Overview

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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The weather in Nicaragua is wide and varied

Having suffered years of political upheaval Nicaragua is now a peaceful destination characterised by fuming volcanoes, lakes, mountains, tropical islands, Caribbean and Pacific beaches and beautiful colonial cities steeped in culture and history. Situated well within the tropics, Nicaragua has a typical tropical climate with high temperatures all year round at low altitudes. The dry season runs from November – May with plenty of sunny days and warm sunshine; with the exception of the Caribbean coast which can experience a shower at any time. Temperatures are significantly modified by altitude and higher up it can be very cool at night. Nicaragua’s rainy season begins at the end of May but showers are generally short and confined to the afternoon or evening. From July it becomes increasingly wet and there’s a risk of tropical storms until November.
Over Easter there are celebrations throughout the country. Popular traditions include the donkey procession on Palm Sunday; a procession from all parts of Nicaragua that gathers in Granada. In late November San Juan del Sur hosts a week long beach party and surfing competition and from September to December there is a festival every Sunday in Masaya with parades and tamarindo music.

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