The relaxing charm
>> Description ? With a good mix of colonial towns, wildness, beaches and local hospitality, Nicaragua is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable country in the area.
>> Why go there ? Wander around the splendid colonial towns, visiting the many churches along the way / Party with the local students / Surf big waves / Enjoy a sandy beach on your own / Spot howler monkeys in a cloud forest / Swim in a lake at the top of a volcano / Stuff yourself with pastries or mangos / Relax and get your energy back
>> Drawbacks ? The need to cross Managua, the dangerous capital / The costs while changing money means that you need to carry some US$ banknotes / The entry and exit taxes for a total of US$9 / The humidity, temperature, higher cost, lack of transports and insects of the Atlantic Coast / The need to leave one day...
>> Cultural Highlights ? There aren't any major cultural sights but the two colonial cities of Leon and Granada boosts a fair number of charming structures and a few museums / The complex ethnicity of the Atlantic Coast
>> Natural Highlights ? The deserted wild beach of Poneloya / The sight of the two Ometepe's volcanoes rising from the waters of huge lago de Nicaragua / The foggy lake at the top of Volcan Maderas at 1345m / The surf spots near San Juan del Sur / Hiking near the mountain town of Matagalpa / The jungle wildness of the Atlantic Coast
>> How long ? Two weeks for a relaxed tour of the main attractions. Another few weeks for an adventure around Bluefields ?
>> Budget ? $10 per day or less if eating in basic restaurant.
>> Visa ? Not necessary. 90 days on arrival for most westerners.
>> When to go ? From the weather or touristy point of views, on-the-track Nicaragua can basically be visited year-round !