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trek Nicaragua for Teenage Cancer Trust

itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive Nicaragua

We have a day flight to Managua in Nicaragua. On arrival we transfer to our hotel in Leon for our first night in Nicaragua. Tonight we relax in our great hotel and have a good night’s sleep in preparation for our first challenge day.

 

DAY 2

Rota & Cerro Negro Volcanoes - 8-9 Hours Trekking

This morning we meet our team over breakfast for a comprehensive briefing on the challenge ahead. We transfer forty minutes to the trailhead of Rota Volcano where we trek through tropical forest to the active summit crater 1080m. After descending we lunch then climb to our second summit of Cerro Negro 726M, one of the youngest and most active volcanoes on earth. There are no trees or plants on its steep scree slopes so we have the advantage of uninterrupted views from the summit of volcanoes and the Pacific Ocean. We descend then trek through dense vegetation and fields to our first overnight camp at the ranger station.

 

DAY 3

El Hoyo Volcano & Asososca Lagoon - 7-8 Hours Trekking

For our second challenge day we climb the El Hoyo Volcano 1088M with great views of a unique volcanic landscape. On our descent we continue by foot to the beautiful Asososca Lagoon, a volcanic lake of crystalline waters in the “Pilas del Hoyo” Volcanic group where a quick dip is a real treat! We transfer 50 minutes from the end of the trek to our bush camp on Momotombo and this evening we have a camp-cooked meal under the stars and retire early for a pre-dawn start tomorrow.

 

DAY 4

Momotombo Volcano (1297M) - 7 Hours Trekking

We wake before dawn for an early breakfast, then set off on our summit challenge. For the first hour we walk over the steep black volcanic surface, followed by two hours on the upper slopes of the volcano arriving at Momotombos’ summit in time for sunrise. This is the fifth tallest volcano in the country and its near perfect volcanic shape makes it the most impressive and recognisable volcano in Nicaragua. On our return to camp we transfer 2.5 hours to the highlands of Jinotega on a route that passes stunning countryside to the Carlos Augusto private reserve where we camp.

 

DAY 5

Penas Blancas Massif (1680M) - 7 Hours Trekking

After leaving camp we trek 2hrs to the Peñas Blancas Massif National Park, a large mountain on the border of the Jinotega and Matagalpa districts. This is a stunning place that few have heard of and fewer still have visited, however its virgin rainforest, large waterfalls, superb viewpoints and rural communities are a wonderful addition to the challenge. Our trek today will push us much harder so after a traditional breakfast we start our climb through rainforest to the summit. After a packed lunch we descend via the great Rainbow waterfall where we stop for a swim and then continue to arrive at camp before sunset.

 

DAY 6

Cerro Dantali - El Diablo National Park - 7 Hours Trekking

For our final trekking day we continue to the community of Corinto all the way down to the bottom of the Gobiado Hill on rough gravel trails. Otherwise known as the ‘Devil’s Path’ it leads us to the top of El Gobiado mountain and then down into the El Diablo National Park. As we get deeper into the forest we see the Matapalo and Date Palm trees along with a great variety of birds species including the Quetzal and Bell Bird, along with flocks of Howler Monkeys. We eventually arrive at the Bastilla Eco Lodge, in the heart of the mountains, to be welcomed by our team and where we can finally relax after our 5 day trek. Tonight we enjoy a celebratory meal to mark the end of an incredible challenge.

 

DAY 7

La Bastilla Eco Lodge

This morning at La Bastilla Eco Lodge we join in the activities of the community. This is the first rural entrepreneurship school in Nicaragua, and all the profits generated by the Ecolodge, egg and dairy production, pig breeding, vegetable-growing, coffee nursery and the small bakery help make the school financially self-sufficient. After lunch we transfer back to Granada for a free last evening in this beautiful colonial town.

 

DAY 8

Depart Nicaragua

This morning we transfer to Managua airport for our overnight return flight to the UK.

 

DAY 9

Arrive UK

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