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Address: | NE corner of Cathedral, 3 blocks Northward and 1/2 block, Leon 505, Nicaragua
Phone Number:
+505 23154696

Join the best outdoor guides in Leon to explore our beautiful surroundings....

Join the best outdoor guides in Leon to explore our beautiful surroundings. We offer a wide range of activities that suit all needs, from the most rigorous to the more laid-back travelers: Volcano boarding, Climb volcanoes, Swim in volcanic lagoons, Float in the mangrove, Kayak Isla Juan Venada, Turle watching (seasonal), Discover the birds around Leon, Enjoy a relaxed city tour and learn about the crazy history of Leon. We are a 100% nonprofit organization that provides free environmental education to children. All profits from tours go to support environmental programs. We also run tours from our office in Esteli. Experience the cloud forest, swim in waterfall pools, farmstays and more!!

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<3 Sonati staff, hostel, tours &

I stayed at Sonati in León & Estelí and did a few different tours with them including El Hoyo volcano overnight, Kayaking and Somoto canyon. The staff is super helpful and... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2017
Dominique V
Groningen, The Netherlands
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

I stayed at Sonati in León & Estelí and did a few different tours with them including El Hoyo volcano overnight, Kayaking and Somoto canyon. The staff is super helpful and friendly + their profits go to environmental education for children. so only love for Sonati :)

Thank Dominique V
Bristol, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Did the full day hike up Telica (9am to 9pm) and it was amazing! First off, this was a tough trek. We walked about 13 miles in total and much of that was uphill in the heat of the day. Having said that, it was totally worth it. You take a chicken bus to near the base of the volcano,... More 

Thank Starling-Joneses
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Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

I don't like leaving a poor review for a company that uses its profits for an environmental program for Nicaragua but I was very disappointed in them. I started messaging them back in April 2016 about volcano boarding with my two kids because I absolutely love how they use their revenue. They promptly responded several times saying that can take... More 

Thank Tracey P
Concord, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 2 April 2016

the deal is great, 28 usd with tour, volcano boarding, a free cold drink at bottom and a ride to and from, a nice tour guide, and a tannk top!!! very worth it...but here is my but: Walking into Sonati, you get the feel of hippy vibe hostel...which I know well as I am not 48, but toured with the... More 

2 Thank teamfunannie
Nova Scotia, Canada
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 11 March 2016

For $17US we had a fabulous day. We took two chicken buses to Las Penitas beach and walked up the shore. We learned about the different kinds of mangroves, saw some baby turtles, had intellectual conversations with the tour guides, ate wonderful food and laughed and laughed all day long. I realize we lucked into this day of hilarious adventure,... More 

2 Thank Jenny G
San Jose, Costa Rica
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9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 February 2016

This was our first trip to Leon. Sonati looks like an Not for Profit Organization, so we decided to save some money and take advice with their tours. We choose Cerro Negro, Old Leon (mistake...), and the Laguna. The tourist guides did their best, but they are really learning about the city (one from Vermont and the other from Toronto),... More 

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Sonati, Manager at Sonati, responded to this review

Hi Andres, Thank you for your comments. We are always trying to grow and improve as an organization and we appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we may do so. Our tour guides are volunteers who come from all over the world and are always in the process of learning more about the city, so we... More 

Leidschendam, The Netherlands
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101 reviews
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Reviewed 22 February 2016

I did mail Sonati far in advance and they did reply promptly with details. Because I did not receive a confirmation I mailed them in December again. They mailed me back that they where waiting for more bookings. On there site they stated that you can do the tour by paying extra if not enough (= 4 people) did book.... More 

1 Thank Jan T
Victoria, Canada
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61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 December 2015

We are Canadians living in Nicaragua and when our two teenage grandsons decided to come visit us for a Christmas vacation, we went looking for an adventurous tour that would let them experience a volcano hike. With both Telica and Momotombo volcanoes acting up at the time, we decided on a two-day package with Sonati Tours out of Leon that... More 

1 Thank Jody P
Sonati, Volunteer Tour Guide at Sonati, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and input! It´s always nice for us to hear back about what everyone thinks about our tours, as everyone is bound to have a different experience. Before going on any tours on their own, our volunteers are accompanied with a local guide who knows about the history, flora, fauna, and volcanic information. Volunteers... More 

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Reviewed 23 November 2015

Such a fantastic tour group!! We went to Cerro Negro, ruins of Old Leon and went swimming in a laguna. The guides were so nice and friendly! They explained everything perfectly and didn't rush us when we went walking. I'd definitely go on other tours with them again, or even the same one. It was a lot of fun!

Thank Robyn G
Sonati, Volunteer Tour Guide at Sonati, responded to this review

We are so glad you had an enjoyable trek, and we look forward to accompanying you on another trip in the future! More 

Kongsberg, Norway
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Reviewed 12 November 2015

We had a great field-trip to the top of Cerro Negro. Just the right amount of exersize getting up there while contemplating the spectacular 360 degrees views. Volcano boarding back down turned out to be amazing despite my skepticism. Well taken care of by the guide from Sonati I recommend this trip warmly!

Thank Per L
Sonati, Manager at Sonati, responded to this review

Hello Per, Thank you for your positive opinion on this trip! We are really glad that you enjoyed the climbing of Cerro Negro with us and our guide! Also, thank you for joining us and thus supporting our free environmental education program! Hope we will see you again soon for more adventures, Thank you, Sonati More 

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