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From Swamps to Beaches and Volcanoes
14 Days / 13 Nights – (# Ref: LNI000GS)
– Horseback riding through different ecosystems
– Traditional ranch activities
– Bathe in lake and sea shores
– Stunning Ometepe Island, volcanoes and petroghlyphs
– Granada Colonial city
D1: Arrival in Managua, transfer to Granada, the colonial jewel since 1524
At your arrival in Managua. Transfer to Granada, the ancient capital during the colonial times. Dinner not included.
Note: Night: colonial style hotel, Transfer: 1h00
D2: Ranch “La Gloria” – Llano – Cocibolca Lake – Island of the rafts – (Tisma Lagoon)
Riding adventure to reach an old farm. We choose our horses for three days of riding in flat landscape, lake beaches, sandy islets, rangeland, swamps, wild and thorny sunburned savannahs. Crossing the swamp, we arrive at Lake; enjoy various gallops in beach shore. Traditional lunch at a fisherman house. Ride to north along the beach. We go to an island to install our tents. In the afternoon discovery of a biotope particularly rich in birds, in boat through the lagoon.
Note: Night: Dinner at the camp or at village. Overnight in tents of 3 for 2 people. In horse: 5 hours – 17 kms, dip in the lake without special supervision, but no danger, boat trip for birdwatching about 2 hours.
D3: Bird Watching In El Paso – Towards the farmhouse, learning farming practices
6:00 Breakfast at the island. By boat to El Paso, we observe waterfowl, very active at dawn. We found our horses for a ride in a mixture of spiny savanna and flooded plains. Back to the cattle ranch, where we have lunch. We set up our camp in the huge old building´s balconies built in 19th century. In the afternoon we ride a horse searching cattle. Traditional farming techniques (only large areas of natural pastures, unfenced, cows are herded.
Note: Night: diner and night at ranch balconies, traditional beds with mat. Transfer: 15 a 20km, Horse Riding: 15 to 20 km, 5 hours riding and herding
D4: Galloping towards Granada
(Before sunrise: Possibility to participate in hand-milking cows)
6 a.m. Traditional Breakfast. We take the horses to leave the farm. In a Detour we reach the lake galloping. We continue along an old railway line which finally brings us to the old Granada Steam Railway. Lunch at lake. We lay off our horses. We take a microbus and reach Masaya Volcano. Visiting volcanology center, the crater spewing hundreds of tons of gas per day, pre Columbian site of human sacrifice, various panoramic views, and a lava tunnel.
Note: Night: Dinner and overnight in a simple hotel at Masaya, horse riding: 6h00 / 24km
D5: Masaya, Dressage Horse, dance steps or equestrian festival
Discovering saddlers’ artisans’ art, guitar manufacturers, local markets, its historic center and its magnificent cathedral colonial, with the presence of horses still useful, they are everywhere in the city, pulling carriages and wagons and even “routes” passenger bus. Cultural equestrian event in the evening, in a village fete around Masaya or if no match dates, visit to a horse barn (stud farm) for demonstration of dressage (dance steps of a horse!).
Note: Night: Dinner and overnight at Masatepe town
D6: White Towns, Equestrian Ride in Middle of rustic farms
We take rested creoles horses. Ride to the plateau of White Villages through a bucolic landscape, shaded walkways, craft villages and scattered settlements. In Catarina, visit to gardens, flowery streets, and viewpoint to crater and the blue water lagoon Apoyo, meeting potters of San Juan de Oriente, a neighboring village. Then we take the top edge of the crater and finally went down to the shore of Apoyo lagoon (7km). Upon reaching the edge of the lagoon, appetizer, day or moonlight swimming, in the blue and warm waters.
Note: Night: in straw huts in the crater, Horse Riding 25 km
D7: Ride to Mombacho and Altitude cloud forest
Saddled our horses for the day. First we take the steep path, leaving the crater and reaching Diriomo viewpoint, visit to and old colonial style church. Next ride to a farm by shaded paths and scattered villages, where we have a typical lunch. Ride until reach the entrance of the Mombacho volcano. 4×4 transportation leads to the summit. Walking in altitude (1.500 m) in a forest “of clouds” (cloud forest) around the crater. Ride to a farm near to the volcano.
Note: Night: in rustic farm lodge
D8: From Volcano to the Pacific Ocean
Ride in the middle of coffee and cocoa plantations, meeting of a group of women farmers in her daily activities. Lunch at a farm. Departure by minibus to the Pacific coast. We meet the horses and go to a Wildlife Refuge through a tropical dry forest. La Flor is one of the world´s seven beaches where sea turtles Paslama come massively to spawn. Depending on the season. Always worth trying your luck and enjoy the wait in this magical place. Dinner at Ostional. Overnight in tents.
Note: Night: in tents, Horse riding: around 10 km in morning and 15 km in afternoon.
D9: The Congo Monkey Forest and coastal inlets carved by the winds of the South Pacific
We saddled and ride out towards the village “Los Tortuguillos” by a semi-humid tropical forest, populated by bands of howler monkeys. Visit on the way of a mysterious pre-Columbian site. Picnic at Los Manzanillos beach. Then, reaching back La Flor refuge by rocky coves and small beaches. Walking around the coast (seabirds, pelicans, frigate birds and eagles). At ranger’s station, we found again our horses to gallop back to the hostel. Take the road to San Juan del Sur and Granada. Dinner in the old center of the city, and night in the hotel, of a charming colonial style.
Dinner and overnight at lodge, near San Juan del Sur.
Note: Horse Riding 4 to 5 hours, 20 km
D10: Granada – City Tour – Granada Isletas
As 3 or 4 centuries ago, we are in Granada, jewel of colonial architecture, in the process of being listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The market of fruit, vegetables and spices, colonial churches and narrow colonial streets, ride in old horse-drawn carriages or by bike to visit some distant points (the old train station, a shoe factory, pure factory and to the cemetery). During lunch we visit a restaurant and a little peculiar hammocks workshop. Lunch is served by young deaf… opportunity to learn some basic signs of this language. In the afternoon, visit the islands of the archipelago of Granada, slowly sailing in a small boat or kayak among hundreds of islets to go for a last swim of the sun in a haven of greenery and water. Dinner in the pedestrian street. Good by to the ones of the group who finish their 12-day trip.
Note: The price for only 12 days is $ 1800 Night: at a Colonial style hotel
D11: Ometepe – Canopy Tour, Ojo de Agua and Magdalena Petroglyphs
Transfer to the port of San Jorge. Ferry to the island of Ometepe. We’ll find other horses. Stop for a “canopy” tour, zip from tree to tree, facing the view of the lake and the Concepción volcano. Follow the horseback ride to a popular bathing spot (clear water). We continued along the sandy beach of Santo Domingo to reach the farm Magdalena; we will visit on a trail in the woods, a site of pre-Columbian petroglyphs, and these enigmatic engravings on rocks that defined sacred spaces
Note: The price for only 12 days is $ 1800 Night: Diner and Lodge, Horse Riding: 25 km
D12: Istian River and San Ramon Waterfall, Ometepe Island
Morning departure by horse from the farm. After a few kilometers, we embarked in small kayaks to explore the small and muddy Istian River, bordered by lush vegetation. Then we go to a new hostel for lunch. Always riding we rise on Maderas, volcano´s flank to reach San Ramón Waterfall. Delicious natural bath for those who like fresh water. We go down for dinner and overnight at the lodge in the old farmhouse
Note: Riding and walking all day with different tours, 15 kilometers total.
D13: Great ride around the Madera Volcano
Mounted for the last day and not less important, we turn to the island, bordering the slopes of volcanoes and beaches of Lake. We return to Santo Domingo for the ferry that takes us to Rivas. Once on land, we go to Granada city. Dinner in the pedestrian street and night at the charming Hotel Colonial
Note: Night: at colonial hotel, Transfer:1h30, Horse riding: 25 kilometers
D14: Goodbye Nicaragua
Transfer to airport
Note: First part is 7 days on horseback and two days visiting Granada and Masaya (3 days for the arrival and departure of international flights) + Extention: +3 days on a horseback in Ometepe, for the final extensión – Price for only 12 days $ 1800 + Extensión 15-days + $ 753. Total price $ 2553
– 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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