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Exotic rainforest and imposing volcanoes
Dubbed an 'earthly paradise' by Mark Twain, Nicaragua is a tropical land of lush rainforest, powdery beaches and exciting wildlife. Discover dramatic volcanoes and glistening lakes as you embark on an unforgettable and intrepid adventure through this exotic country.
Sitting on the edge of Lake Managua is Nicaragua’s capital city Managua. Boasting tree lined boulevards, galleries, museums and monuments, the city is finally back on its feet after the earthquake and wars of the 70s and 80s. Just thirteen miles south of Managua lies Nicaragua’s first and largest national park, Masaya Volcano National Park, which encompasses two volcanoes and five craters. Observe the active Santiago Crater which is occasionally filled with lava and regularly emits a plume of gas into the atmosphere.
Until Managua was named the nation’s capital, Granada, on the coast of the vast Lake Nicaragua, was a long time rival of Leon in the race to become the premier city. Founded in the 1520s, Granada was one of the first European cities to be built on the American mainland, and it features the most superb colonial era architecture in the country, with a distinctly Andalusian appearance.
43 miles off Nicaragua’s east coast lies the forgotten tropical paradise of the Corn Islands. Both Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island feature a luscious green interior, white sand beaches fringed with shade giving palms and azure blue seas with numerous reefs that are perfect for diving. To reach these unspoilt Caribbean islands fly from Managua to Big Corn Island and onwards via water taxi to Little Corn Island.
The twin volcanoes of Concepción and Maderas rise out of the waters of Lake Nicaragua to form the hourglass shaped island of Ometepe. The island enjoys a rich history, varied culture and outstanding natural environment and is the world’s largest island located in a freshwater lake. View the perfect cone of the active volcano Concepción or witness the ancient stone art petroglyphs and pre-Columbian stone idols.