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Honeymoon in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is truly deserving of the poetic description as “The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes”.

It is the heart of Central America, situated at the very center of the Americas –an ideal place to visit if you are looking for something truly different and challenging. Nicaragua is neatly tucked between two oceans, where you can enjoy the natural beauty of dozens of volcanoes, rivers, and lakes.

The country has three regions with very different weather, geography, and population: Pacific Region, Central Region, and the Caribbean Region consisting of two sub-regions: the Autonomous North Atlantic Region (RAAN), and the Autonomous South Atlantic Region (RAAS).

It is rich in tourist attractions allowing you to choose from an immense variety of activities like swimming or surfing on the gigantic waves of the Pacific Ocean; nature walks to the volcanoes and magical lagoons where you will be a first hand witness to hundreds of animal species and flora, this is especially great for lovers of ecological tourism.

You can go kayaking on the calm waters of Lake Cocibolca, an immense lake with the wonder of over three hundred islands and home of the only fresh water sharks in the world; fabulous rivers, visits to Spanish colonial cities, archeological treasures, and swim and surf on the crystalline waters of the Caribbean.

We encourage you to visit one of our main tourist routes, commonly known as the “Coffee Route”, located in the northern part of the country; it is a fascinating experience of Alternative Tourism where a venturesome tourist takes to the jungle, encountering animal life and vegetation in their natural environment. Later arriving at coffee farms with ideal and comfortable facilities for the tourist to rest, hike; sightsee while identifying the fauna and flora, mountain biking, horseback riding, and all this happens in a deliciously cool climate.

The “Water Route” is another tour. This time through the San Juan River and its outlets. It is over 200 Kilometers long and forms a natural border with our southern neighbor, Costa Rica, as it flows into the Caribbean Sea.

The area known as “El Castillo” is the widest part of the river, surrounded by islands bursting with vegetation and the Indio-Maize Reserve thrives with streams and jungle zones flourishing with flora and fauna.

The beauty and the natural and cultural variety of the country blend well with the hospitality of its people and a history that thrills and inspires. This is a land of great cultural richness, multiethnic and multilingual, opening a door to harmony and wealthy with optimism; all of this makes Nicaragua a unique and exceptional land to visit.

Destinations

Chinandega, Corinto, Nicaragua

Chinandega

It is located in the Pacific region of Nicaragua, only 132 kms from the capital and 70 kms from Honduras in the northwest corner of the country. It is close to the city of León and ends at the peninsula of Volcano Cosigüina and the Gulf of Fonseca. 

   
Leon

León

It is located just 93 kms from Managua, and is known as the “University City” mainly because of its, at one-time, famous and fantastic University of Medicine. León has 10 towns: Telica, Quezalguaque, La Reynaga, El Sauce, Achuapa, Santa Rosa del Peñon, El Jicaral, La Paz Centro and Nagarote. 

   
Managua, Nicaragua

Managua

The city of Managua is the capital of Nicaragua, and has a population estimated in a million inhabitants. It was originally a small indigenous city. After the Independence of the country from the Spanish crown in 1821, Managua was denominated as a City in 1846, and it became the capital of the Republic of Nicaragua in 1852.

 

   
Carazo, Nicaragua, mesetas volcánicas

Carazo

The Department of Carazo was founded in 1891. Agriculture and dairy farms are predominant on its volcanic plateau. It is an important region for the cultivation of citrus and coffee plantations. It has the unique pecularity, that Jinotepe, the capital of the department of Carazo, is where the first coffee tree was planted in Nicaragua.  

   
Masaya, Nicaragua

Masaya

It is the smallest department in size but the most populated in the country. Masaya, with its Department Capital sharing the same name, is located 29 kms from Managua. The department has the following towns: Masaya, Nindiri, Tisma, Catarina, San Juan de Oriente or San Juan de Los Platos, Niquinohomo, Nandasmo, Masatepe and San Juan de La Concepción or La Concha.  

   
Granada, Nicaragua

Granada

Granada was founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernandez de Córdoba, named in honor of his birthplace in Granada, Spain.

In the seventeenth century, due to its geographic location, Granada suffered from constant pirate invasions and lootings. These invasions occurred in 1665, 1670 and 1685. In 1856, the city was set on fire and was almost totally destroyed by the followers of the Filibuster William Walker. 

   
Rivas, Nicaragua, Surf, Sol y Playa

Rivas

Located in the Pacific region of Nicaragua is formed by the towns of: Rivas (Department Capital), Tola, Belen, Buenos Aires, San Jorge, San Juan del Sur, Cardenas, Altagracia and Moyogalpa, these last two are located on the Island of Ometepe. 

Madriz, Nicaragua

Madriz

Madriz is a Segovian department founded in 1936 after it was separated from the Department of Nueva Segovia. Its Department Capital is Somoto.

The name of Madriz is in honor of President Jose Madriz, the promoter of its founding. Its first people were the Chorotegas who arrived from the Choluteca and Guasaule Rivers.

   
Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua

Nueva Segovia

The department of Nueva Segovia borders with Honduras. It boasts of leafy pine tree forests, with abundant water sources like thermal water ponds and impressive waterfalls.

It also has Rocky Mountains, coffee farms, and plantations and vineyards. Its people produce crafts and breed horses. 

   
Estelí, Nicaragua

Estelí

The city and Department of Esteli share the same name. It is located 150 kms from Managua and is considered the gateway to the Segovias -cities to the north of the country and bordering with Honduras. Its geographical position places Esteli as a prominent key player in agriculture and tourism. 

   
Carazo, Nicaragua, mesetas volcánicas

Jinotega

Among valleys and high mountains, we find the picturesque department of Jinotega. This is one of the largest departments in the country, located 140 kms from Managua, in the Northern Mountain range of the central region.

It is located 1,004 meters above sea level in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains, with a climate ranging between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. 

   
Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Matagalpa

Matagalpa is located 65 kms from Managua and has a very uneven topography. It is located in the highlands of central Nicaragua, next to Jinotega. Matagalpa is located on an irregular area surrounded by mountains with an elevation of 700 meters above sea level and a tropical climate particular to the Pacific plains. Frequent rainfalls allow for the ecological growth of rich green vegetation. It is one of the largest geographically and most populated departments of Nicaragua.  

   
Boaco, Nicaragua

Boaco

The department of Boaco consists of the following towns: Boaco, Camoapa, San Lorenzo, Teustepe, San José de los Remates and Santa Lucía. Its capital is Boaco, known as “The two story city”.

The name Boaco, comes from both Zumo and Aztec cultures, the root Boa or Boaj means “charmers” and the termination “O” means “place or town”, together it means “Town or Place of Charmers”.

   
Chontales, Nicaragua

Chontales

This department is known as the dairy farm of Nicaragua. Located in the central region of the country, the towns of Juigalpa (the Department’s Capital), Comalapa, San Francisco de Cuapa, Santo Domingo, Villa Sandino, Acoyapa, El Coral, La Libertad, San Pedro de Lóvago and Santo Tomas are the areas it governs. Interacting with scenarios of flatness, plateaus, and the elevations of the Amerrisque Mountains, and the Chontaleña mountain range. 

Source: www.visitanicaragua.com

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