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Nicaragua : When and where to go?
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Nicaragua: Climate & Weather
The climate is tropical, so hot and humid, with a rainy season that extends from May to October in the western sector, and lasts until January on the Caribbean coast. It is characterised by frequent heavy rain with a high risk of hurricanes.
30°C - 86°F
Managua, updated 01:00 GMT
What to do in Nicaragua
It is the largest country in Central America although not a popular tourist spot as yet. It will therefore fascinate you if only for the fact it is untouched and authentic; lakes and volcanoes, varied animal and plant life, wild untouched beaches, deep forests…. Nicaragua has many assets.
The capital, Managua, encircled by lakes and lagoons, is not of any particular interest although Granada, 40 km to the south is a magnificent colonial town with its animated Place Centrale, the white colonnaded cathedral, its town market and the Episcopal Palace.
Cocibolca, otherwise known as the Grand Nicaragua Lake, is one of the largest lakes on the planet and is definitely worth a visit for its tropical plant and animal life. Las Isletas, an archipelago formed of 365 small islands on this lake, can be explored using small boats. One of these small islands is home to an archaeological site with pre-Columbian statues among other things.
The old capital, Leon, remains the intellectual centre of the country due to its universities and cultural richness; the metropolitan Cathedral, various churches, the old colonial houses with their forged ironwork balconies and the ceramics are all worthy attractions of this town.
Ometepe Island is composed of two volcanoes linked by a straight strip of land. It is the site of ruins dating back one thousand years B.C., visiting it is like stepping out of time where various activities are possible at a totally different pace of life to elsewhere.
Nicaragua : The basics
Nicaragua has great aerial links and can easily be combined with flights to Costa Rica or Honduras.
No visa is required for European citizens for a stay of less than three months, a passport valid for six months after your return is sufficient.
The currency in circulation is the Cordoba.
A hotel room will cost around €30, a third of that if you stay in a guesthouse. You can eat for less than €10 if you buy local products, more expensive if you eat in a town restaurant.
Health precautions mainly revolve around the dengue fever so take precautions against the mosquitoes which transmit it. Take a good basic first aid kit with you. Use sealed bottles of water.
For your inland travel, buses can take you all around the country, they are cheap and, although not exactly a smooth ride, they are a great way to meet the local population.
Suggested souvenirs include woven hammocks, golden jewellery, traditional garments, leather objects, cigars, decorated pottery and local rum.