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NICARAGUA EXPLORER

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Colonial Granada
Ometepe Island
Cultural Leon
Capital City Managua

8 Days


Locally Hosted Independent Tour

Suggested Departure Day:
Saturday

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ITINERARY (Subject to change without notice):

Day 1 - Saturday – USA - Managua - Granada:  Upon arrival in Managua, you will be met by your local host and travel to the charming colonial city of Granada on Lake Nicaragua, a drive of approximately one hour. Settle in at your hotel, Plaza Colon, for a two night stay.

Day 2 - Sunday – Granada:  Today’s full day excursion begins with a visit to Masaya, the first national park in the country, established in 1979. Visit the Environmental Center and drive up to the volcano and walk the few steps to see the Santiago crater, active since 1946. Continue on to the nearby Masaya arts and crafts market for local ceramics, hammocks, wood and leather souvenirs. After lunch, enjoy a tour of Granada, founded in 1524. Today the city retains its colonial charm by maintaining its architecture from the Spanish period and is in the process of being cited as a UNESCO “Heritage of Mankind.” Highlights include La Merced Church, the quaint Main Plaza and San Francisco Convent. End the day’s explorations with a relaxing boat trip on Lake Nicaragua. (B/L)

Day 3 – Monday – Granada - Ometepe: Morning transfer to the San Jorge port for ferry crossing to the port of Moyogalpa, Ometepe Island. Meeting on arrival and transfer to the Totoco Lodge for a two night stay. This afternoon is at leisure. (B)  

Day 4 – Tuesday – Ometepe: Morning tour of Ometepe Island known for its beautiful landscapes, two volcanoes, a rich archeological background, relaxing beaches and its numerous natural reserves and forests. Visit the Numismatic & Pre-Columbine Museum , the natural reserve Charco Verde and the Ojo de Agua crystalline spring waters. Also visit the city of Altagracia, the second largest village on Ometepe Island. Afternoon at leisure to explore on your own. (B)

Day 5 – Wednesday – Ometepe - Leon: Morning transfer to the Moyogalpa port for the ferry crossing to the port of San Jorge. From here your local host will transfer you to Leon, the “cultural” heart of the country. Visit en route, the ruins of Leon Viejo (Old Leon). Established in 1524, Leon was one of the most important cities of the region and the first capital of Nicaragua. Leon was built close to the Momotombo volcano, which erupted in 1610, causing the inhabitants to quickly leave the city.  A new Leon was built some 30 kilometers to the west, where it still is today. Leon Viejo was never actually destroyed by the volcano and preserved beneath the surface. Here you can see the foundations of the houses and partly restored important buildings like the church. The ruins of Leon Viejo have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000. Continue on to your hotel, El Convento Hotel, for a two night stay. (B)

Day 6 – Thursday – Leon: Today’s adventure begins early with a hiking tour at Cerro Negro Volcano. Climbing the Cerro Negro Volcano is an impressive experience. This active volcano (726 meters in altitude) is totally covered with black sand and rocks. Standing on top of this volcano you will have an unforgettable view over the volcanic chain “Los Maribios”. The loose volcanic material will give you the opportunity to descend in a ski-like manner. Return to the city for lunch and then visit the highlights of Leon. See the main churches and the monumental Cathedral, the largest in Central America, located at the main square. Visit the Ruben Dario Museum (Nicaragua's famed poet) and the Ortiz Gurdian art center, with art objects dating from the 16th century to contemporary times with works from the Austrian, Peruvian, and Ecuadorian schools. (Museum is closed on Mondays). (B/L)

Day 7 - Friday – Leon-Managua:  Your local host will drive you back to your hotel in Managua. Afternoon tour of this historic capital. Founded in 1852, the old city center lies to the north and was destroyed in the 1972 earthquake. The southern part of the city is the future downtown of Managua where most of the investments are made. Highlights include the National Historic Park Loma Tiscapa, the ruins of the old presidential palace, Park of Peace (with remnants of the 1980’s civil war), Palace of Culture, New Presidential House, “El Malecon” bordering Lake Managua, and the National Theater Ruben Dario (the country’s famed poet). Overnight at the Elements Hotel Boutique. (B)

Day 8 - Saturday – Managua–USA:  Your local host will call for you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

RATES and DETAILS:

SAMPLE LAND RATE PER PERSON: (Rates subject to change without notice)
YEAR Single Occupancy Twin Occupancy - P/P Triple Occupancy - P/P
2017 Request $3,500 to $4,950   Request
2018 Estimate 10% increase
Plus Air fares and USA Departure taxes
PAYMENTS: By credit card; special form required & must carry Card Holder's signature
Deposit - Per Person 2nd deposit - Per Person Full Payment Due
$1000 in order to confirm To complete 30% deposit
upon confirmation of all space
65 days prior departure
CHANGES:
After reservations confirmed If new documents are required
$100 per change $100 per change + $100 re-issue documents
CANCELLATIONS:
Cancelled Between Up to 91 days 89 to 61  days 60 to 31 days 30 to 00 days
Fees Per Person $1000 30% 50% 100%
TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE: Highly recommended
RATE INCLUDES:
  • Hotel accommodations with hotel taxes and service charges
  • Meals as indicated, table d'hôte basis
  • Transfers as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • Luggage handling at airports
  • Sightseeing as indicated, with English speaking guide
  • Surface and overland travel as indicated
RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Air fares
  • USA and Foreign airport departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips to drivers, guides, hotel bellboys, ship's personnel
  • Meals not specifically indicated as included
NOTE: Information was last updated January 2, 2017. Information & rates subject to change.
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