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Nicaragua opens tourism centre at foot of tallest volcano

A new tourism centre has opened at the foot of the tallest volcano in Nicaragua on Central America's Colonial Cities & Volcano Trail. The centre on San Cristobal, provides easy access to the volcano, and is part of the trail that links more than 12 volcanoes in seven different countries in Central America, and follows ancient colonial routes.

Nicaragua opens tourism centre at foot of tallest volcano

The Chichigalpa city government of Nicaragua and the European Union have opened a brand new tourism centre at the foot of the country’s tallest volcano, San Cristobal.

The tourism centre sits on Central America’s Colonial Cities & Volcano Trail, and provides easy access to San Cristobal and more than 12 other volcanoes on the route that spans across seven countries in Central America.

Colonial Cities & Volcano Trail runs down the length of Central America’s Pacific coast from Antigua in Guatemala to Panama, following Camino Real, one of the region’s most ancient colonial routes in the region, which was first built by the Spaniards in the 1500s.

Tourists can enjoy an adventure, as well as cultural and historical delights, while visiting famous colonial cities across Central America, such as Panama City, Liberia in Costa Rica, Granada and Leon in Nicaragua, Santa Rosa de Copan in Honduras, and Antigua in Guatemala.

The trail goes through Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua, Coatepeque in Guatemala and Llopango in El Salvador, and holidaymakers can enjoy breathtaking vistas along 1,000 km of the Pacific Coast, as well as fun activities including cycling, hiking and skiing on volcanic sands.

The tourism centre opened at the end of October, 2015 at the base of 5,721 foot San Cristobal in the Nicaraguan province of Chinandega. There’s an information centre, access to trails that lead to the top of the volcano, and two hostels with beautiful views.

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and boasts coastlines on the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, making it a popular destination for surfing and tropical escapes. The colonial cities of Granada and Leon are leading tourist attractions with historic churches and museums, while the Corn Islands on the Caribbean side are a favourite for travellers seeking beach and nature getaways.

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