After breakfast you will have a private guided transfer from Jicaro Lodge to Morgan’s Rock Eco Lodge, with a walking tour en route along “The Crater Trail” of Mombacho Volcano.
Located only 10 km from Granada, Mombacho Volcano is a stratovolcano, 1344m in height. The volcano is not extinct, but there have been no eruptions since 1570. The Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve is one of 78 protected areas in Nicaragua. The upper regions of the volcano are home to cloud forest that contains flora and fauna endemic to the volcano such as the Mombacho salamander. From the volcano there are great views of Lake Nicaragua and Granada.
Our vehicle takes us to the foot of the mountain where we will contact the park rangers and transfer to a 4WD vehicle for the drive to the top. The adventure begins on a paved road that leads through the natural reserve that is rich in biodiversity, surrounded by lush vegetation and with breathtaking views. As we climb towards the summit, we enter the mystical cloud forest. This ecosystem is home to 50 species of mammals including howler monkeys and white-faced monkeys. There are over 170 species of birds found here plus 30 species of reptiles and amphibians and 750 species of plants. The volcano has four craters, and we walk along the 1km Crater Trail that leads through cloud forest to learn about the flora, fauna, the ancient people who lived here and the volcanology of the area. The trail also leads through dwarf forest and past fumaroles, and if the day is clear there are impressive views of Granada, the Isletas of the Asese Peninsula, Laguna de Apoyo and the Masaya Volcano National Park.
After the tour we continue on to Morgan’s Rock Eco Lodge in the town of San Juan del Sur. San Juan del Sur lies just north of the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, south of Granada and 2.5 hours from the city of Managua.
Morgan’s Rock Eco Lodge is part of a 1,000 hectare reforestation project and an 800 hectare private nature reserve which is one of the last large natural sanctuaries along the Pacific Coast of Central America. The conservation of this area is crucial for maintaining the habitat of the animals that live in this region. During the past five years, almost 1.5 million trees (both hardwood and fruit), have been planted on this land, with the aim of recreating the ecosystem. These reforested lands, together with the nature reserve and the estuary, host a variety of forest animals such as howler monkeys, sloths, white-tipped deer and many birds native to the subtropical region. The beach is a nesting ground for two species of sea turtle.
The lodge offers various meal plans that can be selected according to your preferences..