Adventure Activites in Nicaragua

Nicaragua, Travel Guides - Country Guides — By on April 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

By: Brittany Gowan
LG Foreign Correspondent

From the ocean, to the volcanic lakes and lush rainforest, Nicaragua is an eco-paradise. On my recent trip to the land of lakes and volcanoes, I explored the diverse natural landscape and found myself continually impressed by this hidden gem.

Selva Negra, located to the north in Matagalpa, is an ecolodge and coffee estate that hosts a variety of activities for the adventurous. Surrounded by rainforest, the property has 10 miles of trails for visitors to explore. Nature tours begin around 7am and are a great way to hike and learn. English speaking guides are very informative and point out the variety of flowers, trees, and wildlife, including the large variety of birds. $12  I enjoyed a relaxing horseback ride through the property with its picturesque views and lush hilly terrain in the distance at $10 per hour. Coffee lovers can enjoy the coffee tour and tasting. Coffee cynosures are lead by foot through the estate and shown the process of harvesting and producing coffee. The best time to visit is between November and February when the harvest is in full swing. $20

The lodge can accommodate solo travels and large groups. Prices: youth hostel $15, chalets $140 for 6 people, 1&2 bedroom bungalows $85-95.

The Monkey Hut Hostel on Laguna de Apoyo is one of best-kept secrets of Nicaragua. During my two weeks in Nicaragua, I made three return visits to Lake Apoyo. The untouched forest that surrounds the lake and its green-blue water is completely captivating. Tucked in seclusion, The Monkey Hut is one of the most calming outposts in Nicaragua.

The crater of Apoyo was formed after a strong volcanic eruption approximately 23,000 years ago. Over time, rain transformed this crater into a lake. The water is amazingly clear and very enjoyable for swimming. The hostel offers many ways for visitors to enjoy the water including kayak, catamarans, floating docks, and large inner tubes. Entrance free for day visitors is $6. It is a great place to gather with friends. For travelers looking to spend the night, double rooms are around $30, dorms are $12, and private cabins are $50.

San Juan Del Sur on the Pacific Ocean, low-key beach town in southern Nica, is an emerging international hot spot for surfers and travelers. San Juan Del Sur Surf & Sport provides services to get visitors on and in the ocean water. Conveniently located in the middle of town, it is a great place to rent a surfboard for $10 or take surf lessons for $30. In this town, everyone surfs so “When in Rome” give it a try! There are snorkeling and whale watching trips, both for $30 per person. My friends and I did the Sunset Booze Cruise. The ride up the deserted coastline is beautiful and the sunset of saturated orange combined with the jagged rock forms is breathtaking. If you wish to swim in the open waters, the boat makes a few stops for swimmers to jump off. $16

Surf & Sport also offers canopy tours for $30 and two-hour horseback rides for 2 riders $60. Close by is a nesting area for sea turtles. Turtle tours leave at 7pm and are $30 per person.

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