Nicaragua has a great chain of volcanoes in the north, with lakes, rainforest, mangrove swamps, coffee plantations, a gorgeous Caribbean coast with coral reefs, and sandy Pacific beaches where turtles come to lay their eggs. For culture lovers, old Spanish colonial towns like Granada have some superb architecture, whilst León has a huge baroque cathedral and some excellent art galleries.
Nicaragua is bordered by Costa Rica to the south and Honduras to the north and it is very easy to combine the south of Nicaragua with Costa Rica.
Nicaragua has overcome several decades of political instability and is now a wonderful destination offering a mix of colonial cities, stunning beaches and fascinating wildlife. The south-west of the country is dominated by Lake Nicaragua, around which the majority of the population live.
Here are some of our Nicaragua highlights
Lakes and volcanos
Nicaragua has a backbone of volcanos and many of its cities lie at their feet, domintating their skyline and affording stunning views. Twin volcanos Concepción and Maderas form Ometepe Island on the beautiful Lake Nicaragua.
The beautiful Pacific coast offers some dramatic scenery and some lovely beach accommodation. From dark to white sand to virgin and wild beaches there is a staggering variety and in some protected areas, turtles come to lay their eggs.
Founded in 1524, Granada is the oldest city in the New World and has some wonderful colonial architecture. The cobblestone streets lined with colourful buildings and quaint churches make the city a great base to explore the surrounding countryside.
The holiday was absolutely fantastic in its entirety. We loved both El Salvador and Nicaragua, but we have a particularly soft spot for El Salvador with all it had to offer - history, volcanoes, scenery, interesting villages and of course the people. What a courteous friendly nation. Nicaragua was equally interesting, with the most amazing scenery, but tourism is more developed there. All the hotels ranged from very good to excellent, as they always are on your holidays, we love the smaller more individual places we have stayed in over the years. Thank you so much for organising another wonderful holiday to two wonderful memorable countries. - SH