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Things to do in Nicaragua

The capital city of Managua is a two or three-hour non-stop flight from airports in Miami, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale and Atlanta. As a result, Nicaragua is easy and affordable destination for a family vacation or an adventurous surf excursion. The country’s remote corners and swathes of undeveloped wilderness make the list of things to do in Nicaragua long on outdoor activities and short on refined, urban tourism. There aren’t many museums or art galleries to tour, but there are plenty of beautiful colonial towns to explore. Try visiting Granada or Leon to admire the gorgeous brightly colored, Spanish architecture that stands apart from the verdant green landscape.

One of the most impressive aspects of Nicaragua is its majestic volcanoes, which house cloud forest preserves with extensive hiking trails and panoramic views. If you’re wondering what to do in Nicaragua, taking a hike in the misty rainforest that hug Nicaragua’s volcanoes is always a good idea. As you trek through the wilderness, keep your eyes out for howler monkeys, sloths, anteaters, parakeets, and toucans. Some of the volcanoes sit in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, the largest body of fresh water between the Great Lakes and the equator. Take a ferry ride from Granada to Ometepe Island, formed by two twin volcanoes, making it the biggest of the 360+ isles that speckle the lake. On your boat ride be sure to appreciate the swarms of life that call this water home—hundreds of birds, silvery fish and even freshwater sharks.

For a dream beach vacation, the tropical charm of the Corn Islands will lure anyone looking for relaxing things to do in Nicaragua. The crystalline waters and pristine beaches dotted with arching palm trees are so perfect they look staged—and the prices are incredibly cheap. Check out the rest of the Travel + Leisure guide to see what to do in Nicaragua.

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