Discover Nicaragua's Natural Wonders and Rich Culture

Your journey begins in Managua, from where you’ll head to the highlands of Matagalpa. After picking up your rental car, you'll make your way to Hotel Selva Negra, nestled in the cloud forest. Here, you can unwind among the peaceful surroundings, take in the cool mountain air, and explore the beautiful property on your own. Keep your eyes peeled for agoutis, and maybe even spot the majestic quetzal bird with its long, shimmering feathers. On your second day, you'll rise early to catch the misty morning in the cloud forest, join a bird watching tour and hike quietly through the woods to spot colourful and rare animals like toucans and the elusive quetzal bird. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, soaking up the beauty of the area, or book an optional excursion. Your journey continues to León, where you'll stop by the volcanic fields of San Jacinto. Marvel at the bubbling mud holes that are fed by the nearby Telica volcano before heading to León, one of Nicaragua's most beautiful cities. With your local guide, you'll explore the colonial buildings and many churches of the former capital of Nicaragua, including the largest cathedral in Central America. The rest of your time in León is yours to explore at your own pace or book optional excursions. One option is to climb the active Cerro Negro volcano, one of Nicaragua's youngest and most active. You'll be rewarded with breath-taking views of the area and the smoking crater, and can even sandboard down the slopes. Your journey then takes you to Granada, located at the foot of the Mombacho volcano. On the way, you can stop by the ruins of León Viejo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire the views of Lake Managua and the Momotombo and Momotombito volcanoes. Another stop is the Masaya Volcano National Park, where you can explore the active Santiago crater and hike through the volcanic landscape. Finally, you'll have some free time to explore Granada, a fantastic base for excursions to nearby attractions like the Mombacho National Park or the Laguna de Apoyo crater lake. You can also visit the nearby pueblo blanco of San Juan de Oriente to purchase fine ceramics or enjoy the peace of this charming artist village.

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