A trip to Nicaragua requires good health and mobility. While we have time scheduled for rest, your itinerary has a moderate pace, involving activities and transportation from place to place to ensure that you have maximized opportunity to interact with the wildlife and local culture. Consult your physician if you are in doubt about your ability to enjoy this trip and please contact our office with any questions.
Some of your excursions will be on the slopes of volcanoes, which means walking up and downhill on well-maintained but still slightly rugged trails. Forest walks are typically early in the morning and late in the afternoon, though some mid-day activity may be included. You will need to be able to walk and stand for up to three hours at a time. City tours are on even ground but cobblestone streets can be hazardous for some. Boat excursions require guests to be able to get in and out of the boat but not a high degree of physical ability. Note that life vests are provided.
Travel in Nicaragua is by road and boat. Roads in and between cities are typically in good shape, depending on recent weather and road works. Roads in the parks and reserves are rougher, especially in rainy weather. The drive from Managua to Granada is about an hour, on good road. The ferry rides between Granada and Ometepe Island are an hour each. The drive from Granada to Leon is about three hours on good road while the road from Leon to Selva Negra is mostly in good shape but deteriorates in the highlands, taking about four hours to get there. The same is true from Selva Negra to Montibelli and then about 45 minutes back to Managua.