The largest country in Central America continues to reinvent itself as a must-see tourist destination full of amazing travel opportunities. From the new Gran Pacifica community near the capital of Managua, virtually all of the interesting places in Nicaragua are well within reach.
Nicaragua has been described as the land of lakes and volcanoes, and one of the country's newest volcanoes is also one of most exciting places to visit. Located close to the historic city of Leon, Cerro Negro began life in 1850 and has erupted 23 times since. More than just a hot spot, the most interesting thing about this location is the sport of volcano boarding that has emerged around it. Taking advantage of a slope as steep as 40 degrees, modified snowboards have been known to fly down the ashy sides of Cerro Negro at speeds over 80 kph.
Located only about two and a half hours by bus from Gran Pacifica, the city of Leon is a popular tourist destination known for treating visitors as guests instead of commodities. Leon has long been recognized as the intellectual and cultural home of the country. Packed full of historic colonial homes, rows of cafes and restaurants, and beautiful churches, Leon is as much an architectural mecca as a historic destination. Combining aspects of both, the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Leon is not only one of the largest cathedrals in Central America, but also one its most historically significant, having played key roles in times of war and peace.
Located in northern Nicaruga, the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve in Bosawas is home to the second largest rainforest in the Western Hemisphere. Still largely uncharted, Bosawas is a dense wilderness full of incredibly rare plant and animal species. To date, more than 150,000 species of insect and over 600 species of bird have been discovered in this hilly region. Only recently opened up to tourism, travel into the almost 2 million acres of protected land can be at once dangerous and thrilling. With this in mind, the Nicaraguan government has set up a number of restrictions to the land including requiring written permission, updated vaccinations, and experienced guides. While serving to protect both tourists and the land, the restrictions have also insured that Bosawas remains one of the most mysterious places in Nicaragua.
A destination city in and of itself, every year Granada hosts tourists from all over the world. Easily reached from Gran Pacifica, Granada is home to luxurious spas, great cigars, and amazing culture. Meanwhile, just outside of the city lie two of the most visited tourist locations in all of Nicaragua. The first, the Mombacho Volcano, is a must see for hikers and eco-tourists. The second, the more than 300 Islets of Granada, are among the most visited destinations in the country. Formed by eruption of the Mombacho volcano thousands of years ago, the islets today are home to beautiful mansions, stunning flora and fauna, and historic places like the Fort of San Pablo. Take a relaxing boating trip from the Granada wharf and explore some of the most scenic vistas in the country.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing boat ride through the Islets of Grenada or a walk through historic Leon, a trek through a mighty rainforest or conquering one of the nation's many volcanoes, there are interesting places in Nicaragua galore. From the modern comforts and friendly community of Gran Pacifica, a vacation of a lifetime is yours for the taking.