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Best things to do in Nicaragua

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Where in the world: Central America  /  Nicaragua

Top 15 things to do in Nicaragua

1. Mombacho, Granada

Hike to the gaping crater of Mombacho, a dormant volcano offering spectacular views over Lake Nicaragua and Granada. Two trails navigate their way to the summit, one far more challenging the other, with almost constant 45 degree ascents and descents. You can only take this more difficult trail with a guide, but you'll be rewarded for your efforts with views of the dwarf forest. You should, however, consider taking a guide regardless of which trail you choose, as you'll learn more about the geology and wildlife of the reserve. Be sure to stop in the cafe on the volcano and sample the local coffee, and bring sturdy boots and plenty of water for the journey.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $55 › Learn more about Mombacho

2. Ojo de Agua, Isla de Ometepe

Cool off at Ojo de Agua, a natural spring. Dip into the clear, cool water, brought to the spring by an underground river that has been purified by the nearby volcano. The soft, mineralized water offers an inviting moment of respite from the heat of the area, and gets constantly renewed and replenished by the spring. Separated into two main pools, the springs have seen an upswing in popularity with locals and tourists alike, drawing significant crowds on weekends and holidays. Sit on one of the deck chairs and relax under the shade of the umbrellas, treating yourself to some fresh coconut from the onsite vendors.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $73 › Learn more about Ojo de Agua

3. Iglesia de La Merced, Granada

Pay a visit to Iglesia de La Merced, a historic site of Catholic pilgrimage. Originally built in 1539, the church was razed by pirates in the mid 17th century and rebuilt with its current Baroque facade in the 1780s. Restored with an ornate interior in the 1860s, the church today contains an image of the Virgen de Fatima, a sacred object that draws many pilgrims. Climb up the bell tower that flanks the church to gain extensive views of the city and beyond, including many major urban and natural attractions.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $40 › Learn more about Iglesia de La Merced

4. Volcano Boarding Private Tour

FROM $72
Cerro Negro is the only volcano in the world where you can board down a 728 meters high live volcano. It is the youngest volcano in Central America and its last eruption happened in 1999, but don't worry its activity is monitored regularly. Volcano Boarding is one of the most ultimate adventures in Nicaragua and consider for most travelers a must-do activity. Our tours are completly private.
Suggested duration: 4h
Tours from $72 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Cerro Negro Volcano, Leon

Trek up Central America's youngest volcano, Cerro Negro Volcano. Born in 1850, the volcano has erupted frequently over the decades since it first appeared, but tour groups run hikes up towards the crater during times of inactivity. The basalt cinder cone looks entirely at odds with the surrounding lush hillsides, giving the opportunity for dramatic photography. Make sure you bring lots of water on your hike up the volcano: it's hot, dry, and windy the farther you go on the 45-minute hike. The way down remains much simpler, whether you wish to walk or sled down the volcano.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $59 › Learn more about Cerro Negro Volcano

6. Isla Ometepe, Moyogalpa

Formed by two volcanoes, Isla Ometepe is the largest island on the vast Lake Nicaragua. With a name meaning “two mountains” in Nahuatl, the remote island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, rich in culture, wildlife, and history. Considered a sacred land by the indigenous nations, the island offers visitors numerous archaeological sites, artifacts, and petroglyphs to admire. Explore the island’s isolated, scenic trails, and spot numerous plant and animal species, or lounge on one of the many picturesque lakeside beaches. You can try fishing, horseback riding, cycling, or even climbing the volcanoes, but note that you need a guide for the strenuous trek. One of the volcanoes is still active.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $700 › Learn more about Isla Ometepe

7. Apoyo, La Laguna de Apoyo

Apoyo spreads out over a diameter of 6.6 km (4.1 mi) inside the crater of an extinct volcano, which is claimed to house the cleanest lake water in Central America. Near the resort you'll find jumping platforms, kayak and board rentals, as well as spots to eat and drink. If you opt for a hike, you'll notice the surrounding nature is dense and packed with animal and plant life, such as anteaters, common boas, iguanas, and orchids.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $57 › Learn more about Apoyo

8. Nicaragua One Day Expedition from Costa Rica

FROM $230
Are you staying in Costa Rica? Don't miss this great Opportunity to add a visit on a second country on this vacations! Nicaragua one day tour will introduce you with a different culture, Known as the land of lakes and volcanoes, this tour honors its name.  Feel a real active volcano, and watch an extinct one, picture the architecture of a colonial city with colors the makes it unique, great land escapes, flora, fauna and Culture. Places to visit: Masaya Active Volcano. Apoyo/Crater lake view point Souvenir market Granada Colonial City Birds and monkeys watching Chocolate or Pottery workshop. Clama Tour is concern about your safety working with Professionals to guarantee your experience we help you with border process *Important: 4 minimun people are required for a private tour. * Covid vaccination card or PCR Covid Test is mandatory for the Nicaragua's goberment.
Suggested duration: 9h - 12h
Tours from $230 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Spas & Wellness, Little Corn Island

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Laguna Charco Verde, Isla de Ometepe

Verdant nature trails with looming trees, lovely dark-sanded beaches, and excellent swimming conditions await at Laguna Charco Verde. Access the lush greenery here via a short walking trail, and then enjoy swimming in the calm waters. Note that while the water appears murky, this is not due to lack of sanitation but rather the sediments from the bottom of the lake mixing with the water. Local legend tells of an ancient, lanky witch called Chico Largo, who occasionally appears in the lake to go fishing.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $73 › Learn more about Laguna Charco Verde

11. ChocoMuseo Granada, Granada

Chocoholics rejoice; here at ChocoMuseo Granada, you can sample chocolate products straight from the source. Observe the chocolate-making process from bean to bar, and even take a chocolate-making workshop with fun and knowledgable chocolatiers. Kids can, of course, take part in the workshop and learn to make their favorite treat, so that they too might one day become professional Oompa Loompas. Consider arriving early to enjoy a good value, but high quality, all-you-can-eat breakfast .
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $50 › Learn more about ChocoMuseo Granada

12. Private -Full day tour: Granada City + Boat ride+Handicraft Market+Lava Tour

FROM $95
Live this eco colonial and volcanic adventure enjoying 3 tours paying only for one. Give yourself the luxery of having your private local guide who is knowledgeable, fluent in English who also provides a personal approach and have safe private transportation. Explore the islets and the majestic colonial architecture of the city and feel the adrenaline of taking a stuning picutre with the orange color of the lava in the background at the active volcano in Masaya. *We follow WHO guidelines for covid 19 Activities: Picture taking /Bird watching/Nature tour Boat ride on lake Granada/Nicaragua ( you get to actualluy get off in one of the islets to visit the historic san pablo fortress) Walking tour downtown/hall of churches and chocolate museum. Visit to La merced church and its view point from bell tower. Lunch at la calzada street ( not included). Visit to Masaya volcano at night. ( take breath taking pictures on the top of the hill with the lava in the background.( Sunset beholding)
Suggested duration: 6h - 8h
Tours from $95 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, Leon

Observe colonial and contemporary art in a complex of five colonial-era buildings connected together at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian. The art collection consists mostly of Latin American art, though some sculptures and paintings in the collection were created by European artists. Hire an English-speaking guide to take you through the exhibits and talk you through the pieces and the artists’ stories. The standing collection is impressive on its own, but the museum also changes out exhibits regularly.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $170 › Learn more about Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian

14. Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, Granada

Get a feel for Nicaragua's history and pre-history at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco. The small museum features archaeological items, such as pre-Columbian statues, which date from 800 to 1200 CE. These were carved by the native inhabitants of the Zaptera Islands. There are also other items such as pottery and city models that are dedicated to the country's history. The central courtyard features a vibrant garden, which is surrounded by abstract paintings. Complete your historical tour, then visit the adjoining church next door.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $40 › Learn more about Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco

15. Managua City Tour

FROM $88
Get to know historical sites in Managua and local attractions, delight with the panoramic views from many of these sites, all in company of a knowledgeable bilingual guide.
Suggested duration: 3h - 4h
Tours from $88 › More about this tour at viator.com ›