Nicaragua has a long history of charming its visitors. Migrating northern tribes stopped here more than 6,000 years ago, and successive waves followed for the next five millennia. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors wrote glowing reviews of the land's fertility, mineral wealth and natural beauty. Mark Twain noted "exquisite panoramas," "wonderful waterfalls" and "intoxicating pictures" during his 1867 transit of the isthmus. Today, Nicaragua is often called "the next Costa Rica"—a comment on its vacation potential and blossoming collection of boutique hotels and restaurants.
Nicaragua really is one of the most beautiful countries in Central America. It is also the largest: 49,998 square miles of tropical forest, volcanic sierra, rolling plains, and sunny beaches. Nearly 80 national parks and nature reserves protect the territory's wild areas—home to monkeys, jaguars, manatees, and 700 bird species. Throughout the country, sunny colonial cities will bewitch you with their atmosphere and hospitality.
This "Land of Lakes and Volcanoes" has so much to offer adventurous travelers. Here you can hike more than a dozen volcanic summits, ride zip-lines, surf the Pacific, and try your luck deep-sea fishing for dorado and sailfish. Other options include birdwatching, diving, horseback riding and moonlit excursions to sea turtle nesting beaches.
Most travelers arrive in Managua, the nation's lakeside capital, which receives direct flights from Miami (2.5 hours) and Atlanta (under 4 hours). Regional flights connect Managua to San Jose and Panama City, and private transfers can be arranged from northern Costa Rica and southern Honduras.
In general, the best time to visit is December through March, when the rains have passed but the landscape is still fresh and green. September and November mark the height of the May to November rainy season.
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"I did not think I had ever seen a people, even in India and Pakistan where poets were revered, who valued poetry as much as the Nicaraguans."