Central America’s Hidden Gem – Nicaragua

Day 1Arrival in Nicaragua – Jet down to Managua and meet your guide
who will take you to the Colonial city of León.  (D)

Day 2 – León
After breakfast we will begin with the visit of the old Cathedral “La Asuncion”, considered the largest in Central America and sheltering the remains of Nicaragua’s greatest poet “Ruben Dario”. We will also ascend to the roof of the temple to enjoy spectacular views of the city and surroundings. Then we will visit the revolutionary museum.  As we walk through the city we still can see some of the old revolutionaries murals painted during the civil war.  We will have the opportunity of visit “Las Tias” project where you will meet children that were working at the streets and with this project they are receiving technical, sewing, styling, woodwork and leather goods, as well as dance and painting workshops as a way to change the critical situation their family live.  Afterwards we will drive to the Pacific coast to have a nice lunch. Following we will embark for enjoying a boat tour into the Reserve of Juan Venado, famous for its mangroves and wildlife.  At Las Peñitas, on the way back to the cultural town Leon,
we will admire a beautiful sunset (if weather permits). (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Leon – Managua – San Juan del Sur
This morning we will travel 25 kilometers east from Leon driving past rural sceneries areas. Then we will reach to the base of “Cerro Negro”, regarded as the youngest volcano in Central America, formed in 1850. This fascinating hiking trail will take us to the summit of this “black hill” and enjoy impressive view over the “Maribios volcanic chain. If you want to experience the adrenaline you can descend running or sliding with your sand boards from the top of the volcano. Return to Leon, after lunch  we will continue our journey driving to the beach town of San Juan del Sur.  On the way we
will make a stop to visit the capital city of Nicaragua, visiting the most
important places of interest, like the “Loma de Tiscapa”, a small
volcanic hill where Somoza’s presidential house was strategically situated.  Today Sandino’s black metal silhouette rules over the hill and you can enjoy excellent views on old and new Managua from here.  Afterwards transfer to San Juan del Sur. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – San Juan del Sur
After breakfast, your instructor will pick you up at a definitive time and take you to the beach, your entire morning will be dedicated to the surf lessons.  You will have the choice to stay on the beach practicing or enjoying of the waves if you already have experience in surfing.  We will have lunch in one of the restaurants located in the Malecon in front of the beach.  In the afternoon we will visit a farm where you will have the opportunity to ride horses and learn about the daily life of the local community.  Late Afternoon return to your hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 5 -  San Juan del Sur – Ometepe Island
After Breakfast, we will drive to San Jorge Port to take the ferry that will take us to Ometepe Island.
After one hour on board we will get this unique place.  Here we will visit  “El Ceibo”  Museum for you to learn about the Pre-Columbian history of our country.  Afterwards we will drive to the legendary “Charco Verde”, known for its dark green lake, lush surrounding vegetation, birdlife and howler monkeys.  At midday we will drive to Playa Santo Domingo here you will have lunch and at the same time you will have the option to swim and relax after this active journey. Late Afternoon return to your hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 6 -  Hiking Volcano Maderas
After breakfast we will enjoy a half-day hike to the Maderas countryside at Finca El Porvenir with observation of the Pre – Columbian stones, testimony of the intense Indian activities on Ometepe,  here you will have lunch.  The afternoon will be free at your disposal for you to explore the island by your own. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Moyogalpa – “La Granadilla” Mombacho comunity – Granada
After breakfast we will drive to the island’s main town and return to the mainland. Our driver will be waiting for us to take us to the colonial city of Granada, on the way we will make a stop in rural community “La Granadilla” located in the foot of the Mombacho Volcano, we will learn about the production of yucca, corn and other vegetables while walking down the “Los Chilamates” trail, an excellent opportunity to learn about the way of living of the locals. Lunch and afterwards transfer to the Granada. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Granada
In the morning we will depart for an interesting biking tour around the
city, you will visit interesting projects “Café de las Sonrisas” which is the first coffee shop in America and fourth in the world run entirely by deaf people, on the other hand, “Carita Feliz” is a center that includes education, work, health and many other programs to children of deprived families.  After Lunch we will transfer to Lake Nicaragua, the second largest freshwater lake in Latin America, and have the great opportunity to admire the lush vegetation and the very active bird life of “Las Isletas”, an archipelago of 365 small volcanic islands.  Here the nature lover will truly enjoy some of the resident and migratory birds such as great egrets, green back herons, northern jacanas, purple gallinules, ringed kingfishers, ospreys, and other unique birds from this area.   At the same time the adventurer will learn about the daily life and habits of the fishermen of the area. Late afternoon return to Granada. (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Masaya Market – Masaya Volcano National Park – Managua
After breakfast at your hotel, we will transfer to Managua for our international flight. Time permitting on the way we will make a stop at the Masaya Traditional Market, for you to have the opportunity if you desire to buy some Nicaraguan souvenir to bring home. The we will visit, the Masaya Volcano National Park to observe the impressive Santiago crater fumes while learning about volcanic activity in Central America. Then direct transfer to the International Airport in Managua for you to take your flight back home. Welcome Home!! (B)

 

Starting price
10 – 15 students + 1 chaperone: $ 1 340 / student
16 – 20 students + 1 chaperone: $ 1 270 / student
21 – 25 students + 1 chaperone: $ 1 190 / student
(Price depends on the time travelling e.g. Christmas and New Years period are peak season)

Price includes:
All the transfers mentioned in the program with van, boat or a local tuc tuc, accommodation in an economic hotel, all the meals as mentioned in the program (B, L, D), all the activities mentioned in the program with entrance fees, a Students Journey guide

Price does not include:
International flights, beverages and meals not specified, phone calls and personal expenses, travel insurance, tourist Card entering Nicaragua (at this time US$ 10.00 / Pers.), all other services stated as optional or not explicitly stated as included.


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