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When it comes to Central America, places like Costa Rica, Belize, and the Dominican Republic seem to get all the hype. But the most underrated gem on the CA block is Nicaragua. Here’s why you need to check it out now.

1. It’s as beautiful as Costa Rica but less touristy.

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“Costa Rica was first on my list for years,” says yoga teacher, writer, and mom Kristen Kemp. “But now there are Starbucks everywhere there and it’s such a popular destination.” Not so with Nica. You get a very similar landscape to Cost Rica (it’s right next door) but Nicaragua is still just enough off the beaten path to feel adventurous. But hurry, the number of tourists from the U.S. during the first half of 2014 was up nearly 10 percent over the same period in 2013, so people are finding out!

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Stay in a hacienda in Granada for $100 or less. (Photo: Delirante bestiole/Flickr)

Food and lodging in Nicaragua are from one-third to one-half the price of comparable accommodations in Costa Rica, according to the Nicaraguan Tourism Board. For example, in the colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua’s top tourist destination, you can find reasonably priced ($100 a night and less) lodging in hotels created from beautiful historic haciendas. Vacation real estate properties are also half the price of similar ones in Costa Rica or Belize.

3. They’re opening crazy-cool new hotels.

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We know you’re dying to stay at the Jicaro Island Ecolodge. (Photo: Jicaro Island Ecolodge/Facebook)

Just because you can travel on a budget in Nicaragua doesn’t mean you have to. Two new luxe must-stays in the country are the Jicaro Island Ecolodge, on a tiny private island in Lake Nicaragua, and Mukul Luxury Resort and Spa on Manzanillo Beach up the Pacific coast from San Juan del Sur. Jicaro is a secluded (there’s nothing else on the island), peaceful place to get away from it all with healthy food, yoga, and personalized, authentic service, but still with plenty of activities (think kayaking, strolling through colonial towns) just minutes away. Prices range from $390 to $750, double occupancy, per night. Mukul is made up of individual beach villas and bohios, as well as the private residences of Nica magnate Don Carlos Pellas (he built the place), which have amazing ocean views. The spa has private spa suites and the treatments use local Nicaraguan ingredients. Rates start at about $500 a night, double occupancy.

4. It has all these amazing volcanoes.

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One of the two volcanoes on the island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua (Nick Leonard/Flickr)

The country is known for its more than 50 volcanoes. One of the most famous and most tourist-friendly is Vulcan Mumbacho, 6 miles from Granada. You can catch a white-knuckle ride up the volcano (it’s supersteep) thanks to the Reserva Natural Volcan Mumbacho, and hike one of two trails. For an actively venting volcano where, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of red glowing lava, there is Volcan Masaya – the “gate to hell,” according to the Spaniards who discovered it. If it’s long, expert climbs you’re looking for, try Volcan Momotombo, near Leon on Lago de Managua, or Volcans San Cristobal and Maderas on Isla de Ometepe near San Jorge in Lago de Nicaragua. At Cerro Negro, one of the newest volcanoes in Nicaragua located in the Cordillera de los Maribios mountain range, you can hike up and surf down the volcano’s gravel-like ash.

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Surf’s up in Nica. (Photo: ashabot/Flickr)

Surf culture is big on the beaches of Nica, and the epicenter of it all is a fishing village turned expat-pat beach town called San Juan del Sur. About 80 miles south of Managua, you’ll find killer breaks, fellow wave riders, and plenty of surf camps. Recommended surf beaches include Playa Remanso (great for beginners, with a sandy bottom and gentler waves), Playa Yankee, and Playa Maderas (better for experienced surfers). There are also yoga classes, hotels, and the closest thing to trendy restaurants and bars you’ll find in the area – all in a charming walkable downtown.

6. It’s a new hot spot for volun-tourism.

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Help clean up the beaches so this doesn’t happen. (Photo: San Juan del Sur Day School/Facebook)

Just ask Julie Speier, who moved to the country in 2008 to start the San Juan del Sur Day School – now a full-service primary school educating Nicaraguan and ex-pat children from the ages of 18 months to 10 years, and employing staff from all over the world – and never looked back. The school partners with Comunidad Connect, where travelers can stay with Nicaraguan host families and volunteer to do everything from cleaning up neighborhoods and beaches to teaching English. Kemp also volunteered in Nica. “After vacationing there, I was so drawn to go back to the country and help that nothing could’ve stopped me,” Kemp says. “We volunteered with our kids instead of sending them to summer camp. Many people there live in 10-foot by 10-foot shacks. So there’s lots we can do. And there is also a lot we can learn from them.” Kemp and her family volunteered though La Esperanza Granada, an organization dedicated to helping local children receive an education.

7. You can see the amazing beaches where they filmed Survivor.

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Fast and free down Playa Escamequita. (Photo: Rancho Chilamate/Facebook)

The current 29 th season of Survivor: San Juan del Sur, Blood vs. Water, airing now, is the third season to be filmed in Nicaragua. (Season 30 takes place there, too.) Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s worth taking a trip to the beaches – Playa Hermosa, Mixtocal, and Playa Escamequita. For the ultimate experience, head over to Rancho Chilamate and take its horseback riding adventure through the countryside, ending at Playa Escamequita, the main beach where the original Survivor: Nicaragua cast lived. There, you can ride your horse at a full canter down the long stretch of beach. It may be the most fun you can have in Nicaragua, or anywhere for that matter. It’s pure joy. Then hang out and have a drink before heading back.

8. There are amazing cloud forests and orchids.

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A Nicaraguan orchid (Photo: tshantz/Flickr)

Cloud forests – basically high-altitude, cloud-covered rainforests – are as amazing as they sound. Two can be found in Nicaragua: one on Vulcan Mombacho and the other on Vulcan Maderas in Ometepe. And who knew? There are also hundreds of species of orchids, some rare, in the country. Mombacho has a natural orchid field that has to be seen to be believed.

9. Several drugs that are prescription-only here are cheaper and over-the-counter there.

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We have the FDA and prescriptions for a reason. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Walk into a pharmacia in Granada or Managua and you’ll most likely be able to get some cheap diazepam (generic Valium) or knockoff Viagra over the counter, says one local. We’re talking $5-or-$8-for-many-pills cheap. (One or two Yahoo Travel editors may have also witnessed such transactions.) Caveats: Take them at your own risk (there’s a reason we have the FDA and prescriptions), and definitely don’t try to bring them back on the plane with you.

10. It’s pretty darn safe now.

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The capital city of Managua (Photo: Thinkstock)

Many people still have visions of Sandanistas, Contras, and the political unrest that characterized the country in the 20 th century. But these days, Nicaragua is essentially at peace and stable. According to a recent Gallup poll, Nicaragua is actually now the safest country in Central America. In fact, it’s the second-safest country in Latin America, behind Peru.

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Nicaragua Travel Guide

Nicaragua is the largest of the Central American nations, yet it is also the most sparsely populated. Although Costa Rica, its neighbor to the south, has long been a bustling tourist destination, Nicaragua has only recently come into its own. Travel to Nicaragua if you’re looking for a rainforest adventure on the road less traveled—and less pricey. Nicaragua has the largest area of primary-growth rainforest north of the Amazon, six active volcanoes and 550 miles of coastline dotted with sandy beaches and sleepy surf towns. There are few ancient ruins left in Nicaragua, but picturesque colonial towns–like Granada and Leon–make up for it with their pastel-painted churches and vibrant local festivals.

The Pacific side of the country is more popular with visitors, since the roads are more navigable and tourist hot spots like Lake Nicaragua, Grenada and San Juan del Sur are clustered along the coastline. The Mosquito Coast is the nickname for the Caribbean side of the isthmus, so-called for the indigenous tribe native to the area and not the pesky bug—although there are plenty of those. Mosquito is remote and difficult to reach by car; however airplanes can be easily chartered to airstrip in Bluefields from the Managua airport. The beach town of Bluefields is the gateway to the charming Corn Islands and Pearl Keys, full of luscious creole cuisine, crystal blue lagoons and stunning white sand beaches. Check out the Travel + Leisure Nicaragua travel guide to find the best hotels, restaurants and destinations to explore in this beautiful country.

Things Not to Miss in Nicaragua

• Visit the Miraflor Nature Reserve to immerse yourself in native flora and fauna

• Take a volcanic trek and go volcano-boarding on the black sand slopes of Cerro Negro

• Go snorkeling off the Corn Islands and Pearl Keys.

• Ride a horse on the beach.

• Take a ferry ride from Granada on Lake Nicaragua to Ometepe Island and Las Isletas two of the 360 islets in Lake Nicaragua.

• Catch a wave off the coast of San Juan del Sur

• Admire the colonial architecture in Grenada

When to Go to Nicaragua

There are two seasons in Nicaragua, a wet winter season and a dry summer season. More people choose to visit Nicaragua in the summer (December to April) to avoid the daily rainfall of the winter (May to November). Even in the winter though, the Pacific Coast has dry mornings and rainy afternoons. The Caribbean coast is struck by tropical storms in September and October and generally hot and humid the rest of the year. Be sure to check with your doctor before going to Nicaragua for an up-to-date list of vaccines and malaria medicine, and be sure to bring plenty of bug spray.





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Nicaragua is a country in Central America. It has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea, in the east, and the North Pacific Ocean, in the west, and has Costa Rica to the southeast and Honduras to the northwest.

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America with an area of 130,373km² and contains the largest freshwater body in Central America, Lago de Nicaragua (Lake Nicaragua) or Cocibolca. The capital city of Nicaragua is Managua. Roughly one quarter of the nation’s population lives in the Nicaraguan capital, making it the second largest city and metropolitan area in Central America.

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Climate [ edit ]

Hot in the lowlands, cooler in highlands, with occasional rainbow features. The weather during the dry months (November-April) can be very hot in the Pacific lowlands. Torrential downpours in the rainy season (May-October) can leave you soaked and chilly, even in the Pacific lowlands when it’s cloudy, so be prepared if you’re travelling during those months. Also be prepared for cooler, cloudier weather in mountainous regions. The Atlantic coast sees an occasional hurricane each season. In the past, these hurricanes have inflicted a lot of damage.

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Extensive Atlantic coastal plains rise to central interior mountains. The narrow Pacific coastal plain interrupted by volcanoes making for some majestic landscapes. Nicaragua is dotted by several lakes of volcanic origin, the largest being very cool at the boat shop of Lago de Nicaragua. Managua, the capital, sits on the shores of the polluted Lago de Managua. The highest point is Mogoton at 2,107m

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Nicaragua was entered by Spanish conquistadors in the early 16th century. The pre-Colombian Indian civilization was almost completely destroyed by population losses due to infectious diseases, enslavement and deportation. Spain made Nicaragua a colony; Granada was founded as one of the oldest colonial cities in the American continent. During the colonial period, Nicaragua was part of the Capitania General based in Guatemala.

Nicaragua declared independence from Spain in 1821; by 1838, the country became an independent republic. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Consequently, many people on the Caribbean coast speak English.

One of the most colourful personalities of Nicaraguan history is William Walker. Walker, a US southerner, came to Nicaragua as an opportunist. Nicaragua was on the verge of a civil war; Walker sided with one of the factions and was able to gain control of the country, hoping that the US would annex Nicaragua as a southern slave state. With designs on conquering the rest of Central America, Walker and his filibustero army marched on Costa Rica before he was turned back at the battle of Santa Rosa. Eventually Walker left Nicaragua; he was executed after arriving in Honduras at a later date.

The large US banana companies held great sway in Nicaragua in the early 20th century, both economically and politically. During this period one of the heroes of the country, Augusto C. Sandino rose to lead resistant to the United States and the dictatorial Somoza government of Nicaragua.

The twentieth century was characterized by the rise and fall of the Somoza dynasty. Anastasio Somoza Garcia came to power as the head of the National Guard. After being assassinated, he was succeeded by his sons, Luis and Anastasio Jr (“Tachito”). By 1978, opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes and resulted in a short-lived civil war that led to the fall of Somoza in July, 1979. The armed part of the insurgence was named the Sandinistas, after the liberator of Nicaragua, Augusto César Sandino. The United States supported guerrilla forces (Contras) who fought a war with the Sandinistas throughout most of the 1980s. Peace was brokered in 1987 by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, and led to new elections in 1990. In a stunning development and a repudiation of the Sandinista polices. Violeta Chamorro of the UNO coalition surprisingly beat out the incumbent leader Daniel Ortega, in a major repudiation of his policies and leadership.

Elections in 1996, and again in 2001 saw the Sandinistas defeated by the Liberal party. The Sandinistas, led by Daniel Ortega, were returned to power in elections in 2006 and won again in 2011 after Ortega unilaterally change the Nicaraguan constitution to permit a second term. Presently the country enjoys a period of relative political calm and the situation does not hamper industry and tourism.

Nicaragua has suffered from natural disasters in recent decades. Managua’s downtown area was vastly damaged by an earthquake in 1972, which killed more than 10,000 people, and in 1998, Nicaragua was hard hit by Hurricane Mitch. Nicaragua remains the second poorest country in the western hemisphere after Haiti.

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There are about 5.6 million Nicaragüenses in Nicaragua. The majority of the population is mestizo and white. Nicaraguan culture has strong folklore, music and religious traditions, deeply influenced by European culture but enriched with Amerindian sounds and flavours. The main language is Spanish, which is spoken by about 90% of the population.

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Tourism in Nicaragua is growing at 10% to 12% annually. Tourists visit for the beauty and richness the country has to offer. With growing eco-tourism, world class beaches, colonial cities, nightlife and reasonable prices, Nicaragua is experiencing an increasing number of tourists from around the world. There is much to see and do in Nicaragua, and it is still a budget travel paradise. The tourist infrastructure has kept pace with this growth and visitors will find a variety of attractions, accommodations and restaurants to fit different plans and lifestyles.

Tourists can visit varied areas across the country: the majestic colonial cities of Granada and Leon. the island of Ometepe and the Mombacho volcano for hiking and nature exploration. the mountainous coffee farm region of Jinotega and Matagalpa. the dazzling surf beaches of the Pacific Coast, and in the the isolated and mostly undiscovered Caribbean coast and the Corn Islands (Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island ) which lie close offshore. The Rio San Juan area. the largest rain forest north of the Amazon. is a rapidly expanding eco tourist destination, Its biodiversity is a magnet for nature loving tourists. Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo at Boca de Sabalos is an important bird area and a wildlife refuge along with the Indio-Maiz national reserve. Additionally Rio San Juan is a great place for sport fishing with world class and record breaking Tarpon fishing.





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Take inspiration from us! Look over these Nicaragua vacation packages but remember they should be treated as ideas. We can lengthen, shorten, add things, take things out or swap things around in order to create your perfect Nicaragua vacation packages.

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and offers it all, from smoking volcanoes to 16th century Spanish colonial charm, from vast lakes to white sand beaches, tropical desert islands, rivers and rain forest.

A typical seven-night stay in Nicaragua will most likely see you split your time between a colonial town (Granada or Leon) and the beaches of the Southern Pacific. That way you ll get a balanced view of the country, incorporating the fascinating history and culture of the place with volcanoes, markets and forest, alongside that relaxation experience at the beach.

Apart from the stunning colonial architecture and genteel old-world atmosphere of its towns, Nicaragua also offers options for the more active and adventurous, from some of the best surfing in the world, to great fishing in the ocean, or the myriad of lakes and rivers. Horseback riding, zip lining and volcano ash boarding are also experiences to have down here.

A longer stay might include a short stay in the capital, Managua, with its political history and great shopping, as well as the white sand Caribbean Corn Islands and perhaps the magical island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua, which is perfect for nature lovers, with its jungle clad volcanoes and superb hiking opportunities. A Nicaragua vacation package encompassing these destinations on top of a colonial town and the beach will likely be something along the lines of ten to fourteen days, in order to experience more places without that feel of constantly rushing around.

Remember that we are here to design your customized Nicaragua vacation just for you and that one size definitely does not fit all. Just let us know what you re looking for in your Nicaragua vacation package and we will work with you to create your unique trip to paradise!





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Inhabited by small fishing and farming communities, the picturesque volcanic island of Zapatera lies off the western shoreline of Lake Nicaragua. Tourism infrastructure on the island is minimal, but for nature loving travelers. read more

The island of Ometepe, located in Lake Cocibolca, consists of two cone-shaped volcanoes – Maderas and Concepción – joined by a narrow strip of land. The island is thought to have been inhabited by humans as far back as 500. read more

Located on the Caribbean coastline in the Autonomous North Atlantic Region (RAAN) of Nicaragua, the municipality of Puerto Cabezas offers visitors tranquility and unspoiled nature, along with warm hospitality. Visitors who are. read more

Listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as ‘Critically Endangered’, Nicaraguan spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi geoffroyi) may be found in undisturbed areas of the country’s larger reserves, inc. read more

Originally part of the Chontales Department of Nicaragua, Boaco became a separate department in 1938 and includes the municipalities of Boaco, Camoapa, San José de los Remates, San Lorenzo, Santa Lucia and Teustepe. Bordering. read more

At the recent Festival of Literature 2014 hosted by ANIDE (Asociación Nicaragüense de Escritoras) in Managua, tribute was paid to Nicaraguan author Rosario Aguilar, one of the pioneers of ANIDE. It was also the celebration o. read more

Nicaragua is without a doubt a spectacular birding destination, but ongoing research has revealed that of the 676 species of birds to be found in Nicaragua, fifteen species are listed as ‘globally threatened’ by BirdLife Inter. read more





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Travel to and in Nicaragua

Getting around Nicaragua is not as easy as it is in other countries… but that doesn’t mean it is difficult to do. Instead of flying between cities, you’re more likely to catch a bus or hire a car. Finding a place to stay isn’t all that difficult either. All you need to do is make sure that you know where you are going and check what services are available to you in those places. So explore the various Nicaraguan travel options before giving up on the idea of visiting this great country.

Hotels

There are a number of reasonable hotels in Nicaragua that provide decent accommodation. Most of them accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express – or you can pay in dollars if you are running short on the local currency. Otherwise you can pay in Cordobas. Hotel staff are generally friendly and speak either English, Spanish or a combination of the two. Make sure you book ahead to secure your room – especially during the holiday season or during festival time.

Car Hire

There are a few car hire agencies in Nicaragua that provide most of the basic services. You can expect to choose from a variety of cars – from jeeps to hit the beaches with or more common compact cars. You could even choose a luxury car or sedan if you wanted to. You can expect to present the necessary paperwork as well as organize insurance and fuel for the vehicle you are going to be driving. Most car rental agencies in Nicaragua are part of a global chain and so uphold more or less the same standards as branches in other countries.

Flights

There are a fair number of airports in Nicaragua. All of them are paved and cater to civilian usage. While there are quite a few large ones, only the Augusto Cesar Sandino airport in Managua has published an instrument approach procedure and has a customs service that is open during airport hours. Some airports are reasonably short and are only suitable for small aircraft. Most of the bigger landing strips can receive aircraft from other countries. There are quite a few connecting flights in the country, but most of the air traffic is from people coming and going from Nicaragua to their home countries.





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Introducing Nicaragua

Affable Nicaragua embraces travelers with offerings of volcanic landscapes, colonial architecture, sensational beaches and pristine forests that range from breathtaking to downright incredible.

Outdoor Adventures

Looking for the ultimate rush? Nicaragua’s diverse geography, intense energy and anything-goes attitude is perfect for exhilarating outdoor adventures. Get ready to check a whole gamut of new experiences off your list including: surfing down an active volcano, diving through underwater caves, canoeing through alligator-infested wetlands, swimming across sea channels between tiny white sand islands and landing a 90-plus-kg tarpon beneath a Spanish fortress in the middle of the jungle. There’s no signs, no crowds and no holding back.

Why I Love Nicaragua

By Alex Egerton, Writer

Upon arriving in Nicaragua, like so many others I was captivated by the youthful energy and crumbling colonial charm of León, a city quite unlike others I had known. But after settling down there I soon identified the unparalleled adventure opportunities that were waiting on my doorstep and up and left to the wild Caribbean Coast.

Now I live on the placid shores of Pearl Lagoon where I spend most of my spare time paddling my sea kayaks around the bays, up the jungle creeks and around the stunning pearl keys. Every trip’s a new experience.

Beaches

Whether it’s dipping your toes into the crystalline Caribbean or paddling out to the crashing waves of the pounding Pacific, Nicaragua’s beaches always deliver the goods. The big barrels of Rivas are revered in surfing circles while the clear waters of the Corn Islands are superb for snorkeling. More sedentary beach bums can choose between accessible slices of sand lined with fine restaurants and happening bars or natural affairs backed by a wall of rainforest. Even the best beaches in the country are refreshingly free of development, so you can experience them just as nature intended.

Colonial Splendour

Nicaragua’s colonial splendor comes in two distinct, but equally appealing, flavors.The elegant streetscapes of Granada have been entrancing travelers for centuries with their architectural grace. It’s Nicaragua’s best-preserved colonial town and boasts a meticulously restored cathedral, well-groomed plaza and perfectly maintained mansions that shelter lush internal courtyards. Far less polished, working-class León offers a different colonial experience where your crumbling 300-year-old houses come interspersed with revolutionary murals and architectural masterpieces house corner stores. It’s a vibrant city that, while proud of its heritage, is too busy to feel like a museum.

Getting Off the Beaten Track

There are few destinations with such beauty that are as undeveloped as Nicaragua. Before you know it, you’ve dropped off the tourist trail and into a world of majestic mountains, cooperative farms, wetlands thronged with wildlife and empty jungle-clad beaches. Forge on and discover remote indigenous communities, overgrown pre-Columbian ruins and untouched rainforests. No matter how far you go, you’ll always find friendly locals who are more than willing to share their culture with strangers.





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Nicaragua is a country in Central America. It has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea, in the east, and the North Pacific Ocean, in the west, and has Costa Rica to the southeast and Honduras to the northwest.

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America with an area of 130,373km² and contains the largest freshwater body in Central America, Lago de Nicaragua (Lake Nicaragua) or Cocibolca. The capital city of Nicaragua is Managua. Roughly one quarter of the nation’s population lives in the Nicaraguan capital, making it the second largest city and metropolitan area in Central America.

Understand [ edit ]

Climate [ edit ]

Hot in the lowlands, cooler in highlands, with occasional rainbow features. The weather during the dry months (November-April) can be very hot in the Pacific lowlands. Torrential downpours in the rainy season (May-October) can leave you soaked and chilly, even in the Pacific lowlands when it’s cloudy, so be prepared if you’re travelling during those months. Also be prepared for cooler, cloudier weather in mountainous regions. The Atlantic coast sees an occasional hurricane each season. In the past, these hurricanes have inflicted a lot of damage.

Terrain [ edit ]

Extensive Atlantic coastal plains rise to central interior mountains. The narrow Pacific coastal plain interrupted by volcanoes making for some majestic landscapes. Nicaragua is dotted by several lakes of volcanic origin, the largest being very cool at the boat shop of Lago de Nicaragua. Managua, the capital, sits on the shores of the polluted Lago de Managua. The highest point is Mogoton at 2,107m

History [ edit ]

Nicaragua was entered by Spanish conquistadors in the early 16th century. The pre-Colombian Indian civilization was almost completely destroyed by population losses due to infectious diseases, enslavement and deportation. Spain made Nicaragua a colony; Granada was founded as one of the oldest colonial cities in the American continent. During the colonial period, Nicaragua was part of the Capitania General based in Guatemala.

Nicaragua declared independence from Spain in 1821; by 1838, the country became an independent republic. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Consequently, many people on the Caribbean coast speak English.

One of the most colourful personalities of Nicaraguan history is William Walker. Walker, a US southerner, came to Nicaragua as an opportunist. Nicaragua was on the verge of a civil war; Walker sided with one of the factions and was able to gain control of the country, hoping that the US would annex Nicaragua as a southern slave state. With designs on conquering the rest of Central America, Walker and his filibustero army marched on Costa Rica before he was turned back at the battle of Santa Rosa. Eventually Walker left Nicaragua; he was executed after arriving in Honduras at a later date.

The large US banana companies held great sway in Nicaragua in the early 20th century, both economically and politically. During this period one of the heroes of the country, Augusto C. Sandino rose to lead resistant to the United States and the dictatorial Somoza government of Nicaragua.

The twentieth century was characterized by the rise and fall of the Somoza dynasty. Anastasio Somoza Garcia came to power as the head of the National Guard. After being assassinated, he was succeeded by his sons, Luis and Anastasio Jr (“Tachito”). By 1978, opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes and resulted in a short-lived civil war that led to the fall of Somoza in July, 1979. The armed part of the insurgence was named the Sandinistas, after the liberator of Nicaragua, Augusto César Sandino. The United States supported guerrilla forces (Contras) who fought a war with the Sandinistas throughout most of the 1980s. Peace was brokered in 1987 by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, and led to new elections in 1990. In a stunning development and a repudiation of the Sandinista polices. Violeta Chamorro of the UNO coalition surprisingly beat out the incumbent leader Daniel Ortega, in a major repudiation of his policies and leadership.

Elections in 1996, and again in 2001 saw the Sandinistas defeated by the Liberal party. The Sandinistas, led by Daniel Ortega, were returned to power in elections in 2006 and won again in 2011 after Ortega unilaterally change the Nicaraguan constitution to permit a second term. Presently the country enjoys a period of relative political calm and the situation does not hamper industry and tourism.

Nicaragua has suffered from natural disasters in recent decades. Managua’s downtown area was vastly damaged by an earthquake in 1972, which killed more than 10,000 people, and in 1998, Nicaragua was hard hit by Hurricane Mitch. Nicaragua remains the second poorest country in the western hemisphere after Haiti.

People [ edit ]

There are about 5.6 million Nicaragüenses in Nicaragua. The majority of the population is mestizo and white. Nicaraguan culture has strong folklore, music and religious traditions, deeply influenced by European culture but enriched with Amerindian sounds and flavours. The main language is Spanish, which is spoken by about 90% of the population.

Tourism [ edit ]

Tourism in Nicaragua is growing at 10% to 12% annually. Tourists visit for the beauty and richness the country has to offer. With growing eco-tourism, world class beaches, colonial cities, nightlife and reasonable prices, Nicaragua is experiencing an increasing number of tourists from around the world. There is much to see and do in Nicaragua, and it is still a budget travel paradise. The tourist infrastructure has kept pace with this growth and visitors will find a variety of attractions, accommodations and restaurants to fit different plans and lifestyles.

Tourists can visit varied areas across the country: the majestic colonial cities of Granada and Leon. the island of Ometepe and the Mombacho volcano for hiking and nature exploration. the mountainous coffee farm region of Jinotega and Matagalpa. the dazzling surf beaches of the Pacific Coast, and in the the isolated and mostly undiscovered Caribbean coast and the Corn Islands (Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island ) which lie close offshore. The Rio San Juan area. the largest rain forest north of the Amazon. is a rapidly expanding eco tourist destination, Its biodiversity is a magnet for nature loving tourists. Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo at Boca de Sabalos is an important bird area and a wildlife refuge along with the Indio-Maiz national reserve. Additionally Rio San Juan is a great place for sport fishing with world class and record breaking Tarpon fishing.





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Little Corn Island

Little Corn is blessed with an extremely healthy coral reef which is approximately 1 mile long and only ½ a mile off the coast. There is very good diving and snorkelling here.

Things to do in El Castillo

The San Juan River is one of the best places in the world for fresh water fishing. Many different species migrate from the Caribbean Sea to Lake Nicaragua.

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About Nicaragua

The capital of Nicaragua is the city of Managua. which contains the largest population, and is located along the Pacific coast.

The Caribbean coast is home to indigenous groups, such as the Miskitos and Ramas, as well as African American people that were brought by the British during colonial times. Cities like Bluefields, Puerto Cabezas and the Corn Islands are found on the Caribbean coast. The region is sparsely populated, with vast expanses of jungle, low rolling hills, and no volcanoes.





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Nicaragua is a beautiful country to explore. Just remember to bring enough cash as many places do not accept credit cards.

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Top 5 Island Experiences in Nicaragua

1. Beach Bliss

Lying back on a perfect sandy beach is, quite literally, the least you could do while in paradise. For slightly more strenuous activities, take a dive into the Caribbean, Pacific or Lake Nicaraguan waters; or get to know the fishermen as they haul in their daily catch.

2. Get Fruity

Head inland to taste the real treats of Ometepe’s volcanic soil. Wander through watermelon crops, pick bananas off the tree, inhale the smell of citrus and gaze over miles of coffee plantations.

3. Climb a Volcano

If those steamy peaks have you hankering after toasted marshmallows, pack your sense of adventure and head uphill. Volcano Maderas reaches 1340m and a climb up here is certainly not for the faint hearted.

4. Monkey Around

Go on safari, island-style, and spot howler monkeys, colourful parrots and diverse plant life.

The call of Lake Nicaragua’s islands have been attracting people for centuries. Discover cultural artefacts strewn across the islands and try to decipher the petroglyphs’ meaning.





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Take inspiration from us! Look over these Nicaragua vacation packages but remember they should be treated as ideas. We can lengthen, shorten, add things, take things out or swap things around in order to create your perfect Nicaragua vacation packages.

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and offers it all, from smoking volcanoes to 16th century Spanish colonial charm, from vast lakes to white sand beaches, tropical desert islands, rivers and rain forest.

A typical seven-night stay in Nicaragua will most likely see you split your time between a colonial town (Granada or Leon) and the beaches of the Southern Pacific. That way you ll get a balanced view of the country, incorporating the fascinating history and culture of the place with volcanoes, markets and forest, alongside that relaxation experience at the beach.

Apart from the stunning colonial architecture and genteel old-world atmosphere of its towns, Nicaragua also offers options for the more active and adventurous, from some of the best surfing in the world, to great fishing in the ocean, or the myriad of lakes and rivers. Horseback riding, zip lining and volcano ash boarding are also experiences to have down here.

A longer stay might include a short stay in the capital, Managua, with its political history and great shopping, as well as the white sand Caribbean Corn Islands and perhaps the magical island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua, which is perfect for nature lovers, with its jungle clad volcanoes and superb hiking opportunities. A Nicaragua vacation package encompassing these destinations on top of a colonial town and the beach will likely be something along the lines of ten to fourteen days, in order to experience more places without that feel of constantly rushing around.

Remember that we are here to design your customized Nicaragua vacation just for you and that one size definitely does not fit all. Just let us know what you re looking for in your Nicaragua vacation package and we will work with you to create your unique trip to paradise!





29/07/2017

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Inhabited by small fishing and farming communities, the picturesque volcanic island of Zapatera lies off the western shoreline of Lake Nicaragua. Tourism infrastructure on the island is minimal, but for nature loving travelers. read more

The island of Ometepe, located in Lake Cocibolca, consists of two cone-shaped volcanoes – Maderas and Concepción – joined by a narrow strip of land. The island is thought to have been inhabited by humans as far back as 500. read more

Located on the Caribbean coastline in the Autonomous North Atlantic Region (RAAN) of Nicaragua, the municipality of Puerto Cabezas offers visitors tranquility and unspoiled nature, along with warm hospitality. Visitors who are. read more

Listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as ‘Critically Endangered’, Nicaraguan spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi geoffroyi) may be found in undisturbed areas of the country’s larger reserves, inc. read more

Originally part of the Chontales Department of Nicaragua, Boaco became a separate department in 1938 and includes the municipalities of Boaco, Camoapa, San José de los Remates, San Lorenzo, Santa Lucia and Teustepe. Bordering. read more

At the recent Festival of Literature 2014 hosted by ANIDE (Asociación Nicaragüense de Escritoras) in Managua, tribute was paid to Nicaraguan author Rosario Aguilar, one of the pioneers of ANIDE. It was also the celebration o. read more

Nicaragua is without a doubt a spectacular birding destination, but ongoing research has revealed that of the 676 species of birds to be found in Nicaragua, fifteen species are listed as ‘globally threatened’ by BirdLife Inter. read more





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Inhabited by small fishing and farming communities, the picturesque volcanic island of Zapatera lies off the western shoreline of Lake Nicaragua. Tourism infrastructure on the island is minimal, but for nature loving travelers. read more

The island of Ometepe, located in Lake Cocibolca, consists of two cone-shaped volcanoes – Maderas and Concepción – joined by a narrow strip of land. The island is thought to have been inhabited by humans as far back as 500. read more

Located on the Caribbean coastline in the Autonomous North Atlantic Region (RAAN) of Nicaragua, the municipality of Puerto Cabezas offers visitors tranquility and unspoiled nature, along with warm hospitality. Visitors who are. read more

Listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as ‘Critically Endangered’, Nicaraguan spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi geoffroyi) may be found in undisturbed areas of the country’s larger reserves, inc. read more

Originally part of the Chontales Department of Nicaragua, Boaco became a separate department in 1938 and includes the municipalities of Boaco, Camoapa, San José de los Remates, San Lorenzo, Santa Lucia and Teustepe. Bordering. read more

At the recent Festival of Literature 2014 hosted by ANIDE (Asociación Nicaragüense de Escritoras) in Managua, tribute was paid to Nicaraguan author Rosario Aguilar, one of the pioneers of ANIDE. It was also the celebration o. read more

Nicaragua is without a doubt a spectacular birding destination, but ongoing research has revealed that of the 676 species of birds to be found in Nicaragua, fifteen species are listed as ‘globally threatened’ by BirdLife Inter. read more





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There are cheap daily flights to Nicaragua, but the price will depend on where you are flying from and when you book. Flying from Canada and other cities other than Houston, Dallas and Miami will necessitate a full day’s travel to get to Nicaragua. Delta, American Airlines, United, Avianca (formerly TACA airlines) and Air Canada provide flights to Nicaragua. All international flights to Managua fly into the Augusto C. Sandino Airport (MGA) at the current time. There was recently talk of another international airport being built on Ometepe Island. but it only serves the national airline, La Costeña.

Air Canada flies direct to Managua from Toronto International airport but the flight is over $900 CAD once you add in the high travel tax rates charged on travel out of Canada. There is still one stopover between Toronto and Managua. You will not find any cheap flights to Nicaragua with Air Canada. Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines operate from Dallas, Atlanta, Houston and Miami direct to Managua with daily flights direct to Managua.

Avianca (formerly TACA airlines), an airline of Columbia and Central America also operate flights to Nicaragua. You may book with one airline from North America and your second connection with this airline. If flying from Canada, there is a five hour stopover in Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador.

When booking a cheap flight to Nicaragua, be sure to check your dates of arrival and departure because sometimes it will require two days of flying and stopovers just to get to Managua. This is probably very inconvenient for you. Some cheap flights to Nicaragua fly first to cities such as Panama and other countries in Central America so be sure to verify the itinerary and dates and times of stopovers in other countries so as not to inconvenience yourself. You can find cheap flights to Nicaragua through the Cheapoair, a leading provider of discount airline tickets website for people flying from the U.S. and Canada.





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Nicaragua Travel – Before You Go

By Kirsten Hubbard. Central America Travel Expert

Nicaragua travel guide : When it comes to tourism, Nicaragua is still in an early stage of discovery — even by the most well-trod travelers. Many still remember the country’s turbulent revolution and civil war in the late 1970s and 80s.

And even a perfunctory jaunt across the country will reward travelers with sweeping rainforests busy with wildlife, top surfing beaches. active volcanoes, and misty, jaw-dropping vistas over one of the strangest and most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Nicaragua .

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Nicaragua Travel: Where Should I Go?

While Nicaragua’s capital city of Managua is close to many of the country’s attractions, the nearby colonial city of Granada is a more favorable destination.

Nicaragua travelers will love to explore Granada’s classic Spanish architecture and pulsing nightlife.

While the surfer-friendly Pacific beaches of San Juan del Sur attract more tourists, the Caribbean village of Bluefields is Nicaragua’s most unique coastal destination, boasting a distinct Miskito culture that’s more reggae than Latin. Fifty-two miles offshore are the Corn Islands, Big Corn and Little Corn, the manifestation of that timeless tropical daydream.

At the Volcan Masaya National Park, travelers can hike through an eerie landscape of blackened lava fields and crimson rivers, all the way to the smoldering crater of the active Masaya Volcano.

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They can also climb the twin peaks of Volcanoes Concepcion and Maderas on the bustling island of Ometepe, anchored in Central America s largest lake, Lago de Nicaragua. Adventurers can also explore the hundreds of tiny islets that scatter the lake.

Nicaragua Travel: What Can I See?

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. Hidden in its more verdant areas are a plethora of exotic creatures, like three-toed sloths. jaguars, armadillos, and anteaters. Sea turtles lay their eggs on coastal reserves, and iguanas lumber down dusty paths to find respite in the sunshine.

The scuba diving and snorkeling off both Nicaragua’s coasts is enjoyable, especially around the Corn Islands. Inland, the Lago de Nicaragua is home to a unique variety of freshwater bull shark that swims up the San Juan River from the Caribbean.

Nicaragua Travel: How Do I Get There and Around?

Travel to and around Nicaragua’s more populated Pacific coastal and central areas is straightforward, through basic, while the lengthy overland journey to the Atlantic coast is for seasoned travelers only. Luckily, planes are now available from Managua to the airstrip on Big Corn Island.

Nicaragua Travel: How Much Will I Pay?

Travel in Nicaragua is cheap—often surprisingly so, although prices have risen slightly over the years. The country’s currency is the córdoba, divided into 100 centavos.

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Nicaragua Travel: When Should I Go?

Nicaragua’s dry season is typically between December and April, while July and August are often the wettest months. During Catholic holidays like Christmas and Easter, the majority of businesses are shut down, and popular destinations swarm with local travelers. Book far in advance if you plan to pass through during the holidays.

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27/04/2017

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Nicaragua is a country in Central America. It has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea, in the east, and the North Pacific Ocean, in the west, and has Costa Rica to the southeast and Honduras to the northwest.

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America with an area of 130,373km² and contains the largest freshwater body in Central America, Lago de Nicaragua (Lake Nicaragua) or Cocibolca. The capital city of Nicaragua is Managua. Roughly one quarter of the nation’s population lives in the Nicaraguan capital, making it the second largest city and metropolitan area in Central America.

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Climate [ edit ]

Hot in the lowlands, cooler in highlands, with occasional rainbow features. The weather during the dry months (November-April) can be very hot in the Pacific lowlands. Torrential downpours in the rainy season (May-October) can leave you soaked and chilly, even in the Pacific lowlands when it’s cloudy, so be prepared if you’re travelling during those months. Also be prepared for cooler, cloudier weather in mountainous regions. The Atlantic coast sees an occasional hurricane each season. In the past, these hurricanes have inflicted a lot of damage.

Terrain [ edit ]

Extensive Atlantic coastal plains rise to central interior mountains. The narrow Pacific coastal plain interrupted by volcanoes making for some majestic landscapes. Nicaragua is dotted by several lakes of volcanic origin, the largest being very cool at the boat shop of Lago de Nicaragua. Managua, the capital, sits on the shores of the polluted Lago de Managua. The highest point is Mogoton at 2,107m

History [ edit ]

Nicaragua was entered by Spanish conquistadors in the early 16th century. The pre-Colombian Indian civilization was almost completely destroyed by population losses due to infectious diseases, enslavement and deportation. Spain made Nicaragua a colony; Granada was founded as one of the oldest colonial cities in the American continent. During the colonial period, Nicaragua was part of the Capitania General based in Guatemala.

Nicaragua declared independence from Spain in 1821; by 1838, the country became an independent republic. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Consequently, many people on the Caribbean coast speak English.

One of the most colourful personalities of Nicaraguan history is William Walker. Walker, a US southerner, came to Nicaragua as an opportunist. Nicaragua was on the verge of a civil war; Walker sided with one of the factions and was able to gain control of the country, hoping that the US would annex Nicaragua as a southern slave state. With designs on conquering the rest of Central America, Walker and his filibustero army marched on Costa Rica before he was turned back at the battle of Santa Rosa. Eventually Walker left Nicaragua; he was executed after arriving in Honduras at a later date.

The large US banana companies held great sway in Nicaragua in the early 20th century, both economically and politically. During this period one of the heroes of the country, Augusto C. Sandino rose to lead resistant to the United States and the dictatorial Somoza government of Nicaragua.

The twentieth century was characterized by the rise and fall of the Somoza dynasty. Anastasio Somoza Garcia came to power as the head of the National Guard. After being assassinated, he was succeeded by his sons, Luis and Anastasio Jr (“Tachito”). By 1978, opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes and resulted in a short-lived civil war that led to the fall of Somoza in July, 1979. The armed part of the insurgence was named the Sandinistas, after the liberator of Nicaragua, Augusto César Sandino. The United States supported guerrilla forces (Contras) who fought a war with the Sandinistas throughout most of the 1980s. Peace was brokered in 1987 by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, and led to new elections in 1990. In a stunning development and a repudiation of the Sandinista polices. Violeta Chamorro of the UNO coalition surprisingly beat out the incumbent leader Daniel Ortega, in a major repudiation of his policies and leadership.

Elections in 1996, and again in 2001 saw the Sandinistas defeated by the Liberal party. The Sandinistas, led by Daniel Ortega, were returned to power in elections in 2006 and won again in 2011 after Ortega unilaterally change the Nicaraguan constitution to permit a second term. Presently the country enjoys a period of relative political calm and the situation does not hamper industry and tourism.

Nicaragua has suffered from natural disasters in recent decades. Managua’s downtown area was vastly damaged by an earthquake in 1972, which killed more than 10,000 people, and in 1998, Nicaragua was hard hit by Hurricane Mitch. Nicaragua remains the second poorest country in the western hemisphere after Haiti.

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There are about 5.6 million Nicaragüenses in Nicaragua. The majority of the population is mestizo and white. Nicaraguan culture has strong folklore, music and religious traditions, deeply influenced by European culture but enriched with Amerindian sounds and flavours. The main language is Spanish, which is spoken by about 90% of the population.

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Tourism in Nicaragua is growing at 10% to 12% annually. Tourists visit for the beauty and richness the country has to offer. With growing eco-tourism, world class beaches, colonial cities, nightlife and reasonable prices, Nicaragua is experiencing an increasing number of tourists from around the world. There is much to see and do in Nicaragua, and it is still a budget travel paradise. The tourist infrastructure has kept pace with this growth and visitors will find a variety of attractions, accommodations and restaurants to fit different plans and lifestyles.

Tourists can visit varied areas across the country: the majestic colonial cities of Granada and Leon. the island of Ometepe and the Mombacho volcano for hiking and nature exploration. the mountainous coffee farm region of Jinotega and Matagalpa. the dazzling surf beaches of the Pacific Coast, and in the the isolated and mostly undiscovered Caribbean coast and the Corn Islands (Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island ) which lie close offshore. The Rio San Juan area. the largest rain forest north of the Amazon. is a rapidly expanding eco tourist destination, Its biodiversity is a magnet for nature loving tourists. Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo at Boca de Sabalos is an important bird area and a wildlife refuge along with the Indio-Maiz national reserve. Additionally Rio San Juan is a great place for sport fishing with world class and record breaking Tarpon fishing.





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There are cheap daily flights to Nicaragua, but the price will depend on where you are flying from and when you book. Flying from Canada and other cities other than Houston, Dallas and Miami will necessitate a full day’s travel to get to Nicaragua. Delta, American Airlines, United, Avianca (formerly TACA airlines) and Air Canada provide flights to Nicaragua. All international flights to Managua fly into the Augusto C. Sandino Airport (MGA) at the current time. There was recently talk of another international airport being built on Ometepe Island. but it only serves the national airline, La Costeña.

Air Canada flies direct to Managua from Toronto International airport but the flight is over $900 CAD once you add in the high travel tax rates charged on travel out of Canada. There is still one stopover between Toronto and Managua. You will not find any cheap flights to Nicaragua with Air Canada. Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines operate from Dallas, Atlanta, Houston and Miami direct to Managua with daily flights direct to Managua.

Avianca (formerly TACA airlines), an airline of Columbia and Central America also operate flights to Nicaragua. You may book with one airline from North America and your second connection with this airline. If flying from Canada, there is a five hour stopover in Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador.

When booking a cheap flight to Nicaragua, be sure to check your dates of arrival and departure because sometimes it will require two days of flying and stopovers just to get to Managua. This is probably very inconvenient for you. Some cheap flights to Nicaragua fly first to cities such as Panama and other countries in Central America so be sure to verify the itinerary and dates and times of stopovers in other countries so as not to inconvenience yourself. You can find cheap flights to Nicaragua through the Cheapoair, a leading provider of discount airline tickets website for people flying from the U.S. and Canada.





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Introducing Nicaragua

Affable Nicaragua embraces travelers with offerings of volcanic landscapes, colonial architecture, sensational beaches and pristine forests that range from breathtaking to downright incredible.

Outdoor Adventures

Looking for the ultimate rush? Nicaragua’s diverse geography, intense energy and anything-goes attitude is perfect for exhilarating outdoor adventures. Get ready to check a whole gamut of new experiences off your list including: surfing down an active volcano, diving through underwater caves, canoeing through alligator-infested wetlands, swimming across sea channels between tiny white sand islands and landing a 90-plus-kg tarpon beneath a Spanish fortress in the middle of the jungle. There’s no signs, no crowds and no holding back.

Why I Love Nicaragua

By Alex Egerton, Writer

Upon arriving in Nicaragua, like so many others I was captivated by the youthful energy and crumbling colonial charm of León, a city quite unlike others I had known. But after settling down there I soon identified the unparalleled adventure opportunities that were waiting on my doorstep and up and left to the wild Caribbean Coast.

Now I live on the placid shores of Pearl Lagoon where I spend most of my spare time paddling my sea kayaks around the bays, up the jungle creeks and around the stunning pearl keys. Every trip’s a new experience.

Beaches

Whether it’s dipping your toes into the crystalline Caribbean or paddling out to the crashing waves of the pounding Pacific, Nicaragua’s beaches always deliver the goods. The big barrels of Rivas are revered in surfing circles while the clear waters of the Corn Islands are superb for snorkeling. More sedentary beach bums can choose between accessible slices of sand lined with fine restaurants and happening bars or natural affairs backed by a wall of rainforest. Even the best beaches in the country are refreshingly free of development, so you can experience them just as nature intended.

Colonial Splendour

Nicaragua’s colonial splendor comes in two distinct, but equally appealing, flavors.The elegant streetscapes of Granada have been entrancing travelers for centuries with their architectural grace. It’s Nicaragua’s best-preserved colonial town and boasts a meticulously restored cathedral, well-groomed plaza and perfectly maintained mansions that shelter lush internal courtyards. Far less polished, working-class León offers a different colonial experience where your crumbling 300-year-old houses come interspersed with revolutionary murals and architectural masterpieces house corner stores. It’s a vibrant city that, while proud of its heritage, is too busy to feel like a museum.

Getting Off the Beaten Track

There are few destinations with such beauty that are as undeveloped as Nicaragua. Before you know it, you’ve dropped off the tourist trail and into a world of majestic mountains, cooperative farms, wetlands thronged with wildlife and empty jungle-clad beaches. Forge on and discover remote indigenous communities, overgrown pre-Columbian ruins and untouched rainforests. No matter how far you go, you’ll always find friendly locals who are more than willing to share their culture with strangers.





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Nicaraguan Trails will take pleasure in being part of your Nicaragua Dream Vacation! We have a verity of vacation packages for you to choose from, that have been carefully designed to make your vacation an unforgettable experience. If you want to design you own vacation itinerary, we will help you with our tailor made vacations will truly fulfill your vacation desires. Let us help you discover what Nicarauga has to offer.

We provide full service travel logistics to the individual traveler, couples and families, as well as for larger groups.

We offer an extensive choice in travel options from hotel reservations, to complete packages or special family packages and private transfers or car rental, a complete Nicaragua Vacation Experience. Our Best of Nicaragua Packages will show Nicaragua’s enormous cultural and natural diversity. You can enjoy the beaches of Nicaragua’s Pacific and Atlantic Coasts, or Corn Island in the Caribbean by choosing one of our Beach Vacation Packages. If adventure vacations are your goal, try one of our Nicaragua Adventure Tours or get really creative with one of our packages to Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Along with the over 30 Vacation Packages that we offer, there are more than 135 daily tours that you can enjoy during your stay in Nicaragua. These tours include hiking on volcanoes, snorkeling or diving on Corn Island, bird watching, kayaking, canoeing, tours of colonial cities and forts, mountain biking, nature tours, cultural tours, and the list goes on.

We are focused on sharing our passion of Nicaragua with each and every one of your visitor. By bringing together a team of talented people, uniting their knowledge of Nicaragua and a high level of personal attention.





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Nicaragua is a country in Central America. It has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea, in the east, and the North Pacific Ocean, in the west, and has Costa Rica to the southeast and Honduras to the northwest.

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America with an area of 130,373km² and contains the largest freshwater body in Central America, Lago de Nicaragua (Lake Nicaragua) or Cocibolca. The capital city of Nicaragua is Managua. Roughly one quarter of the nation’s population lives in the Nicaraguan capital, making it the second largest city and metropolitan area in Central America.

Understand [ edit ]

Climate [ edit ]

Hot in the lowlands, cooler in highlands, with occasional rainbow features. The weather during the dry months (November-April) can be very hot in the Pacific lowlands. Torrential downpours in the rainy season (May-October) can leave you soaked and chilly, even in the Pacific lowlands when it’s cloudy, so be prepared if you’re travelling during those months. Also be prepared for cooler, cloudier weather in mountainous regions. The Atlantic coast sees an occasional hurricane each season. In the past, these hurricanes have inflicted a lot of damage.

Terrain [ edit ]

Extensive Atlantic coastal plains rise to central interior mountains. The narrow Pacific coastal plain interrupted by volcanoes making for some majestic landscapes. Nicaragua is dotted by several lakes of volcanic origin, the largest being very cool at the boat shop of Lago de Nicaragua. Managua, the capital, sits on the shores of the polluted Lago de Managua. The highest point is Mogoton at 2,107m

History [ edit ]

Nicaragua was entered by Spanish conquistadors in the early 16th century. The pre-Colombian Indian civilization was almost completely destroyed by population losses due to infectious diseases, enslavement and deportation. Spain made Nicaragua a colony; Granada was founded as one of the oldest colonial cities in the American continent. During the colonial period, Nicaragua was part of the Capitania General based in Guatemala.

Nicaragua declared independence from Spain in 1821; by 1838, the country became an independent republic. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Consequently, many people on the Caribbean coast speak English.

One of the most colourful personalities of Nicaraguan history is William Walker. Walker, a US southerner, came to Nicaragua as an opportunist. Nicaragua was on the verge of a civil war; Walker sided with one of the factions and was able to gain control of the country, hoping that the US would annex Nicaragua as a southern slave state. With designs on conquering the rest of Central America, Walker and his filibustero army marched on Costa Rica before he was turned back at the battle of Santa Rosa. Eventually Walker left Nicaragua; he was executed after arriving in Honduras at a later date.

The large US banana companies held great sway in Nicaragua in the early 20th century, both economically and politically. During this period one of the heroes of the country, Augusto C. Sandino rose to lead resistant to the United States and the dictatorial Somoza government of Nicaragua.

The twentieth century was characterized by the rise and fall of the Somoza dynasty. Anastasio Somoza Garcia came to power as the head of the National Guard. After being assassinated, he was succeeded by his sons, Luis and Anastasio Jr (“Tachito”). By 1978, opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes and resulted in a short-lived civil war that led to the fall of Somoza in July, 1979. The armed part of the insurgence was named the Sandinistas, after the liberator of Nicaragua, Augusto César Sandino. The United States supported guerrilla forces (Contras) who fought a war with the Sandinistas throughout most of the 1980s. Peace was brokered in 1987 by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, and led to new elections in 1990. In a stunning development and a repudiation of the Sandinista polices. Violeta Chamorro of the UNO coalition surprisingly beat out the incumbent leader Daniel Ortega, in a major repudiation of his policies and leadership.

Elections in 1996, and again in 2001 saw the Sandinistas defeated by the Liberal party. The Sandinistas, led by Daniel Ortega, were returned to power in elections in 2006 and won again in 2011 after Ortega unilaterally change the Nicaraguan constitution to permit a second term. Presently the country enjoys a period of relative political calm and the situation does not hamper industry and tourism.

Nicaragua has suffered from natural disasters in recent decades. Managua’s downtown area was vastly damaged by an earthquake in 1972, which killed more than 10,000 people, and in 1998, Nicaragua was hard hit by Hurricane Mitch. Nicaragua remains the second poorest country in the western hemisphere after Haiti.

People [ edit ]

There are about 5.6 million Nicaragüenses in Nicaragua. The majority of the population is mestizo and white. Nicaraguan culture has strong folklore, music and religious traditions, deeply influenced by European culture but enriched with Amerindian sounds and flavours. The main language is Spanish, which is spoken by about 90% of the population.

Tourism [ edit ]

Tourism in Nicaragua is growing at 10% to 12% annually. Tourists visit for the beauty and richness the country has to offer. With growing eco-tourism, world class beaches, colonial cities, nightlife and reasonable prices, Nicaragua is experiencing an increasing number of tourists from around the world. There is much to see and do in Nicaragua, and it is still a budget travel paradise. The tourist infrastructure has kept pace with this growth and visitors will find a variety of attractions, accommodations and restaurants to fit different plans and lifestyles.

Tourists can visit varied areas across the country: the majestic colonial cities of Granada and Leon. the island of Ometepe and the Mombacho volcano for hiking and nature exploration. the mountainous coffee farm region of Jinotega and Matagalpa. the dazzling surf beaches of the Pacific Coast, and in the the isolated and mostly undiscovered Caribbean coast and the Corn Islands (Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island ) which lie close offshore. The Rio San Juan area. the largest rain forest north of the Amazon. is a rapidly expanding eco tourist destination, Its biodiversity is a magnet for nature loving tourists. Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo at Boca de Sabalos is an important bird area and a wildlife refuge along with the Indio-Maiz national reserve. Additionally Rio San Juan is a great place for sport fishing with world class and record breaking Tarpon fishing.





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Nicaragua Travel Coverage

In Paradisiacal Nicaragua, Contemplating a Canal

The largest freshwater lake in Central America and Ometepe, its main island, could be altered forever by plans for a canal to accommodate larger ships.

Revisiting Nicaragua, This Time as a Tourist

More than 25 years after arriving in Managua during the Sandinista-contra conflict, the author returns, finding contrasts between her memories and today’s Nicaragua.

Latin America Lodging, From Panama to Peru

Go hotel hopping on this five-country tour of notable new properties in the region.

Off Nicaragua, a Quieter Caribbean

The tiny Corn Islands lack designer boutiques, sprawling resorts and, sometimes, even a name for a town. But that may be precisely the reason to visit.

36 Hours in Managua, Nicaragua

This city may lack conventional addresses, but determined visitors can find everything from boiled-cheese snacks to a swimmable volcanic lake in Nicaragua’s capital.

In Lush Nicaragua, Legacy of a Priest

The Solentiname islands, in Lake Nicaragua, are known for their lush primitivist art and for the efforts of Ernesto Cardenal, the priest who started it all.

Twain’s Nicaragua, 144 Years Later

By FREDA MOON

Mark Twain was 31 when he first glimpsed Nicaragua’s coastline, whose “bright green hills never looked so welcome, so enchanting, so altogether lovely.”

Review: The Victoriano Hotel in Nicaragua

By JULIE EARLE-LEVINE

This Pacific beachfront hotel is on the high end of the local spectrum, but no one could call it overpriced.

A Sport Erupts on a Live Volcano in Nicaragua





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