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Tours and Excursions

Make the most of your time at Pacaya Lodge & Spa! The unique excursions offered at our Nicaragua luxury resort make it easy to visit popular destinations, get off the beaten path, and experience the undiscovered Nicaragua. All of our tours are led by English-speaking guides and include a private car and driver.

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City Tour of Granada, the Cultural Gem of Nicaragua

Half Day | Departs at 8:00 a.m. | One of the oldest and best preserved cities in the New World, the colorful city of Granada has a fascinating history and rich culture. Browse outdoor markets, stroll through the Plaza Central and admire the city’s iconic sites on foot and horse-drawn carriage. Popular stops include the city Cathedral and the Convent and Museum of San Francisco with its gallery of pre-Colombian sculptures. Your private guide will relate Granada’s storied past and introduce you to the best shopping and dining available in the bustling city.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Light clothing
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen

Inclusions

  • Transportation to and from Pacaya Lodge
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance to museums and churches
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride

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leon

Colonial León and Lunch at the Pacific

Full Day | Departs Daily at 7:30 am | León is home to Nicaragua’s largest universities, museums, and the largest cathedral in all of Central America. This tour explores the colonial city with visits to the Ortiz-Gurdian Museum, which houses a wide range of sculptures and paintings and the Rubén Dario Museum, to learn about Nicaragua’s most famous poet. A short drive through the countryside will take you to the beach town of Las Peñitas for a relaxing seaside lunch before heading back to Pacaya Lodge.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Light clothing
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen

Inclusions

  • Transportation to/from Pacaya Lodge
  • Entrance to Ortiz-Gurdian Museum
  • Entrance to Rubén Dario Museum
  • Lunch
  • English speaking guide
  • German or French guide $10 additional fee per person

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OMTEPE

Isla de Ometepe: A Day on Nicaragua’s most famous Island

Full Day Tour | Departs Daily at 5:30 a.m. | Picture an island of volcanoes rising out of the blue Nicaraguan lake. The twin volcanic peaks of Ometepe have been attracting travelers for years. Pacaya Lodge offers shuttle service to San Jorge, where guests can take the scenic one-hour ferry ride across Lake Nicaragua. Once on the island, the tour proceeds to the Ceibo Museum, where the area’s pre-columbian indian history is explained. After the museum, the tour stops by the scenic Charco Verde Reserve. This reserve is known for its rich birdlife, howler monkeys, butterflies, and lush vegetation. Spend time exploring the jungle, and follow it up with a swim and delicious lunch by “Ojo de Agua,” a natural spring, rumored to have healing properties.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Light clothing
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

Inclusions

  • Transportation to and from Pacaya Lodge
  • English and Spanish speaking tour guide. German and French guides available for $10 extra per person
  • All land and water transportation
  • Entrance Fees
  • Lunch

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masaya

Volcan Masaya and Artisan Tour

Full Day | Departs Daily at 8:30 a.m. | Watch the iconic smoke billow out of Volcán Masaya! Upon arrival, guests will receive a guided tour of the park’s museum and interpretation center, which features the region’s geological history and local mythology. Next, guests will head to the crater itself for a chance to peer into the volcano. Several short trails and viewpoints line the trails and provide excellent views of the countryside and volcanic landscape. After visiting Volcan Mayasa, the tour stops by the famous Masaya handicraft market, where a number of internationally acclaimed artisans reside and sell their artwork. The tour concludes with stops in Catarina and San Juan de Oriente, two of the Pueblos Blancos, which are famous for artisanal excellence.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes
  • Light clothing
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen

Inclusions

  • Transportation to and from Pacaya Lodge
  • Entrance to the Park
  • Lunch
  • English-speaking Tour Guide. German and French guides are an additional $10 per guest. 

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managua

Managua: Explore Nicaragua’s Historic Capital

Full Day | Departs Daily at 8:00 a.m. | Many travelers overlook Managua, arriving at the international airport and then heading straight to Granada or the beaches. However, Managua’s rich political history, architectural features, and recent modernization makes it a must-see for visitors. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the city is where the old meets the new. On the tour, guests will notice the contrast between Old Managua, still recovering from the 1972 earthquake, and the emerging “new” Managua city. The tour stops by to the two principal cathedrals, a thriving market, Lake Managua, and the National Palace so that guests can catch a glimpse of modern city life in one of Central America’s capitals.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • light clothing
  • water
  • camera
  • cash for shopping at market
  • sunscreen

Inclusions

  • Transportation to and from Pacaya Lodge
  • Entrance fees
  • English-speaking Tour Guide. German and French guides are an extra $10 per guest.
  • Lunch

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Island Hop on Lake Nicaragua, Home to Ancient Petroglyphs and Archaeological Sites.

Full Day | Departs Daily at 7:30 a.m. | Lake Nicaragua’s diverse islands are populated with impressive birdlife, butterflies, howler monkeys, and tropical plants. Visit Zapatera and El Muerto Islands, where guests can swim in Lake Nicaragua, hike around Zapatera lagoon, and discover the island’s rich pre-columbian history. Explore ancient archaeological sites, petroglyphs, and more with local experts who know the island’s best secrets and folklore.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • comfortable, sturdy walking shoes
  • sunscreen
  • light clothing
  • water
  • camera
  • insect repellent
  • swimsuit

Inclusions

  • Land and boat transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • English-speaking tour guide. German and French guides are available for $10 extra per guest. 
  • Picnic lunch with beverages

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pedro

Explore the Pueblos Blancos and Masaya, the heart of Nicaraguan Culture

Full Day | Departs at 8:00 a.m. | Nicaragua’s Pueblos Blancos are famous for their outstanding artisanal traditions, Spanish architecture, and unique customs. This tour begins with a stop in the charming town of Catarina, where our expert guides lead guests past stunning gardens and lake vistas. The next stop on the trip is San Juan de Oriente, home to world-renowned ceramic workshops and artists. Here, guests can speak with local artists and get a feel for the colorful nature and history of Nicaraguan art. The final stop on the tour is Masaya, the cultural heart of Nicaragua. Masaya bleeds local flavor, color, tradition, and artwork, and the artisan market here is the country’s largest. 

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • comfortable walking shoes
  • sunscreen
  • light clothing
  • water
  • camera
  • cash for shopping at the market

Inclusions

  • Transportation
  • Entrance to attractions
  • English-speaking tour guide. German and French guides are available for $10 extra per guest.
  • Lunch

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Granada by morning, Islands by afternoon.

Full Day | Departs Daily at 8:00 a.m. | Bustling Granada, the oldest European-founded city in the Americas, is a must-see on any trip to Nicaragua. A horse-drawn carriage leads guests down Granada’s cobblestone streets. The ride offers stunning views of the city’s Spanish colonial architecture. Stops include the San Franscisco Convent Museum (which houses many pre-Columbian artifacts), the vibrant city market, and several culturally significant churches and monuments. For a change of scene, the second half of the day takes guests to the “Isletas de Granada,” 350+ small islands just off the coast of Granada in Lake Nicaragua. There, guests will be treated to a delicious local island lunch followed by a bit of wildlife sightseeing by boat before returning to Granada.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • comfortable walking shoes
  • sunscreen
  • light clothing
  • water
  • camera
  • insect repellent

Inclusions

  • Transportation
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride through Granada
  • Entrance to local attractions
  • Lunch
  • Boat ride through Isletas
  • English-speaking tour guide. German and French guides available for $10 extra per guest. 

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granada

Tour Granada, Los Pueblos Blancos, and Masaya: Horse drawn carriages, markets, and museums galore!

Full Day | Departs at 8:00 a.m. | Nicaragua’s Pueblos Blancos are famous for their outstanding artisanal traditions, Spanish architecture, and unique customs. This tour begins with a stop in the charming town of Catarina, where our expert guides lead guests past stunning gardens and lake vistas. Other stops include San Juan de Oriente, home to world-renowned ceramic workshops and artists, and Masaya, the cultural heart of Nicaragua. The final stop on the tour is colonial Granada, Nicaragua’s most popular tourist destination, where guests will travel via horse-drawn carriage to popular attractions such as the San Francisco Museum, the vibrant city market, churches, and monuments.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • comfortable walking shoes
  • sunscreen
  • light clothing
  • water
  • cash for shopping at the market
  • camera

Inclusions

  • Transportation to and from Pacaya Lodge
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride through Granada
  • Entrance to local attractions
  • Lunch
  • English-speaking tour guide. German and French guides available for $10 extra per guest. 

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chefs table

Chef's Table

Reservations Required | Reserve your private table service with Chef Bismarck Hernandez at our Nicaragua luxury resort tonight! Offering much more than an incredible meal, Chef Hernandez’s personality, flair, and gourmet dishes set against the breathtaking view of Laguna de Apoyo join together to create the most enjoyable culinary experience in all of Nicaragua. Your private table, custom-selected dishes, and expertly-paired wine will ensure that you have an unforgettable experience. Chef Hernandez will present each of your selected courses with his unique blend of showmanship and culinary knowledge that earned him a Michelin Star in Europe.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • comfortable walking shoes
  • sunscreen
  • light clothing
  • water
  • cash for shopping at the market
  • camera

Inclusions

This experience includes four gourmet courses and a bottle of house wine or champagne. Chef Hernandez will a wide variety of courses available with a seasonal menu.

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montebelli

Sightseeing and Wildlife at El Chocoyero Nature Reserve

Half Day | Departs Daily at 3 p.m. | El Chocoyero National Reserve is famous for its birdlife, especially the thousands of “chocoyos” (parakeets), who build their nests in the surrounding mountain walls. Hike past dense vegetation, monkeys, reptiles, and freshwater crabs as you make your way to two impressive waterfalls. Enjoy the scenic drive from Pacaya Lodge to the reserve, which winds through the town of Ticuantepe and Nicaragua’s scenic coffee farms. This half-day tour can be combined with a visit to the nearby Montibelli Private Reserve for a full day of nature exploration.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • comfortable, sturdy walking shoes
  • sunscreen
  • light clothing
  • water
  • camera
  • bug spray

Inclusions

  • Transportation
  • Entrance to the Reserve
  • English-speaking Tour Guide. German and French guides $10 extra per person. 

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masaya

Volcan Masaya and Artisan Tour

Full Day | Departs Daily at 8:30 a.m. | Watch the iconic smoke billow out of Volcan Masaya! Upon arrival, guests will receive a guided tour of the park’s museum and interpretation center, which features the region’s geological history and local mythology. Next, guests will head to the crater itself for a chance to peer into the volcano. Several short trails and viewpoints line the trails and provide excellent views of the countryside and volcanic landscape. After visiting Volcan Mayasa, the tour stops by the famous Masaya handicraft market, where a number of internationally acclaimed artisans display and sell their artwork. The tour concludes with stops in Catarina and San Juan de Oriente, two of the Pueblos Blancos, which are also famous for artisanal excellence.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • comfortable, sturdy walking shoes
  • sunscreen
  • light clothing
  • water
  • camera
  • bug spray

Inclusions

  • Transportation to and from Pacaya Lodge
  • Entrance to Volcan Masaya
  • Lunch
  • English-speaking Tour Guide. German and French guides are an additional $10 per guest. 

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bird

Nature in Nicaragua: The Montibelli and El Chocoyero Nature Reserves

Full Day | Departs Daily at 8:00 a.m. | The day begins with a birdwatching tour in the Montibelli private reserve where guests may see parrots, hummingbirds, and guardabarrancos (the national bird of Nicaragua). In addition to brilliant bird sightings, howler monkeys, reptiles, and other wildlife frequent the area. Guests will enjoy a delicious lunch on one of reserve’s many farms before heading to El Chocoyero. Also famous for its birdlife, El Chocoyero is home to thousands of “chocoyos” (parakeets), who live in the surrounding mountain walls. The tour concludes with a forest hike to two scenic waterfalls. 

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • comfortable, sturdy walking shoes
  • sunscreen
  • light clothing
  • water
  • camera
  • bug spray

Inclusions

  • comfortable, sturdy walking shoes
  • sunscreen
  • light clothing
  • water
  • camera
  • insect repellent

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volcanoo

Volcan Masaya: An up-close and personal evening with an active volcano

Half Day | Departs at 3:30 p.m. | This evening tour begins with a ride to the Volcan Masaya National Park. Our expert guide will lead your group through park’s museum and interpretation center, where guests will discover the volcano’s geological history and ancient folklore. Following the introduction, the tour proceeds to the crater, where visitors can peer into the active volcano and sometimes see the reflection of lava flowing down below.  With stunning backdrops, parakeet sightings, photo-perfect moments, this tour makes the perfect sunset activity. 

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • comfortable, sturdy walking shoes
  • light jacket
  • water
  • camera
  • bug spray

Inclusions

  • Entrance to the park. 
  • English-speaking guide. German and French guides available for $10 extra per guest. 
  • Transportation to and from Pacaya. 

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paddle

Stand-Up Paddleboarding through Las Isletas

Full Day | Departs at 7:20 a.m. | Las Isletas de Granada are 360+ small islands just off the coast of Granada in Lake Nicaragua. These islands were originally boulders that landed in the lake as a result of an ancient eruption of nearby Volcán Mombacho. Explore the tiny islands via paddleboard, and get up-close views of the tropical birds and howler monkey. This tour lasts roughly three hours, includes a knowledgeable paddle-board instructor, and drinking water.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • Light clothing
  • sunscreen
  • waterproof camera

Inclusions

  • Complete stand-up paddleboarding instruction
  • Use of top-of-the-line paddleboarding equipment
  • English-speaking Tour Guides
  • Drinking water

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OMTEPE

Isla de Ometepe: A Day on Nicaragua’s most famous Island

Full Day Tour | Departs Daily at 5:30 a.m. | Picture an island of volcanoes rising out of the blue Nicaraguan lake. The twin volcanic peaks of Ometepe have been attracting travelers for years. Pacaya Lodge offers shuttle service to San Jorge, where guests can take the scenic one-hour ferry ride across Lake Nicaragua. Once on the island, the tour proceeds to the Ceibo Museum, where the area’s pre-columbian indian history is explained. After the museum, the tour stops by the scenic Charco Verde Reserve. This reserve is known for its rich birdlife, howler monkeys, butterflies, and lush vegetation. Spend time exploring the jungle, and follow it up with a swim and delicious lunch by “Ojo de Agua,” a natural spring, rumored to have healing properties.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • comfortable, sturdy walking shoes
  • sunscreen
  • light clothing
  • water
  • camera
  • insect repellent

Inclusions

  • Land and water transportation
  • Entrance Fees
  • English-Speaking Guide. German and French guides $10 extra per person
  • Lunch

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kayaking

Kayaking Las Isletas de Granada

Half Day Tour | Departs Daily at 8:00 a.m. | An ancient eruption of nearby Volcán Mombacho created 350+ tiny islands just off the coast of Granada in Lake Nicaragua. A morning kayaking trip these “Isletas” instills an appreciation for the vast Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America. You will also have the chance to see spectacular birdlife, lush tropical vegetation, and the unique culture present throughout the Isletas.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • comfortable clothing
  • sunscreen
  • water
  • insect repellent

Inclusions

  • Transportation to and from Pacaya Lodge
  • English-speaking Tour Guide. German and French guides are available for $10 extra per person. 
  • Use of kayaks

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mombacho

Mombacho Volcano Trek and Zipline Tour

Half Day | Departs Daily at 8:00 a.m | An icon on the Nicaraguan landscape, the 1,200-meter-high Mombacho Volcano offers stunning vistas of the islands on Lake Nicaragua, an opportunity to spot diverse flora and fauna, and a challenging hike through cloud forest. The 1.5-mile hike to the top of the dormant volcano rises through cloud forest and past three craters from the volcano’s ancient eruptions. Keep an eye out for wildlife: The Mombacho Natural Reserve is home to more than 170 animal and bird species, 22 species of reptiles and nine species of amphibians. After you reach the top of the mountain, descend by way of a 1,500-meter zipline canopy tour!

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Insect repellent

Inclusions

  • Transportation to and from Pacaya Lodge
  • Entrance to the Reserve
  • English-speaking Tour Guide. German and French guides are available for $10 extra a person. 

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volcanoo

Volcan Masaya: An up-close and personal evening with an active volcano

Half Day | Departs at 3:30 p.m. | This evening tour begins with a ride to the Volcan Masaya National Park. Our expert guide will lead your group through park’s museum and interpretation center, where guests will discover the volcano’s geological history and ancient folklore. Following the introduction, the tour proceeds to the crater, where visitors can peer into the active volcano and sometimes see the reflection of lava flowing down below.  With stunning backdrops, parakeet sightings, photo-perfect moments, this tour makes the perfect sunset activity. 

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Light Jacket
  • Camera
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Inclusions

  • Entrance to park
  • English-speaking guide. German and French guides available for $10 per guest. 
  • Transportation to and from Pacaya Lodge

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surf

Volcano Surfing: El Cerro Negro and the Pacific

Full Day | Departs at 7:30 a.m. | Surf down Cerro Negro, one of the youngest volcanoes in the world. This active volcano was born in 1850 and last erupted in 1999. Hike up the volcano’s lunar landscape and appreciate its charismatic crater and the amazing views overlooking the Nicaraguan countryside from the top. Guides will provide guests with volcano “surfboards” and guests can surf the volcano standing up or sitting down. This extreme experience is not for the faint of heart! After you get your heart pumping, head west to the Pacific Ocean for a fresh seafood lunch before heading back to the hotel.

Tour Pricing

Contact Hotel Concierge for pricing.

Packing List

  • boots or athletic shoes
  • sunscreen
  • light clothing
  • water
  • camera

Inclusions

  • Transportation to and from Pacaya Lodge
  • Entrance to the Volcano
  • Volcano boards and protective gear
  • Lunch
  • English-speaking Tour Guide. German and French Guides available for $10 extra per guest. 

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