Nicaragua, much less explored than neighbouring Costa Rica, beguiles with its impressive colonial buildings, natural beauty and the warmth of its people. The Nicas, as the locals are known, are innately proud, liberally applying a vibrant palette of colour to houses, market stalls, restaurants and plazas.
Aside from a breathtaking assortment of birdlife, the country’s most noteworthy spectacles are the smoking crater of the Masaya volcano and Lago Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America and home to an archipelago of over 300 islands and vast stretches of pristine coastline. Inland, the colonial cities of Granada and Leon are rich with history.
Best time to travel
from London / New York: 16: / 7 hours (both connecting)
Combines Well With
Stephen Kinzer – Blood of Brothers
Palo de Mayo
Eat & Drink
Vigoron & Rum
What people say
- “We are still luxuriating in the memories of our wonderful trip. Next year (2012) we are going to Africa, and I was thinking of riding in Botswana - is there anyone like you operating over there, who could arrange a glorious week?
- “I cannot tell you what an amazing time we are having...how did you manage it?!
- “We were delighted with the trip we have just completed to Brazil and Argentina. We walked down Copacabana beach, watched a tapir swim past our canoe in the Pantanal, were submerged in the Iguazu falls, conquered desert and vineyards in northwest Argentina, experienced a snowstorm in the Andes, fed Cayman off horseback and enjoyed a tango show in probably the finest city in South America. A truly memorable experience: we have no hesitation in recommending Plan South America.
The Inside Track
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