One Of The World’s Best Kept Travel Secrets

For many years, Nicaragua was a place that most regular tourists would never visit. The country was only popular among adventure travelers and backpackers who were not looking for luxury. However, the situation has changed dramatically over the past few years and Nicaragua now is a travel destination with a lot of to offer. It has risen to become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central America, a favorite spot for tourists seeking a relatively inexpensive, but a more realistic tourist experience.

If you are planning a trip soon, here are some of the amazing things to do in Nicaragua that you should definitely give a try:

Surfing the great beaches
Nicaragua has several beautiful sandy beaches with warm water that provide tourists with undiscovered coastal treasures. These beaches provide an excellent surfing spot, with equipment rentals going for as low as $10 a day. Lessons are also available for those who don’t know how to surf at very affordable prices. On top of surfing, these beaches are great party spots.

Hiking the mountains and volcano boarding
Nicaragua has 25 volcanic mountains, which offer an amazing view of other mountains and the natural beauty of the country when hiking. Most volcanoes in the country are covered in slippery gravel, which makes them perfect for volcano boarding, an adventure sport created by the locals where you set a board on the top of the mountain and fly down the slope either sitting or standing on it. While the speeds are not that great like in snowboarding, the adrenaline and the thrill of this strange game makes it very amusing.

Party at the festivals
Nicaraguans love partying, and there are plenty of festivals all the year round that keep the party life going. The largest of these festivals is the Carnival, held in March every year. The festival features infectious drumbeats and stunningly dressed dancers on the streets of major cities in the country. There is also the San Sebastian Festival held in January, and Easter and Christmas parties. On top of these festivals, Nicaragua has an amazing nightlife, especially in most beach towns, where you can also be sure to catch amazing pool parties.

Enjoy the local cuisine
Another one of the top things to do in Nicaragua is to enjoy the local dishes. Unlike other Latin countries that offer limited food choices, Nicaragua offers a variety of delicacies, and they come at a great price. From pork, chicken, vegetables served at restaurants around the country to snacks such as corn tortillas and dough served with meat at local food vendors, Nicaraguan cuisine is a must have when you visit the country.

Shop at the Nicaragua markets
Like all the other Latin American countries, you will find several markets at the heart of various cities around Nicaragua. These markets are great shopping spots where you can buy anything from food to clothing, house-ware, jewelry, and handicraft items at a very reasonable price.

The amazingly clear water and tropical climate make Nicaragua a boater’s paradise for skiing, fishing, sailing, or just drifting around. Boat rentals and sales are available. Vessels are available with many amenities such as waterproof marine speakers and loudspeaker systems. Fire up the music on a party barge to dance the night away, or crank up the tunes while you water ski. It’s all available at Nicaragua’s beautiful coastal marinas.

Scuba diving
Nicaraguan sea life is largely unexplored, has few dive boats, undamaged coral reefs and plenty of marine life. This makes it perfect for tourists who love scuba diving. There are several islands around the country, such as the Little Corn Island, where you can find great diving spots. The island also has a friendly, small diving communities and great accommodation as well as lots of places to enjoy the local delicacies during your stay there.

Nicaragua is a largely undiscovered tourist destination, but this is changing very fast as tourists all over the world discover the beauty that the country has to offer. If you have not visited the country yet, it is time to start planning for your trip.

Fourteen Day Tours

Discover all the beauties, natural, cultural and culinary of Nicaragua! Nicatour offers the best travel deals according to your needs! In this section you can find 3 tours to choose from!

Option 1:

Tour though the most exotic places in Nicaragua where you can participate in extreme sports, hang out on the heavenly beach or explore the virgin jungle.

Option 2:

Includes visits to all of the main tourist attractions on the Pacific side of Nicaragua.

Option 3:

Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of nature reserves, ecological farms, national parks and more.

Two To Three Day Tours

Take advantage of these tour options to enjoy a weekend or a few days midweek in the most exotic destinations in Nicaragua, which will surely leave you wanting for more adventure!

Option 1:

Day 1:
– In the morning, visit to Granada’s Cathedral and San Francisco Museum
– Free options lunch
– In the afternoon, visit to la Polvora fortress and horse carriage tour
– Stay in Hotel el Maltese

Day 2:
– Breakfast at Hotel El Maltese
– Boat trip in Las Isletas and lunch
– In the afternoon, visit to the historical center, Casa de los tres mundos and visit to the Belfry of La Merced Church


– Cover in the sites of interest
– Horse carriage tour
– Boat trip through las Isletas
– Lunch in las isletas
– One night in Hotel EL Maltese, breakfast included. Double or triple room
– Local transport in Granada
– Bilingual guide

Option 2:

Duration: 3 days/ 2 Nights in Ometepe Island

Day 1: Leave from the port of San Jorge at 7:45 to Moyogalpa to arrive at 9:00 am, breakfast in a reataurant near the port.
– Transfer to Charco Verde Lagoon for excursion, lunch in the restaurant in the park, then transfer to the Ojo the agua for a relaxing afternoon in the pool.
-Transfer to Hotel for Dinner and stay

Day 2: Breakfast in the hotel to go to San Ramom Waterfall, Free activities in the afternoon, dinner and hotel stay

Day 3: Breakfast in the hotel, tour to altagracia city, petroghyps museum and later on to Moyogalpa port to go to San Jorge.

– Ferry Transportation
– Land transportation in Ometepe
– Entrances to the sites of interest
– 2 Hotel nights in Double Room with breakfast included
– Bilingual guide

One Day Tours

Plan your visit to Nicaragua by choosing destinations you’re most interested in from the options below. If you are interested in any other destination that is not part of our tour options, contact us and we’ll organize a personalized tour.

Option 1:

San Juan de Oriente
The populace of this indigenous village has been making ceramics for more than 2,000 years and 85% of its population is working today in pottery production.

Walk through Catarina. This little village, known for its for its flowers and bamboo baskets, is a quiet town overlooking the Apoyo Crater Lake.

La Laguna Swimming time at Laguna de Apoyo, swim inside the crater of a volcano!


– ALL entrance fees
– Spanish Guide
– Private Transportation
– Complementary drink included.

Option 2:

The Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve is one of 78 protected areas of Nicaragua.

The highest region of the volcano is home to a cloud forest and dwarf forest, which contains flora and fauna that are endemic purely to the volcano. An increasingly popular tourist attraction, the volcano has fantastic views of Lake Nicaragua and the city of Granada.

Las Isletas is an archipelago of 365 little volcanic islands (one for each day of the year) situated inside Cocibolca Lake, 3 Km. from Granada city. All these islands are luxuriant and rich in fauna and flora, especially water birds.

You can visit islands by boat leaving from Asese port or Cabaña Amarilla port both situated in the South end of Malecón of Granada. By these boats you can run through narrow canals that divide islands and admire a fortification of XIX century, which is on San Pablo Island, and a monkey-colony living on a little isle: when the boat comes near the shore, the monkeys become very excited!

Most of these islands are private, some fisherman families live there still.

-Spanish guide
-Boat tour

Option 3:

Departure from Managua or Granda early in the morning to enjoy the fresh weather, first visit to Masaya’s volcano crater and the caves tour. Then on to Masaya City to visit the two handcraft markets, where you can enjoy nicaraguan traditional food (cost not included in the price)

Next to Catarina viewpoint to enjoy the spectacular views of Apoyo Lagoon, and finally visit San Juan de Oriente, pottery and ceramics of pre-Columbian and modern style.

– Admision to Masaya volcano and guided tour to the caves
– Visit to Mirador de Catarina and Masaya’s craft market
– Transport from Granada
– Spanish guide

Option 4:

Enjoy the natural beauty of the capital city in a different way, visiting the private reserve Montibelli for a half-day bird watching tour and then visit to the reserve Chocoyero

– Admisions
– Breakfast in Montibelli
– Spanish Guide
– Transport from Managua

Volunteer: A Great Way To Experience Nicaragua

“Experience Nicaragua” combines the opportunity to learn Spanish and to be a volunteer in three different locations in Nicaragua: San Juan del Sur, Granada, Leon. We make it possible to access more than 50 volunteer organizations in these cities. With ‘Experience Nicaragua’ you can sign up for intensive in-country Spanish courses and lessons specialized for volunteers via the internet.

For volunteers or Spanish students, we offer accomodations and housing with a large list of of hostes families who take care of students and volunteers in their cities. Accomodations include: 3 meals a day, private or shared rooms, for individuals, couples, friends or families.

To provide a convenient entry into the country, we have airport pickup service that will take you to the city where you have selected to start your program with “Experience Nicaragua”. Also in the program price we have included transportation service between the cities of: San Juan del Sur, Granada, and Leon.

Please feel free to check out our programs and economical proposals for Spanish study, to be a volunteer or combine Spanish and volunteering.