Adventure and Culture – Nicaragua Has It All

Joe McClain - Oct 01, 2015
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Nicaragua is unjustifiably overshadowed, when it comes to adventure tourism and ecotourism, by some of its more developed neighboring places. Whatever you can do elsewhere, you can do the same things at Nicaragua at a lesser cost. Here are a few top things to do in Nicaragua. 

Hike, Watch Wildlife, Experience Culture and Relax in Isla de Ometepe

Ometepe is the best place for hiking, wildlife, cultural and relaxation. Formed by volcanoes Concepcion and Maderas, it is unique and offers variety of activities to travelers, including challenging trails and breathtaking views from the top. You can also go finca hopping by renting a bike, explore ancient petroglyphs and visit bountiful coffee plantations. If you are not the active type, you can go on an escorted tour of the island or a customized foodie tour. If your goal is to experience the culture of the island, look out for Nicaraguan homestay options at Puesta Del Sol. 

Pump Your Adrenaline, Understand History and Enjoy Architecture at Granada and Leon

Granada is not only colorful, but also well preserved and has excellent infrastructural facilities. It is nicknamed La Gran Sultana to reflect its Moorish background. Arrange a day trip to Masaya Volcano to enjoy one of the world’s easiest caldera hikes. Some people go by car when it is not humid to watch lava at night.

On the other hand, Leon is replete with history and nostalgic aura and offers a Castilian appearance. Navigating Leon may be a little difficult for those who can’t speak Spanish. It is, therefore, a good idea to arrange a tour package. You can visit Cerro Negro volcano and if you are the adventurous type you can do volcano boarding down the gravelly basaltic cinders. 

Surfing, Hiking and Voluntourism in Jiquilillo

Jiquilillo in the Pacific Northwest is a lethargic beach town. The shore breaks offer great surfing opportunities. The volunteering opportunities are endless and the extinct Volcano Cosigina and the stunning crater-lake offer challenging ride on a vehicle with a four-wheel drive. The two accommodation options available are Montys Beach Lodge, a comfortable mid-range place, and Rancho Esperanza, a hostel. 

Diving and Snorkeling in Corn Islands

Located on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, the Corn Islands offer stunning views, incredible seafood, and snorkeling, diving and yoga experiences at competitive rates. There are no cars in Little Corn and the island is less crowded. Electricity is available for only 12 hours from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM. Therefore, this island is best suited for adventurous souls. Big Corn offers comfortable stays, but at higher costs. 

Enjoy Adventure Sports and Nightlife in San Juan Del Sur

San Juan Del Sur is well known for nonstop partying, but the beach is very crowded. On the surface, dancing, surfing and drinking are the main activities, but you can also take a walk to the stunning Plaza Del Arte or Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, play paintball, and do wall climbing, among many other things.

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