Granada and Isletas (6 hrs): (1 person) $ 149 USD, (2 persons)
$ 99 pp, (3+persons) $ 89 pp.
Recommended gear for all these tours: walking or hiking shoes, light clothing,
sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses, hat and drinking water.
The Spanish Colonial city of Granada ** was founded in 1524 by the Conquistador Hernandez
de Cordoba and is thought to be the oldest European settlement on the American continent.
Picturesque and colorful, Granada is the home of many fine examples of restored colonial-era
architecture, and is the hub of Nicaraguan tourism. We will take a short ride to
the Isleta’s of Lake Nicaragua where we will take a leisurely boat tour. The Isletas
were formed twenty thousand years ago, when neighboring Volcan Mombacho exploded
creating an archipelago of 365 tiny lava rock islands in Lake Nicaragua. Tranquil
and exotic, the Isletas are home to many different species of birds, reptiles and
We will return to Granada for a well deserve lunch at the Parque Central. After
lunch, we will take a step back in time to ride a horse-drawn carriage around the
Plaza Central and the old city streets that dates back to the time of the Spanish
conquest, finishing at the Convento de San Francisco, a Church, former Convent and
Museum, where we will explore its vast exposition of pre-Columbian statues and pottery.
Tour includes:Land and Boat transportation (Granada), horse carriage (Granada),
entrance fees to monuments and Museum. Lunch not included!. This is a self-guided
Mombacho Cloud Forest Reserve** at 1344 meters above sea level, is considered to
be Latin America’s most spectacular Cloud Forest. Boasting over 800 species of plants,
174 species of birds and 30 species of reptiles, “El Mombacho” is a nature lover’s
dream where you will find a misty, 2,500-acre, protected reserve, filled with colorful
birds, tree frogs, butterflies, orchids, bromeliads, and many other exotic species
of flora and fauna. Popular with tourists are two species of wildlife which only
exist in this cloud forest; the Mombacho Salamander and the Mombacho butterfly. The
numerous, well-maintained nature trails are easy to manage and trail lengths are
Mombacho Cloud Forest & Canopy Tour: After your visit to the Cloud Forest, we will
proceed onto the Canopy Tour where you will soar through the forest treetops and
see jungle life from a new perspective. Your certified expert English speaking guides
will assist and explain what’s going on around you from the time you leave the ground
until you descend back down to the forest floor.Lunch not included.
Clothing Suggestion: Due to the elevation and misty conditions at the summit, you
may need a light sweater or jacket. Closed, comfortable walking/hiking shoes are
essential and, as always, mosquito repellent is recommended.
Tour includes:Land transportation, entrance fees at the different activities, English
speaking tour guide provided with Canopy addition. The Mombacho Cloud Forest & San
Juan de Oriente is a self-guided tour.
We will take you on a 20 minute ride through the beautiful countryside of the “Pueblos
Blancos,” (white villages), to the Volcano Masaya National Park **. This is the only
volcano in the western hemisphere where one can drive directly to the rim!.
Upon reaching the summit you will disembark and have an opportunity to explore the
National Park and climb the 174 steps to the summit. If you dare, and if conditions
allow, you may be able to peer into the volcano’s “mouth of hell,” (as the crater
was dubbed by Friar Francisco de Bobadilla in 1529). The Volcano’s eruption in 4550
BC was one of the largest on Earth in the last 10,000 years! Since first described
by the Spanish in 1524, 19 eruptions have been documented. The Volcano Masaya has
been frequently active since the time of the Spanish Conquistadors, when an active
lava lake prompted attempts by the Spanish to extract the volcano's molten "gold!"
For the second part of this tour, you will re-board the van, sit back and enjoy the
surrounding countryside on your way to the picturesque town of Masaya, the cradle
of folklore of Nicaragua.
Upon arrival at the Mercado Antiguo de Masaya, (Old Masaya Market), you will be free
to stroll at your leisure through this restored 19th century open-air artisan’s market. Here
you will discover a treasure trove of native handicrafts; such as embroidered blouses,
handmade jewelry, primitive ceramics, carved leather goods, wooden rocking chairs
and colorful hammocks, which can be wrapped for airline check-in. After your adventure,
we will visit Catarina’s Mirador and Arts and Crafts Market (a small little town
at the top of a mountain with a beautiful lookout), where you will be able to stroll
at your leisure and enjoy a true Nicaraguan lunch (Not included)!
Tour includes:Land transportation and entrance fees to National Park. This is a
Mombacho Cloud Forest, Canopy Tour & San Juan de Oriente.
** To participate on these organized tours, a waiver has to be signed at the Hacienda.
You can read it HERE!