Tour Nicaragua to see the best of the country
Why go twin-centre in Nicaragua?
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and is a place of contrasts - its home to modern metropolises and colonial cities, vast areas of rainforest, towering volcanoes and tranquil lakes. Its landscapes are beautiful and its cities are fascinating, which is why spending the duration of your holiday in Nicaragua in just one place is far from ideal.
To really get a sense of what this nation is all about - and to see its most spectacular and stunning sights - you need to go on a twin-centre or multi-centre break. This will allow you to explore at least one of its vibrant cities, as well as get back to nature and truly appreciate the breathtaking scenery and beautiful beaches.
Going on a tour of Nicaragua is another option and will allow you to discover even more of the country. Of course, if you're travelling around then you will spend less time in each of the destinations you visit, but it will give you a fantastic overview of this beautiful and friendly country.
Explore Nicaragua's natural beauty
Nicaragua's crowning glory is without doubt its natural landscapes. Almost 80 per cent of the country remains undeveloped and there are incredible wilderness areas for you to discover. Hiking through rainforests, climbing volcanoes, swinging through the treetop canopy and surfing along the pristine coastlines are just a few of the adventures awaiting you.
Lake Nicaragua is one of the must-sees in the nation, with this being the second largest body of water in Latin America and the only one to have freshwater sharks. A popular spot for travellers to visit is Ometepe Island, which sits in the heart of this stunning lake.
Ometepe Island is a little slice of paradise, where you can wander in the rainforest, see cascading waterfalls, swim in calm lagoons and keep an eye out for howler monkeys swinging through the trees. The island was once considered sacred by several cultures, with petroglyphs and ceremonial carvings having been left behind as a mark of its importance.
Masaya Volcano, which is one of the most accessible active volcanoes in the world, is another essential stop for anyone keen to appreciate Nicaragua's natural attractions. You can climb (or even drive) up to the crater rim and peer down into its depths.
Surrounding the peak are a series of villages known as Pueblos Blancos, where the locals are renowned for their craft skills. Metalwork, painting, carpentry and leatherwork are among the skills they are particularly adept at - wandering around the workshops is a great way to see Nicaragua's more traditional side, not to mention presenting a wonderful opportunity for souvenir shopping.
Uncover history and culture
Nicaragua also has some fascinating cities to explore, the most charming of which are its colonial gems of Granada and Leon. The architecture in both these cities is stunning; with ornate buildings lining the streets and harking back to the era of European rule.
Granada still features many of its original Spanish buildings, with its tree-lined squares and wide boulevards reminiscent of this period of European expansion. Think homes with red-tiled roofs, ornate cathedrals, shops and restaurants under arched parades, and you'll have an idea of what to expect.
Leon, meanwhile, is the ideal place for history buffs to visit thanks to its vast and varied collection of museums, its university, its cathedral, which is the largest in Central America, and its ties to Ruben Dario - one of the region's most important literary figures.
Many people on a holiday in Nicaragua will also pass through the capital of Managua, which lacks the charm of the colonial-era cities but is nonetheless a thriving and vibrant place to explore. The majority of travellers simply pass through en route to the nation's other attractions.
Relax on a holiday in Nicaragua
With a Pacific and Atlantic coast, Nicaragua certainly has plenty of varied beaches where holidaymakers can relax and unwind after a week or two of travelling around the country and exploring its cultural and historical riches. San Juan del Sur, on the country's Pacific coast is fast becoming a popular spot for beach lovers and surfing fanatics alike.
This beachside town offers laidback luxury, with seafront restaurants serving up fresh and tasty seafood, relaxed bars where you can enjoy a beer with the sand between your toes, and a wide range of accommodation, from basic guesthouses to luxury eco hotels.
A few days on the beach presents the perfect way to give the right finishing touch to a Nicaragua holiday, and you could easily add a couple of days on the beach as an extension to your Nicaragua tour or as part of one of our ready-made twin-centre and multi-centre holidays. We can custom-make any holiday package you find on our website, usually a quick call gets you started to creating the holiday of your dreams in Nicaragua.
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