Natural Explorer 7 Days / 6 Nights CR76NIC3

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Immerse yourself in Nicaragua’s unique flora and fauna. Visit Selva Negra Ecolodge, located on the cloud rainforest, where you can enjoy hiking, the organic farm, and the bird-friendly coffee estate. Experience the Jicaro Island Ecolodge an upscale nature resort located on a private island in Lake Nicaragua, and take advantage of the amazing Plantations, Tropical Forest and Sustainability Tour.

 

Day 1 Arrival in Managua

Upon arrival to Managua airport, you will be met by our representative in Nicaragua and transferred to your city hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Los Robles Standard Room

Day 2 Matagalpa (B)

After breakfast, leave towards Matagalpa.

Located in the northern region of the country. This mountainous area offers superb scenery and the forested slopes of the many hills and mountains provide great possibilities for hiking and other nature-related activities. Matagalpa is also famous for its coffee production and it is an excellent place to learn more about how coffee is grown, harvested, and processed.

Overnight at Selva Negra Bungalow

Day 3 Matagalpa (B)

Day at leisure in Matagalpa, different optional tours are offered by the hotel such as:
-Horseback riding
-Walking trails (self guided or with a guide)
-Coffee tour

Overnight at Selva Negra Bungalow

Day 4 Jicaro Lodge (B, D)

Private transfer to the Jicaro Island Lodge.

Jicaro Island Ecolodge is Nicaragua´s most upscale nature resort located on a private island in Lake Nicaragua. The lodge is located just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada with spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across the lake. Nine private casitas serve as the perfect setting for romantic escapes, activities and active exploration and wellness retreats. Immerse yourself in a magical island experience filled with peace, tranquility and access to a wide variety of tours and activities.

Overnight at Jicaro Island Ecolodge Deluxe Casita

Day 5 Plantations, Tropical Forest & Hot Springs (B, L, D)

Depart after breakfast and take a short boat ride to the foot of the Mombacho Volcano, which can be seen from the island. Take a 50-minute hike from the Calera through plantain, cacao, coffee and citrus fruit plantations, hiking through stretches of tropical forests where you can observe the local flora and fauna. Our expert guide will interpret not only the forest but also the cultural implications of farming on Mombacho, which dates back to colonial times. At a spectacular viewpoint at the top, you’ll enjoy a picnic before heading back down to the shores of the lake to explore the hot springs. Kayak on the small stream up to the hot springs and take a dip to relax those muscles. This tour is unique and an absolute must to cultivate a sense of place during your stay at Jicaro.

Overnight at Jicaro Island Ecolodge Deluxe Casita

Day 6 Birdwatching and Sustainability Tours (B, L, D)

-Bird Watching Tour:
Awaken to a fresh breeze of the island winds in this kayaking trip to discover where birds live, nest and visit our lake. The tour starts by exploring the islands nearby and then heads to the peninsula to continue the search. You might find interesting birds like Montezuma’s Oropendula, Ringed Kingfisher, Purple Gallinule, and Northern Jacana amongst many others. Our guide will help you to identify all the birds observed in the tour. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars; if you don’t have your own ask for them at the reception. Your guide will provide you with a bird list during the tour

-Sustainability Tour
Did you ever wonder what’s going on behind the curtains of an eco-lodge? How is the water from the lake processed into a drinkable freshwater resource? What happens to the grey water; where does it go to? And where do the leftovers from our meals end up? In our sustainability tour over the island, you will get exclusive insights into everything that’s happening back stage. You will be able to access some of the staff only areas and will see and hear about processes that you probably did not even notice before.

For further insights into our sustainability efforts, we can also arrange trips for you to our neighboring islands where we are involved in projects, such as the generation of biogas and the support of an impoverished, local elementary school.

Overnight at Jicaro Island Ecolodge Deluxe Casita

Day 7 Departure (B)

Departure. Transfer to the International airport in Managua or Peñas Blancas border to Costa Rica.

Pricing includes:

  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • All ground Transportation.
  • 1 Nt Los RoblesHotel, standard room (B)
  • 2 Nts Selva Negra Lodge, Bungalow (B)
  • 3 Nts Jicaro Island EcoLodge, private deluxe casita (FB)
  • Plantations, Tropical Forest & Hot Springs
  • Bird Watching Tour
  • Sustainability Tour
  • All taxes and service charges.

Prices do not include:

  • Airport Departure Tax (US$ 40.00 per person – usually included in airfare)
  • Tourist Card (US$ 5.00 for certain nationalities)
  • Optional tours
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Beverages
  • All extras in the hotels
  • Voluntary tips & gratuities

 

 Price per person in USD:

06 Jan 2014 30 Apr 2014   Double $1623.25 per person
01 May 2014 31 Oct 2014   Double $1381.25 per person
Except Christmas, New Years & Easter Week