‘The Land of Lakes & Volcanoes’ combines stunning natural beauty with a rich political and cultural history to make Nicaragua one of Central America’s most exciting destinations.
A long and turbulent history has made Nicaraguan’s acutely aware of the politics of their country- from the former dictator Somoza to the revolutionary Sandinistas, from the US-led contra war to the current more stable political climate; Nicaraguans of all backgrounds speak eloquently about their country’s’ past, and optimistically about its future.
Situated on the shores of Lake Cocibolca and with stunning colonial architecture, Granada is Nicaragua’s most beautiful city and provides travellers with a comfortable base from which to explore nearby Mombacho Volcano and the Masaya Markets. Leon is Granada’s long-time political rival; the liberal counterpart to Granada’s more traditional, conservative politics.
The twin volcanic peaks of Ometepe Island rise from the waters of Lake Cocibolca; the challenging hike to the top of Maderas Volcano is rewarded with views of the lovely crater lake, which, shrouded in a thin layer of mist and surrounded by thick green forest, is exceptionally beautiful. We recommend a few days on the island to sample the local seafood, explore the island’s forests and swim in the refreshing waters of the lake. Nicaragua offers the best of both worlds with its rugged Pacific coastline and tranquil Caribbean beaches. Visit the remote and ultra-laid-back Corn Islands for the ultimate getaway vacation; or rent a car and explore the isolated Pacific beaches.