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  • Summit San Cristobal, Nicaragua’s highest volcano
  • Boat tour amongst Lake Nicaragua’s 365 islets
  • The charming old colonial cities of Grenada and Leon
  • Relax and unwind on the palm-fringed Pacific coast

Nicaragua is not only the largest country is Central America, it is also one of the hottest upcoming trekking destinations; running parallel to its Pacific coast are a rocky spine of volcanoes, which provide our objectives for this superb Central American trekking holiday. Through a series of guided day hikes we will summit six of Nicaragua's volcanoes, including the black ash mountain of Cerro Negro, the perfectly conical Momotombo, the challenging Telica and, of course, San Cristobal - the highest of them all! Adding to the excitement, many of the volcanoes on the agenda are still active and we are sure to see some volcanic action during the course of the holiday. As well as smoking fissures, boiling mud, lava pools and crater lakes perfect for swimming, we've also time to take a boat tour of Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America, and discover some of Nicaragua's colonial history with time to explore the beautiful old cities of Grenada and Leon. This vibrant walking holiday is brought to a suitably relaxing conclusion with 2 nights well deserved R&R at a Pacific coastal resort.

explore international

Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

The grading of this holiday is not straightforward as the length and difficulty of each of the peaks varies quite considerably. The grade takes into account a number of factors, the high temperatures and humidity, the the overall length of the holiday, the ease with which it is possible to opt out of various sections of the itinerary, and the sightseeing and relaxation days on Lake Nicaragua at the beginning of the holiday and at the coast and in Leon at the end.  Please note however that some of the ground covered is more typical of terrain encountered on our more demanding trips. The approaches to the volcanoes are generally easy, following established trails through forest or grassland. However, the ascents of some of the volcanoes, notably Telica and San Cristobal, present quite challenging hikes even to regular hillwalkers, sometimes on steep and/or loose ground. We use a support crew during those days when we are camping and personal baggage is transferred between camps. This holiday is suitable for regular hillwalkers and those with a good level of fitness.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Granada. A single timed transfer from Managua Airport is provided.
  • Sightseeing in Granada and Lake Nicaragua cruise.
  • Climb Mombacho (1345m), visit Laguna de Apoya and a ceramic workshop. Return to Granada.
  • A day exploring the Volcan Masaya National Park. Transfer to Leon Viejo. Afternoon walk to camp at Laguna "El Tigre".
  • Ascent of Volcan Momotombo (1297m).
  • Trek to Cerro Negro via El Hoyo (1088m) and ascent of Cerro Negro (675m).
  • Trek around Volcan Rota (832m) to the roadhead and drive to San Jacinto.
  • Ascent of Volcan Telica (1090m).
  • Trek to the foot of San Cristobal.
  • Ascent of San Cristobal (1745m).
  • Descend to the roadhead and transfer to the beautiful Pacific coast.
  • Free day at a beach resort on the Pacific coast.
  • Morning at the beach then transfer to Leon.
  • Morning city tour, free afternoon in Leon.
  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Managua Airport is provided.
Sat 26 Nov - Sat 10 Dec Code NVO /03/16/ Adult$2,530 Status Available Book now
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  • Nicaragua's Fire Mountains
  • The departure reference for this tour is NVO /03/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 26 Nov and departs on Sat 10 Dec
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $725 - Single hotel supplement includes hotels and single tents
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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Granada. A single timed transfer from Managua Airport is provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Granada. A single timed transfer from Managua Airport to the group hotel in Granada is provided, a 40 minute drive. Established in 1524 on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, one of the largest and most scenic lakes in the world, Granada is a charming old colonial city that is as laid back as it is architecturally spectacular. The city has a plethora of restaurants and cafes to choose from serving every kind of cuisine. Note that meals are not included on this day. We stay overnight at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Sightseeing in Granada and Lake Nicaragua cruise.

    Similar in layout and architectural style to Antigua in Guatemala, Granada’s narrow streets and cobbled lanes lend themselves to exploration on foot. This morning we will have a relaxed walking tour with our guide to see the city’s rich colonial heritage. Granada was the first recorded European city in mainland America and was named in honour of the capture of its Andalucian namesake by Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. Access to the Atlantic Ocean via the navigable Lake Nicaragua and San Juan River guaranteed a flourishing trade and underlined the city’s powerful position within the Spanish Colonial Empire of Central America. Being of such strategic importance, meant that Granada endured many attacks and sieges from various other colonial powers fighting for their slice of the new world. These conflicts have all left their scars on the city but many of the old buildings have been restored to their original glory and this is a fascinating city to stroll around. After the tour we have some free time to take lunch. One option is to visit the parque central and buy an inexpensive light lunch from one of the kiosks there, pick a shady spot and watch the world go by. In the afternoon we transfer by horse-drawn carriage to the harbour where we board our boat and take a cruise out onto Lake Nicaragua. We spend the afternoon sailing among Las Isletas, a miniature archipelago of three hundred-odd tiny tropical islands strung like pearls along the shoreline of the Asese peninsula which projects out into the lake. Some of the bigger islands contain old colonial mansions, hotels and restaurants and even a Spanish Fortress. As the sun drops we return to the harbour and head back to the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Climb Mombacho (1345m), visit Laguna de Apoya and a ceramic workshop. Return to Granada.

    Volcan Mombacho (1345m) dominates the skyline from around Granada. We begin today with an eco-mobile journey through the cloud forest cloaking the slopes. The road takes us to 1100m on this active volcano and from here we climb the remaining 245m to the summit through forests alive with birdsong and monkey call. The area around Mombacho has been designated a reserve to protect the animals found here and also the estimated 100 species of orchid to be found in the forest. At the top we follow a trail around the lip of the crater with sensational views over Granada and Lake Nicaragua. After around 3 hours trekking we descend and transfer to our tour bus to drive to Catarina where we can enjoy our lunch with views over Laguna de Apoyo. In the afternoon we will visit a ceramic workshop and school where we can learn about the production of ceramic handicrafts before returning to Granada. Drive time: 2hrs.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 250m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 250m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • A day exploring the Volcan Masaya National Park. Transfer to Leon Viejo. Afternoon walk to camp at Laguna "El Tigre".

    This morning we drive to Volcan Masaya NP, Nicaragua's first national park, established as recently as 1979. The park contains two volcanoes, Nindiri and Masaya and five individually named craters. First, we ascend to the active Santiago Crater where the surrounding rural landscape runs up to an abrupt end and we find ourselves staring into what the Spanish Colonialists named "La Boca Del Infierno" - the mouth of hell. We can watch the lava boil beneath swirling clouds of sulphur dioxide, an incredible sight. We will then hike up the quieter and dormant San Fernando Crater, where we can visit the lava tubes. Later we take a hike through the surrounding lush volcanic hills, revived by the ash created by the last volcanic eruption. After a quick look around the visitor centre we continue to Leon Viejo (Old Leon) where we begin the afternoon's hike, a walk for 1-2 hours, to reach our camp beside the picturesque Laguna "El Tigre" late in the afternoon. There may be time for a quick swim before the sun sets. Tonight we will spend the evening in camp. Drive time: 3hrs.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 350m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 350m

    • Time 4 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Ascent of Volcan Momotombo (1297m).

    After a short transfer up to the geothermal power station at 320 metres, we begin the ascent of Momotombo following a narrow trail through the forest. At the tree line we get great views over Lake Managua. The final stages of the climb are quite steep on loose volcanic scree slopes and anyone who wants to sit out the summit can relax and enjoy the views over the lake instead. We finally reach the crater (1297m) after around 4 hours of hiking. As to be expected, the views are extensive over the lake and the city of Leon, to the neighbouring volcanoes and out to the Pacific Ocean. Having had our fill we begin the steep scree descent, which can be done very fast and then we return through the forest by the same route to the Geothermal power station. From here we drive back to our camp at Laguna El Tigre.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Cerro Negro via El Hoyo (1088m) and ascent of Cerro Negro (675m).

    We trek around the lake to reach the dormant volcano of El Hoyo (1088m), ‘the hole’ named for its enormous cylindrical crater which appears as a gigantic hole in the green hillside. It is a short climb to the top of El Hoyo and from here we trek across open grazing land to reach the volcano Las Pilas and then on to the base of Cerro Negro (675m), Central America's youngest volcano. Born in 1850 it has remained extremely active erupting more than 24 times in the intervening 160 odd years, the last major eruption occurring in 1999. The fairly constant activity means the slopes are covered in volcanic ash with virtually no vegetation making for a difficult (although short) ascent, but providing wide ranging views and the opportunity for a spectacular and fast scree-running descent. The trail begins by following a reasonably graded pathway through a tumble of volcanic rocks and boulders. Reaching the ash cone the way steepens and the hard work under a hot sun begins. However, in less than an hour we reach the top and can enjoy a spectacular view over the Maribios volcano chain and the city of Leon and even as far as the Pacific. We can also look down on the active crater of the volcano which regularly emits sulphurous smoke. Having had our fill of the view, we make our descent which for those who wish, is best done fast and straight down the soft ash slopes. Reaching the base of the cone we then return to the foot of the mountain where we make our overnight camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 800m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 800m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Trek around Volcan Rota (832m) to the roadhead and drive to San Jacinto.

    Today's trek takes us around Volcan Rota (832m) which although still active, has not erupted for centuries and is therefore covered in thick vegetation. Eventually we reach the road where we meet our vehicle and drive to San Jacinto. Near this village is Hervideros de San Jacinto where there are several boiling 'mud holes' probably connected to nearby Volcan Telica. Looking at the constant mini eruptions from the mud we can imagine the scaled-up effect from the eruptions of some of the volcanoes we have seen. We set up camp in the village and this evening we learn from locals how to make tortillas.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 600m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 5- 6 hrs trekking

  • Ascent of Volcan Telica (1090m).

    From San Jacinto we set off along a dirt track used mainly by ox carts heading steadily uphill. After around 1.5 hours we emerge onto a plateau of grazing meadows surrounded by rounded hills and with our day’s objective, Volcan Telica clearly in view. From here it is a relatively easy half hour’s walking to reach the base of volcano. We enter dense foliage and begin a steep climb on a good trail. Occasional clearings in the forest give us glimpses of the valley as we make steady progress to the tree-line and the final part of our climb. One of Nicaragua's most active volcanoes, Telica has erupted frequently, the last small eruption occurring in 2011. Like all volcanoes in Nicaragua, Telica is monitored very carefully by seismologists for indications that it may be in an eruptive phase. Depending on the current condition of the volcano, we will make an ascent to the summit (1090m) where we can view the steaming crater. We will take lunch on top and afterwards make the descent to our next camp located beneath Volcan Casitas.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 950m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 950m

    • Time 8 - 9 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the foot of San Cristobal.

    Our trek today takes us around Volcan Casitas. En route we stop to visit the memorial to the victims of Hurricane Mitch. The rains from this event in 1998 triggered a mudslide on Casitas – a 3 metre high tidal wave which swept away the towns of Posoltega, El Porvenir and Rolando Rodriguez and with them, 4000 lives. Their memorial is a simple pyramid of stone topped with a white cross set in a tended garden. Casitas is also known by the name ‘Apastepe’ which literally means ‘mountain of water’. Our trek continues to the foot of Nicaragua's highest peak, Volcan San Cristobal (1745m) where we set up camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 300m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 300m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs trekking

  • Ascent of San Cristobal (1745m).

    Our longest day today as we make the challenging ascent of San Cristobal, another highly active volcano in the ‘Ring of Fire’ and Nicaragua's highest peak at 1745m. We start the climb, trekking through the lush forest. At times we may have to scramble up and down over tree roots and across streams. Eventually the vegetation becomes more stunted and we emerge onto the ash cone. San Cristobal is a perfect cone and the going on this section is quite steep and loose but the sensational views of the smoking crater and over the surrounding volcanoes, the Gulf of Fonseca, and into El Salvador and Honduras, are well worth the effort. Having celebrated our success on reaching the highest point in Nicaragua, we descend by a different route to our final camp at Finca Las Rojas (700m). Here we will have a celebration and also a farewell party for our trek support crew.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1300m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 800m

    • Time 8 - 9 hrs trekking

  • Descend to the roadhead and transfer to the beautiful Pacific coast.

    From our camp at Finca Las Rojas we have a hike of approximately 1 hour mostly downhill, to reach the road where we meet our tour bus. This marks the end of our hiking and we board the bus and head for the North Pacific coast. We stay in a resort located on the beautiful El Estero de Aserradores lagoon where San Cristobal can be seen reflected in its waters. A short walk from our hotel is a private beach, one of the most beautiful on the Pacific coast. The rest of the day is free for relaxing at the beach or around the hotel pool. There are two restaurants at the resort – one at the beach and one beside the marina. Both serve a variety of dishes from an extensive menu. Note that dinner is not included on this day.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 600m

    • Meals bl

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 1 - 2 hrs trekking

  • Free day at a beach resort on the Pacific coast.

    A free day to enjoy the beach. For those who wish, it is possible to book optional activities with the hotel (at extra cost). You can choose from a boat tour to the mangroves, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing or surfing. We have a second night at the beach hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Morning at the beach then transfer to Leon.

    After a relaxing morning at the beach, we drive to the Flor de Cana rum distillery at Chichigalpa to learn all about this important Central American industry. We then continue to Leon, one of Nicaragua's most attractive colonial cities. Following independence from Spain in 1824, the two important cities of Leon and Granada fought (sometimes violently) for the right to be the country’s capital and seat of government, a quarrel which ended with the compromise of making Managua the new nation’s capital in 1852. Leon was involved in more fighting during the 1979 revolution when it was bombed by Somoza. However, many of the original colonial buildings including thirteen churches, still remain and like Granada, Leon is a very pleasant town to stroll around. Arriving in Leon we check into the group hotel and head out for dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Morning city tour, free afternoon in Leon.

    Leon has a surprisingly organised grid layout of intersecting streets and avenues among which are a wealth of fascinating Spanish colonial architecture, a cathedral, numerous churches, museums and art galleries. These are is best explored on foot and this morning we have a guided walking tour around the most significant colonial buildings. The afternoon is free for further independent sightseeing, relaxing in the parque central or souvenir shopping. This evening we will have a ‘farewell’ meal and we spend our final night in Nicaragua at the group hotel in Leon.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bd

  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Managua Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only Package services end after breakfast. A single time transfer to Managua Airport is provided.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Single timed Managua Airport transfers in each direction
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All camping equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Trek crew including baggage transfer while camping
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for staff
  • Airport transfers (other than single timed group transfers)
  • Airport departure tax (if applicable)
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses

The cuisine of Nicaragua is a mix of Spanish and Creole. As in many other Central American countries, corn is a main staple, particularly in the form of the tortilla. Many of Nicaragua's dishes include fruits and vegetables such as jocote, grosella, mimbro, mango, papaya, tamarind, pipian, banana, avocado, yuca, quequisque, and herbs such as culantro, oregano and achiote. In Grenada and Leon there are many restaurants serving local cuisine but more international dishes can also be found. During the camping nights you will have a cooked meal prepared from fresh local ingredients. The picnic lunches during the trek are made up from salad vegetables, bread, pasta, cheese, cooked meats, and fresh fruit. Mineral water as well as tea or coffee is provided.

All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 11 dinners are included in the trip price. Clients will pay for their own dinners while staying in Granada and on day 11, and for lunches while in Granada and also at the marina and beach resort. In practice this amounts to 4 lunches and 3 dinners. Eating out in Nicaragua is generally inexpensive and we recommend that you budget $5 - $10 for each of these non-included meals.
A single, timed transfer from Managua airport to the group hotel in Granada is provided. The drive takes around 45mins. This transfer is timed to the arrival of United Airlines flight and will normally leave the airport in the late evening. At the end of the holiday a group airport transfer is provided. This will normally arrive at Managua airport early in the morning. A representative of our ground agent in Nicaragua will assist with these transfers. If your flight schedule does not allow you to take advantage of these group transfers, please make your way to the group hotel in Granada. Detailed joining instructions along with hotel contact details and an emergency number, will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During the this holiday the group will spend a total of 3 nights in comfortable hotel close to the historic centre of Granada. We have 2 nights in a comfortable hotel in the heart of Leon, and 2 nights in a beach resort and marina on the Pacific Coast. There will also be 7 nights on trek where we will be wild camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Depending on availability, it may be possible to book single accommodation. For single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the holiday on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

During the holiday the group will be accompanied throughout by an English-speaking locall guide In addition while trekking the group will be supported by a crew of camp staff and porters.

A total of US $150 - $200 should be sufficient to cover your personal spending including tips for drivers and trek staff, miscellaneous expenditure on drinks, souvenirs etc, and airport departure tax (if applicable – this is dependent on which airline you fly with as it maybe included in your ticket). It is possible to use credit and debit cards to withdraw money from ATMs in banks and petrol stations in most towns. If you are bringing your travel money with you it is best to bring this as cash US dollars. Credit cards are accepted in most stores and restaurants, and dollars are generally accepted everywhere (not necessarily for small items).

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local staff. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. We recommend that you give any tips from the group as a whole and the group can decide on the level together. Your trip leader will advise you on the level of tips for the trek support staff.

You should limit your baggage to a maximum of 15kg and you will generally have a more comfortable travel experience if you pack as light as possible. During the camping nights the essential equipment you need will be transported either by vehicle or porters.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Light Sleeping bag

  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat
  • Walking boots

  • Gaiters (to keep out ash from boots)

  • Trainers for travelling in and for camp use

  • Socks

  • Trekking trousers

  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers

  • Underwear

  • Baselayer shirts

  • Shirts or T-shirts

  • Lightweight fleece jacket

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves

  • Daypack 25 - 30 litres

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 Litre x 2

  • Travel clothes

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Small trek towel

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Spare laces

  • Shorts

  • Swimwear

  • Beach towel

  • Trekking poles

  • Wet wipes

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera

  • Sleeping bag liner


For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Transit via USA

You will require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), and you must get this before boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship, or entering on a land border. The fee is USD$14 and you should apply for it at With the ESTA complete, the majority of British Citizen passport holders can enter the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, VWP. As of 1st April 2016 you will be required to have a passport with an intergrated chip. Note that if you have travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the last 5yrs you will have to apply for a visa.

NOTE: This is required if you are transiting through the USA 

Visa Nicaragua

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.


Zika virus has been confirmed as active in this country. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes, like dengue and malaria. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The symptoms are generally mild and self limiting usually lasting 2 - 7 days. 80% of people exposed to the virus for the first time experience no symptoms. Pregnant women are advised to avoid areas where the zika virus is active. For the latest information, please see our 'KE Safe' Updates

The unit of currency in Nicaragua is the Cordoba.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Although the overall grade of this trip is moderate, some of the ascents will challenge even regular hill walkers and it is a good idea to get in shape before heading out on your holiday. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Regular hiking in hill country is the best preparation but if this is not possible, then jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing better stamina and general cardio-vascular fitness. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Nicaragua has a tropical climate with just two major seasons - dry and wet. The dry season occurs between December and June. The eastern part of Nicaragua receives more rain than the west while the coastal area experiences tropical storms and hurricanes between July and October. Temperatures vary more with elevation than the season. In the lowlands temperatures typically range between 22° C to 30° C, whereas the temperature in the mountains will be up to 10° C cooler. The hottest months are March, April and May. Generally the climate is warm and humid except in the central highlands. Mid-day while climbing on the exposed black ash of the volcanoes, the sun can be very fierce. However, rain and cloud and exceptionally, cooler weather can occur in the mountains and you need to be prepared for this as well as for the hot sun.

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South-Western Nicaragua - Masaya - Granada. Mapas Na Turismo

The main map covers the area west of Lago Nicaragua between Managua and Rivas at 1:120,000 and on the reverse is a street plan of Granada at 1:12,500, plus maps at 1:60,000 for Volcn Mombacho, Isletas de Granada and Isla Zapatera.

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