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Nicaragua Travel Wiki

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Travel to Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a land that is filled with a mixture of folklore, music, cuisine, and literature traditions. It is a land of volcanoes and lakes, but is also home to one of the largest rainforests in the Americas. The climate here is warm, the beaches are spectacular, and its isthmus location means you can enjoy views of the Caribbean or the Pacific Ocean. Although the beaches and world-class resorts tend to be the primary draw for visitors in Nicaragua, there is much to see and do in this beautiful nation. Head over to Lake Managua and you’ll be able to see unique volcanic mud that has hardened. Within the mud are the footprints of ancestors that lived more than 2,000 years ago.

Only 7 out of the 50 volcanoes in Nicaragua are currently active, which means you have plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy as well. Trekking, camping, and climbing are routinely added to the itinerary. Some of the volcanoes have crater lakes, which means swimming and fishing become possibilities as well. The Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve was created by a large eruption that left a 7km crater. Along the older crater wall, which serves as the barrier for the lagoon, you’ll find several stunning restaurants that all provide a taste of the local culture. Rent a kayak from one and you’ll be able to explore the lagoon and the surrounding forest. Nicaragua offers several world heritage sites and beautiful horizons to enjoy in addition to everything else your holiday can have. That is why it is such an intriguing holiday destination.

Best of Nicaragua

By far the largest nation of the Central American isthmus, Nicaragua is a melting pot of different cultures. Visitors have access to rich cultural heritages ranging from that of the Spanish conquistadors to native tribes. The country’s diversity also extends to geography, with huge lakes, fertile plains, and even volcanoes coloring the landscape. And with both Atlantic and Pacific coastlines, Nicaragua has plenty of pristine beaches for any tropical traveler. Nicaragua is a place where the beauty of the country is matched by the joy of its people-a rare sight indeed.

Built on the shores of Lake Xolotlan, Managua is Nicaragua’s capital and commercial center, as well as the second-largest city in Central America. Coffee, beer, and clothing rank among Managua’s top products, which make it a premier destination for any lover of Mesoamerican culture. Although Managua is a commercial and cultural center, it also houses several lagoons and protected areas, drawing many tourists out for serene evening walks each day; perfect for romantic escapes. Adventurers will delight in smaller towns close to thrilling outdoor activities, as 20% of Nicaragua’s landmass is protected under federal law, it’s just one of many reasons to book your Nicaragua vacation soon.

A top sight of Managua is the Plaza del Revolucion, which has historically been the city center and houses some of its most important cultural buildings, despite past devastation. Be sure to check out the old Cathedral, as well as the beautiful National Theater and Palace of Culture. Outside the city center, Managua also offers various libraries and museums housing pre-Colombian art and artifacts.

Nicaragua’s culture is on display in Managua, not just its historic past. Restaurants serve a variety of international and local flavors, from the rice and plantains grown in the rich interior to the unique cheeses that local dairies produce. Local specialties include ‘Cajeta de leche,’ as well as ‘Nacatamales,’ a Nicaraguan version of the popular tamale. Steak is also a local specialty, especially when paired with Nicaraguan sauces and spices. In addition to food, Nicaraguan culture manifests itself in several annual festivals, most notably the ten daylong celebration of the patron saint, Dominic. Unique regional music also can be found in Managua, ranging from use of the popular marimba to lively local dance tunes of the ‘Punta’ genre.

If you’re visiting Nicaragua, the land of lakes and volcanoes, you had better see why it got its name. Luckily, there are plenty of easily accessible ways to catch Vulcan at work in this Mesoamerican nation. The Apoyo Lagoon, for example, is a must-see for any visitor. Formed by a historic volcanic eruption, this beautiful lagoon stretches four miles across and is surrounded by local eateries where you can sample the best of Nicaraguan cuisine. In addition, there are multiple rental shops that loan out kayaks for an even more intimate look at the lagoon. It’s just one of many reasons to book your Nicaragua vacation soon.

Due to its pristine natural environments and the amount of biodiversity it houses, Nicaragua has a booming economic sector: eco-tourism. This sort of tourism seeks to strike a balance between appreciation, adventure, and preservation, finding sustainable means to guide visitors through beautiful natural areas. In Nicaragua, eco-tourist expeditions head to the summit of volcanoes, explore rainforests, and visit lakes, all with an emphasis of staying green. Horseback rides through lush landscapes, local, home-cooked food, and classic legends by the fireside often figure in to the eco-escape.

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Managua, capital of Nicaragua

Managua Travel Wiki Travel to Managua As the capital of Nicaragua, Managua has a distinctive personality that you’re going to want to get to know. It’s lakeshore location, along with a recent resurgence in growth, has brought this city toward modernism while still embracing the melting pot of cultures that form its foundation. Numerous landmarks can be found throughout the city. The Old Cathedral of Managua, constructed in 1928, is said to be inspired by the Church of Saint-Sulpice in France....

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Biggest City Nicaragua

Facts about Nicaragua, Biggest city What are the names of the largest cities in Nicaragua, and how big are the cities by population. Easy overview of the informations in the sortable table below. Please note that the informations comes from various sources,if you are using the informations professional you should get confirmation that the figures are actual. Last update august 2017

Geography and facts, Nicaragua

Nicaragua, geography and facts explained Geography, facts, local customs and foodie guide. All explained in videos 8 to 15 minutes, very good, informative and funny videos that will ensure you see the videos to the end. The videos are produced by Geography now, thanks for the videos and keep up the good work.

Nicaragua Holidays

Nicaragua Public Holidays See the calendars for national Nicaragua holidays year by year. Find and just click on the year you for which you need more information about Nicaragua holidays, and the calendar for the year will open. When is the non working days for the year. Public / national days, see the calendar for the country here.

Official holidays

When are holidays and no working days in the country ?

January 1New Year's Day
February 1Air Force DayOnly Government
variableHoly ThursdayFirst Thursday of April
May 1Labour Day
May 27Army DayOnly Government
July 19Liberation Day/FSLNRevolution Day
July 25Fiesta de Santiagoin Boaco, Somoto and Managua
July 26Fiesta de Santa Anain Nandaime, Niquinohomo, Moyogalpa and Ometepe
August 1Fiesta de Santo Domingo
August 10Fiesta de Santo Domingo
August 27Crab Soup DayCorn Islands
September 14Battle of San Jacinto
September 15Independence Day
September 30Fiesta de San JerónimoMasaya and Bluefields
October 12Indigenous Resistance Day
November 2All Souls' Day
December 7(La Griteria Immaculate)
December 8Immaculate Conception
December 24Christmas Eve
December 25Christmas
December 31New Year's Eve

Which are the largest cities ?

Listing of the most important and largest cities in the country

9El Viejo53.504
10Nueva Guinea52.929