Overview & Highlights
Nicaragua and El Salvador are off the beaten track, with fairly rudimentary infrastructure but as such they offer a rewarding experience akin to what travellers enjoyed in other parts of the continent decades ago.
Nicaragua has been developing a discreet, eco-friendly approach to tourism for some years while El Salvador now presents its Mayan sites, colonial cities, delightful rural drives and the El Imposible National Park. On this holiday you'll be among the first to discover their natural beauty and unpretentious charm. The people of both countries are among the most hospitable in Latin America.
The two newcomers on the radar of adventurous travellers, Nicaragua and El Salvador, share gorgeous landscapes of volcanoes, lakes, palm-fringed beaches, fertile slopes smothered in coffee bushes, and a diversity of flora and fauna. Both have only relatively recently emerged from a period of political turbulence: the impressive level of reconciliation between formerly warring factions has resulted in the creation of two of perhaps the most appealing and friendly countries on the continent. They cannot be compared with the big hitters of Mexico, Peru and Brazil in terms of mind-boggling attractions but their scantily populated rural landscapers of chains of volcanoes, coffee plantations, lakes and remote rivers combine to create a captivating destination.
- Granada: Guided city tour and Masaya volcano
- El Castillo: Caiman-spotting by night
- El Castillo: Hike in Indo Maíz Biosphere Reserve
- El Castillo: Kayaking on Rio San Juan
- El Castillo: Guided tour of the fortress
- Perquín: El Mazote and Museo de la Revolución
- Suchitito: Walking tour
- EL Imposible National park: hiking
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Arrive in the colonial city of Granada and transfer to your hotel.
Guided city tour and visit to Masaya volcano.
Fly to San Carlos; travel by boat along Rio San Juan to El Castillo.
Hike in Indo Maíz Biosphere Reserve; river kayaking; guided fortress tour.
Return by boat to San Carlos, continue to Ometepe Island.
At leisure to cycle, hike, ride a horse or sit on the beach.
By ferry to the mainland, drive to León.
At leisure in this University city.
Road transfer to Perquín, El Salvador.
Visit el Mazote and Museo de la Revolución.
By road to Suchitoto.
Walking tour of Suchitoto.
Drive along Ruta de las Flores to Ataco.
Trekking in El Imposible National Park.
By road to Costa del Sol on the coast.
At leisure on the coast.
Transfer to San Salvador airport for international flight home.
Things to do
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Nicaragua / Granada
Hotel Patio del Malinche
Nicaragua / Rio San Juan
Nicaragua / Ometepe Island
Hotel Villa Paraiso
El Salvador / Gulf of Fonseca and Eastern El Salvador
El Salvador / Suchitoto
La Posada de Suchitlan
El Salvador / Ruta de las Flores
Quinta El Carmen and La Casona
El Salvador / Pacific Coast
Nicaragua / Rio San Juan
Luna del Rio
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Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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.