Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

7th August 2020
  • Arrival in Nicaragua – Transfer to Granada

    Upon your arrival at the Nicaragua International Airport, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative, and you will be transferred to your hotel in the colonial city of Granada (about 50 min driving distance).

    Note: If you are traveling from Costa Rica by land transfer, you will cross the Peñas Blancas border and there, after the migrations and customs procedures, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Granada (approx. a 2-3-hour drive / 102 km).

    In the afternoon (at around 2 pm), you will embark on a guided tour through the city, finishing with a horse-drawn carriage ride along its main streets. Afterwards (at around 4:30 pm), you will stop at the Volcán Masaya (the first national park), which promises to fascinate you with its glowing lava lake.

    Granada is one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas, founded by the Spanish in 1524. No visit to Granada is complete without exploring the city’s historical center on foot and in a classic horse-drawn carriage. During the tour, you will discover the most famous landmarks including the San Francisco Convent, founded in 1529, and La Merced church where you can climb the bell tower and enjoy spectacular views over the city, Lake Nicaragua, and Mombacho volcano. The last part of the tour is in the oldest sector of the town in the area around the Xalteva church and the city walls.

    Masaya Volcano National Park is one of the most popular volcanoes in the pacific region of Nicaragua due to its constant activity. It offers the unique opportunity to observe at proximity an active volcano, watching the boiling lava flowing inside the volcano crater. A visit here is an awe-inspiring experience allowing visitors to examine a phenomenon once sacred to the pre-Columbian Nicaraguans, who were inspired by the raw power and beauty of nature.

    Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Colon or similar.

Day 02

8th August 2020
  • Mombacho Volcano hike / Las Isletas boat tour (B)

    After an early breakfast, you will head towards the natural reserve of the Mombacho volcano to hike through its dense cloud forest. In the afternoon (at around 3 pm), you will visit Las Isletas de Granada on a boat tour, exploring their abundant wildlife, and connecting with the fisher families.

    Mombacho Volcano - Puma Trail
    Situated in a beautiful cloud forest and home to a wide variety of vegetation and wildlife, Mombacho Volcano is simply enchanting. You will reach the top of the volcano (1150 meters) in a 4x4 vehicle, and, after a quick trip to the scientific station, you will be guided through the mysteries of the surrounding area, following the Puma Trail: one of the most beautiful and challenging hikes of Mombacho Volcano.

    Las Isletas Boat Tour
    Situated at the foot of Mombacho Volcano, Las Isletas consist of around 360 small forest-covered islands, formed by a volcanic eruption 20,000 years ago. You will be transferred to the harbor where you will meet the captain and board a motorboat. During the tour, your guide will point out the exotic flora and fauna and will later stop at one of the islands so that you can visit the San Pablo fort (built in the 18th century to protect Granada against English pirates). Beverages are included during the tour.

    Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Colon or similar.

Day 03

9th August 2020
  • Transfer to León / Cerro Negro Volcano boarding adventure (B)

    In the morning, after an early breakfast, you will check out from the hotel and head to the colonial city of León (drive approx. 3 hours / 133 km).

    Upon your arrival (at around 10 am), you will visit the Cerro Negro volcano, one of the youngest volcanoes on earth. You hike to the top for about 45 minutes, while, on the way, you will occasionally stop to learn more about the history of the volcano, the craters and lava rock fields. Once at the top, you will be introduced to the necessary safety instructions before beginning your descent, sliding down the volcano slopes on a sitting board.

    Afternoon at leisure in León.

    Accommodation: Hotel El Convento (or similar) in León.

Day 04

10th August 2020
  • Transfer to Somoto Canyon – drive to Managua (B, L)

    Once again you will begin with an early breakfast, before checking out, heading this time towards Somoto (approx. a 3-4-hours drive / 220 km) for a canyoning adventure.

    You will start the adventure at the entrance of the canyon walking towards the source of Coco River. Along the way, prepare to hike and swim across the Tapacali River, surrounded by the canyon walls and impressive rock formations of about 150 meters high. You will also experience exciting cliff jumps, from 4 to 20 meters, for some adrenaline pumping. While walking in the canyon, it is possible to find some of the oldest caves of Central America. By noon, you will enjoy a delicious, locally prepared lunch.
    Your valuable belongings will be packed away in waterproof bags. Do not forget to bring a snack, water, comfortable trekking shoes, extra clothing, and sunblock.

    After canyoning through Somoto, you will be transferred to Managua for your last night in the country (approx. a 3-4-hour drive / 220 km).

    Managua is the capital of Nicaragua and its largest city with almost two million inhabitants. There are many things to explore there, including theatres, restaurants, night clubs, bars, and cinemas, to name but a few. At the Roberto Huembes market, you can experience an authentic Nicaraguan street market where you can buy beautiful souvenirs and handicrafts.

    Accommodation: Hotel Real Intercontinental Metro Centro or similar.

Day 05

11th August 2020
  • Managua - Departure (B)

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Managua International Airport for your flight back home.
    Alternatively, you may choose to extend your trip to visit Corn Island.

Optional Extension to Corn Island (3 Days / 2 Nights)

Day 01

12th August 2020
  • Domestic flight to Corn Island

    In the morning, you will head to the airport of Maragua to take the domestic flight to Corn Island.

    Upon your arrival there, you will be transferred by shuttle bus to you hotel at the beach.
    Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure indulging in a Caribbean ambience.

    The two Corn Islands (the Big and the Little Corn) are located about 80 kilometers away from the Atlantic coast and represent one of Nicaragua's many hidden gems.
    Big Corn is about 10 square kilometers, and three times bigger than Little Corn. Laced by a series of stunning beaches, it is home to many hotels and restaurants that cater to the needs of the numerous visitors.
    In the mornings, you will unwind by the beach, sunbathing, fishing, snorkeling, or diving, and in the nights, you will enjoy the rhythms of the vibrant nightlife.

    Accommodation: Hotel Arenas Beach or similar.

Day 02

13th August 2020
  • Leisure day – Corn Island (B)

    Enjoy a day of leisure, basking under the sun, and swimming in turquoise waters.

    Accommodation: Hotel Arenas Beach or similar.

Day 03

14th August 2020
  • Corn Island – Managua airport – Departure (B)

    After breakfast, you will head to the airport for your return to Managua and, from there, back home.