BEST OF NICARAGUA THE LAND OF LAKES AND VOLCANOES

Day1 - ARRIVAL AT AUGUSTO C. SANDINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, MANAGUA
Upon arrival in Nicaragua, gather at Meet & Greet, followed by private transfer with English speaking guide from the airport to your Managua Hotel.
Day2 - MANAGUA I LEÓN
After breakfast, your driver will be waiting to transfer you from Managua to the elegant Spanish colonial city of León, a 90- minute ride to northwestern Nicaragua. León is the second most important and largest city after Managua, well known for its churches and art collections and long considered the political and intellectual center of the country. This afternoon, we’ll depart on a tour of León’s attractive historic center and beautiful colonial buildings. Old León, located nearby next to Lake Xolotlan at the foot of the active Momotombo volcano, was the ancient capital founded by Hernández Córdoba in 1524. Destroyed by eruptions in 1609, the city was entirely buried, earning its moniker “the Pompeii of the Americas.” Excavations have revealed the main street, cathedral, convent and governor’s mansion from the site, which was abandoned in 1610. The Spanish rebuilt León near the settlement of Subtiava (recently renamed Sutiava), an indigenous stronghold of the Chorotega, the first people to settle there long before the Spanish and the most important tribe of León. Both neighborhoods still exist here today.
Day3 - LEÓN
Day at leisure to explore on your own or take an optional tour.
Day 4 - LEÓN I GRANADA
breakfast, we’ll depart on a 2 ½ hour scenic drive to Granada, Nicaragua’s wonderfully preserved showpiece considered among the finest colonial cities in the Americas. Perched on the shores of Lake Nicaragua beneath the Mombacho volcano, Granada was founded by the conquistadors in 1524, named after their own Spanish city, and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Central America. In the afternoon, a tour of Granada’s narrow cobblestoned streets, stately churches and grand colonial buildings is scheduled. Walking around the main plaza, we’ll see the baroque La Merced, arguably the most beautiful church in the city. Also, the colonial mansion housing the foundation Casa de Los Tres Mundos, Granada’s working art center; and the 16th century pastel blue San Francisco Church and Convent. During the tour, we’ll learn about the city’s history, including the terrible adventures of filibuster William Walker, the most dangerous 19th century international criminal who invaded Granada in 1855. Also about the past civil wars that destroyed the city. Today, with Granada carefully restored to its former glory, let’s tip our hats to this charming city, its serene ambience and the ongoing resilience of its people. Due to the historical and cultural value of the city, Granada is in the process of being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day5 - GRANADA
Day at leisure to explore on your own or take an optional tour.
Day 6 - GRANADA I OMETEPE ISLAND
This morning, a private transfer with Spanish speaking driver will deliver you from Granada to San Jorge Port, Rivas, a 2-hour trip. From here, you’ll board a ferry and arrive one hour later at Ometepe Island, spectacularly located in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. This mesmerizing island’s attractions include two volcanoes (one extinct and one active), a beach, petroglyphs, banana plantations, cattle and coffee farms and the world’s only fresh-water shark. A regular transfer will bring you to San Juan de la Isla Hotel. Rest of the afternoon at leisure to rest or take an optional tour.
Day7 - OMETEPE ISLAND
Day at leisure to explore on your own or take an optional tour.
Day 8 - OMETEPE ISLAND I MANAGUA
An island regular transfer has been scheduled from the hotel to Moyogalpa port to catch the ferry to San Jorge Port. Then continue your transfer to the city of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day9 - IMANAGUA TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)
A private transfer with Spanish speaking driver will pick you up from your Managua Hotel for the 30-minute trip to the Managua International Airport.