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Nicaragua, officially the Republic of Nicaragua, is the largest country in the Central American isthmus. It is bordered by Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south, with the Pacific Ocean to its west and the Caribbean Sea to its east. The country is home to many significant and unique ecosystems, contributing to Mesoamerica being a biodiversity hotspot. Nicaragua’s capital and largest city is Managua, which is also the third largest city in Central America.

The country’s population of about six million consists of people from different ethnicities, including native tribes from the Mosquito Coast, Europeans, Africans, Asians, and those of Middle Eastern origin, making Nicaragua a melting pot of cultures, producing an interesting and fascinating diversity in art and literature. Both the cultural and biodiversity in Nicaragua make it a popular tourist destination.

What to see & do

With a high level of biodiversity, ecotourism makes a worthwhile activity for visitors to Nicaragua. One fifth of the country’s territory is designated as protected areas, including national parks, nature reserves, and biological reserves. Some of the popular tourism sites for nature exploration and outdoor adventure activities include Mombacho volcano, the mountainous coffee farm region of Matagalpa, the Rio San Juan region (the largest rainforest north of the Amazon and a great place for sport fishing), Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo at Boca de Sabalos, Indo-Maiz national reserve, Somoto canyon, Padre Ramos Nature Reserve, and O Parks, WildLife, and Recreation in the tropical dry forests of El Ostional, southwest of Nicaragua. Organised and guided tours of the San Cristobal Volcano can also be arranged with San Cristobal Eco Tours in Chichigalpa, Chinandega.

In addition to ecotourism, various other sites and activities can also be enjoyed in Nicaragua. The colonial cities of Leon and Granada are famous tourist spots, as well as the cities of Masaya, Rivas, San Juan del Sur, El Ostional, El Castillo, Rio San Juan, Ometepe, and the Corn Islands. Popular recreation activities include sport fishing and surfing. Nicaragua is also home to some excellent beaches, scenic routes, and architecturally noteworthy structures. The local fiestas are also an attraction. There are tour operators in the country that take tourists to the villages where colourful fiestas and events happen almost every day.

How to get around within Nicaragua

Depending on the travellers’ preferences and needs, and the distance of the travel, there are a variety of methods for transportation within Nicaragua. From the capital city, Managua, there are airlines that provide domestic flights, these local island hoppers that cater to 12-24 passengers only. There are also the ferries for traversing the rivers and the ocean, high-speed water taxis, luxury-liner tour buses, express buses (intercity), chicken buses (retro-fitted school buses turned into passenger and cargo buses), microbuses (15-passenger touring van), shuttle buses (neighbourhood service), rentals (car, motorcycle, scooter, bicycle, horseback), taxis, mehindra (diesel-powered three-wheel taxi), three-wheel bicycle taxis, and horse and buggy.

How to get there

The main international airport that serves Nicaragua is Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport, located in Managua. It is among the busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic in Central America. The airport serves as a focus city for the Panamanian airline Copa Airlines, and is a hub for Avianca Nicaragua and La Costeña. Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport receives flights from Havana, Mexico City, Montreal, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Guatemala City, San Jose (CR), San Salvador, Caracas, Panama City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Tegucigalpa, Fort Lauderdale, and Houston. These flights are operated by Aero Caribbean, Aeromexico Connect, Air Transat, American Airlines, Avianca, Conviasa, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, La Costeña, Nature Air, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines.

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