Pacific Coast Tours

Kayaking / Canoeing in Chinandega, Chinandega, Nicaragua

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These multi-day adventures feature sea kayaking, trekking, cultural exchange, and exploration throughout the Pacific Northwest Coast of Nicaragua. Unexplored by most, this piece of the planet will reward you with an expanse of serene coastline, rugged volcanoes, a vibrant and authentic... Show more

These multi-day adventures feature sea kayaking, trekking, cultural exchange, and exploration throughout the Pacific Northwest Coast of Nicaragua. Unexplored by most, this piece of the planet will reward you with an expanse of serene coastline, rugged volcanoes, a vibrant and authentic cultural experience, and an overflowing supply of hospitality.

You are invited to kayak in the mangroves and to choose your own adventures with Ibis – a visit to nearby nature reserves, a volcano trek, or a taste of Nicaraguan culture in the city. No matter your choice, kayaking and camping in the Padre Ramos Nature Reserve is always a highlight.

  • Laze in a hammock under the shade of a palapa.
  • Roam the streets to imbibe the murals, music, poetry and open-air markets.
  • Trek through the forests and vistas of the highlands.
  • Dine on local and organic meats, cheeses, and shade-grown coffee in the fresh mountain air.
  • Climb an active volcano.
  • Listen to howler monkeys in a cloud forest.
  • Be lulled to sleep on a deserted beach, surrounded by starlight and bioluminescence.

Your five- to seven-day adventures through Nicaragua will allow you to enjoy the wilderness, culture, and experience of exploration, without the preparations of “do-it-yourself” vacations. Leave it to us at Ibis to provide all of your transportation (excluding round-trip airfare), hotel accommodations, food, kayaking gear, camping equipment, and professional, bilingual staff. All you have to do is find your passport!

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The Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve is located 115 miles (185 kilometers) from Managua, on the Pacific North Coast of Nicaragua. There are many ways to get from Managua to Padre Ramos, depending on your travel plans, budget, and time constraints. Please contact us at Ibis if you need any advice in planning your trip!

*Pacific Coast Tours: Transportation is included on all of our 7-day and 5-day adventures.

*Private Transportation: Rent a car at the airport. Or take a taxi from Managua to Leon (Cost $50, 1.5 hours). In Leon, we can arrange private transportation to Padre Ramos (Cost $70, 3 hours) for you, your friends or family. Just call ahead so that we can make all the arrangements.

*Public Transportation: Take a taxi from the airport in Managua to UCA, the University of Central America (Cost $5). Take a microbus from UCA to Leon (Cost $2, 1.5 hours). Take a bus or microbus from Leon to Chinandega (Cost $1, 1.5 hours). In Chinandega, take a bike or taxi from El Bisne bus station to El Mercadito bus station (Cost $0.50-$1). Buses leave from El Mercadito to Padre Ramos at 6:45am, 9:45am, 11:15am, 2:45pm, and 4:15pm (Cost $1, 1.5-2 hours). Get off at the Pulperia Tina Mata, and ask the friendly owners for directions.

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Zip / Postcode
12.7934672 -87.4018003


Sample Trip Itinerary
This is a sample itinerary for our Pacific Coast Tours in Nicaragua. This itinerary may vary in order to accommodate changes in tides, wildlife distributions, group sizes, and cultural events. We promise that these considerations will be made with you in mind. We want you to have the best possible experience while you are traveling in Nicaragua!

Day One: We will meet in the morning in Managua, before we travel to our first Nature Reserve, including an active volcano and cloud forest. Listen for howler monkeys, while you enjoy hiking, bird-watching, and trekking the Pacific “ring of fire”, one of the most volcanically active places in the world, with local and bilingual, naturalist guides.

Day Two: After breakfast, we will travel to the Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve. Kayak for the first time in the protected mangrove estuary. In the evening, relax in your ocean front home surrounded by our small fishing village and the sunset.

Day Three: Today we will kayak to the north end of the estuary to home stay and camp with a local family in La Bayona. Stroll on the beach, kayak to the mouth of the estuary, practice your kayak skills, relax in a hammock, find creatures in the mudflats, and eat delicious, home-cooked, local foods. Visit with Dona Juana and her family, as they open up their home and their community to us for the night.

Day Four: Paddle in the morning to the sandy beaches of the Pacific and the fishing village of Mechapa. This is the least populated part of the estuary with mature mangroves and extensive channels populated by birds and caimans. We will arrive for the night at the Redwood Beach Resort for dinner and the sunset.

Day Five: After breakfast, we will return to our launch site on the south end of the estuary. After lunch, we will travel to the highlands of the Nueva Segovias. There we will stay in a private cabin tucked in the pine trees on a fifth generation coffee farm.

Day Six: Travel to sample the fresh mountain air, the local art, and the delicious foods in the region – cheese, veggies, fruit, chicken, and of course coffee. This is the heart of the Tisey-Estanzuela Nature Reserve. A nearby overlook will give us a broad perspective of the country’s volcanoes and waterways, as well as a breathtaking view at sunset.

Day Seven: Enjoy breakfast and the murals of Esteli before we return to Managua for your voyage home.


Single Kayaks: Necky Looksha V, Necky Looksha IV, Necky Eliza, Prijon Seayak
Double Kayaks: Necky Amaruks
Feathered Paddles
Pumps and Floats
Spray Skirts
First Aid Kit
Tow Ropes

Biodegradable Wag Bags & Toilet
Two & Three-Person Tents
Water Purification System
Propane Stoves
Sleeping Pads
Solar Showers
Camp Chairs


3-4 Short Sleeved Shirts or Tank Top
Book, Journal, Camera, Binoculars
Wind Breaker or Light Rain Jacket
2 Water Bottles – 24 oz.
3 Long Sleeved Shirts
Sunglasses & Sunhat
Socks & Underwear
Toothbrush & Paste
3-4 Pairs of Shorts
3 Pairs of Pants
Hiking Shoes
Water Shoes
Bed Sheet
Bug Spray
Swim Suit

Cancellation policy

If cancelled up to 14 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the entire activity price may be charged.

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