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Nicaragua may be the largest Central American country but it is also one of the least visited, although there are growing signs that this is about to change.  It’s a land where the violent geological and climatological history is matched by a human story of political upheavals, but now it is quiet, slowly developing its infrastructure, and eager to welcome visitors.

There are fuming volcanoes, with fertile shores lapped by the waters of glassy lakes, purple ranges of unexplored mountains and vast swathes of rainforest overwhelmed with wildlife. The highlands of Masaya National Park are cut through with trails and the banks of Rio San Juan festooned with tropical vegetation. Utterly peaceful Ometepe Island, with its twin volcanic peaks, rises from the vast sheet of water which comprises the metallic-blue Lake Nicaragua, the largest body of water in Central America.

The highland cities of Granada and León are steeped in history, art and culture. Beautiful colonial buildings and churches contrast vividly with political murals depicting the Nicaragua’s revolutionary past. There are near empty palm-fringed beaches on the Caribbean, especially on the simple Corn Islands. The Pacific coastline is equally unspoilt and a haven for surfers.
  • Client Comments

    El Castillo - wonderful setting on river - arriving by boat (even though it broke down and we had to Be rescued by public boat for last part of journey. Loved the accommodation and jungle walk.

    NJ, Pinner | May 2016 | 65 and over
  • Client Comments

    Highlights: Various boat trips, Matagalpa market, additional visits to Granada prison and political cemetery, Boca del Mar

    JS, Winscombe | January 2016 | 50 - 65 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    "This was our first experience of Central America and the itinerary was spot on for us. Every place we visited held some considerable interest making it probably the best holiday for a very long time...When mentioning Nicaragua to friends and family here in the UK, every time the reaction was ' why go there'? A perception that it is dangerous and still in revolution appears to exist. Nothing could be further from reality we felt. Leon is probably still living and relying on the revolution to tell its stories to tourists but everywhere we found friendly people and that made the experience fantastic. We met some really interesting travelers from other parts of Latin America and already made good new friends. We will visit again."

    DRF, Stafford | February 2015 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    "All.... the people are wonderful..and all are so keen to promote their country, which is in it's infancy of tourism. I told them that I would happily be an ambassador for their country!"

    PM, Cambridge | February 2015 | 65 and over | With Partner
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    Great time

    '"Overall we had an absolutely fabulous time and would recommend anyone to visit Nicaragua and visit using JLA - we felt it was a great mix of culture and wildlife and relaxation. Thank you!”

    OW, Arsenal | June 2013
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable experiences: “Nicaragua as a whole including Ometepe island and Granada. Bocas del Toro” 
    MT, Birmingham | March 2013 | 35 - 50 | Solo Traveller
  • Client Comments

    Overall we had an absolutely fabulous time and would recommend anyone to visit Nicaragua and visit using JLA - we felt it was a great mix of culture and wildlife and relaxation. Thank you!” (OW Arsenal 
    OW, Arsenal | February 2013 | Under 35 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Highlights: “Sunset at Totoco - closely followed by composting toilet (also Totoco) - actually possible to enjoy both at the same time.” 
    CN, Ruislip | August 2012 | 50 - 65 | With Friends
  • Client Comments

    “Great trip, very varied and not yet catering to the masses. Beauty everywhere, lots of wildlife to be seen and very welcoming people. Would go back in a heartbeat.”
    JK, Polegate | March 2012 | 35 - 50 | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable aspect: “Many. I liked the arrangement which was a good mix of independent trip and organised travel, I was able to make more out of it than in a group travel because I was able to ask the questions of my own interest about the country and felt it was a trip tailored to my interests but making most of the time I had available.” 
    AV, Brockwell | March 2012 | 35 - 50 | Solo Traveller
  • Client Comments

    Local cultures were well recognised and customs observed, especially on Ometepe where the local population were trying to maintain a traditional lifestyle while moving into the21st century.
    AK, Wantage | March 2012 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    El Castillo is remote and absolutely rewarding . Our guides took us kayaking and made us a picnic from local produce and treated us like family. Owners of Victoria Hotel are fantastic. Many people never make it to El Castillo and it is so worth it ---no tourists” 
    SF, Reading | January 2011 | Family
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