Nicaragua Classic

Hike in the lush forests of Montibelli Reserve and Mombacho Volcano, race down the slope of Cerro Negro Volcano, kayak Las Isletas in Lake Nicaragua, and stroll the streets of Granada and Leon
When: Year round
Duration: 8 Days/ 7 nights


  • Nicaragua ~ The largest country in Central America, bordered by Costa Rica to the south and Honduras to the north. The word Nicaragua translates to “surrounded by water” – its western coastline meets the Pacific Ocean and eastern coastline meets the Caribbean. With impressive volcanoes, lush rainforests, magnificent lakes, expansive coastlines, and colonial grandeur, there’s an abundance of opportunities waiting in Nicaragua.


Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect Nicaragua adventure that meets your needs.


Sample Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival/ Montibelli Reserve ~ Upon arrival at Managua International Airport, you will be met by your local guide and driver and transferred to Montibelli Nature Reserve for the night. Overnight in a cabin at the reserve.

DAY 2: Montibelli Nature Reserve ~ After breakfast, set out for a guided hike along the reserve’s trails. Montibelli is home to more than 150 species of birds including the long-tailed manakin, black-headed trogon, and Pacific parakeets. Later in the day, you will hike to a waterfall to see hundreds of green parakeets (chocoyos) as they return to the area to roost for the night. Overnight at Montibelli Nature Reserve. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: Leon ~ After a leisurely morning at Montibelli, transfer to the colonial city of Leon in northwestern Nicaragua. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city. Overnight at Hotel La Perla or similar. (B)

Leon, Nicaragua

DAY 4: Leon City Tour or Cerro Negro Volcano ~ Today you have your choice of activities – a guided city tour of Leon or volcano boarding at Cerro Negro Volcano. Overnight at Hotel La Perla or similar. (B)

Volcano boarding - Cerro Negro Volcano, Nicaragua

DAY 5: Granada ~ Mid-day transfer to Granada, where some of the best examples of colonial architecture in Nicaragua have been preserved. This afternoon, you’ll head to Mombacho Volcano, an extinct volcano shrouded in cloud forest vegetation. Arrive in time for stunning sunset views and a guided night hike. Overnight at Hotel Dario or similar. (B)

Kayaking at Las Isletas, Nicaragua

DAY 6: Granada and Las Isletas ~ Morning kayaking tour of Las Isletas in Lago Cocibolca (Lake Nicaragua). Las Isletas comprise a beautiful archipelago of volcanic origin close Granada’s shoreline. Local folklore states that there are 365 islands – one for each day of the year. Some of the islands are inhabited and most are covered with unusual vegetation and a variety of birds. The rest of the day is yours to explore Granada. Overnight at Hotel Dario or similar. (B)

DAY 7: Managua
The morning is yours to continue exploring Granada before your transfer back to the capital city of Managua. Optional tours of the Masaya Market and Pueblos Blancos (“White Towns”) can be added upon request. You can find examples of artesanías (handicrafts) from throughout Nicaragua at the market. The picturesque white stucco villages of Pueblos Blancos near Masaya are famous for their local artisans specializing in ceramics and pottery. Overnight at Hotel Casa Naranja or similar. (B)

Granada, Nicaragua

DAY 8: Departure ~ After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport in time for your flight home. (B)



Meals: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Pricing from $1070 per person based on double occupancy.

Package includes lodging, in-country ground transportation, bilingual guides for tours, activities and meals as listed in the itinerary. A donation to support local conservation efforts will be made on behalf of each participant.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport/visa fees, taxis, optional activities, gratuities, alcohol, items of a personal nature, and travel insurance.

This sample itinerary is a suggested outline.  It can be customized to best suit your travel plans.