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Undiscovered Caribbean
Nicaragua
Undiscovered Caribbean

Experience some of the hidden gems and cultural wonders of Nicaragua and Central America during 10 days of adrenaline-fuelling adventure and relaxed Caribbean vibes. If you love snowboarding then get this–the Cerro Negro Volcano outside Léon is one of the only places in the world where you can go Volcano Boarding! León is also a cultural hotspot where you’ll get to learn about its Spanish colonial architecture and the Nicaraguan Revolution. Then you’ll hop over to the warm Caribbean beaches of the Corn Islands, perfect for both scuba diving and hammock enthusiasts. Cap everything off by spending a couple nights chilling in the jungle on the edge of Laguna de Apoyo, a volcanic crater lake. What more could you want in a 10-day trip?!

 
Undiscovered Caribbean
Nicaragua
León

Surrounded by a score of towering volcanoes, including Nicaragua's national symbol: Volcán Momotombo, León is a city that has long since been destined to be great. The liberal epicentre of the country, León has always been a fiercely political and artistic city filled with students and bright-minds eager to change to progress their country. The vibe on the streets is very fun and relaxed compared to other places in the relatively conservative country of Nicaragua and makes for a great setting for our groups to interact with locals and join in on their fun and wild bar scene. Catedral de León rises majestically at the centre of the city and maintains the wonderful colonial feel and accentuates the cultural beauty that the locals in León are so proud of!

 
Undiscovered Caribbean
Nicaragua
The Corn Islands

70 km from Nicaragua's east coast, the Corn Islands is a completely unique place to the rest of the country. Life here is traditionally Caribbean and a cool island dialect of English is spoken prevalently. Pristine turquoise water and shimmering white beaches paint the backdrop for a simple life of simple pleasures. Reggae music is heard most of the day and when we spend 5 days here on our trip we don't do much more than chill on the beaches, kick-back with the locals and eat some of the most incredible seafood in the world! You'll feel so relaxed on The Corn Islands you'll wonder why you're not always living as if you're in the Caribbean.

 
Undiscovered Caribbean
Nicaragua
Laguna de Apoyo

Laguna de Apoyo is a pristine lake inside the crater of a dormant volcano. After being declared a national nature reserve in 1991, Laguna de Apoyo has been fiercely protected from invasive resorts and remains a beautiful natural refuge. The stunning lagoon is warmed to a comfortable temperature from the earth's core and is widely hailed as having the cleanest water in Central America. A variety of exotic wildlife can be found around the lake, but time is best spent here relaxing in one of the cozy lakeside houses. We end each one of our Nicaragua trips in a serene lodge right on the lake in Laguna de Apoyo and it's one of the best places we could imagine to get to experience a new place in Nica and maybe even have one more yoga session before the journey comes to an end! !

10 days in Nicaragua
Undiscovered Caribbean

Undiscovered Caribbean

Experience some of the hidden gems and cultural wonders of Nicaragua and Central America during 10 days of adrenaline-fuelling adventure and relaxed Caribbean vibes. If you love snowboarding then get this–the Cerro Negro Volcano outside Léon is one of the only places in the world where you can go Volcano Boarding! León is also a cultural hotspot where you’ll get to learn about its Spanish colonial architecture and the Nicaraguan Revolution. Then you’ll hop over to the warm Caribbean beaches of the Corn Islands, perfect for both scuba diving and hammock enthusiasts. Cap everything off by spending a couple nights chilling in the jungle on the edge of Laguna de Apoyo, a volcanic crater lake. What more could you want in a 10-day trip?!

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Undiscovered Caribbean
Nicaragua
Undiscovered Caribbean

Experience some of the hidden gems and cultural wonders of Nicaragua and Central America during 10 days of adrenaline-fuelling adventure and relaxed Caribbean vibes. If you love snowboarding then get this–the Cerro Negro Volcano outside Léon is one of the only places in the world where you can go Volcano Boarding! León is also a cultural hotspot where you’ll get to learn about its Spanish colonial architecture and the Nicaraguan Revolution. Then you’ll hop over to the warm Caribbean beaches of the Corn Islands, perfect for both scuba diving and hammock enthusiasts. Cap everything off by spending a couple nights chilling in the jungle on the edge of Laguna de Apoyo, a volcanic crater lake. What more could you want in a 10-day trip?!

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Itinerary for this adventure

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IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Day 1 Managua
Group flights arrive throughout the day and evening. Take private A/C minibus to the Spanish colonial town of León.
Day 2-4 León
Activities include Revolution Walking Tour of Leon (incl), volcano boarding, beach road trip and visiting a nearby rural community for a soccer game with the kids (option to bring school and sports supplies for donation).
Day 5-8 Little Corn Island
Take a private A/C minibus to Managua airport for an afternoon flight to Big Corn Island, taxi and speed boat to the laid back paradise of Little Corn Island, arriving in the early evening. Activities include a walking island tour (incl), scuba diving, deep sea fishing, hammocking, snorkeling and hanging with the local kids playing baseball and eating local a "rondon" cookout!
Day 9-10 Laguna de Apoyo
Take the first morning speed boat back to Big Corn, take the early flight to Managua and private A/C minibus to Laguna de Apoyo (with a stop at Masaya Market for shopping and lunch). Spend the next two days swimming and paddleboarding in the cleanest volcano crater lake on the planet! On our last day we taxi to the airport dependent on flight times.

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure. 

IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Go Scuba Diving

Diving is like no other experience on Earth. Life under the water is silent and peaceful, everything is flowing and moving in a way that we land creatures are unaccustomed to. Despite all of our high tech equipment, we are extremely out of our element in the water and it is a humbling experience to watch and observe what life is like under the sea. Fish come in all shapes, sizes and colours and move together in a harmonious unison through beautiful coral and twisted sunlight. On our trips, scuba diving is a huge activity as we travel to countries that offer some of the best diving in the world. The Caribbean in Central America possesses the second largest reef in the world, the warm waters of the South Pacific in Southeast Asia are home to the largest diversity of sea-life in the world and the seas of the Mediterranean are full of rich history and beauty. There is a whole universe under the ocean and experiencing what it's like to be in it is a must at least once in your life!

Revolution Tour Through Downtown Colonial Leon


León is not just the cultural and architectural capital of Nicaragua but was also home to the Nicaraguan Revolution in the not so distant past. The Sandinista’s ousted the country’s dictatorship in the late 1970s thanks to the courage and ambition of the local people of León. Learn about the incredible history of the nation on a guided walking tour of the former capital of Nicaragua and it’s beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, dating back to the 1500’s. Don’t forget to take a selfie from atop the Catedral de la Asunción de María, the largest cathedral in Central America! 


Experience Authentic Caribbean Culture


It is hard to get more Caribbean than the Corn Islands. The laid back style of the locals and the islands’ sunny vibes will win you over as soon as you fly into this tropical paradise! Your trip leaders will help you fully embrace the island lifestyle by teaming up with our local Corn Island friends for some truly authentic Caribbean cultural experiences. Whether it is trying the local seafood special of Rondon, playing a backyard baseball game with the Corn Island kids (they LOVE baseball here), or dancing to dancehall and reggaeton all night, you will be saying Jus’ chillin mon’ like a true local in no time!

Swim In the Lake of a Volcano Crater

Nicaragua is a country full of incredible hidden backpacker spots and Laguna de Apoyo is one you don’t want to miss. This 23,000+ year-old dormant volcano has, over time, filled up with rainwater. This has resulted in what could be one of nature’s coolest ‘swimming pools’! Not only do we spend two nights along the volcano’s rim–but you will get to relax and swim in the pristine waters of its giant crater lake! Kayaks and standup paddle boards are included as well, so you can go on your very own adventures around the crater. Volcanic paradise at its finest! (For people doing our 'Final Fiesta' New Years trip, this is only available for extension trips)

Hike a Volcano and Ride Down It

In Northern Nicaragua, just outside the city of León, there is an active volcano called Cerro Negro (literally Black Hill) that is one of a kind. Cerro Negro is affectionately named because of the fine black ash created from its eruptions that covers one side of the volcano, and because of this ash people can do something extremely unique on Cerro Negro. On our 10-day Nicaragua trips we take a day trip out to Cerro Negro, hike up it, admire the view, enjoy a drink or two, and then rip down the side of the volcano on a modified sandboard! - or you can plop yourself down on a makeshift toboggan and fly down that way, too! This is the only place in the world you can do this and we highly suggest you give it a try because it's as badass as it sounds.

Go Snorkelling

Snorkelling is a great alternative for those looking to save a little money on diving costs or those who can’t dive for medical reasons. Floating along the surface of the water at any one of our incredible destinations around the world will give you a peak into a magical underwater world. More confident snorkelers can even dive down to get a closer look at the fauna and flora found in our oceans. From glittering fish, to colourful anemone, and super cool sharks (don’t worry, the non-carnivorous ones), snorkelling is a wonderful experience for the non-diver. So snap on a mask and grab your flippers (and DON’T inhale while diving) and you’ll be all set for a little adventure under the sea.

Catch a Fish and Eat It, Too

We get so many people who come on our trips that say they don't like seafood and won't eat it - usually, they're not from a coastal town. So when we serve up a fresh barracuda or tuna or some other tasty fish that the fisherman caught that morning and we convince them to give it a try, the first thing they say (with a satisfied smile) is that this doesn't taste like the seafood they've tried. There's just no getting around it, fish is meant to be eaten fresh! And the only thing tastier than a fresh fish is one that you caught, too! Catching the fish that you eat used to be a part of life and still is in many parts of the world, however, more and more people are buying from the commercial fishing industry which is unsustainable and is destroying the ocean's eco-system. We offer the option to go fishing on nearly all of our trips with friendly, local fisherman that show you their tricks - it's an experience that not only teaches you the importance of fishing but is also a hell of a good time: on a boat, with friends, with beer, in the sun, drifting down a tropical coastline… 'nuff said!

Accommodations and Transportation

What's included in this adventure

Accommodation (Central Trips)

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience
  • Rooms will be a mixture of 2-6 person rooms throughout the trip

Transportation

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Domestic Flight: Nicaragua (10 Days - Caribbean)

Return flight from Managua to Corn Islands

Leaders

  • 2 knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Activities: Nicaragua (10 Days - Caribbean)

  • Revolution Tour explaining the history of Nicaragua (local dinner included)
  • Walking tour around the postcard perfect Little Corn Island
  • Baseball game and other games with the local kids on Little Corn, have the chance to donate toys & school supplies to the kids. All rounded up with a home cooked Ron Don (local food)
  • Swim in a Volcano crater lake

Optional Activities: Nicaragua (10 Days - Caribbean)

  • Scuba Diving 
  • Snorkeling
  • Volcano hike with volcano-boarding
  • Visit the old fort in León with history lessons
  • Visit the inside of an active volcano at night
  • Yoga
  • Fishing
  • SUP boarding

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above (optional activities are not included)
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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