My daughters and I were comped two VaPues tours in Granada in exchange for social media promotion and this blog post, but all opinions expressed here are my own.
On day three in Granada, the three of us had two tours planned with VaPues Tours. I had emailed them weeks in advance, and they helped us pick from their selection of tour options. The folks at VaPues were super easy to work with and our tour guide, René, was extremely knowledgeable about Granada history, architecture and ecology.
René picked us up at our hotel that morning at 9 a.m. for our city tour. Our horse-drawn carriage was beautiful. René explained that the VaPues horses are stabled most of the day and only come out once a day for the carriage ride — unlike the poor horses that sit around Granada’s main park all day with their drivers in the hot sun trying to drum up business.
Our carriage took us all over Granada from downtown to the lake and then to all the main sites in town. René shared with us so many interesting facts about Granada — past and present — that I can’t even begin to write them all here. Instead, I’ll just share some of my photos from the tour.
We also saw San Francisco church and convent, Xaltera church and the old city walls.
After our 3-hour city tour, we were hot, tired and hungry. The girls went for a swim in the hotel pool while I walked to a pastry shop I had read about. The walk was much longer than I anticipated, so by the time I got back to the hotel, my feet regretted my flip flop choice. The girls and I dug into the bag of assorted pastries. Huge disappointment. They were bland and stale. But our drinks were cold, and that was enough.
René picked us up at 3 p.m. in a van to drive to Lake Nicaragua for the boat tour through Las Isletas, 360 small islands, located in the lake. The sky turned cloudy like a storm was imminent. The air turned cool and so refreshing. We strapped on life jackets and away we went.
Our two tours with VaPues Tours were a highlight of our trip for sure.
We ended our last full day in Granada with dinner at Nectar, a restaurant owned by the same people that run Bocadillos (where we ate the night before). I ordered a traditional Nica meal, and the girls had nachos and quesadillas. We split a yummy chocolate cheesecake for dessert.