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Nicaragua Travel Guide

  • The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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Important Information

 
  • Airport in Nicaragua serviced by Air Transat

    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

    For more information about passport and visa requirements, visit the  Government of Canada travel website.

    Vaccination

    Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website or ask your health professional about vaccination requirements.

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