Why You Need To See Nicaragua Now
A land of untouched rain forests, sprawling beaches and incredible culture is about to be rocked. Nicaragua is a country that still lacks the tourism invasion of its neighbouring countries. Unlike Costa Rica’s evolution towards eco tourism and Panama’s enormous economic growth and modern cities, Nicaragua is still very much like it was a decade ago. This is in a large part due to fearful westerners who have long associated the country with civil war and political unrest. Today, Nicaragua has so much to offer. Clean beaches, safe travel opportunities and a rich history. Unfortunately, with the recent intrusion of cooperate values and economic greed, Nicaragua’s amazing landscape and beautiful culture is likely to disappear. A Chinese corporation is moving in and taking the first steps towards carving their way directly across some of the most ecologically rich rain forests of the world.
If the final chance to see this unique country is one of your draws, also consider the opportunity to support the local people and put a face to the plight of the land. In doing so, you may not just fall in love with this amazing country but perhaps you will be inspired to develop awareness around a cause that has been ultimately ignored by international change makers. Rather than digging up the controversy behind this project, this is an opportunity for you to learn about the best places to see and coolest things to do in a country that desperately needs all of our love and support.
Grenada is the sixth largest city in Nicaragua and offers the architecture and cobble stone streets of Spanish influence. Wide boulevards offer patio after patio serving delicious sangria and courtyards overflowing with history offer you a perfect Nicaraguan experience. There are a wide variety of restaurants, hotels that range from total luxury to basic hostel and travellers from all over the globe.
Nearby is the amazing Laguna Apoyo, a beautiful lake that fills the crater of the Apoyo volcano. The country is spotted with many volcanos and amazing lakes but the easy accessibility and amazing views that Apoyo offers make it convenient to visit as well as gorgeous. The weather is a little cooler than the lower lands of the country and swimming, kayaking and beach dwelling will keep you relaxed and happy on the shores of the lake.
Isla Ometepe is an amazing site. Two volcanos emerge from the deep water of the great lake of Nicaragua. This enormous fresh water source is likely to be destroyed if the canal is successful so it is a definite must on your list of to-dos while in the country. Waterfall swimming, volcano hikes and wandering along the stunning shores and up the ash covered inclines are easy to do despite some unpaved roads and treacherous terrain.
The Pacific beaches of Nicaragua are amazing for surf, sun and simple pleasures like shore side seafood and fishing trips. The most popular cluster of beaches are set in the province of Rivas where you can hop from little towns like Gigante all the way to larger communities like San Juan del Sur in just a matter of hours. Get your board and enjoy the surf because that is at the centre of life in these sleepy beach towns.
The Corn Islands consist of two islands on the caribbean coast of Nicaragua. With tiny populations, white sand and turquoise water, these islands offer the look and feel of a deserted paradise. Just a short flight from Managua, the islands have some of the most luxurious accommodations in the country.
Want to learn more about this project? Here are some resources:
- Nicaragua's Proposed Interoceanic Canal: A Threat to the Environment and Indigenous Rights
- Can a Chinese billionaire build a canal across Nicaragua?
- Stop The Canal!