VISIT LEON & LAGUNA DE APOYO
Start your exploration of Nicaragua in León—a vibrant city with a revolutionary history. As you explore its architecture and intriguing street art, your eyes will stray to the Cerro Negro Volcano that acts as this city’s startling backdrop. Later leave the urban limits for a stunning hike up the volcano’s flanks before speeding back down on sandboards.
Travel south into lake country, their tranquil waters edged with lush rainforest. Trek up the Masaya Volcano and look down upon the flowing lava contained within its Santiago crater.
On to another crater, this time the Laguna de Apoyo—a lagoon of translucent water contained within the verdant crater of the Apoyo Volcano. Hike the trails around here, disturb the warm waters for a swim, kayaking expedition, or even sink down into the depths with a scuba dive.
LAKE NICARAGUA & PACIFIC SURF
Freckled with over 300 untouched islands and islets, Lake Nicaragua is a vast and lovely lake to contemplate. You’ll island-hop by boat, spotting the exotic wildlife and plant life and discovering the way of life for those living on the islands. Let the local fisherman demonstrate their traditional fishing techniques. Swap your rowing boat for horseback and canter past the plantain and cacao farms while admiring the lake from the shoreline.
From the mar dulce to a true ocean. Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast is a fantastic surf destination with super waves and uncrowded beaches. With an expert Pelorus instructor alongside learn or hone your surfing amid this coastline’s laidback vibe.
Afterward, head out on a wildlife-spotting expedition, following jungle paths searching for sloths and monkeys, and link up with a global reforestation initiative. Depart the beaten path and board a kayak for a journey through the estuary with its mangroves’ roots snaking into the water, on the alert for the area’s abundance of exotic creatures.