Holidays to Nicaragua

Nicaragua is causing quite a stir among intrepid travellers. Once avoided, Nicaragua has been a safe place to travel for many years, and boy, what a lot it has to discover. It’s still under-the-radar and mostly devoid of mass tourism so local culture thrives and crowds are non-existent. And in our book, that makes it the absolute perfect time to visit.

Nicaragua links Honduras in the north to Costa Rica in the south and is flanked by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It’s earned the nickname ‘Land of Lakes and Volcanoes’, but frankly, that doesn’t do it justice. We’d sooner call it ‘Land of Lakes, Volcanoes, Colonial Cities, Rainforests, Beaches, Rivers and Wildlife’ – except it’s not so catchy.

Leon is reputedly the oldest city in all of Central America. It has a splendid cathedral and an illuminating museum to help you get accustomed to the history (and intriguing myths) of Nicaragua. Its crumbly colonialism and cosmopolitan in equal measure with passionate residents and vivacious artwork. Another city worthy of your time is Granada, where you can ramble the cobblestone streets and spy the burnt orange and terracotta roofs of the beautifully restored Spanish colonial architecture. Keep up your explorations on a visit to the immense and iconic Concepcion volcano on Ometepe Island in Lake Managua. There are walking trails, a butterfly sanctuary and few hot springs dotted around the foothills, and more challenging hikes for serious explorers too.

If you like a good dose of adventure, Nicaragua has you covered. Zip line through the rainforests around Matagalpa, then hike through the jungle, keeping your eyes peeled for howler monkeys and the secretive quetzal on the way. Spend a night or two amidst the cloud forests of northern Nicaragua. Or discover the countryside on horseback, visiting coffee plantations and finding out the origins of your daily cappuccino once and for all. For true adrenaline junkies, volcano boarding down an active volcano is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience.

For some well-deserved R&R after a whirlwind tour of Central America, the teeny Corn Island on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast is where you can dive and snorkel to your heart’s content before resurfacing to an almost deserted beach. Or, head to the Pacific Coast instead where the surfing is incredible. Spend some time in laid-back San Juan Del Sur that’s enjoying its moment in the limelight as one of Nicaragua’s trendiest destinations. It’s on the beaches south of San Juan Del Sur that the endangered Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtles lay their eggs, not far from the Costa Rican border.

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Key Info

  • Capital City: Managua

  • Language: Spanish & English

  • Currency: Cordoba

  • Time Difference: GMT -6 Hours

  • Flight Time: Approx. 13 hours (Via USA or Europe)

Map of Nicaragua

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