Nicaragua is the largest nation in Central America and
owing to its lack of mainstream tourism remains a perfect
destination for the discerning traveller who enjoys a more off the
beaten track experience.
Volcanoes, picturesque lakes and vast expanses of pristine
rainforest are all part of this country's natural beauty. The
highlands shoot up mountain peaks and are the origin of high
quality coffee beans and a variety of wildlife.
Granada is situated on the vast Lake Nicaragua and is the oldest
city in the country dating back to 1524. The streets are laid out
in the foothills of Mombacho volcano with many noteworthy buildings
like the neo-classical cathedral, the Church of La Merced, and the
fortress church of San Francisco.
Nicaragua has stunning low key beaches on the Pacific coast
including El Coco, Marsella and Ocotal. Excellent surfing can be
found at San Juan del Sur and close by is the country's most
important turtle nesting ground at La Flor. Poneloya and Las
Penitas are both fantastic little beach towns and you can also
visit the Juan Venado Island which is flanked by mangrove forest
and offers a great habitat for many animals, including thousands of
birds and many crocodiles.
Leon is the cultural city and its most famous son is the poet
and diplomat Ruben Dario, whose former home is now a visitor
museum. Twelve colonial churches are dotted throughout the city
along with the Cathedral of Leon which is the largest in Central