The country has three regions which vary greatly in weather, geography, and population. These three areas are the Pacific Region, Central Region, and the Caribbean Region consisting of two sub-regions: the Autonomous North Atlantic Region (RAAN), and the Autonomous South Atlantic Region (RAAS).Situated at the very center of the Americas, Nicaragua is an ideal place to visit for anyone looking for something uniquely different and adventurous. In the heart of Central America, Nicaragua truly deserves the descriptive nickname of “The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.” Visitors to Nicaragua are able to enjoy the natural beauty of dozens of volcanoes, rivers, and lakes, as well as two oceans.
Nicaragua offers an immense variety of activities such as visiting the Spanish colonial cities of Granada and Leon, surfing world-class waves, hiking up volcanoes, and zip-lining through the forest canopy. Ever-popular is the kayaking on the calm waters of Lake Cocibolca, also known as Lake Nicaragua, an immense lake with over three hundred islands and home to the only fresh water sharks in the world. Nicaragua is especially great for those interested in eco-tourism, and is home to a rich diversity of animal and plant species.
We encourage visitors to tour the “Coffee Route” located in the northern part of the country. It is a fascinating,alternative experience that lets you take an up-close look at coffee farms, and explore the countryside along the way. On this route there are opportunities to hike, mountain-bike, sightsee, horseback ride, and observe countless animals in their natural habitat.
In the southern part of the country, the “Water Route” follows the 120-mile long San Juan River as it snakes its way between Nicaragua and its neighbor to the south, Costa Rica, and finally flows into the Caribbean Sea. The area known as “El Castillo” is the widest part of the river, and is surrounded by islands bursting with wildlife and vegetation.
The unparalleled natural beauty of Nicaragua is further enriched by its strong cultural heritage and legacy of warm and friendly hospitality. Nicaragua’s multi-ethnic and multi-lingual people take great pride in their culture and their country, and welcome visitors with open arms.