First Class Guided Tours of Nicaragua
Beaches, Volcanoes, Indian Markets,
Rainforest, Islands, Colonial Cities

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What's Included in your Nicaragua Tour Vacation

horse carriage

Horse carriage taxi

  • First class Nicaragua hotel accommodations
  • Personal greeting at airport
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Complete tour sightseeing in Nicaragua
  • English speaking guide for entire tour
  • Free bottled water on your bus
  • Air conditioned tour minibus transportation
  • Admission fees to all parks and museums
  • 12 Meals: 7 breakfasts. 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Managua sightseeing tour
  • Leon sightseeing tour
  • Granada sightseeing tour
  • Visit Leon Viejo, World Heritage Site
  • Visit Masaya Volcano 
  • Private boat cruise in the volcanic isletas of Lake Nicaragua
  • Visit Masaya Marketplace
  • Visit indigenous White Towns of San Juan del Oriente, Diria, and Caterina
  • See Laguna de Apoyo volcanic crater lake
  • Visit San Juan del Sur
  • Visit Nicaragua elementary school, meet teachers and students
  • Pottery demonstration at San Juan del Oriente
  • Visit volcanic Ometepe Island
  • San Jacinto volcanic hot springs
  • See Maribios Chain of Volcanoes
  • Visit Pacific ocean beaches of Las Penitas & Poneloya
  • Folkloric dance show
  • Visit organic coffee farm on Mombacho Volcano
Explore Nicaragua Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Managua, Nicaragua

camino real

Stay at the Camino Real Hotel in Managua, next to the airport.

Your Nicaragua vacation begins. Welcome to Nicaragua, exotic land of rare  natural beauty, volcanoes, beaches, cloud forests, and spectacular Spanish colonial cities.  You feel ike you’re stepping back in history to the 18th century, with cobblestone streets and horse-drawn taxis, to an era from long ago.

Your Nicaragua tour starts when you arrive at the Managua International Airport, and your Explore Nicaragua Tours airport greeter meets you and transfers you to your Managua hotel.  Tonight on your Nicaragua travel vacation, you stay at the four star Camino Real Hotel, located next to the Managua airport. 

Your day is at leisure to enjoy your Nicaragua vacation, and relax by the Camino Real hotel pool or explore Managua.

As of January 1, 2015, the currency exchange rate is 26 Nicaragua cordobas to 1 U.S. Dollar.

Your dinner is included at your hotel restaurant tonight.

Meals included today:  Dinner

Tonight's Explore Nicaragua Tours hotel: Camino Real Hotel, Managua, Nicaragua

Day 2: Managua Sightseeing- Leon Viejo - Leon

Old cathedral in Managua

Old cathedral in Managua

Masaya Volcano

Masaya Volcano
Photo by Stephen D. Stewart

Palm Sunday

Religious procession in Managua
Photo by Stephen D. Stewart

Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet at your hotel restaurant, then your Nicaragua travel vacation includes a guided sightseeing tour of Managua, Nicaragua's capital city.

You see the Presidential House, Lake Managua Waterfront, Old Cathedral, modern Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza of the Revolution, Peace Park, historical revolutionary monuments, U.S. Embassy. You see the gigantic statue of Sandino, Nicaragua’s national hero, on Tiscapa hill overlooking the city of Nicaragua.  You also experience a guided visit of Somoza’s former bunker, and Tiscapa Lagoon. 

Your Nicaragua tour includes a guided visit to the National Museum of Nicaragua inside the National Palace of Culture in Managua with a palace guide. Then you make a lunchtime stop at a popular Managua restaurant.

Next, your Nicaragua tour takes you on a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Managua by Momotombo and Momotombito Volcanoes.

Your Nicaragua tour includes a guided visit of the old capital of Nicaragua at Leon Viejo, a Unesco World Heritage Site.  A new paved road to Leon Viejo helps your access.  Leon Viejo as “founded” by the Spaniards in 1524 on the site of an existing Indian village.  Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, the brutal Pedrarias Davila, and the “Apostle of the Indians” Bartolome de las Casa, all lived here in Leon Viejo.

Next on your Nicaragua vacation, enjoy a spectacular drive along the Maribios chain of volcanoes to the mud fumaroles and hot springs in the volcanic fields of San Jacinto volcano. A volcanic energy plant is located at San Jacinto volcano.

Your Nicaragua tour then arrives in the university city of Leon. You stay two nights in Leon at Hotel El Convento, a luxurious hotel built on the grounds of a 17th century monastery.

Meals included today: Breakfast

Tonight's Explore Nicaragua tours hotel: Hotel El Convento, Leon, Nicaragua

Day 3: Leon- Leon sightseeing- Las Penitas and Poneloya beaches


The bells ring every morning in Leon.


Visit a local school in Leon.
Photo by Walt Burville.

guest room of hotel el convento

Guest Room of El Convento Hotel

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Courtyard of El Convento Hotel

After breakfastat your hotel courtyard in Leon, your Nicaragua travel vacation includes a guided sightseeing tour of Leon, Nicaragua. You see colorful political revolutionary murals, the local Marketplace, and the National University of Nicaragua.  You visit the Plaza of the Poets, Plaza of the Revolution, and the Leon Cathedral.

Your Nicaragua tour includes visits to the Ortiz-Gurdian art museum, where you see Nicaraguan antiquities and art treasures. You also visit the former home of Ruben Dario, Nicaragua's most beloved poet. 

Then, you visit a local elementary school, meet the teachers and students.

Next, you visit the Pacific Ocean to see the wild waves at the beaches of Las Penitas and Poneloya, enjoy a lunchtime stop at a popular restaurant on Las Penitas beach.

The rest of your afternoon is free to explore Leon and enjoy your Nicaragua tour vacation. Nicaragua is a poor country, but the people are very friendly, warm hearted and generous.  Nicaragua is considered the safest country in all of Latin America, with the lowest crime rate in all of Central America.

We do not recommend volcano-surfboarding down the black ash of Cerro Negro Volcano, since this volcano may explode with black ash.

Leon is very peaceful, and it’s the intellectual and poetical center of Nicaragua.  The people of Leon  love to sit in their rocking chairs in the sidewalks in front of their homes until about 10 o’clock every evening, sharing the gift of gab, and engaging everyone who walks by in conversation, including you!

Tonight, you enjoy a folkloric dance show in Leon.

Meals included today: Breakfast

Tonight's Explore Nicaragua tours hotel: Hotel El Convento, Leon, Nicaragua

Day 4: Leon - Sutiava - Masaya Volcano - White Towns - Caterina lookout of Laguna de Apoyo Volcano Crater Lake - Pottery Demonstration - Granada

san juan del sur

Beach restaurant

horse taxi

You visit the plaza in Rivas.

San Juan del Sur Beach

Las Penitas Beach
Photo by Walt Burville

Volcanic island of Ometepe

See the volcanic island of Ometepe, view from Rivas.

Breakfast is included at your hotel courtyard, then you travel south to Masaya Volcano National Park,Nicaragua’s first national park, established in 1979. You can explore the crater rim of this active volcano if you wish, and visit the park museum.

Visit Masaya, known at the City of Flowers.  You visit the Massaya Marketplace and have an opportunity to shop for local handicrafts.

Visit the Indian White Towns of Caterina, Diria, and San Juan del Oriente.

Your lunch is included at the Caterina lookout of Laguna de Apoyo volcano crater lake.

Next, you visit San Juan del Oriente, where you see a pottery making demonstration. If you wish, you can buy some of this unique and beautiful Nicaraguan pottery.

You spend the next two nights in Granada with your Nicaragua tour.  Your hotel is located on the central plaza of Granada, a great place to enjoy your Nicaragua vacation.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Tonight's Explore Nicaragua tours hotel: Hotel Plaza Colon or Hotel La Gran Francia, Granada, Nicaragua






Day 5: Granada sightseeing - Private boat cruise of Volcanic Isletas in Lake Nicaragua- Mombacho Volcano

horse carriage in granada

Horse drawn taxi along the shores of Lake Nicaragua in Granada.

Granada sidewalk cafe

Granada sidewalk cafe

boat ride in isletas

Take a private boat cruise into the 365 isletas of Granada

Breakfast at your colonial hotel’s courtyard this morning.

Next, you enjoy a sightseeing tour of Granada, Nicaragua.  You see City Hall and historical monuments.  You visit the Casa de Tres Mundos , Granada Cathedral,  San Francisco Convent, the Chocolate Museum, and a Nicaragua cigar factory.  Stroll the famous Calle Calzada.

Your afternoon is at leisure to explore Granada.  If you wish, you may enjoy a free optional excursion to an organic coffee plantation on the slopes of Mombacho Volcano with its rich rainforest  ecosystem.

There are many attractions near Granada, including  kayaking in Lake Nicaragua, and sailing in Lake Nicaragua.  Kayaking and sailing actitivites are not included and would be independent at your own cost.  Of course, you might prefer to relax at your hotel’s pool or your hotel’s sidewalk café, watching the lively activities of the local Nicaraguans.

Tonight, you enjoy a dinner party at a colonial mansion in Granada.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Dinner

Tonight's Explore Nicaragua Tours hotel:

Hotel Plaza Colon or Hotel La Gran Francia, Granada, Nicaragua






Day 6: Granada - Rivas - San Juan del Sur - San Jorge - Ometepe Island

mombacho volcano

Easy hiking trail on Mombacho Volcano cloudforest. (photo by David Graetz)

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Plaza Colon Hotel, Granada

Breakfast is included at your colonial hotel courtyard this morning.

You enjoy a sightseeing drive south through Nicaragua farms to the town of Rivas.  Rivas was once an important transit town during the California gold rush, before the construction of the Panama Canal.  Rivas may again become an important transit town when the Nicaragua trans-continental canal is constructed through Lake Nicaragua and Rivas.

You arrive in the beach village of San Juan del Sur.  Enjoy a short guided tour of this charming beach town on arrival, then free time to explore the town, stroll the waterfront boardwalk, and enjoy lunch at an oceanfront restaurant.

Next, to the port of San Jorge, where you board a ferry boat for a one hour boat ride to Ometepe Island.    Ometepe is a native word that means “two hills” and refers to Ometepe’s twin volcanoes, Madera Volcano and Concepcion Volcano.  Ometepe Island is the largest freshwater island in the world.

You arrive at Hotel Charco Verde located in Charco Verde reserve on a beach on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua.

Dinner is included tonight at your Ometepe Island hotel.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Dinner

Tonight's Explore Nicaragua Tours hotel:

Hotel Charco Verde, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua


Day 7: Ometepe Island sightseeing

Nature trail on Ometepe Island

Nature trail on Ometepe Island

Beach restaurant in Ometepe Island

Beach restaurant in Ometepe Island

Breakfastis included at your beachfront restaurant on Lake Nicaragua at Ometepe Island today. 

After breakfast, you enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ometepe Island including a visit to Altagracia.  See plantain banana farms and ancient petroglpyhs.  Sample delicious coffee grown in Ometepe Island.  Enjoy a guided walk through the nature trail at Charco Verde nature reserve.

The rest of your afternoon is at leisure in Ometepe Island.

Dinner is included at your hotel tonight in Ometepe Island.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Dinner

Tonight's Explore Nicaragua Tours hotel:

Hotel Charco Verde, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua



Day 8: Ometepe Island - Managua airport

Breakfast is included at your hotel in Ometepe Island today.

After breakfast, you board the ferry for a one-hour boat ride to return to the mainland.  Then you continue north to Managua airport, arriving at 11.30 a.m.  Thank you for traveling with Explore Nicaragua.  Vaya con Dios.

Client Comments

Small Group Tour Dates
Nov. 6, 2016
8 Day Tour $998*

*Per person, double occupancy
*Plus taxes and fees $174
*Single room supplement $320


Reserve Your Tour

Call 1-800-800-1132. You can reserve your space on tour for free, with no obligation, for up to 2 days, then $298 deposit is due. Balance of payment is due 60 days before start of tour.

Roundtrip Airport Transfers are included. Our airport greeter will meet you at the airport and transfer you roundtrip between your airport and hotel.

Airfare is not included. Airlines that fly to Nicaragua include American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Lacsa Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Taca Airlines, and United Airlines.

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Photo Credits

All photos are by Intur, staff of ExploreNicaraguaTours, Inc., Walter Burville, Stephen D. Stewart, and David Graetz.