Trip Type : Group Tour
Birding Nicaragua tour

Birding Nicaragua

Kaiyote Tours
5.0 . Excellent
Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
15 days
From: $ 3,450 $ 230 / day
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  • Sitting on the porch of your jungle hut watching flotillas of Herons & Egrets drifting down the Rio San Juan.
  • Walking and exploring the mountain trails amongst beautiful tropical plants.
  • Hanging out with Howler Monkeys.

Short Description

Nicaragua is one of our favorite places! Active volcanoes, a wild Pacific coast and Tropical Rainforests full of Birds and Monkeys and all sorts of interesting creatures. Granada is the oldest city in the Americas having been established in 1524. In Nicaragua we love taking the “chicken bus” because the locals are so very wonderful to spend time with.

This trip starts with 4 days on the Rio San Juan. We will be living in jungle huts overlooking the river. The Rio San Juan has a very high concentration of bird life and wild critters. Next we head back to Managua and visit two excellent nature reserves. The second half of the trip will be spent in the cloud forests and highlands north of Managua. There is a lot to see and do in Nicaragua!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Managua
End City Managua

Trip Includes

One round trip domestic flight

Domestic transfers


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on days 2 -14

Scheduled group tours

Entrance fees & Allianz deluxe travel health insurance.

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Day 1: Managua

Arrival in Managua; we will try and coordinate our flights to arrive in Managua together. Flights usually arrive in the evening, so we will head directly to Las Mercedes Hotel for a relaxing evening among the pools and gardens.

Day 2: Managua

There are two great birding areas just outside of Managua that we will visit today:   Chocoyero - El Brujo Natural Reserve and Montibelli Private Natural Reserve.

Day 3: Rio San Juan

It is a one hour flight to San Carlos, which is a small town on the southeast corner of Lake Nicaragua and the start of the Rio San Juan.  From there we catch a boat for a 2 hour ride down river.  We will see a lot of birds along the way.  We will be staying at Sabalos Jungle Lodge.

Day 4: Rio San Juan

The Sabalos Lodge is a sweet place; completely surrounded by nature with cabins directly overlooking the river.  There are good walking paths for exploring the area and the neighboring village.  There are kayaks at the Sabalos for exploring the rivers and plenty of hammocks. The trees are usually full of monkeys.  They will sing you to sleep at night.

Day 5: Rio San Juan

A short boat ride down the river from Sabalos Lodge is the Monte Cristo River Lodge and Reserve. We will spend the day at this 120 acre reserve where 144 different species of birds have been identified.  There is 5.5 miles of trails here to view wildlife.

Day 6: Rio San Juan

Today we will be visiting El Castillo and Reserva Indio-Maiz, via a boat trip down river.  The village of El Castillo began in 1693 when the Spanish built a fortress on the banks of the river, which still stands today.  Further down river is the Indio-Maiz Biological Reserve.  It is the second largest lowland rainforest reserve in Nicaragua at 785,00o acres and is home to over 400 species of birds.

Day 7: Managua

A two hour boat ride up river and a one hour flight will find us back in Managua at Las Mercedes Hotel.

Day 8: Matagalpa

It is a 2 hour shuttle ride to the Selva Negra Lodge and Coffee Plantation location in Matagalpa.  Matagalpa is the coffee region of Nicaragua.  We will be spending three nights here.

Day 9: Matagalpa

There are about 4 miles of hiking trails here where you can watch birds and monkeys.  You can also choose to take a coffee plantation tour or just chill by the pond.

Day 10: Matagalpa

Just north of Matagalpa is the town of Jinotega.  Jinotega is at the edge of some of Nicaragua’s most beautiful misty cloud forest mountains. From Selva Negra to Jinotega it is about a 45 minute bus ride for a short day trip to see the town and have lunch.

Day 11: Tuma La-Dalia

It is a 2 hour shuttle ride to the Hacienda and Ecolodge La Sombra.  We will be spending three nights at this lodge.

Day 12: Tuma La-Dalia

There are many beautiful trails and roads to walk at La Sombra, which is also a private wildlife reserve.  There are waterfalls, rivers and pools to swim in.  This is a small paradise at the edge of the largest national reserve in Nicaragua.

Day 13: Tuma La-Dalia

We will be taking a day trip to the Massif Peñas Blancas natural area within the Bosáwas Biosphere Reserve.  Over 700 different species of birds have been identified in the reserve.  The highest peak in Nicaragua is located here with an elevation of 5,725 feet.

Day 14: Managua

A 2.5 hour shuttle will get us back to Las Mercedes were we will spend our day relaxing among the gardens

Day 15: Fly Home

Flights usually leave in the morning, so getting to the airport and getting home is our only activity for the day.


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Price Per Day: $ 230 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 600

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 8

8 Travelers plus guides

Cancellation Policy:

A non-refundable payment of $600 is requirement to reserve a spot on a trip*.  Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure date.  If you are reserving a spot within 60 days of departure, full payment is required to reserve a spot.  You may cancel 60 days in advance of departure and receive a 100% refund, less the $600 deposit.  There are no refunds within 60 days of the departure date.

Additional Information:

Please note: The lodging described in this itinerary is always our first choice based on availability. If we must book with our second choice, the lodging type and style is comparable.

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Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Immigration fee
  • Alcohol, personal expenses such as souvenirs, expenses relating to personal choices during free time
  • Tips for guides.

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