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

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Horse carriage taxi

  • First class Nicaragua hotel accommodations
  • Roundtrip Managua airport transfers
  • Complete tour sightseeing in Nicaragua
  • Services of English speaking tour guide
  • Free bottled water on your bus
  • Air conditioned tour minibus transportation
  • Admission fees to all parks and museums
  • 11 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
  • Managua sightseeing tour
  • Leon sightseeing tour
  • Granada sightseeing tour
  • Visit Leon Viejo, World Heritage Site
  • Visit Masaya Volcano 
  • Boat cruise in the Granada 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
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 like you're stepping back in history to the 1800's, 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 airport 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 March 15, 2013, the currency exchange rate is 25 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 sightseeing tour of Managua, Nicaragua's capital city.

You see the Presidential House, Lake Managua Waterfront, Old Cathedral, modern Metropolitan Cathedral, Acoustic Shell, 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 see Somoza's former bunker. Your Nicaragua tour includes a visit to the National Museum of Nicaragua inside the National Palace of Culture in Managua with a palace guide. You see the 7,000 year old footprints of Acahualinca. 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 and Momotombo Volcano.

Your Nicaragua tour includes a visit with a guide of the old capital of Nicaragua at Leon Viejo, a Unesco World Heritage Site.  A new paved road to Leon Viejo has just been constructed.  Leon Viejo was "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" Bartholome de las Casas, all lived here in Leon Viejo.

Then your Nicaragua travel vacation takes you on 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: El Convento Hotel, Leon, Nicaragua

Day 3: Leon - Leon sightseeing- School Visit


The bells ring every morning in Leon.


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

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Guest Room of El Convento Hotel

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Courtyard of El Convento Hotel

After breakfast at your hotel in Leon, your Nicaragua travel vacation includes a guided sightseeing tour of Leon, Nicaragua. You'll see colorful political 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 visits the Ortiz-Gurdian art museum.  You see Nicaraguan antiquities and art treasures. You also visit the Ruben Dario museum inside the former home of Nicaragua's most beloved poet. 

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

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.

You may wish to visit the nearby Pacific Ocean surfing beaches of Poneloya and Las Penitas, or simply relax at a sidewalk cafe. We to not recommend volcano-surfboarding down the black ash of Nicaragua's Cerro Negro Volcano, next to the city of Leon, because this volcano may explode with black ash at any time.

Leon is very peaceful, and is the intellectual center of Nicaragua.    The people of Leon love to sit in rocking chairs on the sidewalks in front of their homes until about 10 o'clock at night, sharing the gift of gab, and saying hello to everyone who walks by, including you!

Meals included today: Breakfast

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

Day 4: Leon-Sutiava-Masaya Volcano- White Towns- Caterina Overlook of Laguna de Apoyo Volcano Crater Lake- Pottery Demonstration- San Juan del Sur beach

san juan del sur

Enjoy a sunset dinner beach party here at San Juan del Sur.

horse taxi

You visit the plaza in Rivas.

San Juan del Sur Beach

 San Juan del Sur Beach
Photo by Walt Burville

Volcanic island of Ometepe

See the volcanic island of Ometepe, view from Rivas.

Breakfast at your hotel, 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 as the City of Flowers.  You visit the Masaya Marketplace and have a chance 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 overlook of Laguna de Apoyo volcano crater lake.

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

Then you continue south 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.

You arrive in the charming beach village of San Juan del Sur this afternoon, for a two night visit.  Your hotel is located on the boardwalk across from the Pacific Ocean beach of San Juan del Sur.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel Victoriano, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua





Day 5: San Juan del Sur beach

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 hotel this morning. You enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean beach of San Juan del Sur from the hotel patio.

Your entire day is free to relax and enjoy your Nicaragua vacation.  You can enjoy shopping in the local market and stores of San Juan del Sur beach village, or go swimming at the beach. If you like, you can explore independent activities such as deep sea fishing in the Pacific Ocean, sailing, or visiting the many neaby surfing beaches and the La Flor turtle beach reserve. There is a $5 beach shuttle in San Juan del Sur which offers rides to nearby beaches.

Tonight, you're invited to a sunset dinner on the beach at an oceanfront restaurant on the Pacific Ocean at San Juan del Sur. Seafood is particularly delicious here.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Dinner

Tonight's Explore Nicaragua Tours hotel:

Hotel Victoriano, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua






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

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

hotel plaza colon

Plaza Colon Hotel, Granada

Breakfastis included at your hotel.

You  enjoy an air-conditioned sightseeing drive traveling through Nicaragua countryside and farms to the port of San Jorge, where you have the opportunity to board an optional free excursion to Ometepe Island.

Your Nicaragua tour includes a photostop at the plaza in Rivas, where you enjoy a good view of Ometepe Island. Ometepe is an Indian word which 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 the historical colonial town of Granada, Nicaragua.

You will spend the next two nights in Granada with your Nicaragua tour.  You stay  on the central plaza of Granada, a great place to enjoy your Nicaragua travel vacation.  Your Granada hotel is a beautiful new, colonial style mansion, with modern comforts such as air conditioning, internet access, and swimming pool.

Meals included today: Breakfast

Tonight's Explore Nicaragua Tours hotel:

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


Day 7: Granada sightseeing-Private boat cruise of Volcanic Isletas of Lake Nicaragua

Breakfast at your colonial hotel's courtyard this morning.

This morning, your Nicaragua tour vacation includes a one hour private boat cruise in Lake Nicaragua through the Granada isletas, an exotic tropical archipelago of 365 tiny volcanic islands.

Next, you enjoy a sightseeing tour of Granada, Nicaragua.  You visit the Casa de Tres Mundos, Granada, Cathedral,  and San Francisco Convent.  You see City Hall and historical monuments.  You visit Dona Elba cigar factory in Granada, sample a great Nicaragua cigar.

Your afternoon is at leisure to explore Granada.

There are many attractions near Granada including the Laguna de Apoyo volcano crater lake,   Mombacho Volcano, with its rich ecosystem, sailboat rentals in Lake Nicaragua, kayaking in Lake Nicaragua, and the Chocolate Museum. Your guide can assist you with any activities that interest you. Of course, you might prefer to relax at your hotel’s pool or your hotel’s sidewalk cafe, watching the lively activities of the local Nicaraguans.

Tonight, you enjoy a farewell 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 8: Granada-Managua Airport

Breakfast is included at your hotel’s colonial style courtyard this morning.  Your Nicaragua tour departs Granada at 9.15 a.m. for Managua.  You arrive at the Managua International Airport at 10.45 a.m. this morning. 

If you wish to stay for a post-tour night at the Hotel Camino Real in Managua, then your tour guide will transfer you to the Hotel Camino Real by the Managua airport.

Thank you for traveling with Explore Nicaragua. Vaya con Dios.

Private Tour Dates

Private group tours are available on any date that you choose, subject to availability.

Small Group Tour Dates
Nov. 8, 2014
Dec. 26, 2014
8 Day Tour $998*

*Per person, double occupancy
*Plus taxes and fees $174
*Single room supplement $375

Private tours are available.

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, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Lacsa Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Taca Airlines.

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Average Temperature and Rainfall
Jan 79 26 0.1 2
Feb 81 27 0.1 3
Mar 83 28 0.1 4
Apr 84 29 0.1 3
May 84 29 5.4 136
Jun 81 27 9.3 237
Jul 81 27 5.2 132
Aug 80 27 4.8 121
Sept 81 27 8.4 213
Oct 80 26 12.4 315
Nov 80 27 1.6 42
Dec 80 27 0.4 10

Photo Credits

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