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Nicaragua Tours & Holidays

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Overview

Sandwiched between the Caribbean and the Pacific, Nicaragua is one of Central America’s most captivating destinations. The region’s largest country, it is home to pristine rainforests, towering volcanoes, beautiful colonial architecture and the largest body of freshwater in Central America. Still largely undeveloped, its combination of natural beauty, colonial charm and vibrant energy makes it one of the most affable and unspoiled countries in the Americas.

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Group tours

GROUP TOUR

Nicaragua Explorer

Discover the picturesque cities of León and Granada, the island of Ometepe, Lake Nicaragua and hike up an active volcano.
14 days from £3,095
GROUP TOUR

Central American Odyssey: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras & Guatemala

Witness the dramatic contrasts in people, food, scenery and history on this fascinating tour.
21 days from £4,250

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Nicaragua

This classic tour offers a great introduction to Nicaragua's history, via charming colonial towns; natural beauty, with hikes across islands and volcanoes; and culture, through fun classes and local visits
7 days from £2,155
TAILOR-MADE

Nicaragua In Style

Explore charming colonial cities, dramatic volcanoes and fertile forests travelling between Nicaragua’s most unique and high-end accommodation options, from award-winning ecolodges to restored colonial mansions
14 days from £3,585
TAILOR-MADE

Complete Nicaragua

A fuller, activity-packed itinerary taking in a wide selection of the country's diverse destinations from its highlight colonial cities and famous volcanoes to the little-visited northern highlands and Caribbean islands
16 days from £2,660

HIGHLIGHTS OF NICARAGUA

BEST EXPERIENCES

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Corn Islands

This is the Caribbean as it used to be, relaxed islands that live mainly from fishing and a bit of tourism. There are small family-owned hotels on both of the main islands which are modest and comfortable,...

Granada

Granada is Nicaragua’s most famous destination, mostly for the beauty of its spacious and brightly painted Andalusian-styled Spanish colonial homes. The historic centre is full of large ...

León

León is the artistic and intellectual heart of Nicaragua, the colonial capital for three centuries and the former home of its three greatest poets, including the undisputed national hero ...

Managua

A dramatic setting by any measure, Managua sprawls along the southern shores of Lake Managua, and being covered mostly by trees, it’s almost invisible from the air. It is a capital without a ...

Ometepe Island

Known as the most iconic of all Nicaraguan destinations, the sight of Ometepe’s two volcanoes rising up out of Lake Nicaragua seem improbable, prehistoric and almost otherworldly. The ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

El Convento, León

A favourite among travellers, the Hotel El Convento is a ground-up restoration of the 17th century San Francisco Convent. Elegant décor and colonial-style, dark-wood furniture can be found throughout…

Flor De Sarta, León

Flor De Sarta is an elegant, family-owned, colonial-style hotel located within the historic centre just a few minutes' walk from León's colonial cathedral. There are only eight ensuite rooms here, all…

Plaza Colon, Granada

The boutique Hotel Plaza Colón sits across Granada’s main square opposite the cathedral. The building has housed many a local aristocratic family in the city, with the latest deciding to turn it into a…

San Juan De La Isla, Ometepe Island

Lakefront on Santo Domingo beach, San Juan de la Isla occupies a place on the sandy isthmus that connects dormant Maderas Volcano with the active Concepción Volcano. The three-star, family-run property…

Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa, Corn Islands

This Little Corn Island gem is tucked away on the most remote corner of the lesser-visited island and considered the best hotel option in the archipelago. With 16 oceanfront cabañas offering barefoot…

Casa Canada, Corn Islands

This simple hotel, located on most scenic part of Big Corn Island, is great for cultural interaction as well as some downtime with a quaint village and friendly locals always nearby. Rooms are basic,…

Hotel Boutique Adela, Granada

This exclusive Spanish-style home built in the early 19th century houses only four suites and is a great way to experience the charm of Granada. Hotel Boutique Adela is located just steps from the…

Hotel Real Intercontinental Metrocentro, Managua

The best of the chain hotels in Nicaragua with soundproof rooms, some of which have impressive lake and cathedral views. The hotel is centrally located close to Managua’s restaurant district Zona Rosa.…

Xalli Beach Hotel, Ometepe Island

This European owned lakefront lodge is set on a beautiful stretch of Santo Doming Beach surrounded by landscaped gardens. It is laid back hotel with nine ensuite rooms that offer a simple contemporary…

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WHEN TO GO

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USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Nicaragua though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in some parts of Nicaragua so you need to consider taking anti-malarials. Please note we are not medical professionals and so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.   

Currency 

In Nicaragua the official unit of currency is the Nicaraguan córdoba 

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.   

In the churches and cathedrals women should cover their heads with a scarf or hat and also cover their shoulders, while men should take their hats off.    

Language & Religion 

The official language of Nicaragua is Spanish; however, Nicaraguans on the Caribbean coast speak indigenous languages and also English. The communities located on the Caribbean coast also have access to education in their native languages. Additionally, Nicaragua has four extinct indigenous languages. Religion in Nicaragua is predominantly Christian and forms a significant part of the culture of the country as well as its constitution. Religious freedom and religious tolerance is promoted by both the Nicaraguan government and the constitution. 

Time 

Nicaragua is 6 hours behind GMT.  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.  

Food and drink 

The traditional food and drink of Nicaragua is representative of the diversity of its residents. Spanish, Creole, Garifuna, and Indigenous Nicaraguan cuisines have all influenced in the modern Nicaraguan food, which most travellers find delicious—and exceptionally inexpensive. The majority of Nicaraguan meals include corn, beans, plantains, yucca, and peppers. A characteristic Nicaragua meal that you can try all over the country might include a meat like chicken, pork, or fresh seafood from Nicaragua’s expansive coasts, deep-fried plantains, rice, and beans (gallo pinto) and a cabbage salad. Coconut water and meat are also a common ingredient, mostly on the Caribbean coast.  

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