The largest country in Central America, sharing land borders with Honduras on the north and Costa Rica to the south, Nicaragua is a breathtakingly beautiful country also commonly referred to as the land of lakes and volcanoes. Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on its east and the Pacific Ocean on its west, the beauty of Nicaragua goes beyond its lakes and volcanoes, with its lush forests, untouched beaches, and lively cities. Managua is the largest city as well as the capital of Nicaragua.
Nicaragua was inhabited by various indigenous tribes before the Spanish arrived in the early 15th century and started establishing permanent colonies. The Spanish stayed on for almost 300 years, until 1821, when Nicaragua finally gained independence from Spain. The country became a fully independent republic in 1838. Since independence, Nicaragua faced periods of instability, dictatorship, unrest, and economic crisis, which led to revolutions during the 1960s and 1970s. Modern day Nicaragua is a democratic republic with the President being the head of state as well as the head of government.
Though Nicaragua has no official religion, Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion in the country, with nearly 75% of the population affiliating with it. Spanish is the official and most widely spoken language of Nicaragua, with over 95% of the population speaking it. Native languages like Miskito, Rama and Sumo are also spoken by indigenous people. Nicaragua enjoys a hot, tropical climate almost all around the year. While the rainy season lasts from June till November, the dry months between December and May are a great time to visit.
A wonderland for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and adventure lovers, Nicaragua is an untouched destination where tourists can revel in a multitude of activities such as hiking, surfing, biking, swimming, and kayaking across the numerous rainforests, jungle rivers and crater lakes lining the country. Say hello to an array of birds and animals including jaguars, crocodiles, spider monkeys, howlers and more. To thrill the daredevil inside you, surf down the black, ashen slopes of Cerro Negro, an active volcano, in an activity known as volcano surfing (not for the faint hearted!).
The largest country in Central America, sharing land borders with Honduras on the north and Costa Rica to the south, Nicaragua is a breathtakingly beautiful country also commonly referred to as the...