The Land of the Volcanoes

2-Week Nicaragua Holiday Itinerary

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Duration14 days / 13 nights (flexible)

DepartureDaily

ItineraryGranada - Ometepe Island - Matagalpa - San Ramon - Leon - San Juan del Sur – Managua

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Overview

See the highlights of Nicaragua with a Rickshaw twist in just 2 weeks. Begin amongst the colonial facades of Granada before taking some time out on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua. Journey north to the coffee plantations of Matagalpa and learn to make tortillas with a local family in San Ramon. A stop in Leon allows you to experience the art and culture that made this city great before flopping onto a beach at San Juan del Sur. Finally, witness the grandeur of Masaya volcano on a unique excursion.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Meals during the homestay
  • Transport as described
  • Excursions as described

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Glory Days of Granada

The oldest city in the New World, Granada is striking with it’s colourful colonial buildings and diverse culture. Upon arrival in Managua you’ll be transferred directly to your hotel in Granada, a journey of about an hour. You’ll stay in a comfortable colonial-style hotel with its own swimming pool and go on a walk with a local guide through the city.

Iconic cathedral towers over the city of Granada

Discover Ometepe Island

Ometepe Island lies in the second largest freshwater lake in Latin America. There’s nothing planned for you during your stay so you can decide how to spend your time. Relax on the beach, try some hiking up one of the volcanoes, or jump on a bike and discover the island. You’ll stay in the centre of Ometepe between the two volcanoes. From your hammock, you can enjoy the sounds of wind, water and birds.

Discover Ometepe Island

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!

If there is one thing that Nicaragua is famous for, it has to be coffee. You’ll head out to the coffee plantations of the Matagalpa region where your guide will explain the entire process, from harvesting, washing, drying, toasting and grinding of the beans. You’ll stay in a mountain-view hotel in the Cerro Arenal Nature Reserve, so you can enjoy the sound of the forest alongside your morning coffee.

Coffee tour in Matagalpa

At Home with the Nicos

The local people in San Ramon have set up a successful community project where local families open their homes to tourists. You’ll immerse yourself in the culture of a local family by staying in their home and try your hand at some home cooked Nicaraguan food. In this small village you’re unlikely to meet many other tourists. It might also be the perfect time to brush up on a little Spanish!

At Home with the Nicos

The Colonial Charm of Léon

Leon has a rich colonial history with 12 cathedrals and churches. During your stay you’ll take a unique half day tour learning to create traditional Nicaraguan art. Watch a local artist demonstrate the age-old techniques of creating typical Nicaraguan handicrafts; then try them out yourself. You’ll stay in a hotel that once served as a monastery located right in the centre.

The Colonial Charm of Léon

Surf's Up in San Juan

Although you won’t find powdery white sand on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast, you will discover clapboard houses, chilled-out restaurants and fantastic sunsets. This stretch of coastline is well known for its surfing breaks and during your stay we’ll arrange for you to have a go yourself. Before you know it you’ll be standing on your board like a pro. You’ll stay in a charming boutique hotel with swimming pool.

Surf's Up in San Juan

The Mighty Volcano

Managua may not be the prettiest of cities, but it’s worth stopping a while to appreciate the fading colonial buildings and take in the impressive site of Masaya Volcano. Along the way try to catch a glimpse of the green Parakeets and bats before peering into the crater mouth.

smokey massaya volcano
ceri sitting on a temple

Speak to our Nicaragua specialist, Ceri

"Nicaragua was always my favourite place to pass through during my time spent in Central America. It's full of surprises, from its coffee-rich plantations and volcanic islands, to its colonial cobbles streets & coral reefs."


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