Nicaragua - Touring Holidays
An escorted tour taking in the highlights of Nicaragua is a perfect introduction to the largest country in Central America. Overlooked by many tourists, Nicaragua is bordered by Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south and is often described as ‘the land of lakes and volcanoes’. It is a scenic and beautiful destination, which boasts mile upon mile of glorious coastline and beaches.
The starting point for many visitors, Granada is a charming laid-back city on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. It was founded in 1524 by Spaniard Francisco Fernández de Córdoba and is a showcase of wonderful colonial buildings, many of which have been beautifully restored. Amongst its red-tiled roofs and atmospheric streets, you’ll discover a lovely central plaza, elegant churches and delightful flower-filled courtyards. Be sure to visit the Convento San Francisco Museum, with its impressive façade and interesting array of exhibits.
You’ll also want to take a boat trip to explore the Isletas of Granada, around 360 tiny islands scattered across Lake Nicaragua. They were formed when the Mombacho volcano erupted some 20,000 years ago, and as you cruise serenely around the forest-clad islands you’ll be able to appreciate the sheer size of the lake and look out for some incredible wild birdlife.
Masaya Volcano National Park
Containing two mighty volcanoes and five craters, the Masaya Volcano National Park is alive with volcanic activity. A plume of gaseous smoke and steam rises from the impressive Santiago crater and there are a number of hiking trails which you can follow to explore the park. Volcanic rock and ash shrouds parts of the surrounding landscape and you might be lucky enough to spot some of the wildlife that resides here - coyotes, raccoons, deer and parakeets are all known to inhabit the park.
Managua’s interesting highlights
Nicaragua’s capital city Managua has survived the onslaught of earthquakes, war and revolution. It’s a busy, somewhat chaotic place with some interesting highlights. Be sure to visit the remains of the Antigua Cathedral, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1972 and the Loma de Tiscapa national historic park, home to the impressive statue of Sandino, a prominent figure in Nicaraguan history.
Bustling and vibrant, the colonial city of León is less polished than Granada, but just as attractive in a different kind of way. As you set off to explore, the lively streets will reveal an array of fascinating churches and museums, including the largest cathedral in Central America which on a clear day offers sensational, panoramic views from its roof. If time allows you could also head to one of the delightful nearby beaches, for a spot of relaxation in the sun.
Every Travelsphere holiday offers exceptional value for money. Included in the price are return scheduled flights/rail travel and internal flights, where applicable, overseas transfers and transportation, carefully chosen hotels, many meals and excursions and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or Local Guide.
Articles about Nicaragua
Lake Nicaragua and its shores are an important habitat for a variety of animal species. Many birds can be spotted here including egrets and herons, cormorants and kites, and lots of different types of fish thrive in the glistening waters.