Reasons to Visit
Wonderful, colourful local arts and crafts can be found throughout Nicaragua, but if you have a particular interest then exploring the traditional Chorotega villages that surround the Masaya Volcano, which are well know for their talented craftsmen, is a must. San Juan de Oriente in particular has gained international recognition for its elegant ceramic earthenware.
Nicaraguan coffee is simply delicious! The country boasts some of the best coffee in the world and ranks in the top ten in gourmet coffee production, with over 30,000 different coffee farms. It was introduced in the mid nineteenth century and has since thrived, becoming one of Nicaragua’s principal exports along with sesame, tobacco and palm oil.
With beautiful cities, like Leon and Granada, and their bright colourful buildings offering a spectacular insight into the Spanish colonial era, Nicaragua is a wonderful destination for history-lovers or those in search of a unique cultural experience.
Nicaragua is a wonderful country for those looking to get off the beaten track. It is much less visited than neighbouring Costa Rica and the infrastructure in the core regions surprisingly good. This is Central America at its most authentic and unspoilt, and for those looking for something a little different, the history, the people, the rum, the volcanic landscapes and the music will fascinate!
Kick back in a beach hammock in San Juan del Sur, just a two hour drive from Granada. Set on a pretty horse-shoe shaped bay, this sleepy fishing village hasn't lost any of its charm and the restaurants serve excellent seafood.
Nicaragua’s volcanoes provide a stunning and distinctive landscape, and all of them are fascinating to explore. Many of the surrounding towns and villages have been destroyed by eruptions over the centuries and several (in particular the Masaya volcano) remains active, spewing gas and ash into the air. Others, such as the Maderas volcano, cradle spectacular crater lakes, are havens for wildlife and provide excellent hiking opportunities.
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Granada's cathedral is a must-see.
Rising proudly from the waters of Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Island is made up of two magnificent volcanic cones and is a more than impressive sight as you gaze across to its shores.
Granada, located 46 kilometres south of Managua, sits on the shores of the magnificent Lake Nicaragua in the shadow of the imposing Mombacho volcano.
Located roughly 45 miles off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, the Corn Islands are comprised of two small atolls ringed by palm trees and white sandy beaches.
The main area of interest here is the massive Santiago crater that was been created between the Nindiri and Masaya volcanoes. Eruptions took place frequently during the 1900's until the crater eventually collapsed in 1985.
Learn about the production and processes invloved in creating coffee, the most popular hot drink in the world. Visit Selva Negra, one of the finest coffee producers in Nicaragua, and learn about the plantation and the steps it has taken to support the local community.
Nicaragua is one of the most friendliest countries to visit in Central America. Due to its turbulent history it is also one of the least visited which only serves to preserve its authenticity and adds to its fascination and charm. The Nicaraguans are exceptionally proud of their country with its colourful Spanish colonial cities, string of towering active volcanoes, striking crater lakes and pristine deserted beaches. A trip here is both unique and rewarding.
11 Days from £2,225pp
A short trip to Nicaragua focussing on the colonial highlights of the country and their stunning natural surroundings.
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A comprehensive tour of Nicaragua including the must see sights at a comfortable pace.
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A complete tour of Nicaragua taking in all the country has to offer at a comfortable pace.
Approx. 13 hours (Via USA or Europe)
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A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
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