Spend two nights in Granada, exploring the city by horse and cart, visiting the abandoned railway, the chocolate museums, art galleries and rum and cigar factories. Take a pew in the buzzy Plaza Colon to watch the world go by, accompanied by a refreshing lemongrass juice and plate of yucca and vigoron.
Retreat to Lake Nicaragua for a night on one of the islands, formed by the explosion of Mombacha volcano in 1570. The majestic Ometepe volcano rises from its serene waters, adorned with ancient petroglyphs and waterfalls. There is a distinct community feel, as locals cruise around in their wooden boats catching fish and freshwater lobster for their families.
In the neighbouring countryside, among sugar plantations and quaint local towns, lies one of our favourite, most indulgent retreats. Teeming with wildlife among teak forests and lakes is a secluded paradise of unparalleled natural beauty.