Central America’s largest, but least densely populated, country overflows with natural beauty. It can be hard to choose between chatting with monkeys, climbing volcanoes or picking a banana straight from the tree. The locals are incredibly welcoming and you’ll find new friends at every turn.
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At a glance
- Trips Available:
- Capital city:
- Managua (population 1.8 million)
- 5.9 million
- Time zone:
- (GMT-06:00) Central America
- Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type B (American 3-pin)
- Dialing code:
Best time to visit Nicaragua
There are three distinct regions in Nicaragua: the Pacific coastal area, the north central mountains and the Caribbean lowlands, also know as the Mosquito Coast. Temperatures and rainfall vary depending on the region. Typically, the dry season is from December to May. Between June and October, the countryside is lush and fresh but humid. March and April are the hottest months, even in the north central mountain area. The Mosquito Coast experiences heavy rainfall even in the dry season.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Island Experiences in Nicaragua
1. Beach Bliss
Lying back on a perfect sandy beach is, quite literally, the least you could do while in paradise. For slightly more strenuous activities, take a dive into the Caribbean, Pacific or Lake Nicaraguan waters; or get to know the fishermen as they haul in their daily catch.
2. Get Fruity
Head inland to taste the real treats of Ometepe’s volcanic soil. Wander through watermelon crops, pick bananas off the tree, inhale the smell of citrus and gaze over miles of coffee plantations.
3. Climb a Volcano
If those steamy peaks have you hankering after toasted marshmallows, pack your sense of adventure and head uphill. Volcano Maderas reaches 1340m and a climb up here is certainly not for the faint hearted.
4. Monkey Around
Go on safari, island-style, and spot howler monkeys, colourful parrots and diverse plant life.
5. Go Petroglyph-ing
The call of Lake Nicaragua’s islands have been attracting people for centuries. Discover cultural artefacts strewn across the islands and try to decipher the petroglyphs’ meaning.
FAQs on Nicaragua
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 25 NIO
Simple lunch = 75 NIO
Three-course meal = 150 NIO
Short taxi ride = 50 NIO
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Mar 28 Holy Thursday
Mar 29 Good Friday
May 1 Labour Day
Jul 19 Sandinista Revolution Anniversary
Sep 14 Battle of San Jacinto
Sep 15 Independence Day
Nov 2 All Souls’ Day
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Nicaragua/public-holidays
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Not required
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
USA: Not required
Please note that although a visa is not required, holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and most EU passports are now required to pay US$10 for a tourist card on arrival.
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Nicaragua Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Nicaragua
1. Be considerate of Nicaragua’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
9. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
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