If you aren’t yet acquainted with Nicaragua, Central America’s ultimate up-and-comer, then it may be worth having a second look! Nestled between Costa Rica and Honduras, this Central American gem has been enjoying a tourism renaissance. Unspoiled natural beauty, crystal clear beaches, and an exceptionally welcoming culture has propelled Nicaragua from anonymity to adoration. If you aren’t yet acquainted with Central America’s ultimate up-and-comer, read on below for your must have ultimate experiences. Get ready to pack your bags.

The Adventure

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Volcano sandboarding in Cerro Negro.

When it comes to Adventure, Nicaragua is second to none. Rich in both authentic culture and stunning biodiversity, Nicaragua is an adventurer’s paradise. With 78 protected areas and a plethora of natural parks, the hiker, the spelunker and kayaker will be spoiled for choice. Take for instance Volcano Sandboarding: Unforgettable on the way, exhilarating on the way down. Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro is simply paradise. With 2400 breathtaking feet of volcanic vistas and undisturbed natural wonder. Cap off a day of hiking to the caldera with a thrilling joyride down the black sand slope, The faint-hearted need not apply.

Isla de Ometepe.

Eco-Experiences

Eternally misty and more than a little mysterious, Nicaragua’s famous cloud forests temps travelers with a hiking experience unlike any other. Charming sky bridges snakes between secluded rainforest canopies, the thrill of tropical birds and rare howler monkeys punctuating the forest’s magical ambiance. Whether you’ wandering the walkways of Maderas or soaring through Mombacho by zipline, Nicaragua’s Natural beauty is sure to leave you on cloud nine.

The Luxury

In a part of the world with no shortage of all-inclusive resorts vying for your patronage, Nicaragua stands out from the crowd. The key here is diversity in experience: the versatility of Nicaragua as a destination means that all-inclusives go beyond the beach and offer attractions like horseback riding and river rafting. In the 500 year old colonial city of Granada, you might wish to stay at Hotel Plaza Colon. If you’re seeking inner peace, Jicaro Lodge is your private Island getaway to nourish the soul. If you’re craving R&R then you might consider Yemaya Island Getaway & Spa or the remote island splendor of Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, recently recognized as one of the best affordable island hotels in the world.

The History

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A colorful cathedral in the city of Granada.

With a fascinating and complex history, Nicaragua has a richness in art, architecture, and culture that any other country would be envious of. Nowhere is this more evident than in Granada, Nicaragua’s oldest city and cultural centre. Resplendent with classic colonial architecture and anachronistic charm, Granada is the sum of Nicaragua’s history crystallized into one dynamic destination. Whether you’re wandering the streets and museums or just taking in the performances in the square, Granada is one history lesson you won’t want to sleep through.

The Coffee

If you love a good cup of joe, Nicaragua is where you must go. The green hills of the Nicaraguan countryside serve as the perfect growing environment for some truly delectable organic blends. Mildly acidic with a smooth body and a nutty bouquet, Nicaragua’s sustainably grown coffee beans have been winning fans the world over. Part countryside sightseeing, part caffeinated heaven, a “coffee tour” in Matagalpa is all you’ll need to become a true believer.

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