10 Days Southwest Nicaragua

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The 10 days, South-west Nicaragua tour is an adventure packed, 5 star tour of some of Nicaragua’s most popular tourist destinations: Laguna de Apoyo, Ometepe Island, San Juan del Sur, Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve, Masaya Volcano National Park, the colonial city of Granadaand more. Activities include kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, boating, biking, swimming, surfing, hanging out on white sandy beaches and more.

Other than airfare*, souvenirs, personal toiletries, or off itinerary activities, group members need not spend a penny over the price of the tour package. Included in the package price is inland transportation, accommodations, all admission fees and activities costs, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunches and dinners include wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverages. Bottled water and beverages are provided during the day and during evening activities as well.

Online booking of a tour requires only a US$100 non-refundable deposit. The package price of US$1998.00 (based on double occupancy) is due 10 days before departure. Please note, single travellers have a choice of sharing double accommodations and paying the regular tour package price, or paying an additional US$898.00 (total of US$2896.00) if single accommodations are preferred.

book now button smallExperience Nica Tours groups are between 6 and 14 people, no more, no less. The minimum of 6 people is set to make the group tour economically feasible. The maximum of 14 persons keeps the group small enough for the bilingual guide to easily attend to the needs of every member of the group. Experience Nica Tours has two distinct goals… to have a group of strangers meet and become friends, and for those friends to have the most interesting, fun filled, exciting ten days of their lives.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival at Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport and transportation to a 4 star resort on Laguna de Apoyo. The group will be staying the night at Casa Aromansse.

Laguna de Apoyo, NicaraguaIt’s under an hour’s drive from the airport to Laguna de Apoyo. Because group members will be arriving on different flights, a muster point is required. Being the first day in a tropical paradise, the occasion calls for something special. There is nowhere better to rest, meet fellow group members and acclimatize to the tropics than on the shores of a pristine, crater lake. Howler monkeys and tropical birds are usually happy to provide a boisterous welcoming to their world.

Casa Aromansse has direct access to the crater lake, which is fed by thermal springs that keep the water warm, clean and crystal clear. It’s also rumored that the waters of Laguna de Apoyo have medicinal properties.

Early arrivals will be served lunch and/or dinner in the hotel cafe. The hotel specializes in vegetarian dishes, but meat dishes are available upon request. For late arrivals, grabbing a bite to eat at the airport is recommended. The airport pickup driver will stop somewhere en route to get something to eat if the group member(s) wish, but there is no guarantee that after 10:00 anything will be open.

Day 2. The morning of the second day will be spent at Laguna de Apoyo. This will give everyone a chance to have a leisurely breakfast and then go for a swim in the crystal clear, warm waters of the lake or go kayaking.  At check out time the group will depart and drive to Catarina. After some sightseeing we’ll have lunch at one of the restaurant on the rim of the crater. Once lunch is finished we’ll be heading for the ferry boat port at San Jorge, where we’ll board a ferry bound for Ometepe Island.

The drive to  San Jorge is a little over an hour. The ferry ride to the island is approximately an hour and fifteen minutes, after which we’ll be landing at Moyogalpa, the largest city on the island. From the port, the group will be shuttled around the island to an eco-lodge where we will be spending the night. It is expected that we will be checking into Xalli Ometepe Beach Hotel sometime around 4:00 in the afternoon.

The group will have dinner at the resort, after which guests can relax and rest up in preparation for the following day. For anyone wanting to participate, evening beverages will be served in the bar.

Day 3. We’ll be starting our day on Isla de Ometepe with breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast the group will go for a horseback riding.

The afternoon of the third day will find the group at Ojo de Agua (Eye of the Water) where everyone is welcome to have a swim in the crystal clear waters of the two spring fed ponds. We’ll be having lunch between noon and 1:00pm at the restaurant there. We’ll be back at Xalli Ometepe Beach Hotel before dusk, where we’ll be having dinner and a relaxing evening on the beach in front of the hotel.

Day 4. A leisurely breakfast at the hotel, after which group members have a swim or just relax by the lakeshore until check out time. The group will catch one of the afternoon ferries back to the mainland, then drive to  La Posada Azul (The Blue Inn), a hotel not far from the beach in San Juan del Sur. We’ll be there in plenty of time to catch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean while we enjoy dinner at one of the ocean front restaurants.

Day 5. This will be a day like no other. First off, the group will be going on a short horseback ride to enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside around San Juan del Sur.

Towards lunchtime the group will go surfing at one of the popular surfing beaches near San Juan del Sur where we’ll also have lunch. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to surf. Novices will be introduced to the sport by a local surfing instructor. Surf boards are provided.

After returning to San Juan del Sur the group will hike up to the Christ of the Mercy. We’ll be driven to the base of the hill upon which the statue sits and hike up to the statue itself. The way is paved, so it is not a very challenging hike. More like a walk up a steep roadway. The purpose of this little hike is enjoy one of the best views of San Juan del Sur imaginable and to enjoy the beauty of a Pacific coast sunset.

Dinner will be in San Juan del Surat aother of the popular restaurant/bars on the beach.

Day 6.  After breakfast, but before checkout, the group is welcome to hang out on the beach. We’ll be departing for the colonial city of Granada after checkout. The drive to Granada takes an hour and 30 minutes.

Granada central park and plazaAccommodations in Granada will be in the colonial style Hotel Casa San Francisco, a 4 star boutique hotel in the center of the city. Once checked into the hotel, the group will go for a short walk through the historical city center, Central Park,  and the plaza where the famous Granada Cathedral is located. From the cathedral, the group will walk back towards Hotel Casa San Francisco to one of Granada’s most well known restaurants for dinner. Group members have a choice of juices, soft drinks, beer or wine with dinner.

An after dinner stroll along Calle la Calzada, Granada’s touristic and nightlife zone is a must for anyone visiting the city. It is said, “Everyone vacationing in Nicaragua visits Granada, and anyone who visits Granada will find their way to the Calzada.” Maybe not everyone who visits Nicaragua turns up in Granada, but for sure anyone visiting the city ends up spending time on the Calzada. The street is a collection of restaurants, bars, cafes, ice cream shop and street merchants selling souvenirs, jewelry, hats, clothing, paintings, handcrafts and so on.

Once we’ve had a walk about, the group will find an interesting place to sit and enjoy a beverage or two. Time spent on the Calzada is generally a combination of socializing, partying, people watching and enjoying shows put on by street performers. It’s the perfect way to wind down before calling it a night.

Individual group members can return to the hotel whenever they wish. Even though Hotel Casa San Francisco is only 3 blocks from Calle la Calzada, the guide will accompany them and then return to the group.

Day 7. Breakfast will be eaten at the hotel. Once breakfast is over the group will head to Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve where we’ll hike up the volcano. The trail the group with take is  El Cráter Traila medium difficulty hike of about an hour and thirty minutes.  This hike is along the crater rim, which is the view most visitors to the volcano wish to see.

Once the group is down from Mombacho volcano we’ll be giving our legs a rest by going up into the trees for a canopy tour. Known as zip lining, we’ll be gearing up with what is very similar to climbing equipment and soaring through the jungle along cables strung between giant tropical trees.

Once we depart Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve everyone is going to be in need of a rest so it will be back to the hotel to freshen up, have a siesta or just relax until dinner time. Dinner will be eaten at another of Granada’s popular eateries.

Day 8. After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, the group will go back to the Calzada to meet a shuttle bus that will take us to the marina. There the group will board a party boat for a tour of some of Lake Nicaragua’s 365 islets. The boat will anchor where the lake water is spring fed and therefore clean, and everyone can have a swim. A simple lunch will be eaten onboard the boat, which also serves beverages with and without alcohol.

The Experience Nica Tours group will be dropped off inon the Calle la Calzada in Granada around 3:00pm. We’ll walk the three blocks back to the hotel where everyone can freshen up and relax until dinner. Dinner will be eaten at another of the city’s popular dinning spots, most probably on the Calzada once again.

10 Day Southwest Nicaragua TourDay 9. Breakfast will be at the hotel. After breakfast the group will take carriage ride through the historic part of Granada. After the tour we’ll return to the hotel, check out and leave for our next destination, Masaya.

In Masaya the group will first visit the Masaya Crafts Market, also known as Mercardo de Artesanias. In the market merchants sell pottery, woodcarvings, clothing, cigars, hammocks and pretty much everything a visiting tourist may want to take home as a gift or souvenirs. We’ll also pay a visit to Gitarras Zepeda, the guitar and ukulele shop.

If the volcano in Masaya Volcano National Park is behaving itself the authorities will let people visit the viewing area to have a close up look at this active volcano. Of course we’ll take advantage of the opportunity before heading to Managua. However, if there’s too much seismic activity access to the crater will be restricted. If this is the case we’ll head out early.

The group will arrive in Managua, check into the hotel, freshen up and then head to one of the city’s many fine restaurants for dinner and to check out the national capital’s night life.

Day 10. Managua is chosen as the final stop of the tour to accommodate group members who have early flights. For convenience, the group will stay at one of the airport hotels. Breakfast will be eaten at the hotel, and afterwards group members with later flights will go on a city tour.

* Airfare is not be included in the price of our tours, but we will arrange flights upon request.

Please Note… Anyone considering joining one of our adventure tour must be reasonably fit and have no mobility challenges.

Anyone with allergies, but who is otherwise healthy, is welcome to join any of our adventure tours. However, it is required that we’re made aware of what allergy or allergies you have, and what medication(s) are being taken, if any. We can then have our local doctor assure an emergency supply of medication is on hand should it be needed.