Good Places in Nicaragua do not Disappoint
It’s not so difficult to find a list of good places in Nicaragua because the country is a popular destination for people who either want to go find themselves, find a quiet spot or even find another wandering soul.
In fact, we have a list of good places in Nicaragua right here:
The Nicaraguan capital has gone through a lot over the course of its history and yet it stands tall as a symbol of the country’s progress and resilience. To shed light on its interesting history, Managua has survived 2 strong earthquakes, a fire, and numerous attacks from war efforts of local revolutionists as well as the United States.
- León & Northern Nicaragua
Beautiful and historically preserved León holds a place in Nicaraguan history because of its position as the country’s old capital. Today, León remains significant for its rich treasure trove of Nicaraguan heritage sites, strong ties to the Nicaraguan government, and bevy of nationally-renowned universities.
It’s old rustic charm brings in the tourists and then keeps them because of its laidback vibe. It is not as hectic as Granada is and so if one wants to escape the other tourists while still enjoying a bit of the city, León is the place to be.
In between a lake and a volcano, Granada has no other choice but to also be an explosive and impressive city. Not to be muted by its large neighbors Lake Nicaragua and Mt. Mombacho, Granada is in fact Nicaragua’s most visited city. Architecture in the city is vibrant and interesting, colorful and easy-going. People-watching is likely a worthwhile activity while eavesdropping on conversations about politics and work. And if people want to join in on the fun and settle down permanently, Granada’s real estate industry is becoming friendly to foreign prospects. Retirement homes and holiday homes await interested prospects.
Once settled, new residents of Granada can continue to enjoy the perks of living in the city by trying out horseback riding, taking a ride on the Choo-Choo train, and going on surf adventures.
- Corn Islands
If there’s one place where it’s mostly likely to find the pirates of the Caribbean then it would be the Corn Islands. Composed of two islands called Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island, Corn Islands has an area of 2.9 square kilometers and has a population of around 7,429 most of whom speaking English and are of the Creole people.
Aside from the two-legged residents of the islands, the Corn Islands are also home to a diverse marine life including nurse sharks and hammerhead sharks, green sea turtles and spotted eagle rays. Because of this beautiful marine environment, the Corn Islands have slowly become popular tourist spots. People from across the globe enjoy underwater activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling.
- Ometepe Island
While the Corn Islands are off the coast of Nicaragua, Ometepe is an island located right in Lake Nicaragua. Formed by two volcanos, the name of the island literally means “two mountains” in Nahuatl language. However, what makes Ometepe interesting is its deep ties with its history. Plenty of archaeological artifacts have in fact been discovered on the island and are just displayed in plain view.
In order to keep record of these historical artifacts, Ometepe Petroglyph Project was conducted between 1995 and 1999. The project was launched to survey the area of Maderas on the island, identify sites where the artifacts could be found and spot petroglyphs that were lying around, carved on stones that have been there since the early Nicaraguan times.
Another attraction for Ometepe is its interesting wildlife which includes the Nicaragua shark and a small population of spider monkeys. Take note that Ometepe is not located on the neither Pacific nor Caribbean coasts of Nicaragua. It is within a freshwater body of water which therefore makes the Nicaragua shark a special kind of shark by surviving in a freshwater body of water.
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