Vibrant culture & nature in Central America

Vibrant culture & nature in Central America

Puntos de Vida in Nicaragua

This trip shows you the diversity and beauty of Nicaragua : the original Solentiname archipelago and the island of Ometepe in the great Lake Nicaragua, the colonial pearls of Granada and León, the lush green highlands with their coffee and cocoa plantations, the Caribbean coast and the impressive Volcanoes of Central America. You will immerse yourself in the abundant diversity of the fauna and flora of the cloud and rainforest, peer into the bubbling maw of a volcano, learn about the traditions of the Arte Naif artists and indigenous potters and taste one of the most famous liqueurs on earth. You will visit a coffee plantation in the highlands, a cocoa finca in the east of the country and enjoy fresh seafood on a sandy beach lined with mangroves. The many ‘Puntos de Vida’ where you can meet the locals and get to know their culture are also an enriching experience. At the beginning and end of the trip you will spend the night in Costa Rica.

This trip is partly off the tourist routes, so you will partly stay in more rustic/simple accommodation. However, all of the accommodations are clean, the rooms have private bathrooms, and the hospitable atmosphere makes up for the missing stars.
Visite guidée en anglais.

Dates (16 days)

30.11.2024 - 15.12.2024
From/back to Frankfurt

Number of travellers

10-15 participants

Itinéraire de voyage

Day 1

Flight to Costa Rica

  • Departure (Lufthansa) from Frankfurt to San Jose at 1:15 p.m. (arrival at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Transfer to the hotel.
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Buena Vista**** in Alajuela

Day 2

Arenal : Volcan & Waterfall

  • Drive to Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Hike through tropical cloud forest (panoramic views of the volcano along the way)
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Arenal Observatory Logde*** in the Arenal Volcano National Park

Day 3

Art & Culture on the Solentiname Archipelago

  • Drive to the border and cross the border into Nicaragua.
  • Continue to San Carlos
  • Boat trip to the Solentiname archipelago
  • Walk to the painters’ colony and the balsa wood artists (Punto de Vida)
  • Painting workshop
  • Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Mancarrón-Solentiname***

Day 4

Los Guatuzos nature reserve & artist family on La Vernanda

  • Boat trip on the jungle river Rio Papaturro
  • Hike through the rainforest.
  • Boat tour to Venada Island
  • Visit to an artist family (Punto de Vida)
  • Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Mancarrón-Solentiname***

Day 5

Ometepe island

  • Boat trip to Ometepe Island
  • Bus ride to Charco Verde Lagoon
  • Hike and visit to the museum (Punto de Vida)
  • Overnight stay at the Finca Hotel San Juan de la Isla*** on Ometepe

Day 6

Colonial pearl Granada

  • Boat trip to Granada
  • Ride by horse-drawn carriage (Punto de Vida) to the hotel
  • Walking tour of the old town of Granada
  • Overnight stay at the colonial hotel Plaza Colon**** in Granada

    Day 7

Day Trip : Artisan Villages & Volcanoes

  • Visit to the handicraft villages ‘Pueblos Blancos’
  • Visit to an indigenous pottery school (Punto de Vida) in San Juan de Oriente
  • Walk through the craft market in Masaya
  • Opportunity for refreshment in the lagoon
  • Evening drive to Santiago Crater (bubbling lava)
  • Overnight stay in the colonial hotel Plaza Colon****

Day 8

Walk in the dwarf cloud forest, free time in Granada

  • Ride in a rustic vehicle to the pre-peak of Mombacho
  • Walk through the Dwarf Cloud Forest (Punto de Vida) with panoramic views of Lake Nicaragua
  • Afternoon free time in Granada
  • Overnight stay in the colonial hotel Plaza Colon****

Day 9

Managua & Viejo Leon, sugar cane & rum

  • Drive to Managua, tour of the old town
  • In Viejo León, visit to the ruins (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • In Chichigalpa, visit a sugar mill and the Flor de Caña rum distillery, tour including tasting
  • Overnight stay at the colonial hotel El Convento***(*) in León

Day 10

Cultural León, walk along the Pacific

  • Walk through the old town of Leon
  • Visit to the cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Panoramic view from the cathedral tower
  • Visit to the Ruben Dario Museum
  • Walk on the Pacific beach “Las Penitas”
  • Overnight stay in the colonial hotel El Convento***(*)

Day 11

Matagalpa : coffee finca in the highlands

  • Drive to the coffee finca (Punto de Vida)
  • Detailed tour and insights into gourmet coffee production, including tasting
  • Overnight stay at the Ecolodge Selva Negra*** in Selva Negra

Day 12

Basalt statues in Juigalpa, Finca “El Cacao”

  • Drive to Juigalpa
  • Visit to the museum (basalt statues)
  • In the afternoon arrival at the Finca ‘El Cacao’
  • Guided tour of the finca, insights into cocoa cultivation
  • Overnight stay in the rustic guest house of Finca El Cacao**

Day 13

Day trip to the Caribbean coast

  • Trip to the mangrove-lined sandy beaches of the Caribbean coast
  • Boat trip to the Pearl Keys
  • Lunch (fresh seafood) on the beach.
  • Free time
  • Overnight stay in the rustic guest house of Finca El Cacao**

Day 14

Departure from Nicaragua, Wellness in Costa Rica

  • Drive to San Carlos, lunch break in the fishing town.
  • Continue to the border, crossing the border into Costa Rica
  • Drive to La Fortuna
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Volcano Lodge***(*) in La Fortuna

Day 15

Departure from Latin America

  • Free time
  • Check out at 12pm
  • Transfer to San Jose airport
  • Departure at 8:50 p.m. (Lufthansa)

Day 16

Arrival in Frankfurt

Landing in Frankfurt at 3 p.m

More information :

Program and flight times subject to change.

Prices (per person)

Double/twin room 5.295 €
Single room 6.390 €

Minimum number of participants : 10, maximum number of participants : 15.Puntos de Vida in Nicaragua


Publié le lundi 6 mai 2024
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