Nicaragua & El Salvador

Explore the charming colonial town of Suchitoto, centre of the region’s indigo industry before moving on to the colourful Ruta de las Flores – the Flowers Route – to enjoy the artisans’ workshops and local markets, all set against a stunning backdrop of sweeping volcanoes. Take a boat ride out onto Jiquiliso Bay and learn about the on-going efforts to preserve the Hawksbill Turtles’ nesting grounds. Kayak amongst the mangroves swamps and go bird-watching or take a chocolate tour. Take a boat across to Nicaragua and explore Leon before travelling up to the cloudforest area of Matagalpa. Here you can enjoy bird-watching, horse-riding &  hiking. Drive on to Granada, the colonial jewel in Nicaragua’s crown. Take a boat ride out to Las Isletas then chill back in town, people-watching from a street cafe.

Ataco Mural


Nicaragua & El Salvador - a sample itinerary

Day 1

Fly into San Salvador and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

Drive through picturesque villages to the colonial town of Suchitoto, where you’ll stay for a couple of nights.

Day 3

Visit a local indigo plantation for a tour of the plantation and a hands-on demonstration of old methods and modern tweaks. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a boat ride on Lake Suchitoto.

Day 4

Drive down one of the country’s most famous routes – the ‘Ruta de las Flores’ where you’ll pass through scenic local villages and can stop off to visit local artisans’ workshops. Stay the night in Ataco, famous for its coffee and for its murals.

Day 5

Wander the town and discover a burst of colour leaping out at you from the walls of this characterful town. In the afternoon visit El Salvador’s ‘Volcanoes Route’ for some stunning scenery and rich lush vegetation.

Day 6

Move west today and stay in the Jiquilisco Bay area, home to LeatherBack Turtles (seasonal).

Day 7

Enjoy a scenic boat ride up Jiquilisco Bay and explore its mangrove swamps. Visit a turtle nesting project for an explanation of an ambitious plan to save this endangered species.

Day 8

Early departure for the border town of La Union where you’ll take a boat across the Gulf of Fonesca to arrive in Nicaragua. Transfer to the university town of Leon.

Day 9

Enjoy a guided tour of Leon before travelling north to the cloudforest area of Matagalpa.

Day 10

Take an early-morning bird-watching tour where – if you’re lucky – you might spot a Quetzal or a Three-Wattled Bell-Bird, both increasingly rare birds but ones local to this part of Nicaragua.

Day 11

Drive on to Granada, visiting the Masaya region en route where you can soak up the atmosphere in the local market and visit a basket-weaving workshop.

Day 12

Enjoy a boat ride on nearby Lake Nicaragua where you’ll have the opportunity to spot a wide variety of birds and, if you’re luck, a crocodile!

Day 13

Day at leisure in Granada to enjoy this charming colonial town. Options to visit nearby Mombacho Volcano, hire a bike or simply people-watch from a street café.

Day 14

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Extension option

Option for a beach extension in San Juan del Sur or in Nicaragua’s Caribbean Corn Islands. Ask your travel consultant for details.

The above sample holiday to Nicaragua and El Salvador can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


Central America offers a good range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made holiday to Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Central America Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample holiday to Nicaragua and El Salvador are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday to Nicaragua and El Salvador; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Central America holiday.

Duration of your Central America Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen your holiday to Nicaragua and El Salvador, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your Central America holiday to Nicaragua and El Salvador along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the itinerary until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from this holiday in Central America.