NICARAGUA, LAND OF LAKES AND VOLCANOES!
In today’s shrinking planet few countries can boast such an authentic character and culture as Nicaragua. Sandwiched between Costa Rica and Honduras, and with both Caribbean and Pacific coasts, Nicaragua is a very, very special country, blessed with wonderful scenery, a rich colonial heritage, a taste for the arts, and a strong sense of community and humanity.
Ranked as one of the safest countries in Latin America, Nicaragua is peaceful, democratic and welcoming and will impress you with its’ Pacific Basin, the rich colonial architecture of its two historic cities, Granada and León, the awe inspiring dual volcano island of Ometepe, and the crystal clear waters and laid back atmosphere of the Corn Islands. Nicaragua’s numerous lakes and rivers include Central America’s biggest, Lake Nicaragua, which is punctuated by more than 500 volcanic islands that support unique wildlife and hide ancient indigenous relics.
Nicaragua offers: world-class coffee, rum and cigars; cone-shaped volcanoes for hiking up and boarding down; lush rainforests aflutter with butterflies, birds and monkeys; and superb surf and dive spots.
All these will sate the sybarite, the adventure-lover, the escapist. But Nicaragua has a unique cultural dimension, expressed through extraordinary religious fiestas, authentic folk music, thriving agricultural communities and the poems of “father of modernismo” Rubén Darío (as influential as T S Eliot or Borges, yet not known half as well).
There are so many reasons to visit this beautiful country, so contact us today and let us help you plan a trip of a lifetime to this land of fire and water!
The people of Nicaragua are warm and generous which is surprising to many due to the media’s constantly replayed images of their war-torn past. There are many stories of expatriates or tourists having vehicle problems or other issues in the middle of nowhere and having a local Nica family with little or nothing offering their home, food and assistance.
The most outstanding characteristic about the Nicaraguan people is their kindness, which you will notice almost immediately because they are always helpful and will offer you their friendship without hesitation.
TRADITIONS AND CULTURE
Spanish is the official language of Nicaragua. Over 70% of the population speaks Spanish, while the others speak some English and other languages from their ancestors tribes. Nicaragua's Spanish vocabulary is different in a couple ways from normal Spanish because there are English add-ins and a few adjustments from the tribal languages all mixed together.
On special occasions and ceremonies, Nicaraguan residents have celebratory meals. They serve and eat meat, and since it is very rare for families in Nicaragua to have, it is very special to them on celebrations. They usually serve grilled steak called "bistec a la parrilla" or a grilled sirloin known as "lomo".
Religious celebrations are very important in Nicaragua. The main ones celebrated are Christmas, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8th). The most important holiday in Nicaragua is La Purísima. It's a week long celebration of the Immaculate Conception and is a very exciting time for Nicaraguans.
Some non-religious holidays celebrated in Nicaragua include:
New Year's Liberation Day (July 18th)
Labor Day (May 1st) Independence Day (Sept. 15th)
Secular Holidays are very similar to American's holidays, and are celebrated with just as much excitement as Nicaragua's religious celebrations.
LAKES AND VOLCANOES
The central region of the country also features a large number of cloud forests which further add to the natural diversity. The highest range in Nicaragua is to be found here. It is known as the Cordillera Isabella range, and it features peaks which rise to heights of 6890 ft (2100m). Here you will find incredibly beautiful cloud forests. It is also one of the best areas to visit coffee plantations or to go bird watching. The majority of hiking trails in the country can be found in this part of Nicaragua.
In a country teeming with wildlife and diversity, there is little mystery as to why so many tourists are choosing to visit National Parks in Nicaragua instead of cities and beaches. Nicaragua has some 78 nature reserves, parks and wildlife sanctuaries filled with amazing diversity.
Nicaragua has one of the most impressive volcanic chains in Central America. It features more than fifty volcanic cones of which seven are active. These cones rise off a flat coastal plain which is just above sea level – a geographical feature that makes them more striking to look at and more accessible to climbers and hikers.
Nicaragua has so much on offer that it can be difficult trying to decide where to start. White sandy beaches, tropical forests, one of the biggest lakes in Latin America and stunning colonial cities all contribute to a great vacation adventure.
Nicaragua tourism excels because of its amazing natural diversity. The warm ocean water all year round makes for great beach holidays in Nicaragua. The stunning architecture of Nicaraguan cities will captivate old and young. Lakes, lagoons, forests and islands make Nicaragua a true nature lover’s paradise.
Lake Nicaragua covers a massive 8000 sq km. This aquatic marvel hosts over 500 tropical inlets and provides shelter for a large variety of birds and other animals, making it a prime tourism destination.
Get your adrenaline rush on a canopy tour (zip line) of the forest - swinging from trees on specially adapted cables, or perhaps a picnic beside the stunning waterfalls of La Maquina is more your style?
Horse lovers jump at the opportunity to enjoy a scenic horseback ride through indigenous forests while culture lovers can spend hours exploring the interesting history of old fortresses and grand buildings that have spent many decades, if not centuries, baking under the hot Nicaraguan sun. Beach resorts certainly aren’t in short supply and provide the opportunity to soak up the sun, and enjoy a variety of water sports. If you’re not a fan of getting sand on your body but you love going for a splash, there are a number of amazing lakes situated further inland that would make for an excellent swimming venue. Of course, there are several not-to-be-missed attractions in Nicaragua, such as Ometepe Island, the colonial cities of Leon and Granada, and the Caribbean islands of Corn and Little Corn Islands, offering sailing, scuba and sport fishing opportunities.