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Las Isletas: Kayak Tour

1. Las Isletas: Kayak Tour

Kayak across Central America's largest lake, Lake Nicaragua – the home to 365 small islets, inhabited by local people, monkeys, and a colorful array of bird life. Discover the different character of each islet, including a wealthy residential area and an 18th-century, colonial fortress, from which you'll enjoy superb views over the lake, Granada, and Mombacho Volcano. The kayak station is a mere 15 minutes from the city center, with complimentary transportation provided from your hotel. Single and double kayaks are both available, with life jackets included for a safe lake excursion into the areas even motorboats can't reach, passing jungles, savannas, and spectacular wildlife.

From Granada: Full-Day Trip to Ometepe Island

2. From Granada: Full-Day Trip to Ometepe Island

Visit Ometepe Island, a place admired by both local and international tourists, on a full-day trip from Granada. Spend a day familiarizing yourself with the island's nature, hospitality, beautiful landscapes, volcanoes, archeological background, relaxing beaches, and natural reserves and forests. After you are picked-up from your hotel, you'll be transferred to the ferry that takes you to the island. Learn about how the 2 volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas, created this island which is a UNESCO Biosphere Preserve. Upon arriving, spend your day exploring this sanctuary inhabited by a mix of different tribes and cultures, and observe the many petroglyphs, ceramics, and statues that can be found all around. Observe locals taking part in the island's industries of fishing and agriculture. Keep your eyes peeled to see if you can spot some of the varieties of monkeys living on the island. You may choose to check out the shops, eat a traditional meal, hike around the island, or simply relax on the beach.

From León: Hike and Volcano Boarding on Cerro Negro

3. From León: Hike and Volcano Boarding on Cerro Negro

On this 5-hour tour from León you experience the adventure of volcano boarding. You take a 45-minute drive from León City to Cerro Negro. From the main entrance of the volcano you walk for approximately 2 hours to the top. It is rocky and there is no shade, but once you are at the top you have the best views over the Volcano Chain of León. You can walk around the crater and can see how active this volcano actually is. Cerro Negro is the youngest volcano of Central America but it is also one of the most active. Once at the top you can enjoy volcano boarding your way down the ash side. Feel the rush as you stand up snowboard style or sit down! Feel the heat and smell the sulfur gases as you reach speeds up to 70 kilometers per hour!

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Masaya night tour

5. Masaya night tour

Experience the breathtaking sunset at Masaya Volcano National Park, just 40 minutes from Granada. Our comfortable minibuses ensure a smooth journey to witness the mesmerizing reddish incandescence within the crater. Don't miss this unique adventure! Our knowledgeable guide will unveil the volcano's formation, history, and the intriguing rituals performed by indigenous ancestors. Discover why the Spanish dubbed it 'The Mouth of Hell.' Conclude your unforgettable journey with a convenient return to your hotel or chosen restaurant. Explore Nicaragua's wonders with us! #MasayaVolcano #NicaraguaTour #AdventureTravel"

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6. Stay Connected Across Latin America with Our Data-Only eSIMs

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From Granada: San Juan de Oriente, Apoyo Lagoon, Masaya Park

7. From Granada: San Juan de Oriente, Apoyo Lagoon, Masaya Park

• Visit San Juan de Oriente, Mirador de Catarina (Laguna de Apoyo), Masaya Handicrafts Market and the Masaya Volcano National Park. • You will have the opportunity to come face to face with one of the most active craters of this mega volcano. • Share with the artisans ancestral techniques that they use to make clay pieces. • Daily departures in the morning. • Independent driver and small groups ensuring the attention of the Guide during the tour.

Guanacaste: Sensoria Rainforest Walking and Thermals Tour

8. Guanacaste: Sensoria Rainforest Walking and Thermals Tour

Enjoy an eco-luxury rainforest experience at Sensoria in the Costa Rican rainforest on Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Walk through the exotic jungle, see the fluorescent Aguilar Waterfall and swim in Pilon Thermal Pool, before ending your visit with a delicious lunch of local produce.  On arrival, your guide is waiting to take you on a trek through the beautiful tropical rainforest on the northern slope of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. The 6km trail is alive with a vibrant ecosystem and there is plenty of wildlife and plants to be seen along the way.  Feel the strength of the fresh wind channeled through the canyon at Buenos Aires Waterfall. See continuously running fresh water at Danta Pool and Waterfall, a natural magnet for wildlife which can often be seen drinking and bathing here. Walk to Aguilar Pool and Waterfall, rich in silicon which covers the river stones in a smooth white layer. The sun’s reflection produces a magical fluorescent blue color that is hard to resist.  Explore the magnificent Jicara Pool and Waterfall, named after a very special tree - Jicaro de Danto. This unique tree is endemic to the Guanacaste and Tilaran mountain ranges and its fruit which looks like giant pickles is loved by tapirs and bats. Take a dip in the warm, curative volcanic waters of Pilon Thermal Pool. These waters are widely known for their healing and nourishing properties for the skin and hair. If weather permits, your guide can take you to the canopy of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, where on a clear day you can see the Lake of Nicaragua and the majestic Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. Finish your rainforest experience with lunch. Select from a menu offering vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and omnivorous options. Enjoy delicious Costa Rican coffee afterward along with locally made sweets.

Granada: Colonial Granada Horse Carriage & Walking Tour

9. Granada: Colonial Granada Horse Carriage & Walking Tour

Tour colonial Granada to discover the first city of the New World, founded by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in 1524, and now one of the greatest attractions in Nicaragua. This excursion will introduce you to all the most important monuments, as well as give you a flavor of the local life. Following a pick-up from your hotel, start with a stroll around the main streets of the historic center, learning how the city survived pirates, fire, and filibusters. Constructed by the Spanish as a model city, Granada gave the settlers a chance to showcase their glorious architecture, much of it now restored to its former glory. Admire stunning architecture, such as the Convento San Francisco, the oldest church in Central America. Climb the steps of the Fortaleza La Polvora for panoramic views of the Mombacho Volcano. Then, enjoy a horse carriage ride to some of the most scenic spots outside the city center.

Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve

10. Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve

Depart Granada for the towering Mombacho Volcano, a 45-minute drive from the city center. Travel by 4WD vehicle to the foot of the active volcano, which has luckily not erupted since 1570! Start your ascent to the summit, and continue to 2 dormant craters covered in dense cloud forest of moist evergreen leaves and ethereal sheets of fog. A 2-hour hike awaits at the top, with fantastic views of Granada, Lake Nicaragua, Las Isletas, and the Laguna de Apoyo. Walking along well established trails to an altitude of 3,735 feet (1,115 meters), keep your eyes open for unique flora and fauna, such as red-eyed frogs. Mombacho is home to more than 700 different plant species, including exquisite orchids and dwarf forest, some endemic to the area.

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4.7
(66 reviews)

One of the best excursions I have ever been on. Our guide, Gabby, had a lot of expertise on the animals in the rainforest, so our hike through there was very insightful. The food was very tasty and the thermal pools and hot springs were the best I have ever been to. I intend to do the tour again when I return.

We loved our kayak tour with Angel. He was a great guide that we can totaly recommend. He knows a lot of history about the place and also a lot of bird species. Doing it early in the morning was an amazing choice!

Had good time with Eric, the local guide from Ometepe Island - adequate support and information was provided during the trip - recommended!

The guide provided additional attention to the group member if required

Amazing!! Angel was fantastic!! I would recommend this tour to everyone