Overview

Nicaragua may be less visited than neighbouring Costa Rica, but with developing infrastructure this Central American country is becoming increasingly popular. On holidays to Nicaragua, you can discover fuming volcanoes, fertile shores of glassy lakes, unexplored mountains and vast swathes of rainforest filled with wildlife.

The highlands of Masaya National Park are bisected by trails and the banks of Rio San Juan festooned with tropical vegetation. Peaceful Ometepe Island, with its twin volcanic peaks, rises from vast 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.

At Journey Latin America, we offer a range of tailor-made holidays to Nicaragua, from family holidays to luxury travel and small group tours. These include our Signature Nicaragua, which visits Rio San Juan, Granada, Ometepe Island, Leon and the Pacific coast. Or our Cotinga Group Tour visits more off-the-beaten-track destinations. To book your holiday, just speak to one of our Nicaragua Travel Experts.

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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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    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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