Seemingly untouched, Nicaragua is a pristine paradise of dense mountain terrain where smoking volcanoes waft up into powdery blue sky and glassy waves guarantee surfers the perfect barrel. On any given day, you could find yourself zooming down Cerro Negro on a boarding excursion or uncovering architectural gems on a city tour. Whether you’re a history buff, keen adventurer or nature lover, you’re certain to find a Nicaragua experience to suit your passion.

Don’t miss these Nicaragua attractions

  • Matagalpa
  • Volcano boarding down Cerro Negro
  • Kayaking on Lake Nicaragua
  • Architecture tour through Leon
  • Surfing at Playa Hermosa and Aschunchillo

Get back into nature

Adventurers will be spoiled with an endless number of pursuits within this wondrous landscape. Rappel down cliff faces in San Juan del Sur, fly through the air above coffee plantations, join a guided walk through the Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve, or partake in some mountain biking in Matagalpa.

If you tire of dry land and want to make a splash in the inviting waterways, there are plenty of adventure tours that will have you gliding through the ocean and Lake Nicaragua in no time. Surf’s up at Aschunchillo and Playa Hermosa, and you can explore the eco wonderland that is Pearl Keys on a boat tour.

A touch of culture

Nicaragua’s main drawcard is its natural beauty, but that’s not to say its cities are lacking in excitement or attractions. Granada, Leon, and the capital, Managua, all come alive with a cocktail of rich culture, vibrant people and colonial attractions, of which you can delve into on city cycling and walking tours.

While Nicaragua’s main cities each offer their own treasures and charm, they are also perfect launch pads for day trips into the surrounding eco wonderlands. Along with guided visits to local villages, you can also join kayaking trips on Lake Nicaragua from Granada and Managua. From Leon, explore Isla Juan Venado Wildlife Reserve by boat or visit the bubbling mud pits of Hervideros de San Jacinto. 

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