Tropical forests, volcanoes that fire water, a diverse and colorful fauna, endless miles of virgin coastline, authentic seas of fresh water and cities that combine their colonial charm with the authenticity that very few places in the world brought to the 21st century. This is Nicaragua, the best-kept secret in all the Americas.
León, the second biggest and most authentic of its cities, will be your stepping stone into this fantastic new world. Spend the day exploring its lively streets, squares and markets and let the idea of living surrounded by a horizon populated with volcanoes get under your skin. By sunset, ending your day in a local bar while enjoying the delicious local rum will already feel like an old habit.
With your heartbeat finally set to the peaceful and undisturbed pace of Central America, it’s time to venture in its unique nature. Follow the path of centenary turtles towards deserted beaches and enjoy the sunrise and sunset atop a surfboard in the Pacific waves. Live among traditional fishermen while enjoying the unspoiled shoreline. And when the curiosity about the cone shaped mountaintops dominating the background becomes irresistible, take shelter at the slope of a volcano in the spectacular island of Ometepe. Once there, conquer its top in a quest amidst rainforest and dare to dive into the cold waters of its crater.
This journey will as well take you to Esteli and the country’s rural north landscapes, where some of the best tobacco in the world is grown. And Granada, of course, with its almost too proud, yet enticing colonial charm.
Last but not least, for those who are not ready to face the cold and boring nature of the reality awaiting across the Atlantic just yet, Little Corn Island, a tiny piece of paradise made of palm trees, white sands and crystal clear water still lost somewhere in the Caribbean sea.
August 6 to 20
May 13 to 27
December 30 to January 13
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type. Nature /Adventure / Cultural
visa. not needed
León, live Nica as a Nica, enjoying its authentic everyday life in lively, though always stress-free streets, markets, bars and local restaurants;
Jiquilillo, a virgin paradise on the Pacific’s coast, which you will share with local fishermen and turtles alone;
Redefine your concept of challenge while observing a newly hatched baby turtle conquering the ocean waves and venturing in its deep waters in search of its first meal awaiting amidst the Pacific several days and dozens of miles away;
Esteli, a quiet and pleasant town located in the heart of rural Nicaragua, surrounded by mountains of rainforest and tobacco plantations;
Hike, swim and climb along the striking Somoto Canyon;
Granada, centered in its markedly colonial and flawlessly preserved old town, the charisma of this ancient capital remains equally intact: haughty, conservative… irresistible;
Laguna Apoyo, the unexpected paradise of quiet waters inside a volcano’s crater;
San Juan del Sur, the bohemian side of the Pacific coast;
Playa Maderas, surf, a hut and a beach located in an spectacular piece of virgin coastline;
Ometepe Island, two volcanos emerge from the Cacibolca lake to form an astonishing and striking island in the middle of Central America’s biggest lake;
Conquer the top of Volcano Maderas, a 4h and 4,5km climb through dense rainforest culminating in an unexpected dive in the lake located in its crater, 1400m above sea level;
Little Corn Island, a tiny island of white sands, crystal clear waters and coconut trees with less than 500 inhabitants, one of the last lost paradises in the Caribbean Sea (optional extension).
number of participants
airport Pick up and drop off
access to the Jiquilillo turtle’s sanctuary with the chance to interact with baby turtles
trekking up the Maderas volcano (Ometepe Island) with local guide
entrance in Ojo de Agua Park (Ometepe Island)
accommodation in guesthouse and B&B, breakfast included (14 nights)
entrance in a private area to access Apoyo’s Laguna
2 typical meals
outlines leader in charge of the driving and the programs’ organisation
transportation between all destinations and activities included in the program
meals not mentioned in the program
other activities and places not mentioned in the program
flights to and from Managua (about 800€)
extension to Little Corn Island
extension to Surf Camp
visits to museums
diving and snorkeling activities (in Little Corn Island)
surf (with possible classes), fishing and other water activities in Jiquilillo and Playa Maderas
hiking and trekking (besides the activities already mentioned on the program)
photo coverage of the entire trip
population. 6,1 million
hour. -6 GMT