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Activities

These are a few other activities you can do while staying at the lodge, including…

Turtle Watching

Located 18 km south of San Juan del Sur, La Flor Wildlife Refuge is a spectacular deserted pacific beach where the Paslama (Olive Ridley) and Tora (Leatherback) turtles arrive by the thousands to lay their eggs. Between July and January each year you can witness this unique event and we can arrange a nocturnal turtle tour for you. Various factors influence the presence of turtles, so please check with us upon arrival.

Canopy Tour and Rappeling

There are two sites near San Juan Del Sur offering a fun morning or afternoon of ziplining through the jungle treetops. You can combine that with rappeling, to double the adrenaline kick, by descending through the trees suspended from a wire. To ensure availability, ask us about reserving ahead of time.

Sailing

We can arrange a relaxing and fun afternoon sailing on a catamaran along the pacific coast of Nicaragua, anchoring at a beautiful secluded beach where you can swim and snorkel. The trip includes drinks and snacks, and if you’re lucky you could see dolphins, turtles and whales, and maybe catch some fresh fish. Nothing beats watching the sunset with a cocktail in your hand and the wind in your hair!

FISHING Fishing by boat along the coast. Half day/full day (prices on request). Please inform us about the desired level of fishing (recreational/experienced). Weather, currents and other factors can effect the feasibility of fishing trips. It is advisable to reserve the boat ahead of time.

Horseback Riding

Gallop or trot along our beautiful Playa Maderas, with a local guide who will pick you up at the lodge and take you for a ride across the sand and the trails behind. Rancho Chilamate, situated 20 minutes south of San Juan del Sur, also offers guided horseback riding tours. It’s a half-day-tour including lunch. They will provide boots, a hat and even jeans if you forgot to bring them!

Frisbee Golf

The first frisbee golf course in Nicaragua is only a 10-15min walk from our place! It costs approx. 2 USD per day to play as many rounds as you like. No experience required.

If you are interested in a trip to one or more of the following places of interest, we can arrange a tour for you with your own private driver for the day. During your stay, ask us for more detailed information and insider tips about the different options.

Granada

Founded in 1524, Granada enjoys the distinction of being the oldest colonial city in the Americas. Situated on the edge of Lake Nicaragua and in the shadow of the Mombacho volcano, Granada is a romantic city of colorful colonial homes and churches. Just off Granada in the lake are ‘Las Isletas’, made up of more than 360 islands, created when Mombacho exploded 20.000 years ago.

Granada highlights:

  • Old colonial buildings and the parque central of Granada.
  • Boat trip to Las Isletas.
  • Great food and drink.

Nearby excursions:

  • Laguna de Apoyo: a volcanic crater lake with crystal-clear water.
  • Mirador de Catarina: overlooking Laguna de Apoyo.
  • Mombacho Volcano Reserve & Canopy Tour: hike a jungle-covered volcano.
  • Masaya Volcano Reserve: the country’s most active volcano.
  • Masaya market: peruse local artisan crafts and buy some gifts for home.

Isla de Ometepe

Ometepe is one of the most striking scenes in Nicaragua. An island emerging from Lake Nicaragua made of two volcanoes. The extinct Maderas volcano features thick cloud forests, abundant birds and animals, waterfalls, a beautiful crater lagoon and amazing panoramic views. More energetic visitors can hike up the steep slopes of Concepción volcano, which is still active.

Another popular activity is to swim at Ojo de Aqua;  a natural freshwater spring (pool) or to go kayaking in Rio Istian, to see all types of exotic birds and maybe even a cayman!

Mombacho Nature Reserve

Mombacho’s majestic peak overlooking Granada has two craters and is covered in dense cloud forest. There are scenic walks on well-built trails ranging from a few minutes to several hours, and from easy to challenging. It is possible to see over 50 different species of mammal, 174 types of birds and 750 different varieties of flora. Knowledgeable guide services are available upon arrival at the Biological Station (at the top).

Laguna de Apoyo

The Apoyo volcano is an extinct crater dating back 23,000 years. Today, the crater holds a marvelous lagoon, 7 km wide, sitting a few hundred meters below the crater rim. It is Nicaragua’s largest crater lake, reaches depths of up to two hundred meters, and is considered the country’s cleanest water for bathing. The views across Laguna de Apoyo toward Granada and Lake Nicaragua make it a popular destination and visitors can enjoy this scenery from one of the many restaurants situated on the crater rim (Mirador de Catarina).

Masaya Market / Masaya Volcano

Masaya is known as “The Cradle of Nicaraguan Folklore” and is the very heart of Nicaraguan handicrafts. The market is divided into sections, each serving a different need. Aside from unique Nicaraguan products such as hand-woven hammocks, embroidered blouses, wood carvings, and hemp weaving, the market is very diverse; everything is available in the market from hardware and beauty supplies to produce from the surrounding area.

Volcán Masaya National Park is the most active volcano in the region. It actually consists of two volcanoes: Masaya and Nindirí with a total of five craters. The park has a small museum and tourist information where tours can be booked. Tour guides and proper equipment are provided for treks. A popular tour is one that takes you inside a bat cave created by lava flows from past eruptions. Today, lava can be visible in the volcano’s crater. Cars can park right against the active crater rim so you can just step out and peer into the sulfurous smoke, while the ground rumbles beneath you.