Enjoy a city tour as well as a climb to see Masaya, the volcanic lake. At Lago de Nicaragua, a scenic boat ride takes you to some of the volcanic islands that punctuate the landscape. You’ll also take the Mombacho Volcano Nature Walk, a cloud forest walk in a national park that boasts over 800 species of plant.

Head to the Northern Highlands and the city of Matagalpa. Home to a thriving indigenous culture, it’s also a major centre for coffee, tobacco and cattle farming. Right nearby, you’ll visit Selva Negra for a sustainable farm and coffee tour.

Your final destination is beautiful León, a city that gives Granada a run for its money in the colonial charm stakes. You’ll visit the Sutiava neighbourhood for a taste of the indigenous culture of this region, and spend the rest of your day exploring the historic sights on a city tour. Finally, take a trip through Nicaragua’s famous rum culture before boarding a private motor boat for a ride through Juan Venado Nature reserve.

Return to León for your onward flight.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,035

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Day 1

Arrive Granada

Begin your tour in Granada. Located on the north west side of the Lago Cocibolca, Granada is the oldest colonial city in Nicaragua. It remains a center of commerce including timber, gold and siver.

Duration3 nights
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Hotel Colonial

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    Hotel Colonial


    Hotel Colonial is a boutique hotel located in the oldest Colonial City in the new world, Granada. The hotel has 37 comfortably equipped guest rooms every one featuring private bathrooms.

    Hotel Colonial is a boutique hotel located in the oldest Colonial City in the new world, Granada. The hotel has 37 comfortably equipped guest rooms every one featuring private bathrooms.

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Day 2

Masaya Volcano, Market, Colonial Granada and Islet Trip

Visit the volcano lake "Masaya" and climb to the summit and learn about the seismic history that form Nicaragua. After lunch, return to Granada for a city tour. Visit La Merced church, the house of the Zamora family, and the San Francisco convent. Continue to Lake Nicaragua for a relaxing boat ride around some of the islands formed by the impressive Mombacho volcano.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Crater Trail Tour

The Mombacho Volcano Nature Walk has some of the most beautiful cloud forest flora seen anywhere in Latin America with numerous flowers, bromeliads and orchids amongst its 800+ species of plant life.

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Day 4

Granada to Selva Negra

The city of Matagalpa is located 80 miles north of the city of Managua at an altitude of 2,234 ft / 680 mts, which makes its climate pleasant and cool. The people of Matagalpa have indigenous background, and their economy is based on agricultural production and coffee.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 nights
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Selva Negra Lodge

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    Selva Negra Lodge


    Selva Negra is a working coffee farm and eco lodge located in the Highlands of Northern Nicaragua. Protecting more than 247 acres of pre-montane rain and cloud forests, part of the 1,500 acre Cerro Arenal Natural Reserve Selva Negra maintains more than 12 miles of ...

    Selva Negra is a working coffee farm and eco lodge located in the Highlands of Northern Nicaragua. Protecting more than 247 acres of pre-montane rain and cloud forests, part of the 1,500 acre Cerro Arenal Natural Reserve Selva Negra maintains more than 12 miles of hiking trails through the reserve. Selva Negra offers a complete range of lodgings, from a chalet with more than 125 years of history to newly built hotel-style rooms. All of them blend into the landscape and offer panoramic views of the estate's natural setting.

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Day 5

Morning Hacienda Tour and PM Coffee

The Selva Negra sustainable farm tour is a must for any visitors to Nicaragua. Selva Negra is recognized for pioneering innovative and sustainable farming methods. After lunch, you head to a local coffee farm where you can assist with the picking, weighing and processing of the coffee bean.

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Day 6

Selva Negra to Colonial Leon

Before the Spanish conquerors decided to move the city of Leon to its current location, the indigenous Sutiava tribe was the most important group of this area. The Sutiava neighborhood in Leon still preserves an indigenous character, and there are still several historical sites that remind of the past which you visit on your included city tour.

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Duration2 nights
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Los Balcones de Leon

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    Los Balcones de Leon


    Los Balcones de Leon, a typical colonial house built in 1814, is a two-story architectural jewel colonial located in the heart of this metropolitan city. The hotel has 20 guest rooms decorated in a colonial style. The rooms feature balconies that have views of the ...

    Los Balcones de Leon, a typical colonial house built in 1814, is a two-story architectural jewel colonial located in the heart of this metropolitan city. The hotel has 20 guest rooms decorated in a colonial style. The rooms feature balconies that have views of the beauty of Leon.

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Day 7

Rum Tour and Juan Venado Reserve

Nicaragua produces some of the finest sugar cane in the world. Learn about how the sugar cane reached the Americas, the origin of the industry and the development of the now world famous rum culture. In the afternoon you board your private motor boat for an exciting 2 hours boat ride to Juan Venado Nature reserve.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Depart Leon

Your tour concludes today.

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