In collaboration with Gyristroula, we are excited to embark on this journey to Nicaragua, also known as “The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.” This distinctive destination in Central America manages to seamlessly blend various civilizations and showcase a captivating biodiversity that is sure to enthrall any traveler. Formerly the realm of the legendary Sandinistas, Nicaragua has evolved into an ideal getaway that remains untouched by the trappings of mass tourism, preserving its status as a hidden gem among Latin American countries. One of Nicaragua’s remarkable features is its exceptional safety record, setting it apart from its Central and South American counterparts plagued by security concerns. With an impressively low rate of violent crimes, the country provides a secure environment, enabling travelers to explore its entirety freely and fearlessly. This sense of liberation is further enhanced by the warm and hospitable locals who genuinely welcome those eager to experience their homeland firsthand.
23 August – 5 September
14 Days | 13 Nights
A small group
- Economy class air tickets Athens – Managua – Athens
- Economy class air tickets Managua – Corn Islands – Managua
- Accommodation in a 3-star hotel
- Local guide
- Greek escort
- Modern air-conditioned coach
- Entrance fees to all attractions listed in the itinerary
- Boarding on ships according to the program
- Travel insurance
- Airport taxes, fuel surcharges, handling fees
- Personal expenses (purchases, additional services, room upgrades)
- Entrance fees to venues not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips for guides and drivers
- Any optional extras
- Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the day of departure from the destination country.
- Nicaragua still requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test.
- For travelers who have recently visited specific countries in Latin America and Africa, a yellow fever vaccine is required.
- Some excursions may involve short-distance hiking.
- The tourist infrastructure on the Corn Islands is basic. Our accommodations are satisfactory without unnecessary luxuries.
- In Nicaragua, there may be occasional power or water outages.
- The itinerary may not be followed in the exact order stated if unforeseen circumstances arise.
Meeting at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport and departure with layovers to the capital of Nicaragua, Managua.
Overnight stay in Managua.
In Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, our tour begins after breakfast. Known as "the Venice of Central America," the city is situated on Lake Managua. We visit Revolution Plaza, the heart of the city and a site of historic protests. Next, we explore Salvador Allende Port, a redeveloped area with restaurants and cafes. Our final stop is Tiscapa Hill, where the founder of the Sandinistas was executed.
Overnight at Esteli.
In Esteli, we explore the thriving cigar industry and visit tobacco farms and a cigar factory to witness the cigar-making process. Esteli's cigars are highly regarded, often considered superior to those from Cuba. Next, we head to Leon, a picturesque city known for its Spanish colonial architecture. We visit the Museum of Traditions and Legends, formerly a prison, where exhibitions showcase the country's old myths and legends. Our tour continues at the Cathedral of Leon, the largest in Central America. We can climb to the roof and enjoy panoramic views of the city.
Overnight at Leon.
Today's adventure begins with an adrenaline rush as we hike up Cerro Negro volcano for an exhilarating volcano boarding experience. Alternatively, those who prefer a different experience can explore the old city of Leon or visit the geothermal volcanic pools of San Jacinto. In the afternoon, we'll visit Juan Venado National Park to witness the surreal mangrove root sculptures and take a boat ride through the area. Our final stops include a visit to the turtle sanctuary and enjoying the famous Las Penitas beach and its fishing village.
Overnight at Leon.
Today, we will journey from Leon to the picturesque coastal village of San Juan del Sur. This destination is favored by many for its relaxing atmosphere and renowned surfing waves. The beaches in the area are among the best in the Pacific. Our first stop will be the viewpoint where we can admire the breathtaking view of the bay from above. In the afternoon, we will engage in one of the most enjoyable activities as we encounter the adorable sloths in their natural habitat.
Overnight at San Juan del Sur.
Today, we'll travel to San Jorge port and take a ferry to Ometepe Island. Situated in Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe is formed by two volcanoes, Conception and Maderas. While Conception is active, Maderas is dormant. The island's isolation creates a remote atmosphere, with the two volcanoes standing at opposite ends connected by a narrow strip of land, resulting in a surreal landscape. Our visit includes Charco Verde National Park, a lush green oasis inhabited by butterflies, monkeys, and other forest animals. We'll enjoy the park's emerald waters and peaceful beaches.
Overnight at Ometepe Island.
Today, we'll put on our swimsuits and head to the natural pools of Ojo de Agua. These two lush green pools are fed by an underground river and are a favorite bathing spot for both tourists and locals After enjoying a swim and relaxing at Ojo de Agua, we'll make our way to Punta Jesus Maria, a narrow sandy strip that appears to connect the two volcanoes. The rest of the day is free for us to continue swimming at the hotel or explore the surrounding area.
Overnight at Ometepe Island.
In Granada, a historic city nestled on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, you'll be captivated by its colonial charm and picturesque setting. Founded in 1524, it's the oldest colonial city in the Americas, boasting cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, and a relaxed ambiance. Explore the city's landmarks, such as La Merced Church with its panoramic views, and indulge in a visit to the Chocolate Museum for a delightful sensory experience. For a thrilling adventure, don't miss the opportunity to witness the active Mombacho volcano's crater up close.
Overnight at Granada.
Today, we'll board boats to explore Lake Nicaragua with its 356 small islands known as the Isletas. Formed by the eruption of Mombacho volcano, these islands offer a unique landscape. The lake is home to diverse fish species, including the remarkable Nicaragua shark, originally thought to be the only freshwater shark but later identified as an adaptable bull shark. Next, we'll visit the White Villages near Masaya volcano, named for their houses made of volcanic materials and limestone. These villages are inhabited by indigenous people known for their exquisite ceramics.
Overnight at Granada.
We'll fly back to Managua and catch an internal flight to the hidden Caribbean gem, the Corn Islands. Comprising of two small islets, Big Corn and Little Corn, these islands offer opportunities to swim in pristine waters, explore white beaches, snorkel amidst colorful coral reefs, and embrace the relaxed Caribbean vibes. Inhabited by Creole locals, the islands' main industry is lobster fishing, promising delightful seafood experiences. While the tourist infrastructure is basic, there are more options available on Big Corn. On Little Corn, daily life unfolds at a leisurely pace, with foot travel being the primary mode of transportation.
Overnight at Big Corn.
We will take the return flight to Managua.
Overnight at Managua.
Today marks the end of our journey. Transfer to the airport to catch the return flight to Athens.