Day 1: Managua – Granada
Upon arrival at the International Airport of Managua you will be transferred to the old city center, where you will find important sites like the Central Park, the ruins of the Cathedral of Santiago, the National Palace of Culture and the National Theater Ruben Dario. Transfer to Granada, founded on the shores of Lake Cocibolca in 1524. Granada welcomes visitors with its colorful architecture and deep historical roots.
In case your flight arrives late, the city tour of Managua will be done on day 4.
Day 2: Granada – Isletas
Breakfast at the hotel. We will start the day with a boat tour of Granada’s famous Isletas, an archipelago of more than 360 islets formed by an ancient volcanic explosion, just off the shore of Lake Cocibolca. While you listen to your guide’s commentary about the history of Lake Cocibolca, admire views of Mombacho Volcano and keep an eye out for native birds like tanagers, hawks, jays and warblers.
Back in Granada, we will do a city tour in a horse-drawn carriage. We will visit the museum at San Francisco Convent, which houses an important collection of historical artifacts and paintings, like the 28 pre-Columbian statues from Zapatera Island, dating from the years 800 to 1200 AD. Then, you will have the chance to enjoy the city from a different perspective at the top of the bell tower of La Merced Church. During the city tour, you will get to see La Pólvora Fortress, Xalteva Church, the Cathedral and the Church of Guadalupe.
Day 3: Granada – Ometepe
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to San Jorge to take to ferry to Ometepe Island.
Upon our arrival, we will take you to the hotel and then we will start our tour around the island. We will visit Ojo de Agua, two natural pools of almost 2 meters of depth that are connected to Concepción Volcano.
We will also go to Santo Domingo, a long sandy beach of 4 kilometers located on the northeast side of the island. Santo Domingo is in the predominant direction of the wind so there is a constant breeze. The water is always agitated so it gives the feeling of being in a sea of fresh, warm and shallow water, so it is safe to bathe and swim.
Then we will continue to Punta Jesus María, a strip of land that enters in lake Cocibolca. This site is ideal to enjoy a panoramic view of the two volcanoes that make up the island, Concepción and Maderas.
Day 4: Ometepe – Catarina – Volcán Masaya – Managua
Breakfast at the hotel. We will take the ferry to San Jorge. On our way to Managua we will visit the municipality of Catarina, known for its crafts and its Mirador, from where you can marvel with the amazing panoramic view of Apoyo lagoon, Mombacho Volcano and Granada.
We will continue to Masaya Volcano National Park, where we can go near the edge of an active crater by vehicle in a paved road. We will visit the information centre to learn about the history and the biodiversity of the Volcano.
Continue to City of Managua where we will stay overnight.
Day 5: Managua – León - Managua
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the colonial city of León, which stands out for its architecture jewels and its important role in Nicaragua's history.
First, we will visit the ruins of León Viejo, declared World Heritage by UNESCO. This first city of León, built in 1524, was abandoned by its inhabitants in 1610 due to the constant threat of Momotombo volcano. Here you learn more about the origin and development of one of the most important cities of Nicaragua.
Then we will go to León, founded in 1610. The city functioned as capital of the country on multiple times after the independence in 1821, alternating the title with Granada, until Managua was declared the only and permanent capital of Nicaragu.
We will visit the Cathedral of León, one of the most beautiful temples of the continent and the biggest one in Central America, recently declared as a World Heritage Site. This temple is the resting place of great Nicaraguans like Ruben Dario. From the roof of the Cathedral you will get an extraordinary panoramic view of this charming city and the Maribios volcano range.
Then we will visit Ortiz Gurdian Art Gallery where you will find an interesting collection that includes works from noted Nicaraguan artists as well as renowned international artists like Picasso, Chagall, Miró; and Latin American masters like Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Fernando Botero and Roberto Matta. We will also go to Ruben Dario Museum, located in the house where the great poet lived during 14 years.
Transfer back to Managua in the late afternoon.
Day 6: Managua - Managua
Transfer to the airport according to your flight’s departure time. We recommend being at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight.