Essence of Nicaragua

From the colonial streets of Granada and Len to the beauty of San Juan del Sur's horseshoe bay, discover the best of Nicaragua on this unique 12-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 the 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: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 126353
  • Starts: Granada, Nicaragua
  • Finishes: Granada, Nicaragua
You will Visit
  • Granada



Day 1: Granada

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Additional Notes:
Granada is approx. one hour from the Managua International Airport.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk


Day 4: Granada/León

Travel to León with an orientation walk around town. Opt to visit Central America's largest cathedral or explore León's history-filled streets.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 140km)


Day 5: León

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


Day 6: León/Isla de Ometepe (1D)

Cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to arrive at Ometepe Island. The group will be split up amongst different families in the small community.

Try hiking Maderas Volcano, float in clear springs, relax and swim at the beach.

Included Activities:
Pueblo Hotel Community Guesthouse Stay

Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 200km)
Ferry (1.00-1.50 hours, 10km)
Private Vehicle (0.25-0.50 hours, 6km)


Day 7: Isla de Ometepe (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Pueblo Hotel Community Guesthouse Stay


Day 8: Isla de Ometepe/San Juan del Sur (1B)

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.

Private Vehicle (0.25-0.50 hours, 6km)
Ferry (1.00-1.50 hours, 10km)
Local bus (0.33 hour(s), 5km)
Local bus (1.00-1.25 hours, 30km)


Day 9: San Juan del Sur

Use your free time wisely. Opt to surf the Pacific, go swimming or fishing, or check out the views from above on a zipline canopy tour.


Day 11: San Juan del Sur/Granada

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

Travel back to Granada, switching buses in Rivas.
Local bus (3.00 hour(s), 80km)


Day 12: Granada

Depart at any time.

    • León orientation walk including entrance to cathedral rooftop
    • G Adventures-supported community guesthouse stay on Ometepe Island
    • Beach time in San Juan del Sur
    • Free time in León and Ometepe
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (8 nts), community guesthouse (2 nts, possible shared facilities)
    • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    • Public bus, private vehicle, boat, ferry
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
Why book with us?

Trusted by travellers since 1979

We guarantee to beat any price

Low deposits, Book now. Pay later.

24/7/365 Help on the road

Tour Highlights:
  • Explore colonial Granada
  • Seek out the revolutionary murals in Len
  • Relax on the beach at San Juan del Sur
  • Connect with your hosts in an Ometepe community guesthouse stay.