Nicaragua, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is a Central American nation known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches. Vast Lake Managua and the iconic stratovolcano Momotombo sit north of the capital Managua. To its south is Granada, noted for its Spanish colonial architecture and an archipelago of navigable islets rich in tropical bird life.
1. History and culture The earliest history of Nicaragua is generally known as the pre-Columbian period, which is everything dating before the 15th century when Christopher Columbus arrived. It is believed that the first settlers in what is now known as Nicaragua migrated from Central Mexico approximately 1,500 years ago
2. Abundant forests, natural attractions, and wildlife In a country teeming with wildlife and diversity, there is little mystery as to why so many tourists are choosing to visit National Parks in Nicaragua instead of cities and beaches. Nicaragua has some 78 nature reserves, parks and wildlife sanctuaries filled with amazing diversity. Many of Nicaragua’s National Parks provide nearby lodging to limit wilderness camping and further damage to the environment. However, with so many to choose from, it is often difficult to decide where to start. We have provided a brief description of several National Parks and Wildlife sanctuaries in Nicaragua below to help get you started. The reserve features the largest and finest expanse of lowland rain forest in Central America. While it features a number of endangered species like jaguars and giant anteaters, it is also home to over 400 species of bird, four species of wild cat and over 200 species of reptiles.
3. Traditional food in Nicaragua Nicaraguan cuisine includes a mixture of indigenous Native American cuisine, Spanish cuisine, and Creole cuisine. Despite the blending and incorporation of pre-Columbian and Spanish-influenced cuisine, traditional cuisine differs on the Pacific coast from the Caribbean coast.
4. Honeymoon romantic Nicaragua is home to blissful beaches, romantic adventures within volcanic landscapes and the chance to step back in time surrounded by striking colonial architecture. The best part? You and your loved one can explore to your hearts content without a crowd in sight. A Central American nation with a variety of landscapes to explore, and a host of boutique hotels scattered across lakes and coastline, Nicaragua is the ultimate barefoot luxury destination, and the beaches are the perfect place to spend the first days of post-wedded bliss with your partner. If you're more into your scenic adventures, there are plenty of volcanoes to climb with a range of terrain difficulties to put you to the test. San Cristobal is the highest, Cerro Negro is a shorter more rugged climb, or for something a bit more dramatic, Masaya is great for magma spotting and short hikes through lava formations. For a less strenuous expedition, perhaps a gentle boat tour of Lake Nicaragua is more your thing, or how about some wildlife spotting as you explore the lake by kayak? Throw in some honeymoon culture with a visit to Granada to marvel at 17th century Spanish colonial architecture, visit one of the churches and delve into local history. The good news is that because Nicaragua is so small you can combine all this in one heavenly and holistic honeymoon.
5. Unique City in Nicaragua Controversy and exploitation aside, centuries of Spanish rule have left Nicaragua with some amazing colonial architecture. Here are the most amazing Nicaraguan cities and towns with the best examples. A large city in Nicaragua, León is at once busy and laid-back. There is a large student population here, and plenty of revolutionary history in among the colonial streets and churches. The city is also known for its foodie scene, and it’s a top spot to spend a few days. Look into the sand boarding tours that will take you to nearby Cerro Negro.
6. Music and art Music of Nicaragua is a mixture of indigenous and European, especially Spanish, influences. Musical instruments include the marimba and others that are common across Central America. Pop music includes Cuban, Brazilian, Mexican and Panamanian performers, as well as those from Europe and the United States. Nicaraguans enjoy their local artist's music but also enjoy music from around the world. They enjoy the Dominican Republic's bachata and merengue, Jamaica's reggae, Panama's reggaeton and Colombia's Cumbia among other genres including pop. Among the younger crowds, heavy metal and rock have become very popular.