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Signature Nicaragua: Fire, water and revolution

13 days from £2,850pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Nicaragua

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Overview & Highlights

A medley of Spanish colonial cities, visible wildlife, volcanoes and the continent’s largest freshwater lake. Travel down jungle-fringed Rio San Juan, visit tranquil Ometepe Island, relax on unspoilt beaches on the Pacific Coast and learn about a history of rebellion and innovation.

The variety you will discover on your highlights holiday is staggering - the volcanic and jungle-choked scenery, timeless colonial cities, cultures ranging from Spanish to indigenous communities: you could extend your trip to visit its English speaking Caribbean Corn islands.

Nicaragua, following a history of political and economic upheavals is now a peaceful and congenial place which has become impressively reconciled with the conflicts of its past. Visitors are increasingly drawn to its wonderfully unspoilt landscapes, where the bucolic tranquility of countryside little changed over the centuries has as its counterpoint seething volcanoes and the legacy of earthquakes in times gone by.

Here you’ll find a couple of the continent’s finest Spanish colonial cities, Granada and León. Spruced up now, with their central Spanish cores faithfully restored, they have a real historical atmosphere, with lovely old mansions, baroque churches and cobbled lanes.

Beyond, rising from the vast silvery waters of Lake Nicaragua is the dozy island Ometepe, whose isolation has protected it from the political upheavals of the past, and held back modern development. Rio San Juan is too important a river to be called a backwater, but its jungle-fringed banks have a timeless, wilderness feel, and the quaint little port of wooden houses on stilts, El Castillo, will make you feel you are on a real adventure of discovery. San Juan del Sur, a rustic and laid-back fishing village on the Pacific Coast, has a string of yawning, golden sand beaches where turtles hatch between September and April.

 

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  • Discover Nicaragua's fascinating history from colonial cities to ruined forts
  • Explore the lush jungles and waterways
  • Take in the countries natural volcano clad beauty

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  • We enjoyed all our excursions. Rio was a great start. The views from the Sugar Loaf were quite spectacular. Likewise the trips at both sides of the Iguazu Falls provided…

    JR, Swansea
  • Overall an absolutely fantastic holiday. Arranged at last minute, there is no way that we would have been able to organise something like this on our own. Everything ran smoothly,…

    RB, Kettering
  • This great holiday was definitely made greater by the tour leader. Of course a small group travel made it possible to view more places.

    RR, Bolton
  • "This was our second trip with you and we have again been very pleased with the whole experience: if we are going to spend such a lot of money on…

    LK, Gerrards Cross
  • What a fabulous trip - we were very well looked after all the way and our guide was wonderful - we could not praise him more highly. He made sure…

    CW, Ilkley
  • It is difficult to identify a highlight as the whole trip was so varied and memorable. However, the yurt and the landscapes in Torres del  Paine and Iguazu were spectacular.

    VP, Haywards Heath
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Sally Dodge Travel Expert A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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