NICARAGUA

NICARAGUA — February 17 – March 3, 2018

Hike and trek over volcanoes in Nicaragua.

Climb Ecuador has organized a 15-day adventure tour of Nicaragua for the dates of February 17-March 3, 2018, which will include hikes and treks over a number of volcanoes, tours of historical cities (Granada and Leon), and three days at a lush beach resort on the Pacific coast, everything included. This trip is confirmed to go — mostly with past CE clients — but space is somewhat limited. See itinerary below for more details.

WHY NICARAGUA?

1) Nicaragua is a logical next step after our very successful Guatemala campaign last January.

2) There are 19 volcanoes in Nicaragua, of which 9 are active.

3) Nicaragua is as beautiful as Costa Rica but less touristy and less expensive.

4) Nicaragua has 78 nature preserves, parks and wildlife sanctuaries filled with amazing diversity.

5) Nicaragua has some of the best beaches in all of Central America.

6) Nicaragua produces no oil and the government made the admirable decision in 2005 to reduce importing foreign oil in favor of renewable energy. The country quickly ramped up solar, wind and thermal energy facilities and now Nicaragua generates almost 80% of its electricity from renewable energy. The United States produces just 13%. The world should take note and follow Nicaragua’s lead.

 

ITINERARY for NICARAGUA 2017

FEB. 17: Fly to Managua, Nicaragua. Transfer to the colonial city of Granada. Check into Hotel Granada (www.hotelgranadanicaragua.com). Orientation meeting.

The colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua Photo by Carlos Adampol

The colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua

FEB. 18: City tour of the historic center of Granada. Boat tour on Lake Nicaragua, cruising through Las Isletas, an archipelago of 365 tiny tropical islands. Return to Hotel Granada.

FEB. 19: Climb the volcano Mombacho (4,409 feet). Ascend through a tropical forest to the summit with views of Granada, Lake Nicaragua, Laguna de Apoyo and Isla Zapatera. Return to Hotel Granada.

 

Mombacho from Granada

Mombacho from Granada

FEB. 20: Drive to Masaya Volcano National Park, Nicaragua’s first and largest national park. Ascend to the edge of the active Santiago Crater and look into the “mouth of hell.” Climb San Fernando volcano and view other volcanic craters. Hike to our campsite Laguna El Tigre. Enjoy an evening swim. Camp.

Cerro Negro Volcano Crater Nicaragua August 2011

Cerro Negro

FEB. 21: Trek to the volcano Cerro Negro. Climb to the top of El Hoyo (“The Hole”) volcano (3,570 feet). Continue hiking down the other side to our campsite. Camp.

 

FEB. 22: Hike to the top of the volcano Cerro Negro. Trek around Rota volcano to reach the road. Drive to the historic city of Leon, the second-largest city in Nicaragua (to Managua) and once this country’s capital. Check into the Hotel El Convento (www.elconventonicaragua.com).

FEB. 23: City tour of the colonial center of Leon. Rest day. Evening activities in Leon. Second night in the Hotel El Convento.

FEB. 24: Drive north, then trek to Santa Clara volcano. Continue trekking to Telica volcano, one of Nicaragua’s most active. Climb to the summit (3,481 feet). Enjoy views of nearby volcanoes. Descend to Camp Casitas. Camp.

 

Telica volcano in Nicaragua

Telica volcano in Nicaragua

FEB. 25: Trek to the side of Casita volcano, then to the foot of the volcano San Cristobal (5,725 feet), the highest volcano in Nicaragua. En route, visit the memorial to the victims of Hurricane Mitch which roared through Central America in 1998 killing over 11,000 people. Arrive at Camp San Cristobal. Camp.

FEB. 26: Climb San Cristobal (5,735 feet), Nicaragua’s highest peak. Ascend through lush tropical forest to San Cristobal’s perfect volcanic cone. Reach the summit and enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean and into San Salvador and Honduras. Descend to our final campsite at Finca Las Rojas. Farewell party for our camp support staff.

 Volcano San Cristobal near Chichigalpa in Nicaragua

Volcano San Cristobal near Chichigalpa in Nicaragua

FEB. 27: Hike out one hour to the road to meet our van. Drive to the Redwood Beach Resort (www.redwoodbeachresort.com) on the Pacific coast. Settle in for three nights at this peaceful resort situated in lush surroundings right on the beach.

FEB. 28: Free day. Activities include swimming in the ocean, surfing, sunning, deep sea fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, even rent a motorcycle. Group barbecue on the beach of fresh, recently caught fish. Enjoy a magnificent sunset.

MAR. 1: Second free day. Optional hike: Nearby Cosiguina volcano (2,861 feet) for stunning views of the Pacific coast and of this volcano’s crater lake.

MAR. 2: Drive back to Managua. Check into the Hilton Princess Managua, one client per room. Farewell Dinner. Explore some nightlife in Managua.

MAR. 3: It’s a quick cab ride from the Hilton to the airport. Fly home.

TRIP PRICE: $2,700 per person

TRIP PRICE INCLUDES:

1) Taxi transfer to and from airport in Managua to hotel in Granada
2) All overnight accommodations (one client per room)
3) All transportation in Nicaragua (private van and 4×4 vehicles)
4) All guides — tourist and mountain
5) All food while in mountains
6) All group camping and cooking gear
7) All porters and mules to transport gear between campsites
8) All meals while at the Redwood Beach Resort
9) Group wine and beer during the trip
10) Farewell Dinner on our final night
11) Bilingual tour leader on duty 24/7!

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

1) Roundtrip airfare to Managua, Nicaragua
2) Food while NOT in the mountains (i.e., restaurant meals)
3) Independent (non-group) sidetrips and activities
4) Personal incidental expenses
5) Medical expenses
6) Trip and medical insurance
7) Gratuities

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