With beautiful Pacific and Caribbean coast sandwiching everything in between, Nicaragua offers unparalleled beauty, strong cultural heritage and an immense variety of sights and activities. Lush rainforests, colonial towns, volcanic islands and coffee farms… are just the start!
W&O recommend spending some time wandering through the beautiful streets of Granada and León. Situated on the shores of Central America’s largest lake, Lake Nicaragua, Granada is a charming city essential in any visit. A picture postcard at every turn, the city oozes Spanish colonial charm with colourful cobblestoned streets and ornate churches as the imposing Mombacho volcano looms in the background. Granada’s long term rival, León, is steeped in history linked to its revolutionary past and buzzes with energy and art.
Away from the cities, in the northern highlands, visit a local working coffee farm to gain a fascinating insight into the industry that provides economic stability for many rural communities and is a primary source of foreign exchange. Nearby, hike nature trails in Nicaragua’s cloud forest and spot orchids, bromeliads and more than 800 species of birds and hundreds of wildlife species.
Why not spend a night on the volcanic island of Ometepe? Made up of two volcanic cones, hike up for incredible views over the island and lake. Close to Granada is the famous Masaya Volcano, visit by night to see the glowing lava!
To finish off your adventure, kick back and relax or learn to surf on the Pacific beaches. San Juan del Sur is home to a range of hotels, restaurants and beach bars, with smaller quieter beaches along the coast. For those seeking a more off the beaten track paradise island experience, head out to the totally tropical Caribbean Corn Islands for a flavour of real Creole culture and beautiful beaches.