Nicaragua is a fantastic country that offers natural wonders along with fascinating historical sites. Nicaragua is gaining popularity among travelers, but it is still in the beginning stages of tourism, so the beaches aren’t overcrowded, the price for meals is still pretty cheap and the locals are friendly. There are two main areas for tours in Nicaragua: Granada and the Southern Pacific zone. The good news is that there is a wide variety of tours that are easily accessible from both of these areas. We recommend that you stay in both areas during your trip to get the full experience of all that this unique country has to offer. We also offer tours and some limited lodging in the Leon area for those who want to see the colonial town and do some volcano boarding.
This is Nicaragua’s most famous colonial city. As you walk the streets with your guide, you will be flooded with stories of conquerors and conquistadors who have ransacked the town and you will hear about the indigenous cultures and locals who helped shape this area of the country. There is great shopping in the markets and there are several very interesting tours that you can do in the area to learn more about this city’s rich and tumultuous history. There are also some very cool nature tours in the area, from the enormous Lake Nicaragua to the active volcanoes that tower up above.
Southern Pacific Coast
This area’s geography is similar to Costa Rica’s Northern Pacific coast, but the culture is purely Nicaraguan. The sandy beaches are perfect for surfing, snorkeling, catamaran cruises and more. There are also beautiful rainforests for hiking, canopy tours, and horseback riding. There is something for everyone in this region.
This is another great colonial town for history buffs to explore. Thrill-seekers often flock to this area for the adrenaline-pumping volcano boarding along the side of the Cerro Negro volcano. People use wooden boards to surf or sled down the side of the active volcano on the penny-sized volcanic rocks that cover the slope.