Nicaragua
  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Apr 16, 2018
  • From $2,598 / person
  • (Varies single supplement) Children: $2,338

The Best Nicaragua Family Vacation

If you’re looking for the perfect blend of family fun and a healthy dose of rest and relaxation, look no further than this action-packed, all-inclusive Nicaragua vacation package. Our expert guides can’t wait to share the spectacular natural wonders of this Latin American dream destination as you hike through Masaya Volcano National Park, shop at colorful, local markets and kayak through the Isletas of Lake Nicaragua while watching for different species of birds. Zip line through the treetops of a lush jungle, snorkel rich, coastal waters, sample some of Nicaragua’s tasty cuisine and enjoy two days of relaxation on the beach – that is unless your family chooses more adventures! Throughout this family vacation of a lifetime, Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to get the adrenaline pumping and then totally unwind, all the while relishing unforgettable moments laughing, exploring and learning with your kids who won’t soon forget the thrills of Nicaragua’s engaging, breathtaking landscape. Smile-inducing fun included.

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  • Family Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Snorkeling / Swimming

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Home to countless volcanoes, a spectacular coastline, the two largest freshwater lakes in Central America and rainforests teeming with flora and fauna, it's no wonder Nicaragua has been designated Central America's hidden treasure. Join our expert guides as they unwrap the historical, cultural and natural intrigues of this stunning Latin American country on our carefully-crafted, seven-day itinerary that guarantees your youngest and oldest adventurers will fall in love with the sights, sounds, flavors and fun of Nicaragua. Of course there's plenty of time for that hammock and cocktail for you, too!

  • Discover Masaya Volcano National Park, home to a 54-square-kilometer caldera
  • Kayak around the islands of Lake Nicaragua, stopping on a lush shore for a delicious lunch
  • Hike around Mombacho Volcano, keeping an eye (and ear) out for howler monkeys
  • Fly through the rainforest treetops on an exhilarating zip-line ride, with monkeys and birds as your companions
  • Take a dip in "Ojo de Agua," a natural spring with crystal-clear waters on Ometepe Island
  • Sink your toes in soft sand, practice some yoga or simply kick back in a hammock once in awhile - after all, it's your vacation, too!
Produce storefront at a market
Photo: Produce storefront at a market

Wonderful trip, felt like family. Where to next?

Peter A New York, NY

We loved it. Great guides, perfect itinerary. Our first experience with Austin Adventures, and we plan to be back.

Sean S Princeton Junction, NJ

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Managua, Nicaragua (MGA)

Day 1: Arrival in Managua / Transfer to hotel
Nicaragua Family Vacations
Meals Included:  D
Overnight: Hotel Plaza Colon

Today you will arrive in Managua’s International Airport • After completing the immigration formalities, our driver and English speaking tour guide will be waiting for you at the exit of the airport to take you to transfer you to Granada, about an hour’s drive away, where you’ll arrive at Hotel Plaza Colón, your accommodation for three nights.

About Hotel Plaza Colon
Recently rebuilt, this old colonial house located just in front of the main square provides a very comfortable stay to its guests. The colonial architecture and precious wood balconies oriented to the park are the main essence of the hotel.During the second phase of restoration, more rooms have been added and the second patio provides a pretty swimming pool.

Antique furniture, room service, and kind attention of the staff are just a part of your stay. A coffee shop and wine shop are within walking distance.

 

Day 2: Granada/Masaya
Hotel Plaza Colon
Meals Included:  B, L, D

After breakfast we will head out on a morning tour of Granada’s main sights • No visit to Granada is complete without a tour of the city’s historic center • Founded by the Spanish in 1524, Granada is one of the oldest colonial cities in the America’s • On your guided tour, you travel both on foot and by traditional horse-drawn carriage to explore interesting sites including the San Francisco church and adjacent San Francisco Convent, built in 1529, as well as several other famous Nicaragua churches • After lunch, we head to the ChocoMuseo where we learn everything about chocolate and cacao and even get to make our own chocolate bars! • Late afternoon, we’ll visit Volcano Masaya National Park • Wildlife is very active at twilight and we hope to see green parakeets returning to their nests inside the crater

 

Day 3: Granada / Mombacho
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Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today, we head out for a quiet kayaking experience in the wilderness • As you navigate through the calm waters with your guide, be sure to keep an eye out for the different species of birds and wildlife that inhabit the lake and its surroundings • We’ll pass by local fishing communities where we’ll get a glimpse of daily island life • Later, we’ll be driven to the top of Mombacho Volcano in a truck • After a quick trip to the scientific station , we’ll explore this impressive volcano on a guided walk • The Crater Trail leads you around the crater through dense cloud forest with occasional views of Granada, Las Isletas, Laguna de Apoyo and the Masaya Volcano • Keep an eye out for howler and white faced monkeys! • Afterwards, we head down the mountain to do a thrilling canopy zip lining tour!

Day 4: Isla de Ometepe
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Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning, you’ll be transferred to the port of San Jorge and take a ferry to isla de Ometepe • This island is situated in one of the world’s largest fresh water lakes, Lake Nicaragua • We’ll start our adventurous tour of Ometepe’s natural treasures at Peña Inculta, a reserve where groups of white-faced and howler monkeys live • Other species to be found here are agoutis, squirrels, iguanas and tropical birds such as trogons, wrens and parrots • Afterwards, we go to the historical coffee hacienda Finca Magdalena, which was constructed in 1888 • Here you get an insight into the process of organic coffee cultivation • We’ll make a short hike to some petroglyphs in the midst of nature • Afterwards, enjoy lunch overlooking the beach and continue on to Ojo de Agua, a natural pool where you can relax before checking into your hotel.

Day 5: San Juan del Sur / Morgan's Rock
nicaragua tour packages
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Take the ferry back to San Jorge and continue to Morgan’s Rock, a luxury beach resort where the jungle meets the ocean • Twenty minutes north of San Juan del Sur, Morgan’s Rock is on a crescent shaped beach with an estuary leading into an exotic rainforest • Visitors cross a suspension bridge over a canyon to get to the rustic, wood and stone bungalows overlooking miles of private beach, each open to ocean breezes on three sides • Guests will relax for two days completely in the beautiful surroundings of Morgan’s Rock.

Day 6: San Juan del Sur / Morgan' Rock
nicaragua family vacation packages
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Take the ferry back to San Jorge and continue to Morgan’s Rock, a luxury beach resort where the jungle meets the ocean • Twenty minutes north of San Juan del Sur, Morgan’s Rock is on a crescent shaped beach with an estuary leading into an exotic rainforest • Visitors cross a suspension bridge over a canyon to get to the rustic, wood and stone bungalows overlooking miles of private beach, each open to ocean breezes on three sides • Guests will relax for two days completely in the beautiful surroundings of Morgan’s Rock

Day 7: Transfer to Managua Airport
nicaragua family adventures
Meals Included:  B

Depending on your flight schedule, our private transportation will pick you up at your hotel and shuttle you to the International Airport in Managua.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Apr 16, 2018
  • From $2,598 / person
  • (Varies single supplement) Children: $2,338

Confirmed Departures

  • Apr 16, 2018
  • Jul 23, 2018
  • Dec 26, 2018

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival/Departure
  • Your trip begins with your arrival in Managua at Nicaragua's Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport.
  • Your pickup time will coordinate with your flight information.
  • After passing through Customs and Immigration, take the left hand side exit and you will see an Vapues Tours/Austin Adventures representative, who will be holding a sign that says your name on it.
  • Your guide will take you to your first night’s hotel, Hotel Plaza Colón, about an hour’s drive away in Granada.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at the Managua International Airport three hours before your flight departure.
Activities
  • Hiking: Easy to moderate hikes ranging from 1 to 2.5 hours (approx. 1-3 miles)
  • Sightseeing: Enjoy the beautiful views at the top of Masaya Volcano and much more
  • Kayaking: Paddle through the Islets (Lake of Nicaragua) into calm waters, no experience necessary.
  • Zip Lining: Flight between the treetops. Equipment provided and no experience necessary.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. Meals are included as indicated in the daily itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in the Trip Price

  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • Meals as indicated by detailed daily itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • English-speaking, professional tour guide during guided tours.
  • All transfers and transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • All entrance fees for the visits as per destination.
  • Water on board for transfers and excursions.
  • Map of Nicaragua and travel documentation with useful information.

 

Not Included in the Trip Price

  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures/Vapues Tours guides/drivers.
  • Tips for chamber maids, bellboys and local guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Meals not listed in itinerary.
  • Tourist Card entering Nicaragua (US $10.00 – subject to change).
  • Extra activities at Morgan’s Rock.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service, etc )
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

I loved that our tour was in the heart of the city, and also the beautiful remote settings!

Cory B, Manlius, NY

Every detail was planned out, making the overall experience amazing.

Gail C, Reno, NV

Best over all family trip. It is hard to accommodate the varying desires of 4 and our guides succeeded!

Leigh F, Frederick, MD

We had such a wonderful time. The trip exceeded our expectations and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends. Our guides were awesome!

Bill E, Mountain View, CA
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. The volcanoes: While Masaya Volcano is still active, it's only had two lava flows since the 16th century. Who wouldn't want to explore it?
  • 2. Ometepe Island: This unique bit of paradise in Lake Nicaragua is the largest island in a fresh water lake in the world.
  • 3. The cuisine: Try Nicaragua's national dish, Gallo Pinto, which is made up of rice, beans and other local ingredients.
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With lodgings like the Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge, indulge in a yoga class or massage and delicious, fresh-off-the-boat seafood.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From getting your kids excited about nature to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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