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All of Nicaragua in 6 days

This trip is a rather quick look at Nicaragua in just 6 days - getting a taste of the highlights of this very diverse country. As it is only a brief look considerable amount of time is spent in travelling and there is little rest time - but if 6 days is the time you have available - then go for it!


Day 1 – Managua - Leon
You will be met at the Managua International Airport and transferred in your vehicle to the colonial city of Leon. En route, (or even before landing) you will notice the volcanoes in Lake Managua – and indeed, the volcano dominates the horizon for your entire stay in Nicaragua. Leon is a thriving cultural centre, with great churches and also a hip and happening university scene. On Day 1 you will have an opportunity to visit Leon’s cathedral and soak up the atmosphere – for those energetic souls, you can also take a trip to Cerro Negro, though you may return after dark.
Accommodation: Leon Hotel


Day 2 – Leon – Granada 
After breakfast we will take our private transport south, returning towards Managua. En route we will stop at the ruins of Old Leon (Leon Viejo) which was destroyed by eruptions of the Volcano Momotombo around 1610, and resulted in the city of Leon moving to its current currently location. We will continue from here to Masaya. In Masaya we will visit the active Volcano, Masaya, as well as the famous markets where no doubt the beautiful work of Nicaragua’s artisans will inspire you to make some purchases. From Masaya we will make the short trip into Granada

Day 3– Granada
From the moment you wake in Granada, to the sound of horses hooves on cobblestone streets, you will be enchanted by this famous city

In Granada there are a wealth of things to do and see and we offer clients a range of options:
1. City tour with horse drawn carriage
2. Ziplining and hike to the Mombacho Volcano
3. A visit to Laguna Apoyo (you can stay overnight here if you wish)
4. A tour of Las Isletas (including the opportunity to stay overnight on the ecotourism island El Roble)
5. A day tour of the Pueblos blancos (white towns) including Catarina.


Day 4 – Granada – Ometepe Island

You can chose to utilize more of the tours described above or just take some time out to enjoy the atmosphere. In the afternoon, we will take our private  taxi to be transferred to Rivas and then San Jorge to take the ferry across to Ometepe. You will be met at the ferry terminal and driven to Playa Santo Domingo, the whitest beach on the island and located on the isthmus between the two volcanoes.

In the afternoon you have the option of visiting the chrystal clear Ojo del Agua, taking a gentle walk or cycle ride around the island or relaxing on the beach.

Accomodation: Playa Santo Domingo


Day 5 – Ometepe Island – San Juan del Sur

Early in the morning you will be collected by your private taxi to be transferred to the ferry to Rivas and then onto San Juan del Sur, arriving around 3 hours after departure.

You will check into your beachside hotel and have the rest of the day free to enjoy the beaches and surf town ambience of San Juan del Sur.

In the evening, sample some great seafood from any one of San Juan del Sur’s many restaurants or hit the dance floor at one of the local clubs.


Accomodation: Hotel San Juan del Sur

Day 6 – San Juan del Sur – Managua

In the morning you will be able to either visit Maderas beach or simply relax at your hotel.  After lunch you will return in your private car to either Granada or Managua. (depending on your preference.)  We can organize a hotel for you and/or your transfers to the Managua International airport.

Granada streets


Itinerary notes

  • Indicative Prices:
    "Standard tour" good hotels in 2-3 star category (on a twin share basis) $525
    "Deluxe tour" luxurious hotels in 3-4 star category (on a twin share basis) $675
  • Please contact us directly reservas@explore-central-america.com to discuss your travel needs and interests and we can provide you with an accurate quote. Don't forget to mention style of hotel (in stars), fitness level and length of holiday in your email!


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