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Nicaragua Travel Guide

Experience languid afternoons and daring, imaginative adventures.

Discover Nicaragua

Framed both by an Atlantic coastline of remote mangrove labyrinths and by a Pacific coast stretch of surf-washed bays and beaches, Nicaragua offers a still-maturing travel industry of chic new hotels, clubs, and restaurants; Granada is a blossoming ex-pat hotspot.

While the casual traveler can certainly appreciate the familiar comforts between a horse ride among the villas and a homecooked meal in the company of friendly hosts, the majority of Nicaragua travel requires a patient spirit, one willing to make the necessary compromises in the name of adventure. Daring independents–especially those with some conversational Spanish and a willingness to use it–can find some of life’s greatest adventures amongst the volcanic heat and Caribbean cool of Nicaragua’s diverse landscape.

Check out the suggested itineraries, the where-to-gos and what-to-dos, because even the most independent of adventurous souls need a good place to get started.

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Travel Maps of Nicaragua

Download free, printable maps of Nicaragua for your personal use.

Currently available from the pages of our travel guides are over thirty maps of Nicaragua. Maps cover the cities of Granada and Managua, San Juan del Sur and the Southwest Coast, the diving hotspot of the Corn Islands, and more.

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Map of The Solentiname Islands, Nicaragua

The Solentiname Islands

Get Inspired With Our Most Recent Nicaragua Articles

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Pre-Columbian statuary in the Museo Arqueológico Gregorio Aguilar Barea.

Things to Do in Juigalpa, Nicaragua

The last big settlement on the road southeast to El Rama, Juigalpa bears the traces of its indigenous roots in elaborate statuary and other archaeological pieces still being discovered. Spend your time in its incredible museum and enjoying its many city parks.

White-water rafting on the Río Tuma.

Things to Do Near Matagalpa

North of Matagalpa you’ll find plenty of things to do in fantastic opportunities to explore the incredible landscape. For where to stay, take advantage of the area’s ecolodges and farming co-operatives to get to know and support the locals.

River through Somoto canyon in Nicaragua.

Planning Your Time in Estelí and the Segovias

The curious and unrushed traveler will not regret breaking away from the highway and going deep into Nicaragua’s northern countryside. Here are tips on making the most of your time exploring Estelí and the Segovias.

The view from La Garnacha's mirador. Photo © Elizabeth Perkins.

The Best of Nicaragua in Two Weeks

Nicaragua has a popular, carved-out tourist route based on its principal, most developed attractions. The beaten path is made up of the Granada-Ometepe-San Juan del Sur circuit, which can be done in about a week. Save another week for volcano-boarding near León, wildlife-viewing in Estelí, and relaxing on remote Big Corn Island. Wherever you head, Granada is a good place to ease into things, with colorful surroundings, wonderful cuisine, and a central location.