Things to see in Nicaragua

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Nicaragua Attractions

Known as the 'land of lakes and volcanos', the sublime natural features of Nicaragua make the country a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. There's probably no better destination for travellers looking for close encounters with volcanos, both dormant and active.

The massive Lake Nicaragua provides a variety of exciting opportunities to explore on water and land. The largely unexplored and pristine rainforest of the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve dominates about 15% of Nicaragua.

Sun and sand enthusiasts also will not be disappointed. Those looking for a tropical getaway as yet unspoiled by resorts, crowds, and developed urban growth should holiday on the white beaches of the Corn Islands.

The tourist infrastructure in many of these places is not widely developed, making Nicaragua ideal for adventurous travellers looking for an experience of nature, rather than those wanting luxury and glamour.

However, Nicaragua's cities do offer urban fun, with Managua, Granada, and mountainous Matagalpa providing convenient travel hubs, colonial architecture, and interesting cultural experiences. The warmth of the climate is a pleasant bonus when travelling through Nicaragua.


Nicaraguan Volcano

Nicaragua's Volcanoes

No trip to Nicaragua is complete without a hike up at least one of the country's many volcanoes. Nicaragua is home to a remarkable string running from the southern mountains around Lake Nicaragua up to the impressive northern Cosiguina Volcano, towering over the...  see full details



Montelimar Beach

Montelimar Beach

Montelimar Beach sits on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, offering tourists the perfect Nicaraguan beach resort experience. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country and is the closest to the capital city of Managua where many travellers begin...  see full details



Relax on the Corn Islands

Corn Islands

Adventurous travellers should definitely include the Corn Islands on their list of things to do in Nicaragua. Situated 40 miles (70km) from the mainland near the city of Bluefields, the two islands are home to howler monkeys, bats, and iguanas.

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Bosawas Biosphere Reserve

Bosawas Biosphere Reserve

Situated on both sides of the border between Nicaragua and Honduras, the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve covers more than 2 million acres (20 000 square km) and is home to thousands of plant and animal species, and nearly 200,000 types of insect.

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Colourful Granada

Granada

The colourful city of Granada offers visitors plenty of historical sights and beautiful colonial architecture, some of which dates back to the 1600s. Granada was founded in 1524 and is said to be the oldest city in the New World, a Spanish...  see full details



Lake Nicaragua (Lake Cocibolca)

Lake Nicaragua

Sometimes referred to as Lake Cocibolca, Lake Nicaragua is Central America's largest lake and 10th largest body of fresh water in the world. A number of attractions apart from its size make Lake Nicaragua remarkable, spreading out beneath Mombacho Volcano.

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Teeth and a ceramic bowl at the National Museum

National Museum of Nicaragua

The National Museum in Managua is one of Nicaragua's principal tourist attractions and the city's best museum. The museum building sits imposing and attractive on the Plaza de Revolucion, where the ruined cathedral and a number of other important buildings stand.

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Ometepe Island

Ometepe Island

The twin volcanoes on Lake Nicaragua are highlights for visitors to the scenic country. They are situated midway between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Visitors to the islands explore volcanoes by hiking through rainforests, while one can also pay a trip to a local...  see full details



Matagalpa

Matagalpa

A good starting point for travellers exploring Nicaragua's mountainous regions, Matagalpa is the sixth largest city in Nicaragua and one of the most important commercial centres. Sometimes called the 'Pearl of the North' or even the 'Land of Eternal Spring', Matagalpa is surrounded...  see full details