NICARAGUA

Tour duration: 11 days
Tour Rate: $3,999
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 1 person in a travel party), and includes 10 nights’ hotel/eco-lodge stay, all meals and house beverages at the accommodations, nature parks and attractions’ entry fees, boats and local flight transfers, road transportation (incl. airport transfers, city tour), naturalist guide, and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

Nicaragua Eco Tour will take you on a wildlife and nature quest. On this excursion, you will explore places such as Lake Nicaragua, the Archipelago of Solentiname, Montibelli Private Natural Reserve, and the biodiversity preserves of Los Guatuzos.

In addition to being the largest freshwater in Central America and one of the most extensive in the world, Lake Nicaragua feeds into 40 plus rivers. One of which is the San Juan River. This river connects Lake Nicaragua to the Caribbean Sea along a 112 mile forested route. San Juan River also link Nicaragua with Costa Rica. You’ll traverse this site by boat and explore it natural features such as volcanic sites. Nicaragua Eco Tour along Lake Nicaragua will take you on journeys for seeing many wildlife species and on routes where you can delve in the indigenous cultures. Over 400 islands are scattered throughout the lake with 300 of them sited by Granada. Some of these atolls are occupied only by wildlife and flora while others have people and restaurants.

You’ll hike and boat to nature reserves. Nicaragua Eco Tour covers the reserves for spotting a variety of birds such as hummingbirds, golden orioles, trogons, hawks, parrots, vultures, and woodpeckers, long-tailed Manakins, and Nicaragua’s national bird — the Turquoise-browed Motmot.

The Montibelli Private Wildlife Reserve is one of the best places to see birds. This is at the Pacific and 30 minutes from Managua and has an altitude level of 160 hectares. The locale comprises both tropical dry forest and semi-deciduous tropical forest. Montibelli has numerous foot trails, some as short as a 30 minutes’ hike and some extending to 3 hours. Other wildlife species to spot on Nicaragua Eco Tour include caimans, crocodiles, jaguars, monkeys, feral pigs, fish, turtles, and crabs. Living at the site are 80 plus classes of amphibians, 13 plus types of reptiles, and 40 plus varieties of mammals.

Nicaragua Eco Tour also explores cloud forests, where flora and fauna and misty atmosphere abound.

Tour’s Program

  • You'll arrive in Managua at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA), where you'll be greeted by your English speaking guide.
  • You will spend the night at your hotel in Managua.
SOLENTINAME

The archipelago of Solentiname is sited in southeast corner of Lake Nicaragua, and comprises 36 islands teaming with wildlife and plant species. The island nation is noted for its primitive art, revolutionary events, and the poet Ernesto Cardenal.

  • On day 2, you will take an early flight to San Carlos, followed by boat ride from San Carlos to Solentiname. You will check into hotel Mancarron.
  • You will embark on a half day boat tour to Los Guatuzos Wildlife reserve.
  • You can explore a community of artisans, including painters and woodcarvers.
  • And you can visit the different islands, including Zapote - known as "bird island", where you can see many varieties of birds; El Padre is home to a colony of howler monkeys; Isla Mancarroncito has a well-preserved forest and archaeological sites.
MONTIBELLI NATURE RESERVE

Located just outside of Managua, Montibelli Private Natural Reserve is sited at the base of the hill chain of "Las Sierras de Managua" and is an agricultural area. The reserve is home to an array of species of birds, including the tinamous, the falcon, the orange-fronted parakeet, the squirrel cuckoo, the fork-tailed emerald, the black-headed trogon, the yellow warbler, and the turquoise-browed motmot. Mammals here are over 30+ and include the northern tamandua, the nine-banded armadillo, the mantled howler monkey, variegated squirrel, the Mexican porcupine, the paca, and Central American agouti. Amphibians and reptiles include the green and black spiny iguanas rose belly lizards, the whiptail lizard, the boa constrictor, rattlesnakes, and the giant neo-tropical toad.

  • You will be transfer by boat from Solentiname to San Carlos, then take a flight from San Carlos to Managua International Aiport, and then private transfer to Montibello.
  • You will visit the Montibelli Private Natural Reserve.
ISLA DE OMETEPE/LAKE NICARAGUA

Ometepe never fails to impress. Its twin volcanic peaks, rising up out of Lago de Nicaragua, have captured the imagination of everyone from precolonial Aztec descendents (who thought they’d found the promised land) to Mark Twain (who waxed lyrical about it in his book Travels with Mr Brown) to the surprisingly few travelers who make it out here. The island’s fertile volcanic soil, clean waters, wide beaches, wildlife population, archaeological sites and dramatic profile are quickly propelling it up traveler tick lists. More than 1700 petroglyphs (prehistoric rock carvings). – Lonely Planet

  • You will be transferred from Montibelli to San Jorge port, then take a ferry, and private transfer from the port to hotel Xallí.
  • You can trek Maderas Volcano, where there are 5 unique ecosystems, and howling monkeys.
  • You can mount the steeper, more strenuous Concepción Volcano with your guides, of course.
  • You can explore Los Guatuzos Wildlife Refuge, a biosphere reserve, wetland, and home to caimans, crocodiles, jaguars, monkeys, feral pigs, and botanical species.
  • You can visit coffee plantations, in the vicinity of a century-old hacienda, and immerse in the culture of the indigenous community.
GRANADA

  • You will transfer from hotel Xallí to the port, then take a ferry, and travel to Granada. Arriving at hotel Plaza Colon.
  • You will embark on sunset tour on Las Isletas (Lake Nicaragua).
  • You will take a Masaya Classic tour, including a visit to the edge of an active volcano, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage town of San Juan de Oriente to see pottery made in the pre- Colombian method. And finish with a swim or kayak in a volcanic crater lake.
On Day 11, your tour comes to an end.
  • Depending on the time of your flight out, you may request a short tour of Managua by your driver.
INCLUDED
  • Private transfers Airport – Hotel – Airport and your entire trip.
  • Internal Flight tickets Managua - San Carlos - Managua
  • Personal bi lingual assistance from the moment of your arrival.
  • A "travel kit" including all the documents, vouchers and information required for the trip as well as a small selection of 'local books'.
  • 10 nights accommodation.
  • All meals and house beverages at the accommodations.
  • Full package in Hotel Mancarron on Solentaname
  • Boat Tour to the Granada Islets at sunset. Tour Masaya Classic and Apoyo Lagoon, entrance and lunch.
  • 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts
NOT INCLUDED (separate vacation services and products)
  • Air flights (international)
  • Local service taxes/fees plus gratuity at an additional 20%
Nicaragua has tropical (warm) climate comprising seasons; these are the dry and green seasons. The dry season is from December through to May…during this period western lowlands get virtually no rain. The green season is from June through to January period experience some rain.
  • September through to November experienced more rain fall, coinciding with hurricane season in the Caribbean.
  • November through to April when it's the dry season, the region may experience some rain.
  • March through to May, the temperature is warmest and can reach 100°F (37°C) during the day in coastal areas and 70°F (21°C) to 80°F (26°C) in the lowlands’ region. In the mountains, it is usually more than 10°F (-12) cooler.
  • The price includes hotels/eco-lodges, parks and preserves entry fees, boat, plane, road transportation (incl. airport transfers, city tours), all meals and house beverages at the accommodations, naturalist guide, 24-hours customer services by L' EcoResorts.
  • Ninety or more days prior to your arrival, 30% of the rate is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Thirty days or less and prior to your arrival, the full reservation amount is required. In the event of changes to the lodge reservation or the dates of your flights, by you, such a cancellation is subjected to 10% cancellation fee. Note: this refers to changes in your reservation only [see additional cancellation policy below].
  • The tour price is based on the number of persons indicated. For personalized group rates, please make inquiry with us regarding the package cost.
  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
When you book your nature tour online through our website (lecoresorts.com), your reservation will be processed through our secure online payment system. When you first submit a "BOOK NOW" request, one of our agents will contact you to confirm your details. Once your reservation is confirmed, by you, you will receive a notification from us.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The tours by L' EcoResorts are nature based, guided, and include walking through rainforests, mountain hiking, cycling, cruising and water rafting, and preserves/safari jaunts.
  • On rainforest tours, you can observe rare and weird species. The Amazon, for example, contains the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some unreachable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered by scientists. Depending on where in the world your eco resort is located, the nature tour you booked will take you on an intriguing path within that region.
  • On safari tours in Africa, you will observe animals in their natural habitats such as giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, gorillas, panthers, birds, and reptiles. [At L' EcoResorts, we do not offer or support sports hunting or trophy hunting, which is not the same as survival hunting by the native people or any persons who depends on this tradition/method for their food source].
  • On mountain tours, you will hike up some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these include the Swiss and French Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya mountains, Blue Mountain Peaks (Jamaica), and the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.
  • British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, United States allow travelers to traverse some of the most spectacular natural land in North America. These sites include the Great Bear Forest, Denali National Park and Preserve (and mountain), Kenai Fjords, and Brooks Falls. The regions are notable for bear viewing, whale watching, and their remote wildernesses, icy seas, and glacial landscapes.
  • Most of the nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are available off-the-beaten paths, in the wild. But in some cases, some tours may be available on land governed by the state or other bodies. Travelers are responsible to pay any entrance fees or additional transportation fees for themselves and their groups in order to access such sites, unless otherwise stated. Additional transportation may include boat, train, and float plane. All information regarding your tour will be provided to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 90 to 31 days prior to travel, 50% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to travel no refunds will be granted.
Due the complexities of the various policies by international operators and other third parties in the regions where the nature tours are available, the "CANCELLATION POLICY" by L’ EcoResorts is structured to apply to all reservations.

  • We highly strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance prior to your tour.

DISCLAIMER

L' EcoResorts, its employees, its affiliates and their employees accept no responsibility, whatsoever, for travelers’ health and safety while they partake in a nature tour. While participating in the tours booked through L' EcoResorts, it is the sole responsibility of the traveler to secure their health and safety. It is further the responsibility of travelers to do health checkups and acquire a clean bill of health from a professional health care provider before embarking on any physical activities, therefore relieving L' EcoResorts, its partners, and its staffs from any blame as it relates to the health and safety of travelers.

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