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Day Tour to Solentiname Island in Nicaragua

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Your adventure begins in La Fortuna after being picked up at your hotel. You will travel by a comfortable air- conditioned bus to the friendly town of Los Chiles, which is close to the Nicaraguan border. A bilingual guide will assist you with the border crossing and accompany you to the boat dock for departure.

You enjoy a spectacular boat trip on the Rio Frio where you see a wide variety of wildlife and colorful flora adjoining the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Before noon you arrive at the quaint town of San Carlos, Nicaragua, where a local guide will assist and show you some of the historic sites of the small city.

After the short walking tour you continue by boat to the Solentiname islands, crossing the Lake of Nicaragua, the second biggest freshwater lake in Latin America and the only one where you can find freshwater sharks!. First you go to an island called ¨La Venada¨, which is part of the Solentiname island group, where the Arellano family lives.

This family uses their time to create primitive or ¨naïve¨paintings. The palette of this genre is often bright, deep and rich. The initial development of these artistic endeavors came through the efforts of the well known priest and poet Ernesto Cardenal who settled in the islands in the 1960´s. Next you enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant with a stunning view of the islands. At a short walking distance from the restaurant you visit a local workshop and a museum which tells the rich history of the place. To top off your day you visit the main island of Mancarrón where you see the artesans and the true meaning of their art.

After a day full of adventure, tradition and new experiences you will head back to San Carlos for a fast immigration process and then you will return to your hotel in La Fortuna.

Tour information:

Departures: 7:30 AM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from your Arenal hotel
Duration: approx. 10 hours
Cost per person: $215.00
There is a 4 pax minimum for this tour. If you would like to book this tour for less than 4 people, please contact us with your desired travel dates and we will advise if we can accommodate you.
Includes: Transportation (overland and aquatic), Rio Frio tour, local taxes, walking tour through San Carlos de Nicaragua, Lake Nicaragua boat tour, wisit of mentioned sites of Solentiname, scenic lunch, entrance fees, beverages
Not included: Customs fees (600 colones in Los Chiles and $14 in San Carlos), personal expenses, tips
What to bring: Valid passport and flight information, camera, cash (colones, dollars and cordobas

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