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Trip Extensions

Southern Nicaragua Wildlife & Nature Lodge Extension

Duration: 4 days

This four-day extension to Southern Nicaragua gives you an up close and personal opportunity to enjoy the region’s fabulous views and unique wildlife. A guided motorboat trip up the Rio San Juan takes you past a jungle rich with exotic South Americ... read more

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: managua/montibelli

Naturalist and bird expertNaturalist and bird expert

On arrival at Managua Airport you will be met and transferred to the beautiful Montibelli Private Wildlife Reserve in the hills outside of Managua. You are free to hike the trails. Your dinner and overnight will be at the new Montibelli Ecolodge within the reserve.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Montibelli Ecolodge

Day 2: matagalpa/el jaguar

Juan Miguel Rizo, your guideJuan Miguel Rizo, your guide

Head out on a bird and nature hike early in the morning with the naturalist guide. Many of the 152 species of birds identified here are very difficult to see anywhere else, and you may be entertained by displaying manakins, motmots, toucans, trogons, or tanagers. At least 115 species of butterflies, 33 reptiles, and 30 species of mammals also inhabit the reserve. Depart after breakfast for a drive to Matagalpa in time for lunch. Visit the grave of legendary American philanthropist and child welfare advocate Benjamin Lindner, who was killed in an ambush by Contra guerillas. Continue on to Finca El Jaguar Ecolodge for your dinner and overnight.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Finca El Jaguar Ecolodge

Day 3: el jaguar

El Jaguar is a family run farm whose main goal is to produce high-quality, environmentally friendly coffee in harmony with nature and the local community. Their mission also includes protecting the biodiversity of 200 acres of cloud forest. Today you will enjoy a guided tour of the farm and sanctuary. Owners Lili and Georges Duriaux–Chavarría describe El Jaguar as an ecoadventure project, as there are also six hiking trails on the reserve. Stay overnight at El Jaguar.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
El Jaguar

Days 4-5: selva negra

Selva Negra EcolodgeSelva Negra Ecolodge

After a final morning hike at El Jaguar, transfer via scenic road to Selva Negra. Accommodations at Selva Negra Mountain Resort are quite comfortable, and the food is excellent. The resort is the hospitality component of La Harmonia Coffee Estate, a state-of-the-art coffee farm which has won international prizes and acclaim for sustainable methods of producing environmentally-friendly, organic, shade-grown coffee.  You will be at an elevation of about 3,000 feet, which makes it cool here year-round. The forest holds resplendent quetzals, bellbirds, and numerous other species. You will enjoy a tour of the farm, school, and several hikes in the cloud forest.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Selva Negra

Day 6: granada

Granada streetGranada street

After breakfast, drive several hours via the historic Ciudad Dario to the colonial city of Granada, on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, for a very different view of the country. You will see why Granada is a favorite destination and second home for Nicaraguans and foreign visitors. Enjoy a tour of this city filled with colorful buildings, attractive squares, and volcanic vistas. Enjoy dinner al fresco on the square or at one of the pedestrian malls.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Dario

Day 7: volcano mombacho/lake nicaragua

Roberto D'Arce is your expert volcano guide.Roberto D'Arce is your expert volcano guide.

After a very early breakfast, you will be transferred to Volcano Mombacho, where you will be one of the first people to arrive! The top of the volcano offers a grand vista of Granada and the islet-dotted Lake Nicaragua. You will have the choice of participating in a 20 minute, two hour, or four hour hike, based on your ability and ambition. Next you will head for Lake Nicaragua, where your guide will hire a boat for an afternoon of exploring more than 300 islets.  You will have a picnic lunch on one of these many islands. Visit Fortress Island and observe the natural and cultural beauty of this tropical venetian setting.  Dinner will be your own at any of Granada's many wonderful restaurants before your overnight at Hotel Dario.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Dario

Day 8: masaya/laguna de apoyo

Rim of Masaya VolcanoRim of Masaya Volcano

In the morning, depart for a guided hike of one of Nicaragua's most active volcanoes, Masaya Volcano. The national park that houses the volcano is Nicaragua's first and largest. Your guide will lead you on a spectacular hike based on your ambition, ability, and the current eruptive status of the volcano. You will be able to fully appreciate and photograph this steaming, belching behemoth. You might hike up past a massive vulture roosting area, or down an old lava flow to the shores of an old caldera lake. After your hike, you may choose to stop at the Masaya handicrafts market, usually considered the best place in Nicaragua to shop for traditional handicrafts such as leather, paintings, textiles, carvings, and jewelry. Continue on to Laguna de Apoyo Natural Reserve, which protects the ecosystems surrounding the 8,600 acre volcanic caldera lake. Howler monkeys and many species of birds inhabit the area. Your ecolodge accommodations at Posada La Buela on the shore of the lake offer a beautiful, friendly, and intimate natural setting for your final dinner of the trip.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Posada La Abuela

Day 9: depart or extend to rio san juan

Ecolodge at Laguna Apoyo.Ecolodge at Laguna Apoyo.

After a lakeside breakfast, transfer to the Managua Airport for your return flight to Costa Rica or home. Or, you may choose to extend your trip with some extra days in Granada or other areas of Nicaragua, such as the wildlife-filled jungle areas of the South.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,095
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$500
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Colonial style hotel, modern ecolodges
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy day hiking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

Nicaragua Travel and Me: A Match Made in Heaven

  Joan Weber and husband Will founded Journeys International in 1978. Here, Joan explains why Nicaragua is one of her favorite destinations.

Ecolodge at Laguna Apoyo.
Ecolodge at Laguna Apoyo.
Juan Miguel Rizo, your guide
Juan Miguel Rizo, your guide
Selva Negra Ecolodge
Selva Negra Ecolodge
Expect tasty, simple, generous meals.
Expect tasty, simple, generous meals.
Granada street
Granada street

Nicaragua Volcano Vistas

Cloud forests, shade-grown coffee, Montibelli, El Jaguar, Matagalpa, and Selva Negra

overview

Enjoy an ecologically-sensitive exploration of the nature, scenery, and rural communities of Nicaragua accompanied by a superb local guide.  Most nights you will stay in small ecolodges located on or near organic, shade-grown coffee plantations which have become world models of sustainable management.  These are very pleasant and ecologically-rich environments in contrast to the industrial coffee farms in most of the world.  You will learn about the natural and cultural history of of Nicaragua by hiking on active volcanoes, exploring the native forests around the local coffee fincas, and traveling with local naturalists. Visit the old colonial city of Grenada renowned for its art, architecture, and fine dining. Expect good food, very friendly local people, surprising dedication to good environmental practices, and wonderful opportunities for nature and culture photography.   If you enjoy coffee, this trip will help you appreciate the virtues and significance of "organic," "shade-grown," and "fair trade" designations.  This is what Costa Rica was like 30 years ago. However you may imagine Nicaragua now, this trip will  change your view of the country and the people in a very favorable and postive way. And, you will feel good about supporting sustainable agricultural practices.

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overview

Enjoy an ecologically-sensitive exploration of the nature, scenery, and rural communities of Nicaragua accompanied by a superb local guide.  Most nights you will stay in small ecolodges located on or near organic, shade-grown coffee plantations which have become world models of sustainable management.  These are very pleasant and ecologically-rich environments in contrast to the industrial coffee farms in most of the world.  You will learn about the natural and cultural history of of Nicaragua by hiking on active volcanoes, exploring the native forests around the local coffee fincas, and traveling with local naturalists. Visit the old colonial city of Grenada renowned for its art, architecture, and fine dining. Expect good food, very friendly local people, surprising dedication to good environmental practices, and wonderful opportunities for nature and culture photography.   If you enjoy coffee, this trip will help you appreciate the virtues and significance of "organic," "shade-grown," and "fair trade" designations.  This is what Costa Rica was like 30 years ago. However you may imagine Nicaragua now, this trip will  change your view of the country and the people in a very favorable and postive way. And, you will feel good about supporting sustainable agricultural practices.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: managua/montibelli
    Naturalist and bird expertNaturalist and bird expert

    On arrival at Managua Airport you will be met and transferred to the beautiful Montibelli Private Wildlife Reserve in the hills outside of Managua. You are free to hike the trails. Your dinner and overnight will be at the new Montibelli Ecolodge within the reserve.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Montibelli Ecolodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: matagalpa/el jaguar
    Juan Miguel Rizo, your guideJuan Miguel Rizo, your guide

    Head out on a bird and nature hike early in the morning with the naturalist guide. Many of the 152 species of birds identified here are very difficult to see anywhere else, and you may be entertained by displaying manakins, motmots, toucans, trogons, or tanagers. At least 115 species of butterflies, 33 reptiles, and 30 species of mammals also inhabit the reserve. Depart after breakfast for a drive to Matagalpa in time for lunch. Visit the grave of legendary American philanthropist and child welfare advocate Benjamin Lindner, who was killed in an ambush by Contra guerillas. Continue on to Finca El Jaguar Ecolodge for your dinner and overnight.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Finca El Jaguar Ecolodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: el jaguar

    El Jaguar is a family run farm whose main goal is to produce high-quality, environmentally friendly coffee in harmony with nature and the local community. Their mission also includes protecting the biodiversity of 200 acres of cloud forest. Today you will enjoy a guided tour of the farm and sanctuary. Owners Lili and Georges Duriaux–Chavarría describe El Jaguar as an ecoadventure project, as there are also six hiking trails on the reserve. Stay overnight at El Jaguar.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    El Jaguar
    Show on a map
  • Days 4-5: selva negra
    Selva Negra EcolodgeSelva Negra Ecolodge

    After a final morning hike at El Jaguar, transfer via scenic road to Selva Negra. Accommodations at Selva Negra Mountain Resort are quite comfortable, and the food is excellent. The resort is the hospitality component of La Harmonia Coffee Estate, a state-of-the-art coffee farm which has won international prizes and acclaim for sustainable methods of producing environmentally-friendly, organic, shade-grown coffee.  You will be at an elevation of about 3,000 feet, which makes it cool here year-round. The forest holds resplendent quetzals, bellbirds, and numerous other species. You will enjoy a tour of the farm, school, and several hikes in the cloud forest.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Selva Negra
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: granada
    Granada streetGranada street

    After breakfast, drive several hours via the historic Ciudad Dario to the colonial city of Granada, on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, for a very different view of the country. You will see why Granada is a favorite destination and second home for Nicaraguans and foreign visitors. Enjoy a tour of this city filled with colorful buildings, attractive squares, and volcanic vistas. Enjoy dinner al fresco on the square or at one of the pedestrian malls.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Dario
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: volcano mombacho/lake nicaragua
    Roberto D'Arce is your expert volcano guide.Roberto D'Arce is your expert volcano guide.

    After a very early breakfast, you will be transferred to Volcano Mombacho, where you will be one of the first people to arrive! The top of the volcano offers a grand vista of Granada and the islet-dotted Lake Nicaragua. You will have the choice of participating in a 20 minute, two hour, or four hour hike, based on your ability and ambition. Next you will head for Lake Nicaragua, where your guide will hire a boat for an afternoon of exploring more than 300 islets.  You will have a picnic lunch on one of these many islands. Visit Fortress Island and observe the natural and cultural beauty of this tropical venetian setting.  Dinner will be your own at any of Granada's many wonderful restaurants before your overnight at Hotel Dario.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Dario
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: masaya/laguna de apoyo
    Rim of Masaya VolcanoRim of Masaya Volcano

    In the morning, depart for a guided hike of one of Nicaragua's most active volcanoes, Masaya Volcano. The national park that houses the volcano is Nicaragua's first and largest. Your guide will lead you on a spectacular hike based on your ambition, ability, and the current eruptive status of the volcano. You will be able to fully appreciate and photograph this steaming, belching behemoth. You might hike up past a massive vulture roosting area, or down an old lava flow to the shores of an old caldera lake. After your hike, you may choose to stop at the Masaya handicrafts market, usually considered the best place in Nicaragua to shop for traditional handicrafts such as leather, paintings, textiles, carvings, and jewelry. Continue on to Laguna de Apoyo Natural Reserve, which protects the ecosystems surrounding the 8,600 acre volcanic caldera lake. Howler monkeys and many species of birds inhabit the area. Your ecolodge accommodations at Posada La Buela on the shore of the lake offer a beautiful, friendly, and intimate natural setting for your final dinner of the trip.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Posada La Abuela
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: depart or extend to rio san juan
    Ecolodge at Laguna Apoyo.Ecolodge at Laguna Apoyo.

    After a lakeside breakfast, transfer to the Managua Airport for your return flight to Costa Rica or home. Or, you may choose to extend your trip with some extra days in Granada or other areas of Nicaragua, such as the wildlife-filled jungle areas of the South.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,095
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$500
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Colonial style hotel, modern ecolodges
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy day hiking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Southern Nicaragua Wildlife & Nature Lodge Extension

Duration: 4 days

This four-day extension to Southern Nicaragua gives you an up close and personal opportunity to enjoy the region’s fabulous views and unique wildlife. A guided motorboat trip up the Rio San Juan takes you past a jungle rich with exotic South Americ... read more

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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