From: January 19 to January 27, 2018

Destination: Managua, Nicaragua

  • Nicaragua: Land of Lakes, Forests, and Volcanoes - FULL

    Explore Nicaragua's natural and cultural attractions at the largest lake and the oldest colonial city in Central America, 28 volcanoes, outstanding biodiversity, legendary hospitality and emerging ecotourism. On our nine day trip we hike and kayak through different ecosystems, from mountain lakes to cloud forest, learn about Nicaragua's human and natural history, experience the lively Festival of St. Sebastian with music, parades and performances, meet a women's weaving cooperative, and completely change our image of this beautiful area, which many Americans still associate with the controversial US involvement in Nicaragua's 1980's civil war. Maximum group size: 12
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  • Friday, January 19: After you arrive at the Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport just outside Managua, a hotel shuttle will transport you to the hotel. If you can get there before 4pm, please do. But if not, we'll greet you at the hotel whenever you arrive. We'll gather as a group for introductions and a trip orientation, and then continue getting to know each other as we share our first dinner together. Overnight Overnight at Hotel Camino Real, Managua D

    Saturday, January 20: After a delicious breakfast of tropical fruits, eggs, and local favorites like Gallo Pinto, we head out of the city. Our first stop is San Juan de Oriente, the "Village of Pottery", to see talented artisans using pre-Columbian techniques to create beautiful pottery. Our final destination is the town of Diriamba for the Saint Sebastian Festival - an unforgettable experience! Throughout the day and evening we'll enjoy a variety of Nicaraguan cultural performances, parades, and music honoring Diriamba's town patron Saint Sebastian. For example, the performance Gueguense, a synthesis of Indigenous and Spanish cultures, is considered by UNESCO to be a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Overnight at hotel Mi Bohio, Diriamba for the next two nights. B,L,D

    Sunday, January 21: Today we visit Granada, one of the most beautiful cities in Nicaragua. We'll take a walking tour around this historic colonial city, which is also known as La Gran Sultana, in reflection of its Moorish and Andalusian appearance. After lunch, we get oriented to kayaking. We'll paddle around the islets on the largest lake in Central America, Lake Nicaragua, also known by its indigenous name, "Cocibolca" which means "sweet sea." We will be rewarded by gorgeous views of the Mombacho volcano, many species of birds, and perhaps a dip in the refreshing water! We will also stretch our legs at the awe-inspiring view point over the Apoyo Lagoon and Lake Cocibolca. Overnight at hotel Mi Bohio, Diriamba B,L,D

    Monday, January 22: After breakfast, we drive 3 hours to the Indigenous Community El Chile, and a visit with one of the women's cooperatives that is keeping the Nicaraguan weaving culture alive. For three decades these ladies have been reviving traditional weaving techniques, and creating beautiful fabrics. During our visit we will share a delicious lunch of traditional foods. Later we'll walk through the community and up to the viewpoint of Cerro El Chile (Chile Hill), for a 360-degree view of the valley and surrounding mountains. Overnight at Hotel San Jose, Matagalpa B,L,D

    Tuesday, January 23: Today's focus is sustainability. We go to La Hammonia Estate, an organic farm with a diversity of crops, including coffee, features sustainable growing techniques. We tour the farm, learning about its interesting model of efficiency and sustainability. After lunch we'll explore the nearby cloud forest with a three hour hike. This tropical forest habitat is home to the Resplendent Quetzal and an amazing variety of wildlife, including more than eighty varieties of orchids, many birds, sloths, deer, snakes, mountain lions, and howler monkeys. We then continue onward to the highlands of Nicaragua, to spend the night at "Eco-Albergue La Fundadora," a sustainable farming cooperative and ecotourism project located on one of Nicaragua's largest and most historic coffee estates.  Rooms have panoramic views and the sunsets are gorgeous! This evening we'll experience Nicaraguan culture through a presentation by local performers. Overnight at La Fundadora Ecolodge B,L,D

    Wednesday, January 24: After a hearty Nicaraguan breakfast, we'll have an authentic and informative experience with a local family at the coffee plantation. We will learn about the whole coffee process -- from seed to cup -- in a traditional Nicaraguan way. You'll have a whole new appreciation for coffee next time you have a cup. Today we also experience a traditional lunch with a local family at their house. Then we'll have a three-hour drive to our next destination, the historical city of Leon. Our walking tour will showcase the architectural and natural attractions of this incredible colonial city, known as the political and intellectual center of the nation. Overnight at Cacique Adiact, Leon B,L,D

    Thursday, January 25: One of the biggest attractions of Leon is its volcanoes, especially Cerro Negro, as it is easy to hike to the top and fast to get back down. We will hike for about an hour to the top for a wonderful panoramic view of the countryside and surrounding volcanoes. If you are up for an optional rush of adrenaline, you can try the unique sport of "volcano boarding" where you slide down the volcano on a board, or hike down if you prefer a slower descent. Later, we will head towards the coast and take a boat to the nature reserve Island Juan Venado, known for its impressive mangrove sanctuary. Mangroves are salt tolerant trees; they have a salt filtration system and can only be found in places that have tropical or sub-tropical climates. They make perfect hiding spots for wildlife, so naturally wildlife abounds. The reserve is home to 106 bird species, caymans, crocodiles, iguanas, crustaceans and several species of sea turtles. Overnight at Cacique Adiact, Leon B,L,D

    Friday, January 26: Today we visit Masaya volcano, an active, complex volcano composed of a nested set of calderas and craters that provides us the opportunity to see molten lava in the crater. After lunch we travel to Apoyo Lagoon, one of the most majestic places in Nicaragua. The lagoon was actually formed in a caldera. The natural beauty of the place, the abundant flora and fauna, and the calm and clean water of the place, all make it the perfect place to spend our last afternoon and evening. We'll stay at Apoyo Resort, situated in the heart of the Tropical Dry Forest Reserves; we'll be surrounded by monkeys, parrots, and tropical birds. We can swim in the lagoon - one of the few swimmable crater lagoons in the world - where the mineral water is cool enough to refresh but warm enough to enjoy. That night we'll celebrate our week together, toasting the beauty of the country and the warmth of the people we've met along the way. Overnight Apoyo Resort Masaya B,L,D

    Saturday, January 27: After one final breakfast together it's time to pack up and head for the airport. It's about an hour drive and we'll have you back in time for flights after 11am.
  • $2495 (see this page for travel discounts) $400 deposit. There are a limited number of single rooms available for an additional $300. You can see our cancellation policies here.

    Trip Includes

    • A Nicaraguan guide (who may be male) and an Adventures in Good Company leader
    • Eight nights double occupancy lodging 
    • All activities specified on the itinerary
    • Private transportation within Nicaragua  
    • All meals from dinner the first night to breakfast the last
    • Gratuities for the driver and day guides
    • Snacks and water to refill bottles
    Not included: Travel to Managua; guide gratuities; alcoholic beverages
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  • Common Questions

    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

    How do I pay for my trip?

    You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.

    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    It depends on both the trip and on your specific needs. With advance notice, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions or allergies on our domestic trips, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten intolerant. This is not always true on international trips, so please contact us in advance if you have specific dietary needs. We've found that if you are willing to bring some of your own snacks and a couple of items to supplement what is on the menu (peanut butter is always good!) and possibly have less variety than you are used to at home, then dietary needs usually are no obstacle. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, especially if you have Celiac disease, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

    The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.

    Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?

    Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.

    What other information will you send me?

    When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.

    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

    What is the role of the guide(s)?

    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Exploring a stunningly diverse country that is still off the mass tourism radar
  • Hiking, kayaking, bird watching, swimming, bird watching, and possibly volcano surfing
  • Learning about both the history and the current challenges that Nicaragua faces
  • Meeting some of the amazing women who are contributing to Nicaragua's future
  • Enjoying the legendary warmth and hospitality of the Nicaraguan people

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