Flights to Nicaragua – The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes
Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, is the Central American nation of Nicaragua. With a blissful collection of dramatic lakes, raging volcanos, historical monuments, spellbinding greenery, and exotic wildlife, along with luxurious stays, the country is a perfect holiday destination. Nicaragua takes pride in its cultural heritage, with all its ancient sites carefully preserved where you can explore the country’s history. Home to the endangered Nicaraguan Spider Monkey and a variety of bird species, this land is a treat for every wildlife lover.
Best time to visit Nicaragua
Nicaragua has two distinct seasons – dry and wet. From November to April, the country experiences less rainfall and mild temperatures, making it comfortable for all travelers. This is the best time to visit the country, because you can enjoy the lush greenery of the jungle, explore the beaches and colonial cities, and indulge in thrilling adventure sports. The Nicaraguan time zone lags behind the Indian one by 11 hours 30 minutes.
Flights to Nicaragua
There are no direct or connecting flights to Nicaragua from India. To reach Nicaragua, you should travel to Mexico City, Miami, Dallas, Panama City, Guatemala City, Atlanta, Havana, or Toronto, and further board an international flight to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, Managua. Opt for Qatar Airways, Air India, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Etihad Airways, Air Canada, etc. to reach these cities. Thereafter, fly to Nicaragua by Copa Airlines. Airport buses and taxis are available outside the airport terminal to reach the city center.
Accommodation in Nicaragua
Managua and Granada offer 4-star and 5-star hotels, with facilities for an extravagant stay. Their price ranges between INR 7,000 to INR 14,000 per night. Several newer hotels in the cities cater to the needs of different kinds of travelers – solo or family. Leon provides boutique-type stays and economical lodges.
Sightseeing in Nicaragua
Granada, one of the most prominent cities of Nicaragua, has several colonial sites which take you back to the bygone era. Lake Nicaragua in the city is flocked by tourists for its picturesque sites. With colorful markets and a vibrant nightlife on one hand, and historical monuments and Masaya volcano on the other, the capital city, Managua, is a brilliant blend of the past and the present. Apoyo Lagoon near the city is the perfect destination to spend a relaxed evening. Hiking in Leon is way different from hiking elsewhere. The place offers hiking opportunities around volcanoes such as Cerro Negro, Telica, San Cristóbal, and Momotombo.
If you are a wildlife fanatic, Miraflores is the place worth a visit. This national park allows you to wander across the vast expanses of dense forests, waterfalls, rivers, and farms. You can even indulge in day treks here. Corn Islands, off the coast of Nicaragua, offers numerous opportunities for water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, etc.
Shopping in Nicaragua
When in Nicaragua, explore the handicraft markets which offer exclusive ceramics, colorful hammocks, wood carvings, jewelry, paintings, and cigars. Take home pottery items and hand-woven baskets, as souvenirs from this country.
Eating out in Nicaragua
With a strong influence of Spanish, Creole, and indigenous cuisines, Nicaraguan cuisine is exotic. Gallo Pinto (a rice and bean platter), Indio Viejo (an elaborate beef-based preparation), Pebre (a pork-based dish), Tostones (fried plantains), and Nacatamal (a dish made from rice, potato, onion, sweet pepper, and meat, all cooked in a dough of butter), are some of the dishes you must try here.
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