Nicaragua

Region Guide

Nicaragua’s diverse landscapes and cultural heritage make it a great place to stop on your Latin America adventure. Granada, with its colourful colonial architecture, offers a glimpse into the country’s history. Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua boasts volcanic landscapes and indigenous culture. Explore the vibrant markets of Masaya and the serene beauty of Little Corn Island.

Nicaragua's Regions

Corn Islands

The Corn Islands consist of two barefoot paradises in the Caribbean Sea, with a noticeably Afro-Caribbean way of life where English is the local language. The lifestyle here is simple and somewhat cut off from mainland Nicaragua.

Granada & Ometepe Island

Granada is the oldest city in Central America and its setting is second-to-none, overlooked by the majestic Mombacho volcano and located on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. Granada is an old Spanish colonial town and the cobbled streets, red roofs, quaint churches and quintessentially Spanish architecture makes this town a very attractive destination and by far the most beautiful town in Nicaragua.

Leon

Leon is Nicaragua’s second major city, home to many students, and full of political and artistic energy. Leon is an attractive city with colonial red-tiled houses and a cobblestone old town, but the street murals tell stories of the political turmoil and the 1979 revolution.

Matagalpa

Matagalpa is a much smaller mountainous city in Nicaragua, located slightly at altitude (about 700m), which gives it a cooler temperature nestled in the cloud forest. The climate here means it’s the perfect place for growing coffee and the chocolate produced in this region is particularly renowned! The Selva Negra Cloud Forest is a fantastic place for birdwatching and hiking through scenic valleys and plantations.

Pacific Coast of Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s Pacific coast is home to long sweeping beaches, crashing waves and some truly spectacular sunsets. Tourism is gradually growing along the coast and there are now a handful of high-end properties, if you’re looking for a luxury beach stay before you fly home.

Rio San Juan

Rio San Juan is a river that goes from Lake Nicaragua to the border with Costa Rica and is home to one of the largest nature reserves in the region, Indio Maíz. It’s surrounded by dense rainforest and has an abundance of wildlife and birdlife alike.

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