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Nicaragua may be the largest Central American country but it is also one of the least visited, although there are growing signs that this is about to change.  It’s a land where the violent geological and climatological history is matched by a human story of political upheavals, but now it is quiet, slowly developing its infrastructure, and eager to welcome visitors.

There are fuming volcanoes, with fertile shores lapped by the waters of glassy lakes, purple ranges of unexplored mountains and vast swathes of rainforest overwhelmed with wildlife. The highlands of Masaya National Park are cut through with trails and the banks of Rio San Juan festooned with tropical vegetation. Utterly peaceful Ometepe Island, with its twin volcanic peaks, rises from the vast sheet of water which comprises the metallic-blue Lake Nicaragua, the largest body of water in Central America.

The highland cities of Granada and León are steeped in history, art and culture. Beautiful colonial buildings and churches contrast vividly with political murals depicting the Nicaragua’s revolutionary past. There are near empty palm-fringed beaches on the Caribbean, especially on the simple Corn Islands. The Pacific coastline is equally unspoilt and a haven for surfers.

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Our insider tips for Nicaragua

Lina

Lina Fuller

Visit Leon as well as Granada to appreciate Nicaragua’s turbulent political history. Sitting at the foot of Volcán Mombacho and the shores of Lake Nicaragua, conservative Granada is the oldest city in the New World and its impressive baroque churches, colourful mansions and cobbled streets have been immaculately restored. In contrast, the once brightly painted facades of revolutionary Leon’s beautiful colonial buildings are faded, peeling and crumbling with murals recounting the events from the 1980s revolution.
Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

Go off the beaten track to the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve, the best place to spot wildlife in Nicaragua. You’d be lucky to see the jaguar, tapir or harpy eagles that inhabit this virgin rainforest (although never say never!) but will have no trouble spotting troops of curious white faced capuchin, spider and howler monkeys and caiman lurking on the riverbanks. The guides are expert at seeking out the tiny colourful poisoned dart frogs and will point out the many exotic bird species for you.

Ben Line

Ben Line

The English-speaking Corn Islands offer the best scuba diving and snorkelling in the country and the gorgeous palm-fringed white sand beaches on these unspoilt islands gives a true sense of the iconic Caribbean paradise. For somewhere livelier or if you want to learn to surf then head to San Juan del Sur where jungle-backed golden sand Pacific beaches and sweeping bays await. A popular backpacker stop, there is a buzzing nightlife scene but isolated luxury resorts away from it all too.

Caroline Maber

Caroline Maber

Rising majestically out of Lake Nicaragua, the largest fresh water lake in Central America, Isla Ometepe is an incredibly beautiful and tranquil island formed by two perfectly formed conical volcanoes - an absolute must visit! The lush jungle harbours monkeys and a plethora of tropical bird species and there are ancient petroglyphs and waterfalls to hike to. For a challenge, climb the volcanoes for the finest views in the country. Alternatively, just chill out on the long stretch of beach along the narrow isthmus that joins the two volcanoes.

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For a superb holiday in a relatively little-known part of Latin America, I don't think Nicaragua can be beaten - think amazing natural attractions, historic cities and plenty of adventure.

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