It may be the biggest Central American country, but Nicaragua is comparatively untravelled. Don’t let this put you off: the country’s landscape is breathtaking, from the hot and dry northwest climate to the luxurious jungle in the east and the lush pastures of the central highlands. Whether you plan to snorkel off the northwest coast, visit picturesque green coffee plantations, jump over waves in Lago de Nicaragua or stroll around the colourful colonial streets of Granada, use our map of Nicaragua to help you plan your trip.

Head to Léon and admire the spires of its huge cathedral, also known as the House of Light, before climbing to the top to take in the magnificent views of its mountainous surroundings. You’ll find yourself surrounded by stunning landscapes on a drive from Managua to Estelí on the Carretera Interamericana, or pass through the quiet town of Matagalpa, ‘the pearl of the north’.

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