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ULTIMATE NICARAGUA

21 days  Highlighting

Capital City Managua
Solentiname
Selva Negra
Cultural Leon
Colonial Granada

Jicaro Island
Ometepe Island
AQUA Resort
Corn Island


Locally Hosted Independent Tour

Suggested Departure Day:
Sunday

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ITINERARY (Subject to change without notice):

Day 1 – Sunday – USA - Managua:  Upon arrival in Managua, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, Elements Hotel Boutique. Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 2 – Monday – Managua - Solentiname: Transfer to the airport for local flight to San Carlos. Transfer to the pier to board your boat to the Solentiname Islands, an archipelago towards the southern end of Lake Nicaragua. Arrive at your hotel, Cabanas Paraiso on San Fernando Island for a two night stay with all meals. (B/L/D)

Day 3 – Tuesday – Solentiname: Morning Los Guatuzos Wildlife Refuge tour. Start out by boat to the Los Guatuzos research center, located on the southern shores of Lake Nicaragua and the western shores of the San Juan River. The reserve has rich bird life and monkeys, sloth, caiman, iguanas and agouti are also common. Once at the station, get ready for a visit to enjoy nature and its wonder at this primitive forest.  Afternoon Solentiname Island tour visiting the main islands, local museum and artist work houses. From the 1970’s, under the leadership of Ernesto Cardenal, priest, poet and former Minister of Culture in the Sandinista government in Nicaragua, a group of fisherman and country folk developed a painting school. Escuela Primitivista de Solentiname and its form of art has become world famous.  (B/L/D)

Day 4 – Wednesday – Solentiname - Matagalpa: Return by boat to San Carlos for your local flight back to Managua. Meeting and departure heading northward towards the cool central highlands of the country; passing clay-tiled adobe houses and small farms. This area is the "bread-basket" of the country, producing a wide variety of vegetables, corn, beans, flowers and of course "black gold" - coffee!  Arrive at Selva Negra; Nicaragua's answer to Germany's Black Forest situated some 4000 ft. above sea level. The area was settled by German immigrants who developed the country's first coffee plantations. Originally called "La  Harmonia," today Selva Negra is still owned by the third and fourth generation of the Kuhl and Hayn families. The farm also raises livestock, has numerous nature trails, and boasts 200+ species of birds. (B)

Day 5 – Thursday – Matagalpa: This morning you will enjoy a coffee tour at Selva Negra, an excellent opportunity to learn all about the most popular morning drink in the world. You will be surprised how much goes in to delivering that fresh cup of coffee. The tour will introduce you to the entire coffee cycle from seed to cup. This afternoon is at leisure to explore the trails. There’s a trail for everyone at Selva Negra, from seniors to intrepid adventurers. Regardless of the path you chose, prepare to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of pure nature. (B)

Day 6 - Friday – Matagalpa - Leon: Today you will leave this tranquil setting and head to the “cultural” heart of the country, Leon. Visit the highlights of this colonial city including the main churches and the 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). Lunch will be at a local restaurant today. Settle in for a two night stay at the El Convento Hotel. (B/L)

Day 7 – Saturday – Leon: Morning visit to Isla Juan Venado Nature Reserve, an important protected area forming part of the country's national park system and a vital coastal wetland region. On arrival at Las Peņitas beach, your guide will lead you to where you will board your motor boat for an exciting two hour ride. Juan Venado is considered a barrier island and separating the coast from the island is an ecologically important mangrove forest or swamp. This marvelous biological zone provides the ideal home for an abundance of animal life, particularly marine creatures. The edge of the Juan Venado island which faces into the Pacific ocean possesses a fine estuary and is also a vital nesting site for Olive Ridley sea turtles (from May to November). The estuary of Isla Juan Venado is itself home to a diversity of organisms including water birds, the cayman, crocodiles, iguanas, crustaceans and more. Lunch is included and return to your hotel in Leon. (B/L)

Day 8 – Sunday – Leon - Granada:  Today you will travel to the charming colonial city of Granada on Lake Nicaragua. En route you will stop at the Masaya National Park and the volcano of the same name. As you enter the park, stop at the Environmental Interpretation Center, where you learn about the tectonic plates and various world volcanic regions; the flora and fauna of this refuge. Continue right up to the crater of the volcano and stare into it. Just about 15 minutes from the park, stop at the Masaya arts and craft market. Here you find some of the country’s best handicrafts, ceramics, wood, leather goods, wicker furniture and what some say are the best hammocks in the world. Lunch will be included en route today. Continue on to Granada and the Plaza Colon for a two night stay. (B/L)  

Day 9 - Monday – Granada:  Full day excursion beginning with a visit to the Mombacho Volcano, situated in a beautiful cloud forest and home to a variety of vegetation and wildlife. After a drive to the top, you will explore this impressive volcano on a guided walk. The well-kept Crater Trail leads you around the crater through dense cloud forest and enjoy spectacular views overlooking Granada, Las Isletas, Laguna de Apoyo and the Masaya Volcano. Spend the rest of the day exploring Granada city, 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.  Lunch will be included in the city during the day’s excursion. (B/L)

Day 10 - Tuesday – Granada - Jicaro: Transfer to the Asese port to board the lodge’s boat for a short ride to the Jicaro Island Ecolodge, for a two night stay. Jicaro is located on a private island on Lake Nicaragua, a secluded island getaway and a high-end nature resort. Ideal for a perfect combination of relaxing, revitalizing and exploring the flora and fauna that this tropical paradise offers. Nine private casitas serve as the setting for a relaxing escape filled with peace and tranquility. (B/L/D)

Day 11 - Wednesday – Jicaro: Day at leisure to relax on the island or lodge staff can assist you in arranging an optional activity such as bird watching, kayaking, zip lining or hiking. (B/L/D)

Day 12 - Thursday – Jicaro - Ometepe: This morning the lodge’s boat will take you back to the Asese port where your local host will meet you and transfer you 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 you can enjoy one of the island’s most popular activities, kayaking at the Istiam River. Paddle by the lake shore and its beach to the mouth of the river. Here you can appreciate the variety of birds, monkeys, turtles, “cujipal”, a type of caiman native to the islands, as well as the plant life typical of this wetland ecosystem.  (B)  

Day 13 – Friday – 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 14 – Saturday – Ometepe- Aqua Wellness Resort: Morning transfer to the Moyogalpa Port for ferry crossing to the San Jorge Port. From here your local guide will transfer you to the Aqua Wellness Resort, situated in a lush tropical forest overlooking the Pacific Coast. A secluded and peaceful natural setting ideal for a relaxing beach getaway. Enjoy a 3 night stay at the Aqua Wellness Resort. (B)

Day 15 – Sunday – Aqua Wellness Resort:  Day at leisure. You can arrange optional activities with the resort such as kayaking, fishing, surfing or simply lounge the day away at Aqua’s beach at Redonda bay.  (B)

Day 16 – Monday – Aqua Wellness Resort:  Day at leisure at the beach. (B)

Day 17 – Tuesday – Aqua Wellness Resort – Corn Island: Transfer to the airport in Managua, a drive of approximately two hours, for your local flight to Corn Island. Transfer provided by the hotel and check-in at the Casa Canada for a three night stay. (B)

Day 18 – Wednesday – Corn Island:   Day at leisure. The Corn Islands, a tropical Caribbean paradise, are lush with exotic fruit trees, native palms and surrounded by white sand beaches. A haven for pirates and buccaneers in the 17th century, today adventure travelers seek out the Corn Islands for their fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling. (B)

Day 19 – Thursday – Corn Island:  Day at leisure. (B)

Day 20 - Friday – Corn Island-Managua:  Transfer provided by the hotel to the airstrip for your flight back to Managua. Meeting and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a 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 Contempo Boutique Hotel. (B)

Day 21 - 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 $7,995 to $9,800 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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