Arrive to Managua where you are met and transferred 45 minutes to Granada City. The oldest city in all Central America, Granada was first founded in 1524. Its cobblestone streets and old convents and buildings tell a story about the Spanish, pirates, and a vast history of war and peace. Settle in to your hotel near the main plaza.
This morning set out on a walking tour of the city of Granada. The oldest colonial city in all Central America, Granada was first founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba. Though it has been sacked by pirates multiple times and undergone many civil wars, Granada boasts beautiful Spanish architecture, making it the must-see of Nicaragua. Explore San Francisco Convento Museum, one of the best in the region. Originally constructed in 1585, it was burnt by pirates then later again by William Walker and was recently restored in 1989. Inside you can see primitivist art, paper mache figurines depicting indigenous life, as well as the Zapatera Statuary, with black basalt statues carved between 800 and 1200 AD. Explore also La Merced Church, arguably the most beautiful in the city. Enjoy a climb to the belltower for an extra dollar! Also visit La Fortaleza, an old Spanish fort constructed in 1748 with the best view over the city!
Lastly take a short kayaking tour of the tiny isletas offshore. Over 365 tiny islands were created by the eruption of Mombacho and now are either uninhabited or the site of vacation homes. Keep your eyes peeled for birds and other wildlife as you pass each island. Kayak out to Fort San Pablo and explore this ancient structure, constructed on an island by native inhabitants to defend themselves from pirate attacks. Return to Granada City this evening.
This morning head to nearby Mombacho Volcano, an active volcano that last erupted in 1570. Hop into an army cargo vehicle which takes you up the steep climb on the brick road to the top where you find a small biological station. Feel free to get out and explore the small exhibits in the station. The top part of this volcano is home to a cloudforest, housing some species of flora and fauna only found here. You can walk on the trails watching for wildlife, as well as find some lookouts allowing you to peer over into the now-forested craters below.
On your way down the volcano, stop to take the zip line tour at the base of Mombacho! Zip across this 1500 meter zipline course suspended by canopy platforms. The tour offers fantastic views of Mombacho cloudforest and the nearby Lake Nicaragua. The course contains fifteen platforms and a 25-meter-long rope bridge!
After the zip line adventure, continue on to the Pacific coast. Settle into your treetop suite and enjoy the sound of the forest and lapping waves as you fall asleep this evening.
Aqua Wellness Resort sits on a sandy stretch of beach known as Redonda Bay. Recently voted as one of the finest beaches in Latin America, it is the perfect contrast between white sand, blue water, and rocky cliffs, making it a spectacular natural environment for the traveler seeking reprieve form the world outside. The treetop construction lets you sleep elevated in the rainforest canopy, and the organic fine dining treats your taste buds.
Your days at this beachfront retreat are yours to spend as you wish. Included in your stay are any number of nearby excursions, water sports, and lessons. The resort overlooks Redonda Bay with white sand beaches protected from large swells by the surrounding cove. Enjoy a swim, snorkel, or kayak here. The limited access keeps it feeling like a private beach. You may even spot leatherback, hawksbill or green turtles nesting during the right season! Try the well-known surfing spots of Colorados and Manzanillo nearby. Fishing, dolphin, and whale-watching boat tours can also be arranged with pickup and dropoff from the resort.
Transfer back to Managua for your flight home. For an additional cost, opt to take a 25-minute helicopter transfer back to get a bird's eye view of Nicaragua!