The Northern Highlands Tour is an in-depth experience for true coffee and nature lovers. It is packed with cultural, historical and gastronomical highlights and gives you an insight into Nicaragua’s Cacao, Coffee and Tabaco production.
Experience an authentic trip throughout the Nicaraguan coffee lands, taste one of the best coffees in the world, past by astonishing waterfalls in the primary forests and enjoy the fresh climate in Nicaragua’s most famous natural reserves. This interactive circuit follows the development of the so-called golden grain of Nicaragua “coffee” – from the crop to the cup – in a fashion that is both fun and educational.
- Trip Outline
Northern Highlands Primary Forests & Coffee Lands
MANAGUA -> LEÓN (- / - / D)
Arrive in Managua. You’ll meet your guide at Managua International airport and begin your Nicaraguan adventure with a private 2 hour transfer towards the beautiful colonial town of León. Visit León‘s highlights with your
guide to learn about its history, architecture, culture, and people. Get briefed on your tour itinerary before sleeping off any unwanted jetlag while you enjoy a special welcome dinner.
Optional Activity: Night Sea Turtle Tour.
LEÓN -> ESTELÍ (B / L / D)
Stone Man & Tisey Nature Reserve. Ready to escape from the heat? Today you will head towards Northern highlands of Nicaragua starting with a wonderful walking tour through the private Natural Reserve of Don Alberto,
one of our local heroes of the region.
ESTELÍ -> JINOTEGA (B / L / D)
Cigars & Dantali Reserve. Visit a cigar factory and
learn about the cigar-making process and its history in
the region; Take a delicious lunch in an exclusive restaurant
at the heart of Jinotega and then drive to la Bastilla
eco-lodge, in Dantali Nature Reserve.
Optional: La Bujona waterfall.
JINOTEGA -> MATAGALPA (B / L / D)
Coffee Farm. Drive for a 3h ride to one of the most exclusive mountain hotels where you can perform various activities such as hiking trails, coffee production, visit one of the largest butterfly garden in Nicaragua, a Red-Eyed
Tree Frog breeding, and much more.
MATAGALPA (B / L / D)
Cloud Forest Hiking. After breakfast, you will go to one
of the country‘s most important cloud forests: The Peñas
Blancas Massif, the southern boundary of the famous
biosphere reserve Bosawas. After this amazing hiking you
will come back to the comfort of your eco-lodge to relax
the rest of the day.
MATAGALPA (B / L / D)
Cocoa Tour & Waterfalls. Follow the life of a Cocoa
Bean from the tree to artisanal chocolate and end with
chocolate tasting. Before leaving the cool mountains of
Matagalpa, enjoy one the most beautiful waterfalls and
follow the trail into the caves behind for a more intimate
experience. Lastly, you will move to San Ramón in the
MATAGALPA -> MANAGUA (B / L / D)
Coffee farm and indigenous tapestry. In La Hermandad you will be able to get in touch with nature and rural life style. They will show you their ecological, sustainable and environmentally friendly production system. Further, visit the indigenous community of El Chile who are specialized in the production of textiles.
Your last night will be in a first class hotel in Managua to rest your trip before to return to reality.
MANAGUA -> AIRPORT (B / - / -)
Return home. This morning you will go to the airport to
connect (unfortunately) with your flight home.
- 7 nights accommodation - double occupancy
- Meals like itinerary B=Breakfast / L= Lunch / D=Dinner
- Bilingual adventure and nature guide
- Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Tours as mentioned
- A detailed program can be downloaded in PDF format
Not included services
- Meals and beverages other than mentioned
- Extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service)
- International flights & Airport taxes
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses & Tips
Just like much of Central America, Nicaragua has a wet and dry season, with a pretty consistent temperature throughout the year. July–August and December–January are the peak seasons for travelling, which coincide with US and European summer holidays and winter breaks. However, visiting outside these times may mean that you will escape the crowds with more affordable prices.
The dry season is from October to April, and this is generally considered to be the best time to visit as the weather is warm and sunny. However, this is also the busiest tourist time so expect more people about, especially around Christmas and Easter and in the main cities like Granada and Leon. The wet season is from May to October. During this time, some activities and roads may be restricted; however, it usually only rains for around an hour or two in the afternoon. As this is the low season for travel, you can enjoy the sites with less people around, but keep in mind that some of the outdoor trips may be a bit muddy.
You must have a valid passport to enter Nicaragua. Foreign citizens should ensure that their passports are valid for at least 6 months after the arrival date. Please note: due to international flight rules, you are required to have a return ticket that proves that you leave Nicaragua within your first visa (30 or 90 days). Otherwise, you may be refused on your flight. Visa is required only by nationals of some countries. Other nacionalities, just need a tourism VISA acquired at your arrival. By entering the country, you have to fill in a form that asks who you are and what your travel purpose is, you fill in that you are a tourist. A Tourist Card costs US$10 and must be paid in cash.
If you are travelling via the United States, you need permission to travel through the US. So if you are travelling via the US, travelers have to register themselves (at least 72 hours in advance) if they want to go to the US for less than 90 days. Register yourself via this link: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/
If you’re unsure if you need one VISA or not, enquire at a Nicaraguan embassy well in advance of your travel date.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. You must have a valid entry stamp in your passport in order to exit Nicaragua. There is also a $32 departure tax. Many airlines include this tax in the price of the ticket. If the tax is not included in the ticket, payment can be made at the airline counter upon departure. Nicaraguan law requires visitors to exit Nicaragua using the same passport with which they entered the country.
It's customary to add an extra 10% to restaurant bills – if this hasn’t already been included. Tipping elsewhere is optional, but leaving spare change or rounding up your bill at small cafes is always a good idea as most Nicas live on a very limited income.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Sos Nicaragua are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
All our guides are professionally trained (mostly local professionals), have a great knowledge of the local culture, nature and speak at least Spanish & English. A French or German speaking guide is available on request.