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Nicaragua

Nicaragua
Nicaragua is the largest yet least travelled country in Central America making it an ideal place for a holiday.  An extraordinary landscape of volcanoes dominates the centre of the country where the rival cities of Leon and Granada are a beautiful reminder of its colonial times.  Further east, the Mosquito Coast and Caribbean region remains wild and untamed – great for nature lovers. 

Read our blog articles on Nicaragua here
It is an ideal destination for those that seek authentic Central American character and something truly different. This is Central America at its rawest and purest and if pack a sense of humour and patience you will discover a vibrant, lively and fascinating country.

Granada and Masaya
The beautifully preserved Spanish colonial city of Granada lies on the shores of Lake Nicaragua in the shadow of Mombacho volcano.  In the nearby highlands, Masaya is an artisan village and the best place to see local handicrafts that Nicaragua is renowned for, especially hammocks, woodcarvings and ceramics. 

Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Island and Rio San Juan
Lake Nicaragua is so big the locals call it a sea.  The picture perfect volcanic island of Ometepe rises from the lake; a great place to see everyday scenes of Nicaraguan rural life along with excellent walks, forest reserves, pre-Columbian remains and stunning views.  On its southern shores is Rio San Juan, the lake’s outlet to the Caribbean, which is a remote 170km stretch of river with unrivalled wildlife opportunities. 
 
The Corn Islands
These unspoilt, idyllic Caribbean islands are a barefoot paradise.  The two islands are small enough to get around easily and ideal for beach combing, swimming, snorkelling, diving or just plain relaxing!
 
San Juan del Sur
Sitting on the tranquil Pacific coast, San Juan del Sur combines coastal jungle with wonderful beaches and the opportunity to see the Turtle breeding grounds of La Flor. 
 
Leon and the Northern Highlands
Leon has long competed with Granada as the finest city and was once the capital.  Its colonial facades and beautiful plazas are within easy reach of Cerro Negro volcano and small beach towns on the Pacific coast.  Further north in Matagalpa the highlands offer unique hiking opportunities through pristine cloud forest.
WHEN TO VISIT NICARAGUA:
 
Dry Season - December to April
Rainy Season - May to November (this season seems to bring dry mornings with afternoon rain, which is especially pronounced on the Pacific coast)

The Corn Islands offer bare foot paradise, with relatively little development and few visitors.  They consist of two small Caribbean islands (Big and Little Corn) which are fringed with coral and ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving
The mighty San Juan River runs through an enormous wildlife reserve which is positively teeming with life.  This largely inaccessible swathe of wilderness once carried Conquistadores and pirates into Nicaragua, but now lies dormant.  It offers one of your best chances to see the Jaguar, Tapir and Manatee
The colonial city of Leon is another of Nicaragua’s gems with picturesque plazas and intricate facades.  A cultural capital dating back to the 16thcentury, Leon is packed with eye-catching colonial buildings and is Granada’s eternal rival.
Lake Nicaragua is often referred to as ‘the sweet sea’ by locals and is the largest in Central America.  Early explorers mistakenly thought that they had reached the Pacific and were awed by the sight of Ometepe Island’s twin volcanoes rising out of the water.
San Juan del Sur is a scenic fishing village at the head of a horseshoe bay.  The peaceful southern Pacific coast has dramatic sunsets, rolling ocean waves and tranquil beauty.  Sea turtles are still regular visitors to these stretches of beach
Granada is a charming colonial city sitting on the shores of Lake Nicaragua.  Elegant facades and vibrant plazas line the cobbled streets in the shadow of Mombacho volcano.  The city grew wealthy as it lay on the principal route across the isthmus before the Panama Canal was built.