Map loading...

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Days 1-2: granada, masaya and the pueblos blancos

Welcome to Managua.Welcome to Managua.

You'll be greeted on arrival at Managua's international airport. Depending on your arrival time, you will either transfer, one hour, to Granada, or overnight near the airport and transfer the next day.

The colonial city of Granada is as picturesques and charming a town as you might find anywhere in the Americas. Founded in 1524, it is believed to be the oldest city established on the mainland by the Spanish. The central plaza is grand and full of life. The cathedrals, cafes, houses and storefronts are a palette of pastels. Part of your city tour will be in a horse-drawn carriage. Do not consider this an affectation. Throughout Nicaragua, this is still an essential transportation option.

In addition to your orientation to Granada, you'll explore nearby Masaya - both the volcano with its belching crater, and the town which is known for its crafts. The town is one of a cluster known as Los Pueblos Blancos (the white villages), each with its own specific renown. Choose which most interest you. In San Juan de Oriente, you can observe a thousands-year old ceramics tradition. In Catarina, find the streets lined with small plant nurseries. In Diriomo learn about the traditions of black magic and folk healing.

 

 

Lodging
lovely hotel(s)

Day 3: granada / las isletas

Enjoy the history and culture of Granada.Enjoy the history and culture of Granada.

Take your own time this morning to enjoy a stroll down the broad and beautiful boulevard that links Granada's central plaza with the shore of Lake Nicaragua.

In the afternoon, board a private launch for the 20-minute ride among the picturesque isletas (little islands) to Jicaro Island Ecolodge with its spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across the lake.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Jicaro Island Ecolodge

Day 4: las isletas de granada

See all the sites of this fantastic city.See all the sites of this fantastic city.

Jicaro Eco-loge is your base today and there is a selection of activities that you can enjoy, including visiting other islands in the archipelago, birding and photography, fishing, and learning about the sustainability practices of this unique small hotel. Enjoy sunset over Lake Nicaragua from the pool, the dock or the watchtower. Savor award-winning cuisine prepared with the freshest local ingredients.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Jicaro Island Ecolodge

Day 5: mombacho volcano / ometepe island

Escape to Ometepe.Escape to Ometepe.

Depart Jicaro this morning, and spend a half day exploring the environs around Mombacho Volcano. In contrast to Masaya's starkness, the slopes of Mombacho are deeply forested and full of wildlife. By early afternoon, arrive at the Lake Nicaragua ferry port at San Jorge for your crossing to Ometepe Island. The name Ometepe means "two hills" for the twin volcanoes that define the island. Separated by a narrow isthmus, each volcano has its own unique climate and vegetation. For centuries, Ometepe served as sanctuary to indigenous tribes searching for a safe homeland, as evidenced by the petroglyphs, pottery and scluptures that are being uncovered here. There is still a feeling of sanctuary in this quiet haven with its treats for history and archaeology lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
TOTOCO Eco-Lodge or beachside hotel

Day 6: ometepe island

Discover the hidden jewels of this tropical island.Discover the hidden jewels of this tropical island.

Today, enjoy the highlights of Ometepe, including the natural landscape formations and pre-Columbian relics. Visit Finca Magdalena community farm, the botanical paradise around Charco Verde lagoon, the natural water pool at Ojo de Agua, and the beach of Santo Domingo with views of both volcanoes.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
TOTOCO Eco-Lodge or beachside hotel

Days 7-8: pacific coast/morgan's rock

Enjoy the bays and beaches of the southern Pacific coast.Enjoy the bays and beaches of the southern Pacific coast.

Return by ferry to the mainland and drive to the Pacific coast, where your first stop is San Juan del Sur, characterized by its brightly colored wooden homes and picturesque, crescent-shaped bay. 

A half-hour drive up the coast by a well-maintained dirt road, takes you to the acclaimed, unique, hotel named Morgan's Rock. The hotel's fifteen cliffside bungalows are accessed from the dining area and pool via a lovely walking trail and suspension  bridge. Situated above a lovely bay and pristine beach, located within a nature reserve, the eco-lodge offers a wide array of activities, including kayaking through mangroves, biking, horseback riding, and fishing with locals on the open seas.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Morgan's Rock

Day 9: managua

Goodbye, Nicaragua.Goodbye, Nicaragua.

The drive to Managua today offers a fascinating view of life on the small farms and roadways that parallel the Pacific. Pass through the thriving town of Rivas and continue on to Managua.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,350
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:
$700
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)
Charming Eco-lodges with wonderful views on water
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
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

Getting Off the Beaten Path

   Journeys International Director Will Weber knows where to go to find a different perspective.

Soak up the natural beauty of Nicaragua
Soak up the natural beauty of Nicaragua
Enjoy guiding by expert locals
Enjoy guiding by expert locals
Enjoy expert guiding by our local friends
Enjoy expert guiding by our local friends
Nicaraguan eats
Nicaraguan eats

Three Gems of Nicaragua

Explore Granada, Las Isletas & Ometepe Island from three special lodge bases

overview

Slow down in the land of lakes and volcanoes as you settle into three different environments in south central and coastal Nicaragua. First, engage the rich cultural colonial heritage of Granada and the beauty of nearby Las Isletas. Then, venture further on Lake Nicaragua to the fertile volcanic island of Ometepe, with her dramatic twin peaks, where you can enjoy broad, palm-lined  beaches, abundant wildlife, lush waterfalls, hiking, horseback riding and an array of water activities. Punctuate your exploration on the Pacific coast. The accommodations on this trip are part of the allure, all small hotels that are exquisitely attuned to the environment, and committed to sustainability practices.  Two of them -- Jicaro Lodge is one of the isletas near Granada, and Morgan's Rock on the Pacific Coast -- are as rated with the most comfortable of all hotels in Central America.

Life in Nicaragua is unhurried, people are inordinately friendly, and the tourism scene is anything but slick. The locales of this itinerary contrast with Journeys' Nicaragua Volcano Vistas which encompasses the mountainous center of the country; the two can be blended to create a lovely 12-14 day program.

itinerary

See Trip Extensions
View Map

overview

Slow down in the land of lakes and volcanoes as you settle into three different environments in south central and coastal Nicaragua. First, engage the rich cultural colonial heritage of Granada and the beauty of nearby Las Isletas. Then, venture further on Lake Nicaragua to the fertile volcanic island of Ometepe, with her dramatic twin peaks, where you can enjoy broad, palm-lined  beaches, abundant wildlife, lush waterfalls, hiking, horseback riding and an array of water activities. Punctuate your exploration on the Pacific coast. The accommodations on this trip are part of the allure, all small hotels that are exquisitely attuned to the environment, and committed to sustainability practices.  Two of them -- Jicaro Lodge is one of the isletas near Granada, and Morgan's Rock on the Pacific Coast -- are as rated with the most comfortable of all hotels in Central America.

Life in Nicaragua is unhurried, people are inordinately friendly, and the tourism scene is anything but slick. The locales of this itinerary contrast with Journeys' Nicaragua Volcano Vistas which encompasses the mountainous center of the country; the two can be blended to create a lovely 12-14 day program.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Days 1-2: granada, masaya and the pueblos blancos
    Welcome to Managua.Welcome to Managua.

    You'll be greeted on arrival at Managua's international airport. Depending on your arrival time, you will either transfer, one hour, to Granada, or overnight near the airport and transfer the next day.

    The colonial city of Granada is as picturesques and charming a town as you might find anywhere in the Americas. Founded in 1524, it is believed to be the oldest city established on the mainland by the Spanish. The central plaza is grand and full of life. The cathedrals, cafes, houses and storefronts are a palette of pastels. Part of your city tour will be in a horse-drawn carriage. Do not consider this an affectation. Throughout Nicaragua, this is still an essential transportation option.

    In addition to your orientation to Granada, you'll explore nearby Masaya - both the volcano with its belching crater, and the town which is known for its crafts. The town is one of a cluster known as Los Pueblos Blancos (the white villages), each with its own specific renown. Choose which most interest you. In San Juan de Oriente, you can observe a thousands-year old ceramics tradition. In Catarina, find the streets lined with small plant nurseries. In Diriomo learn about the traditions of black magic and folk healing.

     

     

    Lodging
    lovely hotel(s)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: granada / las isletas
    Enjoy the history and culture of Granada.Enjoy the history and culture of Granada.

    Take your own time this morning to enjoy a stroll down the broad and beautiful boulevard that links Granada's central plaza with the shore of Lake Nicaragua.

    In the afternoon, board a private launch for the 20-minute ride among the picturesque isletas (little islands) to Jicaro Island Ecolodge with its spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across the lake.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Jicaro Island Ecolodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: las isletas de granada
    See all the sites of this fantastic city.See all the sites of this fantastic city.

    Jicaro Eco-loge is your base today and there is a selection of activities that you can enjoy, including visiting other islands in the archipelago, birding and photography, fishing, and learning about the sustainability practices of this unique small hotel. Enjoy sunset over Lake Nicaragua from the pool, the dock or the watchtower. Savor award-winning cuisine prepared with the freshest local ingredients.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Jicaro Island Ecolodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: mombacho volcano / ometepe island
    Escape to Ometepe.Escape to Ometepe.

    Depart Jicaro this morning, and spend a half day exploring the environs around Mombacho Volcano. In contrast to Masaya's starkness, the slopes of Mombacho are deeply forested and full of wildlife. By early afternoon, arrive at the Lake Nicaragua ferry port at San Jorge for your crossing to Ometepe Island. The name Ometepe means "two hills" for the twin volcanoes that define the island. Separated by a narrow isthmus, each volcano has its own unique climate and vegetation. For centuries, Ometepe served as sanctuary to indigenous tribes searching for a safe homeland, as evidenced by the petroglyphs, pottery and scluptures that are being uncovered here. There is still a feeling of sanctuary in this quiet haven with its treats for history and archaeology lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    TOTOCO Eco-Lodge or beachside hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: ometepe island
    Discover the hidden jewels of this tropical island.Discover the hidden jewels of this tropical island.

    Today, enjoy the highlights of Ometepe, including the natural landscape formations and pre-Columbian relics. Visit Finca Magdalena community farm, the botanical paradise around Charco Verde lagoon, the natural water pool at Ojo de Agua, and the beach of Santo Domingo with views of both volcanoes.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    TOTOCO Eco-Lodge or beachside hotel
    Show on a map
  • Days 7-8: pacific coast/morgan's rock
    Enjoy the bays and beaches of the southern Pacific coast.Enjoy the bays and beaches of the southern Pacific coast.

    Return by ferry to the mainland and drive to the Pacific coast, where your first stop is San Juan del Sur, characterized by its brightly colored wooden homes and picturesque, crescent-shaped bay. 

    A half-hour drive up the coast by a well-maintained dirt road, takes you to the acclaimed, unique, hotel named Morgan's Rock. The hotel's fifteen cliffside bungalows are accessed from the dining area and pool via a lovely walking trail and suspension  bridge. Situated above a lovely bay and pristine beach, located within a nature reserve, the eco-lodge offers a wide array of activities, including kayaking through mangroves, biking, horseback riding, and fishing with locals on the open seas.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Morgan's Rock
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: managua
    Goodbye, Nicaragua.Goodbye, Nicaragua.

    The drive to Managua today offers a fascinating view of life on the small farms and roadways that parallel the Pacific. Pass through the thriving town of Rivas and continue on to Managua.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,350
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:
$700
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)
Charming Eco-lodges with wonderful views on water
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
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

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

×

Download Trip Itinerary

Subscribe me to The Bird's Nest (the Journeys blog)
Please tell us specifically the name of the website, publication or friend, or 'other' place where you heard about us.
× 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.
Share