Nicaragua

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.

Nicaragua Tours & Travel

Top deals in Nicaragua

Abreise Days Preis USD
3 Jan 2015 Nicaragua Discovery 8 $725
28 Mar 2015 Nicaragua Discovery 8 $685
4 Apr 2015 Nicaragua Discovery 8 $685

All our Nicaragua trips

Way to San Jose

17 days from
USD $1,440
CAD $1,485
AUD $1,455
EUR €1,000
GBP £840
NZD $1,620
ZAR R14,565
CHF FR1,210

Discover tropical paradise and ancient wonders on this 'Greatest Hits' tour of Central America, featuring Guatemala,...

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Amazing Central America

29 days from
USD $2,595
CAD $2,675
AUD $2,625
EUR €1,805
GBP £1,515
NZD $2,925
ZAR R26,275
CHF FR2,185

Head from the forest to the beach on this amazing Central America tour visiting Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa...

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Central American Adventure

32 days from
USD $2,560
CAD $2,640
AUD $2,590
EUR €1,780
GBP £1,495
NZD $2,885
ZAR R25,925
CHF FR2,155

Ruins, volcanoes and beachside playgrounds await on this awesome Central American adventure, journeying through...

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Explore Nicaragua

8 days from
USD $1,470
CAD $1,515
AUD $1,485
EUR €1,135
GBP £860
NZD $1,655
ZAR R14,865
CHF FR1,375

Delve into the natural beauty of Central America. Explore colonial Granada, Ometepe Island and all the wonders of...

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Ultimate Central America

58 days from
USD $4,885
CAD $5,040
AUD $4,945
EUR €3,400
GBP £2,860
NZD $5,505
ZAR R49,500
CHF FR4,120

This captivating adventure through Central America travels through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua,...

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Best of Central America

44 days from
USD $3,710
CAD $3,830
AUD $3,755
EUR €2,585
GBP £2,170
NZD $4,180
ZAR R37,585
CHF FR3,125

Have the ultimate Central American adventure on this classic tour from Mexico to Panama. Enjoy beaches, volcanoes,...

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Central America Explorer

46 days from
USD $3,735
CAD $3,855
AUD $3,780
EUR €2,600
GBP £2,185
NZD $4,210
ZAR R37,835
CHF FR3,150

Escape on a Central American odyssey through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica and marvel...

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Nicaragua Discovery

8 days from
USD $685
CAD $700
AUD $695
EUR €480
GBP £405
NZD $770
ZAR R6,915
CHF FR580

Become engrossed in the stunning landscapes, enthralling history and artistic culture of Nicaragua on a trip from...

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Mexico City to Panama City

55 days from
USD $4,065
CAD $4,405
AUD $4,320
EUR €2,975
GBP £2,400
NZD $4,825
ZAR R43,225
CHF FR3,595

Jump onboard this exciting Central American trip that takes you from the vibrancy of Mexico City through the hearts...

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Cycle Nicaragua Costa Rica and Panama

15 days from

Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama on a Central American cycling tour. Travel to Latin America and visit La...

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Anchorage to Ushuaia

207 days from
USD $15,565
CAD $16,865
AUD $16,535
EUR €11,385
GBP £9,190
NZD $18,460
ZAR R165,510
CHF FR13,775

Travel the length of the Americas from North through Central and to the very tip of the South. From Anchorage to...

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Nicaragua trip reviews

Our Nicaragua trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.

Nicaragua Discovery, March 2014

Nicaragua Discovery, March 2014

Articles on Nicaragua

Move over Mexico: 7 awesome foods from Central America

Posted on Fri, 12 Sep 2014

Move over Mexico, your neighbours have some pretty sensational tastebud pleasers of their own.

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6 must-see festivals in Central America

Posted on Tue, 27 May 2014

Whether you're after a raucous street party, holy vigil or flamboyant parade, there is a festival to enjoy every month in Mexico and Central America.

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About Nicaragua

At a glance

Trips Available: 4
Capital city: Managua (population 1.8 million)
Population: 5.9 million
Language: Spanish
Currency: NIO
Time zone: (GMT-06:00) Central America
Electricity: Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type B (American 3-pin)
Dialing code: +505

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.

nicaragua weather map chart

Geography and environment

Central America’s largest country is blessed with one of the most pristine and varied landscapes in the region. Most famous are its perfect coastlines (both Caribbean and Pacific) and Lake Nicaragua with its 310 islands. There are jungles, volcanoes and beaches to explore and with Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south, Nicaragua is in good company.

Top Picks

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

NICARAGUA:
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.
Tipping isn’t expected in Nicaragua but if you’ve received good service consider a 10% tip. Some high-end restaurants may include a service charge on your bill.
There are plenty of internet cafes available in the main towns.
Reception is good in most coastal and urban areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
It's likely that you’ll encounter different types of toilets while travelling in Nicaragua. Western-style flushable toilets are commonly found in high-end resorts, hotels and restaurants, while squat toilets are common in rural areas and homes. Be prepared by carrying your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always provided.
Bottle of soft drink = 20 NIO
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 25 NIO
Simple lunch = 75 NIO
Three-course meal = 150 NIO
Short taxi ride = 50 NIO
Drinking tap water in Nicaragua isn’t recommended. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Credit cards are widely accepted.
There’s good access to ATMs in nearly all towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: [site:intrepid_insurance_link]
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
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

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 Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

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.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan JourneySalman Rushdie
Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the EagleThomas W. Walker
Culture & Politics in NicaraguaSteven White