After spending a night in the capital, Managua, you will set off for Calala Island where you can happily fill your days basking in the sunshine and snorkelling alongside dazzling marine life. This is followed by a stay at Nekupe, a five-star retreat perfectly catered towards the outdoor enthusiast. You will be just 30 minutes from Granada, but will feel a world away in the midst of Nicaragua’s wild Pacific countryside. You’ll visit active volcanoes, discover unique plants and go zip-lining through the treetops.
There’s also time to explore the many attractions of Grenada, from its multi-coloured town houses to the Inglesia la Merced with its beautiful baroque exterior and elegant paintings. And where better to finish than on the Emerald Coast, where you will have untouched white beaches, turquoise waters, nature trails and a variety of water sports at your fingertips.
London – Miami – Managua
Depart London just before midday for your flight to Managua via Miami. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city’s entertainment and business district. With air-conditioned rooms, coffee makers and rain showers, it is the perfect place to recharge after a long flight.
Stay: One night in an executive room at the Real Continental – bed & breakfast
Today you will make the short domestic flight to Bluefields – where you will be met and taken by boat to Calala Island. You will have three nights to enjoy the delights of this little piece of paradise, a luxury private island retreat tucked away in an undisturbed corner of the Caribbean. And with only 10 guests at any one time, you’ll have the island – with its swaying palm trees, gorgeous blue waters and sandy beaches – almost to yourself.
Stay: Three nights in a junior suite at Calala Island – full board
On day five you will fly back to Managua, where your journey continues to Nekupe, a stunning eight-room property surrounded by a 1,300 acre natural reserve. You will enjoy an excursion to the Masaya National Park, taking in a volcanic lake and learning about the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. You will also visit the summit of Masaya Volcano, seeing the Santiago crater which has been active since 1946. The tour continues to Granada, a living museum to the opulence of the old Spanish Empire, before ending with a relaxing boat ride on Lake Nicaragua.
On the eighth day you will visit the mighty Mombacho Volcano, heading up to the 1,100 metre summit where you will be able to explore trails and witness the activity of the volcano. In the afternoon enjoy swinging through the canopy on a zip-line, which will include numerous fun games like boomerang and double cross.
Stay: Four nights in a junior villa at Nekupe – full board
After the action and adventure of the past few days, the peaceful Emerald Coast – a gorgeous stretch of sand lapped by a tumbling surf – is the perfect place for some downtime. You will be staying in a luxurious resort in the unspoiled Rivas region, where you will have access to a 4km long coastline and a beautiful clear water bay. You can choose to take it easy and enjoy the picturesque surroundings, but there’s also nature walks, island boat trips, water sports, snorkelling and a golf course to enjoy.
Stay: Three nights in an ocean view bohio bungalow at the Mukul Resort – bed & breakfast
Managua – Miami – London
This morning you will be driven to Managua Airport in time to catch your flight home via Miami.