Off the Beaten Track in Nicaragua

Explore some of Nicaragua’s best-kept secrets – the islands forming the Solentiname Archipelago; the wildlife in the Guatuzos Reserve and in Indio Maiz; the goldmines around Juigalpa; the beaches and mangroves of the Laguna de Perlas; Isla Zapatera in Lake Nicaragua where you’ll see petroglyphs from Nicaragua’s pre-Colombian period; stay in the scientific centre in the cloudforest on the slopes of Mombacho Volcano.


DAY 1:

Fly to Managua, via Madrid or the US (other routes available). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your starting hotel. Welcome to Nicaragua!

DAY 2:

Fly to San Carlos and transfer to the Solentiname Archipelago in Lake Cocibolca, made up of 36 beautiful islands with a long history of ancient civilizations.

DAY 3:

Enjoy a trip to Los Guatuzos Reserve, visiting the caiman & turtle nurseries, meteorological station and butterfly farm plus the series of hanging bridges where you can view the abundant flora and fauna from a bird’s eye perspective.

DAY 4:

Onwards travel from the Solentiname Archipelago to the San Juan River where you’ll stay in the charming river town of El Castillo. The San Juan River is regarded as an undiscovered paradise for nature lovers and keen fishermen.

DAY 5:

Today you’ll enjoy a hike through the jungle reserve of Indio Maiz.

DAY 6:

Leave the jungle behind and move on to Juigalpa, Nicaragua’s prime beef and dairy region.

DAY 7:

Enjoy a day at leisure. Visit the archaeological museum, hike the surroundings or check out the local goldmines, the archaeological park in Villa Sandino or the sunsets over Lake Cocibolca.

DAY 8:

Transfer from Juigalpa to Laguna de Perlas (translated to Pearl Lagoon), the largest coastal lagoon in Nicaragua and home to a rich ecology of mangroves and river deltas.

DAY 9:

Day at leisure to relax on Pearl Keys’ white-sand beaches lined with palm trees. Alternatively, you can visit a Miskito community to learn about their culture or do some kayaking on the lagoon.

DAY 10:

Transfer to Granada, Latin America’s second oldest city and characterised today by the brightly-coloured Spanish-colonial architecture found throughout the city centre.

DAY 11:

Day to explore the Masaya region, including the volcano, the local market and the local craftsmen in the Pueblos Blancos.

DAY 12:

Transfer to the nearby Isla Zapatera, a volcanic island situated in a shallow and calm area of Lake Nicaragua known as Charco Muerto.

DAY 13:

Day at leisure. The island offers great hiking & fishing, unspoilt beaches and centuries-old petroglyphs, mainly on the small islet Isla El Muerto.

DAY 14:

Take a guided hike through Mombacho Volcano’s cloudforest trails where you spend the night at the scientific centre before transferring back to Managua for your flight home.

The above sample Nicaragua holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


Nicaragua has a good range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made holiday to Nicaragua.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Nicaragua Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Nicaragua holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Nicaragua holiday.

Duration of your Nicaragua Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your Nicaragua holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this tailor-made holiday in Nicaragua.