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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This is a rough guide to when to travel to this region. Choose a month of travel to see typical temperature and rainfall around the country. The ticks indicate our recommended months to travel.
The best time to visit Nicaragua is in the dry season which runs from November through to May, though please bear in mind temperatures tend to become extremely hot in April and May.
The wettest months are between June and the end of October when the rain makes it more difficult to travel on the many unpaved roads throughout the country.
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