Country Information

Nicaragua is a little known destination for most of the world’s travelers. This part of our web site was made to help you learn a bit in advance about what the country has to offer. It is a summary and is not meant to represent all of the possibilities for the visitor. Your specific interests could very well bring new destinations to the forefront. We can suggest these other locales based on your input. This Nicaragua country information page includes a summary of Nicaragua nature parks and reserves, the San Juan River, Nicaragua’s stunning volcanoes, Nicaraguan beaches, colonial cities and artisan villages.Nicaragua volunteer programs are helpful for Spanish learners.

Nicaragua Colonial Cities of León and Granada

Although Nicaragua is blessed with numerous historic colonial villages it is Nicaragua’s two colonial cities of Granada and León which have brought it much fame and numerous visitors from around the globe.

Granada – or the “Gran Sultan” is one of Latin America’s most beautiful colonial cities. This ancient town founded in 1524 on the shores of mighty Lake Nicaragua is full of history and Spanish colonial charm and is famed as one of the oldest European settlements in the western hemisphere. The city’s precious architecture and history is unforgettable as is lodging in a beautifully restored colonial home at one of its fine hotels. There is not more famous destination inside Nicaragua, with visitors coming from around the world to enjoy its timeless beauty and quiet charm. Granada is also a great jumping off point to visit numerous nature reserves, beaches and villages in the region.Learn Spanish in Nicaragua and enjoy town visits and school excursions

León – set between the Pacific Ocean and a jagged range of active volcanoes León was Nicaragua’s colonial capitol for 297 years. This city is home to more than 12 colonial period churches, each one unique in its design from tiny parish size chapels to the mighty Cathedral, Central America’s largest church. León is also the home of Nicaragua’s greatest passion, poetry, the origin of numerous internationally renowned poets, including the national hero Rubén Darío, considered one the Spanish language’s 5 greatest literary figures. León has two very good hotels, and is perfect for setting off to visit Nicaragua’s Maribios Volcanoes for hiking or kayaking the Juan Venado Nature Reserve. Find experienced Spanish tutors at Nicaragua Spanish Schools.