The tour starts with your arrival in Managua, which is the capital of Nicaragua, where the history dates back more than 10,000 yrs. After checking in at your hotel, the rest of your afternoon and evening can be spent at leisure. In the morning you will leave from your hotel in Managua for the colonial city of Leon Santiago de los Cabelleros. Leon, for centuries has been a political, military, cultural, and religious center of Nicaragua. Experience the old town and enjoy the pre- colonial and colonial heritage in the ruins of Leon Viejo. In the days to follow your time will be spent exploring and relaxing in the city of Granada, the colonial jewel of Central America. During your stay in Granada, you will be taking part in many tours and activities ranging from city tours, visiting Volcanos and last but not least, the beautiful Isletas of Granada, here a boat will take you across Cocibolca- the great lake of Nicaragua, to a world of more than 300 islands all created by eruptions of Volcan Mombacho. After this exciting adventure, transfer back to Managua to board your flight home.
Upon arrival you will be met by our local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle and English speaking driver.
Real InterContinental Metrocentro Managua puts you in the heart of the entertainment and commercial district with a prestigious address across from Plaza Ruben Dario. Metrocentro Mall, the new cathedral, Ruben Dario National Theatre and Lake Managua are nearby. Less than a half hour away is the Volcano Masaya located in Nicaragua's first and largest National Park.
In the morning, leave for the colonial city of León Santiago de los Caballeros—for centuries, a political, military, cultural, and religious center of Nicaragua. In the ruins of Leon Viejo, we experience the old town and enjoy its pre-colonial and colonial heritage. UNESCO designated León Viejo as a “Patrimonio de la Humanidad” (World Heritage Site.) The Spanish influence on the city is visible throughout. The streets, classic buildings, churches, and monuments are testaments to the rich history and culture of the region. Many consider the Metropolitan Cathedral the most impressive colonial monument Central America. Step up to the roof of the cathedral and enjoy an exceptional view over the colonial town and up to the volcano skyline of Nicaragua. The great poet and writer, Ruben Dario, is buried in the Cathedral. Dario reformed the Castilian language and is called the Father of Modern Spanish letters. During our visit, we will see Dario’s childhood home, the site of an excellent museum. Have lunch in the colonial environment and, later, visit the hot springs of San Jacinto, at the foot of the Maribios volcano chain. Return to Managua before dinner.
You will be picked up from your hotel (or airport) and transferred to Granada. Private Vehicle/English Speaking Driver. Distance 47 Kms / 1 hrs
The city of Granada is the colonial jewel of Central America. Founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, it is the oldest continuously occupied city on the American continent. Examples of colonial and neoclassical architecture abound. Site of many important historical events, the city rests beside the magnificent Lago Cocibolca—or Lake Nicaragua. It’s streets, homes, churches, museums and other attractions will be recalled through the years. Our tour is a walk through the historic center of Granada, your English-speaking guide will show you the cathedral of Granada, La Casa de los Tres Mundos, El Convento San Francisco, and the churches La Merced and Xalteva and other important building. The trip is excellent for lovers of history, colonial architecture, and for those who wish for a peek into the past.
Hotel Plaza Colon is located right in front of Parque Colón, known as Parque Central in the historical city of Granada. The hotel is set in an elegant antique colonial house that has been restored to its original style and architecture, with external courtyards and balconies overlooking Central Park and the Cathedral. You can take a horse drawn carriage right at the front of the Hotel and tour the city around.
We depart from Granada in the morning to visit the National Park Volcán Masaya.The Santiago Crater is one of the most active in Central America, with a constant emission of gases that condense to form a column rising to the heavens. The flora and fauna of the dry tropical forest is backlit by the extensive habitat amid the lava fields. We drive to the edge of the crater, where you can peer into the opening that leads to the core of the Earth. We will visit the museum located at the entrance of the national park. Here you will learn much about volcanoes. Later, in Masaya—known as the Cradle of Nicaraguan Folklore—we visit the handicraft market. Here we find a great variety of hammocks, typical garments, fine leather goods, primitive art, wood products, and cane furniture. There is the possibility to have lunch at this market. During the afternoon, we will visit the Pueblos Blancos, Catarina and San Juan de Oriente. The tour is ideal for all ages.
Local Indian legend says that Lake Nicaragua was created by the tears of an Indian girl. The beautiful story underscores the sacred nature of the lake. Beeing at the island of Ometepe upon which stand two volcanoes Maderas and Concepciòn you will come to understand the story of the Indian girl captured in rhyme, prose, statues and petroglyphs Our tour takes us by bus to Granada, to the port of San Jorge and by ferry the port of Moyogalpa on the island of Ometepe. In the town of Altagracia we will visit Indian statues and the museum of the island. Afterwards we have lunch at the beach of Santo Domingo . and have the chance to swim. We return by bus to the port of Moyogalpa and then by ferry, we travel to the coast of Nicaragua, to reach Granada in the fading sunshine.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Enjoy a private vehicle and driver as you transfer from Granada to Managua.
Depart from the International Airport in Managua.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Nicaragua for the most up to date visa information.
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