Nicaragua walking tour vacation

“Our only two week walking vacation in Nicaragua, following a tailor made itinerary through cloud forest, rural villages and volcanic virtuosity. ”

Highlights

Guided walking tours | Managua | Leon | Leon Viejo | Hike up Cerro Negro volcano | Masaya Volcano | Apoyo Lagoon | Granada | Las Isletas de Granada | Mombacho volcano | Hike through cloud forest | Lake Nicaragua | Ometepe Island | Hike to Maderas volcano crater | Nicaragua Pacific coast | San Juan del Sur | La Flor Wildlife Reserve

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Departure information

Daily departures until October
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Nicaragua is one of the least visited countries in the Americas. This is a genuine pioneering destination. If you don’t mind patchy tourist infrastructure then you will be rewarded with a visit to a country yet to be spoiled by mass tourism.

Our tours are structured to create the least possible impact on local ecosystems. In Nicaragua you will generally be accompanied by a private guide which means more attention and therefore a richer overall experience. The guides we use for walks in the national parks are all trained naturalists and many live locally to the area. They are experts in the flora and fauna of the region and are incredibly passionate about passing on their knowledge, so clients have a greater understanding of local environment and the delicate balance of regional ecosystems.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

This itinerary has been designed to show the amazing variety of Nicaragua. We also work hard to ensure that our vacations here are sustainable and that all communities we visit benefit from our presence. During your vacation you visit biological research stations and breeding programmes. You also spend time in the homes of artists and artisans. Your presence contributes to the welfare & continuance of all projects.

For almost 20 years World Vision has been working hand in hand with the local communities in Nicaragua’s Chorotega and Northern Huetar regions to promote sustainable development practices. Among the schemes they have initiated are: the Economic Development programme, which generates sources of employment and agricultural funding in rural areas; the Prevention, Emergency and Rehabilitation programme which works in the area of emergency prevention and offers relief and rehabilitation to victims of disaster; the Promotion of Justice programme, which helps to foster respect for the rights of children and women through better education.

Climate

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Reviewed on 06 May 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Wildlife encounters in the tropical forest - howler monkeys, a sloth, racoons and porcupines plus too many species of birds to name

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Noting a previous review and having had previous experience of the (lack of) service provides by US-based airlines we used Panama as the gateway to Central America. Options are KLM, Air France and Iberia. We used KLM who were very good. It makes the journey longer but is worth it.

There are legal money changers on street corners in Leon and Granada. These give a much better exchange rate than banks or the Cambio at the airport.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The impression we got is that the services used were all locally based/owned so the country benefited economically.

The reforestation project at Penas Blanas that we visited is a fascinating initiative and well worth supporting.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent hotels, good food and varied sightseeing ( wildlife, volcanoes and historic cities) The only thing missing is a bucket-list icon on the itinerary.

Logistically the tour was excellent - transfers went smoothly and the guides were likeable and knowledgeable

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Stephen,

Many thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent Nicaragua vacation on the RT site. We're delighted to hear that you had such a good time.

While often overshadowed by its more famous neighbour to the south, we're huge fans of Nicaragua for its wildlife, history and culture, and it was great to hear that you were able to enjoy these aspects too. It's definitely true, as you indicate, that you have a very immersive experience when visiting - it's arguably the most culturally authentic of all our
destinations in Latin America. I'm pleased too that we were able to tailor your trip to include Penas Blancas, it's a beautiful part of the country with good work being done, as you say.

Thank you again for choosing to travel with us and share your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you on another trip to Latin America with us soon.

Best wishes,

David

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