Upon arrival in Managua you will transfer directly to the lovely colonial city of Granada. Three days in Granada include a private city tour and daily excursions to Masaya Volcano, Lake Nicaragua, small local villages. Then transfer to the southern Pacific coast where you will spend three nights relaxing at the Aqua Wellness Resort in the quiet uncrowned Tola area on the Pacific coast. There are plenty of optional activities that can be arranged during your days at leisure at both places.
Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.
You will be met at the Managua Airport upon arrival and transferred to Granada.
Overnight at the Hotel Daria (or similar), daily breakfast included - 4 nights.
Granada is a historical city founded in 1524 by the Spanish conquistadors along the shores of the “Sweet Sea”. You will tour Central Park and its special atmosphere, colonial buildings, the old train station, old Spanish forts that defended attacks of English pirates, the port and more. This tour makes a perfect combination between architecture, culture and history. Optional horse carriage ride. Duration: 4 hours.
Transfer from your hotel to Lake Nicaragua where your captain will be meeting you. A boat ride in Lake Nicaragua will let you discover some of the 365 small islands ”Isletas”, created by an eruption of the nearby Mombacho Volcano a thousand years ago, according to many scientists. You can observe the local fauna (monkeys, migrating and non-migrating birds) as well as a lush vegetation and flora, and the isletas’s inhabitants named the “Isleños”, the community of about 2000 live in simple yet decent conditions from fishing, small agriculture and now tourism too. Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours.
The tour begins with a visit to Masaya National Park, Nicaragua’s first national park, created in 1979. Masaya Volcano is one of Nicaragua's most interesting and beautiful natural phenomena. It comprises an area of over 20 square miles with more than 12 miles of scenic roads and trails, leading to and around the impressive volcano and five formidable craters; one of them currently displays gaseous activity and incandescent lava in its interior. You can also visit the museum that offer interesting history and legends.
You will then visit the finest handicraft market in Masaya. In Masaya, visit the Monimbo neighborhood, where the best hammocks are manufactured by small local artisans. Continue to Catarina, a small and characteristic village where local inhabitants work in nurseries and make wood and bamboo handcraft. Located at 520 meters on top of an extinct volcano. The temperature varies from 72 to 77 F° and the lookout boasts magnificent view of the Apoyo Lagoon, Mombacho Volcano, Granada and Lake Nicaragua. Lunch will be served at a typical restaurant amidst nature, toucans and other birds.
After lunch in Catarina you will then transfer to the ancient highland villages of "La Meseta" to visits the Mesa artisan's workshops of San Juan de Oriente (artesanal ceramics) and Masatepe (wicker chairs). These towns have colonial period houses, churches and a hardworking native population.
Note: depending on schedule, this excursion can be included on transfers between Managua and Granada.
Mombacho Natural Cloudforest Reserve
You will be met at your hotel and transfer to the base of Mombacho Volcano, now extinct and covered by lush vegetation. From there a powerful truck will drive you all the way to the top of the volcano. From there, along with your guide, you will tour the Mombacho Natural Reserve and its tropical cloud forest, a paradise for nature lovers. Walking through the trail around one of the craters in the most surprising biological diversity, with incredible views to Granada, Lake Nicaragua and the Islands “Isletas” will make this journey magnificent. Duration: 4-5 hours.
You will be picked up at your Granada hotel and transferred to Aqua Wellness Resort, located on the Pacific coast about 7 miles from San Juan del Sur.
Aqua Wellness Resort is nestled on a private white sand beach along Nicaragua's Pacific coast, almost hidden amongst the treetops. Aqua’s facilities include a full-service spa with two treatment rooms (a single and double treatment room), one of Nicaragua’s finest organic restaurants, a beachside bar, hearth oven bakery, oceanside yoga platform, and the centerpiece of the resort, a beautiful white sandy beach with chairs, loungers, and water sports equipment for your enjoyment.
La Bromelia Restaurant serves a mix of American and “typico” Nicaraguan fare.The cuisine is focused on healthy local cuisine with contemporary style and flair.
The rooms at Aqua are part of elevated treetop villa houses. Each villa is just footsteps from the beach, yet designed with privacy in mind.
Day at leisure.
Transfer to the Managua Int'l Airport. Int'l Departure.
|Price from||$1,580.00 per person, based on double occupancy|
Based on double occupancy for 2 travelers, reduced prices for parties of 3 or more.
The guides we had and the places we saw and stayed were superlative.
- Bonnie K, Jun 2012