Destination

Parque Nacional Volcán Masaya

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Described by the Spaniards as the gates of hell, the craters that comprise Volcán Masaya National Park are the most easily accessible active volcanoes in the country. There are two volcanoes, Masaya and Nindirí at the park, which together comprise five craters. Of these, Cráter Santiago is still quite active, often smoking and steaming.

Destination

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Described by the Spaniards as the gates of hell, the craters that comprise Volcán Masaya National Park are the most easily accessible active volcanoes in the country. There are two volcanoes, Masaya and Nindirí at the park, which together comprise five craters. Of these, Cráter Santiago is still quite active, often smoking and steaming.

Markets & Bazaars

Mercado Municipal

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Head to the overflowing and fun (if not particularly good for souvenir shopping) Mercado Municipal, a neoclassical building constructed in1892 that may be beautiful, though there’s really no way of knowing until somebody gets up there and scrubs down the facade.

Destination

Reserva Natural Laguna de Apoyo

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A vision in sapphire set into a lush forest crater, this 200m-deep, 200-centuries-old crater lake is said to be the country’s cleanest and deepest. The warm undersea fumaroles feed the healing and slightly salty waters, howler monkeys bark overhead every morning and there’s a cooled-back air that make this a favorite respite for peace-seeking travelers.

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Where to find secluded surf on Nicaragua’s southern coast

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Inhaling the salty air, your body pleasantly fatigued from a morning surf, you gawk at the breathtaking, crescent-shaped cove and slouch deeper into your hammock…for surfers, Nicaragua has it all. From powerhouse waves to more relaxing rides to secluded surf for novices, you’ve got an array of options if you’re flying into the capital Managua.

Natural Parks & Forests

Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor

Between July and December – peaking in August and September – some 30,000 female Olive Ridley turtles, and a few hundred very endangered leatherback turtles, visit Refugio de Vida Silvestre La Flor to nest. And you have to see turtles laying eggs on the beach, not to mention tiny baby turtles making their death-defying run for the water, at least once in your life. Several hotels, including Hotel Nina and Casa Oro Hostel, run night tours, including transportation. Bring insect repellent.

Markets & Bazaars

Mercado Artesanías

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The 1888 Mercado Artesanías is a somewhat incongruous, black-basalt Gothic structure with a Spanish-fortress motif, including turrets, towers and oversized gates. Despite a major fire in 1966, it was used as a regular market until 1978, when Somoza’s Guardia Nacional all but leveled it.
Today it’s a wonderful place to stroll, with attractive booths separated by wide and breezy walkways, showcasing the highest-quality crafts in the country.

Destination

Ocotal

Sunken into a boulder-strewn valley sprinkled with Ocote pines and wildflowers and ringed with gorgeous Segovias, Ocotal is the commercial center of the mythic Segovias.
These mountains once baited gold-hungry pirates up the Río Coco from the Caribbean Sea. Then, in 1927, Sandino and his ‘Crazy Little Army,’ seized control of Ocotal from federal forces for his first big victory. This action won him some extra attention from the US White House, who soon made humble Ocotal the first city in history to be bombed by fighter planes.
Today, Ocotal is just a peaceful market town that serves farmers and families who live in the dozens of surrounding pueblos.

History & Culture

Backroads of Central America

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Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age—so you can be sure to get down with other adventurers that’ll keep up. This is one of our most exciting trips, filled with breathtaking scenery—from tropical rainforests alive with jungle melodies to colonial cities bouncing to a decidedly more human beat. You’ll blaze your own path as you discover a region of volcanoes, craters, beaches and lush forests. Sticking to budget accommodation and public transport will keep costs down and keep you rooted in local life.