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)
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