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



DAY 1:

Your holiday begins as you fly into San Salvador, via the US or Mexico (other routes available). Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome to Central America!

DAY 2:

Drive through picturesque villages to reach the colonial town of Suchitoto, the cultural capital of El Salvdor. Transfer to your hotel where you’ll stay for a couple of nights.

DAY 3:

Visit a local indigo plantation for a tour 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 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 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 travel across to the Jiquilisco Bay area, located on the southeast Pacific coast of El Salvador. Jiquilisco Bay is home to LeatherBack Turtles (seasonal) and the largest abundance of coastal-marine birds in El Salvador.

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 city tour of Leon, including the Leon Cathedral, before travelling north to the cloudforest area of Matagalpa.

DAY 10:

Early-morning bird-watching tour where you may spot a Quetzal or a Three-Wattled Bell-Bird, with both 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 the nearby Lake Nicaragua where you’ll have the opportunity to spot a wide variety of local bird life and, if you’re lucky, 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 relax!

DAY 14:

Your Central America holiday concludes with a transfer to the international airport at Managua in time to check-in for your flight home.

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.