8 days

Nicaraguan Escape

Nicaraguan Escape

Horse-drawn carriages in Granada

Ometepe Island

Rincónde la Vieja's jungle volcanos and hot springs

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  • From the bat caves of Masaya to the petroglyphs and twin volcanoes of Ometepe Island, discover some of Central America’s true treasures on this short trip through Nicaragua. Begin your journey on the vivacious streets of Granada and end it in the lively markets and museums of San Jose, Costa Rica, dipping your toes into the cool streams of Rincon de la Vieja along the way.

    Why we love it

    • This short trip packs in many of Costa Rica’s most impressive natural highlights.
    • Steaming volcanoes and pristine cloud forests, alabaster beaches and staggering biodiversity all await – for its size, this is a country that offers unparalleled variety and scope for adventure.
    • From following trails in remote Monteverde Cloud Forest, to getting up close with the majestic Arenal Volcano, or being bowled over by birdlife and mammals at Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica is a wild wonderland.

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Granada

    • An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
    • Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1.
    • You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
    • Oozing with colonial charm, Granada is the oldest city of the 'New World', having been founded in 1524. The city resides on the banks of Lake Nicaragua and its appearance is a mixture of Moorish and Andalusian.
    • The following day we have an included tour to Masaya Market, the active Masaya volcano, and the bat cave.
    • The rest of our time here is free to bargain hard in the markets, hike, cruise and explore the neighbouring landscapes. Explore the cobblestone streets surrounded by colourful buildings or tour the 'islets' on Lake Nicaragua by boat, take an evening stroll through the streets and witness Granada's national sport: chatting with neighbours across the street from their open front room.
    Hotel Plaza Colon or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3-4 - Ometepe

    • Today we have a short drive (approx 1.5 hours) to the town of San Jorge.
    • From San Jorge it's a relaxing 1-hour boat trip to Ometepe Island, and the views of its twin volcanoes (Concepcion and Maderas) are spectacular.
    • Beautifully located within Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Island is formed by two volcanoes which rise from the lake. In fact 'Ometepe' literally means two volcanoes in the Nahuatl language. The island's hourglass shape is home to great beaches and a deep jungle.
    • We have a full free day here, and you might want to take an optional hike to Volcano Maderas, which at 1340m (4395 ft), is no walk in the park. Otherwise check out the petroglyphs or chill out on the beach. A great experience is sitting on the shore of the lake when the fishermen come back from their long day bringing in what they have caught.
    Omaja Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 5-6 - Rincon de la Vieja

    • Today we return to the mainland by ferry, and travel by private minibus to Rincon de la Vieja, crossing into Costa Rica on the way.
    • Meaning literally ‘old lady’s corner’, Rincon de la Vieja is a remote volcanic complex with at least nine eruptive vents within a 15 kilometre-wide caldera. The region is characterised by dramatic scenery, boiling mud pools, gleaming, clear water rivers and crashing waterfalls, perfect for swimming.
    Buena Vista Lodge or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 7-8 - San Jose

    • Today we travel by private minibus to Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose.
    • With over half the country's population living within its parameters, San Jose is a bustling city with lively markets, intriguing museums and a dynamic atmosphere. A good place to start exploring is the main plaza, a fantastic place to get comfy and do some people watching. Artisan booths are common here and you never know when there'll be a spontaneous art fair. Have a look at the Gold Museum which has an amazing collection of indigenous gold art. If these cultural gems get you in the mood for a bit of shopping head to the outdoor market in Plaza de la Cultura or the Central Market where you can buy anything from handicrafts to seafood.
    • There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.
    Presidente Hotel or similar
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local leader throughout the tour.
    • Park fees.
    • Arrival transfer.
    • Accommodation: Hotel (7 nts)
    • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
    • Transport: Minibus, ferry
    • Rincon de la Vieja - Hot springs

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure tax
    • Visas where required
    • Meals not included in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips and items of a personal nature

    Safety Information

    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

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Trip Code PSNC
Group size 1 - 16
Start City: Granada, Nicaragua
End City: San Jose

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