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Don't just pass by Nicaragua in two days...

Nicaragua by Rubén Darío, Nicaragua's national poet

Madre, que dar pudiste
de tu vientre pequeño
tantas rubias bellezas y tropical tesoro,
tanto lago de azures,
tanta rosa de oro,
tanta paloma dulce,
tanto tigre zahareño.

Yo te ofrezco el acero
en que forjé mi empeño,
la caja de armonía
que guarda mi tesoro,
la peaña de diamantes
del Idolo que adoro
y te ofrezco mi esfuerzo,
y mi nombre y mi sueño.


Nicaragua is an absolutely fabulous country to visit. Most tourists just drive through Nicaragua in two days without seeing anything and without even realising what they are missing. So check out my travel tips to see what you might miss before you make the same mistake ;-)

By the way, you shouldn't be put off by Nicaragua's dark past as, contrary to Nicaragua's reputation, it is actually the safest country in Central America!

Nicaraguan people are polite, easy going and have an excellent sense of humour. Because Nicaragua has until recently been quite untouched by tourism there are many "off the beaten path" places to visit.

It is also really easy to get around the country along the Pan American Highway and other roads because there are no big mountains to cross!. Buses are cheap and there are frequent connections to almost any place.

There is a lot to see in Nicaragua alone!

Nicaragua has very rich nature (volcanoes, cloud forests, sea...) and an interesting mixture of history and cultures from the Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean.

Top tips for visiting:
>The city of Granada by Lake Nicaragua
> Masaya national park (active crater) and the city of Masaya with its beautiful market place (buy hammocks from the producers)
> San Juan del Oriente (ceramics) and Catarina with a beautiful view of the Laguna de Apoyo (collapsed) crater lake.
>Ometepe island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua
>Pochomil beach on the Pacific side
>Surfers like San Juan del Sur on the Pacific side, which is a touristy yet very pleasant littel village with many nice and quiet beaches within easy reach.
>San Carlos on the southern shores of Lake Nicaragua and Río San Juan that starts from there (don't just go to San Carlos but take a few days to explore the river and the national park)
>Pearl lagoon village on the caribbean side is an absolutely charming place and still off the beaten path (take a boat from Bluefields)
>Little Corn Island is also worth a visit because of its coral reefs and diving opportunities. The big island is, by the way, not half as nice as the small one.
>León is a beautiful and lively city that was the colonial capital of Nicaragua.
>There many nature parks and volcanoes within easy reach all around Nicaragua.

Why not head towards north?

Many tourists visit nature parks in the south of the country. If you want to be a little different you should take a bus to Estelí in the north. It is a nice and fresh place to stay in to explore northern Nicaragua's nature parks (Miraflor, Cantagallo, Tisey) and cities, which are definitely still off the beaten path.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Many interesting places to visit within easy reach, nice people
  • Cons:Managua is an ugly city, don't waist your time there
  • In a nutshell:Beautiful country with lovely people and nature
  • Last visit to Nicaragua: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    great tips

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2006 at 11:17 AM

    Hei Hanna! Upea Nicaragua sivu! Tuli ikävä sinne, ehkä lähden uudelleen vielä joskus.

  • trek06's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2005 at 9:04 PM

    Good Job, waundered around Nicaragua for month of June 05. It's still a great unspoiled place to discover. Great pages!

  • BorderHopper's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2005 at 11:58 AM

    I really enjoyed reding through your NIcaragua pages. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us.....your tips will be of great value when we go toNicaragua in August. Happy travels!

  • Calor's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2004 at 3:09 PM

    Good Nicaragua tip..I was trying to go there this year but couldn't..

  • tatyanap's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2004 at 9:43 AM

    Great page! Good job!

  • lenoreva's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2003 at 12:55 AM

    You've been a busy little bee since I visited your page last - hope all is well! Lenore

  • Nov 9, 2003 at 9:54 AM

    super page, thanks for sharing!

  • Christian.Lafont's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2003 at 2:49 PM

    Useful tips, packing list and addresses. Thanks. I plan a trip this November. Other recommendations ? Thanks.

  • Hermanater's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2003 at 6:11 AM

    Some of the best rum I have tasted. (I only drink rum) Went horse riding in San Jaun Del Sur (ended up on a nag) Enjoy your time there

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