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  • Explore colonial granada
  • Seek out the revolutionary murals in león
  • Relax on the beach at san juan del sur
  • Admire the stunning volcanoes on ometepe island

From the colonial streets of Granada and León to the beauty of San Juan del Sur's horseshoe bay, discover the best of Nicaragua on this unique 11-day adventure. Encounter a nature-lover's paradise on Ometepe Island and see both dormant and active volcanoes amidst this country's stunning wilderness. Emerging from a long and turbulent history, Nicaragua is set to become the next big thing. Discover it before others do and come away with a greater understanding of both the volatile past and a passion for this country's vibrant modern culture.

Trip Description
Essence of Nicaragua
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
Essence of Nicaragua



Wonderful trip that balanced the culture of August 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wonderful trip that balanced the culture of Nicaragua and activities. I liked the mix of city and beach,island time. Our group was fantastic and our group leader.

Operator G Adventures



I had a great time on my trip, Esteban was incredibly helpful August 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was brilliant. Nicaragua is an amazing country, and I can't imagine having a better trip. It was so relaxing to have someone else be in charge of coordinating all the details - all I had to do was show up and decide what I wanted for lunch (the answer in Nicaragua is always plantains). And the thing I was the most worried about - what the people would be like - wound up being one of the best aspects of the trip. Interesting, adventurous, and accepting people from all over the world.
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Operator G Adventures



Overall very nice experience. May 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I'll be back. The tour definitely lived up to its name and was a praiseworthy introduction to Nicaragua, as well as G-Adventures in my case. Looking forward to returning and exploring more of Nicaragua some day and experiences elsewhere in the world with G-Adventures.
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Operator G Adventures



Had an amazing time on the trip, was well organized and had an excellent guide April 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Absolutely amazing experience on the essences of Nicaragua trip. The trip was the perfect combination of relaxation, and adventure. Great group of people, amazing CEO and beautiful country. Couldn't of asked for a better trip, loved every second of it!
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Operator G Adventures



I always market G adventure, I have seen with my own eyes the value of this company. I am awe struck by what G adventure has been able to accomplish for our world! Kudos to all involved . March 2015

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Exceeded my expectations, I believe this was because the CEO Racquel was so engaging.

Operator G Adventures


Day 1 Granada

Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Granada is approximately one hour from the Managua International Airport. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Days 2-3 Granada

Start with an orientation walk before free time to kayak through the nearby isletas in Lake Nicaragua, hike Mombacho Volcano, or sit in the main square watching life go by. Included Activities: Orientation Walk

Day 3 Granada/León

Enjoy a morning exploring Masaya Volcano National Park before a stop to see locally produced goods at the Masaya craft market. Continue to colonial León, and get the lay of the land on an orientation walk including a visit to the rooftop of Central America's largest cathedral for sweeping views of the city. Included Activities: Volcán Masaya National Park Visit Masaya Market Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 4 León

Take a free day to explore. Relax on nearby beaches or admire the many political murals around town.

Day 5 León/Isla de Ometepe (1D)

Cross Lake Nicaragua by ferry to arrive at Ometepe Island. The group will be split up amongst different families in the small community. Included Activities: Pueblo Hotel Community Guesthouse Stay Transport: Private Vehicle Ferry Private Vehicle

Day 6 Isla de Ometepe (1B, 1D)

Enjoy free time to explore Ometepe. Opt to climb Volcano Concepción or Volcano Maderas, take a cultural tour, visit the beach at Santo Domingo, or visit el Ojo de Agua for a refreshing swim and lunch. You can also view pre-Columbian petroglyphs or the small museum of indigenous artifacts in Altagracia. Included Activities: Pueblo Hotel Community Guesthouse Stay

Day 7 Isla de Ometepe/San Juan del Sur (1B)

After taking the ferry back across Lake Nicaragua to the mainland, catch a bus to low-key San Juan del Sur for some serious relaxation by the sea. Transport: Private Vehicle Ferry Local bus Local bus

Days 8-9 San Juan del Sur

Enjoy free time in this beachside town. Opt to surf the Pacific, go swimming or fishing, or check out the views from above on a zipline canopy tour.

Day 10 San Juan del Sur/Granada

Travel back to Granada and spend a final evening with the group. Transport: Travel back to Granada, switching buses in Rivas. Local bus

Day 11 Granada

Depart at any time.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 999

Price Per Day:

$ 91 per person
Start DateFinish DateBase PriceDeparture GuaranteedAvailability 
Apr-21-2018May-01-2018$ 949YesSold Out Reserve
May-19-2018May-29-2018$ 949YesSold Out Reserve
Jun-23-2018Jul-03-2018$ 949Yes1 spots left Reserve
Jul-14-2018Jul-24-2018$ 999Yes13 spots left Reserve
Aug-18-2018Aug-28-2018$ 999Yes14 spots left Reserve
Nov-03-2018Nov-13-2018$ 999Yes13 spots left Reserve
Nov-24-2018Dec-04-2018$ 999Yes14 spots left Reserve
Dec-15-2018Dec-25-2018$ 1,049Yes12 spots left Reserve
Dec-22-2018Jan-01-2019$ 1,049Yes12 spots left Reserve
Jan-05-2019Jan-15-2019$ 1,049Yes16 spots left Reserve
Jan-26-2019Feb-05-2019$ 1,049Yes16 spots left Reserve
Feb-09-2019Feb-19-2019$ 999Yes16 spots left Reserve
Feb-23-2019Mar-05-2019$ 999Yes16 spots left Reserve
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The departure tax in Nicaragua is 35USD. Most, if not all, airlines now include the departure tax in the price of the ticket, so please check your ticket. There is a 2USD departure tax if leaving the country overland.
Trip Includes
  • Masaya Volcano National Park visit
  • Masaya market visit
  • León orientation walk including entrance to cathedral rooftop
  • Beach time in San Juan del Sur
  • Free time in León and Ometepe
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPublic bus, private vehicle, boat, ferry.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hotels (10 nts).
Start City
End City
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1) Granada is approx. 45 min from Managua's airport. YELLOW FEVER It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering Nicaragua if you have travelled to certain countries with Yellow Fever risk prior to arriving. Please check in with your local health expert for advice on Yellow Fever and other inoculations required for this area.


Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at:
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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