The land of lakes and volcanoes is also the land of lively colonial cities, wildlife-rich forests and deserted beaches. It’s a nature lover’s paradise: Costa Rica without the crowds – for now.
After years of civil war and natural disasters, the largest country in Central America has been peaceful for almost thirty years now, but still wages a battle against a lingering negative image of a dangerous country for travel. Today, while Nicaragua may be poor – only Haiti is worse off in the Western Hemisphere – it’s actually one of the safest countries in the region.
An ever-increasing number of visitors are drawn by its natural beauty and adrenaline-fuelled adventure. Nicaragua is a biodiversity hotspot, with 17 percent of its landmass devoted to nature reserves, where you can explore steamy rainforest and mist-shrouded cloud forest, home to howler monkeys, jaguars and sloths, as well as a multitude of tropical birds. Need more action? Hike up still-rumbling volcanoes, speed along zip lines, dive pristine reefs and surf the Pacific breakers.