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From Cloud forest to Sunny Pinewoods Map
From Cloud forest to Sunny Pinewoods
15 Days / 14 Nights – (# Ref: LNI000GS)
– Thrilling descent on black lava in Cerro Negro volcano.
– Observe turtles nesting on the beach at sunset.
– Bike and Kayak tour into jungle and a water labyrinth of Granada Islets.
– Discover the stunning Ometepe Island composed of two volcanoes.
– Participate to sustainable development and responsible tourism.
D1: Flight to Managua
Welcome at the airport and transfer to the town of Granada. Dinner not included.
Note: Night: in hotel , Transfer: 1h00/ 46 km
D2: Volcano and Laguna Apoyo, Masaya Volcán
Beautiful views high above Apoyo Crater, interesting strolls around Pueblos Blancos- church, exotic spice and fruit garden. Swim in clear Apoyo lagoon, having descended through tropical forest. Masaya Volcano National Park, sunset walk observing lava tunnel as bats fly out, then glowing lava at night.
Note: Night: in the hotel
D3: Mombacho Volcano (1200m)
Walk through tropical “cloud forest” of Mombacho, botanical “island”, hundreds of orchids. See 2 pointed volcanoes emerging from lake on Ometepe, arrive and climb forest-covered Maderas for beautiful view of smoky sister volcano – majestic Concepción, encircled by water. Descend before sunset with headlamps.
Note: Night: in the guest houses , Transfer: 3h00/95km By boat: 1h00, Walking:3h00
D4: Discovery of Ometepe Island
Organic Coffee at the Cooperative, then sacred pre-Columbian petroglyphs, enigmatic symbolic artform scattered among plantations. Then a refreshing bath in a volcanic water source, high forest trail with ancient lava flows, capuchins and howler monkeys. Finally wild beach walk, hunting glimpses of vultures, white-throated magpie-jays and ospreys.
Note: Night: in the hostel , Transfer: , Walking:3h00
D5: Natural reserve of Chacocente (Pacific coast)
Ferry, then drive to El Astillero fishing village on Pacific coast. Meet inhabitants, swim (unsupervised), then pack a bag and walk to Chacocente along the beach. Watch sunset on protected beach which safeguards sea turtles who lay their eggs here.
Note: Night: in simple bungalows (dormitories, camp beds) , Transfer: 2h00 / 55km , Walking: 1h30
D6: Horse and sweets
Tropical dry forest walk / ride, crossing Jinotepe and Diriamba plateau, discovering sweet products en route, maybe visit traditional “Trapiche” sugar cane mill in action. Late arrival in colonial Leon for dinner or eat on Pacific Ocean front again.
Note: Night: in hotel , Transfer: 2h00/120km
D7: Pacific Mangrove and Cerro Negro volcano
Boat quietly through strange, thick mangrove to Juan Venado Island, surprising crocodiles, egrets, storks, Roseate Spoonbills and kingfishers; then tricky dune walk /search for raccoons, anteaters or sloths. Climb Cerro Negro, pre-sunset crater walk, with fun downhill slide, walk or surfing cinders.
Note: Night: in hotel in Leon , Transfer: 1h40 / 78km , Walking: 2h00
D8: Ascent of Telica Volcano(1061m)
Shop, stroll, then climb to rooftops of Leon cathedral, jewel of colonial architecture, Heritage of Humanity for a panoramic view. Climb active Telica volcano, on foot or on rustic peasant horses. Set up camp below summit, then relax and eat your campfire-cooked supper.
Note: Shop, stroll, then climb to rooftops of Leon cathedral, jewel of colonial architecture, Heritage of Humanity for a panoramic view. Climb active Telica volcano, on foot or on rustic peasant horses. Set up camp below summit, then relax and eat your campfire-cooked supper.
D9: Crater and lagoon of lava and the mountains in the North
Nocturnal lava and dawn views of rocky landscape, giant volcanic bombs dotted around. Then contrasting foothills of Estelí trek with pack mules, climb ramparts of light-filled, wooded valley. Evening meet pioneer farmers in mountain paradise.
Note: Night: on the farm: in rustic bungalows , Transfer: 2h30/ 100km , Walking:3h30 descent in the morning and 3h00 ascent in the afternoon
D10: Visit organic coffee plantations – Walk along the river valley
Walk to coffee plantation; discover the issues facing the growers, roast coffee, making souvenir sachets. Evening hike back to minibus. Then head North to Somoto, Honduras border.
Note: Night: in hostal of town , Transfer: 1h50/ 70km , Walking: 5 hours
D11: Water hike in Somoto Canyon
Water-walk in river bed, beautiful gorge, floating peacefully with life jackets or arm-bands. Boat or swim-and-walk for those athletic enough. In Estelí, visit cigar factory, then late return to Granada.
Note: Night: in hotel, Walking: 4h00
D12: City Tour of Granada, by bike in the colonial town
Astonishing spices, fragrant fruit at market then see Granada\’s flowery patios, domes, Roman-tiled roofs from belfry, before biking around colonial streets and buildings, seeing artisans\’ leather shoes and Havana cigars. Have lunch and buy a hammock at café de las Sonrisas workshop attended by deaf-mute youngs (responsible tourism!) see street theatre in bustling zone…
Note: Night: in hotel , Transfer: 187km/4h30
D13: Explore the archipelago of “Isletas de Granada” in kayak
Bike shores of lake then roam through maze of jungle and water: archipelago of Isletas. Ride to the centre Granada, with the afternoon at your leisure.
Note: Night: In hotel
D14: Transfer to Managua airport
D15: Arrival (only for European tourist)
Bring two bags (the weight of checked baggage must not exceed 15 kg).
– 1 medium sized backpack (30 to 40 liters), for carrying personal belongings for the day.
– 1 travel bag for the rest of your things.
NB: for the flight, we recommend that you take your essential items for hiking, including your shoes, with you in the cabin
Recommended Personal Equipment
1 light pair of trousers, 1 pair of jeans, warm sweater or fleece, poncho-type raincoat, shorts, t-shirts or polo shirts, swimsuit, sunscreen, lip balm, hat, sunglasses (a pair of glasses with changeable lenses for those who need them), mini toiletries, pocket knife, metal bottle, torch with spare batteries, toilet paper and disposable lighter, 2 large plastic bags, camera + protection. A pair of binoculars will be handy for viewing wildlife. For the months of November to February 1 poncho-style rain cape.
– Accommodation (find at end of every day details the type of hotel selected)
– Most Meals (You will have 1 – 3 opportunities to dine on your own so you can discover a location independently)
– Private Transport
– Professional Guide
– Entrances and Tours
– Airport Transfers
Not Include Services
– Desserts (It might be the possibillity to get dessert in some restaurants already included)
– Entrance and Departure Taxes
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