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Founded in 1524, on the shores of Lake Xolotlán and in the vicinity of the Momotombo Volcano, it was capital of the country for more than 200 years. On January 11th, 1610, the town was abandoned after the recurrence of earthquakes and the Momotombo eruption. Its original location is known as the Ruins of Old León, which was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Leon, Nicaragua

Cathedral of León: its construction began in 1747 and lasted 113 years.


Founded in 1524, between the indigenous city of Xalteva and the Lake of Nicaragua (Cocibolca), in order to catch the pirates that devastated the Caribbean during the XVII-XIX centuries. Enjoy a decorated horse drawn carriage to taste this city's architecture and culture.

Granada, Nicaragua

Cathedral of Granada

Solentiname Archipelago

A kingdom of peace and tranquility of 36 islands, surrounded by calm waters and unique landscapes. Known by the crafts of balsa wood and the world renowned primitive paintings. You can travel to this marvelous place from La Fortuna, San Carlos.

Nicaraguan Islands

La Venada Island: at Arellano Family's house

Nicaragua... A country to discover!

Visit this country can be an unforgettable experience. Nicaraguans are very kind people and especially at the touristic places, they always try to please their guests. Although from our staff experiences, they still need to improve in some service standards.

So if you are willing to enjoy very warm people and share a good conversation while you wait for your food, this country is an excellent complement to your Costa Rica trip. Active volcanoes, hundreds of islets in a wonderful lake, cascades, imposing cannons, white and golden beaches, amazing colonial cities, craftsmen and a very authentic culture are waiting for you!

Besides adventure and nature, what it is most impressive is the history and culture, they will offer. Its territory is gifted by numerous natural rivers, lakes and lagoons, and it is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea; that is why in the ancient language of the Náhuatl, its name means: here close to the water. (Nic-atl-nahuac)

Its culture was born from the corn and cacao and more than hundreds of dishes and drinks will include them. Nacatamales and pinolillo are our favorites!

General Information

Capital Managua
Currency Córdoba ($1=17 aprox)
Languages Spanish (oficial) and indigenous languages throughout the Caribbean coast
Land Boundaries Honduras to the North, Costa Rica to the South, the Caribbean Sea to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West
Population 5,483,447 in 2005
Size 130,668 km2
Climate Dry tropical
Temperature An average from the 68ºF to the 82ºF (20º-28º C). It has its rainy season from May through October and a dry season from November through April
National tree Madroño (Calycophyllum candidissimum)
National flower Sacuanjoche (Plumeria rubra)
National bird Guardabarranco (Eumomota superciliosa)
Government Democratic
Time zone -6h GMT (Same as the central time zone in US)


Country code 505
Transportation from Costa Rica?
Nature Air provides local flights, but you can use as well international airlines. Rent a car with National and change cars at the border. Or simply, use a private transportist to take you to the different places, for this kind of transportation, we highly recommend as well a guide.
Driving permits
If you rent a car, you can use your country's driver license for 30 days after entering Nicaragua.
Travel documents Passport valid for at least 6 months.
Is a visa required?
Most travelers do not required it. You will only have to pay a tourist card, when entering. ($5 per person)
Are credit cards accepted?
Yes, they are accepted in most of the stores and banks, but take some local currency with you or USD small change, when visiting restaurants, especially those that are very local and small. You will find automatic teller machines in most of the tourist areas.
What to dress?
Light clothing and comfortable shoes are highly recommended, but take into consideration that the country is a very hot place even during the rainy season. At night, it might get cold and a windbreaker or sweater will be needed.
Electricity 110 volts, 60 hertz
Cell phones and internet
Every city has cellular service networks, DSL and email at very favorable prices. You will also find internet cafes available in major cities.

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