Spanning Central America from the Caribbean Sea in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, Nicaragua has lots of highlights both natural and cultural to delight the visitor. Tourism is not well developed here after a civil war which is now firmly in the history books, but travellers have been enjoying the hospitality here for decades now as word gets out of what Nicaragua has to offer!
Highlights include the beaches of the Pacific Coast and the Caribbean Corn Islands, colonial cities and architecture of Granada & Leon, Lake Nicaragua and Volcano trekking. This is the largest country in Central America and has great potential as a holiday destination. The cost of living is low here, much more so than neighbouring Costa Rica, so it represents great value for money. Investment in recent years has seen improved flight connections with UK and Europe and increased numbers of good hotels and ec0-lodges.
The wild eastern part of the country is still sparsely inhabited as most of the population live on the Pacific coast and in the capital city, Managua. This lakeside city was badly damaged in 1972 by an earthquake which meant that Granada and Leon are the more picturesque and best preserved of the Spanish colonial cities. Granada sits at the bottoms of Mombacho volcano on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. Also known as Lake Cocibolca this is the largest body of water in Central America and has over 300 islands. Granada is a great example of the colonial history of the country with perfectly preserved Spanish style houses with pretty squares and pavements. Leon is more Bohemian and in the most volcanic region of Nicaragua. You can try ‘volcano surfing’ on the slops of nearby Cerro Negro.
Adventurous travellers can enjoy an almost deserted Caribbean coastline with empty beaches and wonderful snorkelling and diving, especially at the Corn Islands. This region has few roads and towns. The Pacific coast is a contrast and is a haven for surfers with busy beaches and many hotels. San Juan del Sur is a popular stop if you are heading south to Costa Rica and the beaches of Masachapa and Pochomil are easily reached from Managua.
Contact me for a tailor made Central America itinerary to include Nicaragua, or to join a group adventure holiday, prices start at around £1,870 for 12 days.