It’s the land of flora and fauna, the land of nature, the land of lakes and volcanoes – yes this is Nicaragua. It is located south of Honduras and North of Costa Rica.
The main attractions in Nicaragua are scenic routes, beaches, and the architecture of cities. It’s fast becoming an alternative to popular tourist destinations like Costa Rica and Panama while still being accessible and cheap.
This is one of the most well-preserved Nicaragua architecture and the first big Spanish settlement. The churches and buildings are in Spanish colonial style. Tourists can take a kayaking trip to nearby islets or visit nearby Masya markets.
San Juan Del Sur
This is the most popular beach destination in Nicaragua. From experts to novices, all can ride the surf here, relax on the beach with heavenly drinks and play volleyball under the warm, glowing sun.
Located on Lago de Nicaragua, this extraordinary island is formed from the combination of two volcanoes, Maderas and Concepcion. If you’re in the mood to go hiking on the volcanoes, better start up early in the morning. Hiking, kayaking, and cycling are some other things you can do on the island.
Up until 1857, this was Nicaragua’s capital. The graffiti and murals scattered around the city are the testaments to the political war between Somozas and Sandinistas. The Museum of the Revolution, an interesting one at that, also documents the history of the Sandinista movement.
An active volcano, this is the site for many people for volcano boarding. Yes, you heard it right! Organized tours of people hike up the mountain and then fly down the mountain, atop a piece of wood. This is a pretty popular activity here.
This national park has a beautiful cloud forest, small farms, rivers and waterfalls. You can take multi-day treks to the park. They also have programs to teach you how to farm.
And the best part: all the proceeds from the park go to supporting the farmers and the community.
Volcano hiking is a popular and adventurous activity. The two volcanoes on the Ometepe are very frequented sites for hiking. Leon, with its plethora of volcanoes, is also a good place for volcano hiking.
This beautiful island chain, located in Caribbean Sea, used to have 18 pearls, but now has just 12 due to the rising tides. Sandy beaches, reefs, and shady palm trees make this place one of the most coveted tourist destinations.
This is a black-basalt Gothic structure with a Spanish fortress. With its turrets, towers, and huge gates, the Mercado Artesanías stands grandiosely. It’s now the most famous market and a major tourist attraction. With its wide and breezy pathways, you can shop around comfortably and browse many stalls offering items such as leather goods, paintings, ceramics, clothing, furniture, and cotton hammocks.