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Nicaragua: Unspoiled Nature & Cultural Adventure
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Nicaragua: Unspoiled Nature & Cultural Adventure

8 days & 7 nights, Private Journey

Granada, Jicaro Island & Guacalito de la Isla

Go off the beaten track to discover the magic of Nicaragua, one of the true gems of Central America. From the grand architecture of Granada to the splendor of the Jicaro ecolodge and Manzanillo Beach on the Pacific Coast, Nicaragua enchants with a bevy of natural and cultural delights. Along the way, cruise around the lovely islands of Lake Nicaragua, ascend to the summit of the towering Masaya Volcano and explore the lush forest canopy in Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Managua / Granada

    Upon arrival in Managua, you will be met by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel in Granada.

    Hotel Plaza Colon - 2 Nights
  • Day 2
    Granada

    After breakfast at the hotel this morning, get acquainted with Granada on a guided introduction, which includes a stately carriage tour. Disembark in the city's grand central plaza and enjoy a typical Nicaraguan lunch in a local restaurant. Then indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to a cacao factory to learn how chocolate is made. Roast, winnow, grind, mix, conch, refine and mold chocolate - and leave the workshop with a sample of your own delectable creation.

    Hotel Plaza Colon (B, L)
  • Day 3
    To Jicaro Island

    Head out of town to discover the wonders of the Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve, which is home to one of the most pristine areas of tropical cloud forest remaining in Nicaragua. During your day here, ascend to the treetops for an unforgettable canopy tour where you can ride the zipline from one platform to another. You'll also have some time to hike along some of the nature trails in the reserve. As you explore, keep your eyes open for howler monkeys, tropical birds and the many different kinds of orchids found here. This afternoon, return to Granada and board your boat to Jicaro Island, a magical private island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua.

    Jicaro Island Ecolodge - 2 Nights (B, L)
  • Day 4
    Jicaro Island

    Today, enjoy the day at leisure to relax at your deluxe boutique resort. Lounge away the morning in your private hammock as the sun glints off the sparkling waters of the lake. Spend some quality time in the wellness center, which offers yoga, Swedish massage, hot stone massage and facials in an idyllic, tranquil setting. Or embark on one of the fascinating tours offered by the resort. Search for birds such as Montezuma's oropendula, the ringed kingfisher, purple gallinule and northern jacana on a birding tour that encompasses the neighboring islands and nearby peninsula. Paddle the serene waters of the lake aboard a kayak. Or hop in a boat for an expedition to some of the lake's many tiny islands.

    Jicaro Island Ecolodge (B)
  • Day 5
    To Guacalito de la Isla

    Enjoy breakfast at your island ecolodge before boarding the ferry back to San Jorge on the mainland. Continue your explorations of Nicaragua with a visit to the country's first national park, which surrounds the incredible Masaya volcano. After an orientation at the interpretive center, travel to the summit of the volcano for panoramic views of the crater and the surrounding landscape. Descend the slopes of the volcano to browse the handmade wares at the Masaya arts and crafts market. Enjoy lunch before being escorted to golden shores of Manzanillo Beach at Guacalito de la Isla, a 1,670-acre private beach community on Nicaragua's Emerald Coast.

    Mukul Resort - 3 Nights (B, L)
  • Day 6 - 7
    Guacalito de la Isla

    Relish two full days of leisure in your luxury boutique resort. Kick back on the warm sands of the private beach, indulge your every whim in the spa, or hike the forested trails in search of monkeys, tropical birds and other wildlife.

    Mukul Resort (B)
  • Day 8
    Depart Managua

    Enjoy a leisurely morning beside the sea and soak up the tropical atmosphere before returning to the Managua airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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