Posted on 08/05/2022 (Modified on 16/05/2022)

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Amazing places You Should Visit in Nicaragua

A friendly, welcoming all-rounder and the most diverse of all Central American countries, Nicaragua has it all: gorgeous Spanish-colonial architecture, a wealth of indigenous culture, idyllic white-sand beaches beneath swaying palms on Caribbean islands, climbable volcanoes, world-class surf beaches and huge swathes of protected jungle, home to numerous bird and animal species. Whether you're looking to dally in handsome towns, hit the waves along the Pacific coast or get off the beaten track by staying at a coffee cooperative or venturing into virgin rainforest, the many epic places to visit in Nicaragua are bound to beguile you.

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There's a palpable buzz to León, hotbed of the Sandinista revolution in the 1980s and one of the most alluring towns in Nicaragua. Maybe there's something in the water, or perhaps it's the somewhat dilapidated Spanish Colonial architecture, cosmopolitan dining scene, some of the finest contemporary art in Central America or the happening nightlife catering to a large student population. A standout sight is the Museo Histórico de la Revolución, devoted to those who challenged the Somoza dictatorship; you'll be shown around by a former revolutionary who participated in the conflict.

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Isla Ometepe

You'll see the twin peaks of the Concepción and Madera volcanoes come into view as your rickety ferry chugs its way from the port of San Jorge across the massive Lake Nicaragua - home to freshwater sharks - long before you reach the shores of the island. Both volcanoes can be climbed, but if that's not your bag, the island has plenty of other options to offer travelers: a standard beach holiday in Santa Cruz, a hike to the namesake waterfall from the village of San Ramón, tours to ancient petroglyphs, kayaking in the mangroves of the Istiam River, kicking back at the organic fincas (farms) and ecolodges around Balgüe or exploring the remote communities on the south shore of the island via mountain bike or on horseback.

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Pearl Cays

A private boat tour from Pearl Lagoon on the remote east coast will carry you across the choppy waters of the open sea to this cluster of tiny Caribbean islands, all palm-shaded white sand and cerulean waters. The names - Crawl Cay, Grape Cay, Wild Cane Cay - may remind you of the islands' past as buccaneer hideouts, and unless you choose to overnight at one of the best hotels in Nicaragua on Lime Cay, you're destined to spend the night camping on the beach, living out your shipwreck fantasy. Conservation-minded travelers may wish to visit Crawl Cay between June and September to observe the efforts of the community-run hawksbill turtle conservation program.

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Little Corn Island

From the air, Little Corn is shaped like a lamb chop, the vivid green of jungle vegetation standing out against the deep blue of the Caribbean Sea and the aquamarine shallows that fringe its white-sand beaches. Expect that you won't be coming by air: the only way to get here is by flying to Great Corn Island from Managua, then hopping aboard a narrow panga boat for an exhilarating - and wet - journey to this tiny speck of land. It's one of the most beautiful places to visit in Nicaragua, and the attractions consist of diving with hammerhead sharks, lazing on beaches and scrambling up to the lighthouse for epic sunset-gazing.

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Masaya Volcano

Peering at bubbling lava is one of the undisputed highlights of a visit to Nicaragua. Hike the trails along the slopes of Masaya - one of the most active volcanoes in the country - during the day, then drive down to the nearby Laguna de Apoyo for a refreshing dip. For an extra special experience, visit at night, when tour buses are allowed to drive almost right up to the lip of the crater, the lake of molten magma glows a golden red and your fellow visitors appear like other-worldly apparitions between the sulfurous columns of gas rising from the crater. If you're driving yourself, don't forget to point your vehicle downhill in case of an emergency evacuation.

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