Escape to a tranquil hideaway while staying at the canopies of Tree Casa Resort. Enjoy two days in colonial and charming Granada City while you kayak and zip line before continuing on to your nature retreat. The treetop living calms your stress and invites you to relax, play, and decompress in a beautiful rainforest setting.
Tour the city of Granada, the oldest colonial city in Central America
Kayak between 365 tiny islands and search for wildlife
Zip line 1500 meters at the base of Mombacho Volcano
Relax on the tree top canopies at the Tree Casa Resort
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.
Tree Casa Resort is a resort in harmony with the natural landscape that provides opportunities for truly beautiful architecture. Using native hardwoods for the furniture and decor also brings a welcoming warmth into each suite, and between these charming living spaces are growing fruit trees for the restaurant and for guests to enjoy while they walk to the pool.
TreeCasa is only fifteen minutes from San Juan del Sur - close enough for easy-access and far enough for quiet nights. During the day you might surf or relax on the unspoiled beaches of Playas Hermosa, Maderas or Remanso. Nightlife options in San Juan include elegant dinners, beachfront cocktails and wild pool parties.
Day 7: Return Home
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!
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).