9 Day Customized Vacation to Nicaragua

Central America > Nicaragua

Nicaragua, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is a Central American nation known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches. The ”Land of Lakes and Volcanoes”, is the largest country in the Central American isthmus, bordered by Honduras to the northwest, the Caribbean to the east, Costa Rica to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The mixture of cultural traditions has generated substantial diversity in folklore, cuisine, music, and literature, particularly the latter given the literary contributions of Nicaraguan poets and writers.

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Day 1: Granada

Upon arrival, airport reception outside the luggage claim area. Private transportation to your hotel. This transfer will take approximately 1 hour. Check in for a three-night stay at Jicaro Island (one double-occupancy Private Casita). Hidden away on Lake Nicaragua, this nine-casita retreat sits just a short boat ride from the UNESCO World Heritage City of Granada, with mind-blowing views of the Mombacho Volcano.
Evening at leisure
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Day 2: Granada

Meals at Jicaro Island
Morning departure for Granada, one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas, founded by the Spanish in 1524. No visit to Granada is complete without exploring the city's historic center on foot and in a classic horse-drawn carriage. On this tour, you will discover key sites including the San Francisco Convent, founded in 1529, and La Merced church where you can climb the bell tower and enjoy spectacular views over the city, Lake Nicaragua, and Mombacho volcano. The last stop is the oldest sector of the city in the area around the Xalteva church and the old city walls.
Later enjoy the Granada Cigar Experience; it gives you an insight in the process of cigar making, from the leaf selection to the rolling. Afterwards you follow a seminar of the premises' master blender and you can make your very own cigar. You can try it out in the smoking lounge at the pool, while sipping a cocktail.
In the afternoon depart to Masaya Volcano National Park, one of the most popular volcanoes in the pacific region of Nicaragua due to its constant activity. It offers the unique experience of observing an active volcano up close, watching as boiling lava flows just a short distance below inside the volcano crater. A visit here is an awe-inspiring experience allowing visitors to experience a phenomenon once sacred to the pre-Columbian Nicaraguans, who were inspired by the raw power and beauty of nature.
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Day 3: Granada

Meals at Jicaro Island
Morning departure for a private boat tour of Las Isletas. Situated at the foot of Mombacho volcano, Las Isletas consist of around 360 small forest-covered islands, formed by a volcanic eruption 20,000 years ago. You will be transferred to the harbor where you'll meet the captain and board a motor boat. During the tour, your guide will point out the exotic flora and fauna, to later stop at one of the islands, and visit the San Pablo fort, built in the 18th century to protect Granada against English pirates. Beverages are included during the tour.
Afterwards, visit the ChocoMuseo to learn about cacao and the chocolate making process. This workshop covers the entire process, starting from the cocoa bean and ending with a handmade bar of chocolate. Cocoa-based beverages are also covered in the workshop, including how to prepare an ancient Mayan drink. Learn about our cultural heritage in a very positive and joyful way, all with the promise of delicious chocolate to wrap up the tour.
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Day 4: Granada to San Juan del Sur

Breakfast at Jicaro Island
After checking out, experience the mystical cloud forest of this lush Nature Reserve atop a majestic volcano which boasts a wide variety of vegetation and wildlife. Explore the landscapes during a guided hike along the trail (1.5km) around the crater while enjoying the view of Granada, Laguna de Apoyo, Las Isletas and the Masaya volcano. Keep an eye out for the howler and white-faced monkeys, sloths, and the endemic Mombacho salamander. (This tour can be combined with the Mombacho Canopy Tour).
On this tour you will visit the coffee plantation of Café Las Flores, idyllically located on the slopes of an inactive volcano within the Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve, where you will learn about sustainable coffee cultivation. At the end of the tour, continue to the old conserved hacienda of Palazio family, where you can admire some of the original belongings of the family and participate in a coffee tasting and evaluation of the top coffee products of Café Las Flores, as the Grandes Cosechas or Single State Gourmet Coffee.
After your morning tour private transportation to Morgan's Rock.
Check in for a five-night stay at Morgan's Rock (one double-occupancy Ocean View Bungalow).
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Day 5: San Juan del Sur

Breakfast at Morgan's Rock
Day at Leisure in San Juan del Sur to enjoy Morgan's Rock various entertaining options.
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Day 6: San Juan del Sur

Breakfast at Morgan's Rock
Day at Leisure in San Juan del Sur to enjoy Morgan's Rock various entertaining options.
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Day 7: San Juan del Sur

Breakfast at Morgan's Rock
Morning departure to discover the incredible nature, history, and culture of the enchanting Island of Ometepe. Get underway at Finca Magdalena, a working community-run farm, where the guide will introduce the history of the island and take you to observe hidden indigenous rock carvings. Continue to the Charco Verde Nature Reserve and Chico Largo lagoon, a peaceful lake that has inspired local legends before visiting Ojo de Agua, a lush natural spring, where you can take a refreshing swim. The last stop pays homage to the island's original inhabitants with a visit to the museum of Pre-Columbian artifacts which boasts many well-conserved indigenous statues and ceramics.
Evening at Leisure in San Juan del Sur
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Day 8: San Juan del Sur

Breakfast at Morgan's Rock
Day at Leisure in San Juan del Sur to enjoy Morgan's Rock various entertaining options.
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Day 9: International Departure

Breakfast at Morgan's Rock
After breakfast, private transfer to the airport. This transfer takes approximately 4 hours.

Accommodations

MORGAN’S ROCK

is one of our favorite beach destinations in Central America: an eco-lux lodge on a forested hillside above Nicaragua’s southwest Pacific Coast. The lodge is set within a 2,000-acre private reserve—home to howler monkeys, sloths, and dozens of tropical bird species. Its beach, Playa Ocotal, is a brown sugar arc of gentle surf; lodge guests usually have this beach to themselves, although they occasionally share the sand with nesting sea turtles.

The 15 original cabins, designed by architect Matthew Falkiner, are spaced for privacy. Some upper category cabins have plunge pools and dramatic sunset views of the coast. The resort also has three two-bedroom villas with plunge pools. All guestrooms feature king-sized beds, indoor and outdoor showers, and private decks. Each is equipped with security box, fans, bathrobes, and slippers. The rooms are fully-screened and designed to allow natural cross-ventilation. Beds are cooled with the Evening Breeze localized air conditioning system. None of the guestrooms have telephones or televisions. While internet access is available, you’ll likely spend more time in the hammock bed, listening to waves and reading from the lodge library.

Crossing the footbridge from the residential hill to the main lodge, you’ll find the restaurant, bar, a huge yoga deck, beachfront spa, and swimming pool. Mountain bikes and kayaks are available through the front desk. Deeper inside the property, guests can visit the restaurant’s organic farm.

Morgan’s Rock takes its ecological responsibility seriously. Resort profits help support a 2,500-acre reforestation area, responsible for adding 1.5 million trees to the landscape since the year 2000. The cabins are constructed of local stone and sustainably harvested woods. The swimming pool is purified with natural salts; its temperature is regulated through a solar heating system.

JICARO ISLAND

Hidden away on Lake Nicaragua, this nine-casita retreat sits just a short boat ride
from the UNESCO World Heritage City of Granada, with mind-blowing views of the
Mombacho Volcano.

  • Land transportation as mentioned
  • Airport services as mentioned
  • Hotels as mentioned
  • Guided touring as mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned
  • 24/7 English-language travel support
  • Travel insurance, which is strongly recommended
  • Optional excursions, tours and activities
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks and other beverages unless otherwise noted above
  • Meals not noted in the itinerary, or meals for which only reservations have been made
  • Early check-in, late check-out, and day use charges not noted above
  • Personal expenses, services, or purchases (e.g. laundry, spa services, and telephone calls)
  • Airfare and related taxes and fees

Pricing starts at:

$5,851

Pricing
FOR 2 PEOPLE

$6,488

per person

Pricing
FOR 4 PEOPLE

$5,851

per person