My husband and I are bringing a group of high school students to Managua in July to work with kids at orphanages in the area. We will have a 1/2 day free (the organization we are going with has planned an afternoon swimming at Laguna de Apoya), along with another whole day free for our choice of activities. We will have a mini-bus and driver available, and would like to travel no further than 1 11/2 - 2 hours at the most from Managua. We've done a lot of looking on the internet, but we'd love input on our ideas (or suggestions for different ones).
We would like to do the night tour at the Masaya Volcano (we think seeing an active volcano, the bat caves, etc., would be a unique experience for our students from rural Michigan). Has anyone done this? We're having a hard time deciding what to do earlier in the day. Here are some of our ideas:
-start at Mombacho volcano, then stop at San Juan de Oriente pottery shops/lunch and then end at Masaya volcano.
-start at Chocoyero, Domitilla or Montibelli reserve and then end at Masaya volcano.
-kayak at the Isletas near Granada, then the Masaya volcano.
Our group would love to see some howler monkeys or other wildlife, but I also know that being from Michigan, they aren't going to be used to the heat, so long hikes in the jungle won't go over well. Any recommendations? Any thoughts on what is do-able as far as driving/time? Thanks for any help you can give us!