Throughout most of the 20th century, Nicaragua’s history was marred by revolution, dictators and wars, not to mention devastating earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. For the past 25 years at least, however, there has been peace. Several decades of government stability have brought safety, improved infrastructure and roads and inquisitive travellers, curious to explore this unspoiled gem.
Situated at the very centre of the Americas, Nicaragua is an ideal place to visit for anyone looking for something uniquely different and adventurous. In the heart of Central America, Nicaragua truly deserves the descriptive nickname of “The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.” Visitors to Nicaragua are able to enjoy the natural beauty of dozens of volcanoes, rivers, and lakes, as well as two oceans.
Nicaragua offers an immense variety of activities such as visiting the Spanish colonial cities of Granada and Leon, surfing world-class waves, hiking up volcanoes and zip-lining through the forest canopy. Ever popular is the kayaking on the calm waters of Lake Cocibolca, also known as Lake Nicaragua, an immense lake with over three hundred islands and home to the only fresh water sharks in the world. Nicaragua is especially great for those interested in eco-tourism and is home to a rich diversity of animal and plant species.
Visitors may tour the “Coffee Route” located in the northern part of the country. It is a fascinating alternative experience that lets you take an up-close look at coffee farms and explore the countryside along the way. On this route there are opportunities to hike, mountain-bike, sightsee, horseback ride and observe countless animals in their natural habitat.
In the southern part of the country, the “Water Route” follows the 120-mile long San Juan River as it snakes its way between Nicaragua and its neighbour to the south, Costa Rica and finally flows into the Caribbean Sea. The area known as “El Castillo” is the widest part of the river and is surrounded by islands bursting with wildlife and vegetation.
The unparalleled natural beauty of Nicaragua is further enriched by its strong cultural heritage and legacy of friendly hospitality. Nicaragua’s multi-ethnic and multi-lingual people are the country’s finest asset. Revolution, civil war and natural disasters may have taken their toll on the country’s infrastructure, but its resilient people remain warm and welcoming and intensely proud of their culture and traditions.