Plan your trip to Nicaragua

Flights to Nicaragua are easy to book with Air Transat. Before planning a trip, be sure to check the schedule below, as some routes may be seasonal.

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Nicaragua: the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes

The Nicaragua of 30 years ago is long gone. Today it’s one of the safest and most striking countries in the Americas for tourism—definitely worth the flight. Lakes, volcanoes and poetry define the Nicas’ passions, as visitors quickly discover upon landing at the airport.

Volcanoes and other outings

Nicaragua’s 19 volcanoes make for a fascinating tour. Towering above Managua, symmetrical Momotombo is the “prettiest.” Visitors can drive right up to Masaya’s rim and peer into the Santiago Crater, called “the mouth of hell” by the conquistadors. Cerro Negro last erupted in 1999, creating a bleak, black post-apocalyptic surface that thrill-seekers can whiz down on boards or sleds.

Between July and December, the Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor becomes a nesting sanctuary for 30,000 female Olive Ridley and highly endangered leatherback turtles. Visitors can watch tiny baby turtles make a run for the water.

Sights

The sapphire-blue crater lake at Reserve Natural Laguna de Apoyo is 200 metres deep and 200 centuries old. Visitors can take in the view from the edge, or climb down for a dip while Howler and White-Faced Capucin monkeys weigh in overhead.

Built in 1888, the Mercado de Artesanías in Masaya is an odd fortress-like Gothic structure complete with turrets and towers. The market it houses is a wonderful place to pick up the highest-quality crafts in the country.

Food and restaurants

The chef at Restaurante Don Candido studied butchery in Madrid and the US, so any meat dish here is exceptional. Locals love the carpaccio, as well as the rib-eye steak.

Cocina de Doña Haydee is a charmingly rustic restaurant in Managua run by the Espinosa sisters. The classic eatery is named after their mother, who was still serving up her famous pork and chicken nacatamales well into her nineties.

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Nicaragua must-see Destination

Managua

Managua

Managua: Nicaraguan tourism is finally on the map

Nicaragua provides a memorable mix of stunning scenery and colonial history. A flight to Managua, the capital city, offers travellers a unique look into one of Central America’s most vibrant cultures.

More about Managua

Currency

Nicaragua’s currency is the córdoba (NIO), also called a ‘peso’ or ‘real’ by locals.

Official language

Nicaragua’s official language is Spanish, however, Nicaraguans on the Caribbean coast speak indigenous languages as well as English.

Things to remember

Remember to pack sunblock and insect repellent.

Entry/exit requirements

To get information regarding passports and all necessary visas, please visit the country travel advice and advisories of the Government of Canada.

Vaccines

To obtain information concerning vaccines, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada

Weather in Nicaragua can vary throughout the year. The chart below indicates monthly average temperatures and rainfall so travellers can plan the perfect vacation at the right time and pack accordingly.

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