Let’s Travel To Nicaragua
After talking about traveling and exploring different parts of the world I actually have a trip booked.
As in actual dates for travel.
I have decided to travel to Nicaragua in January 2017, returning home in March. So a pretty good stretch to explore and see what Nicaragua travel has to offer.
Even though Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, years of political and civil unrest coupled with hugely destructive earthquakes have meant that it is one of the least visited countries in the region. However, after years of flying below the radar, this country is now becoming the “it” spot for travelers. Expats are even moving in and buying up property. This is a beautiful, wonderful country, and it’s better to get there now before it catches on and prices skyrocket!
Plus with the proposed canal that MAY disrupt things in the future I feel that the time is right to check out this gem of Central America.
Explore Managua – Managua is the capital and home to many beautiful buildings and museums. The recently renovated Plaza de la Republica is home to the Palacio Nacional, which is still a government building but also houses an art gallery and museum. Next to the Palacio is the Catedral Viejo, a dilapidated ruin of a once wonderful cathedral destroyed in the earthquake.
Go fishing – Both the Caribbean and the Pacific border the shores of Nicaragua and fishing here is pretty popular. Off the coast you’ll find a myriad of fish – some up to about 200 lbs. There are also chartered trips around the volcanic islands within the Lago.
Admire Colonial Granada – Granada has some of the best preserved colonial architecture in Nicaragua and due to the recent investment in tourism, it has become very popular among travelers. Take in the magnificent buildings in the Plaza de Independencia, hike a nearby volcano, and kayak the nearby islet. Be sure to eat at Kathy’s Waffles, Garden Cafe, and one of the Vigoran stalls in the park.
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Explore the Masaya markets – The main attractions in the city of Masaya are two craft markets, the Mercado Municipal and the Mercado de Artesanias. Every Thursday night at the Mercado de Artesanias is the “Night of Revelry” featuring folkloric dancing, local food and music.
Relax in San Juan del Sur – A hit with surfers and backpackers, San Juan del Sur is the most popular beach town in Nicaragua. The beach itself is in a great setting and enclosed by prehistoric volcanic hills. It’s the biggest backpacker spot in the country and you’ll find a lot of cheap bars and hostels here as a well as a constant party if you want one.
Learn to surf – Nicaragua may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of surfing, but it’s a huge past time here due to the year round waves and warm water. There are plenty of surf schools that offer tuition and equipment hire around the towns of Rivas and San Juan del Sur.
Visit Ometepe Island – This extraordinary island is located on the Lago de Nicaragua and is formed by two joined volcanoes, Concepcion and Maderas. Hiking the volcanoes, kayaking and cycling are the main activities here. It’s beautiful; the locals are friendly and the food and accommodation are cheap, so it’s a great place to unwind for a few days. The walks up the volcanoes are pretty strenuous and take up a whole day
Visit Leon – This city was Nicaragua’s capital until 1857. To this day remains the country’s “intellectual” capital and it is home to the National University. Remnants of the political war between the Somozas and Sandinistas can be seen in the graffiti and murals around the city. There are a lot of cathedrals in this city (it’s famous for them) and once you have had enough of those, be sure to visit the Museum of the Revolution. It’s an interesting take on the Sandinista movement.
Go volcano boarding – What’s sand-boarding next to volcano-boarding? Cerro Negro, a young and active volcano, offers tourists a chance to board down its gravely slopes through an organized tour. You will have to hike up to the top, which takes around an hour, so be prepared for a climb and to get dirty! Sign me up!
Kayak around Las Isletas – Las Isletas is a chain of small islands on a lake near Granada. Kayaking tours give travelers a chance to experience some nature in a calm and relaxing setting.
Hang out at Lake Apoyo – Lake Apoyo is a 48-square mile lake that actually lies on the Apoyo volcano crater. It’s a beautiful setting with very clear water for swimming. Consider renting a kayak, or going on a hike. This is a nice place for a relaxing getaway for a couple of days.
So there you have it. Nicaragua travel. I will be sure to keep you updated on my travel plans and how things go once I am actually in-country.
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