Nicaragua Culinary Adventure
Nicaragua, 8 Days From $ 1,375 per person Themes
When people think of gastronomy, Central America is not usually the first place that comes to mind – this is the trip to challenge the stereotypical idea of Nicaragua being only “rice and beans”.
Nicaragua is a country of contrasting scenery, eco-systems and traditions and the food is no exception. Nicaraguan cuisine is varied, innovative, wholesome, hearty, home grown and first and foremost delicious!
- World Class Cigars
- Flor de Caña Rum
- Coffee Farms
- Local Cuisine
- Cooking Class of traditional dishes
- Cocoa / Chocolate
- Selecting produce to make a local dish
- Seeing a local dish through from start to finish
Flexible date(s). Please Contact Us.
History & Culture
Why Authentic Ecotourism?
The main objective of the company is to offer fascinating and unforgettable experiences to its visitors, with minimal environmental impact, and in turn developing the social and cultural context of all involved.
They are committed to:
- Faithfully comply with the principles of sustainable development, to be implemented based on the labor, environmental, business and safety regulations and laws of our country, the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and all legal regulations of those countries where we have an impact.
- Integrate and implement the various policies of the company (Sustainability, Environmental, Suppliers, Social and Human Resources) to achieve excellent human and business development.
- Declare themselves against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of children and adolescents, therefore, we do not promote child labor. They do not employ minors.
- They are against discrimination of any kind, ensuring ethnic and gender equity in our employees.
- Work on minimizing negative impacts on the environment and natural resources, and on reducing waste and pollution of the natural resources we have.
- Development and implement in the long term a training program of good environmental practices, aimed at raising awareness with our employees, suppliers, service providers and customers in order to achieve behavioral changes.
- Contribute to the conservation and recovery of natural heritage as well as tangible and intangible cultural heritage through active inclusion of these sites within its tourist offerings.
- Communicate and publicize our sustainability policy to the outside world through social media, news, newsletters, blogs and through the daily work of each of their colleagues.
- Be transparent, formal and professional in the management of the Rainforest Alliance and/or other Certification Programs and to continually update our procedures to meet the requirements.
Day 1: Managua Airport – Managua Hotel (Snack)
Our private transportation will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Managua. (Approx. 10 mins drive on highway)
Day 2: Managua – Nagarote – Leon City – Juan Venado – Leon (B, L, D)
Right after having our traditional Nicaraguan breakfast ¨Gallo pinto, fresh cheese, corn tortilla, fried eggs and a nice cup of coffee¨ we will depart from our hotel to drive northwest, first stopping in Nagarote, a small village known for its authentic ¨Quesillos¨, a delicious combination of fresh corn tortillas, local mozzarella cheese, pickled onions and sour cream. Afterwards, we head towards the colonial city of Leon. On the way you will see Yucca growing one of the essential ingredients of the National dish, Vigoron, which you will prepare.
In Leon we will visit Nicaragua´s largest Cathedral, the City center and art museum Ortiz Gurdian. Then we will drive to the Pacific Ocean where we can enjoy either a succulent fresh whole fried fish with tomato sauce or a traditional seafood soup with fish, shrimp, crab, clams and lobster.
After this seafood indulgence, we will take a boat and visit Isla Juan Venado natural reserve. Here we have the chance to see different types of mangroves as well as birds, iguanas, insects and if we are lucky spectacled caimans. Then we drive to the Colonial City of Leon. In the evening we will have our dinner at ¨Al Carbon¨, a spacious Colonial house which specializes in charcoaled grilled beef. Here we can try a delicious local beef steak with grilled potatoes, fried plantains, beans, chimichurri sauce and the traditional pico de gallo. Then back to the hotel. (Approx. 3 hour drive on highway)
Day 3: León – Chichigalpa – Hervideros San Jacinto – Estelí (B, L, D)
We start our day by tasting for our breakfast one of the most traditional meals ¨nacatamal¨, a culinary fusion of two important cultures European and Middle America. This is a delicious mix of corn dough with seasoned pork, potatoes, rice and chili, all these flavors wrapped in a banana leaf.
Then we will drive to the town of Chichigalpa, known for the production of Flor de Caña Rum, the best in Nicaragua and one of the best in the world. Here, with our guide, we will explain about every stage of the rum production and have the chance to try the 18 year old rum.
Then we will drive and stop at ¨Hervideros de San Jacinto¨, a small volcanic area with several steaming mud holes. We will make a stop for our lunch at ¨Sebaco¨ where we can try ¨the Guirilas¨ a type of big tortilla made with baby corn and served with fresh cheese and sour cream.
Afterwards we will drive to the city of Estelí famous for its world class cigars. Here we will have the chance to visit one of its factories and learn about the whole process of making high quality cigars. (Approx. 3 hour drive on highway some curves)
Day 4: Estelí – Finca La Cumplida – Cerro Arenal (B, L, D)
After trying some ¨Rosquillas¨, a baked biscuit made with cheese and corn, with coffee, we will depart to the north east of Estelí and the coffee region of Jinotega and Matagalpa. This region produces more than 70% of Nicaragua’s coffee. Our first stop will be at Finca La Cumplida where organic coffee is grown and sustainable environmental practices are applied.
Then we will have our lunch on the farm, fresh cooked beans, rice, hot corn tortillas, cuajada (a type of local cheese), fried Malanga (a type of yam). Then we will drive to our next destination ¨Aguas Del Arenal”
After taking our rooms we will hike into the tropical forest. We will observe different types of bromeliads, orchids, ferns, heliconias, etc. In the property of Aguas del Arenal we are going to be able to see some organic coffee plants. In the evening we can enjoy a traditional rural dish ¨Sopa de Gallina¨ with local vegetables carrots, potatoes, quequisque (another type of yam) and plantains. (Approx. 5 hour drive on highway and 1 hour drive on dirt track, some curves and inclines)
Day 5: Cerro Arenal – Matagalpa – Sebaco – Granada (B, L, D)
This day we will leave the mountain region of Nicaragua to return to the Pacific lowlands. Our first stop will be at ¨El Castillo Del Cacao¨ in the city of Matagalpa, a small chocolate factory where most of the process is done in an artisan way. The factory uses organic cocoa beans from small farmers and their chocolate bars are mostly sold locally. After tasting some of this fine chocolate we will drive to the city center and enjoy some of the Nicaraguan dishes offered by Matagalpa city.
After lunch we will go to ¨Beneficio Atlantic¨, an export coffee company where we will get a full explanation of the process of de-pulping, drying, sorting and exporting the coffee. Afterwards we will drive to the Colonial City of Granada.
In the evening we will have our dinner in a typical restaurant. (Approx.3 hour drive on highway)
Day 6: Granada City Tour – Isletas – Cooking Class (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will start a walking City tour through the historical center of Granada and visit the Cathedral, the Cultural Center Casa de Los Tres Mundos, Convent of San Francisco, Church La Merced, Old Train Station, La Polvora Fort, etc.
During our city walk we can take a break at the Central Plaza and enjoy in one of the corner food stand the most representative dish of Granada, ¨Vigoron¨, a very special dish made with cassava, pork rinds and salad. Then we will take a horse & carriage and visit the rest of the city. Then our transportation will pick us up to drive to Cabaña Amarilla where we take a boat trip through the ¨Isletas¨, an archipelago of 360 volcanic islands created by Mombacho volcano, a beautiful experience for nature lovers.
Bistro Estrada’s Culinary Tour offers an opportunity to experience Nicaragua’s gastronomic traditions with the expertise and guidance of our local chef. Cooking instruction takes place in the spacious red tiled roof corridor of our restored traditional colonial home in the heart of Granada. Some of the mouthwatering dishes that participants can observe include traditional dishes such as Vigoron, Frito (gallo pinto, pork, tajadas verde and maduro with cabbage salad) Tortillas de Maíz, Fried. Cheese and Pico de Gallo. (Approx. 20 mins drive on highway & 1 ½ hour boat ride)
Day 7: Granada – San Juan de Oriente – Catarina – Masaya Volcano National Park – Masaya Market – Apoyo Lagoon – Granada (B, L, D)
This morning our first visit will be San Juan de Oriente, a picturesque village renowned for its home-made ceramics. We will stop in one of the workshops to see the process. Afterwards we will visit the town of Catarina with a viewpoint over Lake Apoyo, Nicaragua´s largest volcanic Crater Lake.
Then we will visit Masaya´s souvenir market, a great opportunity to get some of the best handicrafts in the country. Later we will drive to Masaya Volcano National Park to enjoy volcanic formations, landscapes and hiking. Then we will drive to Lake Apoyo to have lunch and enjoy swimming in its refreshing waters.
At the end of the day we come back to Granada. Our last special dinner will be taken at a typical place as well, ¨El Corral¨. Our chef will surprise our taste with ¨Caballo Bayo¨, a very unique Nicaraguan dish that includes shredded beef and chicken, fried pork ribs, blood sausage, pork rind, corn tortillas, plantain chips, fried ripe plantain, tamales, gallo pinto, sweet cream, and so on. (Approx. 3 hour drive on highway)
Day 8: Granada- Managua (B)
Today your driver will take you back to Managua and your flight out. (Approx. 1 hour drive on highway)
- Tourist card entering Nicaragua (US$10.00 per Person)
- Airport taxes if you leave Nicaragua (US$48.00 per Person, if not already included in your air fare)
- Meals and drinks not mentioned
- Personal expenses
- Activities not described in the program
- Voluntary tips
- All Transfers in modern vehicle with air conditioning as described in the program
- 3* Hotel accommodation with local taxes included
- Boat transportation for the Isletas tour and Juan Venado Reserve in Granada
- Entrances fees for the excursions described in the program
- Local English speaking guide in Cerro Arenal Reserve
- Accompaniment of a qualified English speaking tour guide from day 1 to day 7
- Meals, drinks, and snacks as described in the program
- Nicaraguan typical snacks and tropical fruits.