The largest country in Central America, and yet is likely the least well travelled in the region, Nicaragua embraces visitors with diverse offerings of volcanic landscapes, colonial architecture, sensational beaches, idyllic islands, and pristine forests.
Often referred to as “the land of volcanoes and lakes”, Nicaragua offers visitors the perfect opportunity to get off the beaten track. Explore the city of Leon, for a beautiful reminder of its colonial past, before you travel further east to the Mosquito Coast and wild Caribbean regions.
Few destinations have such natural beauty yet remain as undeveloped. Guests quickly drop off the tourist trail and into a world of majestic mountains, wetlands pulsing with wildlife and empty beaches fringed by jungle. For easy access to the more remote corners of the country, we will source you a 4×4 to explore the jungles and highlands. Alternatively, hop abroad an east-coast-bound boat – and forge onward to discover remote indigenous communities, overgrown pre-Columbian ruins, and untouched rainforests.
Another wonderful quirk of Nicaragua is that no matter where you go, you’ll always find friendly locals willing to share their culture with strangers. For example, you could journey to the island of Ometepe, encircled by numerous volcanoes and home to the biggest freshwater body in Central America: Lago de Nicaragua. Alternatively, travel to one fo the 300 smaller volcanic islands, which were inhabited by Indian cultures in pre-Columbian times.
The Pacific side of Nicaragua is characterized by a chain of volcanoes (some still-active) that runs through the country from north to south. Beaches line the shores of the Pacific, with both light and dark sands, and make for the perfect place to experience one of Nicaragua’s most famous attractions: surfing. Stay here and spend a few days getting to grips with this exhilarating, and often exhausting extreme sport.
If you’re dreaming of fine sandy beaches, turquoise blue seas with Caribbean flair then Nicaragua’s remote, unspoiled Corn Islands is exactly what we prescribe. Sat about 70km off the Caribbean coast, this is simply paradise for adventurers, scuba divers and those who just like kicking back in a hammock.
If somehow you’re all beached out, then you can travel to the small and beautiful colonial town of Granada, at the foot of the Mombacho volcano. Here you’ll stroll through the colourful streets of the city, admiring the beautiful colonial architecture influenced by the Spanish, dating back to 1524, before eating the town’s cathedral; often regarded as one of the most important colonial buildings in Central America.