The revolutionary songs, which are still fervently sung, and the wall paintings in cities such as León and Estelí, remind us that people once fought for freedom here. In the meantime you can adapt to the rhythm of the Nicas on a trip to Nicaragua, stroll leisurely through the streets of the pretty colonial cities, climb one or the other volcano and enjoy unique natural scenery.
Listen to the howler monkey concert
Nicaragua, the ” land of lakes and volcanoes “, is probably one of the most pristine countries in Central America. You could travel for weeks in Nicaragua through jungle areas, palm-fringed beaches, coral reefs, colonial cities and cool highlands without having seen everything. You are spoiled for choice and make your trip to Nicaragua your very own adventure!
Travel information in brief
Nicaragua is divided into different climatic zones. Therefore, dry and rainy seasons cannot be determined uniformly. On the Pacific coast it is very dry between November and April, whereas in the Caribbean in November and December the heaviest rainfall can be expected. In the highlands it is cooler all year round than in the rest of the country. So a thick sweater and an umbrella or a rain jacket always work well.
Currency / money
The official currency of Nicaragua is the Cordoba. Many prizes are also given in US dollars and you can often pay in dollars. It is recommended that you bring cash in US dollars and have a valid credit card (Visa or Mastercard) with you. With this you can also withdraw money in larger cities and sometimes pay in hotels, restaurants and car rental companies.
Vaccinations are not required for a Nicaragua vacation. However, the Federal Foreign Office recommends vaccination against hepatitis A, polio, tetanus and diphtheria. Hepatitis B, typhus and rabies are recommended for longer stays over several weeks or months. In some regions of Nicaragua there is also a risk of malaria. Please talk to your doctor about any vaccinations you need in good time before your stay.
Visa / entry
German citizens can enter Nicaragua for up to 90 days without a visa with a passport that is still valid for at least 6 months. A tourist card must be purchased for currently $ 10. Children can enter the country with a valid children’s passport with a photo. Depending on the transit country, there are further regulations on entry, transit and visa. Please note the information provided by the Federal Foreign Office.
Nicaragua – shimmering volcanic crater lakes and colorful cathedrals
Regardless of whether you prefer volcanoes, the rainforest, the beach or the city – there is something for everyone in Nicaragua. Fantastic views over the Gulf of Fonseca and into a green-blue shimmering crater lake await holidaymakers who climb the once highest volcano in Central America. The Cosiguina can be climbed in a three-hour hike over two different routes. They lead through the tropical dry forest, in which, in addition to pumas and spider monkeys, one of the last large populations of the great red macaws can be found. You can spend the night in the farmhouse of the nearby Hato Nuevo Lodge and from the terrace you can look straight out of a window into nature.
The Posada del Doctor in colonial León, the city of churches, offers a completely different experience, as there are numerous other places of worship to visit in addition to the majestic cathedral. In the Posada you feel like you’ve been transported back at least a century. The hallways are furnished with old furniture and large planters and the walls are lovingly decorated with pictures. A fountain splashes in the inner courtyard and you can enjoy the peace and quiet after leaving the lively streets or after a fiesta to relax.
In the Sabalos Lodge on the Río San Juan in the south of Nicaragua you will be awakened by the concert of the jungle inhabitants. All cabinas of the eco-lodge are open on three sides, so that guests have the feeling of sleeping in the middle of nature. From the hammock you can see the river and the green bank with giants of the jungle in which families of howler monkeys sit. They are also the ones who start the concert with the other inhabitants of the forest at five in the morning, which gently wakes you up and falls silent again after an hour. For more information about the country and its people, just give us a call, we will be happy to advise you!