Trips

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.