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Nicaragua Travel Guide

Quick Facts

💰Currency Nicaraguan Córdoba (C$)
🔄Exchange Rate US$1 = C$36.75
💬Language Spanish
🗣️English Fluency Moderate
🏙️Capital Managua
👥Population 6.5 million
🚘Driving Side right
🔌Plugs A, B
🕑Time Central Standard Time (UTC-6:00)
🍽️Must-Try Gallo Pinto, Nacatamal, Vigorón, Quesillo, Indio Viejo

Backpacker Budget: US$24 (C$ 882)

Hostel Dorm US$10 (C$ 368)
Takeaway Meal US$4 (C$ 147)
Public transport US$1 (C$ 37)
Long-distance bus US$10 (C$ 368)
Entrance Fee US$5 (C$ 184)
Beer US$1.75 (C$ 64)

When to go?

January - April High season, dry and warm weather
May - December Low season, rainy season

What's unique?

Welcome to Nicaragua, a country of rich culture, stunning natural landscapes, and warm hospitality. Nestled in the heart of Central America, Nicaragua offers a truly immersive travel experience that is as diverse as it is captivating.

One of the first things you'll notice about Nicaragua is its striking volcanic scenery. With over 25 active volcanoes dotting the landscape, including the iconic Mombacho, you'll have plenty of opportunities for thrilling hikes and breathtaking views. And don't miss volcano boarding at Cerro Negro, an easy trip from León. But Nicaragua isn't just about volcanoes; it also boasts pristine white-sand beaches along its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Whether you're looking to catch some waves in San Juan del Sur or unwind on the idyllic shores of Corn Islands, there's a beach destination for every taste.

Beyond its natural wonders, Nicaragua's vibrant culture will captivate your senses. Explore the UNESCO-listed colonial city of Granada, where colorful buildings line cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages transport you back in time.

No matter where you go in Nicaragua, friendly locals are always ready to welcome you with open arms and share their rich cultural heritage.

Sunset at Leon Cathedral
Sunset at Leon Cathedral

Ultimate Nicaragua
(2 weeks)

  1. 1

    Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural scene of Leon. Don't miss the amazing free walking tour and enjoy sunset from the cathedral roof.

  2. 2
    Cerro Negro

    Hike up the active volcano Cerro Negro, then slide down the black volcanic slopes on a modified snowboard, reaching exhilarating speeds and enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

  3. 3

    Visit the colonial city of Granada and admire its colorful streets, beautiful architecture, and historic sites.

  4. 4
    Masaya Volcano

    Witness the volcanic activity at Masaya Volcano and explore the nearby Masaya Market for local crafts.

  5. 5
    Ometepe Island

    Rent a scooter and discover the natural beauty of Ometepe Island, home to two volcanoes and lush rainforests.

  6. 6
    San Juan del Sur

    Relax on the stunning beaches of San Juan del Sur and enjoy activities such as surfing, swimming, and sunbathing.

Kayaking at Rio Istian, Ometepe
Kayaking at Rio Istian, Ometepe

Fun Fact

Nicaragua is known as the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes, with over 19 active volcanoes.


Is Nicaragua a safe country to visit?

Nicaragua is generally a safe country to visit, but like any other destination, it is important to take basic safety precautions and stay aware of your surroundings.

What are some popular tourist destinations in Nicaragua?

Some popular tourist destinations in Nicaragua include Granada, Leon, Ometepe Island, and San Juan del Sur.

What are some essential phrases in Spanish to use in Nicaragua?

Some essential phrases in Spanish to use in Nicaragua are: - Hola - Hello - Gracias - Thank you - Por favor - Please - ¿Dónde está...? - Where is...? - ¿Cuánto cuesta? - How much does it cost?

What's the best way to get around in Nicaragua?

The best way to get around in Nicaragua is by using taxis, buses, or renting a car. Local chicken buses are a cheap way to travel and are considered reasonably safe. It is recommended to use reliable transportation services and negotiate fares in advance.

Are there ATMs without a fee in Nicaragua?

BancaRed (Avanz, BDF, Ficohsa) ATMs charge no fee for cash withdrawals.

Travel Tips

  • Money Cash is king, card payment is only possible at major chains
  • ATM Fees Most ATMs charge fees, but you can find fee-free ATMs
  • Free ATMs BancaRed (Avanz, BDF, Ficohsa)
  • Do dress modestly when visiting religious sites.
  • Do ask permission before taking photos of locals.
  • Don't wear revealing clothing in public.
  • Don't drink tap water. Stick to bottled water.
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