Amayo Hacienda Experience & Lake Nicaragua
Duration: 5 hours
Tour Code: sjd-007
Immerse yourself in Nicaraguan country life by visiting an extraordinary lakeside hacienda, where you will dine, swim, enjoy live music and take in breathtaking views of volcanoes.
After departing from the pier, you will drive for approximately forty-five minutes through lush, emerald-green countryside to beautiful Amayo Hacienda on Lake Nicaragua, the country’s largest lake. Once owned by the king of Spain, the estate is now in the hands of the Barrios family, who have graciously opened their doors so you can experience Nicaraguan country life.
While visiting the hacienda, you are free to choose your own activities, and there are plenty of relaxing and highly entertaining opportunities. You might stroll the grounds admiring the tropical vegetation and stunning views of nearby volcanoes, enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake, and even learn to milk a cow in the estate’s dairy. All the while, a Nicaraguan live band will play folkloric tunes in the background, adding a wonderful festivity to the experience.
Still, the day’s highlight is the Caballo Bayo lunch buffet of authentic Nicaraguan cuisine. It’s a bounty of traditional dishes such as annatto-marinated pork, shredded beef stew, blood sausage, mashed beans, boiled yucca, fried plantains and most anything else you can imagine. It’s an absolute feast that you are welcome to indulge in repeatedly.
Following your time enjoying the hospitality of the Barrios family at Amayo Hacienda, you will travel back to the pier, filled with wonderful memories of your Nicaraguan country experience.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests’ discretion, but can include natural and uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light clothing to include a sweater for the coach; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Anyone wishing to swim does so at their own risk and responsibility and should bring a swimsuit and a towel from the ship.