Due to political tensions in Nicaragua SATO is not currently selling tours to this destination until further notice. Please refer to the Smart Traveller website for more information.
Nicaragua has endless opportunities to explore its unique blend of landscapes of charming countrysides, spectacular beaches, snow-capped mountains, lush green jungles and mysterious rivers. It is the perfect destination to experience eco-tourism with many of its gorgeous landscapes unspoilt and maintaining its stunning natural beauty. Be welcomed by friendly people as you explore its colonial cities and authentic markets, there’s also active volcanoes, tropical cloud forests and plenty of hiking and kayaking trails waiting for you to explore.
About Nicaragua and Tour highlights
Nicaragua is destination considered “off-the-beaten-path” with much of its natural beauty unspoilt by mass tourism. There are diverse volcanic landscapes, untouched rainforests, colonial architecture, stunning beaches and a laid-back atmosphere.
The typical weather in Nicaragua can be categorised by three temperature zones. In the lowlands the average temperature ranges between 22°C – 30°C. The central areas of the country is about 5°C cooler than the national average and in the mountainous north is about 10°C cooler.
Granada is Nicaragua’s oldest town, known for its pastel coloured colonial structures. Its three architectural gems are churches: the Cathedral Iglesia Guadalupe, Iglesia La Merced and Catedral de Granada recognizable by its canary yellow walls. Granada is a popular base city with many travelers take day trips to nearby attractions such as Masaya Volcano, Masaya Markets or Catarina and Laguna de Apoyo.
One of Nicaragua’s must-see attraction is Ometepe Island comprising of two volcanoes that form its unusual peanut or hourglass shape. The island is considered a paradisiacal destination where there are nature reserves, pristine rainforests, flourishing wildlife, crystal like freshwater pools and pockets of archaeological sites.
Dry and desolate and one of Nicaragua’s most active volcanoes. The volcano is situated inside Masaya Volcano National Park home to wildlife such as coyotes, skunks, raccoons, opossums, deer, iguanas and monkeys.
Nicaragua is an adrenaline junkie’s playground thanks to its varied geography, laid-back attitude and many of its great outdoors relatively untamed. Dive into an extinct volcano crater, sandboard down an active volcano, hike the cloud forest of the highlands, surf the Pacific coastline are just some of the adrenaline-pumping activities on offer.