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'Just a Week in Nicaragua'

What makes this trip special?

Nostalgia, Romance and Cultural Heritage

Nostalgia, Romance and Cultural Heritage

Granada

The beautiful city of Granada is a wonderful place to wander through the brightly painted streets, visit historical landmarks and take a ride on the city's taxis, horse drawn carriages.

Visit a Volcano by night

Visit a Volcano by night

Masaya Volcano

Witness Parakeets flying back to roost on Masaya Volcano and the mass exodus of bats from a lava tube on its flanks. After, the intrepid can venture to the crater's rim where molten magna may be seen glowing below.

The White Towns of Nicaragua

The White Towns of Nicaragua

Pueblos Blancos Craft Villages

The whitewashed villages surrounding Masaya National Park are known as Los Pueblos Blancos. Each village specialises in a particular handicraft and together are often considered the cradle for Nicaraguan folklore.

Nicaragua's First Capital

Nicaragua's First Capital

León Viejo

Initially the first capital in Nicaragua, Leon Viejo was smothered in ash in 1610 when the Momotombo Volcano errupted. Today excavations are still underway, unveiling homes, churches and the country's first mint.

Capital life

Capital life

Managua

No different to many capitals, Managua is a bustling, fast growing city. The history and culture is fascinating though, making it well worth a visit.

Itinerary map for Nicaragua 'Just a Week in Nicaragua' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Granada
  • 2 Granada
  • 3 Granada
  • 4 Masaya
  • 5 Leon
  • 6 Leon
  • 7 Managua
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Designer's notes

A week is of course much to short a time to visit a country with so much to offer. So you should think of this as a part of a longer trip, perhaps linked with some time at the beach. The southern Pacific, to the north of San Juan del Sur, The Corn Islands, and exclusive Calala Island are the possibilities.

Alternatively, you could travel into (or from) Costa Rica.

This itinerary is just a suggestion. Everything can be tailor-made to suit you. Just pick up the phone and call us to talk through the options.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Just a Week in Nicaragua'

DAY 1

Granada

You are met in the morning on your arrival at Managua airport (or the Costa Rican border at Peñas Blancas) by your experienced English-speaking local guide, who drives you to Granada where you stay 3 nights at a comfortable central hotel.

DAY 2
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You explore the colonial city of Grenada with your guide to show you its churches, archaeological museums, quiet side streets and attractive main plaza, ending with a boat ride among the Isletas de Granada.

DAY 3
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Mombacho reserve and Masaya at night

Driving north from Granada you visit the cloud forests of Mombacho Reserve. Orchids and bromeliads deck the stunted trees, and you will hear about the reserve’s endemic species, colourful frogs, howler monkeys and white face capuchins. The conservation group that looks after the reserve helps coffee growers use sustainable methods, which you will see at a Rainforest Alliance certified plantation. Schoolchildren are taught about the environment: volunteer pupils work as park rangers and guides, and help in the tree nurseries. After some free time back in Granada, you are driven south at dusk to Masaya Volcano. Parakeets fly in to roost as the sun sets, when you await the exodus of thousands of bats from a lava tube on the volcano’s flank, on their nightly foragings. The intrepid can don hard hats and masks to explore the tube. Up on the crater’s rim, molten magma may be seen glowing deep below. Return to Granada.

DAY 4
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Pueblos Blancos craft villages

Today you visit the evocative ‘white villages’ below the massive Masaya volcano. Each village specialises in a particular handicraft–from pottery to hammocks, baskets, leather or woodwork. They are busy and attractive little places. Stay overnight at a lodge with a spectacular view.

DAY 5
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León Viejo UNESCO World Heritage Site

A morning to relax in a hammock, by the hotel pool or take an optional spa treatment. After lunch you are driven north along the shores of Lake Managua, where ox carts plough rich soil and mud bricks bake in the sun, to the ruins of Old León, buried by an eruption in 1610 and now an impressive archaeological UNESCO site. Onwards to stay at a comfortable hotel in León for 2 nights.

DAY 6
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León

A full day to explore León with your guide, including visits to Subtiava church, Ortiz-Gurdian and Rubén Darío museums and Cathedral. Take your time and wear a hat in its dry season heat. You will also be driven out of town to visit San Jacinto’s hot springs.

DAY 7
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Managua

Driving to Managua, you see the sights of this most unusual capital. There is much living history to hear, tales from the 1972 earthquake and the revolution which followed, the National Museum, the modernist cathedral and the Footprints of Achualinca. Stay a night in the city at a comfortable hotel.

DAY 8
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Transfer to the airport for the flight home, or flights to the Corn Islands, or the San Juan River, or by road to Pacific beaches.

Guide prices for 'Just a Week in Nicaragua'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
with mid-range hotel options 2 people sharing £1,590
with upper range hotel options 2 people sharing £1,760
Prices are per person and include:
  • all travel in Nicaragua
  • all accommodation
  • meals as indicated B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
  • all excursions as described
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • airport and departure taxes
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • any optional excursions you may buy locally

Customer reviews for 'Just a Week in Nicaragua'

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Seasonal information for 'Just a Week in Nicaragua'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Granada 32°C rainfall 7mm
2 Granada 32°C rainfall 7mm
3 Granada 32°C rainfall 7mm
4 Masaya 30°C rainfall 11mm
5 Leon 32°C rainfall 0mm
6 Leon 32°C rainfall 0mm
7 Managua 32°C rainfall 6mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Just a Week in Nicaragua'

Days 1 - 3

El Patio del Malinche

downtown Granada
rating

Average rating 5.0 (1 ratings)

Set behind the sun-baked adobe bricks of an historic house in the city centre, this is a characterful, 15 room, mid-range, B&B hotel  set around two patios. The first patio is the owners home, the second one around which the rooms are located on two floors has a garden and swimming pool. All rooms have a/c ceiling fan, private bathroom with hot water, cable TV, WIFI and safety deposit box.

El Patio del Malinche
Day 4

Pacaya Lodge & Spa

Laguna de Apoyo

A 26-room upper range resort with stunning views overlooking Laguna de Apoyo crater lake.

Approx 30 mins drive from Granada.

 

Pacaya Lodge & Spa
Days 5 - 6

Las Mercedes, Best Western

Leon

Located in the heart of the historic city centre just 50m from the main square, the Las Mercedes Hotel is part of the Best Western chain, and a good value mid-range accommodation choice. There are 20 rooms, all with private bathrooms TVs, hairdryers, coffee machines air conditioning and safety deposit boxes as well as Wi-Fi, whilst it is a short walk to the restaurants and coffee shops of the city.

Las Mercedes, Best Western
Day 7

Los Robles

Managua

A small hotel located in a quiet residential area in central Managua not far from the shops and nightlife.

Los Robles has a colonial style and beautiful antique pieces, and a fountain surrounded by a tropical garden that you can see from every room.

All  rooms are provided with air conditioning, cable TV, direct dialing telephone, private bathroom with hot water, and a small inside garden.

Los Robles
Hotel entrance