SMILE. YOU’VE LANDED IN NICARAGUA.
Nicaragua has a long history of charming its visitors. Migrating northern tribes stopped here over 6,000 years ago, with successive waves following over the next five millennia. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors wrote glowing reviews of the land’s fertility, mineral wealth and natural beauty. Mark Twain noted “exquisite panoramas,” “wonderful waterfalls”, and “intoxicating pictures” during his 1867 transit of the isthmus.
—— IMAGE GALLERY
READ THE JAGUAR SMILE
EXPERIENCE SURFING THE PACIFIC COAST
Today, Nicaragua is often called “the next Costa Rica”—a comment on its vacation potential and blossoming collection of boutique hotels and restaurants. Nicaragua really is one of the most beautiful countries in Central America. It also happens to be the largest: 49,998 square miles of tropical forest, volcanic Sierra, rolling plains, and sunny beaches.
Nearly 80 national parks and nature reserves protect the territory’s wild areas—home to monkeys, jaguars, manatees, and 700 bird species. Throughout the country, sunny colonial cities will enchant you with their atmosphere and hospitality.
This “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes” has so much to offer adventurous travelers. Here you can hike over a dozen volcanic summits, ride zip-lines, surf the Pacific, and try your luck deep-sea fishing for dorado and sailfish. Other options include birdwatching, diving, horseback riding and moonlit excursions to sea turtle nesting beaches.
Most travelers arrive in Managua, the nation’s lakeside capital. This airport receives direct flights from both Miami (2.5 hours) and Atlanta (under 4 hours). Regional flights connect Managua to San Jose and Panama City, with private transfers available from northern Costa Rica and southern Honduras.
In general, the best time to visit is December through March, when the rains have passed but the landscape is still fresh and green. September and November mark the height of the May to November rainy season.
“I did not think I had ever seen a people, even in India and Pakistan where poets were revered, who valued poetry as much as the Nicaraguans.” – Salman Rushdie
—— FEATURED POST
Set on the beachfront in Playa Manzanillo, Nicaragua, Casa Madera is the finest beach house in Nicaragua.
NATIONAL PARKS OF NICARAGUA
NICARAGUA’S NORTHERN HIGHLANDS
RIO SAN JUAN
SAN JUAN DEL SUR
Machu Picchu is a city of gods. In the same breath, it bears witness to the power of the human imagination. Towering amongst the clouds, suspended between the Amazon and Andes, each rock seems hitched to the moon, sun, and stars.