• Enjoy the colonial gems of Leon, Granada and Suchitoto
• Experience close encounters with several volcanoes including a flyover of San Miguel volcano
• Explore the colonial charm of the Flower Route
• Search for monkeys, sloths, turtles and a myriad of birdlife
• Visit beautiful Omotepe Island on Lake Nicaragua, formed by its 2 volcanoes
• Spend a very insightful and shocking day with a former communist guerilla fighter in the remote former headquarters of Perkin
• Visit Museum of the Revolution and Place of the Massacre
• Explore 3 Mayan sites
• Journey to Masaya market and volcano
• 15 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in San Salvador, finish in Managua
• All meals included
• Activity Level: 2
Come and visit 2 of Central America's least visited countries. El Salvador and Nicaragua!
In El Salvador, visit the ancient Mayan sites of Joya de Ceren, Tazumal and San Andreas. Enjoy the relaxing pace of the indigenous colonial towns, coffee plantations and markets of Ruta de Las Flores (Flower Route). Visit a turtle sanctuary and help to tag resident turtles. Enjoy a scenic flight over active San Miguel volcano enroute to remote Perquin, the former mountain headquarters of the communist guerrillas during the Civil War. We will learn about what really happened including shameful government massacres of civilians. You will meet our local guide, a former communist guerrilla at the age of 10. His story is sad, shocking and yet inspiring!
We leave El Salvador by private ferry to Nicaragua. Our first 4 nights are shared between 2 of the most beautiful colonial cities in the Americas; Leon (the oldest city in America, est. 1525) and Granada. We visit Masaya Volcano and market and enjoy local cuisine during a cooking lesson. Enjoy time on Omotepe island, formed by 2 volcanoes in Lake Nicaragua. We visit pre-Colombian petroglyphs, a butterfly farm and a local church that has its own 'indigenous Jesus'. On the Pacific coast, we visit a turtle sanctuary which has several major turtle migrations to lay eggs between July and January each year. If we visit during a major migration, the site is truly magnificent! If the beach has no turtles, we can learn about the turtles and go for a swim at this pristine white sand beach. Always keep an eye out for monkeys! Our last stop is the capital of Managua, where we enjoy a city tour and our farewell dinner.
FROM: $4495 USD
Comfortable hotels with private bathrooms.
Some long drive through mountain roads.
Arrival in San Salvador, El Salvador
Señor Romero, War History Museum, 2 Mayan Sites
Coatepeque 'Volcanic' Lake, Colonial Santa Ana, Mayan Site
Ruta de Las Flores - Indigenous Town & Markets, Coffee Plantation
To Puerto Barillas, Monkeys and Turtles
Colonial Suchitoto, Boat Excursion to Bird Island
Private Flight Over Active San Miguel Volcano to Revolution Headquarters of Perkin
To La Union, Private Boat to Nicaragua, to Leon
Leon - Oldest City in the Americas (est. 1525)
Masaya Volcano & Market, Cooking Lesson, to Granada
Granada Sites, Mombacha Volcano Hike, Laguna de Poloya
To Omotepe Island, Lake Nicaragua
To San Juan del Sur, Zipline, Turtle Reserve