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Wonderful Wildlife


Nicaragua is home to the most beautiful and diverse habitats in Central America. On this wildlife tour of Nicaragua our best wildlife guides will accompany you as we journey to the heart of Nicaragua’s richest habitats.

You are also given the unique opportunity to directly connect with the culture and history of Nicaragua, learning about its captivating and turbulent history while surrounding yourself with the lushness of Nicaraguan nature.

As on all our wildlife adventure tours, Nicaragua’s majesty comes through as you find yourself surrounded by the pristine cloud forests of Mombacho Volcano, the colorful colonial city of Granada, the iconic Ometepe Island, with the trip finally culminating on the Rio San Juan and Nicaragua’s richest and most precious wildlife zone, the Indio Maiz Biosphere Reserve.

Highlights

  • Experience the cool cloud forests and coffee farms of Northern Nicaragua
  • Abundant wildlife inside and along the jungle fringed San Juan river and Indio Maiz reserve
  • The twin volcano island of Ometepe
  • A tour filled with history and culture
  • Fauna and Flora of Nicaragua

Trip Information

  • 11 days
  • Visit: Managua – Jinotega – Granada – Ometepe – Rio San Juan
  • All activities and meals included
  • Expert wildlife and history guides
  • A mix of comfortable lodges and colonial hotels

Day 1

Met at Managua airport by your Green Pathways guide and driver. Private transfer to your hotel for the evening in the capital.

Accommodation – Managua

Day 2

We start the day off with a welcome meeting over a delicious Nicaraguan breakfast. Then a private transfer to the cool mountains of Jinotega and La Bastilla Lodge. The afternoon will be spent relaxing, taking in the fresh mountain air and exploring the surroundings of the lodge.

Accommodation – Jinotega

Day 3

Spend the day hiking in the lush cloud-forests lined with coffee plants and steep cliffs. Observe wildlife and visit local communities. This hike today can be as easy or as difficult as you chose. Your guide will offer a number of routes for you to chose from, be it more wildlife focused or spending more time in the local community.

Accommodation – Jinotega

Day 4

This morning we head south to the colorful colonial city of Granada. On route, we’ll visit the white washed villages of Masaya, famous for their pottery. Learn the process and test your skills with the opportunity to make a piece when we visit a local pottery family.
Next, time for some shopping as we make a quick stop at the local Masaya Market, a vibrant market overflowing with local artisanal crafts.

The highlight of today is Masaya Volcano. This active volcano recently formed a lava lake in December 2015. This is quite the phenomenon. Now you can see hot bubbling lava flowing in the crater. (no walking involved – we drive direct to the crater).

After arriving at Granada, take in the grandeur and beauty with an evening stroll along the cobbled streets or find a seat to watch the world pass by.

Accommodation – Granada

Day 5

This morning we drive up the steep slopes to the biological station of Mombacho volcano, where we hike through the lush cloud forests on the El Tigrillo trail, intently listening to your guide share the local myths and legends of the volcano. The volcano is home to an array of wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, deer, birds and many reptiles plus plants, fungi and orchids. As the clouds lift we are rewarded with the spectacular view of Lake Nicaragua and Granada.

The afternoon is spent on Lake Nicaragua exploring Las Isletas. A collection of 365 islands formed from an eruption of Mombacho volcano many years ago. The islands are home to a number of aquatic birds.

Accommodation – Granada

Day 6

Morning we depart Granada and continue on by land then ferry to the twin volcano island of Ometepe situated in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. On route to your hotel we stop off at the Charcoverde reserve for a short hike through its dry tropical forests, visiting small secluded volcanic beaches and epic views of the peninsula. This is a great place to see monkeys and birdlife.

Accommodation – Ometepe Island

Day 7

A full day out exploring the island from petroglyphs, volcanoes to waterfalls and natural springs and lots of little communities in between.

Ometepe is famous for its rich pre-Columbian past and belongs to the great rock art areas of the world. Ancient petroglyphs and stone statues have been found all over the island. The early Indians considered the island of Ometepe as their promised land. The Maderas volcano was the sacred place of the sun, while the Concepcion volcano was the brother of the moon.

Accommodation – Ometepe Island

Day 8

Free relaxing morning along the shores of Lake Nicaragua before boarding the domestic flight over the island and onto the San Juan river. Landing in San Carlos before jumping on board the local panga boat down river to the quant riverside town of El Castillo.

***Note sometimes the 12 seat plane can be full due to limited spaces, in this case we will travel by land to San Carlos***

Accommodation – El Castillo

Day 9

Today is spent on the river. Heading further down the jungle fringed river to the the Bartola reserve and the beginning of the Indio Maiz biosphere reserve. Here we take a hike through the reserve exploring the jungle, sloths, birds, river otters and poison dart frogs.

A freshly cooked lunch on the river before heading back up river to El Castillo. The afternoon is spent visiting the the old fortress and learning about the days of pirates, pioneers, Vanderbilt and the gold rush.

Accommodation – El Castillo

Day 10

Heading back up river today to the port of San Carlos before returning to Managua for a farewell dinner.

Accommodation – Managua

Day 11

Morning transfer to Managua airport for departing flights.


Hotels

Managua – Hotel Los Robles
Granada – Hotel Con Corazon
Jinotega – La Bastilla
Ometepe Island – Finca San Juan de la Isla
El Castillo – Hotel Victoria

Dates

2017
2nd to 12th November

2018
28th January to 7th February
1st March to 11th March
19th to 29th July

Price

$2,099

Based on twin share double accommodation
Single supplement charge of $330

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Includes

Lodging in twin double rooms, private ground transportation, domestic flights, expert bi-lingual guide, activities mentioned above, all meals from Day 2 to Day 11 and a stainless steel water bottle to be refilled with free purified water at each hotel.

In addition, a donation to support local conservation efforts will be made on behalf of each trip participant.

Excludes: international airfare, travel insurance (highly recommended), passport/visa fees, gratuities, alcohol, optional activities not listed in the itinerary, and items of a personal nature.

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