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The Secret of Central America (OLD)
Nicaragua
The Secret of Central America (OLD)

Nicaragua is a country that is filled with gorgeous colonial cities, beaches with perfect rolling waves, extremely cheap living expenses and yet very few tourists. Basically, it’s the perfect place to travel to right now and with a plethora of amazing destinations you will be pleased with the balance of places that are peacefully blissful and ones that are cultural and filled with adventure. You’ll have the chance to learn to surf, go scuba diving in the Caribbean, visit a massive volcano island, explore historic colonial towns and get to have your own private beach. Sometimes the stars align when it comes to traveling to a place at the right time and we couldn’t be more stoked on our 20-day trip to Nicaragua right now! 

 
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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!

 
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San Juan del Sur

The stunning half-moon cove that San Juan del Sur is built around frames one of the coolest surf towns you're sure to ever experience. Old colonial buildings, a huge boardwalk of beachside bars and restaurants, and an all around laid-back surfer vibe are all part of the reason why being in San Juan is so awesome. The host town of our massive Nicaragua New Years trip each year and a staple on all of our Nicaragua trips, San Juan del Sur is the perfect place to have wicked beach days and wild party nights. The gateway to a huge score of amazing surf beaches all within a short drive from town makes San Juan an ideal destination for any surfer or beach lover and the town's ability to turn it up at night and host some of the best parties on the travel scene makes it so the fun never ends! Consistently good weather, endless cheap rum and very good waves… what more could you ask for?

 
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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.

 
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Isla de Ometepe

Rising from the depths of the massive Lake Nicaragua is the majestic pyramid-like Concepción volcano and connected to it by a thin strip of land is the smaller but equally impressive Maderas volcano forming Isla de Ometepe, a twin-volcano island that is an amazing sight to behold and a delightfully relaxed place to visit. The island is filled with lush jungle vegetation and nice beaches that border the fresh water lake that stretches out like an ocean as far as the eye can see. The island's perfect soil makes it an ideal home for tons of small farms and plantations that grow about everything possible and make for some tasty and organic food options. Kayaking down rivers, hiking to waterfalls and relaxing in natural water springs only add to the beautiful experience of travelling to Isla de Ometepe.

 
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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 wicked lodge right on the lake in Laguna de Apoyo and it's one of the best places we could imagine to wind down after an epic adventure and maybe even have one last party before the journey comes to an end! !

 
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Playa Escameca

Arguably one of the nicest beaches in Central America, you won't find Playa Escameca in any travel books…that's because this spot is uniquely Free & Easy! This incredible stretch of beach is hidden way south on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, almost in Costa Rica, and boasts not only gorgeous scenery but also some seriously gnarly surfing conditions that you can enjoy all to yourself. Because the best part about Playa Escameca is that there's nothing there - no hotels, no bars, no other people! There's just the gorgeous bungalow style Casa Horizon: our very own FnEZ-built retreat. Days in Escameca can be spent in so many amazing ways. Whether you're simply soaking in the serene beauty of the surroundings, grabbing a surfboard and catching some waves right in front of the lodge, practicing yoga, swaying lazily in a hammock, or kicking back with some cervezas next to a beach fire, you won't find anywhere more different from your everyday life. Here you can do as you like and experience the true freedom of getting away from it all.

20 days in Nicaragua
The Secret of Central America (OLD)

The Secret of Central America (OLD)

Nicaragua is a country that is filled with gorgeous colonial cities, beaches with perfect rolling waves, extremely cheap living expenses and yet very few tourists. Basically, it’s the perfect place to travel to right now and with a plethora of amazing destinations you will be pleased with the balance of places that are peacefully blissful and ones that are cultural and filled with adventure. You’ll have the chance to learn to surf, go scuba diving in the Caribbean, visit a massive volcano island, explore historic colonial towns and get to have your own private beach. Sometimes the stars align when it comes to traveling to a place at the right time and we couldn’t be more stoked on our 20-day trip to Nicaragua right now! 

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The Secret of Central America (OLD)
Nicaragua
The Secret of Central America (OLD)

Nicaragua is a country that is filled with gorgeous colonial cities, beaches with perfect rolling waves, extremely cheap living expenses and yet very few tourists. Basically, it’s the perfect place to travel to right now and with a plethora of amazing destinations you will be pleased with the balance of places that are peacefully blissful and ones that are cultural and filled with adventure. You’ll have the chance to learn to surf, go scuba diving in the Caribbean, visit a massive volcano island, explore historic colonial towns and get to have your own private beach. Sometimes the stars align when it comes to traveling to a place at the right time and we couldn’t be more stoked on our 20-day trip to Nicaragua right now! 

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Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Hike The Cristo De la Misericordia Viewpoint

The Christ of Mercy, or Cristo De La Misericordia, is the iconic statue overlooking the San Juan del Sur bay. But it's way more than that...it offers an incredible 360 degree view of the entire town and south pacific! At sunset, it's one of the most incredible views you will come across. Not only that, but at over 26m high, this Jesus statue is the largest statue of Christ in all of Central America and one of the largest in the world. Grab your travel buddies, a water (and probably a beer too) and hit the slope. You might find yourself enjoying the best view of your life! *hike, admission fee included in price

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!

Swim Through Phosphorescence

Phosphorescence (or bioluminescence) is the emission of light created by a variety of tiny, almost microscopic creatures as a defence mechanism. Perhaps the most fascinating display of this phenomenon takes place in the ocean when thousands of bioluminescent plankton scintillate a beautiful blue-green glow that brightens as the plankton are agitated. They can be stimulated by anything from crashing waves to moving boats or from people playing in the water! This opportunity to feel like you're creating magic occurs at times in almost every country we travel to and sometimes the plankton arrive in a magnificent density, creating some of the most unforgettable nights on our trips – most notably in Lao Liang and Koh Ang Thong in Thailand, but also along the Pacific Coast of Central America. So just because the sun has set doesn’t always mean the fun in the water is over! Always be sure to take a few steps into shore and check if you may have the opportunity to swim through phosphorescence because it's one of the most fun and beautiful experiences you may ever have!

Surf a Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. It's no coincidence that 7 of the countries that we run trips to (Indonesia, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru & South Africa) have wicked surf scenes, because there's nothing quite like it. *** PLEASE NOTE surfing is dependent on the right conditions and not always possible

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!

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!

See Baby Turtles Hatch

Seeing streams of baby sea turtles burst through the sand on a tropical beach and scramble for the ocean is an incredible sight and is only possible on a few beaches in the world. Sea turtles have an astounding sense of radar and always return to the same beach they were born on to lay their eggs and two of these beaches are located in Nicaragua and Costa Rica and we visit both of them on our Central American adventures. The best time to see baby sea turtles hatch is at night around a full moon as the light from the moon guides the near-blind babies to the shore to catch a wave out to sea and the darkness helps protect them from predators. And if you’re lucky you may also see a full-size sea turtle ride a wave into shore, dig a deep hole on the beach and lay her eggs! *NOTE: THIS ACTIVITY IS SEASONAL FROM JULY TO FEBRUARY

Practice Yoga on the Beach

Practicing yoga on the beach in warm, tropical weather provides you with the perfect environment to learn how to find a calm within yourself and feel your mind truly relax. Listening to the sounds of the jungle and the crashing of the waves on shore only adds to the bliss of this experience. You can experience practicing yoga in a beautiful and isolated setting under the expert guidance of yoga instructors on several of our our trips. So take an hour or so out of your day to stretch, breathe and enjoy one of the best yoga sessions of your life in paradise!

Hike a Volcano in a Rare Island Biosphere

Ometepe is a two-volcano island in the middle of a freshwater lake–the only place in the world like it. The base of the smaller of the two volcanoes, Volcan Maderas, is right near our accommodations and can make for a great day trip. At 1394m above sea level, and through a combination of diverse rainforest and tropical environments, it isn’t for the faint of heart. But you will feel like Indiana Jones as you clamber up large rocks, through vines and spend the day in awe of the rare island biosphere! If long hikes aren’t your thing your Free & Easy trip leaders can also organize horseback riding up to a waterfall along the other side of the volcano, or a kayak tour through the river mouth between both volcanoes! Regardless of your choice of adventure, keep your eyes open for exotic birds, monkeys and wider than normal smiles!

Have a Sunday Funday

Beers, babes, beats… tasty shots, infinite rum, super soakers full of booze… tropical weather, amazing views, and a pool crawl - together that spells Sunday Funday! Experience the best day of the week in proper Nica fashion with the legendary Sunday Funday pool crawl, taking you to the best party spots around the infamous surf town of San Juan del Sur all day. Each spot has the same thing in common, a nice refreshing pool to take a dip in and dance around, wicked music pumping, and tons of drinks flowing! With hundreds of rowdy young travellers attending each Sunday, this event has grown into one of the best parties in Central America and why not, because who doesn’t love to have fun on Sunday? Get weird, get freaky, get wet, get wasted, do whatever you want because this party starts early and goes as late as you want it to go!

What's included in this adventure

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience

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

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 (20 Days)

  • 5 destinations at beautiful beaches
  • World class surf breaks on the Pacific Coast
  • Revolution Tour explaining the history of Spanish colonial city León
  • Walking tour around the postcard perfect Little Corn Island
  • Meet a local Nicaraguan farm family and have the chance to donate toys and school supplies to the kids
  • One surf lesson and 1 day board rental
  • FNEZ sponsored beach cleanup

Optional Activities: Nicaragua (20 Days)

  • Volcano hike with sandboarding
  • Fishing
  • Yoga
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling

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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