8 - 10 Guests
Join us to discover the spectacular UNESCO city, Granada, Nicaragua and the surrounding region. Stroll down cobbled streets, hike through cloud forests, and soak up the tropical heat in a stunning visual paradise. Every excursion has been designed to provide plentiful photographic opportunities while being interesting and exciting for non-photographers as well. Bird-watchers, hikers, eco-tourists, foodies, and active guests will have plenty to experience and explore.
Colonial Granada -- At nearly 500 years old, this historic city exudes Spanish influence and colonial charm with its cathedrals, historic houses, and shop-lined streets.
Masaya Volcano at Night -- This is the most active volcano in the region. Conditions permitting, we'll witness the smoke and glow of active lava flows.
Las Isletas de Granada -- Created by a volcanic eruption millions of years ago, this collection of 360+ tiny islands sits minutes away from Granada in Lake Nicaragua. We'll take a sunset tour by boat, stopping at one of the islands to shoot and relax. This is a birder's paradise. You might even see a few monkeys.
Laguna de Apoyo -- This four-mile-wide crater lake is the caldera of an extinct volcano. Ringed by beautiful resorts and lush forests, guests will be able to kayak, paddleboard, swim, eat, drink, and be merry... and of course photograph.
Mombacho Volcano and Cloud Forest -- We'll hike through a lush cloud forest, containing flora and fauna endemic only to this volcano. From the top of the trail, a dramatic vista provides a view of Las Isletas de Granada, Lake Nicaragua, Laguna de Apoyo, and the city of Granada itself.
Cigar Rolling Experience -- Nicaragua has a bustling cigar export industry, including several premium brands enjoyed around the world. We'll experience the cigar hand rolling process from start to finish while learning about the history of the local industry.
San Juan del Sur -- We'll take a day trip to the Pacific Coast to visit San Juan del Sur, a crescent bay known for sand beaches, palm trees, and a short hike to a hillside viewpoint. The town features brightly painted architecture, unique storefronts, and vibrant murals. As a popular surf community, you'll find it very interesting for people watching.
Coffee Plantation Tour -- We'll tour a coffee estate located in the jungle of Mombacho Volcano, learning about their Rainforest Alliance Certified Organic process. Walk among the coffee bushes, sample the delicious fresh roasted coffee, and perhaps pick some coffee beans yourself!
Your Trip Fee Includes:
Welcome Dinner -- Get to know Jordana, Cash, Nicanor, and the other guests over a classic Nicaraguan meal. We'll discuss individual goals, interests, potential photographic approaches for the trip, and why we're excited to explore Nicaragua!
Deluxe Hotel Accommodations -- We'll spend all seven nights in a deluxe hotel in the heart of Granada, steps from a bustling thoroughfare of restaurants, shops, cathedrals, and parks, culminating in Lake Nicaragua.
Daily Breakfast -- To start our day, we'll eat and discuss the upcoming activities' challenges and rewards, and things to think about.
Personalized Photography Instruction -- For the Photographers present, Jordana will be available to you from the moment of booking your trip to the weeks after you leave Nicaragua. Prior to the trip, she'll help you determine your photographic goals and make suggestions to maximize your experience. In the field, she'll help troubleshoot, point out opportunities, and work with you to achieve your goals, while demonstrating the methods that have been successful for her. After the conclusion of the trip, she'll review your favorite images and offer processing techniques as needed to make great shots fantastic!
Daily Excursions -- We will fill every day with activities. All park fees, transportation, airport transfers, and full-time local guide services are included in the trip fee.
Optional Group Discussion -- We'll look at selected work by interested participants as a group to discuss each of our photographic strengths and areas to practice. By becoming familiar with each other's interests and artistry, we'll be able to suggest opportunities for each other in the field. Our group philosophy is one of cohesion and support. Rising tides lift all ships.
Your Trip Fee Does Not Include:
Flights to Managua, Nicaragua
Lunches & Dinners (except when stated otherwise above)
Tips and Gratuity
$10 USD Entry and Departure Taxes
To book Nicaragua Awaits, we require payment in full. No refunds will be offered for participant-initiated cancellations unless your space can be rebooked.
In the unlikely event, Nicaragua Awaits does not fill enough spaces to operate the workshop, you will be notified and all payments will be refunded.
We highly recommend purchasing trip insurance to cover your investment in case you are unable to participate. We are not responsible for any fees or expenses incurred due to non-refundable airline reservations because of workshop or participant cancellation.
Hotel accommodations are double occupancy. We will make every attempt to accommodate single room requests (additional cost), but cannot guarantee availability. At no time will you be required to room with a participant of the opposite gender -- unless you want to. Participants booking together are eligible for a discount -- contact us for details.
Schedule will be determined by weather and conditions on the ground, but most shoots are rain or shine. Because of the rugged terrain, guests should be physically fit and capable of walking some distance while carrying their gear. Guests must be 18+ years of age. Minors may be accepted on a case by case basis, if accompanied by a parent.
Please contact us directly with any specific questions.
Thanks and see you soon!
Jordana Wright- Trip Leader & Photography Instructor
Jordana picked up her first camera when she was 8 years old and hasn't put it down since! An avidly accomplished photographer in several genres, her work has been featured in The New York Times, tourism guides, and advertising campaigns around the world. Jordana truly enjoys teaching her craft, and excels at providing photographers of all skill levels the most educational benefit from their experience. She can't wait to see what you create!
Cassius Wright- Location Coordinator
From a young age Cash has always been an avid learner, explorer, and entrepreneur. An accomplished international traveler and endlessly resourceful, he specializes in location scouting, logistics, and high-end hospitality. With contacts and friends around the world, there's a good chance if you need something or want to go someplace, he's "got a guy" to help- just ask!
Nicanor Barrios- Bilingual Local Guide
Born on Ometepe Island in beautiful lake Nicaragua, Nicanor now resides in Granada, where he has been a professional tour guide with hotels and tour operators for the past 8 years. With a great personality and a quick smile, Nicanor is an encyclopedia of all things Nicaragua- from it's amazing history, to it's recent eco-tourism and surfing boom. He's excited to show you the amazing and beautiful country he calls home, and we're extremely fortunate to be working with him!