Discovering Nicaragua

12 Day Family Vacation Package through Nicaragua

Activities: Culture/Sightseeing, Enjoy Beaches, Touring Cities
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12 days & 11 nights
Managua Nicaragua, International Airport
Managua Nicaragua, International Airport

Nicaragua Travel Package

Overview

This 12 day  Nicaragua travel package is perfect for family or friends. During this guided tour, you will visit interest points like León, Granada (Nicaragua’s oldest city), San Juan del Sur and Ometepe, a large island in the middle of a freshwater lake. The natural beauty of Nicaragua is one of the world’s best kept secrets. The country has a large untouched jungle with a variety of rich flora and fauna. This beautiful country is also home to the two largest forest reserves in Central America.

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Highlights of this Nicaragua Travel Package

  1. Tour ruins of León Viejo
  2. City tour of Leon
  3. Volcano Boarding in Cerro Negro
  4. White Indigenous Towns
  5. City tour of Granada
  6. Volcano Masaya
  7. Kayak Tour in Lake Nicaragua
  8. Tour of Natural Park Ojo de Agua
  9. Hike to the Volcano and Lagoon Maderas
  10. Lagoon of Charco Verde

Nicaragua Travel Package

12 Days & 11 Nights
1. Nicaragua arrival
2. Old Leon Ruins
3. Leon City Tour
4. Volcano and towns
5. Granada
6. Little islands.
7. San Juan del Sur
8. Sand black beach
9. Ometepe Island
10. Volcano Maderas
11. Charco Verde
12. Departure
International airport of Managua.

This Nicaragua travel package starts with a transfer to your hotel in Managua upon your arrival to the international airport.

Aerial panorama of the colonial city of Granada. Nicaragua. Travel to Nicaragua.
Aerial panorama of the colonial city of Granada. Nicaragua.
Explore the ruins of “Old Leon”

Today you will visit the second oldest city of Nicaragua, León. The ruins of  Old León have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It used to be the original location of León; today there is nothing but ruins.

Colonial architecture in the colonial city of Leon. Nicaragua. Tours to Nicaragua.
Colonial architecture in the colonial city of Leon. Nicaragua.

At León Viejo you can see the foundations of the houses, as well as some partially restored significant buildings like the church. Get a great view of Lake Managua, the Momotombo Volcano and the other volcanoes surrounding the city. After the tour, you will go to the city of León.

Colonial City of Leon.

León is the second largest city in Nicaragua. It is home to many historic Spanish colonial homes and churches. León is considered to be the intellectual center of the country.

Your guide will show you many beautiful locations including the cathedral, the murals of the revolution, Museum Ruben Dario and Gallery Ortiz-Gurdian.

Church roof top in the beautiful colonial city of Leon, Nicaragua. Cultural tours in Central America.
Colonial architecture in the city of Leon, Nicaragua

The collection of the gallery includes work from European masters (Picasso, Chagall) and a stunning assembly of Latin American art. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to rest and relax.

Volcano boarding in Cerro Negro and visit the White indigenous towns.

Hike the youngest volcano in Central America and most active in Nicaragua. Hike up the rocky side and down the sandy side. Visit the 2 active craters, feel the heat, smell the gases and enjoy the views.

In the afternoon, you will be exploring the White Indigenous Towns of Catarina, San Juan de Oriente and Diria. These small communities got their name because many of the buildings and streets were once constructed with a combination of volcanic rock, water and limestone that gave them a chalky-white color.

Aerial view of the Cathedral in Leon, Nicaragua. Nicaragua Cultural Tours.
Church in Leon, Nicaragua.

Each village has its own special characteristic and with an average elevation of 1,600 feet, the views of the surroundings are spectacular. In San Juan del Oriente, you will see a pottery making demonstration. This is a good place to buy some unique and inexpensive Nicaraguan pottery.

Afterwards, you will stop at the city of the Flowers Masaya where you will visit the marketplace. Here you can buy local handicrafts, such as paintings. At the end of the day, you will arrive at Granada.

City tour of Granada, and tour to the active Volcano Masaya.

Today you will visit the first National Park of Nicaragua, the shallow shield Masaya Volcano. This is the only volcano in the western hemisphere where you are able to drive to the rim.

You will find an underground tunnel in this park, which was formed by lava flows. You may be able to find bats and look inside to observe the glowing lava in the dark crater mouth of the volcano.

Church in Granada, Nicaragua. Nicaragua Travel.
Colonial architecture in Granada, Nicaragua.

Granada will surround you with unique colonial architecture. The city of Granada is known for its rich history, dating back to the Spanish conquistadors. Interesting places to visit are the churches: San Francisco, La Merced, Xalteva and the neoclassical cathedral.

You will experience a city tour by a horse-drawn carriage. Pass by old colonial houses and visit an ancient fortress and a cemetery in colonial style with tombs of more than 400 years old.

Granada small islands, and kayak tour. 

During this day of your Nicaragua tour package, you will have a kayak tour in Lake Nicaragua to observe the Granada little islands.

The natural beauty of the islands is spectacular, and history buffs will enjoy the Fort of San Pablo, a Spanish fort that was largely unsuccessful in preventing pirate attacks on Granada.

Cathedra in Granada with the Managua Lake in the background, Nicaragua. Nicaragua Travel
Granada Cathedral and city panorama. Granada, Nicaragua.

The islands are located in an exotic tropical archipelago of 365 tiny volcanic islands. Enjoy a quiet wilderness experience with the sound of birdsong overhead, as you cut silently through the glassy water.

Pacific beach of San Juan del Sur.

Next, you will head to the surfing town of Nicaragua, San Juan del Sur. The long waterfront is lined with seafood restaurants and beach side decks looking over the sailboats and fishing boats that are in the majestic bay.

A group of fishing boats sits in the harbor on Big Corn Island, Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea. Nicaragua Travel.
A group of fishing boats sits in the harbor on Big Corn Island, Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea.

San Juan del Sur has emerged as a popular spot for the adventurous traveler and the retiree alike.

Surrounded by beaches, like Maderas, Yankee, Tamarindo and Remanso, San Juan del Sur proves to be perfectly located as the social hub of your traveling surf trip or if you just want to relax and rest.

San Juan del Sur, a black sand beach. 

You have a free day today. These are some of the optional activities you will be able to do:

  1. Zip line through the jungle or hop on a quad.
  2. Hike to the top of the hill and look over the turquoise bay at sunrise.
  3. Charter a boat for fishing.
  4. Go to the two world class Nicaragua surf breaks up north
  5. Have a cup of local Nicaraguan coffee and stroll through the market.
Beautiful island of Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Trips to Nicaragua.
Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. Managua, Nicaragua.

Then, finish your day with a mojito on your deck as the sun sinks into the great Pacific. The adventure is waiting for you.

The biggest island on a Lake in the world, Ometepe. 

You will depart to Ometepe Island today. Ometepe is considered the largest island in the world found within a freshwater lake.

The island is a 276-square-kilometer jewel in the great lake of Nicaragua. It houses two majestic volcanoes connected through a small strip of land.

Dock in the biggest island on a lake in the world. Ometepe, Nicaragua.
Ometepe Island in Nicaragua.

Local and international travelers admire Ometepe for its nature, hospitality, beautiful landscapes, the two volcanoes, a rich archaeological background, relaxing beaches and its numerous natural reserves and forests that enjoy a high biodiversity.

The island is currently inhabited by friendly people who love their territory, dedicated to fishing and high quality agricultural production; made possible by the fertile soil.

Clear water with medicinal properties.

Visit the natural park Ojo de Agua. This is a natural spring of crystalline waters. Ojo de Agua is a river of clear water with medicinal properties that rejuvenate your skin.

Rustic facilities have been built on this farm, including pools, thatch-roof huts and hiking trails. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the healthy Ojo de Agua. This freshwater source feeds two large swimming pools set into old growth forest.

Hike to Volcano and Lagoon Maderas. 

Today we offer you the optional hike to the Volcano and Lagoon Maderas. The truncated cone of Maderas is covered in thick cloud forest. On its summit, a crater lagoon was formed where you can swim in a serene setting.

Amazing Volcano landscape in Nicaragua. Hike to volcanoes in Nicaragua.
Amazing Volcano landscape in Nicaragua.

Because of its ecological and archaeological importance most of the Maderas side of the island has been designated a nature reserve. The cloud forest shelters a diverse floral and fauna life, including howler and Capuchin monkeys, many birds, butterflies, amazing orchids and ferns.

The Lagoon of Charco Verde and Santo Domingo beach. 

You will have a moderate hike in the lagoon of Charco Verde today, and afterwards you can relax at the Santo Domingo Beach.

Lagoon of Charco Verde.

The Lagoon of Charco Verde owes its name to its green water, which is due to the plentiful vegetation on the shore.

This ecological reserve covers 20 hectares of tropical dry forest and is home to many species of animals, as well as local and migratory birds.

Airport in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Travel to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.
Ometepe Island airport and volcano. Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.

Within the reserve, you will find the mystical lagoon of Charco Verde with its emerald green waters.

Today it’s a tranquil spot in an unspoiled area of old woodland, where you can quietly observe the beautiful fauna.

Beach of Santo Domingo.

Beach of Santo Domingo is a 4 kilometer long stretch of gray sand. The water of the lake is always choppy but nicely warm and shallow making it safe for bathing and swimming.

You can relax in the constant onshore breeze with view to the jungle covered Maderas volcano, watch egrets preying on small fish, or take a walk to the north along the beach, framed by dry forest vegetation.

In the afternoon, you will be taken back to Granada.

Managua, International airport. 

Unfortunately your journey ends today. Our Nicaragua Travel Package ends today with a private transfer to the International airport of Nicaragua. 

But if you’re not ready to go home just yet, why not extend your Nicaragua tour package! A popular multi-country tour is Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. 

Granada Cathedral and colorful city panorama. Granada, Nicaragua. Nicaragua Tours
Granada Cathedral and colorful city panorama. Granada, Nicaragua.

From $1,500 (per person)

Expenses Included
  • 11 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Guides and driversDrivers plus local on-site professional guides
  • All transportationDoor to door private transportation service
  • Entrance feesFor the tours listed
  • FoodDaily breakfast
  • *Not included: International flights, personal, travel and cancellation insurance, and any other expenses than indicated