Essence of Nicaragua
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From the colonial streets of Granada and León to the beauty of San Juan del Sur's horseshoe bay, discover the best of Nicaragua on this unique 11-day adventure. Encounter a nature-lover's paradise on Ometepe Island and see both dormant and active volcanoes amidst this country's stunning wilderness. Emerging from a long and turbulent history, Nicaragua is set to become the next big thing. Discover it before others do and come away with a greater understanding of both the volatile past and a passion for this country's vibrant modern culture.

Latin America
  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CNEN/126353
  • Starts: Granada, Nicaragua
  • Finishes: Granada, Nicaragua
You will Visit
  • Granada
  • León
  • Isla de Ometepe
  • San Juan del Sur



Day 1: Granada

Arrive at any time.


Day 2: Granada

Start with an orientation walk before free time to kayak through the nearby isletas in Lake Nicaragua, hike Mombacho Volcano, or sit in the main square watching life go by.


Day 3: Granada/León

Enjoy a morning exploring Masaya Volcano National Park before a stop to see locally produced goods at the Masaya craft market. Continue to colonial León, and get the lay of the land on an orientation walk including a visit to the rooftop of Central America's largest cathedral for sweeping views of the city.


Day 4: León

Take a free day to explore. Relax on nearby beaches or admire the many political murals around town.


Day 5: León/Isla de Ometepe

Travel by bus and ferry to the stunning island of Ometepe in the middle of Lake Nicaragua.
Cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to arrive at Ometepe Island. The group will be split up amongst different families in the small community.


Day 6: Isla de Ometepe

Enjoy free time to explore Ometepe. Opt to climb Volcano Concepción or Volcano Maderas, take a cultural tour, visit the beach at Santo Domingo, or visit el Ojo de Agua for a refreshing swim and lunch. You can also view pre-Columbian petroglyphs or the small museum of indigenous artifacts in Altagracia.


Day 7: Isla de Ometepe/San Juan del Sur

Travel to San Juan del Sur and get ready to experience this beach paradise.
After taking the ferry back across Lake Nicaragua to the mainland, catch a bus to low-key San Juan del Sur for some serious relaxation by the sea.


Day 8: San Juan del Sur

Enjoy free time in this beachside town. Opt to surf the Pacific, go swimming or fishing, or check out the views from above on a zipline canopy tour.


Day 9: San Juan del Sur

Enjoy free time in this beachside town. Opt to surf the Pacific, go swimming or fishing, or check out the views from above on a zipline canopy tour.


Day 10: San Juan del Sur/Granada

Travel back to Granada and spend a final evening with the group.


Day 11: Granada

Depart at any time.

    • Masaya Volcano National Park visit
    • Masaya market visit
    • León orientation walk including entrance to cathedral rooftop
    • Beach time in San Juan del Sur
    • Free time in León and Ometepe
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (10 nts)
    • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    • Public bus, private vehicle, boat, ferry
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore colonial Granada
  • Seek out the revolutionary murals in León
  • Relax on the beach at San Juan del Sur
  • Admire the stunning volcanoes on Ometepe Island